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[#SKOA30] Day 15: A Song That Best Describes Your Personality
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Initially I had something really dancey and fun for this, but in the last second I decided not to sell myself short or pass on an opportunity to go for a bit more depth. If you know me, especially IRL, you’ll know that I’m constantly curious and doing my best to live in a constant state of gratitude.

When I first got into The Streets in college, I didn’t anticipate the longstanding impact that Mike Skinner would leave on my life. I’ve always loved how approachable he is in terms of his songwriting. You don’t have to spend a ton of time attempting to read between the lines to determine the breadth of his expression. It’s in his level of directness that connecting to any of his songs always feels like connecting with a close friend that you haven’t caught up with in a minute.

The title track off his 2008 album, Everything Is Borrowed, feels a lot like the inside of my brain the majority of the time: I’m observing how quickly things are constantly changing around me, I’m questioning the intention behind everything that comes into my line of sight, and I’m always trying to remind myself that regardless of what happens that as long as I’m coming from a place rooted in love that it’s cool when things come and go. I think that sort of grounding allows the rest of my personality and all of its fun quirks to shine through.

The Streets Announce April 2018 UK Shows -- YES REALLY
Now YOU can't unsee my all time favorite photograph of Mike Skinner either. lol.

Now YOU can't unsee my all time favorite photograph of Mike Skinner either. lol.

YEAH. 

YOU READ THE DAMN HEADLINE. 

I am losing my goddamn mind right now. 

Earlier today Mike Skinner announced via Instagram that him and The Streets boys will be reuniting for a string of UK shows in April 2018. 

I do not wish to be a person to say I have any regrets in life, but damn my heart sure did shatter when they split and I hadn't been able to make it to any of their US shows. 

This sliver of hope is giving me this itch to do something crazy come this Friday (the 13th) like grab a pair or two now and figure out plane tickets and silly things like that later. 

Oh lorde, I feel like I'm out of my mind. 

Would you go? 

[Listen] The D.O.T. - 'Diary' (Full Album Stream)

I think we all were a bit bummed when Mike Skinner called an end to The Streets. That's probably why we've been a little antsy about getting hold of the second album from Mr. Skinner and Rob Harvey, previously of The Music. Under their moniker of The D.O.T, Next week they'll finally release Diary, but as is the norm these days, you can stream the album in full prior to release next Monday (May 6th) on Cooking Vinyl. Check out the record that mixes together a bit of this and a bit of that below via NME

[Listen] The D.O.T. - 'And That' (Full Album Stream)

After keeping a close eye on the Rob Harvey and Mike Skinner project, The D.O.T., today marks the release of their debut full-length titled And That. I'm currently on spin number three of the entire album and simply can't get enough of it. There's this delicate balance between Skinner's beats roughhousing with my ear drums and Harvey's vocals making a punching bag out of my heart throughout the course of the record that keeps me connected and in tune with their whole vibe in a way that I haven't felt about a new album in months. Not to mention that the subtle changes to songs like "And A Hero", "Like You Used To" and "You Never Asked" were all the right choices as they take the tracks to a whole new level.

Don't take my word for it, have a listen to the album in its entirety below. Make sure you grab it on iTunes if you like it.

[Download] The D.O.T. - "And A Hero"

On the heels of dropping his memoris about The Streets last week, Mike Skinner gave Annie Mac an exclusive download of a track from his new project The D.O.T. that he's doing with The Music's frontman Rob Harvey. The track, "And A Hero" clicks, semi-glitches and pulsates its way into your eardrums while Harvey beautifully belts until he gets ahold of your heartstrings. I cannot emphasize enough how powerful his delivery is on this track. Holy wow. He is really singing his heart out on this one.

For those of you across the pond, Mike Skinner will be playing a DJ set at AMP @KOKO on Saturday April 14th, so be sure to head out to that.

The D.O.T. also just posted a new video diary for March. You can check that out over on their website.

[Watch & Download] Byron - "Don't Judge A Book" (Video) x EP Download

Something about Byron's "Don't Judge A Book" reminds me of the way Mike Skinner used to tell stories on albums like A Grand Don't Come For Free. Having said that, it's not surprise that the Slough-based wordsmith is a former English teacher. His delivery is speedy and articulate and his stories are packed with a razor-sharp wit.

Byron is currently offering his latest EP Deep Lyrics Dirty Beats Pt. 2 as a free download. You can grab it over here.

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[News] Mike Skinner To Release Memoirs: 'The End of the Streets'

The SKoA camp were more than a little upset when Mike Skinner announced that The Streets' album Computers and Blues was to be his last. Recently though, Mike has been back up to his old antics on Twitter and talking about all kinds of things. One of those things is his Memoirs which are soon to be released. Skinner's book will be titled The End of the Streets and was written with Ben Thompson, who's worked on autobiographical material with Russell Brand and comedian Vic Reeves in the past. It'll be available to add to your book collection come the 29th of March and comes complete with a tonne of unseen photographs from Mike's past including some old family pics. See above for a picture of Skinner on his first day of school! The pictures were given to him by his Mum and on his site, regarding the above pic, he stated: "my first day at school. and strong emotions for me because my little girl starts nursery this week. circle of life shit. lion king and that."

The 352 page book can be peeped over at Amazon.co.uk so mark your calendar for a day of geeking up on Mr. Mike Skinner.

[Listen] Benjamin Francis Leftwich - "Atlas Hands" (Mike Skinner Remix)

A double helping of Mike Skinner anyone? Earlier we got wind of him working on the Inbetweeners OST and now we stumble across a very sweet sounding remix he's done of UK singer songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich and his catchy single "Atlas Hands" which hits stores in September and features on his album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm. Mike adds some more electro feelings to the track and injects it that little extra kick to make you want to get up and have a little dance. The synth work is delicate in place of the acoustic guitar but it works. The original is a great standalone track and this is a welcome addition to the BFL tag in my music Library. Well played Mike Skinner, well played. Thanks to The Guardian too for the stream.