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.
I do this thing, like, when I get really stressed out, I like to calm myself down by making lists in my head. Lists of things I have to do. Deadlines I have to make. I do it out loud. It sounds a little silly. And it’s weird because you know those people who say you shouldn’t sweat the small stuff? I’m the opposite – I’m one of those people who doesn’t sweat the big stuff. Like the genuine, everything’s changing and this-could-actually-fuck-your-life-up stuff. I don’t think about it. What will happen, will happen and it will happen when it’s supposed to and things will work out just fine.
But the small stuff? The email you weren’t expecting, the train that wasn’t where you thought it was going to be, sweat marks, the accidental lie-in? I lose such chunks of my day to those things, far more than I would have done shrugging my shoulders and getting on with it after what was done was done. So there I was on the train back from Edinburgh on Sunday night, the train that was half an hour later than I thought it was going to be, fretting about not getting home until after midnight and then not being able to get up for work in the morning and forgetting my breakfast and running behind and not having time for a blog post on that, that last day of October, with my mix CD not even made yet.
“It doesn’t matter,” said Rachel, hugging me. “Nobody’s going to mind.”
And she’s right, I’m sure, because I’m fairly sure you didn’t even notice.
This week I’m trying to become better at managing my time, telling myself that it doesn’t really matter if I can’t make all those little red app notifications on my iPhone screen disappear. And so I sit with thirty unread emails before I go to bed, and I tell myself that I’m pretty certain things are going to be fine.
So you’ll forgive me if I leave off the explanations for my choices this month, other than to thank my gorgeous visiting best friend for choosing a track to round this month’s collection in spectacular style. Buy me a gin sometime, and together we’ll wax lyrical.
…like it’s going outta style: last month’s mix, October 2011
1. Beerjacket: “Fresh Legs” [buy] 2. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins: “Bats in the Attic” [buy] 3. Richard Buckner: “Traitor” [buy] 4. The Moth and the Mirror: “Closing Doors” [buy] 5. Ólöf Arnalds: “Close My Eyes” [preorder] 6. Numbers and Letters: “Ghost” [free download!] 7. Tommy Stinson: “Zero to Stupid” [buy] 8. The Damnwells: “The Same Way” [buy] 9. Good Old War: “Coney Island” [buy] 10. Dum Dum Girls: “Bedroom Eyes” [buy] 11. Dan Mangan: “The Indie Queens Are Waiting” [buy] 12. Palo Alto: “Do Something” [info] 13. Matthew Ryan: “All Of That Means Nothing Now” [buy] 14. Chuck Ragan: “Meet You In The Middle” [buy] 15. The Head and the Heart: “Rivers and Roads” [buy]
DOWNLOAD: …like it’s going outta style [zip]