Endless colours of music to share. Photo: Bengt Nyman
Welcome to The Song Bar, a sociable establishment where visitors enthuse and share in their music tastes, indulge in civilised discussion and create playlists on a whole variety of subjects. Feel free to drop in anytime. We profile music new and old, but our main event is the song blog, where each Thursday a topic will be set, and readers around the globe nominate and recommend music on that theme, culminating in a playlist compiled by a guest writer on the following Wednesday.
So find yourself a seat, grab a drink, have a read and listen, and if you like it, join in ... – Your friendly Landlord
It’s all about the C-word in song, but does it strengthen or weaken us? Does it hold society together or kill artistic integrity? You can’t always get what you want, but can you give a little, take it a little? Can we work it out, or just do it my way?
How do songwriters face their arachnophobia? Spotting behavioural trends expressed through musical and lyrics, and weaving a beautiful and witty web, this week’s guest swawilg creates playlists from last week’s thread of song suggestions
Let’s take a spin on for what might seem a creepy subject, but the more you look into it, the more fascinating and beautiful it becomes. Deadly? Sometimes, but also intricate, amazing, reflecting fear, attraction and more in human nature
Fresh, funky, bright and effervescent, spreading from Jamaica to India, France and America and all the way to Japan, this week’s guest playlister Hoshino Sakura captures the essence of this colour in all forms, sky to fruit to street
From animals to objects, plants to birds, and all of its cultural associations, the meeting of red and yellow, symbol of change, joy, entertainment and also warning, this week let’s explore songs are about anything clearly of this colour
A second great solo album by the former The Only Ones frontman, bright, witty work by The Divine Comedy, and outstanding innovation from Wovoka Gentle, Pixx, Mattiel and more make up this week’s roundup of releases
A mixture of old-timers and young bucks make up this week’s selection, from the youthful Amsterdam indie band debutants Pip Blom to the dub legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry releasing one of his finest and most eccentric records yet
A huge selection and range this week includes the unique and original sound of Welsh artist Cate Le Bon, Australian punk rockers Amyl and the Sniffers, soul, funk and hip from The Internet’s Steve Lacy and cinematic rap from Flying Lotus
Wonderfully otherworldly and woozy work is a theme this week, especially from Liverpool’s fabulous Clinic and choral groundbreaking brilliance from Holly Herndon, alongside a variety of other oddities including Mac Demarco