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In My Ears – January 2019

Album covers Top tracks Welcome to the inaugural ‘In My Ears’ post, it’s not about earworms and wax, but about 5 tracks that I’ve loved throughout the month. In 2017 I documented the best tracks of the month, in 2018 I documented some of my most listened to tracks every now and then, for 2019, we’re switching things up again with a reeling off of 5 songs that have been ‘big’ during the month for me. It’s January, it’s cold, and everything sorta sucks post-Christmas. Back to work, back to the gym, but it’s freezing out and raining 90% of the time and dark by 6pm. January can do one. Let’s get into these tracks then:

Lana Del Rey – hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have

‘I’ve been tearing around in my fucking nightgown’ is such a beautiful line. Lana has already outdone herself in 2019 with this beautifully melancholic 5 and a half minute odyssey inspired by Sylvia Plath. Lana is known for her macabre lyrics, yet there’s a distinct feeling of resilience and hope in this track. A track with a name that puts Fall Out Boy and The 1975 to shame.  She really needs nothing but a few piano keys and her own voice to make an infectious song that locks you in its grip. With a chorus that is repeated many times, the song continually feels fresh and otherworldly. We love u Lana.

The Killers – Bones

This song might be 13 years old, but I’ve been obsessed with it as of late. It’s no surprise that I’m a big fan of The Killers, but for some reason this one track has been stuck on repeat. I find with this track, it’s clear Brandon Flowers isn’t naturally an amazing vocalist. He’s got a good voice, don’t get me wrong, but he possesses something much better: a true command over his voice. His ability to push his voice to it’s limits, limits which aren’t conventionally ‘pleasing’ to listen to, cannot be overstated. It’s absolutely sick, and this song is a true modern rock classic. It’s a simple concept, brought together with blinding horns, backing vocals for days and a mood which builds and builds.

The Vaccines – All My Friends Are Falling in Love

This month I’ve loved no one more than The Vaccines. I love British indie, especially those that popped up in the late 00’s/early 10’s, and The Vaccines fully fit that bill. This non-album track is a belter. ‘All My Friends Are Falling in Love’ is an anthem of desperation and disappointment made to sing in the shower, car or in the club. The lyrics are painfully relatable for everyone in their 20’s and 30’s, watching the circle of friends they know fall into their own love lives and split off as your’s can remain largely the same. Just with less people in it. I can’t stop playing this song, and don’t think I will for a long time. There’s no one who quite knows how to make an addictive indie banger like The Vaccines.

Florence and The Machine – Moderation

I described ‘Moderation’ to my friends as a song that would play in a haunted house in the 80’s full of kind ghosts who just want to befriend the teenage girl who is running around the house looking for an exit. It’s creepy in tone, loving in lyrics and a little bit of a disturbing experience. Along with its B-Side ‘Haunted House’, ‘Moderation’ is a massive left turn from Florence and The Machine‘s current sound and aesthetic, though it’s a majorly welcomed one. I’ll happily take more ghostly soundtracks that pop up seemingly out of nowhere- it’s only been 6 months since their last album High as Hope dropped.

Foals – Exits

If ‘Moderation’ is what the friendly ghosts play, ‘Exits’ is what the ghosts from the mid-00’s who are a bit burned out play. Foals return to the stage comes with two versions of ‘Exits’, both being absolute earworms at a massive 6 minute length. I could listen to them all day though, this indie tracks feel like they’ve been sprinkled with a bit of glitter, bad vibes and a bit of deceit. I’m super excited for what else Foals have coming up, it’s gonna be a big year with 2 album releases, the first of which is just in a couple of weeks. Have a nose around some other music posts if you fancy it. Find these 5 tracks in the ‘In My Ears’ playlist below on Spotify.

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Three of the Best Views in Lisbon

Lisbon is known for being one of the hilliest cities around, in fact it’s known as the City of Seven Hills due to the seven largest inclinations in the city. It’s no surprise that a city like this has a billion amazing view points from which you can gaze over the entire city, or just certain little chunks of it. Keep reading for three viewpoints dotted across the city, which each provide their own unique take on Lisbon.

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Castello São Jorge

Named for the hill atop it sits, Castello São Jorge has become one of Lisbon’s most popular tourist destinations. You can experience history, see a little bit of wildlife and experience some of the greatest views you’ll find in the city. Plus you won’t be able to get higher than this whilst in the city, São Jorge hill is the highest in Lisbon.

This fortress was built by the Visigoths in the fifth century, it was later enlarged and modified in the eleventh century by the Moors. Later it was transformed into a Royal Palace, heavily damaged by an earthquake and only restored in the late 1930’s

It gets crowded, so plan your visit carefully and allow enough time to fully explore the castle. Watch out for pigeons, my mate got pooed on whilst we were eating lunch at the castle.

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Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Located in Belem, this extremely large sword represents the Portugese Age of Discovery, the 1400-1500s. This monument has been around since 1960, but it was only in 1985 that the public were able to experience the cultural centre and climb to the observation deck.

It’s only a few Euros to enter, and can be visited on the way to or from Belém Tower.

This is such a bizarrely unique place to visit, so I can’t recommend it enough. We only had enough time for the viewing platform, not the main museum, but the platform itself is kinda wild. It’s so thin, the railings aren’t THAT high, it’s super cool.

 

 

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Alameda Santo António dos Capuchos

This street was very close to our Airbnb, and we found some of the best views in the cities weren’t those from tourist attractions, but from Lisbon’s famous tight streets and alleys. I spent a few hours walking aimlessly around the city, up and down this narrow streets, taking in views of beautiful, pastel buildings, washing blowing in the breeze and a real view of life in Lisbon.

Read more on Lisbon:

Lisbon’s Top Street Art

LX Factory: Lisbon’s Alternative Tourist Scene

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Why The Killers’ ‘The Man’ is Their Defining Track

The Killers

As Genius describes it, ‘The Man’ is a meditation on modern masculinity- complete with a disco-rock beat”.

‘The Man’ is one of my favourite songs of all time. Despite only coming out a year and a half ago, its one of my most played tracks of all time. Do I have a whole host of reasons for this that I’m going to bore you with? Of course I do, but first I’ll drop a little background to this massive tune. ‘The Man’ was dropped in June 2017 as The Killers first track back in five whole years, in this time frontman Brandon Flowers had released his second solo album, The Desired Effect (banging album, by the way), took time off to have even more kids and reflect on the whole ‘Killers’ experience. The Killers that returned in 2017 aren’t The Killers that released Hot Fuss back in 2004, 13 years, a lot of life experience and a couple of kids changed that.

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Am I Wasting My Time Blogging?

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This is a topic I’ve been sitting on for a while as I’ve watched many friends and peers in the blogging world decide to shift away from traditional ‘blogging’, to photography, freelance consultancy, LinkedIn posts and anything else that has began to gain traction- or just pack the whole thing in completely.

Its not only the blogging world that seems to have hit a bump, so many written content based websites have been taking hits as of late, as a freelance writer and music journalist, I’m beginning to see this more and more often. Great websites, with great content, written by fantastic people are having to close and axe their activities simply as it isn’t profitable anymore, it isn’t leading anywhere and what was a project of passion has become an intense burden. It’s often I receive e-mails from sites I’ve contributed to over the years to say that things have to change, that the formats that worked for so long are dying. So as it goes, we watched the 2005 movie version of War of the Worlds, not the 1938 radio drama after all.

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