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Oh Yeah – The Subways – Oh Oh

It’s weird, since I moved to London, all I’ve been thinking about is work. Career, adding another line to my CV, that kind of thing. It’s funny – we have a work experience guy at work at the moment, and I’m meant to have him shadowing me a little bit. He’s just finished his GCSEs, awaiting his results. It’s that path that you follow for a long time – GCSEs, AS Levels, A Levels, University, etc. But it’s all been work at the moment for me, for the last ten months or so, and working as hard as I possibly can. It was only today that I sat down and realised that the one thing I’ve neglected a lot is life.
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The Battle of Hampton Roads – Titus Andronicus – The Ship Comes In

Both yesterday and today have all been about 2009 for me. I interviewed Gavin Castleton yesterday (which should be going up on the site soon), realised that RX Bandit’s new album is due out a week today, and started this morning listening to Merriweather Post Pavilion on my way to work. Gavin Castleton released Home in 2009, an album which really struck a chord with me, RX Bandits released Mandala the same year, an album that stood out from the crowd (easily one of my favourites from that year), and Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion also came out that year too. So too did Manchester Orchestra’s Mean Everything to Nothing, Future of the Left’s Travels With Myself and Another, Emmy The Great’s First Love, Two Dancers by Wild Beasts, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix, and a whole host of others. 2009 was an eclectic mix of near-on everything music had to offer. I certainly didn’t listen to as many albums in 2009 as I did in, say, 2013, but it seemed like everything I spent any time with was gold.

2010 arrived, and with it the album I didn’t know I needed – The Monitor by Titus Andronicus.
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I Don’t Love – Have A Nice Life – At Sea, It’s Calmer Under the Waves

On Wednesday 9th July, The Flenser will be opening up pre-orders for the re-release of Deathconsciousness, Have A Nice Life’s debut album. To put it simply, Deathconsciousness is one of my favourite records of all time. Writing about any track off this record was always going to be difficult, especially given how much it means to me personally. But here we are, and I’m going to try to explain why I’ll be sat at my computer as soon as these pre-orders go live, frantic with worry that I won’t get my copy in the limited edition green-coloured vinyl.
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Come On! Let’s Boogey To The Elf Dance! – Sufjan Stevens – Why Working on Sunday is Like Christmas in July

The return of the ‘Christmas in…’ series has us once again turning our focus to a Sufjan Stevens track. This past couple of weeks I’ve been really busy with work. For those who don’t know, I work with a record company, doing sales and marketing research analysis. Yes, when my mum asked me when I was six years old what I wanted to be when I was older, I replied that I wanted to be a sales and marketing research analyst. Big dreams.
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Coffee – Sylvan Esso – Cool to be Uncool

One of my favourite records so far this year is Sylvan Esso’s self titled debut. I reviewed the album for Unrecorded (here), and it’s become an album I’ve had on heavy rotation ever since I first listened to it. More than that, there’s one particular song which continues to make an early bid for my track of the year: ‘Coffee’.
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Faded – Lizzo – The Excitement of Friday, The Inertia of Sunday

Pump-up songs. We all have them, let’s not kid ourselves. We have our songs we’ll play before playing sports, songs we’ll play before we head on out for a night’s drinking, and songs we’ll play to get ready for ready for an exam, a test, a whatever. I’m not sure about anyone else, but I always need a song that’ll kick me right into the weekend. When I leave work on Fridays recently, the first song I’ll put on is ‘Faded’ by Lizzo.
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I Love You – Cuushe – The Edge in Dream Pop

I reviewed Cuushe’s Butterfly Case last year. I really like shoegaze and dream-pop, although I do like my dream-pop to give me a little bite every now and then. Luckily, Cuushe has this down, and the result is an album full of really interesting moments.
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To The Sea – Razorlight – To The Lake

It’s New Year’s, and I’m standing in front of Lake Windermere. My mum, dad, and little brother are with me, and we’re watching fireworks explode over the water in front of us. It’s not as cold as you’d think it’d be. I’m fifteen years old, I’m not wearing a jacket, and when I head back to the car I want to listen to Razorlight.
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(Antichrist Television Blues) – Arcade Fire – I Don’t Know What I’m Gonna Do

Neon Bible came at time when I’d all but lost any religion I had. I found it tough; I’d been brought up Christian, and I wasn’t really aware of any alternatives. It was just a given that God existed, and I had to extrapolate everything I understood about the world from there. It’s like having an equation in maths where you have x + God = The World. You have to change x to understand the world around you. To then remove the god I followed, it’s not just that I lost my religion, but I lost how I understood the world.
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