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Currently Listening to Sonic Youth

  • The eternal - Sonic youth
  • Ghost - Kate Rusby
  • Full moon fever - Tom Petty
  • Love is my religon - Ziggy Marley
  • Rainy day music - The Jayhawks
  • Pronounce leh-nerd-skin-nerd- Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Lightning bolt - Pearl Jam
  • Superunknown - Soundgarden
  • Specter at the feast - Black rebel motorcycle club

My 20 Favourite Songs at the Moment

  1. 1) Hearts of palm - buffalo tom
  2. 2) Masters of war - bob dylan
  3. 3) Ayitma madjam - tamikrest
  4. 4) save the hammer for the man - tom morello(feat. ben harper)
  5. 5) Two trains - little feat
  6. 6) Faithful - pearl jam
  7. 7) Inner peace - eat static
  8. 8) sugar magnolia - grateful dead
  9. 9) Over the hill - john martyn
  10. 10) Oh love - green day
  11. 11) Waiting for the sun - the jayhawks
  12. 12) Till your well runs dry - peter tosh
  13. 13) Theres a planet here - ozric tentacles
  14. 14) I cant turn you loose - otis redding
  15. 15) Act of love - neil young
  16. 16) End over end - foo fighters
  17. 17) L.a. woman - the doors
  18. 18) The great salt lake - band of horses
  19. 19) rotten apple - alice in chains
  20. 20) get it hot - ac/dc

What I’m Listening to – Rock & Grunge

  • Neil young and crazy horse - psychedelic pill
  • Kate rusby - 20
  • Lau - race the loser
  • Pearl jam - live on ten legs
  • Soundgarden - king animal
  • Idlewild - warning/promises
  • Gomez - liquid skin
  • Alice in chains - black gives way to blue

Pearl Jam, Manchester Arena, UK, 21st June 2012

Pearl Jam have been a big influence throughout my life, on my music and constantly a companion through tough times. So when they announced shows at manchester earlier in the year I couldn't believe it and was grateful when they added a second show , as the first sold out in hours. We travelled from north wales to get to manchester and arrived at about 6pm. We were in time to see the support band , X , which were a very tight and very loud punk band. Then the lights went down and piano music circled the arena , pearl jam entered the arena and went straight into Go, the crowd singing along and releasing the emotion into the air. I felt tears rise as they led into Animal and one of my favourite tracks,Hail, Hail, with the encompassing lines, 'hail, hail, the lucky ones,I refer to those in love'.

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My Top 20 Favourite Singers

Here's my top 20 favourite singers
  1. Jim Morrison(the doors)
  2. Layne Staley(alice in chains)
  3. Kate Rusby
  4. Eddie Vedder(pearl jam)
  5. Bon Scott(ac/dc)
  6. Natacha Atlas
  7. June Tabor
  8. Chris Cornell(soundgarden)
  9. Bob Marley
  10. Adam Duritz(counting crows)
  11. Mark Lanagan
  12. Sandy Denny(fairport convention)
  13. Mari Boine
  14. Kurt Cobain(nirvana)
  15. Brandon Boyd(incubus)
  16. Greg Allman
  17. Joey Ramone
  18. Mark Arm(mudhoney)
  19. John Jones(oysterband)
  20. Dave Grohl(foo fighters)

My Fifteen Favourite Songs at the Moment

  1. Neil Young - after the gold rush
  2. Bob Dylan - desolation row
  3. Soundgarden - outshined(live)
  4. Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate - 56
  5. Gomez - our goodbye
  6. Live - the river
  7. Ramones - rockaway beach
  8. Javier Ruibal- isla mujeres
  9. Tamikrest - dihad tedoun itran
  10. Stone Temple Pilots - crackerman
  11. Pink Floyd - wish you were here
  12. Warren Zevon - splendid isolation
  13. Foo Fighters - back and forth
  14. Bunny Wailer - this train
  15. Otis Reading - (sittin on)the dock of the bay

My Favourite Albums of 2012, so Far …

These are the records which are inspiring me so far this year and my favourite songs off each album.
1) June Tabor - Apples(dancing)
2) Home Service - Alright Jack (rose of allendale)
3) Tom Morello - the nightwatchman - worldwide rebel songs (whirlwind)
4) Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey/Garveys ghost(slavery days)
5)Oysterband - Here I Stand (after rain)
6) Pearl Jam - Backspacer (force of nature)
7)Fairport convention - A history of (who knows where the time goes)
8) Ramones - anthology ( I wanna be sedated)
9)Grateful Dead - Live dead (dark star)
10) The Doors - LA woman (LA woman)

My Favourite Albums at the Moment – Grunge

As well as writing songs I listen to alot of music to get inspiration. Heres my top ten at the moment:-
1) Kate Rusby - make the light
2) The hold steady - heaven is whenever
3) Mudhoney - the lucky ones
4) Soundgarden - down on the upside
5) Bob Marley- catch a fire
6) Fugazi - the argument
7) Meat Puppets- no joke
8) Bert Jansch - anthology
9) Pearl Jam - backspacer
10) Banco de gaia - memories, dreams, reflections

Thoughts and Reflections on Musical Influences

Music is forever changing and its easy to be caught in a time warp. I grew up in the 90s and listened to alot of the alternative bands, such as pearl jam and soundgarden. Over the last few years I lost faith in contemporary music and could not really connect with the new music coming through. But I find there's always a handful of good bands every year and recently bought the new gaslight anthem and hold steady albums and really liked them.

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