LISTEN: Summer Playlist

7 Dec

I’ve been intending to put together a summer playlist for quite some time. Seeing as the first week of summer is almost over I figured i’d better get my act together.

Jude’s Summer Mixed Tape

  1. Lazy Days – Flying Burrito Brothers
  2. Cell Mates – El Bronx
  3. Janglin – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  4. Walkabout – Atlas Sound feat. Noah Lennox
  5. Wilco – You Never Know
  6. It Aint Gonna Save Me – Jay Reatard
  7. Alcohol (Turn and Fall) – The Baptist Generals
  8. Fly, Golden Arrow Pt. 1 – Leader Cheetah
  9. Two Doves – Dirty Projectors
  10. El Caporal – My Morning Jacket
  11. Veni Vidi Vici (Diplo Remix) – Black Lips
  12. Ordinary – Red Riders
  13. When I’m Gone – Vivian Girls
  14. Kick Drum Heart – The Avett Brothers
  15. Hey – Elvis Perkins
  16. Goodway – Monsters of Folk
  17. The Horizon Is A Beltway – The Low Anthem
  18. Spoiled – Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
  19. Plenty Is Never Enough (Tenement Halls Cover) – The Shins
  20. Constructive Summer – The Hold Steady

You can listen to most of my playlist here. I couldn’t find either of the tracks from the Aussie bands but there are links to each of the bands’ Myspace pages where you can check out the tracks. I couldn’t find the Shin’s version of Plenty is Never Enough so I included the original in my playlist. Enjoy!


WEAR: Summer Scrapbook

7 Dec
summer set
summer set by judes86 featuring Nike

LIST: Songs About Hair

10 Jul

crookedrain_crookedrain1. Cut Your Hair by Pavement

Darlin’ don’t you go and cut your hair
Do you think it’s gonna make him change?
Im just a boy with a new haircut
And that’s a pretty nice haircut

f44328k52jo2. Stupid Girl by the Rolling Stones

It doesn’t matter if she dyes her hair
Or the color of the shoes she wears
She’s the worst thing in this world
Well, look at that stupid girl

c26452g73j83. Devil’s Haircut by Beck

Got a devil’s haircut in my mind
Got a devil’s haircut in my mind
Got a devil’s haircut in my mind
Got a devil’s haircut in my mind

g08401cy174 4. Gail with the Golden Hair by the Handsome Family

Gail and I shot our empties
With an old, rusted rifle
Her golden hair went flying
Like a wild, brush fire

i41317zh2aj5. Hair Down by the Cold War Kids

Said you let your hair down
You got enough to go round, oh mine
Said you let your hair down
But you’ve been telling me that since the day we meet

Obscure Instruments: Melodica

2 Jul

I played piano for a few years but gave up because I got fed up of practicing. How many ten year olds want to sit stationary for upwards of an hour each day when they could be outside playing? The answer is ‘not many’ and I was certainly no exception to the rule. Next was guitar. I got a lovely acoustic for my fifteenth birthday, the first step towards fulfilling my rock-star fantasy (although since this was the records which inspired me to try my hand at guitar perhaps it would be more appropriate to say ‘folk-star’ fantasy). I found out very quickly that my short fingers meant I wasn’t cut out to be a guitarist.

Perhaps it is a result of my previous failed attempts as musicianship that I’ve recently taken a liking to some of the slightly obscure (and perhaps slightly easier to play) instruments. The melodica is one of these.


The melodica or ‘blow-organ’ as it is also known, looks like what you’d get it you bred a recorder and a keyboard and sounds like what you’d get if you bred the offspring of the aforementioned instruments with the love-child of a harmonica and a accordion. I first saw this instrument in action at  a gig of a friend’s rocksteady band. I am of the opinion that a melodica player can adopt one of two attitudes while playing; first there is the solemn facial expression worn in an attemept to counteract the somewhat comical sounds of the instrument (this appears to be a popular choice with the crop of indie musicians who are jumping on the melodica band-wagon) and then there are those who embrace the more playful sound and play along themselves.

It was widely used in reggae music during the 1970s and  gradually gained a decent following in popular music. The melodica has featured in the music of artists such as Gang of Four, Belle & Sebastian, New Order and Cake. Apparently Damon Albarn is a big fan of the instrument which shouldn’t be surprising considering his consistent use of it in his virtual band, Gorillaz. Here are my top five tracks which feature the melodica.

  1. Oasis’ ‘Chapmagne Supernova’
  2. Ben Folds’ ”Smoke’
  3. Joy Division’s ‘Closer’
  4. The Kinks’ ‘Sunny Afternoon’
  5. R.E.M’s ‘Boy in the Well’

I’ll leave you with one final fun fact. Apparently, In the film “The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit“, there is footage of John Lennon playing the introductory notes to Strawberry Fields Forever on a melodica in a hotel room. This footage was fimled in 1964 which was two years before the song was properlly written and three years before it was released