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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Playlist 11: Sex

Fergie - London Bridge
Marks must go to Stacey Ferguson (better known as Fergie) for the use of such an original and unusual metaphor. I’m not entirely sure which part of her anatomy she is refering to as the ‘London Bridge’, but I get the jist and I’m pretty sure that she wants some... ‘How come every time you come around my London London bridge wana go down like...wana go down?’

I Want You - Kings of Leon
I have nothing to say other than; ‘A choke and a gag, she spit up and came back for more.’ Lovely.

The Sex Has Made Me Stupid - Robots in Disguise
Nowadays it is impossible to listen to the radio without hearing some chart-topping-horny-rapping-shitty-sexist-male singing about how much he loves to fuck faceless women, so it is refreshing to hear the female voices of Sue and Dee performing a spot of role reversal. ‘Please sir can I have some more, I want you on the floor, get down, GO’. And be quick about it yeah.

Sexyback -Justin Timberlake
I have to admit, I used to have a slight crush on Justin (mainly for his dancing and good looks rather than the music) but he has produced a few gems in his time; ‘Cry Me a River’ and ‘Sexyback’ to name a few. ‘Dirty babe, you see these shackels baby I’m your slave, i’ll let you whip me if I misbehave’... Ooft, how could you say no to that?!

William Powers - The Maccabees
This song is more about lust than sex itself. Orlando Weeks (cool name by the way) sings about the destructive powers of desire, and his struggle to stay faithfull. ‘There is love, there is lust, there is love fuelled lust, and a thing called trust which I must not break, for you.’ Keep it up Orlando.

Bounce -Timbaland
If you like futuristic technology, more half-naked ladies than you can imagine, the teasingly sexy voice of Timbabland behaving like a pimp, and/or sex through a door then the video for this song is the one for you. (Seriously though, door sex? What?). Oh, and Timberlake reeaaally wants a threesome - ‘I got the remedy, it’s you on me, then me on you, then you on her, and y’all on me’ etc.

Sleepyhead - Passion Pit
Again, this song is less obviously about sex, focusing more on the pressure and expectation it brings that the act itself. Passion Pit’s lyrics are what make their songs stand out for me, and this is no exception. ‘They crowd your bedroom like some thoughts wearing thin, against the walls against your rules against your skin’.

Ice Cream - New Young Pony Club
So seeing as this playlist is about sex, I’m ending on a high (literally). This song is basically a lusty Tahita saying ‘Let me give you what you'd like’ over and over again. Well if you can, then why not really. ‘Drink me like a liquor c'mon and dip your dipper, show me what you're here for, guy’. Of course, that’s not all that guys are usefull for...maybe some of them can cook too.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

5 Chicks in Bands That Are Cooler Than You

Following on from Chloe's and Charlie's list of gay crushes, I thought it might be nice to talk about the ridiculously cool/sexy chicks who don't take centre stage. They spend every day on tour cooped up in vans with a bunch of sweaty dudes, and don't even get the credit of front women such as Emily Haines or Hayley Williams in similar set-ups.

ANISSA RODRIGUEZ- EYES SET TO KILLHardcore band Eyes Set to Kill started life as an all-girl band. These days, the majority of the band are guys. Not only must bassist Anissa co-habitate with three broody-looking dudes with asymmetrical haircuts, but she also faces constant upstaging from her sister, lead singer Alexia. Seriously- if you type ‘Anissa Rodriguez’ into Google Images, it says ‘Did you mean Alexia Rodriguez’?
Yet, Anissa if definitely the cooler Rodriguez sister, because she’s smokin’ hot and has a dog who wears sunglasses. What could possibly be more awesome, really?

JONIE BROECKER- TELEKINESIS!Keeping up the theme of sibling rivalry, Jonie plays bass for indie rocker Michael Benjamin Lerner (aka Telekinesis!), whilst her brother David plays electric, acoustic AND bass. Blatantly the favourite child.
Yet, you know in ‘Juno’ when she wants her bastard spawn to be adopted by someone ‘with a cool Asian girlfriend who rocks out on the bass guitar’? Well, that’s pretty much Jonie in a nutshell- and she does it all in cute vintage attire. So, if the whole touring thing leaves her feeling lonely, there’s always a 15-year-old irresponsible pregnant rock fan somewhere ready to give her some babies.

SANDY MIRANDA- FUCKED UPPrimary reason why Sandy Miranda is cool? Well, aside from the fact she has the most perfect ‘girl-next-door-in-a-B-movie’ name ever, she’s also in hardcore punk band Fucked Up, who are so utterly destructive it’s a wonder they’re still together. She also happens to collect vintage dresses, be a pretty good photographer and have really cool glasses. Worship her.

VICTORIA ASHER- COBRA STARSHIPIt really is a wonder why Cobra Starship had to rope tone-deaf twiglet Leighton Meester into their ‘Good Girls Go Bad’ video when they had this sexy chica in the band. Aside from being gorgeous, she also plays the keytar. Yes, really. She also directs music videos and adverts, and studied film at NYU. A pretty cool cat, all in all.

KIM GORDON- SONIC YOUTHMadonna got you thinking that 50-somethings must automatically be seriously un-cool? Trust me, Kim Gordon will change your mind. I’m sure she needs no introduction as the painfully hip bassist and occasional vocalist of noise rock group Sonic Youth. Yet, on top of that, she’s a director, actress, and artist. And she has a daughter called Coco, which fucking rocks.
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spotlight On: The XX

Ah, 'The XX', quickly becoming mine (and Catriona's) new favourite band. After hearing them repeatedly on the E4 90210 advert, I finally got around to downloaded them and I have not been disappointed, their album titled 'XX' is a treasure trove of musical genius. As usual all hyperlinks lead to a youtube video of the song in question.

Band name:
The XX
Band members: Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim & Jamie Smith

The Hype: On the best band of the year lists they placed #9 and #2 with Rolling Stone and NME. Their songs have featured on episodes of 'Cold Case', 'Law & Order', 'Lie to Me', '90210' and 'Grey's Anatomy'.
Albums: XX (released October 29th 2009)
My opinion: Well, I already told you that they're awesome. I like the fact they're two different lead singers, a female and male, their harmonies together are absolutely beautiful. The mixture of moody sounds, retro sounding cassio keyboards and heavenly lyrics.

The first song I should start off with is the one that got my attention to begin with on that 90210 advert, its called 'Heart skipped a Beat' and its awesome. This song has quickly become 'that song', as in that song that you can't stop listening too and can't get out of your head. Another song which has captured me is 'Fantasy', because its exactly what you get on the tin, its got this eerie, dream-like sound. Additionally, I love 'Crystallised' because of the guitar intro, which is so damn catchy! But its not just that! There is no end to these trio's talents, they even remixed Florence & The Machines cover of 'You've got the love' and made it 100x more awesome. Check them all out.

More Information
Check out their website with information of tour dates, songs and other interesting titbits.
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Song of the Day: All This Time (Pick-Me-Up Song) - Maria Mena

For everyone who needs a little pick-me-up, this song is adorable and Maria Mena's voice is flawless.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Spotify Discoveries

I have become a massive fan of spotify radio because its helped me to discover some beautiful little music gems. So, I'd thought I'd share them with you. All subtitles are links to the song in question.

These indie duo hailing from Norway are described on Wikipedia for "being known for their delicate tunes, calming voices, and intricate and subtle guitar melodies" and honestly I couldn't put it better myself. This song is mellow, slow and easy to listen to. The guitars in this song are what make it beautiful and combined with the vocals this song is a intricate masterpiece.

It's About Time - One Night Only
This band had a minor amount of success in 2007 but they have since really dropped off the radar whilst composing their second album and honestly I'd forgotten about them, until today. This song isn't anything profound, it has all the makings of an indie song but what I like is the front man George Craig's voice. You can hear the Yorkshire accent, which is what makes this song stand out from the crowd. Also, he's a little factoid, George Craig's brother is the drummer for Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong and he is currently a model for Burberry. Nice. He also came below Boris Johnson in the GQ's 'Best Dressed Men'. LOL.

Living in America - The Sounds
I've always been a massive fan of female vocals and The Sounds happens to be just one of those bands. The Swedish front woman voice is unique and the use of syncy sounds, including robot voices and vampire movie organs this song is completely its own. Oh and its so repetitive it'll get stuck in your head like anything. The band have been compared to rock legends like Blondie and sang on the soundtrack of 'Snakes on a Plane', which frankly is awesome.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Playlist 11: "Lets Make Beautiful, Beautiful Music Together" said Chloe

So really, anyone fancy a shag?

1. SEXUAL HEALING - Marvin Gaye
Ooof, the sexiest of all sex songs. The smoothness of Marvins voice, the sensuality of the words, the slow, sexy beat in the back all make this one of the best songs to get jiggy too. Gets you in the mood doesn't it?
2. SEXUAL RIOT - The Metros
More about the sordidness of sex, completely juxtaposes all Marvin has just sang about, but I like that. People can be, boyfriend articulately comments to his brother when he stumbles in at 1 in the afternoon, "seedy bastards" and thats the truth of the matter.

3. SEX - The Pipettes
A song about sex, but its beautifully subtle. And thats talking about sex in a nutshell, its taboo, so when they say "rest your pretty head" they sort of mean "take off all your clothes and lets have the sexy time!". Awesome.

CSS, those horny little Brazilians. This song is sexual perfection. They be 'Cansei de Ser Sexy' (tired of being sexy) but they can't bloody help it can they?

5. RUDE BOY - Rihanna
Absolutely love this song, it shows the raunchy side of a female! Plus its a great song to dance to!

6. UNDER THE SHEETS - Ellie Goulding
Mmmm. I love Ellie G. And this song is one of her best known. Its a great track and whilst its not my favourite song she has done, it definitely deserves a mention. Its sexy is what it is.

7. INSIDE IT FEELS ALL THE SAME - Explosions in the Sky
A little instrumental which I think is beautiful. No completely sex related, but the songs brilliant and if you have a dirty mind (like me) the band name might make you chuckle.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Five Male Artists I Have A Man Crush On

Following Chloe's marvellous article, I figured I'd have a go putting together my own list of same sex crushes. I'm not gay either, but there's something about these men that almost makes me wish I was.

Kevin Barnes from of Montreal.
For a white guy, this man sure knows how to dance. He's also a fan of elaborate costumes, overly sexualised lyrics and has been known to show all onstage. Yet he lives happily with his partner, Nina Barnes, and they have a beautiful baby, Alabee. He is probably the gayest straight man ever, and there's something admirable about that.

Zach Condon from Beirut.
There's nothing particularly gay about this man. He's just an average straight guy like me, who ran away to travel...he gained a new passion in Balkan music through his travels, and went on to release two of my favourite albums of last decade. He has a French Horn tattoo'd on each arm, just to make sure he never forgets why he's here. And...well, I think that's fucking rad.

Not the most attractive or obvious choice for this list, but he's taken his gayness up a few levels with his new solo album Go. The exuberant costumes, the stage shows, the animals...oh the joy! The colour! All of these things have transformed Jónsi from skulky guy you could tell was brought up with metal music and not much daylight (Iceland, duh) and into the cute, gay persona he is now. He's still the shy kid, but now he's actually bothering to make an effort.

Christopher Owens from Girls.
This dude was brought up in a cult. A genuine cult. He wasn't even allowed to listen to fucking rock 'n' roll there. So naturally, he ran away and formed a band, which can make for way more emotional music. 'Lust For Life' sums this up perfectly: with lines such as "I wish I had a boyfriend/I wish I had a loving man in my life" and a video that uses an erect penis as a microphone, what's not to love? And he clearly has enough gay to go around.

Ryan Dicks.
Well this guy is fucking rad. Not strictly an artist, but...well, just watch the video. And then all his other videos. The man's an inspiration.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Random Things I Want 3# - A Lobster

I am going to sound like a mega braggy douche right now (I don't mean to be!) but this post is being written live from Dubai. But I was beginning to get the shakes from going cold turkey on the blog. But now, I present to you number 3 in my beautiful segment that is 'Random Things I Want'. Behold it in all its glory!

But not just any old lobster. Oh no, that would be too simple. I want the three lobsters I met about 30 minutes ago in the restaurant I just went to. They looked so sad, their beady eyes staring up at me and the thought that they were someone's dinner made me so unhappy. Except I can't afford to buy three expensive lobsters, no matter how much I want to free them and send them back to their lobster families. Lobsters mate for life and it breaks my heart to think there's a mate out in the big ocean searching for its lover. Screw the whales, the polar bears, the rhinos, SAVE THE LOBSTERS!

(Why do I publicise my weirdness on the internet?)

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Song of The Day: Fragile Eyes by The Boy Who Trapped the Sun

And now for your enjoyment on this lovely summer's afternoon, a delightful ditty by The Boy Who Trapped the Sun. Well, that's not his real name- he's actually called Colin MacLeod, which isn't half as cool. The Boy is an Aberdeen export currently living in London, who apparently likes to sing songs about ex-girlfriends and Hemingway (don't we all?) If you like what you hear, he's got an album due out this summer, which you can find out about here.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Short and Skinny I

Ok kids, I've formulated a new feature in which I aim to give voice to the more concise side of music- EP's, Mini Albums, B-Sides- which are I feel are too often overlooked in favour of bigger, meatier albums. So, let's get down to it, shall we?

1. WE ARE SCIENTISTS- RULES DON'T STOPRaise a cheer, We Are Scientists are back in town. They bring with them this single, which is pretty much everything we've come to know and love from the California trio- a stomping indie dancefloor hit, that you'll be humming for weeks. The B-Side, Down the Hall, largely follows suit, with a slightly more intimate vocal. But the inclusion of an acoustic version of 'Rule Don't Stop' adds another dimension. This isn't a throwaway, careless guy-and-guitar reworking with little else added to the mix- it's an ambient piece that stands up as a song in its own right. Overall, this single and B-side is short and sweet, but definitely worth a listen.
MP3: Rules Don't Stop (Acoustic)

2. THE ROYAL CHAINS- BEAR ISLANDPinning down the nature of this EP is a puzzle in itself- straddling the lines between indie, pop and rock, and throwing in a few lo-fi and retro riffs for good measure, 'Bear Island' can be savoured on most musical palettes. Confused? You won't be. This band offer something innovative that still gives a nod to their musical predecessors- and boy, does it sound good. Some of the tracks- such as the standout, 'The Wolf'- have a polished edge to them that you simply wouldn't expect from a band as new as this. Watch this space- I have a feeling you're going to be hearing about 'The Royal Chains' alot more in the future.
MP3: The Wolf

3. BOYS WITH X RAY EYES- OH MY! HOW WE TERRIFYWhen you click play, prepare for a riotous, electric barrage of noise delivered with equal parts aggression and youthful exuberance. There's little here that deviates from a tried-and-tested hardcore format- explosive guitar riffs, heavy drums, and a snappy beat- but it does make for good, gory fun. There is of course room for improvement- for me, the balance between singing and screaming hasn't yet been struck- but a highly impressive listen, from a group who are definitely going places.
MP3: Electro the Human Lightning Bolt

4. SASHA IS ACOUSTIC- WHAT EVERY YOUNG MAN SHOULD KNOWFor an album played entirely on a guitar and a drum machine, this is pretty good stuff. What can be deciphered almost immediately is that this young London-based boy is a dreamer, penning songs about lost loves and human will. Such ideas are expressed in some rather eloquent touching lyrics- in 'This Year', he goes from 'sending my head to sweet decay' to contemplating the bigger questions: 'Have you ever thought this was all a test?' Something sweet and simple just in time for summer.
MP3: Celia
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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Top 3 TV Soundtracks

As I’m sure anyone who loves music enough to stumble across our poky corner of the internet knows, sound is a powerful thing. This is particularly true on the small screen- a song can make or break the scene. Only last night on Waterloo Road, what should have been a massively dramatic scene involving a caravan explosion was dashed by the ill thought out inclusion of ‘You’ve Got the Love’ by Florence and the Machine. A good song, but badly timed.
Thus, this post aims to celebrate some of the shows that got it spectacularly right.

1. Grey’s Anatomy Picture the scene: Meredith Grey, medical intern, wakes up naked entangled with a handsome stranger (later revealed to be her boss) after what we can only assume to be a night of drunken debauched fun. Yet, this first scene of the first series is cemented in my mind because all of this is accompanied by Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis chanting ‘Baby I’m bad news, bad news, bad news!’
I think what made me think of Grey’s Anatomy first when writing this was not the show itself (with its increasingly unbelievable and sexually-fuelled story lines), but the fact that the music sort of matured with me. Series One introduced me to Butterfly Boucher and Tegan and Sara, and later series stayed with me taste-wise with the inclusion of Bon Iver and the gorgeous ’12:59 Lullaby’ by Bedouin Soundclash.
MP3: Bedouin Soundclash- 12:59 Lullaby

2. One Tree Hill As a show, One Tree Hill pretty much is music. Aside from obviously featuring alot of good bands, every episode in named after song, some of characters are in the music industry, artists regularly feature on the show, and the OTH music even has its own website. One Tree Hill also made history for being one of two network shows to ever get the go-ahead to feature a Led Zeppelin song- the other was The Sopranos, in case you’re interested. One of the stand-out music moments for me was in Season 5, when Peyton sends Lucas ‘Heartbeats’ by Jose Gonzalez- so lovely :)
MP3: Jose Gonzalez- Heartbeats

3. The OCI really miss The OC, and it was a pretty decent source of music. The stand out moment for me has to be without a doubt Imogen Heap’s chilling rendition ‘Hallelujah’ playing as Marissa died in Ryan’s arms. Following Season Two, the show also featured many performances from a melange of up-and-comers and established artists- from Rooney to Modest Mouse- in The Bait Shop. Plus, all of the Thom Yorke, Belle and Sebastian, Chad van Gaalen and The Explorers Club nearly made Season 4 endurable. Nearly- but freak earthquakes and coma-induced parallel worlds were a little too much to bear.
MP3: Imogen Heap- Hallelujah
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Monday, April 05, 2010

5 Fashions: In the Nude

Nude is a trend that refuses to go away- despite blogging about it last summer, it seems that the our wardrobes for 2010 are going to be filled with the same ice creamy, pastel tones. If you're a bit clueless when it comes to this softer, more fragile palette, never fear- I'm here to tell you everything you need to know.

For all of the girly-girls out there, a pastel pink is bang on trend this season. Go for something a little more low-cut and curve flattering, such as this gorgeous parachute dress above (a steal at Asos for only £20) to add a bit of sensuality to this delicate look.

For those who aren't much feeling the cute and innocent look this season, you could always opt for a lace dress. The dress above is in at Topshop for £45.00, and perfectly combines the risqué lace (which seems to be everywhere at the moment) with a more demure pastel tone. It also features those straight-off-the-catwalk exaggerated shoulders to boot- lovely.

Continuing the lace theme, a pastel palette may be the perfect thing to get you acquainted with your vintage side. Although the skirt above is Miss Selfridge, it does that have that gorgeous aged look about it- although if you can, have a rummage in a local charity shop. Although most of it will be crap, spending an afternoon knee-deep in used orthopaedic shoes we be worth it if you find a perfect, one of a kind piece.

Another blast from the past, the denim shirt is everywhere at the moment. Plus a lighter denim (such as this one, Dorothy Perkins £26), could be the perfect best friend for many of this season's pastel accoutrements. Although, I must ask you not to do double denim. PLEASE. The 80's finished over 10 years ago, and really wasn't all that great. John Lennon died, the Cold War happened and there was widespread economic difficulty- why would you want to relive that?!?

As I predicted, orange has been rearing its ugly head. But fear not- thanks to pastels, a new shade of orange is gracing the high streets, and it's actually wearable! This beautiful peachy dress (Topshop again, £35) is a perfect example of how orange is becoming wearable for the masses.
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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Playlist 11: Sex

So, for this month's playlist, we've decided to trawl our music libraries for the very best songs about, umm, sex. It may be a little risque, but it's the subject of alot of very awesome songs. So, here goes nothing:

Playlist 11: Sex Look! Gummy Bear Porn!

‘Ooh, your little girl wants to f-f-f...’
Because is there any better way to kick off a super-naughty playlist than with the gravelly-voiced Juliette Lewis’ sexual fixation?

WARNING: The content from here on in gets a little blue. Giggidy giggidy.

2. DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979- Sexy Results
‘Woman friend, take me to the bedroom, let me show you how I am full grown’
Because is there anything more dirty than that bass playing? Also: don’t watch the video if you’re easily weirded out-it features a woman who has mouths for nipples. Kind of like in Angela Carter, only that was eyes for nipples. I digress...

3. HOT ACTION COP- Fever 4 Da Flava
‘Do you think that I get some, chicky chicky, maybe just a little finger sticky sticky’
Because as depraved as the lyrics may be, this is fast becoming one of my favourite songs of all time. And because it was on the soundtracks for ‘Grind’ AND ‘American Pie 3’- y’know, the one with the wedding, where Stifler eats dog poop. God, those films are classy.

4. BIKINI KILL- Anti-Pleasure Dissertation
‘How punk-fucking-rock my pussy smelt’
Because the lyrics are ridiculously vaginal. And (more than) slightly off-putting, but very, very sexual.

5. MELODY GARDOT- Lover Undercover
‘Come to your lover undercover and I will turn your mood around’
Because despite the song being about having a secret saucy affair, Melody Gardot still manages to keep everything PC and above-board. She’s a classy dame, with an incredible voice.

‘You want it and you ride and you ride and you ride your way out of me’
Because this song is so sensual, and so underestimated. I truly love it- and it has such filthy undertones, I kind of want to blush.

7. SOHO DOLLS- Stripper
‘You get me girl when you're nervous and when your hand is in the thong.’
Because who can resist a little bit of lady-lovin’ from everyone’s favourite kinky burlesque group (so-called because the lead singer gets her tits out all the time). WARNING: the spoken-word in this song will make you feel like you called an upmarket Soho sex hotline. Seriously.

8. FUCKED UP- He’s So Frisky
'He's frisky for you!'
Because the only thing that could possibly make this pop classic (originally by Dolly Mixture) any better is if it were sang by a big hairy man. Wish granted.

‘Don’t stop, just keep on going, until I come’
Because it’s so filthy, yet so beautifully sung. Oh Brazilian Girls- I never know whether to be in awe or slightly uncomfortable.

10. HEAD AUTOMATICA- Cannibal Girl
‘Cannibal girl, you’ve been eating me alive.’
Because it’s important to remember sometimes, you can have too much of a good thing. Like when you get second-degree burns on your Johnson, for instance. You may also find interesting to know that I have a recurring dream where I do a weird suggestive tap dance to this song.

11. THE DONNAS- Take It Off
‘Stop staring at my D-Cup; don’t waste time, just give it to me’
Because I don’t care if they hardly ever receive any good press, I freakin’ love The Donnas. I get the whole ‘harking back to the Golden Age of rock n’ roll’ thing, I do. Sex seemed to be alot more prolific then.

12. STARS- The First 5 Times
‘Now I’ve got to ask you more one thing: keep doing that forever’
Because sometimes sex and love get caught up in one glorious, snuggly mess. Aaw.

13. THE BEATLES-Come Together
‘Hold you in his arms yeah you can feel his disease’.
Because it’s THE SEXIEST SONG OF ALL TIME. It properly gets me every time- that month or so where this song was on every advert for ‘Beatles Rock Band’ was not a good time for me. If you want to seduce me, stand outside my window playing this. I fully give my guarantee I’ll throw myself naked out of my window at you.
DISCLAIMER: This is unlikely, for health and safety reasons.

I’m having a few internet problems, but I’ll try and get a listenable version of this whole playlist up soon, so you enjoy it all, preferably with a lover ;)
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Friday, April 02, 2010

Song of the Day: Fighter Plane - Ellie Goulding

The b-side to 'Under The Sheets' deserves its own recognition. This song is beautiful. I love it.
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