Saturday, 25 January 2014

What I am Listening to this Week #10

1. Strong- London Grammar For my birthday last week I was given a lot of new albums and London Grammar's 'If You Wait' was one of them. This song is so hauntingly beautiful and Hannah Reid's voice is just faultless.
2. Corona- Vinyl Jacket I have featured this band in a playlist once before and this new song does not disappoint. You can listen to more of Vinyl Jacket from my first playlist here
3. Riptide- Vance Joy Fearne Cotton is a huge fan of this man and this song, and its featured on Radio 1 quite a lot (no prizes for guessing why). My favourite type of music, folky with a slightly unusual voice.
4. Buffalo Soldier- Bob Marley I don't think a week goes by when I don't listen to Bob Marley's 'Best of' CD. This is largely due to the influence of my parents, as they have played this album to me on a regular basis since I was little. Unfortunately my hair is not quite as cool as his though.
5. Another Year- Cody Like I said I like a good folky song, and this band comes complete with a banjo player (total opposite of Deliverance, promise). And as a former cello player I love the fact a cellist features in the band.

Friday, 3 January 2014

What I am Listening to this Week #9...Mix Tape Playlists

As part of some Christmas presents I decided to make some themed mix tapes for my friends and boyfriend, so this week you get a list of songs that also featured on one of my friends Crimbo presents (I will drag out Christmas for as long as I can....)
Now, I listen to quite alot of Blues and Soul music, partly thanks to my Dads influence as a child, and so for one of the girls, who didn't know alot about the genre but qas open to listening, I compiled a little list of blues and soul songs for her:

1. Layla- Eric Clapton This was her favourite track on the list, and no prizes for guessing why, Eric Clapton is one of the best modern blues singers of all time (in my opinion anyway....)
2. Dog House Boogie- Seasick Steve- Yet again, a fairly recent addition to the blues world, Seasick Steve and his '3 String Guitar'.

3. Land of 1000 Dance- Wilson Pickett- Don't know what it is about this tune, but it just has me dancing everytime I hear it. Fans of the Full Monty will recognise it as 'The Horse' audition song.
4. Soul Man- Sam and Dave- I don't quite understand why they are just called Sam and Dave, and whether they are their actual names, some clarification would be appreciated, possibly a Wikipedia search is in order
5. Messin' with the Kid- Junior Wells- 1,2, you know what to do....

6. Boom Boom- John Lee Hooker- Damn this mans husky voice, do love a good ol' husky voice.
7. I Got the Feelin'- James Brown- Another classic to the world of blues and soul, James Brown.
8. Green Onions- Booker T & the MG's- The name of this track slighlty confuses me, and always makes me hungry for a fresh salad. I guess listening to blues music is a good way to stay healthy atleast....
9. Shake Your Tailfeather- Ray Charles- Playing himself (if Ray Charles happened to own a music store in downtown Chicago) Ray Charles demostrates how any piano sounds good, as long as you know how to play it. Plus Dan Akroyd and John Belushi's dancing is something to be admired.

10. How Blue Can you Get- B.B. King- Quite literally the 'King of Blues' musicians don't get much greater than this. A headliner at Glastonbury a couple of years ago, B.B. King proved that Blues just doesn't die.

Hope you enjoy my Blues and Soul playlist, and if you have any song recommendations, I will happily have a listen! H x

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

'Christmas Take 2'

Its 'Christmas Take 2' in the Butler household, this time with my boyfriend. I always find that important holidays and birthdays are a balancing act in terms of spending time with all your loved ones. My boyfriend happened to be skiing the week leading up to Christmas, so this week has been our own mini Christmas, or as I call it, 'Christmas Take 2'. Although, instead of another Christmas dinner we had Christmas Curry, and there wasnt a tree in my house, but I wapped on the festive jumper and Christmas tunes to make it feel that little bit more Chritsmassy.

You can never have too many fairylights, or candles for that

Santa didnt visit for my second Christmas, and I waited all night!!

Although I enjoy having celebrations and presents over the course of two weeks as I move around celebrating Christmas with different family memebers and friends, I do find the juggling hard, however, I know I am a very lucky girl to have so many lovely people in my life. H x

Gingerbread Top- Topshop 
Disco Pants- Topshop
Candles- Archway

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