List O’ the Week: Top 10 albums of 2013 by female artists

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Here are my favourite albums of 2013 (so far) by female artists/bands with a female lead.

Also check out this list’s companion music playlist.

10. Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle

9.  Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record

8. She & Him – Vol. 3

7. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt

6. Camera Obscura – Desire Lines

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Music Playlist #4: S is for Spring (Part 2)

Part 2 covers songs starting with the letter ‘S’ from artists starting with letters from ‘N to Z’. Why? Cos it’s spring……..see Part. 1 for songs by artists from the beginning of the alphabet.

All the songs are individually linked but I’ve compiled a YouTube Playlist for your benefit.

1. Son Of A Gun – The Vaselines

2. Shadow – Wild Nothing

3. Silly Crimes – The Tough Alliance

4. So Begins Our Alabee – Of Montreal

5. Sing Me Spanish Techno – The New Pornographers

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Music Playlist #3: S is for Spring (Part 1)

Yes! Spring has sprung (for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere or SoHem). Now what does this playlist have to do with spring? Nothing. It’s just a bunch a songs starting with ‘S’. I assure you this will not be my worst conceit for a playlist by a long shot. There are far too many great songs starting with S, so I’ve split this conceit into two playlists. Part 1 covers songs from artists starting with letters between A and M. Enjoy…..

See Part 2 here

All the songs are individually linked but I’ve compiled a YouTube Playlist for all the songs

1. Slow Motion – The Flaming Lips

2. Setting Sun – Howling Bells

3. Scandinavian Love – Efterklang

4. Secretarial – A.C. Newman

5. Sandy – Caribou

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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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