Mixtape Mondays | Animal Style

Monday, July 25, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

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

Hey guys, it's great to be back. After my last contribution to these hallowed halls, I went back and re-read every Mixtape Mondays post... I was shocked, looking at the sophistication of the writing and the thought behind the playlists. I felt like I let the side down barely scratching the surface of what Zaira and the other bloggers are putting into this.

With that in mind, I felt the need to up my game if ever I was asked back (unlikely, I thought). I trawled the depths on my conscious self to come up with a mind expanding playlist to introduce the world to new music and push the boundaries of understanding within the universe. But my head started to hurt, so here's a playlist all about Animals!

Two strikes: great track, Elephant by Tame Impala features in this week's mixtape

Yep that's right, songs with animals in the title and one about "a device created by a spider out of proteinaceous spider silk extruded from its spinnerets, generally meant to catch its prey". Sorry Zaira it's like Lebowski's rug, it just ties the playlist together, No Doubt.

Mixtape Mondays | Animal Style


I love getting a double hit when building these lists, when the band and the song match your theme, and this one was rife with them. Elephant by Tame Impala, more Elephants by Them Crooked Cultures I even had a triple with The Ballad of Queen Bee and Baby Duck by Eagles of Death Metal (not about animals at all, but Brody Dalle and her husband, EODM drummer Josh Homme). However it got ruthlessly cut. It's the joy of finding these weird connections, thinking about music in a new way and just making time to think about it again that's been really fun.

We start with a song that just means summer to me. From The Macabees' Pelican, firing into We Are Scientists and Twin Atlantic. Then run through some Heart, Florence and the Machine, Jamie T, make acquaintance with Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters and finish up with The Pixies and a fairly recent find from the Strumbellas - thank you Discover Weekly.

Thanks again to the boss, she rocks! I hope you enjoy the playlist and my somewhat playful tone, hopefully see you again soon.

Mixtape Mondays | Reading & Leeds

Monday, July 18, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

Hello again, I am sorry for the absence, but if you too were at T In The Park you'll understand it takes over a week to recover from the madness. And yes, madness is the best word I can find to describe what an experience that was. After a 12 hour long road trip from Strathallan Castle back to London last Monday, there was very little left of me to compose a playlist or even a post summarising the experience. It will come, eventually, but for now I thought of another quick fix, just to make sure we don't spend another week playlist-less.

A friend of mine was trying to tempt me to another UK Festival adventure this summer. I really don't think I can gamble spending anymore of my annual leave days embracing the beauty of Britain's summer-knee-deep-in-mud adventure - no figure of speech here, I swear it is literal - however, if I had to... If only I had to pick another awesome line up, then it would have to be Reading & Leeds.

What an awesome debut album these guys have, love Nothing But Thieves since their first EP - proudly NBTid #270

>> Friday 26th August in Reading starts with Maverick Sabre, Frank Turner - whatever voice I had left at T by Sunday evening when he started playing I Believe left me not to come back until Wednesday morning - Nothing But Thieves and Foals. Ok, perhaps 4 great acts, but not enough to keep you busy all day or justify a day trip one may say... 

>> Saturday 27th August has...
  • Vant - Do You Know Me? has to be one of the best songs to jump to at a gig. 
  • Palace - Slowly but surely becoming one of my favourite bands, there doesn't seem to be a single song of theirs which isn't anything but great. London peeps, do not miss them in Brixton November 23rd. 
  • Sunset Sons - Another highlight of T, even though they were one of the first acts of the last day, great energy. 
  • Blossoms - Only came across them fairly recently and am hooked up, really like My Favourite Room.  Unfortunately had to miss them at T to watch BØRNS instead. 
  • The Courteeners - They've so many good songs that is impossible to stay still at their gig, T as V last year was just amazing! #spoileralert if you've haven't seen them live stop reading now. Their cover of James' Tomorrow with What Took You So Long? is just brilliant!
  • Two Door Cinema Club - Still can't believe I haven't seen them live... 
  • Imagine Dragons - Or them... 

I left out of this playlist, but you also might be interested to know Haim, Jack Garratt and Red Hot Chilli Peppers are also playing Saturday (the last 2 were also at T if you're wondering...).

So I guess we have to agree, Saturday's line up it's just one of a kind, and for £66.50 for a day ticket, no wonder they sold out. Keep an eye out on Twickets folks!

>> But then there is still Sunday 28th, with Isaac Gracie - since Spotify suggested Last Words in my discovery weekly I've been watching out for this guy - Will Joseph Cook - if you ever read this blog you will know, big fan - BØRNS - another very early in the day gig at T, but totally worthwhile - The Temper Trap - which although I haven't seen life, I've heard great things about them at festivals. They're also playing in London at the Lexington on August 24th, obviously sold out, but again, Twickets is surprisingly good for this small events. As with Saturday, you may also like to know that The Wombats, The Vaccines, Third Eye Blind, Biffy Clyro and The 1975 (still slightly heartbroken I missed them at T, but they're on at the same time as Travis... And it was Travis in Scotland) are also playing on Sunday...

Mixtape Mondays | Reading & Leeds


So long story short, this "super quick post" turned into an essay and the more I wrote the closer I was from booking another 5 days of pure madness. So before adding anymore songs to this playlist, I will love you and leave you whilst I still have some self-restrain. Enjoy and let me know your thoughts on this week's mixtape and what you're up to this summer!

Mixtape Mondays | T In The Park

Monday, July 04, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

This is the quickest ever post probably in the history of blogging but I have literally 2 hours 59 minutes and counting (down) to sleep before I hit the road from London to Strathallan Castle for T In The Park.

Like with Bushstock recently, I could write a book about the line up. But with all the time constraints in the world - by the way, excuse the extremely hyperbolic post - I'd rather leave my comments for the follow up review.
I am yet to listen to their new album The Ride more, but absolutely dying to see Catfish and the Bottlemen live

So, without further ado, enjoy this awesome collection. Pictures on Facebook to follow from sunny and warm Scotland. 

Mixtape Mondays | T In The Park


Featuring the lines of Catfish and the Bottlemen, Frank Turner, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Courteneers, Jake Bugg, James Bay, Kaiser Chiefs, Bastille, Bear's Den, Tom Odell and Travis to name but a few...