what would carrie brownstein do? last month’s mix, june 2008;

On “Shuffle”, via MonitorMix:

With music, it boils down to mood and context as well. You can adjust the randomness of the shuffle feature, but the options lack nuance. There need to be choices like, “only play this song if I am driving between Seattle and Portland and I think about my old friend from high school” or, “please play this one on cold winter days when the sky looks like it might snow and I realize I’m out of ingredients to make hot chocolate”.

With my short attention span and inability to settle on a song even to get me out of bed in the morning, I’ve always been a huge advocate of shuffle. But tonight on the bus, warm from cider and the company of two of my favourite Norn Irish lasses, pressing “skip” til my pointy finger ached, I realised that Ms Brownstein – as usual – has a point. In her column this week, she challenges readers to hit the “shuffle” button and see if they can stand the order of the first five songs. Straight up, no lies:

Herman Dune – Pure Heart
Scissor Sisters & The Beatles vs. George Michael & Aretha Franklin – No-one Takes Your Freedom
Slobberbone – Lumberlung (best song about a fictional disease ever, as Jay says)
The Mountain Goats – Going to Bristol
Sham 69 – Hurry Up Harry

That’s almost not a bad wee mix, but this one is better – you’ve waited long enough, at least! Up until two hours ago, this was called “I Know You’re Pretty Pissed (I Hope You Still Let Me Kiss You)”. Make of that what you will.

Let There Be Rock: last month’s mix, June 2008
1. George Carlin: Religion
2. Drive-By Truckers: Let There Be Rock
3. M83: Graveyard Girl
4. Kathryn Williams: Candy Says
5. Black Lips: It Feels Alright
6. The Replacements: Kiss Me On The Bus
7. The National: Available
8. Kathleen Edwards: Buffalo
9. The Mountain Goats: Raja Vocative [Daytrotter session] 10. Fleet Foxes: White Winter Hymnal
11. Bo Diddley: Who Do You Love
12. Jim Bryson: If By The Bridge
13. The Hold Steady: Magazines
14. Lucero: Sweet Little Thing
15. The Faces: Ooh La La
16. Cloud Cult: Bobby’s Spacesuit

[zipped .mp3s, left-click and save] (sorry guys, link removed due to my naughtiness)

Monthly most played (and a wee bonus link) after the jump. Warning: if you didn’t know a certain album had leaked is actually legitimately available on iTunes and has been for weeks, you do now…

MOAR LYG:  culture consumption: february 2017;

Monthly Most Played as of June-ish 2008:
1= The Hold Steady, “Sequestered in Memphis” [=] 2= The Hold Steady, “Constructive Summer” [NE] 2= The Hold Steady, “Magazines” [NE] 2= Marah, “Walt Whitman Bridge” [=] 5= The Hold Steady, “Navy Sheets” [NE] 5= The Hold Steady, “Lord I’m Discouraged” [NE] 7= The Hold Steady, “One For The Cutters” [NE] 7= Steve Earle, “The Galway Girl” [2] 9= Marah, “Formula, Cola, Dollar Draft” [7] 9= The National, “Thirsty” [4]

Cough. Oh, and PS: Chief Justice cites Dylan. Love it.



  1. sarah sea
    July 2, 2008 / 10:20 pm



    Now there’s a band I’m pleasantly surprised to find on a Last Month’s Mix. 🙂 Come with me to see them at Tut’s in October?

  2. Stevie
    July 2, 2008 / 9:21 pm

    New Marah album? ;o) Sxx

  3. sarah sea
    July 2, 2008 / 10:23 pm

    PS. Through your mixes I have come to rather like the Mountain Goats, with their interesting song titles and general summeryness. Now I hear they’ve covered a Stockholm Monsters song. Please make this be true?

  4. July 3, 2008 / 12:43 pm

    @Stevie: I happen to think that the above is a great demonstration of my varied and eclectic music taste!

    @Sarah: I’d love to come see M83 with you, although I don’t know much about them beyond that track! I thought you’d get a kick from seeing it up there, but it was on the tracklisting before you added that gig on last.fm 😉

    I didn’t know about the Mountain Goats/Stockholm Monsters connection, but I’ve done a little bit of research and it seems I didn’t even know that Alma Mater was my hero’s “favourite album of all time!” Amazing! I’ve found traces of a live cover of a song called “5 o’clock”, I haven’t heard it but shall see if my Dear American Partner in Superfandom has the track.

  5. July 3, 2008 / 2:50 pm

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    Hi Lism / LastYearsGirl,

    On behalf of Rough Trade / Beggars Digital, Vagrant and The Hold Steady, many thanks for plugging “Stay Positive” (street date 14th July and advance, digital release date 9th June) … .. thanks, also, on behalf of the label and the band for not posting any pirate links to unreleased (studio) material and, if your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, “Sequestered in Memphis” is available for fans and bloggers to stream / link to / post etc on the band’s MySpace … .. check-out http://www.myspace.com/theholdsteady and http://www.theholdsteady.com for details on “Stay Positive” and the band’s 2008 shows … .. for a limited period a play-through of “Stay Positive” shall also be available on the band’s MySpace and on NME (http://www.nme.com), although these are for promotional purposes only and the artist and labels have kindly asked fans and bloggers not to host or link to pirate copies of the full album on-line – for which many thanks in advance.

    Thanks again for your plug.



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