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My Glorious Return

You may have forgotten who I am, and frankly, I can’t blame you. I disappeared in April from blogging to “focus on GCSEs and stufF” and admittedly, I did focus on that stuff, and I did the exams etc etc, although they finished on the 18th of June, which was a couple of weeks ago so I have had time to blog since then but I just haven’t, I’m sorry.

But I’m back now! I’m going to be continuing my old schedule of posting every Wednesday and hopefully now I’m off for summer I’ll be able to stick in a few posts at random in between my posting days.

In the time I’ve been away I haven’t exactly done much aside from revising for exams and taking said exams, but I did go see Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane, Tame Impala and Royal Blood at Finsbury Park, and whilst it is way too late for a review I just want to say that gig was amazing.

I also just got back from seeing Jack White, so expect a review of that posted on Wednesday or possibly before.

Thank you for staying with me, and sorry for being gone so long!

Lucy, x

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Update

So basically I’m in year 11 which means I have GCSE exams starting in like a month (if you don’t have GCSEs in your country and don’t know what they are basically they’re just big big exams) so I’m currently revising my butt off and I don’t really have time to guarantee a blog post every week but I am gonna try and post as much as I can but it’s not gonna be on an exact day or anything, so yeah I’ll post as much as I can but I can’t promise anything, but after my exams are over I’ll get back on it and I’ve got lots of things planned.

So yeah thanks for being super cool and all,

Lucy 

x x x

Revision Playlist #1

GCSEs and big exams and all that are coming up, and the most important thing when it comes to revision is good music.

For me, the defining feature of a good revision playlist is softness and chilledness and not too distracting when you’re meant to be doing work, so that’s what I’ve tried to do here. Obviously my actual playlist is longer than this, but I didn’t want to write about every single song, so maybe at some point I’ll make a part two.

  • Intro // The XX

Instrumental/practically instrumental songs are awesome to revise to, this one is no exception. It’s super chilled but not boring or dull.

  • Glass In The Park // Alex Turner

I could have put any song from the Submarine soundtrack on here, because it’s honestly the most perfect collection of songs ever. They’re all so beautiful and chilled, and when I’m revising I need something kind of chilled.

  • Crazier With You // Elvis Depressedly

I’ve got like a zillion Elvis Depressedly songs on this playlist, but I’m only writing about this one because it’s probably my favourite of the lot. Really chilled, really raw, I love it.

  • How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep // Bombay Bicycle Club

This song is so lovely; the guitar, the lyrics, the vocals. (To be honest I was tempted to put about a million other Bombay Bicycle Club songs on here as well-they’re really fab to work to.)

  • White Leather // Wolf Alice

I’ve stated way too many times about how much I love Wolf Alice, and so honestly I wanted to put all of their songs on here (that’s not hard to be honest, they haven’t released much yet, *impatient sigh*). Ellie’s voice is so stunning, and I think that particularly shows in this song.

  • Simmer // Swim Deep

Such a lovely song, the piano at the end is so gorgeous! Just a really nice chill song with really chilled vocals and yeah, nice to work to.

  • Songbird // Oasis

This is one of my favourite Oasis songs, it’s got a really nice melody, and the lyrics are really proper sweet.

  • Intro // Warpaint

Instrumental songs are absolutely fantastic when you’re supposed to be studying, because you won’t find yourself writing song lyrics down by accident or belting along using your pencil case as a microphone. This song is just really cool, basically.

  • You Keep Showing Up // Drowners

Matt’s voice is just so gorgeous that listening to it makes studying less terrible. This song is just so simple and lovely, I love it.

  • Coming Of Age // Tribes

This is for sure one of my favourite Tribes songs,and it’s really good to study to because you can work to the verses and then you sing along all dramatically to the chorus.

 

March Playlist

Before I get into anything-how the hell is it already nearly April???
This month’s been really cool, actually, despite nothing major happening. I’ve just had a nice month, spent some time with some cool people, had a pretty chill time, listened to a lot of music, etc etc.

You know how this works; these are the songs I’ve been listening to most over the month-some new, some old, some I’ve loved for ages, some I’ve just discovered, etc etc.

  • Luna // Bombay Bicycle Club

The whole of Bombay Bicycle Club’s new album So Long, See You Tomorrow is absolutely fantastic. It hasn’t been out long so I haven’t picked a favourite yet, but I’d heard Luna as a single beforehand. Luna, like the whole album, is really chill but also beautifully upbeat, and though I never really listened to Bombay Bicycle Club much in the past-this album has really made me listen to them a lot recently, and I think I’ve found a new love.

  • Babies // Pulp

This has been my favourite Pulp song for ages, but I’ve just been listening to a lot lately. I love the guitar in it, and the lyrics are of the typical Pulp style, quirky and colloquial and witty. (I also feel like this is a good time to mention that me and my best friend met Jarvis Cocker in September and he was cool as.)

  • No Waves // FIDLAR

FIDLAR are the type of band who when I listen to them, I feel like a cool as f*ck teenage delinquent, whilst in reality I’m sitting in my room scrolling down twitter and eating ritz crackers. When I first listened to FIDLAR a few months ago, I wasn’t into it, but I listened again recently and actually really liked it, so I guess it just took some time for me to get into it.

  • What A Pleasure // Beach Fossils

This is so lovely and chilled and nice to listen to on bike rides (I have a specific playlist for bike rides ok). It’s so relaxed and summery and it’s not depressing but it’s not uplifting, it’s just wistful, it’s just chilled. I’m so glad to have found a new band to get into, especially as Beach Fossils have already released two albums and this EP and I’m just late to the Beach Fossils party. I had a lot of catching up to do, and I’m happy to do it.

  • Mickey Yr A Fuck Up // Elvis Depressedly

I can’t even describe this song-whatever I say is going to be wrong because I can’t articulate what this song is and how it makes me feel. You should just go listen to it and then you’ll feel the way I feel and I won’t have to explain anything. But basically, it’s the most beautiful song I’ve heard in a very long time and I love it so much.

  • World Pleasure // Peace

NEW PEACE SONG NEW PEACE SONG IS ANYONE ELSE SCREAMING OVER THE NEW PEACE SONG? Basically, I love this. I was worried that after such an incredible album like In Love, Peace wouldn’t be able to follow it without sounding too radically different and without sounding too similar to before. But World Pleasure, which has been compared to the likes of Primal Scream (and I’ve also seen a few comparisons to the Stone Roses as well…and Robbie Williams), is awesome-it’s funky, the bass is pure beauty, and it’s a brilliant comeback.

  • The Bold Arrow Of Time // Tame Impala

This has been my favourite Tame Impala song for ages, but I’ve just been listening to it loads again this month. The guitar in this is just perfection!

  • Down By The Water // The Drums

Only started listening to the Drums recently, so I haven’t really picked a favourite song just yet, but this one is definitely up there. It’s really chill, really summery (like most of the Drums’ music, I’ve found), and just really nice and subtly happy.

  • Revival // Deerhunter

I only started listening to Deerhunter recently, because my friend saw them supporting Arctic Monkeys at Madison Square Gardens and said they were really good. So I listened to them and they’ve basically become my new obsession this month. I really like this song in particular because, like a lot of songs on this playlist, it’s really spring-and-summery.

 

There’s obviously more songs I’ve been listening to this month, but if I talked about all of them this would be way way too long. Anyway, have a lovely April!

Cool Covers

You may have heard about the Beatles cover album which is coming out featuring artists like Tame Impala and MGMT-and Miley Cyrus *gasp*. I have high hopes for this compilation-even the Miley Cyrus part. I’m excited to see what’ll come of it.

In honour of this, here’s a list of my favourite covers-and no, none of them are Beatles ones.

Ben Howard – Call Me Maybe

It’s insane how he’s turned such an annoying, commercialised song into a gorgeous, chill, beautiful song. It’s hard to believe it’s even the same song to be honest.

Wolf Alice – Roar

The soft simplicity of the minimalist first verse and chorus with Ellie’s light voice is such an amazing contrast to how the rest of their cover follows-which is much more lively and guitar driven.

Peace – White Noise

Harrison’s voice sounds so so awesome with this track and it becomes much funkier with the heavy bass line and it’s just the coolest ok?

Arctic Monkeys – You Know I’m No Good

It’s hard to pick a favourite Arctic Monkeys cover, because they’ve covered loads of cool songs and pulled them off fantastically, but this is for sure my favourite. Although they didn’t change the song that much, as this was recorded when Alex’s voice was less-for lack of a better word-americanized (that’s not to say I dislike his newer singing style), and so there’s a real unique-ness to their approach to this.

Superfood – Lovefool

I really love this cover because the vocals differ so much from the original’s, which makes this cover way more unique and interesting.

Kings Of Leon – Dancing On My Own

This song just sounds so emotional and powerful with Caleb’s vocals-I absolutely love it. It’s not a massively obscure or uniquely done cover, but it does sound really lovely and is definitely one of my favourites.

Drowners – Cigarette Burns Forever

Ahh this song suits Matt’s voice so nicely and it just sounds so beautiful and gentle! Not massively different to the original-but it still sounds really fantastic.

Oasis – My Generation

You don’t even really have to listen to this to know that’s it’s going to be fantastic-Oasis covering The Who. It’s not like they change the song massively-but it still just sounds absolutely incredible as one legendary band covers another.

Swim Deep – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

I literally love this cover so much-it starts off really lovely and mellow and while the soft livens up, Austin’s voice remains mellow and unique and ahh I just love this. (Plus this cover is amazing live.)

If you know any cool covers that I haven’t listed, feel free to comment them and I’ll have a listen.

By the way, my band Hen-Jenny has just put three new originals songs on soundcloud if you fancy checking them out.

Thailand // Hen-Jenny

Friendly Ghost // Hen-Jenny

Some Boys // Hen-Jenny

Forever Favourites #1

My top favourite song list is always changing, but these are ones that will absolutely for sure never leave, and have been in that list for years (meaning that these are prominently slightly older songs.)

  • Don’t Look Back In Anger // Oasis

Is it bad that I can’t listen to this song without crying? This song, in my opinion, is literally perfect, despite being overplayed to death. It’s always been in my life this song has. My dad’s a big Oasis fan, and this song was playing when I was born, so it’s literally been there all my life. I don’t know what it is I love most about this song-the beautiful guitar sound, the lyrics which could be given whatever meaning suits you that day, the fantastic, fantastic intro.

  • Thank You // Led Zeppelin

I’ve written about this song before, in my top seven favourite love songs (https://lucylikesbands.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/my-top-7-favourite-love-songs/) but this song is so beautiful, it’s insane.

  • Riot Van // Arctic Monkeys

Definitely my favourite Arctic Monkeys song. The lightness of touch and simplicity in this song is so effective, and goes so beautifully with the clever lyrics. Very different to the kind of stuff they release today, but definitely a pure beauty.

  • Everlasting Light // The Black Keys

The lyrics are beautiful, the beat is cool, the vocals are awesome and typical Black Keys-esque. This song is just overall fantastic.

  • Mr Brightside // The Killers

I don’t even really need to talk about this song-I feel like there isn’t a person in the world who doesn’t love this song (if you say you don’t then you’re lying to yourself). It’s impossible not to have the lyrics etched into your brain forever. A true belter-and fantastic live.

  • Someday // The Strokes

This is my favourite song from a fantastic album by a fantastic band. The nostalgic lyrics just go really well with Julian’s voice, and despite the subtle sadness amongst the nostalgia in the lyrics, the tune is upbeat and happy.

  • Can’t Stand Me Now // The Libertines

This song is so ridiculously tight and perfectly timed, yet still holding the rough messiness that the Libertines are known for. Not only this, but the lyrics are insanely clever (“an ending fitting for the start, you twist and tore our love apart”). Absolutely adore this song.

  • I’m One // The Who

A fantastically subtly uplifting song which starts off pretty sad, and then has a beautiful lift-something I absolutely love in songs. This change in mood is what makes this song so wonderful to me, along with the brilliant lyrics.

  • Joe’s Head // Kings of Leon

Who doesn’t love a really uplifting tune with lyrics about a dead body? This song comes from the first Kings of Leon album, and I feel that it really doesn’t get enough recognition. I seriously love the irony between the lyrics and the music.

  • Get Back // The Beatles

I find it pretty much impossible to pick a favourite Beatles song, but this one’s pretty damn close. So many things make this song incredible to me-the guitar, the vocals, the memories of seeing it performed by Paul McCartney and Ronnie Wood whilst I was front row. It’s just a brilliant song.

I’m going to leave it at that for now, but I have plenty other songs that I consider my “forever favourites” so expect a part two to this.

Cool Speeches Make For Cool People

As we approach the end of award show season, it seems like a good time to look back on the winners of the awards, the outfits, the hairstyles, etc, but one topic from any award show that has been talked about to death is Alex Turner’s speech at the Brits.

“He’s so obnoxious and full-of-himself, acting like he’s the second coming of Jesus!”
“Cyclical nature of the universe? What the actual f*ck?”
“Alex, why do you only make speeches when you’re high?”

Okay-for one second, let’s ignore the fact that Arctic Monkeys are my favourite band and I really wanted them to win as many awards as physically possibly, that I’m mega biased when talking about that band, that if Alex Turner punched my cat, I’d still say it was probably an accident.

I personally think that rock stars are rock stars and acting like they’re gods-well, that’s their job isn’t it?

People saying that Alex dropping the microphone was arrogant and stupid? Well, maybe it was. But it’s for sure not unheard of. At the Brits 2010, Liam Gallagher threw his microphone into the audience-acting up, that’s what rock stars do! It doesn’t mean they’re bad people, it just means they’re putting on a bit of a show!

Sure, it’s nice to see the break-through artist getting a little emotional and thanking their mums, dads and dogs, but is it not true rock n roll tradition to be a bit of a wanker at times? Rock stars acting like they’re a million levels of cool above you, that’s awesome, until the moment when-if-you meet them, when personally, I think they should drop the act and be nice because if it weren’t for the fans they’d have nothing. But yeah, on stage, making speeches, playing a gig? They have every right to be as cool and arrogant as they want to be.

So, kids, the morale of the story is: rock stars are infinitely cooler than us mere mortals when they’re doing anything on stage. Off stage, they can be the loveliest people on the planet, but on stage they can be as arrogant as they want. It’s just the nature of the universe.

February Playlist

Yeah, okay, you know the drill; here’s my favourite songs of the month-some are new, some are old, some I’ve just started loving, some I’ve loved for ages and recently my love’s been rekindled.

  • Mesmerise // Temples

I honestly wanted to put the whole of Temples’ debut album Sun Structures on here, but I settled with just this song, since it’s currently my favourite on the album. After seeing Temples at an in-store at Rough Trade, I’ve been loving them more and more. After Noel Gallagher criticised BBC Radio 1 for not playing bands like Temples and Jagwar Ma, Temples’ new album had certainly gotten some hype, but it’s definitely lived up to expectations and the album is fab and psychedelic.

  • Salvia Plath // Teen Suicide

This song is raw and perfect for listening to in the early hours of the morning when you still haven’t slept but the sun’s rising. To be honest, the whole of the EP Goblin Problems is really rad, go listen.

  • Everything Is Embarrassing // Sky Ferreira

This song is really catchy and her voice is beautiful-her music reminds me a little of Haim’s, with the punchy drum beats and catchy tunes. (Also this song title basically describes my life.)

  • What You Wanted // Spector

Since meeting Fred Macpherson at the Drowner’s in-store at Rough Trade, I’ve just felt like listening to Spector more, since it’s been a while since I gave the full album a proper listen. I’ve been listening to this song loads in particular, it’s really catchy and as with all Spector songs, Fred’s voice is just…phwoar.

  • Pass It On // The Coral

I’ve been getting the train loads this month for various reasons, and for some reason I find this song is really nice to listen to on a train. A really happy tune that will for sure make your train journey a little less boring and might encourage you to smile at strangers or something.

  • Simmer // Swim Deep

Another song that’s fab to listen to in the early hours of the morning when the sun’s coming up and you realise you’ve pulled an all-nighter, Simmer-the b-side to She Changes The Weather-is stunningly soft and gentle, something that goes beautifully with Austin’s voice.

  • Watch You Change // Drowners

I’ve been loving the whole of Drowner’s debut album Drowners, especially after seeing them play the whole of it at the Rough Trade in-store (where I also met them and they were lovely), and I wrote a review of the album here-https://lucylikesbands.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/drowners-drowners-review/ so I won’t go into too much detail about them, but this song is my current favourite. Like all the tracks on the album, it’s catchy with clever lyrics.

  • TV // Superfood

With quirky lyrics and Superfood’s unique singing style, TV is mega catchy and will stay stuck in your head for days, but is still for sure a unique song by a pretty unique band.

  • Whatever // Oasis

I’ve always loved this song, but for some reason I’ve just been listening to it so much more this month. (It’s rare that a month will go by where I haven’t had my love rekindled for an Oasis song.) This song is so uplifting, with the lyrics (“whatever you say, yeah, whatever you do, I know it’s alright”) and the happy melody-it’ll cheer you up no matter your mood.

  • Child // The Maccabees

I was really into the Maccabees about two years ago, and for some reason I went on a huge break from them and didn’t listen to them for ages. I started listening to them again this month and just remembered why I loved them so much. Child is filled with a swelling sense of emotion which builds up and gently dissolves throughout the song.

  • Family Friend // The Vaccines

I was utterly obsessed with the Vaccines throughout 2012, and throughout last year my obsession kind of fizzled out and I didn’t listen to them for ages-but recently I’ve been listening to them a lot more and this song especially has reminded me why I loved them so much. It’s got such a gentle lightness of touch that it’s simple but not bland, perfect chill out tune.

Badass Is Best

So hey here’s a playlist for if you fancy feeling particularly badass one day for if you happen to be walking down the street in a leather jacket and Doc Martins and you want to feel invincible.

  • Thickfreakness // The Black Keys

Maybe it’s the messy guitar riff or maybe it’s Auerbach’s vocals, but you just can’t escape the badass vibe.

“Hold me, love me / In your heart.”

  • The Rat // The Walkmen

Scratchy vocals, thrashing instrumentals, angry lyrics. Perfect combo for a badass tune.

“You’ve got a nerve to be asking a favour / You’ve got a nerve to be calling my number.”

  • Bad Mood // The Vaccines

That riff, man, that riff just embodies this whole theme, y’know?

“Better to be ready if you rattle my cage / Oh I should loosen up some, baby I know.”

  • She // Wolf Alice

When you’ve got a song in which the singer belts “IT’S SO EASY TO REBEL” you know you’ve got a badass tune, plus the guitar is fantastic.

“She’s got a boyfriend in the band / And they’ve done more than just hold hands.”

  • Arabella // Arctic Monkeys

Pretend this song is written about you, yeah, and then you’re covered.

“Wraps her lips round a Mexican Coke / Makes you wish that you were the bottle.”

  • Steady, As She Goes // The Raconteurs

If that intro hasn’t got you feeling on top of the world, then I don’t know what will.

“Well here we go again you found yourself a friend who knows you well / But no matter what you do you’ll always feel as though you tripped and fell.”

  • Mallrats (La La La) // The Orwells

A song about youths causing ruckus? That sounds like *gasp* a pretty damn badass tune.

“Yeah that’s the chick I saw, met my baby at the mall / Walking round with them all, looking for push-up bras.”

  • Smells Like Teen Spirit // Nirvana

That. Guitar.

“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous / Here we are now, entertain us.”

  • Bar Chat // Drowners

Thrashing instrumentals, pissed off lyrics, yeah this song has got it all to make you feel pretty badass.

“What’s the point in running just to be the fastest loser? / And where’s the point in watching all those vulchers linger?”

So yeah, that’s my playlist for if you fancy feeling like badass. Or at least, it works for me.

My Top 7 Favourite Love Songs

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought I’d compile a list of my top 7 favourite love songs, these aren’t in order and I decided to only include one per artist but here you go:

1. I Wanna Be Yours // Arctic Monkeys

Lyrics based on the poem by John Cooper Clarke, I Wanna Be Yours is undoubtedly romantic and lovely and although Alex Turner certainly has a romantic way with words and their musical history is ridden with love songs such as 505, Reckless Serenade, Arabella, etc, I Wanna Be Yours certainly stands out.

“If you like your coffee hot, let me be your coffee pot, you call the shots babe, I just wanna be yours.”

2. Something // The Beatles

The Beatles are another band who have an overwhelmingly massive collection of beautiful love songs, but Something is for sure my favourite of the lot. It’s not just the lyrics, but the song has a stunning serenading tune throughout it.

“Something in the way she moves attracts me like no other lover.”

3. Thank You // Led Zeppelin

I can honestly say this song has blown me away so much that it’s made me cry (more times that I’d like to admit.) I could hardly pick a favourite lyric because it’s literally a plethora and beautiful, romantic lines.

“If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you, if mountains crumbled to the sea, there would still be you and me.”

4. She Is Love // Oasis

One of the loveliest Oasis songs out there, in my opinion, She Is Love off Heathen Chemistry and soft and acoustic and sweet and with Noel singing it, it makes quite the contrast with the typical Liam-singing fooking-ave-it Oasis song.

“I don’t know where you’ve come from, no I haven’t got a clue, all I know is I’m in love with someone who loves me too.”

5. Toothpaste Kisses // The Maccabees

Light-hearted, gentle, this song is uplifting in a subtle way from the beautiful romantic lyrics. Probably the cutest love song out there.

“Lay with me, I’ll lay with you, we’ll do the things that lovers do, put the stars in our eyes.”

6. She Changes The Weather // Swim Deep

This song is lovely, soft and puts a slightly different spin on typical love songs by making the whole theme a lot more metaphoric. Goes perfectly with Austin’s voice.

“She takes my time, but I don’t mind she makes me feel like, like I can see for miles.”

7. Lovesick // Peace

This song is uplifting and fun and not as deep and soft as regular love songs. Really fun live as well.

“I don’t wanna go to school, I don’t wanna take the call, I just wanna be a fool and get lovesick with you.”