8TRACKS: The Return of the Mixtape

9 Jun

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When iPods happened, most of us rejoiced. After all, if you’re old enough to remember the noise your bag made as the twenty five CDs you’d stuffed into it clanked together, then you’re old enough to be pleased that you no longer have to carry them all around. Access to your entire music collection on the go can only be a good thing – not to mention the fact that my CDs always seemed slightly fragile in my personal disc player – and iPods were so shiny and new that it was almost impossible not to like them.

Fast forward a little bit, though, and it seemed that the rise of the iPod had led to the fall of the mix tape.

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CHECK IT OUT: 20 Lyrics That Feel Like Your 20s

24 May

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I was at an interview the other day, talking about music – as you do – and the interviewer asked me why I liked music. It’s a difficult question that I’m sure we’ve all been asked – right up there with ‘what kind of music do you like?’ and ‘what are your favourite bands?’ It leaves you wondering where to start – I always want to specify in terms of lists, and get a bit High Fidelity about it.

The answer to the question of why I like music is one that changes frequently, but the answer I gave at the time was that there’s always something to identify with. It ranges from when you know exactly what you want to listen to, and turn up the volume on something like The Who’s ‘My Generation’, to when you hear a song and realise for the first time that this person knows exactly what you’re going through.

I’ve been thinking about it on and off since and, while I think that it’s an important quality in any part of your life, there is something about your 20s that leaves you seeking out this feeling in particular. So I’m adding to the multitude of already existing lists out there with my own – 20 lyrics that feel like your 20s. And don’t worry, it’s not just Taylor Swift.

From Kanye to John Mayer, OneRepublic to Jimmy Eat World – click here to check it out.

Do you have any further suggestions? What songs do you find yourself identifying with lately?

In the Roundhouse over the Sea: Neutral Milk Hotel, 21/05/14

22 May

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Warning: this is pretty long. And while it’s technically sort of about the Neutral Milk Hotel concert at the Roundhouse last night, it’s also sort of not really about that and about the band as a whole. So if you’re looking for a proper gig review, that’s probably not what this is.

Now you know, let’s continue.

Last night, I went to see Neutral Milk Hotel at the Roundhouse and let me tell you, it was an experience. So much so, that it’s difficult to find the words to describe it. I know, I know – that’s one of the worst things that a journalist can say, particularly as, you know, it’s our entire job to find words to describe things. So with that in mind, I’m going to do the best I can. But if not… I’m sure you’ve all had concerts like this before. You’ll know what I mean.

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THREE AND A HALF HOUR CONCERT: Waiting too long for The Cure?

2 Apr

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When it comes to a professional critical review of a concert, it can be difficult to get it right.

Reviews are always going to be subjective. If you’re a huge fan of a band then chances are, you’re going to enjoy seeing them live no matter what, and you’re going to be even happier to hear the b-sides. On the other hand, if you’ve only heard them once or twice and your mate had a spare ticket, you’re going to be less pleased to barely recognise any of the songs – and that’s not taking into consideration that it could be a band like My Bloody Valentine. Not for the faint-hearted, that one.

But neither of those perspectives would be wrong.

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CHECK IT OUT: 10 Of The Best Cover Songs That You Should Be Listening To

2 Mar

 

If you haven’t heard it by now, then you should. Bruce Springsteen decided to cover Lorde’s hit song ‘Royals’ – while he was, of course, in New Zealand. The jury’s still out on whether or not it’s an improvement on the original – and the Boss even changed a few of the lyrics up – but don’t worry, because we’ve got 10 more cover songs that, if not improvements, are definitely close to it.

The art of the cover song is a tricky one. Artists never seem to know whether to go for a faithful reproduction of the original and do nothing new, or whether to try and put their own spin on it and run the risk of absolutely decimating it.

That said, here are some that we think you’ll enjoy.

Click here to check them out!

SINGLE REVIEW: Homesick (Catfish and the Bottlemen)

16 Jun

Mixing an explosive chorus with a down-key verse can often sound contrived and incohesive, but Catfish and the Bottlemen manage to avoid falling into the trap on new single ‘Homesick’. The track clocks in at two and a half minutes but feels like it’s over before you know it, stopping and starting in bursts without needing to catch its breath. Despite the young age of the band, there’s no sign of immaturity or inexperience – instead, just potential. ‘Homesick’ they might be, but it’ll take a while before we’re sick of this ourselves.

INTERVIEW: pools are nice

14 Jun

And we’re back! What better way to kick off the return of I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times than by an interview with one of our favourite bands, pools are nice. 

The four piece are from Connecticut, and have been featured frequently on this website for their lo-fi brand of fuzz-rock – from ‘Then you’re thinking too much’ to ‘We live here now’, there’s something arresting and interesting about each of their EPs, while their identity remains. I had a chat with the band about the thoughts behind the name, and what they have planned for the future…

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