Monday, 28 February 2011

SXSW 2011: World's Greatest Music's definitive guide... bands who are playing this year and made one great track in the nineties (written by Joe)

Need You Around by Smoking Popes:

Not An Addict by K's Choice

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Johnny & Mary by Robert Palmer

Joe writes: I feel like I've known this melody all my life but I only realised what it is recently when I heard it on Radio 2.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Tired Of Being Sorry

Joe writes: I've just realised that the original version of Enrique Iglesias's hit is a track I liked back in 2006

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Tribes - We Were Children

Joe writes: they sound like the music that Mark Goodier played when I first listened to the Evening Session on Radio 1, but they also sound modern (unlike so many modern guitar bands) - exciting

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Quite unlike any other song - Scenes From An Italian Restaurant

Phil writes: Always refreshing to listen to such a song, particularly when it's as good as this one by Billy Joel:

Monday, 21 February 2011

did I mention that I met Mick Jones recently?

Joe writes: My favourite Big Audio Dynamite track is Applecart. Great drums and I liked the YouTube comment "Mick is a real melody man, always has been even in his Clash days." Yes. Listen!

Sunday, 20 February 2011

A Haunting Duet

written by Chris Martin, so no surprise (Phil writes):

Inspired by Steinbeck

Phil writes: I guess that there are plenty of other songs inspired by books, but it is surely unusual for two songs as good as these to have been inspired by the same book, 'The Grapes of Wrath' (a 'must read' BTW):

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

The Bullitts feat. Lucy Liu and Jay Electronica - Close Your Eyes

Joe writes: Zane Lowe played this earlier and my ears pricked up

just found out The Wilhelm Scream is a cover

Joe writes: The best hook on the Kanye West album turned out to be written by Mike Oldfield.

Now the best hook on the James Blake album turns out to have been written by his dad.

Call me old-fashioned but I value songwriting and I'm disappointed to discover James Blake's hooks are written by other people (including CMYK which samples Kelis but isn't on the album).

I still bought the album on vinyl but I wouldn't have without his dad's and Feist's contributions.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Nazareth - Love Hurts

Joe writes: I enjoyed today's Track In The Box, a great song by Boudleaux Bryant and a version I hadn't heard before

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Ron Sexsmith

Joe writes: Ron Sexsmith's new single is on the Radio 2 playlist which reminded me of Secret Heart, surely his best song (not that I've listened to them all), and one with the potential to become a standard. It's from his 1995 album, his first for Interscope.