Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sunday Sessions #5 - King Creosote, From Scotland With Love

I have been a fan of King Creosote for a while now, since I saw him supporting KT Tunstall when I was about 13. Kenny Anderson is his real name, and he comes from Fife, Scotland; (if you couldn't tell he was Scottish from the accent he sings in!) I absolutely love the way he sings, too many people these days sing in a forced American style accent, whereas KC sings so effortlessly and naturally in his mother tongue. 

The album is delicate and easy listening, and seems like it was released very patriotically in the same week as the Commonwealth Games began in Glasgow. 

The track listing is as follows; 

1 Something To Believe In
2 Cargill
3 Largs
4 Miserable Strangers
5 Leaf Piece
6 For One Night Only
7 Bluebell, Cockleshell, 123
8 One Floor Down
9 Crystal 8s
10 Pauper’s Dough
11. A Prairie Tale
Have a listen.

Livvy x

Sunday Sessions #4 - Vinyl Revival

During my last weekend in London, I visited the East End branch of Rough Trade, a fantastic vinyl store just off Brick Lane. 

I got two records on this visit, the first was Laura Marling's third album 'A Creature I Don't Know', one of my favourite Laura Marling albums, the only one of her four albums which wasn't nominated for a Mercury Music prize. With a similar singing style to that of Joni Mitchell, her voice sounds even more perfect being played from a vinyl. 

The second - 'Cold Fact' by Rodriquez. The 'Sugar Man''s first album was which made him famous and more popular than Elvis in South Africa in the 1970's. The album features the hugely catchy 'I Wonder' which I remember hearing on the radio when I was younger and loving it completely. As he originally wasn't very successful in the US, he was dropped by his label after his second album, but he began producing his long awaited third album in 2013. Rodriguez's first two albums got re released in 2009 and he has achieved very belated success in the USA. 

Livvy x

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Sunday Sessions #3 - Travelling playlist

So, it's the summer time and of course you will be travelling, either on days out around your own country or jetting off to another.

I always have a playlist for travelling, if I'm driving in my car or on the train, it is a must. 

So I thought I'd give you a selection of my playlist (it's quite long!)

At the moment I'm in London for the BST concerts in Hyde Park, when this post goes up, I would have seen Neil Young!

KT Tunstall - White Bird

Stevie Nicks - Think About It

Bruce Springsteen - Growin' Up

Haim - Forever

Lissie - Bully

Lissie (Kid Cudi cover) - Pursuit Of Happiness

John Mayer - A Face To Call Home

John Mayer - Why Georgia

Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way

Fleetwood Mac - You Make Loving Fun

Fleetwood Mac - Silver Springs

Stereophonics - Just Looking (I LOVE this song, when I first met my boyfriend, he always played it and its what got me into them)

Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer

James Taylor - (I've Got To) Stop Thinkin' 'Bout That

Tracy Chapman - Give Me One Reason

She & Him - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here

She & Him - London

Jamie Cullum - Save Your Soul

R. Kelly - Ignition Remix (I love singing in the car to this)

Drake - HYFR - (same as above)

En Vogue - Don't Let Go (same as above!)

Wilson Phillips - Hold On (and again ^^)

Rod Stewart - Tonight's The Night

Tell me your favourite songs to listen to when travelling!

Livvy x

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sunday Sessions #2 - Glastonbury Special

I'm back with a bigger playlist today, so have a read and maybe a listen and let me know what you thought of Glastonbury.

Last weekend was the famous festival at Worthy farm, Glastonbury; and while it was a great mud fest, it didn't dampen the spirits of the festival goers and performers.

One artist who I was looking forward to watching (alas, only the BBC coverage, I am yet to attend Glastonbury!) was Paul Heaton. The former Housemartins and Beautiful South star has reunited with former band mate Jacqui Abbott for a new album. I was really impressed with their acoustic set on Mark Radcliffe's coverage of the festival where they performed their hit 'Moulding Of A Fool' and Dolly Parton's 'Islands In The Stream'.

Everyone is loving the fact that they are reunited, the 'Perfect 10' singers haven't disappointed with their latest release.

I also caught Lily Allen's return to Glastonbury, and her performance was brilliant, her latest album 'Sheezus' is one of my favourite releases from this year. It has quite a hip-hop vibe, and she's a great hook writer. I was glad to hear her performance featured old songs as well as new. 'As Long As I Got You' is one of my favourites.

The big talk of the festival was the debut of Dolly Parton. She played the 'unofficial headline' slot of 5pm on the pyramid stage, and apparently she brought the biggest audience ever to the stage as she played.

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding her performance and whether she was singing live or not. She has said herself here that her voice is real, as well as her heart.

Personally it did look as if she was miming at the beginning, but I've never seen her perform live before, I think we all underestimated how good she is and was going to play. As cliche as it sounds 'I will always love' Dolly! Her new album 'Blue Smoke' is brilliant, a favourite of mine is the title track.

Livvy x