It’s one of those posts that I’ve meant to do for a while and never got around to doing – partly because it’s indulgent even for a blogger and partly because it risks exposing even more of my arguably questionable musical taste than I do during the regular course of my online writing.
Simply put – hit ‘shuffle’ on your iPod (other MP3 players are, of course, available) and see which unexpected joys present themselves.
1) “Playing God” – Paramore (from “Brand New Eyes”). Probably not my favourite song from this record – I’m quite partial to a bit of “Brick by Boring Brick” and “The Only Exception”.
2) “Just The Way I’m Feeling” – Feeder (from “The Singles”). It’s okay – again, not my favourite Feeder song. Where’s “Come Back Around” when you need it?
3) “New Eliminators of Atlantis B.C.” – Gama Bomb (from “Tales From The Grave In Space”). Two minutes and sixteen seconds of glorious, tongue-in-cheek NuThrash from Northern Ireland’s finest exponents of the genre.
4)“In Waves” – Trivium (from “In Waves”). Music which actually came out this year – surely some mistake. The NWOAHM noiseniks crash back in with expansive, forward-looking, widescreen metal shenanigans.
5)“For You And Your Denial” – Yellowcard (from “When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes”). From the pre-eminent masters of violin-assisted punk-pop tunefulness and their latest album. Anecdotally, a great tune to listen to when you’re on the tram on the way back from Sheffield’s Cineworld multiplex and trying to block out the 14-year-old gangsta seated across from you who has seen “Scarface” one too many times.
What larks – anything untoward popping up on your playlists of late?