I’m not usually a fan of the old iTunes songs shuffle but I’ve been giving it a red hot go of late. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with what comes up and when Shellshock by New Order came on in the car the other day, I pumped it right up. It’s one of their more obscure tracks from 1987 and one of my faves. I remember first hearing it when I was about 13 when a girl did a modern solo to it at one of my dancing eisteddfods. I sat in the audience mesmerised – at the music, not her dancing. If you don’t know it, check it out here.
More great songs from Pavement, The Smiths, (old school) INXS, The National, The White Stripes, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Blur, Dinosaur Jr and more have also featured on the song shuffle this week. Songs from Frozen tend to sneak in every now and then to torment me, but I skip ahead as soon as I hear the intro in the hope that Ava doesn’t hear!
April was going to be a good month for gigs, but I was bitterly disappointed when I received the email confirming that The Black Keys gig was cancelled. (Noooooooooo!). Totally out of their control as the drummer had dislocated his shoulder, it was still a real downer for me as they are one of my top 10 fave bands and I haven’t seen them play live before.
So even though I didn’t get to see them, they have still been on high rotation. Ava likes their groove and sings along to the super catchy tunes from El Camino. I prefer their older records but will happily listen to any of their songs on any given day – they’re my fallback if I don’t know what I’m in the mood for.
I’m going to see Melbourne band Lurch & Chief next weekend. I first saw them play with Kingswood a couple of months ago and they were really, really good. They’ve just released a new EP called Breathe so I’m looking forward to hearing the new songs live. Here’s one of the singles from their first EP.
Speaking of Kingswood, I’ll be seeing them again in June and I can’t wait. Ever since I saw them at The Forum I’ve been hooked and can’t stop playing their album Microscopic Wars. They also have really cool video clips that are very amusing, quite tongue in cheek and they must have a lot of fun making them. Two of their songs are featured in a short film about bikie wars, which features all of the band members and some other familiar faces from well known Aussie bands. It’s a really clever production, full-on content but worth a look, you can find it here.
I also just found out Blur are doing a sideshow (to coincide with their appearance at Splendour in the Grass) and pre-sale tickets go on sale tomorrow. Fingers crossed I get some, as they are definitely on my bucket list!
Stay tuned peeps xo
Also on the decks this week:
Foo Fighters – The Colour and The Shape
The Grates – Gravity Won’t Get You High (language warning for small peeps!)
Dan Auerbach – Keep It Hid
Alex Turner – Submarine EP