My calendar says August, the barometer seems to think it’s March and my Playlist insists it’s July. They can’t all be right. Let’s just call it Marlygust and listen to a whole bunch of awesome music. (As ever scroll down for my pithy, insightful bullshit about each song…)
Rumble – Link Wray: Kicking things off is this classic instrumental, familiar to any Tarantino fans out there, although if you’re anything like me you’ll spend most of the song thinking “was it Pulp Fiction? No, no Resevoir Dogs…not Kill Bill. Pulp Fiction definitely. Wait was it Kill Bill…?”
Demolition Man – Cadillac Three: If the teasers from their new album are anything to go by this is going to be a more reflective affair than their previous records but either way they know their way around a decent song.
The Heart and Soul of the Night – White Buffalo: White Buffalo released my favourite album of last year, a glorious slab of southern rock/Americana so a new song from them has got me all a flutter. The template hasn’t changed much but you won’t see me complaining.
Love Potion #9 – The White Stripes: As much as I enjoy Jack White’s solo stuff I still miss The White Stripes. This “new” release is apparently part of a live recording of their first ever gig, an open mic night in Detroit. It sounds a little too polished to me for that to be true, and it wouldn’t be the first bit of the self-mythologising they’ve indulged in would it? Still a nice little cover anyway.
You Die at the End – Chris Catalyst: A long term Ginger collaborator Chris Catalyst’s latest album is a joy for any fans of the BritRock/Britpop era but it’s when he transcends that sound like on this song that his ability really shines. If you only check out one song from the playlist this would be a good choice…
The Sleep of Reason – Billy Bragg: Surprisingly old Billy isn’t exactly enamoured with the political situation around the world at the moment so he’s gone all political on us…shocking, I know. Anyway after his recent more Americanised efforts this is back to his more traditional Bard of Barking sound, which is nice.
Blackleg Miner – Offa Rex: A collaboration between renowned Anglophiles, The Decemberists and actual genuine Angle, Olivia Chaney. Offa Rex play traditional English folk for a modern era. And they make a damn good fist of it too.
Muddy Mountain King – Martin Rubashov: One of those songs that popped up on a bespoke Spotify playlist that piqued my curiosity. The guys voice is a thing of beauty on this sweeping acoustic rock track, reminiscent of Chris Cornell’s solo stuff and prime Jeff Buckley. All set in the middle of a Scandinavian forest obvs.
Soup is Good Food- Dead Kennedys: As well as discovering unknown artists Spotify is good for rediscovering the classics. The scariest thing is how relevant this song still is today. Incidentally I’m thinking of forming a saxophone based tribute act to these guys called the Dead Kenny G’s. Holy shit they already exist: https://thedeadkennygs.bandcamp.com/
So What? – Anti-Nowhere League: Another punk classic which you’ve probably heard a million times but still stands up brilliantly and is still possibly the most offensive song ever recorded. Lovely stuff.
Opium Hill – General Lee: Hold on, I hear you cry, where’s the obscure band from an unusual country playing a musical style you would necessarily associate with said nation? Here it is a fantastic bit of Southern Rock straight outta the dustbowl of…Singapore. No really.
Retein mit ein Fisch – Trollfest: And now for some folk metal played by trolls. Yes trolls. Seriously I spoil you guys.
First Night Back in Port – Ye Banished Privateers: And to complete the triumvirate of ludicrousness here’s a group of about 30 pirates playing slightly punk-tinged folk music. At some point the amount of pirate bands in my record collection will reach saturation point, and I’m sure there will be much rejoicing when it does. Until then though, screw you, you scurvy dogs!
William’s Sweetheart – Rosie Hood: Rosie Hood plays proper traditional folk, no frills, no modern fripperies and lots of women murdering their lovers. And a damn fine thing it is too. I highly recommend her latest album, it’s a thing of beauty.
No Such Thing as a Broken Heart – Old Dominion: One of the joys of liking country music is that your pretty much encouraged to embrace a bit of heart on sleeve cheesiness. This walks a fine line between full blown cringe and edgier excellence. Now that’s what I call country.
Fixin’ to Die – Steve Earle: At the other end of the country spectrum is the Earl of Earle. Sir Steve. Still playing country music that rocks harder than most current rock bands he really is an honest-to-goodness legend.
Ten Miles High – Little Angels: While having a conversation about music with my brother recently the original Kerrang compilation album came up. It was a pivotal part of my journey into metal fandom and while it’s not on Spotify as an album some genius has put all the tracks from it into a playlist. Here’s a little gem I’d forgotten about…
MF from Hell – The Datsuns: They were almost big at the turn of the century but ultimately they were a bit of a one trick pony. This song however is, was and always will be excellent. Like a motherfucker from hell indeed.
No Lives Matter – Bodycount: A slower month for new albums means I’ve been able to check out some from earlier in the year that I missed. Bodycount received a lot of acclaim for their latest and it is a damn strong effort. This song is a stand out and one of the year’s finest so far.
Devolution – Mutation: Ginger Wildheart is in a bad place at the moment, having recently attempted suicide. I imagine the Mutation album sounds like the inside of his head right now. It’s brutal and unforgiving. Mr Wildheart, sir, I hope you can fight your demons once again and come back stronger because your music is always incredible.
Living on the 110 – Prophets of Rage: The rap-metal supergroup to end all rap-metal supergroups (are there any other rap metal supergroups? Whatever). Anyway it’s another quality track and bodes well for the album that’s coming later in the year…
Creature Comfort – Arcade Fire: I lost interest in Arcade Fire a few years back they were one of those bands whose albums I always loved while I was listening to but could barely remember once I’d stopped listening to them. Anyway I decided I’d give the new one a go and it’s got some cracking stuff on it. Whether it’ll stick with me remains to be seen but this might be their catchiest song to date.
Progress – Public Service Broadcasting: From a concept album about the plight of a Welsh mining village, this is a beautiful piece of prog. The blending of archive material and vocals is seamless and works as well as a stand alone track as it does within the body of the album, which is well worth a listen by the way. Bizarre but incredibly moving.