This is another song that I have been meaning to post for ages. It might have lost a little of it’s lustre over time but this, and the album it’s taken from – The miseduction of Lauryn Hill blew me away when I first heard it. It is insane that she hasn’t yet released a proper follow up, what is now, unbelievably, 13 years later (that makes me feel old).
The song is apparently about Wycliff, her old bandmate from the fugees who is supposed to be the father of her child. It is heartfelt and moving and still sounds great after all this time…
Supergrass – Alright
I spent the afternoon at a work BBQ. It was a very quaint affair, reminding me of similar such afternoons from my formative years. It even rained which made it even more authentic!
This put me in nostalgic mood and as such I wanted to post something memorable from said teenage years and this came to mind. I owned I should coco on cassette! Can I get any more authentic than that? This particular track is full of youthful vigour and has the perfect video to match.
The Flaming Lips – Race for the prize
This feels apt today. It is 4 minutes of pure sunshine. I have just spent the afternoon enjoying some spectacular London weather and am about to head out and RIP IT UP (East London watch out). This is the perfect thing to speed me on my way.
It is also post number 183 which marks the exact mid point of my year in youtune. Thanks for sticking with me. It’s been so much fun thus far. I hope you might have discovered some good music, I know I have found more than I imagined possible in January.
Eels – Susan’s House
The last of my 3 Glastonbury posts, Eels are playing tonight. They are a bit of blast from the past for me. Susan’s House is taken from Beautiful Freak, which was one of the very first records I ever bought. I loved this track, it is so mellow and filled with strange and meandering lyrics, I found it captivating.
People say that back then, she really wasn’t that crazy.
Primal Scream – Loaded
Another Glastonbury post. These guys TORE IT UP last night on the other stage. I wish I had been there (maybe without the mud).
Taken from the seminal Screamadelica album. Emerging from the Acid House scene of the late 80’s these guys were one of the bands that paved the way for Britpop bands that were to follow. This, however, is much richer than much of the music that produced era produced.
DJ Shadow – Midnight in a perfect world
Glastonbury Festival is on this weekend so I thought I would post 3 songs by artists playing there. DJ Shadow is a pioneer of this genre of music and I found Endtroducing to be captivating when I discovered it a few years after it’s release. It is otherworldly and rich – a very rewarding listen.
The Source featuring Candi Staton – You’ve got the love
My fad for Britpop has moved into a fixation with club classics. This tune is ALL TIME. The vocal is stunning, making the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end whenever I hear it.
Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz – Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)
Was in the mood today for some old school hip hop and this fits the bill nicely. It has the characteristic of a club anthem – it makes you want to MOVE.
I wanted to post something Irish today as I have just spent the day in Dublin. These guys have come into a little prominence after Glen Hansard, the lead singer, starred in a Once a couple of years ago. I really liked them when I was in my late teens and early twenties, seeing them live quite a few times.
The reason they first piqued my interest was that I saw Glen Hansard when he was supporting Bob Dylan and I walked into the show halfway into his set while he was covering Astral Weeks which is an obscure song from my favourite album of all time and I instantly knew I had to investigate him further.
Arthur Russell – This is how we walk on the moon
I heard this last night on Tom Ravenscroft’s radio show, and was transfixed by it. It is minimal but intriguing. I had never heard of Arthur Russell, but I certainly intend to track down some more of his music and find out more. From his wikipedia page he certainly sounds like an interesting character.
I also quite like the video the song is put to here. Images from the 60’s still seem so futuristic and iconic.