Grind Spark Earworm #8 – UNKLE

Last week the Grind Spark earworm took us to the epic soundscapes of Sigur Ros – listen to it and get lost in mountains here. This week, well, this week it’s time for something completely different. It’s time for something that I didn’t even realise came from an advert before I searched YouTube for a clip of the song. It’s time for something that probably seemed like a good idea at the time (well, it was the 1970s). This week, we’re listening to UNKLE‘s Getting ahead in the lucrative field of artist management. Which also happens to belong to the…

Grind Spark Earworm #7 – Sigur Ros

Last week we took a break from the Grind Spark playlist to hear the sounds that whip your creative muse into action. Thought of some more? Then get yerself over there and add em in. But now we’re back, spiralling down into the dirty ribcage of the Grind Spark earworm. And this week it’s gone a bit epic. This week we’re taking in vast sounds and sucking up the power of nature. And it’s piping direct into our brain tubes, and there’s no escape. And it’s so much bigger than us. And the mountain doesn’t care if you’re beneath it…

Interval time at the Dust Lounge – what’s your earworm?

It’s interval time for the Grind Spark playlist this week. We’ve had six fine noise noodlers to tickle your phono-holes, and there will be more to come. But this week, the earworm tables are turning. This week the dog with the gramophone is handing over the crank stick. This week, I’m asking you – what’s on your playlist? What tunes get your creative head buzzing and your inspiration screaming at you that you should be making something, be creating something. AND IT SHOULD BE THIS, OR THIS, OR THIS. But whatever it is, put this song on and just bloody…

Grind Spark Earworm #6 – Boards of Canada

How’s the Sunday roast going today? Chicken? Pork? Bean-based baked snack? Well there’s more Grind Spark earworm to help you through the over-cooked broccoli and the burnt potatoes. Last week we were up in the fields with Aphex Twin’s Avril 14th. Listen to it now or forever lose the secret ballerina within your soul. And you shouldn’t lose the ballerina. Too many are lost to the wind already. This week we’re meeting up with the masters of the underhand marketing tactics. They released their album in the middle of the Nevada desert. They left clues as to the location on…

Grind Spark Earworm #5 – Aphex Twin

It’s that time again. Time for the Sunday roast and your weekly hit from the Grind Spark playlist. The next Grind Spark earworm. The EARWORM OF THE WEEK. Somehow, that sounds like something we should get checked out at the doctors. Anyway. Back to business. Last week, it was all about Radiohead, which I’m sure by now you’ve heard but if not then get your crazy dancing ready and listen to it now. And now take your dancing shoes off. Take them off, leave them by the door. Unless you’re a plastic ballerina. Because this song goes with the music…

Grind Spark Earworm #4 – Radiohead

Last week Grind Spark’s earworm gave us Liz Hodson and Josiah Wolf’s god darnit awesome cover of Ain’t No Sunshine. It’s amazing, no two way’s about it. This week we’re moving into Radiohead territory. If I’ve ever had a band obsession they’re probably it (or, at least, the first) – got all their albums, practice Thom Yorke-esque dancing, faint at their gigs… So there’s no surprise that they’ve found their way into the playlist. And this is a song for the nightclub. A song that burns through the base of your skull as you’re tripping through corridors. As lights cut…

Grind Spark Earworm #3 – Liz Hodson & Josiah Wolf

Last week’s Grind Spark earworm was Utopia by Jackson and his Computerband. Not listened to it yet? Well take your ears and scrub them with the sounds, scrub them now. This week the playlist is changing direction. This week the earworm is tired and coming down and locking the door because it doesn’t want to speak to anyone. The party’s finished and now we’re sitting in puddles of vodka and piss with vomit soaking into our jeans. Now we’re lighting another cigarette off the end of the last one. Now we’re staring at the wall without seeing it. Now we’re…

Grind Spark Earworm #2 – Jackson and His Computerband

Last week I kicked off the Grind Spark playlist with Genesis by Justice. Next up, we’ve got something for the long, dark winding roads. Something for driving with the headlights ramped up. Something for smoking in the back. Something for cutting out the buzz. Something for smoothing out the cut. Something to make it better. Or make it seem better. Or make you forget. But it’s all dirt and grinding and flashing lights and zone out and see where you end up. It’s Utopia by Jackson and His Computerband. Listen with headphones.

Grind Spark Earworm #1 – Justice

Everyone’s got at least one playlist, right? There’s the mix-tape you made when you were eight by recording tracks off the tv (for my younger readers, you can find out what a tape is by watching the Antiques Roadshow next time you’re at your Gran’s). There’s the iPod tracks you put together for your first summer holiday with your mates. There’s the list of angst ridden songs for those days when you just can’t get out of bed. There’s the special tracks under “things to do in the dark” that you listen to loud on your headphones and pretend that…