a postcard from a tiny island: last month’s mix, august 2008;

There’s something symbolic about the last day of August, as if – regardless of the weather or the continued adoption of British Summer Time – summer is truly over. The schools are back, the sales have been and most people have returned from their holidays. Whether it’s the overcast, muggy sky or relentless rain, it feels as if summer never really got going here in Scotland anyway – which is fine with me, as I’m not a fan of the heat, but at least once September begins you can’t really get away with pretending.

September is going to be a big month for me. There’s a magazine to finish, the Law Awards of Scotland (Jules and I found me a dress over the weekend, on which more later) and then, right at the end, my trip to Australia. I’ve got my visa and travel insurance, am ordering my dollars tomorrow and am ridiculously excited to see and celebrate the wedding of my lovely Twin.

Here’s a selection of songs for those grey, last days of summer.

Grey Weather: last month’s mix, August 2008
1. Silver Jews: “Tennessee”
2. High On Stress: “Cop Light Parade”
3. Kathleen Edwards: “Independent Thief”
4. Wake the President: “Sorrows for Clothes”
5. The National: “Blank Slate”
6. Sera Cahoone: “Couch Song”
7. Nina Nastasia: “Ocean”
8. Iron & Wine: “The Devil Never Sleeps”
9. Gregory and the Hawk: “Grey Weather”
10. The Cave Singers: “Elephant Clouds”
11. Shannon McArdle: “Leave Me For Dead”
12. The Walkmen: “Postcards from Tiny Islands”
13. Frightened Rabbit: “Backwards Walk”
14. Jenny Owen Youngs: “Keys Out Lights On”
15. Tom Waits: “Long Way Home”

[zipped .mp3s, left click and save]

LATE EDIT: Thank you to my bezzer, who’s just sent me a link to this slating of the lyrics to the Frightened Rabbit track. Have to confess having not even listened to the lyrics in this case – it’s the tune that I find so uplifting, which is at odds with my usual musical MO as I’m such a lyrical soul, haha. She just liked the “in Scotland, Bruce Springsteen is U2” line although I’m not sure how turgid Irish stadium rock fits into their argument (ah, America, where crisps are “chips” and “fries” are something else entirely).

Monthly Most Played after the jump.

Monthly Most Played as of August 2008:
1. The Hold Steady, “Sequestered in Memphis” [=] 2. The Hold Steady, “Magazines” [=] 3= The Hold Steady, “Constructive Summer” [=] 3= The Hold Steady, “Lord, I’m Discouraged” [=] 5= The Hold Steady, “One For The Cutters” [=] 5= Marah, “Walt Whitman Bridge” [5] 7. Steve Earle, “The Galway Girl” [=] 8= The Hold Steady, “Yeah Sapphire” [7] 8= The National, “Thirsty” [7] 9= The Hold Steady, “Both Crosses” [7] 9= The Hold Steady, “Stay Positive” [7] 9= Matthew Ryan, “Dulce et Decorum Est” [7]