Day 715 – Happy Birthday

No. Not me. And probably not you, statistically speaking.

But 6 Music turns 20 today, so happy birthday to it.

My spiritual, musical home, not always a harmonious (pun actually intended) relationship, but sometimes things need to be a bit challenging and difficult. It’s also both the reason that I use Spotify, and the reason that I don’t use Spotify very much. Because I don’t have the luxury of a local record store, so I need to get my (non-radio) music fix somewhere, but I’m more often listening to the radio in the first place.

Look at all my Spotify Playlists here

And on those odd occasions when I do accidentally tune into some local station, whether it’s one meant for my demographic or not, I thank my lucky stars that the internet and the BBC Sounds app exists. Because there would be misery and death all around if I had to listen to the aural pollutants that SABC and Primedia push out 24/7.

So here’s to another 20 years and beyond.
Happy Birthday, 6 Music.

Day 616 – Music news

Everybody else is doing it, so why can’t we? Yes, that question was also music related. (IYKYK)

Lookie here! It are my #SpotifyWrapped2021 selection for the year. I listened to a lot more than this, because I do like my radio, but there was certainly a lot of Spotifying as well. And this is what I listened to:

Look at that mix of contemporary and er… “older” quality artists.

My top 5 songs came from 1985, 2020, 2021*, 2020, and 1981.
Which is all a bit confusing, because if you asked me what the best decade for music is or was, I’d obviously tell you that it was the 1990s.

Spotify put My Favourite 100 Songs Of The Year** into a playlist, which you’ll want to have a listen to:

Argh! The Spotify embed tool keeps giving me someone else's playlist. 
Who the hell are the Stray Kids? Save yourself - don't google them. 
Rather click the link above. Safety first. 

I might have lost my sense of taste for a few weeks thanks to that miserable virus, but my musical taste clearly never failed me.

Look at all my Spotify Playlists here



* you’ll find some New Dad there too
** I’m fairly sure that they’ll have done this for other users, as well

2019 wrapped – My Spotify

Spotify has let me know which artists and songs I listened to most this year. I’ve been VERY protective of my algorithm, so it’s delightful to note that neither Ed Sheeran nor Taylor Swift made it anywhere onto any playlist.

My top five were:
Death Cab For Cutie, Seafret, Dry The River, New Order and First Aid Kit.

Reasonable.

My top genres were:
Indie Rock (obvs), Electronica, Britpop, Chamber Psych (eh?) and Rock.

Ok.

And my top five songs were:

Atlantis by Seafret
Song for a Seagull by Teleman
Time by Angelo de Augustine
Please Don’t Die by Father John Misty
and this: Apocalypse by Cigarettes After Sex

This is a very fair representation of my 2019.

PfaCB

We had a Chilled Braai yesterday, which was great.

I provided the music, in the form of a hastily, but thoughtfully, put together Spotify playlist:

Clearly, I spent a lot of time on the title.

If you have plans for a Chilled Braai (or any other chilled occasion) for which you require some suitable music, please help yourself for free! right here.

Enjoy!

Particles

My latest favourite album: Island Songs, the neo-classical Icelandic genius of pianist Ólafur Arnalds.
And this is one of my favourite tracks from that favourite album, Particles:

Vocals from Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, lead vocalist with Of Monsters And Men.

Hats off to the violinists in this one. Not much elbow room on that staircase.

Particles is on my Inspired By 6 Spotify playlist. Please share and follow.