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
Music and film are often intertwined commercially, but where does a video become an artform to the level that the visual elements enhance, complement and become symbiotic with the song? Let the action commence …
Embarking on adventures into the avant-garde, hip-hop, jazz and more, crossing continents and skimming multiple styles from waves of nominations, this week’s guest Nilpferd creates playlists enduringly indefinable
This week let’s push the envelope and dig out often lesser known artists and works that wriggle away from definition, those who or mix sub-genres and styles with such originality it’s hard to place them. But can you still define them?
What’s been brewing in the musical cauldron this week? Making the magic happen from a huge casting of spells and songs from readers is guest playlister George Boyland, who conjures up two miraculous selections
Good, bad, beautiful or ugly, purveyors of black or white magic, and the effect they have on others, from witch-finders to fans, this week we explore the culture of witchery, but which way, and what magic will this conjure up in songs?
The Fat White Family return. leading a procession of wonderful musical mischief, while there’s a follow-up from rapper Loyle Carner, debuts from singer-songwriters Kelsey Lu and Lizzo and a whole lot more in this week’s selection
Alongside frenetic and fresh punk and postpunk from Fontaines D.C. and Pom Poko, and dance music from Chemical Brothers, this week’s selection also includes a beautiful spread of mellow records from Anderson Paak and others
Exquisite vocals and electronica and female vocalists decorate this weeks list, from Weyes Blood to Jess Ribeiro and Shana Cleveland, plus sharp postpunk from Pozi, beautiful songs by Ratso with Nick Cave, and rare, early Bowie
This week’s selection spans the full range from the quirky pop of Billie Eilish to the triumphant return of Edwyn Collins, masterful prog from White Denim to Beth Gibbons doing Henryk Górecki with a Polish orchestra
This week? New experimentation by Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner, dance-funk from Ibibio Sound Machine, complex melancholy from These New Puritans, hilarious prog rockers Hare and Hoofe, and fabulous female singer-songwriters