you said i was your blue, blue baby: last month’s mix, march 2009;

Mr Alan Moore, I believe I owe you an apology. Although I will maintain that I have no need to see the movie adaptation of your opus ever again (a position I am sure you will by no doubt appreciate, since by all accounts you have even less interest in the project than I do), I am sorry that I referred to one of its protagonists as “big blue zen samurai shit flying around on Mars”. I’m reading Stringer’s copy of Watchmen at the moment, and fucking hell, you guys… this thing is nuanced, and intricate, and emotional, and gripping. All things that a certain blockbuster was not.

I’m aware that this is old news to, well, everybody, but I thought I’d better set the record straight.

Other than that, there hasn’t been anything particularly exciting keeping me away from this blog. Work is still difficult, my knees are still sore and my weekly driving lessons continue to be a source of quiet pride. I’m still photographing my silly face on a daily basis, and spending way too much money. Not least on music: I’m too tired to get out to many shows, but as we finish up this first quarter of the year I suspect I have bought more albums than I have in a long while. Not that you would know, as I haven’t been writing about them: I wonder if it would be too smugly self-referential to attempt a little roundup this weekend?

It’s late enough in the month though for your monthly mix, which has got me through some particularly bleak spells this past few weeks.

As Bad As It’s Been, Hasn’t Killed You Yet: last month’s mix, March 2009
1. 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers (ft. Nico the Beast): “Rabbit Season”
2. The Decemberists: “The Rake’s Song”
3. M Ward: “Oh Lonesome Me”
4. Justin Townes Earle: “Can’t Hardly Wait”
5. Two Cow Garage: “Burn In Hell”
6. Amanda Palmer: “Leeds United”
7. Virginia Dare: “Baby Got Away”
8. Missy Higgins: “More Than This”
9. Neko Case: “Polar Nettles”
10. Langhorne Slim & The War Eagles: “Colette”
11. My Latest Novel: “All In All In All Is All”
12. The Little Hands of Asphalt: “The Future”
13. Iron & Wine: “Love And Some Verses”
14. The Hold Steady: “Atlantic City”
15. Okkervil River: “So Come Back, I Am Waiting”


Monthly Most Played after the jump.

MOAR LYG:  what would carrie brownstein do? last month's mix, june 2008;

Monthly Most Played as of March 2009:
1. The Hold Steady, “Sequestered in Memphis” [=] 2. Marah, “Walt Whitman Bridge” [=] 3. The Hold Steady, ” Lord, I’m Discouraged” [2] 4. The Hold Steady, “Constructive Summer” [=] 5. The Hold Steady, “Magazines” [=] 6. Red House Painters, “Have You Forgotten” [RE] 7= The Gaslight Anthem, “High Lonesome” [5] 7= The National, “Thirsty” [5] 7= Steve Earle, “The Galway Girl” [5] 10= Bruce Springsteen, “Thunder Road” [RE] 10= Dan Bern, “Chelsea Hotel” [5] 10= The Gaslight Anthem, “The ’59 Sound” [5] 10= The Hold Steady, “Banging Camp” [RE] 10= The Hold Steady, “Yeah Sapphire” [RE] 10= The Hold Steady, “Both Crosses” [RE] 10= Marah, “Formula, Cola, Dollar Draft” [5] 10= Matthew Ryan, “Dulce Et Decorum Est” [RE]



  1. douglas martin
    March 26, 2009 / 10:06 am

    why is this the first rap song you’ve ever put on a last year’s mix? if so, i’m honored! if not, i’m still honored!

  2. douglas martin
    March 26, 2009 / 10:07 am

    well, i meant “why” followed by a comma, not asking you why. ha.

  3. Stevie
    March 26, 2009 / 10:12 am

    Yay, you’re reading Watchmen. It is sooo good isn’t it? Which Brian Clough doc did you watch? I’m back in the UK baby…..Sxx

  4. March 26, 2009 / 11:09 am

    Dont like to hear things have been ‘bleak’, hope you are ok? kx

  5. Ed P.
    March 26, 2009 / 11:49 am

    Liking the Little Hands of Asphalt. Thanks as always!

  6. March 26, 2009 / 12:05 pm

    mdAf: I think I’ve posted some Aesop Rock in the past, but on an annual rather than a monthly… the honour is all mine 😉

    Stevie: I think it was just called “Clough”, about half an hour in I thought it would have made sense if we’d recorded it for you. I’m downloading all the Dollhouse episodes I’ve already deleted for you though, because I’m ace like that 🙂 Want to go see the film on Tuesday or something?

    Smidge: Yeah, I’m surviving. Hormones and the usual crap, sigh…

    Ed: No idea where I found that song but it’s a good’un!