Mixtape Mondays | Almost The Same

Monday, June 27, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

This playlist is so weird. It started as a joke, just something in the back of my mind. But the more songs I came across the more I thought there was a theme there. Differently from most of the things I post here, there is very little which holds this together apart from the fact all of the songs in this mixtape share their title with another one. And as Adam did last week, why not to pair them, right?

Check Will Joseph Cook's latest single, Take Me Dancing, another lovely track!

I can't help but have here some of the usual suspects: yes, Seafret appears twice, with Oceans - also a song by Twin Atlantic - and Something In The Air - potentially a British classic by Thunderclap Newman, which I happened to come across only recently thanks to the wonders of Spotify.

From the most recent The Lumineers album, My Eyes is a beautiful song - very much like the material on their amazing self-titled debut record. Its slow pace contrasts with the song of same name by Travis, but both share lovely lyrics.

Discover Weekly recently suggested a couple of really easy to listen to songs: Patrick James' Message, who to my surprise came out of Ireland's The Voice, and made me think of Will Joseph Cook's track (by the way, WJC is incredible live, second time watching him last week and what a talent. Great musician, brilliant song-writing skills and what a sweet lad). The second pick was Valerie, by Australian Tim Wheatley. I have to say it wasn't easy to choose between The Zutons and Amy, but the Mrs. Winehouse won this week. 

Mixtape Mondays | Almost The Same

Because of Bushstock - can't wait for next years' edition! - I came across the beautiful Better Man, by Bella Figura. And it took me back to a couple of years ago, when Paolo Nutini released Caustic Love. The last addition to the playlist came only yesterday. Last Friday I've been asked to listen to a band called Amber Run. After a bit of Facebook digging I've learnt they're from Nottingham and it looks like they were also at Bushstock?! (although they do not appear on the official line up). Loving their debut album 5AM, which includes track Shiver. Oh the time when Coldplay was worth listening to... Anyway... 

Probably the most nonsensical pairings close the playlist: Smashing Pumpkins vs Bring Me The Horizon with Drown, Scouting For Girls vs Bon Jovi with This Ain' A Love Song (does it get any cheesier?!) and The Breeders vs Damien Rice with Cannonball. I hope you enjoy it. Happy Monday!

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*** Will Joseph Cook @ Barfly, Camden and Boston Music Room, Tufnell Park
*** Bushstock Festival @ St. Stephen's Church, Bush Hall, Sindercombe and more
*** Seafret @ The Garage, Highbury and 100 Club, Oxford Street

Mixtape Mondays | Then & Now

Monday, June 20, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

A post by Adam Smith,
a.k.a @adsmith85

Hi fellow followers of Postmodern Mixtape,

Then & Now is my first stab at this sort of thing and should give you an idea of what you're getting yourself into when I'm at the deck. This is full to the brim with artists that have been with me for many years: it grabs a track from when I got on board and pairs it with a more recent offering that I also love.

The likes of Biffy Clyro and Queens Of The Stone Age describe my overarching tastes for the loud and immediate kick through the headphones. ...Like Clockwork was perfect as far I'm concerned and I can't wait to learn all the secrets held within Ellipsis.

Biffy Clyro 7th album Ellipsis comes out on July 7th. They also feature on last week's playlist Made in Scotland

Who knew when I caught Frank Turner supporting The Futureheads at the iTunes Festival he'd leave such a stamp on my listening habits. I Still Believe chimes at the heart of what this playlist is all about. When Positive Songs For Negative People landed last year it struck so many chords with me that picking one song was very tough, but Get Better it is. Both this and The Next Storm will always tie me to a particular time and place, for good or bad.

Blink 182 were one of the first bands my friends and I went big for around the time when I was 15/16. The sense of fun and Californian sun brought to our 6th form building from The Mark, Tom & Travis Show would inform my tastes for years to come. Alkaline Trio sneak in as an easter egg with Matt Skiba joining Blink on the latest album, I can't wait.

Mixtape Mondays | Then & Now

My love of Grohl and his merry band of miscreants - a.k.a. Foo Fighters - simply can't be contained here. From the Astoria in 2005 to Islington Town Hall in 2014, they form part of my core. Rounding out we have the likes of Arctic Monkeys - whose evolution has been such a sight to behold from exposure artist on XFM to Ally Pally rock stars - We Are Scientists, Kaiser Chiefs as well as the recently revived Death From Above 1979.

Lastly I'd love to thank Zaira for letting me play with her toys over here in the blogosphere. I hope I didn't make too much noise and mess the place up.

P.S. I know this is a little radio friendly but now we know each other a little better I'll drop in some curveballs next time...

Mixtape Mondays | Made in Scotland

Monday, June 13, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

I remember having this conversation with a friend a couple of years ago when we've debated if the reason behind me liking so many Scottish bands had anything to do with their accent. So he decided to do a test and sent me It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry, by Glasvegas. A point had been made. And another band added to my favourites. Perhaps because I am counting the days to T in The Park (8th to 10th of July), this week's mixtape is dedicated to all the amazing Scottish artists I've come across over the years. From back in 2001, when Travis released The Invisible Band and Sing would play on repeat on my headphones, to some of the latest Spotify suggestions such as Daniel Docherty, who I am going to see live for the first time on September 20th at the O2 Academy, in Islington.

Franz Ferdinand and You Could Have It So Much Better are two albums which marked a generation

My slight obsession with Scottish bands goes back in the day. I look back at the 00s very fondly. They were a time of discovery and the soundtrack of those many club nights with uni friends was most definitely Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out. I was lucky enough to see them live for the first time back in 2006, in a fairly small venue in Rio, and it was simply electric. Funnily enough, 2006 was also the year in which The Fratellis released Costello Music - if you're in London in December you don't want to miss the 10th Anniversary tour (13th, Forum Kentish Town, tickets on sale now £25). I thought this playlist deserved both Chelsea Dagger and Whistle For The Choir, both from this album.

But whilst most of my friends were listening to Belle & Sebastian - and now I fear giving away how old I am - I was browsing good old MySpace in search of slightly more obscure tunes. That's how I came across The Cinematics, back in 2007, when they had released one of my favourite albums of all time, A Strange Education. Human for example has one of my favourite lyrics ever "I can't pick you up again, I've been breaking my back with the weight of your heart".

Mixtape Mondays | Made in Scotland

Another Scottish artist which has not one, but two of my favourite albums is Paolo Nutini. His first, These Streets, is a record pretty impossible to fault, but when Caustic Love came out in 2014 I was completely obsessed with it. His music matured so much and this is such a sexy album - as unusual as it may sound - but listen for yourself and let me know.

Also in this week's mixtape we've the likes of Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit (playing at T) and some bands which I came across more recently, such as Twin Atlantic, We Were Promised Jet Packs - who I saw one year ago supporting Death Cab For Cutie - and The Twilight Sad, who are opening for The Cure on December 1st, at Wembley Arena. I am sure there are enough bands to make it into volume 2, 3... But these were the ones which came into my head first. Hope you find it pure dead brilliant!

Mixtape Mondays | Roots

Monday, June 06, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

This is definitely my most obscure playlist to date. And I am undoubtedly indulging myself a tiny bit by sharing it here. But I hope you can somehow relate to it. So how did we get here? I was listening to BC Camplight Blood And Peanut Butter when I thought "oh my, this sounds just like that band I used to listen to when I was in my early 20s, what are they called again?" And on my online quest, this mixtape came into being. 

Little Joy is a side-project by Rodrigo Amarante (Los Hermanos, Orquestra Imperial) and Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes)

The band in question is a power pop group from the South of Brazil called Wonkavision. I remember when a musician friend of mine brought over a couple of their EPs and said "you need to listen to this". I got into it straight away. Both NaNaNa and Comprimidos were songs in these EPs and are now in this playlist. Ironically, this very same friend who introduced me to them was a drummer on another band also in this playlist: Ramirez.

I have to say Rio indie scene in the early 2000s was pretty small. Everyone knew absolutely everyone. So I am sure even if it wasn't for Rodrigo, I'd still have come across Ramirez. Particularly considering both them and Móveis Coloniais de Acajú had been compared a few times to my favourite Brazilian band, Los Hermanos. You most likely won't have heard of either, but as a fun fact, after Los Hermanos split up, Rodrigo Amarante went on playing with Fabrizio Moretti, the drummer of The Strokes and together they've made supergroup Little Joy - do listen to The Next Time Around, it is the perfect summer soundtrack!

Mixtape Mondays | Roots

Watch out for the odd London listing/date. Only in July last year, Amarante was touring with his solo album Cavalo and played an amazing gig at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen. Fabrizio was also there.

But back to my indie rock Brazilian roots... Also in this weeks' mixtape another favourite of mine. They're not only two of the best people I've ever met, but Bruno Vouzella & Fernanda Marques, the duo behind Columbia, know how to write lyrics and sing our hearts out like no other indie rock band in Rio back in 2008/2009. It is a shame you can only find their first album O que você não quis dizer on Spotify, their second release, Um Quarto Escuro, is as good as if not better. Please tell me if you can also spot Radiohead in the melodies of Amanhã.

There is a lot more in this playlist and I could potentially write a dissertation on how I came across all of these bands, which other sounds they remind me of or about how much essentially British genres such as rockabilly, britpop and garage rock have influenced them. But I'd rather just wrap up with two videos. One which I remember watching on repeat so much it broke my heart first time I had seen it. And another which was released after I had moved to the UK, but it is such a catchy song and brilliant idea for a video that I simply had to. I challenge you not to fall in love with the cat in Gram's Você Pode Ir Na Janela and not to hum to the chorus of Oração, by A Banda Mais Bonita da Cidade,  even if you can't make out the lyrics in Portuguese.