8 February 2022

Somewhere in Scotland in a bedroom lives a certain Lauren who’s running a zero profit music label called Heavenly Creature Records (could be a reference to longtime running indie label Heavenly Records). I have no idea whatsoever of who she is and if she’s a one-woman project. Anyway, this is a fantastic story putting all money-greedy major music companies into the shadow.

Just last week Heavenly Creature Records shared a charity compilation (not the first one)
on Bandcamp. Titled DEATH BY A THOUSAND COVERS it features no less than 46 covers, by artists around the globe, of songs by megastar Taylor Swift.

All proceeds go to Refuweegee. A Glasgow-based community-led charity that
aims to provide a warm welcome to forcibly displaced people arriving in Scotland.

If you’re a fan of Taylor Swift you’ll love this collection as it’s truly a high-quality production with impressive interpretations of her by now astonishing catalog. And if you’re not a Swift follower/fan you can start here to become one.

An amazing accomplishment for a great human charity-organization.
Hats off to Lauren, Heavenly Creature Records, and all contributing artists.

Open your wallet (it’s a name your price invitation)
Right here, right now…

REFUWEEGEE: Website – Facebook – Instagram

HEAVENLY CREATURE RECORDS: More releases on Bandcamp – Twitter – Instagram

TAYLOR SWIFT Is Global Ambassador Of RECORD STORE DAY 2022

24 January 2022

Record Store Day 2022 will take place on the 23rd of April.

The RSD board chose TAYLOR SWIFT as Global Ambassador
for this year’s edition. Why? For promotional reasons of course,
but some things that happened recently were taken into account
to nominate Swift.

1/ Last year, for the first time in 30 years more vinyl records than CDs
were sold. Swift had three of the year’s 10 best-selling LPs (mostly sold
via record stores).

2/ At the start of the global pandemic, Swift paid the salary and the healthcare
costs for employees at the Nashville emporium Grimey’s. I know it didn’t make
her poor of course, but it was a cool gesture.

3/ She sent signed copies of her album folklore to independent record stores.

And in the end, if the face/name of a big star can give the event more visibility
and attention, we can’t argue with the marketing strategy for the event.
Record Stores can use a much-needed push in the back any time.

Taylor Swift: “I’m very proud to be this year’s Global Ambassador for Record Store Day.
The places where we go to browse and explore and discover music new and old have always been sacred to me. Record stores are so important because they help to perpetuate and foster music-loving as a passion. They employ people who adore music thoroughly and purely. Those people and shops have had a rough few years and we need to support these small businesses more now than ever to make sure they can stay alive, stay eccentric, and stay individual.
Happy Record Store Day, everyone! Stay safe out there.”

RECORD STORE DAY 2022: Website

The 10 Best Songs Of 2020 According To British Music Website NME

British music website NME – New Musical Express – has published
its list of 50 best songs of 2020. Here’s the Top 10

“Dangerously horny in a way that speaks directly to the casual sex bans of the lockdown
age, ‘WAP’ was the titan track that drenched the entire year. Bring a bucket and a mop.”

2. ‘Physical’ by DUA LUPA
“Inspired by Flashdance, it was an unrelenting riot of spoken-word pre-choruses and
euphoric gold-plated hooks that hit like a bosh of industrial-strength poppers.”

3. ‘Grounds’ by IDLES
This was the Bristol band’s barbed missive to the doubters, detractors and backbiters,
a future-punk stomper that saw them team a lithe, scything riff and crunching electronics with stinging putdowns.”

4. ‘Black Dog’ by ARLO PARKS
“In a year where isolation and uncertainty have affected us all, ‘Black Dog’ was the kind of song to spark all kinds of life-saving conversations or, at the very least, lend a hand of comfort to those who know all too well what it’s like to have darkness nipping at your heels.”

5. ‘Lifetime’ by ROMY
“A burst of near-ridiculous Eurodance camp-pop abandon, it was entirely at odds with any preconceptions of Croft you might have had and the lonely confines of lockdown it was written in.”

“Recorded at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La studios, ‘JU$T’’s searing critique of capitalism, crime and social injustice in the US over El-P’s bouncing and Neptunes-nodding beat made for a classic RTJ composition.”

“The thrill of Rina Sawayama’s ‘XS’ wasn’t just its roaring maximalism, which paired
raucous nu-metal influences with glossy R&B pop, but how profoundly audacious it was.”

8. ‘The Last Great American Dynasty’ by TAYLOR SWIFT
“It’s an astonishing song: one that fuses witty lyricism with megawatt hooks, and
a reminder that Taylor Swift is an artist who should never be underestimated.”

9. ‘I Know The End’ by PHOEBE BRIDGERS
“It was an epic cacophony; musing on the apocalypse while boasting the singer’s delicate, calm and reflective side before blossoming into the biggest thing she’s ever done.”

10. ‘Bad Decisions’ by THE STROKES
‘Bad Decisions’ was destined to join the ranks of ‘Reptilia’-level bangers: a simple singalong with a solid riff, welcoming back the good times for a band who’ve been through so much strife.”

The full best of 2020 list here.