Talking Bushstock 2014

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Rubblebucket

Henry: I have listened to a lot of Coldplay this week. I do not know what is up with me. I do know that it is the first you commented on when you got in my car though and that is why I feel self-conscious about my love for Chris Martin. How are you Mikey?

Michael: I mean, they’re Coldplay Henry. You shouldn’t need me to make you feel self-conscious for listening to them, you should just feel like that regardless. I am very ill actually mate and took penicillin and Nurofen with me on Saturday for Bushtock (potentially the least exciting pills ever taken into a festival in history).

H: Yeauxleaux, breaux. Anyway, we were reunited over the weekend to check out Bushstock which, if you don’t know West London, is a festival that takes over four venues in Sheperds Bush for the weekend. It’s headed up by Communion – who are great – and is a pretty rad day out. Let’s talk about who impressed us.

M: Really rad day out with some radder music. It’s a shame it is still blighted by the fact that Henry hasn’t paid for his ticket yet but whateva(aaaaa).

H: I’ll probably never see you again so that was a solid investment on my part.

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12 Songs To Get You To Do Anything

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#inspiration

Henry: Like Grouplove’s second album, summer promised so much: Late nights, fisherman knits and tan. But I’m pretty sure I’m dying right now. I had two late, late (but awesome, awesome) nights on Thursday and Friday and I think I’m being punished by the universe or something because all I’ve eaten since Saturday is fruit and juice and it’s not working. I literally just fell asleep for four hours in the middle of the day. How’s your current state, Mikey?

Michael: I’ve had a truly wild summer. Made it out of the house once in the last week to pick up my brother’s dry cleaning. That’s it. That’s literally what how the sunniest week of this summer so far went for me. Tonsillitis is a bummer. I made it to my summer ball though, alcohol was not the best medicine.

H: Point being: We’re both pretty wild. And sometimes you just have to down a beetroot smoothie (#rebooturself), blast a good song (#tune) and get a grip (#GAG). These are the songs that’ll get that done. They’re like Starbucks but come without the crippling self-loathing of buying cardboard-coffee just because some kid from L.A bought it in a film.

Other stuff: Lots of songs from our ‘30 Songs of the Summer‘ may be applicable here but they were also quite a lot about love and that confuses me so let’s try and not think about it as much this post. Also see Allie X’s ‘Prime’ from our ‘Summer Party Songs‘ which literally kickstarts my every day. It’s so good and gets cleverer every time I listen to it.

M: I’m so proud that I can take responsibility for discovering the next big pop star/next pop star that Henry loves. Allie X will dominate airwaves for years to come, trust us on this.

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Your Spring Break Revision Playlist

Henry and his new pal

I haven’t been seen on these fair, indie-blog, shores for too long and I apologise. The rigours and stresses of a university student have hit me hard this last month or so and Can You Hear This, and you the readers, have suffered as a result. So let me pay you pack with a brand new eclectic mix to help you get through the next few weeks ahead of some big time exams. (P.S. I am also sending the biggest load of love to Henry who is ill at the moment out in Malaysia – feel free to drop him a grammatically-correct email of support at henry@canyouhearthis.co.uk) [Read more…]

Albums to buy in 2014

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This was our first photo of 2014. It might also be James Blake’s new album cover.

Henry: Sorry we’re late on the upstart but we’re here now. And that’s pretty much all that matters. We’re talking you through which albums to buy in 2014 – whether they’re new, or you just might have forgotten about a few. There might even be a single or two. I know. Wild.

Michael: Yep super sorry, we’ve barely shown ourselves for the last month due to other stuff (that’s as much detail as I would like to give) but we’re ready to make it up to you now. Lucky you right?

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Your Winter Playlist

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Henry: Welcome back. Not much has changed except England is now freezing which means only one thing: You can’t listen to all that stuff we’ve already posted about.

Michael: I’ve been missing for the past few weeks so let me say that I’m very happy to be back and assure you that I’ve attempted to use the time productively (my ultimate team has gotten crazy good).

Neko Case

H: I’ve been listening to Neko Case a lot lately. Her latest album is popping up in end-of year lists all over the place (which are funny things they’re mostly reactions to what everyone’s been listening to the whole year so that when  people  feel embarrassed that they spent all summer listening to Lorde, they suddenly put down some random artist they found in November. Which is a long way of saying, Neko Case is great but if you didn’t notice a ton of coverage when she released ‘The Worse Things Get…’ but find it everyone now is precisely because it wasn’t noticed at first.) But whatever, this is great stuff – not too sappy for Christmas but more thoughtful than tropic-pop for all those cold afternoons by the fire (I don’t know your life) – so listen:

The Naked And Famous

H: I feel this is almost an ICYMI – I find it very difficult to gauge just how popular certain indie-rock bands are at any point – but you must check out TNAF’s latest album. I caught them live and they were brilliant; crazy energy, crazy vocals. And their new material is remarkable. It’s less edgy but more sophisticated and the result is singles like Hearts Like Ours which are rousing and catchy. Kinda like how Arcade Fire used to be:

M: Yeah, Reflektor bummed me out too. I won’t pretend to know what ICYMI means but I loved In Rolling Waves earlier this year. They’ve had to cancel loads of their gigs in their UK tour so you’re on of the lucky ones Henry, I would have killed for those tickets.

The Naked And Famous – Hearts Like Ours

Ben Howard

M: I get that this is very old but Ben’s Burgh Island EP has been the core of my winter playlist this year. As pleasant as his first LP was, Burgh Island has some really beautiful moments scattered amongst the usual singer/song-writer fanfare. Oats in the Water is a dark and intense piece of music that belongs on your playlist for this quiet and lonely winter mornings by the fire. That said, cheer up, it’s Christmas time.

Thumpers

M: If you want to cheer up,Thumpers is the way to go. I’ve listened to their first three singles probably a total of 250 times in the space of a week so yeah… the songs are good. The duo are from the ill-fated Pull Tiger Tail and have made some tunes that are incredibly catchy and a lovely throwback to my fave era of music (LSP’s era FYI).

 

The biggest musical disappointments

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Henry: Happy Hallowe’en. Get ready for an awkward segue: Don’t you think it’s scary how bad bands you love can turn out to be? Positively spooky. 

Michael: I’m shivering at the thought of listening to the third Kooks album.

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Fall’s New Music

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Henry: Sorry folks for the delay but we are back. And back for good. And gosh there’s a lot of new stuff out there y’all. So we decided to run through it for you guys, sorting through the good, bad and the mediocre. First things first Crewe, what the hell’s going on with Donald Glover?

Michael: Whatever. After he bailed on Community, I don’t know I can ever forgive him. I’ve been ill for two weeks so maybe I’m just grumpy, I did like Bed Peace after all. Anyway, I’m back now and ready to reflect on some medium to outstanding music from this fall.

H: Yep. Outstanding is a fairly subjective term round here. Summer is over (we all had a high time stomping around the globe) but if you want to re-live it, here’s a list of our picks for the summer part 1 and part 2. 

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