i get lucky sometimes: last month’s mix, march 2011;

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In which, even when she is being the world’s most rubbish and lazy music blogger, Lis puts together a selection of songs that have caught her attention through the joys of iTunes shuffle this month.

If you know me in or about what we call the “real world”, away from blogging, you’ll know there’s a very good reason that I’m tired today. So let’s skip the niceties and go straight to the music, shall we?

Could I See That It Was Time For Me To Go: last month’s mix, March 2011

1. The Twilight Singers: “Get Lucky”
Where have I been, world? Why didn’t I know that Greg Dulli’s Twilight Singers had a new LP out until I did a bit of research around their recent show? This is dark and woozy and a bit bloody special.

2. The Strangers Almanac: “People Don’t Go To Clubs (Til After Midnight)”
There’s a story about one of my best friends at a Gordon Matheson gig when she was ridiculously underage. I love him because he didn’t even lie if I asked him if his acoustic project was a Whiskeytown reference. You can download his latest EP for free, here.

3. Bright Eyes: “Triple Spiral”
You know, this record has a lot more balls than the last one. And its lyrics keep catching me at just the right times.

4. Frightened Rabbit: “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
Cool cover. Wait a second, is that Craig Finn as Kiki Dee? Cool doesn’t even begin to cover it. Awesome, more like.

5. Ben Marwood: “Tell Avril Lavigne I Never Wanted To Be Her Stupid Boyfriend Anyway”
He’s a mate of Frank Turner’s, and he’s touring with him soon. I downloaded this because I liked the name. It’s not a lyric, but god knows the lyrics he does use are cutting enough.

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6. Dum Dum Girls: “He Gets Me High”
Listen, if they had only included tunes like this on their first album we wouldn’t be having this conversation six months later.

7. Jenny Owen Youngs: “Drinking Song”
Now this one I have no excuse for. Caustic, bitter and singalong perfection.

8. The Decemberists: “16 Military Wives”
I was going to include “Rise To Me”, which is probably my favourite song from The King Is Dead, on this month’s mix in hour of the fact I went to see the band, but then I decided Lee singing along to an oldie was a much better option.

9. PJ Harvey: “The Last Living Rose”
Everybody’s favourite Dorset girl may be sounding eerier with age, but she could still kick your ass.

10. John Vanderslice: “The Piano Lesson”
Vanderslice’s compositions get technically more complex with every release. His latest album, this year’s White Wilderness, features contributions from the Magik Magik Orchestra to spooky, wintry effect.

11. Robin Adams: “Dead End”
When his label got in touch to tell me that Robin Adams was simultaneously releasing acoustic and full-band albums this month, I was sleepy and misread the email. “No, he’s a lot hairier, but we hear he’s still good-looking,” I was told. Music’s alright too. Have a listen yourself.

12. The Mountain Goats: “Damn These Vampires”
Fuck yeah, I’m going to give this the attention it deserves the minute I hit “post” here.

13. REM: “Uberlin”
Once upon a time there was a little girl, and she fell in love with a band so hard it was like nothing else mattered. Of course that was over a decade ago, and until that 8am start a few weeks ago when it was quiet and she and Andrew heard this one on the radio, she was beginning to think that they’d never give her that same feeling again.

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14. Frank Turner: “My Kingdom For A Horse”
Because I’m going to do this thing I used to do with The Hold Steady and post incredibly affecting old Frank Turner songs every month until I’m as sick of him as you are. It’s not going to happen.

15. Mazes: “Vampire Jive”
I hate sexy vampires with every fibre of my being. It’s a rant I do a couple of times a month, usually when I’m drunk. And yet, I’m featuring two songs this month with those heinous creatures of the night in the title, just to fuck with you. And also because I too am waiting for the sun.

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Before we get to the usual monthly most played nonsense, I also wanted to draw your attention to Chad Van Gaalen’s delightful animated video for “Not Enough”, the lead single from J Mascis’ new solo album Several Shades of Why. Everyone I know is raving about this release from the former Dinosaur Jr frontman. I really need to take a listen.

Monthly Most Played as of March 2011:
1. Marah, “Walt Whitman Bridge” [=] 2. The Gaslight Anthem, “High Lonesome” [=] 3. The Gaslight Anthem, “We Came To Dance” [=] 4. The Hold Steady, “Banging Camp” [=] 5. The Gaslight Anthem, “Old White Lincoln” [=] 6= The Gaslight Anthem, “The ’59 Sound” [=] 6= The Gaslight Anthem, “The Spirit of Jazz” [8] 6= The Hold Steady, “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” [=] 9. The Hold Steady, “The Weekenders” [NE] 10= Frank Turner, “I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous” [NE] 10= The Gaslight Anthem, “Great Expectations” [RE] 10= The Hold Steady, “Hurricane J” [8] 10= The Hold Steady, “Magazines” [8]