Playlist: New/Old/Undersold #02

Hands up, who has Sunday night dread? You? Oh yes and you too? Well it looks like we’re all in this together then aren’t we! How about a shiny new playlist to make us all feel better?

If you’re a follower of the New/Old/Undersold playlists, then you’ll know what it’s all about already. If you’re a first timer, click on the Playlist menu at the top of the page and have a little read about the music you’ll find in this section (you’ll have a great time, honestly).

Tonight I’ve given you some little gems to brighten up your Sunday- we’ve got everything from brand new artists, who I’ve no doubt in my mind will be headlining in no time at all, as well as a shimmy all the way back to the 70s.

Bring on Monday morning – we’ve got this!

 

New/Old/Undersold Playlists

“We can be heroes just for one day.”

-David Bowie

There are countless magazines and blogs out there dedicated to brand new music, and this is why I wanted to start a playlist section with a little bit of a difference. In the New/Old/Undersold playlists you’ll find amazing bands and artists from every decade; maybe they have been around since before you were born, maybe they released their first tune yesterday. The only thing they have in common, is that you probably won’t find them being played in the Radio 1 Top 40 charts…

This is a place for incredible, must-hear music and artists that might have/have had a huge following in their own genres, but may not be widely known, or even local bands who are just starting out on the gig circuit.

If you know of a band or song that needs to be heard by everyone, get in touch!

Playlist #01

To check out the rest of the New/Old/Undersold playlists (it’s worth it, I promise), click here.

Gig: St. Paul and the Broken Bones at Albert Hall

When it comes to musical choices, it can be incredibly easy to become stuck in a rut. There have certainly been many occasions, when, if you were to look at my playlists over several days, you’d think we were still in the 90s. Oh hey Eddie Vedder, fancy seeing you here?!

Sometimes, it can be your current life circumstances that affect the music you find yourself reaching out for. You know how it goes: naff week at work = Nirvana on repeat. Should we add in some Foos? Oh go on then. How about some lively, early 2000s pop rock to cheer us up? Continue reading “Gig: St. Paul and the Broken Bones at Albert Hall”

Playlist: Arctic Monkeys

It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since the last album release, and the moment that the infamous intro to ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ became a staple of every late night playlist. I vividly remember listening over and over to AM in both disbelief and awe, at the fact that such a strong return could come seemingly out of nowhere.

I know that for many of those growing up around the time this band began to make music, there are plenty of memories, whether good or bad, associated with at least one of their albums or songs. Despite having seen the Arctic Monkeys in Finsbury Park in 2014 and absolutely loving their set, one of my most vivid memories around their music comes from a very different setting. It was Glastonbury 2007, nearing midnight, and I was sitting on my sofa (very much not at Glasto) on the phone to my best friend, who was also watching the festival. We sang along at stupid volumes down the phone to ‘This House is a Circus’ and then, suddenly, there was a point when neither of us spoke for a whole song- it was just too perfect to interrupt. Needless to say, 505 will always remain one of my favourite songs of all time, along with the associated memory embedded forever in my mind.

Here’s of a little celebration of the Arctic journey- from the glamour of Yorkshire all the way to LA. Let’s hope the release of ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ tonight is just as strong as albums gone by!

(There’s a sneaky little not-quite-arctic-monkeys track in this playlist, but it’s one of my favourite covers of all time- the last minute of the song is quite possibly my favourite minute of music ever made!)

 

Playlist: International Women’s Day

Seeing as it’s International Women’s Day, it seems only fitting that my first playlist is dedicated to all the great gals of music. From front women, to drummers and solo artists, I think this one is self-explanatory.

I usually keep my playlists a little shorter, but on this occasion, there were too many wonder women to choose from! Who are your favourite leading ladies of the music world? Is there anyone you’d add to your playlist?

(On a side note- thank you to both Gwen Stefani and my mum, for teaching me that every day can be a red lipstick day…)

 

Back to Basics

Every music lover remembers their first gig- the sudden dimming of the lights, the rush as you catch the first glimpse of your heroes, the crush as the crowd moves in on the hits. Of course, there’s also the downside of the bruised ribs after being trapped against the front barrier (oh hello there youthful, eager, too-young-to-be-worried-about-spilling-my-beer Halyna), the sticky floors, and the blissful ignorance of not knowing what the suspiciously warm liquid that just hit your back was. Continue reading “Back to Basics”

About Halyna

Hello you lovely lot! I’m Halyna, the face behind the Blue Light Beat.

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I’ve always been a firm believer in the idea that every minute of life runs to it’s own rhythm and has it’s own beat; you create your own soundtrack every day, simply by existing. From a stress filled, fast paced morning commute, to a lazy, melodic Sunday afternoon- you’re writing your own playlists without realising it.

As a medical doctor based in Manchester, much of my day, and occasionally night, is spent in and around hospital. There are times when I don’t know if things will go to plan, I don’t know if it’s going to get complicated; hence my life runs to the beat decided by the next blue light.

The Blue Light Beat is my own little ode to great music, everything it has done for me in the past, and no doubt everything it will do for me in the future. It’s particularly focused around rock, alternative, indie, Britpop… maybe some occasional surprises in there too. Expect gig and album reviews, thoughts and music news, as well as playlists filled with everything from established rock gods to up and coming talent of the future.

This project has been on my mind for a good number of years, but the work-life balance wasn’t equal enough for me to make it a reality- something needed to change. Music and writing make up a huge part of my life, and I’d go as far as to say, they are probably my biggest, if not only true passions. Being seen without earphones in, or singing out loud to old but gold classics, with radio turned up to full blast, used to be a rare thing. As a drummer, singer and very (*massively below) average guitar player, watching live music and going to gigs is also really important to me, and something I’ve loved since the pre-teen years.

The further I climbed into my medical career, the more I began to notice that less time was being spent on the things I truly love and I was becoming miserable without realising the reason. It wasn’t an active choice, but the work end of the weighing scales had somehow managed to tip the seesaw over to one direction, and I’ve no doubt there are even bigger challenges still to come. Even when I was off the clock, my head was very much still in office hours. I knew something needed to change, and soon.

This is where the background picture for the BLB logo becomes relevant. The image used is a photo I captured, very much by chance, at the Maccabees ‘Final Farewell’ tour at the Manchester Apollo. It was taken during a song that has always been particularly significant to me for a number of reasons, and is now significant for one more. As ‘Something like Happiness’ roared through the Apollo, the whole crowd united at the top of their voices, bodies rushed inwards, and I felt a sudden moment of clarity. For a second, the stars seemed to align and my plan became clear. As the lyrics say:

‘You just know when you know, you just know.’

That’s when I knew; for my own sake, this needed to be the beginning of the Blue Light Beat.

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