once a month a small group of music obsessed sydney-siders gather in someones cosy lounge room, drink wine, swap mixtapes & most importantly listen to records.
the only rule is that each person must bring one or two songs that they will play for the group & explain why they've chosen it - as you can imagine... nerdy conversation ensues & discoveries are made. occasionally the night is themed - so far we have covered love, blues, first album bought & christmas but most months it's a fair game.
in order to capture each months playlists we've decided to start a blog & this is it.
Last week we had an open themed record club where we could play anything our hearts desired. Anyways here’s what was played…
Hannah played “Machu Pichu” by The Strokes from their latest album Angles. She said the song is her Friday night, finishing work song!
Megan played “It Goes Without Saying” by Nico Muhly - he will be performing at Vivid festival next month with Sufjan Stevens & Bryce Dessner. Get to it!
I (katie) played “Demon Host” by Timber Timbre - it’s just one of my all time faves, absolutely never tire of his music.
Claire played “Sparrow & the Wolf” by James Vincent McMorrow who recently toured Aust last month.
Nat played “Wintersong” by the oh so wonderful Blake Mills.
& Jez played a great B-side from a great band “Swallow” by My Bloody Valentine. If you haven’t listened to the album “Loveless” by My Bloody Valentine then you really should. Definitely one of the best albums of all time.
The new Shins album has been getting a bit of a play. I was hesitant at first because I didn’t love Wincing the Night Away and I knew that James Mercer had ditched his entire old band and had replaced them. I know that Mr Mercer was always the creative driver behind the band but it’s felt like he’s been even MORE in control over the last 2 albums.
My wonderful wife bought me the album as a gift and I have been enjoying it more than I thought I would. It reminds me more of Chutes Too Narrow era, but with more polish in the production. The first single “Simple Song” really reminds me of something off their second album. I don’t love the album as much as their old stuff (which I was obsessed with) but it’s still worth a listen.
Katie played two tunes from Young Magic - ‘Sparkly’ & ‘Slip Time’ Meg played the newbie from Best Coast ‘The Only Place’ Kerryn played the beautiful track ‘Give Out’ by Sharon Van Etten Jez played ‘Oblivion’ by Grimes.
I thought since this month is SXSW it would be fun to take advantage of the endless supply of amazing bands waiting to be discovered. Simply find a band showcasing at this years SXSW that you’ve never heard of before & share them with us!
Loads of blogs have already done the hard work by sorting through & finding their favorites so feel free to steal from one of them if need be - just make sure it’s a band you’ve never heard of before & have now fallen in love with.