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January Playlist

So you know the drill, this is a playlist of songs I’ve been listening to most over January. Some are new songs, some are old, some I’ve loved forever, some I’ve just discovered, etc etc.

  • Trust Me…I’m A Genius//The Family Rain

I saw The Family Rain supporting Miles Kane in October, and I thought they were so good that I immediately bought their Pushing It EP at the merch store (and they kindly signed it for me), and now I’ve been getting mega excited for their new album Under The Volcano to come out, and this song is just so catchy and cool and I love it, and I love them, basically.

  • Mallrats (La La La)//The Orwells

This song has the type of qualities and for some artists, could make a disaster (for example, the repeated “la la la”s, for some people, those just sound like they were too lazy to write lyrics). However The Orwells make it work and they make it cool, and Mallrats (La La La) is the perfect song to make you feel upbeat and young and happy despite the miserable weather we’re stuck with.

  • Follow//Telegram

I’ve already spoken about this in my “happy tunes” post ( so I won’t go into too much detail, but basically this song makes me feel really happy and I love it and I’m hoping to hear some more from Telegram soon.

  • You’ve Got It All Wrong//Drowners

It was immensely difficult to just pick one Drowners song to talk about since I’ve been obsessed with them all month. Their eponymous debut album came out on the 27th January, and it’s absolutely fantastic, however since it hasn’t been out that long I haven’t picked an absolute favourite of any of the new songs, and You’ve Got It All Wrong has been out as a single for a while. Fantastic lyrics, catchy tunes, you really can’t go wrong with this band. I did a review of their album here:

  • Colours To Life//Temples

After being introduced to Temples by one of my best friends, I’ve found that this is my favourite out of their songs. They’re chilled, but not depressing, perfect for a fan of Tame Impala and other psychedelic bands. This song in particular makes feel most calm and chilled and happy.

  • Going Nowhere//Oasis

I feel like this song is just such a January song, so of course I’ve whipped it out at this time of year to listen to on repeat pretty much everyday. Undoubtedly one of my favourite Oasis B-Sides, Going Nowhere is perfect to listen to in the car with the rain dribbling down the window.

  • Solemn Skies//Childhood

I absolutely love Childhood, and I’ve been listening to them pretty much all month, but this song in particular. It makes me happy, it’s catchy, and I want to see it live so badly. Also the video is really summery and it makes it feel like summer’s closer (even though it’s still six months away-*sigh*).

  • Picture Me In A Hospital//Babyshambles

This song joins the list of songs with happy tunes and depressing lyrics. Frankly I’d rather not picture Pete Doherty in a hospital where the blood runs red, but I do love this song and have been listening to it loads over this month.

  • Match Box//The Kooks

I’ve loved the Kooks for ages, and my love for them has definitely been rekindled recently, and I can’t exactly find a catalyst to why. I saw them live in October 2011, and they were really cool, but after that I kind of stopped listening to them, and recently I’ve definitely been back on it. This song is happy and upbeat and I love it.

  • Separate And Ever Deadly//The Last Shadow Puppets

It seems every winter/new year season since this album has been out, I’ve been whipping it out. I’m not sure why, it just seems like a winter album, and I’ve been loving this song in particular recently.


Drowners // Drowners Review

Drowners’ self-titled debut album Drowners has been described as a mix of the Strokes, the Smiths and the Vaccines, and really I couldn’t agree more with those comparisons, but despite this, I still see a noticeable unique quirkiness ridden in this album, particularly in such songs as ‘Unzip Your Harrington’ and ‘Bar Chat’, and a fair amount of wild excitement that just indicates how fantastic this band should be live (I can’t say if they are fantastic live, since I’ve never seen them so I have no evidence to back up this statement, but if their music is anything to go by, they should be able to bring the house down.)

There’s something about this album that excerpts such an infectious energy that makes the listener excited to be young, or perhaps wish they were, if they’re of an older age. Maybe it’s the upbeat guitar tunes that the majority of the songs are graced with, or the lyrics about the lyrics of happy memories that are featured in most of the tracks also-in particular, “Long Hair” with such lines as “barely nineteen I see you every night, whispering between us girls,” and “all the girls had long hair, and all the boys had long hair, and you were missing out.” If you want to get excited about life and youth and making a fantastic future, then this is the album to listen to.

Drowners // Drowners – 8.5/10

also if you fancy it, please check out my band’s first original song on soundcloud (it’s just a rough recording but go listen anyway if you want) (shameless self-advertisement right there)

Happy Tunes

Someone asked me recently my top three songs that make me happy, energetic, ready to go out, etc, and considering it’s mid-January which seems to be the most miserable time of the year for most of us, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite happy-energetic-getting-ready-to-go-out songs.

  • Rock N Roll Star//Oasis

A song completely devoted to being awesome and living the life of a rock star, Rock N Roll Star is the perfect song to listen to while you’re getting ready for a night out and get you pumped up.

“Tonight I’m a rock n roll star”

  • Shine On//The Kooks

I feel like it’s impossible to listen to this songs, or most Kooks songs for that matter, and not have a grin plastered across your face. An adorable love song to listen to when walking down the street on a sunny day that will undoubtably give you a spring in your step.

“Safety pins holding up the things that make you mine. About your hair, you needn’t care, you look beautiful all the time”

  • Better That That//Miles Kane

Most of Miles Kane’s music is pretty happy, especially tunes off his second album, but this one particularly makes me smile, especially when played live. Incredible to blast in the car with the windows down, or even with the windows up when it’s raining-it’ll make it feel like summer to you anyway. It will hype you up to no end.

“When Johnny and the Silver Beatles had your volume high I feel better than that”

  • Bassline//Reverend And The Makers

A song perfect to listen to before/during a party. It’s about forgetting about all the bad stuff that happened during the week, and just going mental and losing your mind to the music. You will want to dance.

“All the Monday spent waiting for Friday’s high, all the people want is b-b-bassline”

  • Follow Baby//Peace

Seeing this song live was one of the happiest musical moments of my life; it’s a proper belter and the crowd went mental. I was so ridiculously happy in that moment, and every time I listen to that song. You won’t be able to stop smiling when listening to this.

Follow baby we’re gonna live forever baby”

  • Dancing Shoes//Arctic Monkeys

An early Arctic Monkeys track, so it’s almost definitely going to be about the night life of Sheffield. This one in particularly is good at getting you psyched up to go out and have a good time.

“Get on your dancing shoes, you sexy little swine”

  • Diane Young//Vampire Weekend

This song was my 2013 summer tune, but I can listen to it in January and still get a rush of happiness and excitement. The other day I was in the car half way down the motorway, and it is pouring rain outside, and this song came on the radio and I was instantly happy.

“Irish and proud baby naturally, but you got the luck of a Kennedy”

  • Follow//Telegram

Every time I’ve gone out recently, this has been my “getting ready tune”. A proper lively song that’ll get you in a happy mood regardless of how you felt before.

“Follow follow there you go it’s just to let you know that there’s no turning around”

  • My Generation//The Who

The Who seemed to specialise in songs that make me undeniably happy. Along with My Generation there’s 5.15, Anyway Anyhow Anywhere, The Kids Are Alright, the list goes on. But My Generation is the one that makes me happiest to go out and see people from, well, my own generation.

“People try to put us d-down just because we get around”

  • Friday I’m In Love//The Cure

You can’t talk about happy songs without mentioning this song. The king of happy songs, this song is, of course, the perfect song to celebrate the start of the weekend.

“I don’t care if Monday’s blue, Tuesday’s grey and Wednesday too. Thursday I don’t care about you, it’s Friday I’m in love.”

That’s where I’m going to end my list for now, but if you liked this post, I might do a part two at some point, so please let me know if you liked this. Also let me know your favourite happy, getting-ready songs. I’d be interested to hear.

“But why don’t you just get it on iTunes?”

Whenever I speak to someone who doesn’t have the same opinions as me regarding iTunes and buying physical copies of albums, they often leave the conversation thinking I’m some mental person who just wants to hand over their money for something they could get for free on illegal downloading sites or get for less money on iTunes.

What a lot of people don’t understand is how much I love owning the physical copy, flicking through the little book of photos and lyrics and that, putting the CD on my shelf with the others in alphabetical order (of course), and how buying something on iTunes, to me, just doesn’t have the same effect.

In reality, I’d love to buy vinyl and have a record player, but being a fifteen year old girl who buys too much music (pff, as if there’s such thing as too much music), there’s no way I’d be able to afford buying records over CDs, along with a record player. But if you buy records, or if you buy CDs, and you’re reading this, you know exactly what I mean when I say it’s a million times better than owning an MP3 download.

There’s the issue of CD shopping, too. Shops where you can buy physical copies of albums, whether it be in vinyl or CD form, are quickly going down the drain and this honestly saddens me more than I can even comprehend. My best friend and I used to go to a CD shop near us every Friday after school, but it shut down about a year ago, so we’ve started taking a forty-five minute bus ride as often as we can to go to a CD shop completely of our way. But it’s worth it.

It’s worth it because it’s exciting going into a shop and flicking through the CDs or vinyl, talking to the staff about music, having to choose which of the two albums you want more and can afford to buy, then when you go home, and listen to your new music. Whenever I buy things on iTunes nowadays, I feel as though I’m not appreciating it as much, I feel like I don’t connect with it enough. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that after I’ve gone to an effort to get my new music, I really want to just sit in the dark and listen to it with no distractions.

I understand why people illegally download or buy things on iTunes though. It is easier, and with illegally downloading, it costs nothing. I suppose it’s all about personal preference, but it still makes me really sad to see CD and record shops going down the drain.

But look where we are now-HMV in Oxford Street is shutting down after thirty years there. And although honestly, HMV isn’t really my CD shop of choice, it’s the biggest standing one in the world, and now that it’s shutting down in Oxford Street and has shut in many other locations, what does this mean for other music stores around the world? Will their revenue improve due to people needing an alternative to HMV, or does it mean that the future of physical copies of music is going down the drain for good?


By the way, sorry I haven’t posted for two weeks, I’ve been having exams and all that at school. But I hope you all had a happy new year, and I’m going to start trying to post on here every Wednesday from now on.

My Top 5 Gigs Of 2013

5. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds with Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Paul Weller (The Teenage Cancer Trust Gig) at Royal Albert Hall, 23.03.13

A true moment in musical history-Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Paul Weller playing Tender. It was absolutely gorgeous, as was Noel’s set alone. Playing mostly High Flying Birds’ songs, but with some Oasis tracks thrown in there, the room was absolutely filled with excitement. Particular favourites were Don’t Look Back In Anger (my favourite song ever), Fade Away, Everybody’s On The Run and The Death Of You And Me.

4. Tribes at The Roundhouse, 29.05.13

This was the only time I ever got to see Tribes live (apart from when they supported The Kooks in 2011), and they were absolutely phenomenal, as were their supports, Superfood and Wolf Alice. The set was wonderful, especially Dancehall, We Were Children and Girlfriend, and the crowd were excited and energetic (which was a good thing, despite some bruises from the moshpits). 

3. Miles Kane at Brixton Academy, 11.10.13

Supported by the fantastic Family Rain, Miles provided a lively, energetic set, and perhaps it was due to the fact that he seemed so happy to be performing, it made the audience happy to watch him. The set covered a decent amount of both albums, with particular gems being Colour Of The Trap, Don’t Forget Who You Are, Rearrange and First Of My Kind.

2. Peace at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 06.12.13

Again, I’ll try not to say too much here, as I have previously written a blog post on this gig (, but Peace were supported by the brilliant Superfood and Drenge, and because of how fantastic the support bands were, it was somewhat expected that Peace would seem like almost a step down. This idea was very quickly demolished as soon as Peace came on stage and they began their set, as their set was perfect, and they played excellently, particular favourites being their cover of Last Christmas, Float Forever, Follow Baby and Lovesick.

1. Arctic Monkeys at Earl’s Court, 25.10.13

Arctic Monkeys are my favourite band, and have been for a few years now, and I’d only ever seen them once before this, at the O2 Arena, in October 2011, and so suffice to say I was ridiculously looking forward to this gig. And I was most definitely not let down. The support band, The Strypes, who I’d previously seen live and met in June, played brilliantly, and got everyone even more excited for the Monkeys to come on. When they did come on, to the intro of Do I Wanna Know?, they played an absolutely perfect set, and I was genuinely upset when it had to end. Songs that were particularly brilliant were Old Yellow Bricks, Do I Wanna Know?, Arabella, Cornerstone and Mardy Bum. I can’t describe how excited I am to be seeing them again, at Finsbury Park in May 2014.

Gigs that were incredible but didn’t quite make my top 5:

Haim at the Forum, Swim Deep at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Vampire Weekend at the O2 Arena.

My December Playlist

So this is the playlist I’ve been listening to for most of December, some of these songs are old, some are kind of new, some I’ve loved for a long time and my love has been rekindled this month, some I’ve only just started listening to, etc…

I Haven’t Got My Strange//Arctic Monkeys

90 Mile Beach//Wolf Alice

White Sky//Vampire Weekend


Beach Sluts//Howler


Supersoaker//Kings Of Leon

Follow Baby//Peace

She//Wolf Alice

Alone, Together//The Strokes

Upset Boulevard//Spector


Only You Know//Arctic Monkeys (Dion Mucci Cover)

What A Shame//The Strypes

Best Of Friends//Palma Violets

Top 10 Albums Of 2013

I personally think 2013 has been a fantastic year for music, and it was really hard to pick my top 10, but here it is, along with my top 3 tracks from each album, for your enjoyment:

10. Snapshot by The Strypes

Snapshot is filled to the brim with catchy, upbeat tunes which will be stuck in your head for days and have this kind of energy that’s almost infectious. Despite the young of the band members, it’s clear that the Irish young lads clearly know a thing or two about 60s blues and 70s pub rock bands like Dr Feelgood, and can deliver the songs brilliantly live.

Band members: Ross Farrelly, Josh McClorey, Pete O’Hanlon and Evan Walsh

Release date: 9th September 2013

My top 3 tracks from the album: Hometown Girls, What A Shame, Blue Collar Jane

9. Comedown Machine by The Strokes

Despite the lack of publicity and no follow-up tour (something which angered many Strokes fans like myself), The Strokes’ fifth album Comedown Machine was brilliant. Although this album is very different to Is This It and in fact all of the other Strokes’ albums, it’s still wonderful and although that appears to be quite a controversial opinion, I stick by it.

Band Members: Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond Jr, Nikolai Fraiture and Fabrizio Moretti

Release Date: 25th March 2013

My top 3 tracks from the album: Call It Fate Call It Karma, Welcome To Japan, One Way Trigger

8. Wish To Scream by Tribes

I know that Wish To Scream was not very well received by most people, even people who’d loved the band’s debut album Baby, and their follow-up did not even crack the top 40, and perhaps this was the reason for the band’s split (something I wrote a blog post about previously, but nevertheless I absolutely adore this album, possibly even more than Baby. I feel like this album is just more honest and raw, along with a more emotional vibe which I think works beautifully with Johnny’s voice, and I for one, am still devastated that I’ll never see this album performed live again.

Band members: Johnny Lloyd, Dan White, Jim Cratchley and Miguel Demelo

Release date: 30th May 2013

My top 3 tracks from the album: Dancehall, It Never Ends, One Eye Shut

7. Drenge by Drenge

Drenge, in my opinion, is the perfect album for a sulky teenager like myself, as it has the kind of punky skattered vibe that we crave, and after seeing them support Peace at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, I can safely say that the songs all sound fantastic live.

Band members: Eoin and Rory Loveless

Release date: 19th August 2013

My top 3 tracks from the album: Fuckabout, People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck, Bloodsports

6. Don’t Forget Who You Are by Miles Kane

Miles Kane’s second album Don’t Forget Who You Are is filled with the infectious energy that perhaps his debut album Colour Of The Trap lacked, and I think this is fantastic in showing how Miles seems to be moving forwards with his sound without changing into a different artist. Personally, I adore both albums and can’t pick a favourite, but I do think that his first album is more emotional whereas his second is more energetic but still contains the same feel as the first one, which has worked brilliantly in his favour as it ensures that he’s not sounding to “samey” but hasn’t changed too dramatically. Not only this, but the songs from the new album work fantastically live.

Release date: 3rd June 2013

My top 3 tracks from the album: Darkness In Our Hearts, Give Up, Fire In My Heart

5. Days Are Gone by Haim

Haim’s debut album has received a lot of criticism from the press saying it sounds too produced, which I agree with for sure, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I think that some bands would not be able to pull off that kind of sound, but the three sisters from LA seem to be able to do it perfectly in my opinion and their album is filled with catchy songs that could rightfully be compared with the likes of Fleetwood Mac.

Band members: Danielle, Este and Alana Haim

Release date: 27th September 2013

My top 3 tracks from the album: Don’t Save Me, Honey And I, The Wire

4. Where The Heaven Are We by Swim Deep

Where The Heaven Are We is a beautifully atmospheric album that almost takes the listener away, as weird as that sounds. It’s the type of album you’d listen to when you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep-it’s calming, subtly uplifting, stunning.

Band members: Austin Williams, Cavan McCarthy, Tom “Higgy” Higgins and Zachary Robinson

Release date: 5th August 2013

My top 3 tracks from the album: Soul Trippin, She Changes The Weather, King City

3. Modern Vampires Of The City by Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend’s third album Modern Vampires Of The City is a work of pure beauty in my opinion. All the songs are so different to each other, but a theme of subtle sadness runs through them from obviously somber Hudson to seemingly happy but still holds an aspect of sadness in the message, Diane Young. Perfect to listen to on a summer’s evening, for some reason.

Band members: Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Tomson and Chris Baio

Release date: 6th May 2013

My top 3 tracks from the album: Step, Unbelievers, Diane Young

2. In Love by Peace

In Love is a fantastic mix of upbeat, catchy riff-filled belters and softer, more raw tracks. Not only does this album transfer amazingly into a live set, but it’s also perfect to listen to at home with the lights off with a more chilled out atmosphere. In Love much like their fellow B-Town band Swim Deep’s album Where The Heaven Are We, has some very atmospheric moments, such as in songs like California Daze and Float Forever, but those moments are dispersed through real belters like Lovesick and Wraith.

Band members: Harrison and Sam Koisser, Doug Castle and Dominic Boyce

Release date: 25th March 2013

My top 3 tracks from the album: Float Forever, Wraith, Lovesick

1. AM by Arctic Monkeys

I could talk for years about my opinions on AM, and some of them I’ve already written about in another blog post ( so I won’t go too deeply into my opinions or this post would be far too long. But in short, I think this album is incredible, and every single track on it is an utter masterpiece.

Band members: Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O’Malley and Matt Helders

Release date: 9th September 2013

My top 3 tracks from the album: Mad Sounds, Do I Wanna Know?, Snap Out Of It

5 Albums Which Very Nearly Made My Top 10:

Reflektor by Arcade Fire, Sequel To The Prequel by Babyshambles, BE by Beady Eye, Mechanical Bull by Kings Of Leon, 180 by Palma Violets.

Haim At The Forum Review (10.12.13)

Although Haim’s live performances have received very mixed reviews and opinions thrusted at it, I honestly think they’re one of the best bands I’ve seen live, and definitely in my top five gigs of 2013. Playing almost all of their debut and only album so far, Days Are Gone, along with quite a fantastic Fleetwood Mac cover, the three sisters exerted an infectious bout of energy that the audience caught onto early on. Whether this was due to these two nights at the Forum being the sisters’ first London dates or whether that energy is given out in all of their live performances is unknown to me, but what I do know is that their excitement to be there (shown especially in Este’s stage dive at the end) made the audience excited to be there, and it felt like a special and quite an intimate night.

There’s been a lot of criticism towards Haim’s live performance with the omnipresent line “they don’t sound like they do on record when they play live”, and although I do agree with this statement, I don’t think it should be used negatively. On record Haim sound far more produced and although I do like this, I think the rawness of their live shows and having the songs stripped back a bit was a very interesting and in my opinion, successful way of doing their live shows.

Overall, despite the criticisms given from others towards Haim’s live performances, I think they were absolutely fantastic and I would really recommend going to see them if you get the chance. 

Peace At Shepherds Bush Empire Review

I saw Peace on the 6th December at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and it’s safe to say I had huge expectations. Although I haven’t been a dedicated fan of Peace since day one, for the last four months I’ve been listening to them religiously. As a result of this excitement, my friends and I arrived at the venue an hour early to ensure we got to the barrier (we did, securing a nice spot right in front of where Harrison Koisser situated himself.)

The first support band was Superfood, and upon going to the gig, I’d only heard one song by them, the eponymously titled “Superfood”. I liked the song but wasn’t expecting too much, but I was pleasantly surprised with how good their songs were, how well they played them live, and how the band had such a good stage presence. 

The second support band was Drenge, who I was really excited to see as I’d heard them quite a bit before and really liked. The two brothers played a brilliant set including such gems as “Fuckabout” and “People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck.” There were actually a couple of people standing near me who’d only come to the gig to see Drenge, and then left straight after before Peace even came on, which to me was a huge mistake because although Drenge were fantastic (and they were really fun to watch live, with Eoin and Rory both going a bit mental at points), Peace were phenomenal.

As soon as Peace begun the gig with “Waste of Paint” the whole crowd became alive and remained this way through the rest of the set. Harrison, Sam, Doug and Dominic played most of their album “In Love” with particular favourites being “Float Forever,” “Follow Baby,” and “Lovesick.” As well as this they played a few songs from their Delicious EP including 1998, which is personally my favourite song of theirs, and clearly many in the crowd felt the same as it went down fantastically. Not only this, but during one of the encores, they played a cover of “Last Christmas” which ensured the gig ended on a brilliantly happy note (as if it wouldn’t anyway).

Anyway, the whole gig was fantastic, and I was desperate to go back on the second night too. If you were there or at any of the other dates on their tour, let me know your opinions on it.

Evolution Of The Monkeys

It’s safe to say that Arctic Monkeys have been surfing on a wave of success ever since their first album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I Am Not, came out in 2006, with every single one of their albums becoming a number 1, as well as playing at the Olympic opening ceremony in 2012, and numerous other incredible achievements.

Even so, there’s still some discussion over their new album AM (which came out on 9th September of this year) sounding too different from their other albums, and sounding too “American-ized”, considering it was recorded in LA, which frankly, you can tell when listening to it.

My question is: is this such a bad thing? As much as I, among others, loved 2006 Arctic Monkeys with their witty lyrics about everyday life in Sheffield, particularly shining through such gems as “When The Sun Goes Down,” “From The Ritz To The Rubble,” “Red Lights Indicate Doors Are Secured,” and “You Probably Couldn’t See For The Lights But You Were Staring Straight At Me,” and all it’s true honesty, but I feel that, truthfully, if the four Yorkshire lads had produced five albums of it, we’d all be tired of it, and people wouldn’t hold back the complaints. So what’s the big problem with changing things up a bit? In my opinion, none of the five albums Arctic Monkeys have produced sound too much like each other; they’re each different but still hold the typical Arctic Monkeys charm, which probably lies with Turner’s song-writing skills.

As much as people complain that his voice has “become more American” or whatever, one cannot say that Turner’s lyrics have declined into those of a regular song-writer. Songs on AM still contain such wonderful, beautiful, witty lyrics such those particularly in “Arabella,” “Do I Wanna Know?” and “R U Mine?”

And it’s clear that the Monkeys have vastly improved their performing skills. I saw them at Earl’s Court on the 25th October and they were absolutely phenominal, and their Glastonbury performance was really well done, in particular the use of an orchestra for “Mardy Bum” and “Cornerstone”. 

So in all honesty, I think that people who say “oh Arctic Monkeys have changed too much” are wrong, since I feel like yes, they have changed, but only the right amount, and they have definitely kept a certain charm that only the Monkeys seem to possess.