Welcome to The Song Bar, a sociable establishment where visitors can 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 can 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 ...
Song of the Day: Two contrasting songs from the artist also known as Annie Clark, mixing sassy, satirical techno pop with intelligent social observation, the other a soulful love song. Both are about opposite cities of the US and from her forthcoming album Masseduction
Pompeii to pollution, plague, pestilence and pressure drop, volcanoes, falling rocks, Fiery Furnaces to forest fires, this week's playlists by guest writer ParaMhor, whipped up by last week's topic, will surely go down a storm
Hurricanes, tornados, tidal waves, floods, blizzards, earthquakes to volcanoes, whether about actual events or in metaphor, it's time to batten down the hatches, put out the sandbags and face the music
After a week of readers digging deep in their collections, this week's osteology expert takeitawayGuru pieces together a superb skeleton of songlists, threaded together by a story of the musically macabre
Skulls to skeletons, dry to bad, dinosaur to Shakespeare, dead or alive, let's dig deep in our collections and unearth musical examples, inspired here by range of references from Hamlet to Ray Harryhausen
A bountiful selection this week brings you everything from rap-metal righteous anger to soulful 60s torch songs, stadium rock to innovative indie, plus a sneak preview of Björk's new single - her own category completely
Dave Grohl and co aren't the only big release this week - from electronica to garage, soul and psychedelia, this week's selection touches on the future in all sorts of original ways, apocalyptic and otherwise
The Mael brothers continue to surprise and delight, some unheard 70s archive from Neil Young, Tori Amos takes on the alt-right and climate change, plus The National, Alvvays and The Waterboys colour this week's selection
This week: a welcome return from James Murphy and co, erotica electronica from Natalie Sharp, acoustic work from Rawlings with Gillian Welch, a poppier Mogwai, rock/hip hop from Downtown Boys and OMD return to Kraftwerk roots