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: At a time when true statesmen are very much needed, and to mark the centenary of the great South African's birth, two great 1980s songs that helped bring his incarceration, and apartheid, to worldwide attention
A rocky entrance to cool, calm caverns, deadly and beautiful tales of coal miners to digging dwarves, guest playlister takeitawayGuru, inspired by hundred of nominations, takes us on a fantastic underground musical journey
Hospital care, pills, patients and patience, we’ve got a musical medicine cabinet of the finest healthcare for you, administered by guest playlist writer Dr Severin and readers nursing great song suggestions
This week we’re giving it the special treatment to mark the NHS 70th anniversary, but also looking for music that mentions any kind of medical care, especially nursing, and its emotional effect in lyrics
Replacements for players, soldiers, husbands, lovers, even robot sex – it’s all going on this these superb playlists chosen by our guest lister Marco den Ouden, who also replaces some of his words with those by nominators
A bumper crop of recent and new releases includes Damon Albarn back in 2D, Florence toning down the volume, an industrial political comeback from Nine Inch Nails, and a colossal work by a modern jazz great
The Smiths guitarist brings out his best solo album to date, Scotland’s Sophie creates otherworldly electronica pop, psych pop and rock from two other Australia and the US, plus the former Dr Feelgood guitarist brings pain relief
Wales and Sweden feature much this week, with interweaving solo artists’ melancholy-pop with the Furry Animals man, Lily Allen and Lykke Li, plus three promising debuts from Jorja Smith, Boy Azooga and Echo Ladies
This week we lavish you with a bumper crop of top-quality LPs: ethereal beauty in a Laura Marling collaboration, Father John Misty parodying narcissism, brilliant Brooklyn punk band Bodega, blues funk from Warmduscher, and superb solo female work by Neko Case and Natalie Prass
Synth-pop from the Scottish trio, a new collaboration featuring Camera Obscura’s singer, psych-rock from Wooden Shjips, filmic country from Lindi Ortega, braggadocio from Rocky A$AP, and a great new Late Night Tales