I refresh my Facebook feed, and someone I vaguely know is on a three day break in Iceland uploading photos from the Blue Lagoon. Urgh. This is becoming a daily occurrence. I curb my bubbling jealousy by telling myself that they've paid Travelzoo £179 to sit in a very busy tourist bath with (I imagine) an above-average sperm count, and I momentarily feel better.
Then Throws come along and ruin everything. They unhelpfully pour fuel on the burning desire to see the country and meet it's people. They're brilliant. Iceland not only looks stunning, but clearly inspires great music. I take back the sperm thing Iceland, I'm sorry.
From Reykjavik, the duo have been recording a debut album in a studio overlooking an industrial fishing harbour. It's set for release in June via Full Time Hobby, and a track called The Harbour has just emerged from it. The video features a man doing a hand-stand and skiing simultaneously, so you should probably go ahead and take a look at that now.
When I first told my sister about DTRA, she lost her shit and drowned my explanation out with laughter. Apparently 'riding dirt track' can be entirely misinterpreted by the wrong audience.
So let me try again here: Dirt Track racing (or Flat Track if you're American) is a bunch of motorbikes and riders, an oval race track in the dirt, a steel shoe and a lot of turning left. I raced in their mini-bike class for a couple of rounds last year, and it's stupidly fun. It makes for a grand day out if you're not participating too: sitting outside with a drink in hand, engulfed by the roar of engines and watching clouds of dust rise up from the track like the worlds best smoke machine.
WARNING: I am about to tell you that my radio pick this week is a show I presented. There are three good reasons:
1. It's not just me wanging on - you'll also hear Abbie McCarthy and Dan Roberts from BBC Introducing
2. There's really good music. We are merely scaffolding propping up a skyscraper of stunning tracks from artists that have been supported by BBC Introducing around the UK
3. It's on SXSWfm. A station set up to accompany the South By SouthWest festivals and conferences in Texas.
When you're hunched over a desk in a mid-afternoon slump, do you whip up a quick liquorice and green mung bean smoothie, just like Gwyneth?
Ha! Thought not. Pound something caffeinated and watch a motivational music video instead.
I'm not going link you to Beyonce's Formation video. If you haven't already bookmarked it then... I just don't know what to say. (OH COME ON).
I am going to draw your attention to Ray BLK. She has a video out for a song called 50/50. It's bone shakingly powerful. It has very British feels, South London to be precise (Catford if we're going to hit the nail on the head).
Her voice feels elastic and warm and wraps around a sparse beat. Press play and she'll show you around with a strong collection of females in tow.