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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Official UEFA European Championship Songs June 19, 2021

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I actually quite like this years song and it’s funny how this early in the tournament it has a very familiar ring to it. So I went off and found some older ones too.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Alcest June 5, 2021

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Alcest are a French band, around since 2000 or so and pioneers of a genre called “Blackgaze”. Blackgaze is a fusion of Black Metal and Shoe Gaze. A description of Blackgaze is that it “marries the harsh, alien instrumentation of black metal with the mellower, dreamy soundscapes of shoegaze.”

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… This Will Destroy You May 22, 2021

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Another Post Rock Band, This Will Destroy You (TWDY) from Texas. They’ve been around since 2004 and have had countless albums and quite a bit of success. “The Mighty Rio Grande” is probably my favourite of their songs.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… As Seas Exhale May 8, 2021

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Started in 2010, As Seas Exhale is the brainchild of Stephen Craft, who writes, plays and produces all the material. It’s a nice mix of ambient and post-rock music and similar with much in the genre gets better with each listen.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Songs about Cats .. April 24, 2021

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Last Weekend, One of the neighbour’s called to say a black cat had been knocked down on Taylor’s Lane and was lying dead there and thought it was one of our black cats.
We hadn’t seen one of them all morning, Went over and it looked like one of ours…
We wrapped it up, took it home to break the news to the children…..
There were tears ….
and as they are about to identify the body, our own cat that has been AWOL saunters in.
So I was left someone else’s dead cat.
The Neighbourhood WhatsApps didn’t produce an owner, so eventually the council collected the body a few days later.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Funeral for a Friend April 10, 2021

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There was a section in the Plaid Cymru manifesto that they were in favour of Wales entering The Eurovision Song Contest. So inspired I picked a Welsh band for This Weekend. Funeral for a Friend are a Welsh band from Bridgend that were formed in 2001. They had some success between 2003 and 2009 and in 2016 Broke up, although they reformed in 2019.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Unlikely Michael Jackson Covers.. March 27, 2021

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Only learnt recently that Ian Brown covered a number of Michael Jackson songs and on further investigation there’s quite a few people that did, that I wouldn’t have expected to have done.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Fugazi (First Demo) March 13, 2021

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The advent of the CD, saw many Demo Tapes, alternative recordings, studio sessions and so on dug up for the 5 CD box set or a single album to cash in on an artists success. There could be writers block, a massive tour or a band just hadn’t the material and then you might get the album of B sides with two new songs. The advent of the 12″ single of course meant that there were often more B Sides to pick from. Some albums from that genre of non studio albums aren’t great and even hardcore fans often wonder why they were released.
Fugazi have been in hiatus since 2003 and in 2014 the album “First Demo” came out, their first proper demo tape. It’s really good and there’s a freshness to it, the band were I think only together a year or so at this stage. What’s almost more interesting is whats on it. Where often a band has a demo tape (in this case with 11 songs), most of it will end up on the first album. Whats unusual here is that only two of the songs “Waiting Room” and “Bad Mouth” are on their first release (The Fugazi EP). Over time most of the songs appear on various different Fugazi Albums. So they must really have had a mountain of tunes on the go.
Anyway , a great band and this is well worth a listen.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Snakes February 27, 2021

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From Denver, Colorado, Snakes describe themselves as Lo-Fi Garage Twang. There’s a great hint of Country too. They’ve released an ep and an album to date. Well worth keeping an eye out for when things eventually resume.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Best Of Communism February 13, 2021

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A compilation album I had lying down the back of my CD’s. It’s the usual rousing stuff .

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