This Is How It Feels To Be Indie – The Indie Vigil #20

Welcome to your weekly catch up on the “This Is How It Feels To Be Indie” radio show hosted by Adam Jeffery on Radio Scarborough. Last week’s show was a recap of the year and featured tracks from nearly all of the Vigils since the start of the show.

New music this week came from The Merks and Josh Robins. Josh will hopefully be dropping into the studio in the New Year so stay tuned for more info on that shortly. You can check out the full track listing on the Indie Radio Facebook page and give us a “like” and a share please! You can also listen again to the show in full on Mixcloud here.

Possibly the most exciting thing that happened on the show was the very first public airing of a new version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by a collective known as The Cinnamon Swirls. The group featured various listeners of the show all taking a line each and giving it their own spin. I can’t really describe it to you, but my initial response was “bloody nora”. And I’m one of the people singing on it! You’ll have to experience it for yourself, which you can at the end of the mixcloud linked above.

There was a special “Best Off a Best Off a Best Of” with Everything Indie Over 40) this week where the folks online were asked to choose a song out of all the Best Of songs that had previously been chosen. The winning song was “Shine On” by The House Of Love.

And now onto this week’s Vigil. It’s not only the final Vigil of 2015, but it’s also the last Vigil we’re doing. As Adam was the person who did the very first one back in August, we thought it was fitting that I actually did the last one myself. So, here’s a bit about me:

As well as being the person who does the weekly write up after each show I’m also the one doing the tweeting on the Indie Vigil Twitter account. It did take some folks a while to work this out (mentioning no names, Mark), but I can confirm, yes it is actually me.

I am originally from London, but now live in Nottingham and have been here for well over 10 years. Music is a massive part of my life and has been for a long time and I consider myself very lucky to be able to not only write about it, but also basically interact online with the artists I love in my record collection!

So, what did I pick? Let’s find out:

Something Old

Sugar – “If I Can’t Change Your Mind”

Back in around 1997 I was given a mixtape of indie type tracks by a bloke at work. He was a really good mate and we went to gigs together and it was him who basically gave me a bit of an education about music. This was the stand-out track for me on the tape and I fell in love with it as soon as I heard it. It still makes me smile now and I always enjoy listening to it as it’s not only a great song, but it also reminds me of him.

Something Borrowed

Mark Morriss – “Souvenir”

The Bluetones are an incredibly important band to me as I have been with them since the very beginning 20 years ago.  I’m sure most people expected me to choose one of their songs as my something old so I didn’t want to disappoint! I asked Mark himself what track I should play from his latest album The Taste of Mark Morriss and this was his suggestion. The album is a series of cover versions that have shaped his career in music and the direction it’s taken. I think this track showcases just how he can take a classic song and give it a little bit of Morriss magic to make it his own. Not that I’m biased or anything of course…

Something New

Tame Impala – “The Moment”

This was the most difficult track for me to pick. I nearly went with a song by Thee Cee Cees from their album Solution Songs which was released this year, but I couldn’t decide on which one to pick. I then almost chose a new song by Turin Brakes from their forthcoming new album Lost Property, but again I just couldn’t decide what to play. In the end I’ve plumped for a song from my top album of 2015: ‘Currents‘ by Australian band Tame Impala. It’s probably not really what would be considered indie, but I have not stopped playing the album since I got it and think its fab.

So that’s it for the Indie Vigil. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people that have taken part over the last few months, it’s been my pleasure to tell all of your stories. There will no doubt be a new feature in the New Year so keep an eye on the Twitter and Facebook accounts to see what Adam has in store for you all.

And finally, as always, don’t forget to tune in to http://www.radioscarborough.co.uk/ on a Wednesday night to hear some great music and chat.  See you in 2016!