This Is Ivy League


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Here are the last two weeks of Folk Bloke shows. Put aside two hours and ruminate on the dualistic nature of the world. One was recorded outside in the sun, the other inside as it rained. Binary systems, yeah?

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When I started posting up these episodes, I was enthused. ‘So!’, thought I, ‘I will have an extra post every week. Good!’

Bad.

Turns out, my subconscious is very convincing in telling me that I’ve actually posted more than I have. I promise I will attempt to rectify that this week.

The Flaming Lips – The Sound of Failure (YSI)

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It’s Sunday, it’s past 1pm and that means you missed my radio show again, didn’t you? Don’t worry, I’m not angry with you. Just play that little embedded podcast above and we’ll forget it ever happened. Ok?

This Is Ivy League – London Bridges (YSI)

This year, I did something I’ve never done before – I forgot my mum’s birthday. Usually, I would never do such a thing; I’m quite good with my family’s birthdates, so is my dad and I’m too scared of disappointing anyone to not remind myself. Except, it seems, now. And, what with being on holiday and enjoying America’s oppressive heat, I’ve gone and done it again. Music From A Green Window is two years old, but I missed its birthday by a couple of days.

For those of you who read this blog regularly (and I know there are some of you, my blog stats page tells me that), you’ll have noticed my posting get a little scattershot this year, and I can’t promise that that won’t continue, but I still get a lot of pleasure from writing in my own little corner of the web here. I’ve always loved sharing my favourite music, learning more through simply listening, making connections between bands and sounds, and most of all, discovering new music (whether that be new for me personally or genuinely boxfresh bands), and I can’t see me stopping that on my own pretentiously-named blog anytime soon.

So thanks to everyone who reads, writes or creates in this wonderful world of music, and keep coming back to MFAGW – I’m only going to get older and wiser!

This Is Ivy League – Celebration (YSI)

You know that really shiny bit of the year, the bit where stuff looks better, that bit that rarely happens in England? Summer? Yeah, well it just officially started for me. It took me a whole year, but I finally found an American seller who shipped to the UK and wasn’t going to charge me $50 for This Is Ivy League. A side project by two members of the frankly abysmal Cobra Starship, this is an album absolutely chock-full of summery, Simon & Garfunkel-esque pop tunes that make you smile, make you dance and make you appreciate every bit of sunshine you’re getting that little bit more (appropriate, as today is uncharacteristically boiling).

From my favourite summer song of last year, “The Richest Kids In Town”‘s super upbeat guitar strums, to the more melancholy echo-heavy vocals of “Viola”, here’s an album that pleases with every song, and whilst it doesn’t vary a whole lot, I never found myself caring, because I just wanted more of each song, and if there wasn’t any more, then the next song would duly oblige. This is perfect summer fare, and I’m sure I’ll be playing it well into the winter too, just to keep my spirits up.

This Is Ivy League – A Summer Chill (YSI)

And just to keep the vibe going, here’s another posting for my favourite summer song of this year:

The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing (YSI)

My dog (that’s her in the banner) got hit by a car today, which sucks. Fortunately, she’s fine, but it’s left me not inconsiderably saddened and, so searching my library for a track to cheer me up, I came up with this recent little gem from indie-pop band du jour This Is Ivy League. They seem to craft the most joyous little tunes out of jangly guitars, intertwining vocals and lyrics like “Don’t let the tiniest of complications bring you down my friend/Don’t let the slightest complications drive you mad“. And if they’re telling me not to worry, why should I?
This Is Ivy League – The Richest Kids [YSI]