Music Playlist #2 – California

This is a playlist of songs which reference California and/or locations within California. To narrow down the list, I’ve only chosen songs that explicitly reference Californian locations in the title. Essentially the playlist moves from Los Angeles to San Francisco with a couple of detours. Where possible I’ve tried to find video links that are audio only because I feel MVs can often distract from the songs. I also tried to find songs that evoke California, rather than just have my favourite songs with California in the title (alright, there’s a lot of those too)

I have made a YouTube playlist of all these videos for your convenience. However I can only find a live version for ‘The Chapter In Your Life Entitled San Francisco’ so I would recommend using the the vimeo link that I put up for that vid.

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Music Playlist #1

Playlist featuring the music from artists that start with A. I’m not going alphabetically (and it won’t always be grouped by artist) but I think ‘A’ would be a good place to start.

1. Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire – Two Way Action

The Swimming Hour (2001)

2. Akron/Family – I’ve Got Some Friends

Love Is Simple (2007)

3. Avi Buffalo – One Last

Avi Buffalo (2010)

4. Adam Green – Novotel

Jacket Full of Danger (2006)

5. Architecture In Helsinki – The Cemetery

In Case We Die (2005)

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List O’ the Week: Favourite Swedish Bands

The Swedes are masters of several musical niches: Metal, spiky new wave garage rock, wistful and delicate indie pop and catchy synth-inflected dance pop. I don’t have ear for metal but the other 3 vague categories are well represented here. I purposely haven’t include ABBA because they almost transcend and typify Swedish music.

  • 30. Billie the Vision and the Dancers
  • 29. Fever Ray
  • 28. jj
  • 27.The Hives
  • 26. Love Is All

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List o’ the Week: Favourite Songs of the Year (So Far)

The year is almost half way through. This is what I’ve liked so far (only one song per band)

20. Kurt Vile – Never Run Away

19. Deerhunter – Pensacola

18. Villagers – Earthly Pleasure

17. Waxahatchee – Peace and Quiet

16. Jacco Gardner – Puppets Dangling

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List o’ the week: Favourite albums of 2012

I figured I’d create a weekly list feature to help organise my thoughts and opinions



25. Foxygen – Take the Kids Off Broadway

24. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light

23. The Shins – Port Of Morrow

22. King Tuff – King Tuff

21. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave


Django Django

20. Django Django – Django Django

19. Field Music – Plumb

18. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city

17. Sleigh Bells – Reign Of Terror

16. Of Monsters And Men – My Head Is An Animal

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Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City


Until now I haven’t exactly been one to jump on the VW bandwagon (if I knew anything about cars, I’m sure there’s an easy pun here). Their debut self-titled album was a consistently pleasant affair with consistently pleasant afro-pop-tinged tracks that sported relatable but tepid lyrics like ‘I wake up, my shoulder’s cold, I’ve got to leave you before I go, I pull my shirt on, walk out the door’. Their sophomore effort had a cooler, more sophisticated sound; and it was a total bore, bolstered only by fantastic singles like Cousins. But I have to say Modern Vampires of the City is kinda great. Call it third time lucky.

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