Wednesday, March 31
Much excitement here at GBG HQ for the first contributory playlist, courtesy of Grass House frontman Liam Palmer. Here is his take on the onerous theme of 'Life':
The 7 wonders of the world weren’t build like 200 years ago or whatever, they were crafted much more recently from a perversion and a guitar string, a broken heart and a bitter mind, or just an eyeball in the ether.
1. Firstly: Before the chicken came the egg; we were all conceived in one sense or the other; ‘Dirty Love’ played its part.
Thank you Mr Palmer for narrating us through the Trials of Life, the pesky thing!
Liam's own music resonates a lot in these songs. His band:
At some point today, and I think I can pinpoint it exactly to the billionth rupee that I was converting to British pounds from the annual report of an Indian software company that the last drop of 'course I don't mind photocopying your 10,000 page dossier-how do you like your tea' miserable work experience finally filled the cup, tippled it over and smashed it to smithereens.
How do I take my tea? Milk, 2 sugars and anywhere else but HERE.
Fuck it, I'd rather stick some stockings on and stand in a Soho doorway.
Monday, March 29
Take Spanish music, dress it up in black lace stockings and a pair of patent red 7 inch heels and you have Argentinian music.
True to the home of passionate tango, Federico Aubele makes dubby, incredibly sexy music, longing and alluring (into bed).
Sunday, March 28
Thursday, March 25
I was listening to Vampire Weekend the other day and my sister came in the room asking if I was playing Paul Simon.I guess he doesn't mind,imitation really is the best form of flattery.
The kind of songs you would take to meet your parents. Very nice, very polite, would wear a tie and make an effort to talk to grandad.
Wednesday, March 24
I should be working on an essay to do with the admissibility of a defendant's previous criminal record and bad character in criminal trials but I've made a playlist instead.
Basically, Government changed the law so they could convict more baddies by allowing previously inadmissible evidence to be read out to the jury, chomping away on that golden 'innocent before proven guilty' justice cookie. I've been spending a lot of time lately figuring what constitutes 'bad character' under the Act and I reckon all below would be sweating it in the docks.
Time to Round up the Usual Suspects!
Sunday, March 21
Charmingly fun, punchy melodies from brand new-hot-spanking London boys Grass House. No more, no less. Only it's more because they're really good. Shh, listen:
There are too many beautiful cover songs out there with a direct line to the heart and no better way to appreciate them than with a highly sensitive re-covering Sunday brain.
Friday, March 19
We're all mad here!
Thursday, March 18
Cooler than cool Norwegian producer Lindstrøm makes unique space disco interlaced with elegant sexy vocals from Christabelle = Another league.
Tuesday, March 16
Funky and easy going kick back music from The Menahan Street Band, also popular with hip hop sampling.
Used in Jay Z's Roc Boys, Kid Cudi's Solo Dolo and 50 Cent's Talking in Codes.
Monday, March 8
Pure country-rock music royalty, collaborations rarely come as gold and silver as this. A match made in music heaven, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris.
A drunkard once stumbled his way over to me and my friends on the tube, gibberishly pointing to his t-shirt which featured a platinum bob haired singer,demanding to know if we knew who she was, to which my friends replied, duh, Debbie Harry!I proudly identified her as the one and only, most beautiful lady of country Emmylou Harris.I think it's the only time I'll ever be jelaus of a homeless man's clothes! That bum had class.This is for you kindred country music spirit and may you be enjoying your Tudor Rose wine wherever you are!
Saturday, March 6
Thursday, March 4
Y'know, I'm no Daily Mail-eye for an eye-fry 'em-mob gob but all this worry over Jon Venables' safety now that he's back in prison is a little eye rolling.
Oh wait, hold on, let me check again, no...there's none in this pocket, maybe this one, let me see, nope, none here either, guess I've spent all my sympathy on the kid! Shucks.
Still, a bit of jailhouse music therapy for rehabilitation.
Doin' my bit.