Playlists - page 2

Start Again

It's all indie tweeted yesterday about a list of great opening tracks that they put together in July. There are some gooduns on their list, but it inspired me to go one better. And then...

September 2014: Tracks of my Years

41 tracks (because, maths and stuff) of varying degrees of cheesiness and significance, from classic rock to indie pop, and no doubt some straight up pop along the way, too.

B-list Briefs

20 more songs that wipe their feet but don't bother to take off their coat. "Won't be staying long, anyway", they say.

Every Second Counts

The 20 songs series has done long and dreamy, now it’s going to try its hand at short and spiky. All the tracks in this playlist are under two minutes long, give or take the...

Do You Speak It?

20 outstanding songs that, as BAFTA would say, are Not in the English Language.

August 2014: The Indie Disco at the End of the Universe

This, I can tell already, is going to be the hardest playlist to write about. Not for want of stellar selections, you understand, but because every time I start listening to a song on the...

New Lands

These 20 physically and spiritually transporting tracks will take you to new lands, and blow your mind on arrival.

July 2014: ICYMI - I Know IMI

I don't always pick up on something the minute it's released. Even when I do, I might not write about it. This playlist will hoover up a few songs I missed from earlier in the...

Hey Good Weather

The sun came out and I thought it would be a good time to kick off a new project…

June 2014: trinkets, b-sides and lullabies

'B-sides, rarities, non-album tracks, alternate versions - the tracks that bands and labels forgot, or mysteriously tucked away in a corner, out of view.'

May 2014: Don't You Forget About Me

In which I root around in the bin marked 'classics I've just ignored until now for one reason or another'.

April 2014: Not actually my top 30 albums

30 songs at a rate of one song per album, at a rate of one album per artist in my top 30 artists according to

March 2014: String Theory

The string section has always been with us, and long may it stay. This month I want to explore the full range of stringed beauty: songs with strings; songs with things that sound like strings...

February 2014: Shoegaze if you want to

Originally coined as a barbed description of the on-stage style of Moose frontman Russell Yates, shoegazing soon became a loose catch-all for bands playing in a particular style in the early 90s: droning, whirling guitars...

December 2013: 31/13

My take on the obligatory end of year run-down. Not necessarily the 31 best tracks or singles of the year, or tracks from the 31 best albums of the year; just 31 tracks from 2013...

November 2013: A journey into indie-pop

From the post-punk, 60s-infused DIY jangle of the 80s to their twenty-first century followers (yes, we’re a 90s free zone for once), the twee, the quirky, the surprising and the plain old melodic shapes of...

Between The Bars - an Elliott Smith primer

Monday saw the tenth anniversary of the death of the songwriter Elliott Smith. A remarkable, fragile talent, like so many others of his profession. So many great melodies, bittersweet lyrics, and equally at home in...

October 2013: back to the 90s. Again.

For was it not Danny McNamara of Embrace who said:

September 2013: go it alone

Sometimes the creative itch has to be scratched. If you’re Neil Young hooking up with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Buffalo Springfield, or maybe just jamming with Crazy Horse, you might also feel the need for...

August 2013: Home songs from abroad

Songs of home, songs about the UK, homecoming songs, after a month in which I spent some time with family and friends in the UK.