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What we’re listening to this week #74

“People take sound for granted but you would miss it if it wasn’t there” – Alyson Moore, Foley Artist.

“You can change a life in three minutes with the right song” – Bruce Springsteen.

And with the wrong song too, Bruce, as I have learned to my cost.

Now, what can I do that will only take three minutes? The Selecter – Three Minute Hero:

“The new album says yes to love”…“more masculine, industrial, sample-heavy and hip-hop-inspired” Dirty Projectors – Cool Your Heart feat. D∆WN:

We love a balanced view of life. “It might just be our best ever song. And you may agree. Or you may disagree. Those are literally the only two options”. Lux Lisbon – When You Need Somebody:

Holly A and Rachel F saw these guys at a recent conference. Jukedeck sounds like a revolution in soundtrack and brand music creation that is a game-changer in music licensing and rights management. “We’re building machine learning technology that can compose and adapt professional-quality music, giving people and companies personalised music that’s dynamically shaped to their needs.”

More Post-Truth activity? These are reasons for loving this song, all suggested by the artist:

“Dog Years is about a day I skipped class to stay in bed and make frozen pizza with a boy I loved.”
“Dog Years is about dance parties in the kitchen.”
“Dog Years is about change, about loving and leaving and still loving, about trusting yourself.”
“Dog Years is about a thank you note.”

You decide.

Maggie Rogers – Dog Years:

Described as ’77 studio immaculacy – “slick musicianship, the rapturously rhythmic, Nile Rodgers-worshipping guitar”. And Australian, if that helps. Parcels:

Just because I haven’t featured one before: an American punk rock band from Scranton, Pennsylvania. The Menzingers – After The Party:

DJ Charlie Bones says, “Sometimes there’s no saving people from their iPhones”. He recommends this track to help. Tabu Ley – Hafi Deo:

Read more from Charlie Bones here.

Mark Stewart of the Bristol post-punk group The Pop Group recommends “noise aficionados, an aural alchemist and a sonic assassin”. See if you can guess which one this is. Douglas Hart – X Film Plus Ultra:

I can’t remember who or why this low key number got onto my list, but it was probably to annoy someone who wanted a change of tempo in the list. Be careful what you wish for*. Wilco – If I Ever Was A Child:

*I can remember really, it was a playlist in Standard Issue. Here are some more of their lists.

From New York, and their first new material in over 20 years. Chavez – The Bully Boys:

From Anna S (you know, the one who does all the hard graft on the playlist) – “In Hollywood everything is magic and make believe”. A lovely film about storytelling with sound.

And next, “an emerging rock band set to ignite great interest on the UK Rock scene…” And cars. Empyre – Drive:

Another link. Food and music and pursuing your dreams.

All for a glimpse of Fame. David Bowie – Fame:

Songs that might have changed the world in three minutes and under? Try these.

The impossible we do in three minutes.

Life changing?

Well, miracles take a little longer.

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