ITYLTS’ Most Played

Do you ever click on the most played tab in iTunes and get a little surprise, like a curveball of “Wow, did not know how much I actually listened to that one song…over and over again, for like a month and now I don’t listen to it that much anymore…but wow I played the hell out of that one song”, well that happened to me this morning.

It’s all well and good me posting up music that I’m finding here and now but I bet you’re wondering what I actually listen to on a daily basis, oh you weren’t? Oh… well this is awkward now…I’m just going to do it anyway. 

1) Bon Iver “Creature Fear” (180 plays)

2) Adrian Lux “Teenage Crime” (153 plays)

3) Annuals “Fair” (145 plays)

4) Air “Run” (117 plays)

5) Old 97s “Adelaide” (117 plays)

6) Matchbox 20 “How Far We’ve Come” (116 plays)

7) The Naked and Famous “Young Blood” (112 plays)

8) The Temper Trap “Fader” (110 plays)

9) Bear Hands “Crime Pays” (100 plays)

10) Dandy Warhols “We Used To Be Friends” (100 plays)

11) The Shins “Sleeping Lessons” (95 plays)

12) The Helio Sequence “Hallelujah” (93 plays)

13) Local Natives “Airplanes” (89 plays)

14) Spoon “I Turn My Camera On” (87 plays)

15) Clock Opera “Belongings” (81 plays)

So, there you have it.



What Was Liked Last Month: March/April

Seriously where is the time going? We are racing towards halfway through 2012 and I can barely keep up, soon it will be summer and then it will be autumn and BOOM christmas and new years- stop it time!! 

Anyway, in an attempt to slow things down let’s all revisit what we loved and listened to in March and April!


We kicked off March by going back and discovering the amazing The Cocteau Twins due to their influence on one Abel Tresfaye and The Weeknd- particularly the sample of The Cocteau Twins “Cherry Coloured Funk” on the fantastic “The Knowing”.

At the moment there seems to be an influx of talented male sometimes folksy singer songwriters and in March we finally got round to listening to the wonderful Ben Howard and “The Wolves”- amazing driven indie folk kind of pop things.

Everyone seems to want to be anonymous and mysterious these days and it has worked wonders for acts like Summer Camp, The Weeknd and now One Room. Part of the Heavy Roc Family (like St. Lucia, Alex Winston, The Knocks) One Room have that lo-fi mysterious sound with hip hop inflections which sound wonderful over tight production on tracks like “Believe”.

March gave us even more upbeat synth pop with Emil & Friends “Crystal Ball" (check out their amazing cover of M83 "Midnight City" too!)

Early this year Daytrotter opened up a studio in London so now there are so many more amazing acts to check out its just getting silly. I’ve been away for two weeks and I have SO much to catch on- until then though check out these amazing sessions from favourites The Naked and Famous and Clock Opera

Chillwave impresario St. Lucia has been exciting the ears since he dropped “The Old House Is Gone” last year, finally now there is a debut EP that is perfect for summer. Check out “Closer Than This

Ever wondered what a cover of Adele’s “Rumour Has It” would sound like recorded live in the kitchen with some tupperware? Questions have been answered with this from The Dolls.

Lots of lovely dreamy indie pop from acts like Wages and “South China Sea”.

Back in March we originally just wanted to post up Aluna George’s fantastic remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Born To Die”- instead I fell in love with the amazingly smooth “You Know You Like It

March/April were months for brand new things from Beach House, The Temper Trap, Mystery Jets, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Sigur Ros and Marina & The Diamonds

Charli XCX had us, and still does, with the amazing “Stay Away

Californian indie pop came under our radar in March from the fantastic Lady Danville with “Operating”- check out our interview too!

DJ Roxanne Roll gave us this fantastic remix of SEASFIRE’s “Falling" one of our favourite tracks already of 2012 as did Cruelty.

New discoveries in March care of catching the end of a random TV show with this from Jonathan Seet and “Precious Things

We went a bit Hunger Games crazy at the end of March (too many times and counting). The soundtrack is very good with standouts from Arcade Fire “Abraham’s Daughter" and Maroon 5 "Come Away To The Water

Magnificent on her massive collaboration with Gotye on “Somebody That I Used To Know” here’s Kimbra in her own right, making a song from scratch for a spotify session at this year’s SXSW.

New things from Theophilus London featuring Blood Orange “Take It Off

Something big for 2012 in the shape of The Neighbourhood and “Sweater Weather

Hoodie Allen released his debut commercial EP on iTunes All American and the response was cray. With number 1 in US, top ten in UK and a tour currently in the works- this self made kid is on FIRE.  

The music world got very excited by southern rock outfit Alabama Shakes and their fantastic debut “Hold On”.

Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music are doing a very good job of teasing us for the record label’s album- especially with “Mercy”.

Check out our interview with indie doo wop pop outfit Now You See Them

March and April saw 2 of the US’s biggest music festivals come around with SXSW and Coachella- check out our favourite performances from Jay- Z, Bon Iver, The Weeknd, Dre, Snoop and that 2pac hologram.

Getting very excited for the Sade-esque smooth sounds from Jessie Ware on tracks like “110%" and "Running".

Another of our favourite acts for 2012 is Mikey Mike and the wonderfully honest “Chainsaw Love” EP. We also chatted to Mikey Mike about just life and stuff.

Otherworldy and Arcade Fire-esque- Frankie Rose “Interstellar

Beautiful icelandic indie pop from Ourlives “We Lost The Race

disCOVERs- Some fantastic covers over the last two months from Mr & Mrs Fox and their mashup cover of M83 and Simple Minds “Midnight City/Don’t You Forget About Me”, the amazingly wonderful Emily Elbert and her cover of the classic “Crazy" by Patsy Cline, this year’s The A.V. Club’s Undercover Sessions kicked off with this delightful covers of R. Kelly’s "Ignition" by Young The Giant and The Head and The Heart covering Fleetwood Mac’s "Go Your Own Way”, The Rosebuds released a project covering Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” and Talking Heads “Road To Nowhere”Community's Alison Brie covered fellow castmate Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino with this live rendition of “Some Girls" and Marina & The Diamonds tackled the Biebs with this cover of "Boyfriend

and finally ITYLTS and Selfish D had our first annual Summer Off.



LIVE: Clock Opera “Belongings” (Daytrotter Session)

If you haven’t subscribed to Daytrotter yet ($2 a month!) go do so now. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

Subscribed, awesome! If you have you can listen and download the rest of this fantastic session Clock Opera just did. The debut album Ways To Forget is out April 23 and it is certainly eagerly anticipated. Check out this live version of “Belongings”, which is just one of my most favouritest of songs. 

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Chuck vs the Music

Over the weekend NBC’s Chuck came to an end after five seasons. It was bittersweet because it was time but it always sucks to say goodbye to something you love. Chuck was a great show full of heart, good times and great characters. It was also full of some absolutely great music selections introducing me to artists such as The National, Frightened Rabbit, Band of Horses, Local Natives, The Antlers, Blitzen Trapper, Clock Opera, The Naked and Famous, Freelance Whales, Telekinesis to name a few. Oh and it also re-ignited my love and appreciation for Bon Iver (and we all know how much I love them).

Now I know this is a music blog but I want to pay tribute to Chuck and its influence on my music tastes that ultimately filter into what I choose to contribute to ITYLTS. So here’s some of the music that made this show great.

We kick the list off with the stellar “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” by Cake, Chuck’s opening theme…and then enjoy the rest of it.

Chuck by P L Holton on Grooveshark

And if you haven’t ever heard of or watched Chuck just try the pilot…and see how you go from there…



VIDEO: Clock Opera “Once And For All”

I’m not sure how this one passed me by as I had seen it all over twitter and the blogs, just never watched it. Thank god I did today. Clock Opera have been a true delight in discovering over this last year with Belongings and Lesson No. 7 and each time they bring a beautiful video along to accompany the already beautiful music. With the video for Once And For All they’ve stepped it up a notch and if you’re not full on blubbing after it, I’m sure you will at least have something in your eye. Reminding us to take that chance and go for it.

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Remix Baby: Blood Orange “Champagne Coast (Clock Opera Remix)”

I came to Blood Orange a little late not even realising that he featured and produced one of my favourite tracks of the year Theophilus London’s Flying Overseas. But then I heard Sutphin Boulevard and fell in love. Another one of my favourites from the year Clock Opera have been remixing here there and everywhere and now they’ve put their magic touch to Blood Orange’s Champagne Coast from the debut album Coastal Grooves.

Blood Orange - Champagne Coast (Clock Opera remix) by clockopera



VIDEO: Clock Opera “Lesson No. 7”

Here’s the new video for Clock Opera’s Lesson No. 7 directed by Aoife Mcardle. It’s one of those gritty videos thats around at the moment that show the restlessness and unhappiness of the youth of today and it perfectly fits the song. There’s something quite menacing about the bass line that kicks in and then it all goes off at the drop. Clock Opera are continuing to be a band to watch out for. 



LIVE: Clock Opera “Belongings (Live @ Maida Vale)

We haven’t done a LIVE feature in a while, and we realise that we posted on Clock Opera just yesterday but anyway, here’s Belongings live at a Maida Vale session for Radio 1 back in June. 

Belongings (Live @ Maida Vale) by clockopera

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Clock Opera: “Lesson No.7”

Clock Opera can do no wrong in our eyes because they made the phenomenal Belongings. Here is the follow up, Lesson No. 7, which follows a similar format of looped sample that builds into something beautiful. Clock Opera are playing the Hoxton Bar & Grill in London, September 14…We may see you there.

Clock Opera - Lesson No. 7 (Full Version) by clockopera

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Metronomy: “The Bay”

Its been quite a good year so far for Metronomy. Their new album English Riviera is a critic darling and its been nominated for this years Mercury Music Prize. The Bay is the new single and its fantastic, also here’s another of our favourites, Clock Opera, giving it a little remix. Happy Mondays everyone!

Metronomy - The Bay by D9000

Metronomy - The Bay (Clock Opera Remix). by LitePanda

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