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.
Noone Listens to the Band Anymore: last month’s mix, July 2011
1. I Build Collapsible Mountains: “Trail Song” (Peenko session)
I’m a big fan of Luke Joyce’s songwriting, but I was surprised that when I finally got the chance to see him (at Peenko’s Tea Party session late last month) it was his new material I was most excited about. Bodes well for any rumoured future album his Burning Buildings label get their hands on. Download (or watch) the full session here.
2. My Morning Jacket: “Circuital”
You know those bands that everybody who likes the same stuff as you is really, really into but for some reason you just can’t get your head around? My Morning Jacket are that for me, although I’m not sure if it’s because Jim James has a voice like the wind whistling round a frozen pipe in winter or their album art is always just plain fugly. I might not buy the album of the same name, but I did like this free sample pre-release.
3. Cults: “Bad Things”
It’s always worth shoving something a little buzzy into a monthly mix and Cults’ spooky, airy boy-girl pop seems to be doing the rounds at the moment. Plus, this song sounds like Cruella deVille’s 21st century New York club scene theme tune. You’ll find it on their self-titled debut.
4. Lil Daggers: “King Corpse”
Never judge a book by its cover or a song by its title is the verdict on the lead track from Lil Daggers’ new EP on Song, By Toad Records. Surprisingly not death metal. Surprisingly good. Not that the two are mutually exclusive, obviously. Lo-fi and FIERCE.
5. Zoey van Goey: “Another Day, Another Disaster”
You know the story: Scottish indie darlings release album. Six months later, that Lis sits up and says “ooh, that’s pretty decent.” Incidentally, if anyone fancies enlightening me on just how many ‘o’s the bloody band have in their name that would be fab. Buy it from Chemikal Underground.
6. Dave Hughes and the Renegade Folk Punk Band: “Daddy Fought The Law”
As the only musical act I’ve seen twice this month, and one that’s always godo for a singalong – official or not – here’s just that sort of renegade folk punk band. This is not off new EP Despite the Blackout, but that shouldn’t stop you buying a copy. Dave is of course on tour at the moment, with Ciaran Lenehan – pop down if he’s somewhere near you.
7. The Damnwells: “Noone Listens to the Band Anymore”
The Damnwells never fail to cheer me up. They make great power-pop of the sort nobody’s really gotten right since Big Star. I picked this track up on a free Noisetrade sampler, but it turns out it’s actually from this year’s PledgeMusic release of the same name – you ought to order a copy, since I’m about to. Or at least I would, if their store ran in Internet “Not A Choice” Explorer.
8. Matthew Ryan: “Hey Kid”
What a nice surprise it was when an email popped up to proclaim that Matthew Ryan, one of my favourite he’s-a-wee-bit-like-Springsteen songwriters who’d been quite quiet for some time, had actually finished off a new album and it was ready to preorder. Since the internet is a bit bloody brilliant, you can actually download I Recall Standing As Though Nothing Could Fall RIGHT NOW. PS Yass! It’s got a hyphen though!
9. Thao and Mirah: “Hallelujah”
As I was saying to he of the podcast with the unGoogleable name last week, Thao and Mirah have made what I suspect is my non-Frank Turner album of the year in their self-titled collaboration with producer tUnE-yArDs. Two great voices mesh perfectly, but those beats raise it high above your typical singer-songwriter fare. You can try ordering it from Amazon, but you’ll probably give up like I did.
10. The Low Anthem: “Ghost Woman Blues”
The gorgeous, richly epic opener to this year’s Smart Flesh. Ancient and beautiful. Jim James wishes he could sing like this.
11. Emmy the Great: “Paper Forest (in the Afterglow of Rapture)”
I’ve been a massive fan of London’s Emmy the Great since the days of her early demos, so was excited to be able to help fund her second album via PledgeMusic. And then I arrived and… I thought I hated it. Until it turned out I was playing it every afternoon, just after lunch, for a month. It’s a much more nuanced production than her whimsical, almost simplistic debut First Love (my third favourite release of 2009), but it’s worth the extra investment. Buy Virtue from Rough Trade and get a bonus disc of album demos.
12. Kid Canaveral: “Missionary”
Kid Canaveral’s take on King Creosote’s ‘bad sex lament’ has sneaked in as my definitive version, because I still haven’t heard the original. They’ll play it for your children, but it’s on your own head. You can download it as the b-side to “And Another Thing!!” or… you might just be able to get one of the limited edition cassettes if you order their stupendous Shouting at Wildlife on vinyl? Nah, it’s too late. But you should do anyway.
13. King Post Kitsch: “Closing Time”
That sleepy feeling of the early hours of Sunday morning, when you’re trying to drop the hint that the party finished a couple of hours ago. Which, curiously enough, is just about the name of the album this is taken from – which, again, you can buy from Song, By Toad Records.
14. Abigail Washburn: “Last Train”
This americana singer blends multicultural influences and traditional instruments with a voice that sounds like freedom. Taken from this year’s City of Refuge.
15. Okkervil River: “Your Past Life As A Blast”
I love Okkervil River, but new album I Am Very Far was a massive disappointment. What it lack in lyrical hooks (I’m sure it’s got loads, they just don’t jump out) this track at least makes up for by being good fun.
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Monthly most played after the jump.
Monthly Most Played as of July 2011
1= The Gaslight Anthem, “We Came To Dance” [=] 1= Marah, “Walt Whitman Bridge” [=] 3. The Hold Steady, “Banging Camp”  4. The Gaslight Anthem, “High Lonesome”  5. The Gaslight Anthem, “The Spirit of Jazz” [=] 6= Frank Turner, “I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous” [=] 6= The Gaslight Anthem, “The ’59 Sound” [=] 6= The Gaslight Anthem, “Old White Lincoln” [=] 6= The Gaslight Anthem,”Even Cowgirls Get The Blues”  6= The Hold Steady, “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” [=]