The opposite of an end of year list

I don’t have anything against end of year lists. I really don’t. I have my top albums of the year and my top ten songs of the year clearly laid out in my head and I might even tweet about them if you’re lucky. But I’m just going to be annoying and share a few albums that I’ve only started listening to this month instead of over the whole year and that I really really like. I think that’s acceptable – right? Maybe not, but I’m doing it anyway.

Please show me your anti-end of year lists too, would love to see what you’ve found recently.

5. Teens of Denial – Car Seat Headrest

These guys are elusive. I feel like I should already know them and simultaneously that no-one should ever know them. They’re the kind of band that will never be famous,.  Not because they’re not good enough, that’s just not their vibe. It’s very chilled out, but really intellectual (love that) and also manages to sustain interest even though the songs are LONG and to the untrained ear, all kind of the same. Anyway, they’re super cool and are a good antidote to the relentless Buble being played.


4. Awaken, My Love! – Childish Gambino

In case anyone didn’t realise before, Donald Glover is an actual god amongst us. This album affirms is place amongst the best. It’s new and in true Gambino style it is completely different to what has come before. This album shows off his actually pretty out-of-this world voice and there’s basically no rap. He’s typically unpredictable and intimidatingly multi-faceted. One to watch, to keep watching, to bow down to. Also particularly in love with his Prince-esque Fallon performance. So elusive.


3. Varmints – Anna Meridith

Have you ever heard a more drama/theatre/cinematic album? Probably not because this one is spectacular. It’s just that – dramatic, intense, skillfully crafted and poetic. A very very cool album shown to me a by very very cool friend. I listen to it on the train and I feel very powerful. (also a very awesome music video)


2. Puberty 2/Bury Me at Makeout Creek – Mitski

Ahhh she’s so cool I really really love these albums and her. She has an entertaining and highly relatable twitter account as well. Would highly recommend. Anyway, the album fulfills all those dreamy American summer fantasies. Her music is hazy and lovely. I have been listening non-stop.


My number one is three special mentions.

  • Starboy – The Weekend
  • My Woman – Angel Olsen
  • Don’t You – Wet

Has Sia Gone Too Far?

Sia’s Elastic Heart music video is the latest controversy to hit the music world. Recieving over 5 million views in the first 24 hours, this latest single is classy pop magic, filled with head flicks, passion and electronic key changes. Classic Sia. The music video features Maddie Ziegler, the same extraordinary girl from Chandelier. However, it also has a guest appearance from Shia LaBeouf. Both are clad in nude coloured skin tight leotards and dance around a large cage, similarly to the aforementioned Chandelier. People saw this and they immediately assumed a promotion of pedophilia.

In my opinion, Sia, a world renowned and critically acclaimed pop queen, would not intentionally promote anything of this nature. Her new hidden identity has allowed her to express herself in her music in a far better, and far freer way. You can practically hear her heart pounding out of her chest in every beat, and she clearly carries out her work with the up most passion and conviction, and in turn I would imagine she expects some respect, as an artist if not as a person. As for this music video, it is not about a relationship, not a sexual one anyway. Sia predicted, wisely as always, that there would be a backlash towards the video. She hasn’t been controversial for the sake of controversy, she has employed two extremely talented individuals to express her music. There’s a number of people who have interpreted this video as a presentation of Sia’s relationship with her father, which is valid from an artistic perspective, but she has stated specifically that it is not about her father, and these interpretations do somewhat perpetuate the abuse element of the piece.

The video is about Sia. It is about her mentality and ‘two warring Sia states’. Whether it is a present and past Sia, a disturbed and sane Sia, or an uncontrollable and stable Sia we may never know, she may never reveal this to us, but what she has told should be respected. I just can’t help but feel a little disappointed in these comments. From watching the video you can see that this beautiful piece of dance, theatre, art has a deep rooted emotional centre and the elegant, modern choreography pushes all the right boundaries. Judging this video as sexual and abusive is crude and is a discredit to Sia, Maddie and Shia. They have all worked incredibly hard on this, especially Maddie, a girl of only twelve and the flawless accuracy and passion which seeps through the screen is what people should pay attention to. If you see this video as supporting pedophilia then you need to check yourself and realise that it’s probably you that needs to reassert their view of music, people and society, not Sia.

January Blues

  1. fracture – bombay bicycle club
  2. sophia – laura marling
  3. is there somebody who can watch over you – the 1975
  4. re stacks – bon iver
  5. glass in the park – alex turner
  6. i think ur a contra – vampire weekend
  7. eyes off you – bombay bicycle club
  8. cigarette daydreams – cage the elephant
  9. its cool, we can still be friends – bright eyes
  10. broad ripple is burning – margot and the nuclear so and so’s
  11. aren’t you someone’s something – frankie cosmos
  12. rapt – karen o
  13. papa hobo – ezra koenig cover
  14. mad sounds/family friend cover
  15. hand made – alt j
  16. songbird – eva cassidy

My Favourite Soundtracks

Soundtracks are essential for any great movie, and they can range from epic symphonies in ‘Lord of the Rings’, to a collection of indie songs written specifically for the movie, like ‘Submarine’, one of my absolute favourites. This list is not the best soundtracks of all time or anything like that, it’s just a summary of soundtracks which I love to listen to, and that I would highly recommend to anyone and everyone. It helps that the movies and television shows are excellent as well.

5. My Mad Fat Diary


‘You can spend the rest of your life being afraid of people rejecting you. You have to start by not rejecting yourself. You don’t deserve it’

Set in the 90’s, ‘My Mad Fat Diary’ follows the true story of Rae Earl, a girl with a lot of problems and a huge heart. Rae is utterly obsessed with music, especially Oasis, so naturally the show follows along with her taste, and it is superb. The soundtrack bursts with Brit-pop and awesome 90’s classics. I think this show and the music really connected with me because the songs didn’t just accompany the drama of each episode, instead they were very much part of Rae’s story and have a lot of bearing within the plot. You can listen to a compilation playlist from Season 1 here.

4. Girls 


‘It’s hard to tell someone so young that things don’t always end up the way you thought they’d be.’

‘Girls’ is without a doubt one of my favourite TV shows ever. It’s funny, heart warming and moving. It depicts a misfit group of girls living in New York who have far from perfect lives, which is actually quite comforting. The soundtrack (in particular that of Season 2) includes some of my favourite artists, including Jenny Lewis, Jake Bugg and Vampire Weekend. The tracks are light-hearted, innocent and ultimately quite sweet. Most are indie pop songs that will lift your mood instantly and warm the cockles of your heart. Buy it here.

3. Slumdog Millionaire


‘Money and women. The reasons for make most mistakes in life. Looks like you’ve mixed up both.’

To be honest, what are you doing with your life if you haven’t seen this film. It is such a classic, plus I love Danny Boyle and he pulls this off so well. The songs in this film are so upbeat and fun. I’ve loved ‘Paper Planes’ for so long (I even have a dance routine to go along with it) and ‘Jai Ho’ is probably one of the best songs to play at a party ever. As a whole soundtrack though, the tracks fit perfectly with the film and are very important elements in the story and cinematic experience. Without music the film wouldn’t have nearly the same amount of charm, especially the ending scene. Buy the soundtrack here.

2. (500) Days of Summer


‘Just because she likes the same bizzaro crap you do doesn’t mean she’s your soul mate.’ 

This one of the most misunderstood romance films of our time. ‘(500) Days of Summer’ follows Tom, who believes in love at first sight and that he will eventually find the one, and Summer who is completely the opposite and doesn’t believe in true love. Tom and Summer connect over the Smiths in an elevator, and they fall in love (kind of). Tom is more in love with the idea of the perfect girl than Summer herself. The music is so wonderful in this film. The soundtrack is unique and bubbly, and a couple of the songs are covered by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel themselves. It includes a classic from Hall and Oates which was part of a fantastically over the top musical number, a lot of the Smiths and even a french song. Buy it here.

1. Submarine


‘Jordana hates any place that could be termed romantic. With this in mind, I took her to one of my favourite industrial estates, for some quality one-on-one time.’

‘Submarine’, directed by Richard Ayoade, is an indie film about young love and the pressures of being a teenager. The film itself is obviously great, but the soundtrack, composed and performed by Alex Turner, is breathtakingly beautiful. ‘Stuck on a Puzzle’ is such a quotable song, every word drips with love and romance and ‘Glass in the Park’, much like the other tracks, has a fairly simple melody and composition, but totally enchanting lyrics. All of the songs are sung straight from the heart so naturally they are very mushy and adorable, very different from the Alex Turner we know now! A mellow, almost melancholy mood and sickly sweet romance fills the soundtrack and the film.

AM to PM Tunes

Music is a great way to kick start your day, and also very helpful for winding down in the evening. I don’t mean using your favourite song as an alarm clock or anything, because in my case I begin to loathe whatever sound wakes me up in the morning. I’m talking about the pumped up, inspiring, loud music that makes you excited for the day and the calm, reflective songs that gently push you into a relaxed and peaceful state of mind. A good playlist is probably the only thing that really helps me at the opposite ends of the day.

These are a selection of the songs I like to listen to, you can check out both my evening and morning playlists on YouTube.

1. The Horrors

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AM: Falling Star

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PM: Still Life

2. Arctic Monkeys

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AM: Dancing Shoes

No 1 Party Anthem 

PM: No.1 Party Anthem

3. Bombay Bicycle Club

Luna - Bombay Bicycle Club

AM: Luna

Leaving Blues

PM: Leaving Blues

4. Foster The People

Don't Stop (Colour On The Walls)

AM: Don’t Stop (Colour on the Walls)

Fire Escape - Foster The People

PM: Fire Escape

5. The Smiths

The Smiths

AM: You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby

Asleep - The Smiths

PM: Asleep

I love all of these artists, and these are some of my absolute favourite songs from them. Fire Escape by Foster The People is really underrated, and definitely a hidden gem in Supermodel. I think it is so peaceful and emotional; Mark Foster creates such a beautiful atmosphere with the vocals. Luna is one of the best songs from ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ in my opinion. It’s quite simple. but the lyrics are so memorable and the guitar parts are unique and enchanting. Which is your favourite song? Do you have any suggestions for others?

Song of The Week

I couldn’t decide between these two songs, so I went with both.

Honeyblood – Bud


I love the images and aesthetic of this music video, obviously the song is fabulous as well. Listen to these guys if you like Interpol, Lorde, Paramore etc.

Honeyblood – Killer Bangs


These girls prove that female rock duos work, and that they work really, really well. They are undoubtedly set to be one of the biggest newcomers of 2014.

Buy their debut album here and also listen to Super Rat– my other favourite of theirs.