honkytonk angels: last month’s mix, march 2008;

I didn’t eat any chocolate eggs today. I did, however, conduct some research into the alleged existence of a law which makes it illegal to bar entry to a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel anywhere in the King’s Realm – including the Houses of Parliament (myth, according to a factsheet on customs and history in the House of Commons, which makes for rather fascinating reading if you’re me).

But my Easter Sunday wasn’t all work, oh no. I made a delicious, if slightly soggy margharita pizza FROM SCRATCH, and finally pinned down the tracklisting for March’s mix CD. It turned out mellower than even I intended, if you ignore the bombastic “When Irish Eyes Are Burning” (added in honour of this month’s Belfast trip), which means that Stevie isn’t going to shout at me for stealing certain tracks from his first “pop” mix of the year.

[But you can have that too, if you want.]

RELEASE NOTES: New Jesse Malin and Matthew Ryan, either of which would make a decent buy for April. Plus you really oughtta learn more about Fleet Foxes, preferrably while reading the wonderfully evocative piece my dear American friend posted earlier in the week.

All done? Good.

Didn’t Know God Made Honkeytonk Angels: last month’s mix, March 2008
1. Destroyer: Foam Hands
2. Say Hi: Oboes Bleat and Triangles Tink
3. The Mountain Goats: You Or Your Memory
4. Matthew Ryan: Dulce Et Decorum Est
5. Jesse Malin: Looking For A Love
6. The Avett Brothers: If It’s The Beaches
7. Fleet Foxes: Mykonos
8. The Young Republic: Goodbye Town
9. Marah: Formula, Cola, Dollar Draft
10. The Twilight Sad: Cold Days From The Birdhouse
11. The Ike Reilly Assassination: When Irish Eyes Are Burning
12. The Apples in Stereo: On Your Own
13. Cat Power: Metal Heart
14. Mark Kozelek: What’s Next To The Moon
15. Laura Marling: Night Terror
16. She & Him: Sentimental Heart

[zipped mp3s, left click and save]

Is my iTunes ready for a Monthly Most Played? Probably not, but let’s do it anyway:

MOAR LYG:  new music mondays: kill it kid;

Monthly Most Played as of March 2008:
1. The Mountain Goats: You Or Your Memory [NE] 2= Jesse Malin: Looking For A Love [NE] 2= Marah: Formula, Cola, Dollar Draft [NE] 4= Bruce Springsteen: Thunder Road [NE] 4= Death Cab For Cutie: The Sound of Settling [NE] 4= Jesse Malin: Russian Roulette [NE] 4= Kathleen Edwards: In State [NE] 4= Marah: Songbirdz [NE] 4= Matthew Ryan: Dulce Et Decorum Est [NE] 4= The Mountain Goats: Up The Wolves [NE] 4= Say Hi: Oboes Bleat and Triangles Tink [NE]



  1. jay
    March 24, 2008 / 12:59 am

    ‘There was a time when i didn’t talk
    Id look away, or i’d shrug it off.’

    I lived with this song for a while, curled up in bed for the first time in three or four days, waiting for the cold to hit.

    There was just something between the broken voice and the make-it-up-as-we-go feel. Most probably, it was that haunting singing in the background.

    Or sat on my bed, strumming and singing along, which didn’t go down well with the family.

    Theres a couple of different takes on a line in the song, some say ‘no one’ some say ‘knowing’. But my preffered hearing of it was;

    ‘I guess the devil made me this,
    When he gave me knowing i can’t resist’.

    The album, too, rules. ‘boat’ is a great song. One of those things that takes you back to a moment in time more than any photo ever can.

  2. douglas martin
    March 24, 2008 / 5:34 am

    i’m glad you liked the fiction piece. i can tell it’s going to be the first in a series. i think the frontman of fleet foxes got a little uneasy with me talking about them so much. haha.

    p.s. avett brothers. squee.

  3. Ed P.
    March 24, 2008 / 11:53 am

    Hi, friend of chuckdarwin’s from live journal. stumbled in here. thanks for the mix.

  4. Hayley
    March 24, 2008 / 11:58 am

    Ooh a lovely looking mix I shall download when I get home!I haven’t heard Matthew Ryan yet I don’t think,should I expect to be converted?

  5. March 24, 2008 / 12:08 pm

    @Jay: I totally have a crush on you for that comment. Been listening to that song at random intervals for the past two weeks. I have also purchased “Boat” on iTunes since you are still unconscious.

    @MDAF: First in a series? Hope so!

    @Ed: You’re very welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

    @Hayley: I wouldn’t be surprised. I hadn’t heard of him either, until the CD arrived with the Malin covers album. More back catalogue for me to discover!