TEN REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL

A GUEST POSTING by JIM CHAMBERS

Hey JC

As requested! Hopefully you get loads of your readers doing this – I genuinely love your blog and hope you discover some new music to get you over blog fatigue.

Here’s my ten reasons to be cheerful – it’s been a good year for music – and there’s plenty of stuff to look forward to in 2018. In strange sort of way I’ve found my listening habits now are shaped by what my teenage daughter listens to – when i hear new music i often think she’ll like it and play it to her – so i’m sort of listening to stuff with teenagers ears if that makes sense. She sometimes says to me ‘Have you heard this?’ and it’s generally something that is brand new to her but is music from my youth – most recently The Cocteau Twins and The House of Love. Anyway, here’s ten songs – in no particular order – hopefully there’s some stuff here you’ve never heard of!

1. Confidence Man – Boyfriend (repeat)

One of the highlights of my summer was me, my wife and my daughter going bananas to this song in a packed tent. If this song doesn’t make you want to dance then I don’t know what would – it’s so good. They are the first band we saw at Glastonbury this year – in a small tent on the Friday morning – we got there super early and we were front and centre. I think it was the sweatiest I got all weekend – the whole tent was going crazy by the end and everyone left smiling. I guess FUN is a good way to describe them. I’m really looking forward to their album which will be out some time next year and I desperately want them to play in Brighton before they get too big. Honourable mention goes to another of their songs Bubblegum which is also great.

2. Waxahatchee – Recite Remorse

Now a band that my daughter doesn’t like. But it’s my favourite track off possibly my favourite album of the year. A change of pace from Confidence Man. It’s the song that they opened her show with when I saw them in Brighton earlier this year and I must have listened to it about 50 times in the next week. I guess I like it so much because it’s got a touch of Throwing Muses about it.

3. Hercules and Love Affair – Controller

Every time I play this in the car my daughter asks me if it’s Hot Chip – which is no bad thing in my (or her) book. Another song to dance to off another great album – it’s got Faris Badwan from The Horrors singing on it and although their new album isn’t bad, there’s nothing on it as good as this.

4. Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination

Here’s a musician that my daughter introduced me to – she wanted to go and see the support act LIFE on Nadine Shah‘s last tour so thought she might as well buy the album by the headline act to get the most out of the show – and I’m so glad she did.

5. Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete The Kisses

I saw them at Latitude a couple of years ago and immediately thought that they were a band my daughter would love. And boy, does she love them – she’s seen them live 3 times already this year including an in store gig where she met them. Anyway this song is wonderful – one of the things I like about Wolf Alice is their youth – this song perfectly captures that sense of uncertainty of falling in love for the first time. It’s full of hope and joy. And I’m really looking forward to shouting the lyrics to this whilst stood next to her when we see them in Brighton at the end of the month (as long as it’s not too uncool being at a gig with dad).

6. LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police

I was worried about this record. What if they messed it up? What if they should have stayed away and not spoiled their legacy? But they’ve made the best song of the year – it’s up their with All Our Friends – sheer joy. My daughter loves it too, obviously!

7. St Vincent – New York

A worthy addition to songs about New York. And it’s got a really good swear in it.

8. Future Islands – Day Glow Fire

A band I never get tired of – I’ve been a fan for years (I always feel I have to say that – I’d seen them a couple of times touring the albums before things went a bit silly after they played Letterman). This was my favourite new song when I saw them in Brighton earlier this year – but I was disappointed that they didn’t play it at Glastonbury. This is one of the albums that my daughter always grabs from my collection to play.

9. Les Amazones D’Afrique – Dombolo

No idea what this songs about. It’s great though. All I know about them is that they are a West African supergroup of women musicians. The album has a great sleeve and this song just makes me want to move.

10. Noga Erez – Off The Radar

Another one that I heard and I immediately knew my daughter would love. She’s still in a fury that the Brighton show on Noga Erez‘s tour was over 18s only. She’s got that MIA vibe about her – taking influences from all kinds of music and making something really fresh sounding.

Bubbling under my ten – Bicep, Sleaford Mods, Mac De Marco, Girl Ray, Jane Weaver, Jen Cloher, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, This Is The Kit – all great but I listen to them as whole albums and haven’t got a favourite track off any of them.

Anyway

enjoy

xxxjim

6 thoughts on “TEN REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL

  1. My daughter’s a big Wolf Alice fan too (though I take the credit for introducing them to her). They played a special pre-album launch show in, of all places, Pontypridd on her birthday so obviously we went. Superb band but njust lacking the ‘wow’ factor for me. Nadine Shah, on the other hand, has ‘wow’ by the barrel load!
    (Also love the Waxahatchee record, btw.)

  2. Never heard Nadine Shah before, but will be investigating further. Hadn’t realised there’d been a new Future Islands album in 2017 either. Thanks for the post – some really interesting tracks.

  3. Some superb choices here. Lots of motion with ‘Dombolo’ and ‘Off The Radar’. Proof of some more redeeming aspects of this messed up year.

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