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Diff’rent Strokes reunion

You may or may not know that for five and half years I was one half of a show called Diff’rent Strokes. The other half of the show, David Lim is known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of pop music and I was excited to have him come on Handclaps and Harmonies to talk music with me. In the time that I’ve known him our music tastes have begun to overlap more and more. Dave definitely helped me get more in tune with what I loved about music, and our approach to music has always been a part of the fabric of Diff’rent Strokes. Dave is also the person who penned the phrase ‘strummy lala’ and we’ve talked almost ad nauseum about what we like about music and why. I even knew he secretly had a stash of strummy lala and plinky lala style music.

It was a great experience to share the airwaves and the playlist again with Dave, I hope you enjoyed listening.

Music Pick of The Week

I’m sure if Dave had access to this blog he would do a really eloquent explanation for why he chose his pick of the week as Stooshe’s ‘London with the Lights On,’ I feel I’d do an injustice to try and explain it here. All I can say is that I love the bowling alley/ diner video clip for the song we played, ‘Slip.’ Nostalgic.

My pick of the week was Regina Spektor’s ‘You’ve Got Time.’ Written specifically for the new show on Netflix called, Orange Is The New Black, it is slightly more rock ballady and a bit lighter on the plinky lala than some of Regina’s other songs but is still clearly her. It does definitely feel theatrical and quirky and has a great turn of phrase and storytelling, all things I love about any of Regina Spektor’s songs.

We played a bunch of other songs that we’ve listed below. If you’ve got recommendations for me email me: handclapsandharmonies@joy.org.au or send me a tweet @handclapsonJOY


Owl Eyes – Raiders

Gypsy and the Cat – Gilgamesh

Spoon – Out Go The Lights

Absent Elk – The Loving Kind

Dashboard Confessional – Hands Down

No Doubt – Looking Hot

Now, Now – School Friends

Martha Wainwright – When The Day Is Short

Rosaline Yuen – After NYE

Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know

Ellie Goulding – Only Girl In The World

Walk the Moon – Shiver, Shiver

Kelly Rowland – Commander

Lucius – Don’t Just Sit There

Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer

Tegan and Sara – Sentimental Tune

Mutya Keisha Siobhan – Flatline

Of Monsters and Me – Mountain Sound


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