This post is not what I had planned to christen the list with, which felt hideously self-indulgent when I tried to finish it.
In the shadow of the events of Friday night it isn’t easy to concentrate on much else. Yet here I am, writing to you to share a few things which may act as a much needed distraction from the rolling news and your social media feeds filled with phone footage, think pieces and conjecture…
Two New Podcasts
One of the reasons for starting this emailer was because people I know didn’t know we had rebooted the DiS podcast. If you weren’t aware either, previously my co-host Danielle Perry and I have chatted to Mogwai, Metric and Transgressive/Rockfeedback/LoveLive’s Toby L.
Two new podcasts just went live. One is our tracks and albums of the year rundown which includes – amongst other things – me banging on about the joy of Charli XCX. We picked six songs each and included some snippets. A full playlist with commentary will be up on Spotify later in the week, and we’ll be adding picks from various members of the team during Listmas 2015, which officially kicked off today with Rough Trade naming Bjork album of the year.
The other new podcast is a very special show with two Mercury prize judges ahead of the awards on Friday – you can watch them on the BBC! John Kennedy from Radio X and Kate Mossman from New Statesman (and off of the telly) joined Danielle and I to chat about the judging process, their personal history with the prize, and what makes a truly great album.
To tune in, search for “Drowned in Sound” on iTunes or grab the podcast here: http://dispodcast.tumblr.com
This Week’s Playlist
The Daughter track I mentioned in the subject line was a great comfort when I was compiling this week’s playlist of the best Independently released music. Even the most melancholic song can be the light in the dark – last week Radio4 ran a little 4 minute documentary about why Sad Songs are so powerful http://bbc.in/1WCqvWD (spoiler: it’s something to do with the same chemicals in our brain related to being breast-fed) which perhaps explains why this email doesn’t feel like the most inappropriate thing I could be doing with my time.
You can hear the heart-prodding ‘Numbers’ alongside new tunes from Polica, Bibio, Georgia, The Anchoress (featuring Mansun’s Paul Draper), Panda Bear, and more on this week’s #IndependentMusicMonday playlist http://independentmusicmonday.tumblr.com