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Top 5 Saddest Songs of All Time ( or songs that make me cry)

Posted by Amy Park on October 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Ok so here I am once again with my top 5 lists.  I realise that it has been quite some time since my last blog but I'm back with a new laptop and finally have an internet connection.  This is a list I made up a while back and consists of the top 5 songs that always have me tearing up.  so check it out and feel free to comment and add your own list of sad songs.  Here we go...

1:  Roy Orbison - Crying

2: Depeche Mode - All I ever wanted

(don't ask)

3: Placebo - Pierot the Clown

4: The Everly Brothers - Ebony Eyes

and finally, the song that never fails to have me in tears...

5: Matt Monro - Softly as I leave you

Well there it is, my 5 saddest songs of all time.  Post your own list and feel free to discuss.

Music and Fashion

Posted by Amy Park on October 6, 2011 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (1)

I dress anyway I please and quite often, depending on my mood, I can look like I belong to various different groups.  In other words, some people would look at me and automatically put me into a box and guess, simply from how I am dressed, what kind of music I'm into.  I like this - sometimes anyway - aspect of fashion and music almost blurring.  I could be on a train in my smart suit and shirt off to start an honest days work and be listening on my ipod to Pantera.  I don't look like a metalhead but people judge all to quickly. 

Most of the time I have to say I do dress exactly like what I am - 'a wee rock chick' (this according to my boss at work).  So after my previous post about how much I love Alison Mosshart and her entire look I am now focussing on my self, selfish and conceited, perhaps, but I love rock 'n' roll and I love the fashion that goes with it. 

 

My looks: 

 Rock Chick

How I usually dress, to work, to gigs, just out and about.  Covers a wide range of  fashion looks and musical genres and tastes.  This look usually involves the staple band tee and a pair of skinny jeans, converse boots and a blazer to top it off.  Music: Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Nirvana, Green Day, any rock band you can think of.

Punk Princess

Very similar to the rock chick but add a few more accessories and maybe something ripped, add a few patches and so forth.  Music: The Clash, Blondie, Siouxsie and the Banshees and any punk band you can think of.

Rock-a-billy chick

This one I love because I get to wear my crisp shirts, drainpipes, braces and maybe even a tie if I feel so inclined.  All in a nice suit with rolled up sleeves  Also this look can be totally girlie, which I have to admit is part of the fun and looks damn good.  Music: Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison amd just about any 50's act.

Goth-a-billy chick

This is a new one that I saw on the Beyond Retro blog but I had  to include it because it just looks so amazing and very close to how I quite often dress.  Check out their blog and website for amazing quality vintage clothing and looks.  Music: a mix of punk, rock and 50's cool.

 

Brown Bear and the Bandits

Posted by Amy Park on August 7, 2011 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Venue - Bar Bloc.  Tuesday 2nd August 2011.

Arrived just before 9pm after a quick bite to eat at KFC (I was hungry). We were sat at the opposite table from the band.  Nice gig venue, very intimate with a good, relaxed atmosphere. It was the first time I'd been to Bar Bloc, I'll definitely be back, they have a bottle of beer called Desperados - tequila flavoured beer.  Awesome.

The first up was a young and supremely talented singer/ acoustic guitar player called Sidonie McKenna.  She had a sort of guitar playing technique the likes of John Butler from the The John Butler Trio and Andy McKee.  Next on was another solo singer/ acoustic guitar player callled Dol Eoin who sang in both Scottish Gaelic and English.  I have to say he was fantastic, he had the entire bar in the palm of his guitar strumming hand.  One of his songs was about the death of Gaelic if Gaelic were a man and he was at his funeral - this was one of his dreams - sung in Gaelic.  Brilliant.

Brown Bear and the Bandits were a flurry of fire and enthusiasm with foot stomping tunes that quite literally shook the bar.  You couldn't help but stamp your feet and clap along with everyone else as you listened to these three talented Ayrshire musicians.  You could here the Celtic influences in thier unique blend of folk and pop adding up to make this set the energetic one it was.  With Kay McLaren banging the Cajon box, Matt Hickman on guitars and vocals and probably one of the hardest working bass players I've seen, Stuart McArthur.

This was a great gig and I'm sorry I missed their next few gigs at Ayr Town Hall and Harleys.  Check out their facebook for more info on their upcoming gigs and have a listen to their music. http://www.facebook.com/brownbearandthebandits

I love Alison Mosshart

Posted by Amy Park on July 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM Comments comments (0)

I absolutely love Alison Mosshart!  So I thought I would take some time to tell you all just how much.

Not only is she one half of one of my favourite bands, The Kills, she is also the frontwoman of The Dead Weather with an enviable rock goddess image and uber cool vocals.  It's not just that I think she looks cool (which she obviously does) she is also an incredibly talented musician and songwriter who has been rocking her musical craft since she was 14 years old with her first band Discount.

                                          

I saw The Kills at The Oran Mor in Glasgow and they were awesome, that two people can make so much roof-raising noise.  I watched Alison own that stage as she totally rocked out dancing to and performing Midnight Boom and some of their earlier tunes.  She is a totally amazing performer and is every inch the rock goddess.

                                          

If I could get a band together and front it that would be like a dream but until then I'll have to continue to worship at the gold Dior booted heels of miss Alison Mosshart.

                                          

Friendly Fires - Pala

Posted by Amy Park on June 17, 2011 at 5:13 PM Comments comments (1)

Friendly Fires new album, Pala, released May 16th is a back to basics pop/dance album taking inspiration from 80's and 90's raves and early 90's boybands, especially New Kids on the Block and Backstreet boys.  The album has an instant summer vibe about it, making summer 2011 a Friendly Fires one.   I'll be listening to this one with a barbeque going and bottles of beer chilling while we all dance to 'Hawaiian Air'. 

This is Friendly Fires 2nd album and they have created a rocking 80's beach party come boyband vibe.  The name 'Pala' comes from a book called, Island, about a social experiment on an island called Pala, blending the best of western and eastern cultures to create a utopian existence which is fundamentaly flawed as we as human beings are fundamentaly flawed.

Songs well worth a listen are, Hawaiian Air, a super catchy feel good song about a plane journey from hell but on it's way to Hawaii.  You can smell the waves as this tune touches down and gets you up on your feet.

Listen to Pala, the slowest song on the album but if you listen carefully the drums are actually made using wind-up toys and cameras rolling on film. (I found this out by reading the interview with Friendly Fires in NME).

And lastly, have a listen to Chimes, it's a dancey tune about stumbling out of a club as it closes after a great night out.  I've been dancing to this album since I got it 2 weeks ago, even dancing in my car while driving - not as dangerous as you might think.  You will be dancing to this album all summer long.

Band Surfing 16/5/11

Posted by Amy Park on May 16, 2011 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

One of my favourite things to do when I've nothing else to do (when I'm surfing the net like a bum when I should be busy doing something else) is searching the net for new bands.  It doesn't even have to be a new band, just a band that is it new to me or that I've been meaning to check out and have finally gave them a listen.  It's that tingly excited feeling that you get, when you realise that, yes! I love this band.  Like last year when I went to see Kiss.  Adam bought me the ticket, said I'd love them.  I went to the gig knowing the obvious songs - I was made for lovin' you, Crazy Crazy Nights (the chorus anyway).  Fell in love with them.  And my obsession began.

One of my latest musical crushes are The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.  I recently bought their latest album from Banquet Records because if you bought the CD it came with a free Pains tote bag.  Before them my musical crush, which is still ongoing, was Blood Red Shoes.  Now this band I can claim being a fan of before any of my friends had even heard of them.  Ignore the air of smugness and semi musical snobbery of that last statement, I used listen to Busted - forgive me.  I blame my little sister and her contsant playing of the same songs over and over, you can't help but sing along when It's all you hear. 

A favourite game of mine is to type random words or phrases into the search bar and see if it's the name of a band or a song title.  You can find some absolute guff and nonsense about anything but on occasion you find a rare gem.  Try it.  It's fun, especially for the eternal procrastinators like myself. 

 

Top 5 Intro's

Posted by Amy Park on April 14, 2011 at 5:48 PM Comments comments (2)

Ok, so here's my next top 5 list (I create a million of these in my head, I'm worse than Rob Gordon from High Fidelity).  Here's my  top 5 intro's to songs list, feel free to voice you own opinion.

Top 5 Intro's

1. Happy House - Siousxie and the Banshees. ( I love that it's quite creepy and chilling but perks up at the verses, makes the hairs on my neck stand on end -fantastic).

2. The Trial - Pink Floyd. (Even down to the sound of the courtroom door opening, this intro is another one that stimulates the folicles of my forearms).

3. Thunderstruck - AC/DC.

4. Immigrant Song - Led Zepplin. (Aaaa- aaa -aaaaa- aah, nuff said).

5. Teenage Dream - T-Rex. (It just starts as it means to go on, it's a classic and an underrated T-Rex song).

 

Top 5 Guitar Riffs

Posted by Amy Park on March 26, 2011 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (2)

Ok, so a slight move away from just gig and album reviews.  I sit at my work and at home and run through song after song in my head and I have started to compile lists in my head.  So I thought I'd share them and ask for your opinion.

Top 5 Guitar riffs of all time

1. Back in Black - AC/DC

2. Whole lotta love - Led Zeppelin

3. Smoke on the water - Deep Purple

4. Enter Sandman - Metallica

5. Sweet child o' mine - Guns n Roses

Not necessarily in that order. Opinions people.  Enter your own top 5.  Mine are below.

1.Barracuda - Heart

2. Back in Black - AC/DC

3.Bodies - The Smashing Pumpkins

4. Smells like teen spirit - Nirvana

5. All day and all of the night - The Kinks

Band of Horses - Infinite Arms

Posted by Amy Park on August 17, 2010 at 6:48 PM Comments comments (0)

With melodic folky pop tunes and atmospheric grandiose strings, shimmering guitars and beautiful piano parts this is an album that is worth listening to again and again.  America seems to produce a plethora of indie/folk bands that manage to stay in the mainstream and are allowed to grow and mature.  Band of Horses are one of those bands.


The album begins with the uplifting Factory with its grandiose strings and follows with the pop hooks of Dilly, Compliments and the slightly rockier NW Apt.  The title song, Infinite Arms, contrasts as a gentle ballad along with the atmospheric Evening Kitchen. Themes of redemption and eternal youth run throughout various tracks and for a moment there is even a sound of the distinct Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) in the wistful vocals of Blue Beard and For Annabelle. 


Band of Horses have taken inspiration from various locations across America and is evident in the mature songwriting displayed.  A mix of genres are utilised throughout from the more obvious folk and country to pop rock.  However, despite the varied mix of genres the album is not dissimilar to the Thrills and other pop folk bands suc as their old labelmates, Fleet Foxes. They have been likened to the Byrds, Teenage Fanclub, My Morning Jacket and even the Beach Boys.  Band of Horses - Infinite Arms clearly takes inspiration from a variety of sources and as such lends itself nicely to a well rounded, beautifuly composed album.


Fav songs - Dilly, Compliments, On My Way Back Home and Infinite Arms

(check out their MySpace page for a listen - www.myspace.com/bandofhorses - follow the link in my links page)


Tracklist:

Factory

Compliments

Laredo

Blue Beard

On my way back home

Infinite Arms

Dilly

Evening Kitchen

Older

For Annabelle

NW. Apt.

Neighbor (American sp.)

The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang

Posted by Amy Park on July 12, 2010 at 3:52 PM Comments comments (2)

What a fantastic album! They have excelled themselves with an array of lyrically captivating punk rock songs.  With catchy beats and sing-a-long anthem like lyrics, American Slang is a rock album for the new decade.  It nods nicely to the rock and punk rock songs of the past 30 years with the influence of Bruce Springsteen shining through along with a helpful dose of The Clash and The Smiths and a smattering of R&B.  Wearing their influences on their sleeve they produce a much wider, dynamic, vehement and diverse collection of songs which allows for Brian Fallon's weary voice to really show what it can do.


The album begins with, Amercian Slang, released back in March, and so begins the storytelling lyrics, with tales of faded dreams and ephemeral youth that runs throughout. Stay Lucky follows and with the lyrics, "Like when you were young, and everybody used to call you lucky", it pretty much sums up a faded youth. Bring It On and The Diamond Church Street Choir follow then The Queen of Lower Chelsea.  Although the songs pay tribute to the streets of New York where The Gaslight Anthem now live you get the sense that you could be anywhere in those songs.  The catchy  Orphans and the punchy start to Boxer moves to the lamentable striking beats of Old Haunts where the story tells of "old haunts are all we've ever known" and suggests an almost mournful tribute to the past whilst asking or hoping for something new.  The Spirit of Jazz and We Did It When We Were Young end the album with the storytelling lyrics of  tales of those faded dreams and lost youth that the entire album evokes.  The iTunes album contains an extra song called, She Loves You.


It is a rock album almost purpose built for stadiums and is meant to be listened to the old fashioned way, while driving or on your own whilst playing air guitar and jumpling around.  Already named album of the month in Uncut and Rock Sound and it lives up to it's high status without a doubt.  Well worth a listen (and then 20 more).




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