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. The 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
Otis Redding to Arvo Pärt, Beach Boys to Beau, Kate Bush Waking The Witch to Wedding Present's Bewitched, guest writer Rachel Courtney turns up diverse and distinguished playlists from last week's topic
Van Morrison's spiritual journey to rough seas with Gordon Lightfoot, Aretha Franklin's lover to smooth silk via Count Basie, this week's guest writer TakeitawayGuru creates two tantalisingly touching playlists
This week let's not only get sensual on surfaces, objects and textures, but also look at the rough and the smooth of people, behaviour, conditions and life experiences, all captured in lyrics and music
As preparations are hastily made for a special event at the Song Bar, guest playlister Hoshino Sakura tries to organise the artists nominated from last week's topic. But will it all come together in time?
This week we include the Charlatans and starry guests, plus Jane Weaver, Resistance Radio – early covers including by Kelis and Beck, Kraftwerk's 3D live album, and a Beatles' Sgt Pepper 50th anniversary edition
This week's selection includess !!! (Chk Chk Chk), the Mountain Goats, Record Store Day specials extended by Thelonius Monk and The Wedding Present, plus a compilation featuring Chris Cornell, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Mother Love Bone, Mudhoney and Pearl Jam