Tuesday, 31 December 2013

My Top 15 Songs of 2013

I started trying to write my top 5 songs of 2013... Then my top 10... 

But there have been so many good singles/albums released this year the best I could do was condense it down to a top 15!

So without further adieu, in no particular order... 

Arcade Fire - Reflektor

I don't think I really need to say anything about this song apart from it is brilliant.

Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?

Choosing a favourite song overall from 2013 is a little bit like choosing a favourite child. But. If I had to choose and you won't let the other kids know, this is my favourite. 

Bloc Party - Ratchet

I love this so much. It's like Bloc Party circa Silent Alarm. It's definitely one of my favourite songs they've released in a while and makes me want to dance around like an idiot.

Daft Punk - Get Lucky

Yes, it possibly got played to death. Yes, you heard it absolutely bloody everywhere. Yes, it is STILL fantastic. Seriously. I don't think I'll get sick of it.

Eels - Peach Blossom

I was over the moon to hear that Eels were releasing a new album and got excited every time this came on the radio. Such a good riff...

Fall Out Boy - The Phoenix

I SURVIVED THE FOB HIATUS! I found it tough to decide between this and "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark" as I love them both. The Phoenix was a grower but I think it's my favourite. Anyway, I've mentioned them both now so they can have a joint place if they want. Welcome back Fall Out Boy. Please don't leave us again.

Fat Freddy's Drop - Blackbird

I was super excited to hear that FFD were releasing a new album and equally as excited when I managed to score tickets for the album release show in London. I can listen to this song on repeat for hours and not get bored. Joe Dukie's voice is the one.

John Grant - GMF

I love the bitter sweetness of this song. It was a real grower for me. The more I listen, the more I like it.

Major Lazer (ft. Peaches & Timberlee) - Scare Me
I can't get enough of this song. I love Peaches. Her lyrics are genius. "Bangin on my ovaries and bustin my piƱata" Hell yes. It reminds me of being in Berlin.
Masters In France - Flexin
I heard this on 6 Music and instantly loved it. If you haven't listened to it, I insist you do.

The National - Demons
His voice is like whiskey. Amazing.

Pulp - After You (Soulwax Remix)

I love the original version of this song but the Soulwax remix which was released on 12" for Record Store Day is just perfect.

Queens of the Stone Age - Smooth Sailing

This is definitely my favourite song off the ...Like Clockwork album. So sleazy. I love it!

Swim Deep - King City

This is probably my favourite song of the Summer. I ended up seeing Swim Deep about 5 times this year and they're brilliant. Especially their cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Sacrilege 

I just love how this song builds up gradually over 4 minutes turning into something totally different to how it begins. I was lucky enough to catch them at Leeds Academy and they were incredible. 

So, that's my top 15. I'm hoping that 2014 is just as good for new music releases and can't wait to find out!

What have your favourite songs of 2013 been?

Sunday, 29 December 2013

OOTD - Tricky Gig

A quick OOTD, here's what I wore to see Tricky a week or so back...
Lace Shirt: H&M 
Black Skinny Jeans: Topshop
Silver Monk Shoes: Dr Martens
Lace detail on the shirt/derp face...
Detailing of the shoes. They are so comfy and I managed to get them in the ASOS sale for £40, reduced from £105... Yeahh!!

Did you pick up anything in the ASOS sales?

Saturday, 28 December 2013

November/December Round Up

Once again I've had a busy few weeks so will try and condense it down into one blog post (for now!)...
Spotting this in town by Kid Acne... And getting very excited over ordering my first Kid Acne print!
Trying different beers whilst waiting for my friend Keri's train to arrive at the Sheffield Tap...
FINALLY trying one of the burgers at the Harley... OMFG hnnnnnnnrghhhhhh... Well worth the wait!

I had "Return of the Mac" with bacon. Mac cheese on a burger. It's ok, you can cry now.
Being spoilt by the Forum bars in the Common Room and getting to meet some lovely Sheffield bloggers in the process! (Thank you Emma!)

If you haven't tried their hard shakes, go do that. Now. 

And the food... Oh my. I need a trip back, pronto! 
More food in Tamper Coffee's Sellers Wheel. I loved my little spoon...!
Finding out this work is by Coloquix 
A trip down to London to see Major Lazer!
The gig was awesome. I wasn't sure what to expect really but it was a big show... And there was crowd zorbing!
We tried to go to The Breakfast Club for brunch but there was a ginormous queue so we went to Hummingbird Bakery instead for cake. I had a gingerbread cupcake and it was delightful!
My first trip to Byron. I got quite excited that you could order a "flight of beers" - perfect for someone like me who is massively indecisive at the best of times!
Watching The National at Manchester Apollo. They are without a doubt one of my favourite bands this year. They are incredible live too.
Finally getting myself along to Pete McKee's "A Month Of Sundays" Gallery on Sharrow Vale Road. 
Seeing Vampire Weekend at Leeds Arena...
Managing to get a last minute ticket for the Arctic Monkeys gig at Sheffield Arena. 

It's crazy as the last time I saw them was in 2006ish when they were playing at the Leadmill and I worked there. (A 900 capacity venue...)

I was a little dubious about how they would be in an arena but they were bloody brilliant. The crowd were great too - it was a proper homecoming show!
Possibly one of the best pieces of merch?! 
I also bought last minute tickets for Queens of the Stone Age at Manchester Arena. 

Again, I was a little unsure of how they'd be in an arena and slightly worried as I had enjoyed them so much when I saw them in Berlin this Summer but they were fantastic.

A crowd-interaction highlight of the show was some kid shining a laser pen at Josh Homme's face (seriously? People still have laser pens?!) 

And him responding very cooly "get that goddamn laser off my face. You don't want to die tonight, son." 

My god, I love Josh Homme. 
Managing to get tickets for the Pixies and them being as amazing as you would imagine them to be.

They played for 2 hours. TWO SOLID HOURS OF THE PIXIES!

One of the best gigs this year for me.
Another trip to Tamper with my brother and his fiancee. My lunch was delicious. 
A trip to New York! I had THE best time. Separate post to follow...
My Mum made us all advent bags this year. She is awesome.
Some of the goodies in the bag!
After seeing these in Urban Outfitters when I was in New York and them not having them in my size, I tracked a pair down via the internets. 

Behold, my beautiful (and yes, slightly ridiculous) Jeffrey Campbell shoes! 
Dressing my poor dog up ready for Xmas. Sorry Alfie.
Going to see Gogol Bordello which cheered me up after a monumentally gash week.

 Eugene Hutz.
Another trip to London to visit friends and watch the Ordinary Boys. Separate post to follow!

I also picked up these socks from Lazy Oaf after lusting over them online... 
Going out for drinks with friends... And discovering that warm cherry beer is actually rather tasty indeed.
Getting into the Xmas spirit as I get nearly 2 weeks off work and wearing a crap Xmas jumper to work...
Watching Tricky at Gorilla in Manchester. Possibly one of the most bizarre gigs I have ever been to. Some of the gig was great. Some of it just plain weird... 
Seeing the brilliant Everly Pregnant Brothers play a well deserved sold out show at the O2 Academy in Sheffield. 

We had a lot of fun and it definitely felt like Xmas had started!
A quick trip to Leeds to catch up with my friend Vanya & drink mulled wine...
All of the Xmas...
Remembering this little fella I bought in NY.
Catching up with friends in the Wick at Both Ends over mulled cider WITH RUM IN. Why hadn't I thought of that sooner...
LOL-ing over the games...
Visiting Santa and Elf Cindz at Endcliffe Park Cafes Xmas Community Party!
Getting very excited that my jumper arrived in time for Xmas...
Seeing friends on Xmas Eve...

Ordering these. Yes, they are a bit bright. No, I don't care.
Buying Mum this for Xmas. Helping Mum drink it...
Laughing at this photo my brother sent me saying he liked my present I'd bought him...
And d'aww-ing at this brooch from Tatty Devine. Ich liebe dich 

Friday, 27 December 2013

Happy Xmas! ☠

Bit late to the party but...


I hope you had a lovely festive break. 

I've eaten so many pigs in blankets I think I might turn into one (albeit a gin soaked piglet...)
This is what I wore on Xmas day. A suitably offensive QOTSA jumper for a family day!

I ordered it from America weeks ago and luckily it arrived on Xmas eve.

The spotty shirt is from Forever 21, skinny jeans are from Topshop and my pumps are from H&M.
My Mum bought me the most awesome/"me" onesie ever! 

I've been enjoying some time off work and I'm not back in until the 2nd of January which is lovely 

I've got quite a bit planned before then and catching up with friends while I'm off. I'm actually looking forward to New Years Eve too which makes a change! 

I'm in the process of writing up a load of blog posts tonight so will hopefully get some scheduled over the next few days. It feels like forever since I last posted anything but I have been super busy.

What did you get up to for Xmas? What are your plans for New Years Eve?

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