dreams of pirate ships and patty hearst: last month’s mix, april 2011;

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ETA: Have reuploaded and reposted the mix, hopefully it’ll be working now. Please let me know if you have any more problems.

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.

Strangeness. More so than usual, I mean: it’s all late nights and no sleep and deciding to make my own jam at one in the morning. I find my own kind of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey in the in between hours. I’m torn between a riot of discovery (I may be posting this earlier than I’ve gotten into the habit of, but I’ve got half the tracks I need for May’s mix already) and a desire to hole myself up in my favourite hoodie and listen to the new Jason Isbell record over and over. He makes me homesick for a place I can’t quite figure out, and I’ve never even seen an Alabama Pine.

I’m going to have some kind of adventure tomorrow/later today, depending when ongoing server problems let me post this.

I Am Disappeared: last month’s mix, April 2011

1. Frank Turner: “I Am Disappeared”
You know last month, did I say I wasn’t going to put another Frank Turner song in my mix every month? Well, tough, because a few weeks ago we were treated to the first taste of England Keep My Bones courtesy of Frank himself and the NMEh, of all places. I heard this for the first time in a hotel room in Manchester, choking on a fresh wave of missing, and I listened to it over and over with tears streaming down my face because I’ve never heard a song so perfectly capture the bits of me I struggle to keep to myself.

2. The Cave Singers: “Outer Realms”
They’re another band who keep showing up, because I keep forgetting how much they stun me. No Witch is one of those perfect thinking-too-much-of-an-evening background albums, which I don’t say like it’s a bad thing.

3. Endor: “Fly Straight and Always Wear Sensible Shoes”
A lovely little song with layers and layers of meaning from that Glasgow band that seems to have been around forever and yet never seems to go as far as the others.

4. Andrew Lindsay & the Coat Hooks: “A Grim Crossing”
Lindsay comes highly recommended, not least because the backing vocals on much of his new EP feature oor favourite Shambles Miller. This has that jangly, simple singalong feel of Idlewild when they were doing the tunes.

5. The Veils: “Bloom”
A band who slipped off my radar, but I picked up this new track from somebody else’s mix. They’re still doing those epic melodies nobody else can quite match.

6. Frankie Rose & the Outs: “Little Brown Haired Girls”
She was both a Vivian Girl and a Dum Dum Girl at various points, which is fairly obvious from the lo-fi, drone-y yet tuneful sound, but I came across Frankie Rose in the latest Oh Comely magazine. We’ll take it from there.

7. Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs: “Here Lies My Love”
And speaking of lo-fi… this is the blues at its most brutal.

8. The Savings and Loan: “Swallows”
I didn’t really like this band when I first heard the album: maybe I needed the broody darkness of this track on its own to creep up with me. Get it along with 15 other tracks from labelmates on Song, By Toad’s 2011 label sampler.

9. Emily Browning: “Asleep”
It’s pretty much common consensus that, despite looking amazing, Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch was a truly terrible movie. But here’s the thing: the soundtrack, featuring Bjork and Skunk Anansie as well as several contributions from young star Emily Browning, was good enough to stand as something alone. Plus, cute girls on the cover amirite?

10. The Little Hands of Asphalt: “Letter To Carrie”
Last year, a friend sent me a song by what, rather than a band, is I think some one-man Norwegian bedroom project. It’s twee as fuck, and all about the lyrics of course, but incredible. I’ve finally managed to track down the album and the whole thing is as good as that one song.

11. James Blake: “A Case Of You”
This is my best friend’s and my song, and this is a woozy cover by one of the blogosphere’s bright young things. A case of you darling, and still I’d be on my feet.

12. Fleet Foxes: “Helplessness Blues”
The thing is I really loved Fleet Foxes that same fortnight that everybody else did, but the difference is that I got over it… until now. This first taste of new material doesn’t do anything different – the same warm harmonies, the same open guitar – but it’s hitting me in the right place. For now, at least.

13. Peter Bradley Adams: “Don’t Rest Your Weight On Me Now”
Adams was part of Cameron Crowe-friendly fodder eastmountainsouth, and his solo stuff is similar sunny Sunday afternoon heartbreak roadtrip music.

14. The Ramisko Maki Maki Rocking Horse: “Won’t You Sleep”
The companion piece to Ms Browning’s, if you can say so about the sort of rollocking piece of americana which deserves the modifier ‘rollocking’? I don’t know, you never read the press release. If you like the sound of this strange little nugget, you can listen to a little more (including the freshly-released EP this hails from) on Bandcamp.

15. Trent Fox and the Tenants: “Outta My Mind”
A cheeky slice of garage swagger by way of Milwaukee/Kind Turkey Records.

DOWNLOAD: I Am Disappeared [zip]

Monthly Most Played as of April 2011:
1. Marah, “Walt Whitman Bridge” [=] 2. The Gaslight Anthem “We Came To Dance” [3] 3. The Gaslight Anthem, “High Lonesome” [2] 4. The Hold Steady: “Banging Camp” [=] 5. The Gaslight Anthem: “Old White Lincoln” [=] 6. The Gaslight Anthem, “The Spirit of Jazz” [=] 7= Frank Turner, “I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous” [10] 7= The Gaslight Anthem, “The ’59 Sound” [6] 7= The Hold Steady, “The Weekenders” [9] 7= The Hold Steady, “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” [6]