Friday, 29 March 2013

Playlist from Drunken Werewolf

This month, the Bristol-based music magazine Drunken Werewolf sought and achieved £3,000 of funding to give the publication an invested future, and which will hopefully see the re-instigation of their print edition.

I chipped in a fiver (I'll admit a vested interest - the magazine and its editor, Tiffany Daniels, have long been major champions of the band I manage. The longer and louder they're able to shout, the better, as far as I'm concerned...)

My pledge was for a personalised playlist to a theme of my choosing, and after a few moments thought, I plumped for one themed around the title of this blog. So this is the 'Heartbeat of a Rabbit' playlist by Drunken Werewolf, and anything connected with heartbeats and rabbits was fair game.

I asked Tiffany to say a few words about each of the songs, which will appear directly after your musical video slideshow...

Drunken Werewolf editor Tiffany Daniels on her Heartbeat of a Rabbit playlist:

Tori Amos – Mr Zebra
Taken from her Boys for Pele album – the same one that features Tori suckling a pig on the back cover – “Mr Zebra” is like a backward Alice in Wonderland, with Tori singing as the white rabbit lost in a Russian landscape. It deals cryptically with her miscarriage of the same year.

Florence and the Machine – Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up)
This song doesn’t signify my tastes at all, but it’s so obvious I found my fingers writing down its name despite myself. I don’t know what it’s got to do with rabbits, but the video is pretty debaucherous in a Madhatters tea party kind of way.

Annie – Heartbeat
I was absolutely addicted to this song when it came out. It’s fifty times better than her breakthrough single “Bubblegum” and it puts Robyn to shame.

You Say Party! We Say Die! – Monster (RAC Remix)
You Say Party! We Say Die! are great in their rowdier moments, but I find their synth based songs need an added kick, which is why I’ve listed the RAC Remix of “Monster” rather than the original. See also the Los Campesinos! version of “Laura Palmer’s Prom” for heartbeat inspired lyrics set to an infectious tune.

Warpaint – Lissie’s Heart Murmur
Warpaint are one of those bands who are simultaneously amazing and frustrating. I don’t know what it is that compels me to listen to their debut album; at times I find it lacks something crucial but other times I’m completely captivated by it.

Ill Ease – What Makes Your Heart Go Boom (Napoleon IIIrd Remix)
Another song in need of a remix, though in fairness Napoleon IIIrd has dared to tread where no others will go. Most of Ill Ease’s music is stripped back no-age, but here the Leeds producer makes her sound almost twee.

Bright Eyes – Down a Rabbit Hole
The first Bright Eyes album I ever bought was Digital Ash in a Digital Urn. I soon realised I was shouting his praises under false pretences, and though I’ve grown to appreciate his acoustic based material, I really wish he’d continued this creative highway.

Emmy the Great – Two Steps Forward
One of the few artists whose lyrics I know well enough to sing every song aloud, Emmy the Great likes falling down rabbit holes. My sister did that once and she got her foot stuck, it wasn’t funny.

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