the notes of life are hard to explain: last month’s mix, april 2009;

Here’s how it plays out behind the scenes:

I don’t just throw these mixes together, you know. No; from the moment the last month’s is posted I keep my ears alert for new sounds, or old sounds that finally connect on a closer, more subliminal level. I save them up on playlists and scribbled in notebooks and then, around this time every month, I stitch them together into something a little more coherent. I wouldn’t go so far as to say these monthly playlists tell a story, but I at least intend for them to flow a little.

Except this month. This month, something just didn’t seem to sit right. Coupled with my current confusion and lack of creativity, it’s been incredibly frustrating. I hope you don’t think this comes across as half-assed, is all I’m saying.

Oh, go vote in my birthday poll if you haven’t already 🙂

Handful of Chestnuts, Mouthful of April Rain: last month’s mix, April 2009:
1. Jose Vanders: Seven Seas
2. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart: Everything With You
3. AC Newman: Like A Hitman, Like A Dancer
4. Brakes: Crush On You
5. Neko Case: This Tornado Loves You
6. The Clash: Stay Free
7. Jason Isbell: Seven Mile Island
8. Marah: Body
9. Jeffrey Lewis and the Junkyard: To Be Objectified
10. Emmy the Great: Easter Parade
11. Blitzen Trapper: Black River Killer
12. Official Secrets Act: Little Birds
13. King Creosote: Rims
14. Malcolm Middleton: Stay Close, Sit Tight
15. Drive-By Truckers: Goddamn Lonely Love


Monthly Most Played after the jump.

MOAR LYG:  noone seems to hear the music: last month's mix, july 2011;

1. The Hold Steady, “Sequestered in Memphis” [=] 2. Marah, “Walt Whitman Bridge” [=] 3. The Hold Steady, “Lord, I’m Discouraged” [=] 4. The Hold Steady, “Constructive Summer” [=] 5. The Gaslight Anthem, “High Lonesome” [7] 6. The Hold Steady, “Banging Camp” [10] 7= The Gaslight Anthem, “The ’59 Sound” [10] 7= The Hold Steady, “Magazines” [5] 7= Red House Painters, “Have You Forgotten” [6] 10= The Hold Steady, “Yeah Sapphire” [=] 10= The Hold Steady, “Both Crosses” [=] 10= The National, “Thirsty” [7]



  1. Lola
    April 27, 2009 / 9:18 pm

    I have 4 of these tracks… does that mean my taste is improving?

  2. April 27, 2009 / 9:29 pm

    Depends which tracks :p

  3. Ed P.
    April 27, 2009 / 9:32 pm

    The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, nice!

  4. April 27, 2009 / 9:49 pm

    Thumbs Up to the Jason Isbell and DBT tracks. “Goddamn Lonely Love” ranks up there in my top 15 tracks of all time, I think. Isbell’s “The Last Song I Will Write” tends to rip my heart out on those really bad days, too.

    Also, I don’t know if I ever told you this, but, when and if I ever get a Marah tattoo (which is probably next on the list after the Decemberists one I’m getting in TWO WEEKS!), I want to get “the notes of life are hard to explain”. Come September, you better have designed a Hold Steady one so we can get them together!

  5. Lola
    April 27, 2009 / 11:51 pm

    Whitney: “The Last Song I Will Write” is gorgeously, terrifically sad. I only started listening to Jason Isbell because I work with a guy who has that exact same name.

    Have fun getting yer tattoos 🙂

  6. April 28, 2009 / 9:57 am

    Ed: I’m not a massive fan, but they’re nice in moderation 🙂

    Whitney: I have a feeling I bought that DBT song after your recent blog, and because I couldn’t find “The Last Song I Will Write” on iTunes! Have yet to be inspired re a tattoo; I might leave it til after November anyway so I can give blood. Unless my trip to Swine Flu Land rules me out :p

    Lols: I can’t help but smirk every time I see Mr Isbell on yr Facebook friends!

  7. Reilly
    November 3, 2009 / 2:30 am

    Just saw the Pains with Beth. It was a good show even though the venue was not the best. There was this fan there, up front who was so excited to see them that it became distracting after awhile.