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.
“You might want to move the guitar,” he said when I told him I was going into the room to write. He’d left it lying across the bed; not because he was playing it or anything but because he saw the wooden guitar, and the wooden bedframe, and he thought that in some imperceptible way it looked like home.
And I saw it, and I agreed, so I took a picture of it. Because that’s what I do.
On the car ride home my brother played the Bluetones like it was 1997 again, and he stepped on the accelerator. “Admit it,” he said, “you want one of these”, and I think in that moment he was right because nothing has ever made me feel more free than my music and my solitude; and I could shut myself in that little metal box, and if I just kept moving then maybe I could outrun even time itself.
Turning Led Zeppelin Into Gold: last month’s mix, September 2010
1. Meursault: One Day This’ll All Be Fields
There shouldn’t be something so otherworldly and ancient-sounding about a band from contemporary Edinburgh, but there is, and it works.
2. The A Forest: Polar White
If Sigur Ros was a female-fronted folky band from Dundee… I know, right? But this is twinkly, atmospheric music that seeps under the skin.
3. Vic Chesnutt: Degenerate
Still perfect, still missed.
4. The Bundles: Shamrock Glamrock
Lo-fi, slightly mental side project from Kimya Dawson and Jeffrey Lewis, amongst others.
5. Wintersleep: Terrible Man
One of the more upbeat numbers from latest album from recently-interviewed Canadian indiepoppers.
6. Treecreeper: November 23rd
Epic English folk-infused rock with more than a hint of the Kozelek about it, that I should have written about months ago.
7. Tortoise and Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Thunder Road
A strange, sombrely dreamy cover of my all-time favourite song that won me over on first listen.
8. Franz Nicolay: This Is Not A Pipe
Former Hold Steady harpsichord and mustache man has a new album out in a couple of weeks. This track, apparently inspired by the Nicole Krauss novel my friend Whitney picked me out in a secondhand bookstore in Nashville, replaces the bombast with a fragility I can’t seem to get over.
The Head and the Heart: Sounds Like Hallelujah
I’ve listened to this so many times now, but I’m still taken by surprise when it veers off somewhere else. Hat tip to dear Heather, as these things so often are.
10. JJ Bull: Chalk Scene
There was this one time JJ and I worked together for a day, and we chatted about music and I told him I was a superstar blogger and he gave me a copy of his album. It kinda got forgotten about in the madness of much of earlier this year, but now we work together properly and I’ve told him he’s allowed to nag me lots if I don’t give his pretty Frightened Rabbit-ish songwriting the attention it deserves.
11. Nicole Simone: Melt
The traditional “song I know very little about” is sultry and sexy and seems particularly designed to make me swoon.
12. The Mountain Goats: Cobscook Bay
This was the first song I didn’t recognise from John’s Koko setlist earlier in the month. It’s very hard to describe the way Darnielle’s lyrics often just grab me: simple lines, uttered just so. Much of the first verse of this song is like this, and it’s a strange one so I’d rather just let you listen.
13. Stars and Sons: If It’s Good For Me
Oh, lord. I was supposed to blog about these Brighton-based pop-rockers, whose current “thirty shows in seven days” tour was in Glasgow TONIGHT, and I really wish I hadn’t forgotten because they are SO. MUCH. FUN. Maybe they’ll let me talk to them once they get home and they’ve had a sleep, if I ask veryverynicely.
14. My Jerusalem: Gone For Good
Atmospheric new band featuring Jeff Klein, who Jay used to put on mix CDs for me back when we were still trying to impress each other enough to make each other mix CDs, and a former Twilight Singer.
15. Frank Turner: Love Ire and Song
I’ve been on such a Frank Turner kick this month. I’ve never known a man to speak so much truth. Consider this my manifesto.
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Monthly most played is, as ever, after the jump.
Monthly Most Played as of September 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, “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues” [=] 9= The Hold Steady, “Hurricane J” [=] 9= The Hold Steady, “Lord, I’m Discouraged” [=]