learn to love the highway when you’re home: last month’s mix, november 2008

Winter is coming. The lights are going up, the nights are getting colder and, in her third floor flat somewhere on the less salubrious part of Glasgow’s south side, this blogger is – for the most part – fairly content. The emotional storm of recent weeks has passed, as it always does, and my cold rose has healed completely (odd, as the bruises I pick up all too quickly take forever to fade). I’ve even got my pulse down to something resembling normal during my nightly workouts at the gym!

I try to keep the private (if not always the personal), and certainly the professional, out of this blog as much as possible, but I suppose I won’t be doing any harm by mentioning that I’m being promoted at work. Not to worry though, faithful readers – when I have any free online time at all, I spend it with you first and foremost! I’m going to Edinburgh tomorrow afternoon, to meet a contact and get that last bit of full-time journalist out of my system before moving into my new role on Monday (although I’ll be keeping the magazine too, so our quarterly stress sessions shall perhaps get even more intense!). After my meeting I’m going to treat myself to the shoes I fell in love with last time I was in the city, if they even still have them, and then wander around the newly-opened Winter Wonderland with my battered Nikon.

I have a serious case of wanderlust this weather, so it’s just as well I’m away practically every weekend for the rest of the year. This weekend sees my reunion with the Web Hedgehog, aka the brains behind this wonderful site, at which I will hopefully not disgrace myself to the level I did on that fateful night we first met; and next weekend the Bezzer and I get to see Jesse Malin in – of all places – Putney. A family wedding down south, and Christmas in the Midlands, should keep me occupied until I can put together the plans and the money for an American trip.

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But onto the pressing business – the last Last Month’s Mix of the year! Yes I know it’s only November, but if you thought it would be business as usual alongside that eagerly-anticipated (!) Last Year’s double-header you are very much mistaken! November 2008 has been a momentous month, personally and politically and everything in between, and if I’ve captured even a little of that here then I’ll have done very well indeed.

Coming Out In November: last month’s mix, November 2008
1. The Mountain Goats: “Waving At You”
2. David Vandervelde: “Someone Like You”
3. The Helio Sequence: “Everyone Knows Everyone”
4. The National: “Mr November”
5. Ryan Adams: “When The Stars Go Blue”
6. Herman Dune: “This Will Never Happen”
7. Kay Hanley: “Fall”
8. Kathleen Edwards: “Somewhere Else”
9. Okkervil River: “West Falls”
10. Frightened Rabbit: “Good Arms vs. Bad Arms” [live] 11. Phosphorescent: “Wolves”
12. Dresden Dolls ft. Franz Nikolai: “Ballad of a Teenage Queen”
13. Leona Naess: “Leave Your Boyfriends”
14. Absentee: “Bitchstealer”
15. Mark Kozelek: “Celebrated Summer”
16. Joanna Newsom: “Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie” [Ys Street Band version] 17. Marah: “Baby Love”


Monthly Most Played after the jump.

1. The Hold Steady, “Sequestered in Memphis” [=] 2. The Hold Steady, “Lord, I’m Discouraged” [=] 3= The Hold Steady, “Constructive Summer” [=] 3= The Hold Steady, “Magazines” [=] 5= Marah, “Walt Whitman Bridge” [=] 5= Matthew Ryan, “Dulce Et Decorum Est”
7. Steve Earle, “The Galway Girl” [RE] 8= Bruce Springsteen, “Thunder Road” [10] 8= The Hold Steady, “One For The Cutters” [7] 10= Dan Bern, “Chelsea Hotel” [NE] 10= Death Cab For Cutie, “I Will Posess Your Heart” [NE] 10= The Hold Steady, “Banging Camp” [=] 10= The National, “Thirsty” [8] 10= Read House Painters, “Have You Forgotten” [8] 10= Sun Kil Moon, “Lily and Parrots” [=]

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  1. Fuchsia
    November 27, 2008 / 9:49 am

    Nice mix!

    And you have Wanderlust for Mozchester too I hope! I am emailing you details as we speak.

  2. Tyler
    November 27, 2008 / 11:31 am

    Thanks for the mix.

  3. November 27, 2008 / 12:12 pm

    Haha! You think disgraced yourself? I don’t tihnk you’ve got anything on me 😉 Besides, we’re still mates aren’t we, so it can’t be that bad 🙂 Can’t wait for the weekend!

    Congratumalations on the promotion! You bloody deserve it! x

  4. Helen
    November 28, 2008 / 6:27 pm

    I loooooove that Leona Naess song. Going to download everything when I get home tomorrow… your mixes always make me think I should make some myself but I’m too lazy now that I never listen to “real” CDs anymore and my mp3 player is just a USB stick and too ghetto to let me make playlists!!

    I love all the winter lights so much – they make the freezing weather here bearable and actually it gives me the opposite of wanderlust (thanks for reminding me of the word haha… me and a friend spent ages the other day trying to remember “what is Fernweh in English??? ;)) they make me feel like I never want to leave here 🙂 xx

  5. November 28, 2008 / 9:43 pm

    Congratulations on the promotion.

    I haven’t listened to any Leona Naess for a long time, that’s about to change.

  6. douglas martin
    November 30, 2008 / 2:07 pm

    wow, a promotion! i’m very proud of you, my dear glaswegian friend! spending every weekend for the rest of the year out-of-town? i’m jealous! and an american trip… TO SEATTLE! make it happen. no excuses.

    p.s. great mix. of course, i love the opener.

  7. December 1, 2008 / 2:30 pm

    There’s an iTunes bonus version of that Leona Naess song which features Ryan Adams – er, the boyfriend that left her. It’s amazing.

    Douglas, you would 😉 I’d love to get to Seattle, but New York and Nashville is the immediate plan. I’ll see what I can do! And you owe me a living room gig anyway!

  8. douglas martin
    December 2, 2008 / 12:48 am

    being as though you’re the one with the passport, you first. HOWEVER, i guess a getting a passport isn’t too excruciating a task. i’ll see what i can do. 😀