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.
“Those your Take That tickets?” Murray asked, after I posted the above photograph on Facebook. Lawlz and all that, but seriously – if Franz Nicolay “does a Robbie” I will probably faint.
But that’s still a fair ways off, and this week sees just as exciting things going down in our fair city:
So we love the Indelicates around here. So much so, that when the organisers of the first ever gig the fiercely independent poet-cynics will play in Glasgow did a quick search for “indelicates glasgow”, they found themselves here. Do you know how much it’s going to cost to see them play the 13th Note on Wednesday night (3rd)? THREE QUID. I ask you. It’s cheap enough – nevermind special enough – that my muse, fake big brother and intrepid podcaster Slide Into My Hand (new podcast up now, folks!) is coming down from the wilds of Dundee for the night. The band are playing acoustic, and the show will be recorded and made available as a “pay what you like” style download soon afterwards. My mate Dave Hughes is supporting, along with Lou Hickey, and we might sing some Springsteen. You should come. We’ll be down the front. Well I might not let Stevie in, he is very tall after all and that wouldn’t be fair.
Thursday 4th November then sees a very special gig at Stereo with the debut performance from Tannahill. This new project – featuring Alasdair Roberts, Wounded Knee and members of John Knox Sex Club and the Second Hand Marching Band – will reinterpret the songs of 19th century Paisley poet Robert Tannahill. Support comes from Benni Hemm Hemm and the Second Hand Marching Band, and the night gets going at 7pm. Oh, and if you fancy a wee taster…
But I’ve been going out enough recently, as the gaps in my blogging are testament to. Time for me to shut the fuck up and give you some tunes, eh?
Bringing Colour to the Memories of Your Life: last month’s mix, October 2010
1. Frank Turner: “I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous”
I’ve challenged my friend Will to come up with a Frank Turner tattoo for me. I know my Ryan Adams and Hold Steady ones were years in the making, and my latest obsession is only a few months old at most, but I swear it’s love.
2. Sun Kil Moon: Admiral Fell Promises
One of my little quirks is that I can’t sleep on anything that moves. I thought a 27 hour flight to Australia would cure me of that particular malady, but as I lay awake both there and back I figure there’s no chance of me changing my mind this side of thirty. But I suspect that right now I need a late-night flight in my life. It’s when it’s dark through the window and it could be only me awake that previous Sun Kil Moon releases invade my head. This is the title track of an album I’ve owned three months and haven’t done anything with.
3. Vienna Teng: Shasta
A female singer-songwriter type my gig-going buddy Mad Rachel has been recommending me for ages, and on the strength of this one I’m inclined to believe her.
4. Screaming Females: Arm Over Arm
Josh introduced me to the Screaming Females – not literally – on that incredible day we spent walking around Williamsburg until my feet fell off. “I’d say they have one of the greatest guitarists of all time,” he said; because this goes off like a rocket and the musicianship will melt your face off.
5. The Drums: When I Come Home
They’re all recommendations this month, it seems, which is great because normally I can never remember where I got stuff from? My Indie Boss really likes this band, although not as much as we both like Best Coast, and although I still haven’t gotten around to getting the album I find their stuff great fun.
6. Drunk on Crutches: Drink Up, Buttercup
I was only on my knees because I laughed so hard I hit the floor. Sally Jaye’s bluesy, take-no-prisoners voice is the reason I sold my soul to alternative country. On an average day, I could just put this band’s album on repeat and call it my monthly mix CD.
7. I Build Collapsible Mountains: Rails
So we, as in the Scotsman’s Radar blog, launched a new music prize for unsigned acts this year. That there were over one hundred entrants and the ultimate winner didn’t even make my shortlist is a testament to the incredible variety of talent we can call our own, but I expect magnificent things from my own incredible choice. The album opener seems to spend five minutes building into a climax that never truly arrives but that isn’t a failing: rather, it leaves you aching for what is still to come.
8. Twilight Elevators: B & T
This gorgeously lethargic, autumnal swinger was sent to me forever ago by a band whose contact details I probably don’t even have anymore. If they’re reading this, I’m sorry – but I think I rediscovered them at the perfect time.
9. Chocolate Genius: She Smiles
Dreamy, drowny, interestingly-named and will be interviewed on this blog soon.
10. Men Diamler: It Takes One To Know One Better
This month’s “track I know very little about” is a sweet, stripped-back little folk-infused likesong.
11. Lissie: Cuckoo
I think, from hearing earlier demos, I was expecting something a little different from my name twin’s album – something a little less polished sounding, perhaps. Production aside though, there is no arguing that Lissie Maurus has the kind of rich, stunning voice that would stop a runaway train in its tracks.
12. The Corin Tucker Band: Big Goodbye
And speaking of voices, although in Tucker’s case it’s the familiarity that kept me company throughout my early twenties that keeps me coming back for more. The album itself hasn’t grabbed me, but you won’t seeing me write off my personal indie rock first lady any time soon.
13. The Paraffins: Triple Time
Billy Paraffin was actually chuffed that I described his recent release as “some rusty steampunk half-robot version of [Tom] Waits… duetting with a serial sexpest.” This track pretty much sums up why.
14. John Vanderslice: Thule Fog
There’s something to be said for this 2010 where even your all-time favourite independent artists are putting EPs up to download for free with very little fanfare. Vanderslice is actually getting more and more Paraffins-like with every release, all creaks and obscurity and rusty effects.
15. Shambles Miller: Alice’s Song
The closing track from Miller’s recent EP release is the perfect example of those lovely songs of love and friendship and life’s big adventure that I seem to collect like comfortable sweaters, and the perfect bookend to a mix that begins with Frank Turner, who also does such songs rather well.
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Monthly most played is, as ever, after the jump.
Monthly Most Played as of October 2010:
1. Marah, “Walt Whitman Bridge” [=] 2= The Gaslight Anthem, “We Came To Dance” [=] 2= The Gaslight Anthem, “High Lonesome” [=] 4. The Hold Steady, “Banging Camp” [=] 5. The Gaslight Anthem, “Old White Lincoln” [=] 6. The Gaslight Anthem, “The ’59 Sound” [=] 7. The Hold Steady, “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” [=] 8= The Gaslight Anthem, “Great Expectations” [NE] 8= The Hold Steady, “Hurricane J”  10= The Gaslight Anthem, “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues”  10= The Hold Steady, “Lord, I’m Discouraged”