a postcard from a tiny island: last month’s mix, august 2008;

There’s something symbolic about the last day of August, as if – regardless of the weather or the continued adoption of British Summer Time – summer is truly over. The schools are back, the sales have been and most people have returned from their holidays. Whether it’s the overcast, muggy sky or relentless rain, it feels as if summer never really got going here in Scotland anyway – which is fine with me, as I’m not a fan of the heat, but at least once September begins you can’t really get away with pretending.

September is going to be a big month for me. There’s a magazine to finish, the Law Awards of Scotland (Jules and I found me a dress over the weekend, on which more later) and then, right at the end, my trip to Australia. I’ve got my visa and travel insurance, am ordering my dollars tomorrow and am ridiculously excited to see and celebrate the wedding of my lovely Twin.

Here’s a selection of songs for those grey, last days of summer.

Grey Weather: last month’s mix, August 2008
1. Silver Jews: “Tennessee”
2. High On Stress: “Cop Light Parade”
3. Kathleen Edwards: “Independent Thief”
4. Wake the President: “Sorrows for Clothes”
5. The National: “Blank Slate”
6. Sera Cahoone: “Couch Song”
7. Nina Nastasia: “Ocean”
8. Iron & Wine: “The Devil Never Sleeps”
9. Gregory and the Hawk: “Grey Weather”
10. The Cave Singers: “Elephant Clouds”
11. Shannon McArdle: “Leave Me For Dead”
12. The Walkmen: “Postcards from Tiny Islands”
13. Frightened Rabbit: “Backwards Walk”
14. Jenny Owen Youngs: “Keys Out Lights On”
15. Tom Waits: “Long Way Home”

[zipped .mp3s, left click and save]

LATE EDIT: Thank you to my bezzer, who’s just sent me a link to this slating of the lyrics to the Frightened Rabbit track. Have to confess having not even listened to the lyrics in this case – it’s the tune that I find so uplifting, which is at odds with my usual musical MO as I’m such a lyrical soul, haha. She just liked the “in Scotland, Bruce Springsteen is U2” line although I’m not sure how turgid Irish stadium rock fits into their argument (ah, America, where crisps are “chips” and “fries” are something else entirely).

MOAR LYG:  born to be wide goes north;

Monthly Most Played after the jump.

Monthly Most Played as of August 2008:
1. The Hold Steady, “Sequestered in Memphis” [=] 2. The Hold Steady, “Magazines” [=] 3= The Hold Steady, “Constructive Summer” [=] 3= The Hold Steady, “Lord, I’m Discouraged” [=] 5= The Hold Steady, “One For The Cutters” [=] 5= Marah, “Walt Whitman Bridge” [5] 7. Steve Earle, “The Galway Girl” [=] 8= The Hold Steady, “Yeah Sapphire” [7] 8= The National, “Thirsty” [7] 9= The Hold Steady, “Both Crosses” [7] 9= The Hold Steady, “Stay Positive” [7] 9= Matthew Ryan, “Dulce et Decorum Est” [7]

  • Kimberley

    Interesting mix, seems as fitting for Seattle weather as it does for Scottish weather. If you ever make it to Seattle, I shall take you to Easy Street for lunch and music browsing, oh yes I shall.

  • Lola

    Ooh, new mix! I like it, especially that you included Jenny O-Y since she was awesome when we saw her supporting Aimee Mann. I shall give it a listen when I’m done with my Argentinian tango music.

  • douglas martin

    speaking of seattle, there are quite the few great seattle artists on this mix (sera cahoone, cave singers) that douglas martin will not be egotistical enough to claim putting you onto. ๐Ÿ˜‰ i may have to tag along for this easy street shopping venture (while acting as your personal salesperson, of course).

    can i say that opening with silver jews’ “tennessee” was a great choice? it was!

  • @Kimberley: the link didn’t work, but if you mean here then count me in and then some!

  • @mdAf: How did I manage to miss your comment? Silly wordpress. You know that you would be involved in such a trip. And yes, your influence is all over this particular mix.

    Knew you’d appreciate the Joos pick, it’s for my friend Whitney who’s just moved to Tennessee and because much of this month has been devoted to planning how I’m going to get out there and visit her!

  • Kimberley

    I did indeed, weird random wrong linkage, not sure what happened there. I’m still listening to your list and just listened to the Shannon McArdle song – holy shit, I think I need breakfast at Easy Street and some buying of that CD. And because really, you’re the only person I can think of who’d even give it a listen: Carla Bruni’s album?

  • douglas martin

    i can just hear the conversation, now: “NO YOU DO NOT NEED ANOTHER RYAN ADAMS 7″. come with me, we’re going to the ‘local’ section!”

  • That was EXACTLY my reaction when I heard that song for the first time! She was in a band too, the Mendoza Line, I don’t know much about them unfortunately.

    I have one song from Carla Bruni’s album on my iPod, but I haven’t listened to it yet. I will on the way home and update you later ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Anonymous

    p.s. that new walkmen album is TOO GOOD.

  • Anonymous

    p.p.s. i’d describe the mendoza line as “uncomfortably depressing,” but in a good way. i think you’d like a few of their songs.

  • Trying to work out your current favourite band from your monthly most played… struggling!

  • @Kimberley: ooh, she’s got a lovely husky voice on her. Dunno if I’d get the album meself, but might be worth a punt!

    @mdAf: You’re right, I don’t… I have them all already (even although I didn’t have a record player at the time ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @Rich: The monthly most played is cumulative, but I’ve listened to that album so many times that nothing I do month-to-month seems able to cancel it out!

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