A quick intro! I started writing as Oh! Blogger! in late 2018 after I was enticed to write more regularly after a short piece of mine about The Fall was published in my university’s magazine (and available here). The first phase of the blog was, admittedly, a big gawping over all things 1970s and 80s devoid of any particular variety and slightly odd for a 19/20 year old to be writing about.
I returned to the blog this year more determined to write about a wider range of artists and genres, after writing about 2019’s releases in a different blog (which can be accessed at the bottom of the page). The index is split into three sections – 2020, 2018-19 and Other Blogs – as I feel there has been a change in tone and depth of my writing and the music I focus on.
What I would also say is, while it is comforting to read about things you love and want to reconnect with, there’s a bigger range than ever before on the blog (mostly in the It’s Monday playlists), full of possible discoveries, favourite songs, favourite albums and favourite artists. So have a look through everything! You never know what you might find yourself enjoying, be it the electronica of DJ Shadow or the astute minimalism of Jolie Holland.
Have a trawl through, re-discover and discover beautiful sounds, and thanks for reading 🙂
‘It’s Monday’ Playlist
This is a selection of five songs from artists of past and present posted every week. If you’re looking for new sounds or a reacquainting with old, this is the perfect place to start.
There is a Spotify playlist you can follow, which is updated every week for direct access to exciting and eclectic tracks every Monday. Alternatively, you can follow the ‘It’s Monday Forever’ playlist, with every track reviewed all in one place.
- 14/09/20 – Jolie Holland, Psychic TV, Sophie Hunger, Everything But The Girl, Eno Moebius Roedelius
- 21/09/20 – PJ Harvey, Elvis Costello, Charli XCX, Björk, The Fall
- 28/09/20 – DJ Shadow, U.S. Girls, Cross Record, Little Simz, Broadcast
- 05/10/20 – Goat Girl, Underworld, David Bowie, Tricky, Angel Olsen
- 12/10/20 – Oh Sees, Nubiyan Twist/Ego Ella May, Neko Case, Aphex Twin, Phoebe Bridgers
- 19/10/20 – Rejjie Snow, King Krule, Crystal Castles, Roots Manuva, Cat Power
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band
- Fall Obituary
- Opening Tracks #1
- For The Record #1 – Telephone Thing
- Closing Tracks
- For The Record #4 – Jerusalem
- For The Record #6 – The Wonderful and Frightening World Of…
- The Fall Obituary – One Year On
- Punks On Film #1 – Lay of the Land on Old Grey Whistle Test
- For The Record #9 – Hit The North
Gang of Four
Public Image Ltd
Siouxsie and The Banshees
Early in 2020 I started a blog called 2019 Unwrapped, which looked at the releases of 2019 as I had totally failed to follow any developments in new music the previous year. It was short-lived due to an extreme lack of reading, but you can find it here!
Definitely a good place to acquaint yourself with current sounds, albeit not a huge selection…