LINKY LOCKDOWN – Chris Washington-Sare

LINKY LOCKDOWN – Chris Washington-Sare
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Cocteau Twins

I’m Chris. I haven’t a clue what to write as an introduction. I couldn’t co-ordinate holding a sign and taking a selfie. Sorry. Here’s an attempt a stepping into Brian’s Kinky Linky boots. They are big boots.

As part of my late mid-life crisis I have taken to playing the bass rather ineptly. Nothing makes me happier than sliding on my G-string (oooo-er missus) playing along to this piece of fling-your-arms-in-air-and-wail sumptuousness.

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Control

A.A. Williams

This was my last gig before self-imposed isolation. The music was subdued, you could have heard a pin drop. A.A. Williams brings a gothic, tranquil splendour to her music that tends to resonate with people who appear to usually gravitate to the post-metal end of the musical

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Colors

Black Pumas

This one slipped under the radar for me in 2019 and I only caught up with the Black Pumas late in the year. Hailing from Austin Texas, they have been described as Sam Cooke meets Wu Tang – which is doing them a huge disservice. This is the type of music you put listen to on a Sunday morning after a heavy bevvy session the night before. Soul that soothes the soul.

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Lilac

Porridge Radio

Definite album of the year material and, for me, captures C19 moment perfectly. I suspect that when I hear this album in years to come it will be act as a self-isolation reminder. Ironically the video is set in the open, on a beach.

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Are We Alive

Augustines

Some songs just make you feel glad to be alive. This is one of them. An anthemic fist-pumping roar of life. The video also features the legendary Big Jeff which perfectly summarises the transformative power of music.

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Born on the Floor

The Make-Up

With links to the Dischord label and the DC punk scene, The Make Up defy expectations by out-hiving The Hives with a blend of garage rawk and soul that they call Gospel Yeh-Yeh.
I don’t really care what they call it but it just sounds good. And I can play it on bass.

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Passing Through

Cult Of Luna

I think I have a big old man crush on Cult of Luna and their atmospheric gloom-metal vibe. This version of the last song from their 2013 Vertikal album can’t get more Scandi-noir. Not sure why they are standing in the pissing snow on the side of an industrial dock, but it looks good and sounds better. Mean and moody, dark and broody.

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Road Trip

180dB

A collaboration between Fay Milton and Ayse Hassan (Savages), Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy) and Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs). It’s a 2min 40sec sonic assault. I think it’s the only thing they have done and wish they’d do more.

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A Snowflake in Winter

Cassels

Their Bandcamp page says “music for misanthropes and malcontents”. What’s not to like? Completely gutted that their tour has been cancelled but at least it gives me something to look forward to when they re-schedule. This opening track from their second album is an absolute banger.

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New Day Rising

Hüsker Dü

Husker Du are peerless. Nothing, absolutely nothing comes close. After listening to them for decades, I still can’t work out how three people could make such a brilliant and beautiful noise. This track is the title track off my favourite album. If you haven’t heard it, do yourself a favour. Rock’n’roll weirdness: Smoothie 80’s singer Robert Palmer was a big fan.

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