it’s hard to be a good girl listening to the drive-by truckers: last month’s mix, august 2010;

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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.

Holy down-to-the-wire, Batman! Real life keeps calling me away from my pile of half-written drafts, but I feel as if I begin every one of these monthly missives with an apology for absence real or imagined.

As I type this up on the last day of August there’s the unmistakable chill of autumn in the air, but also a gorgeous golden light as if such summer that we had is trying to cling on with its last breath. Glasgow looks a little like a fairy tale, and whispers to me: stay. Soon it will be skirts and tights weather again.

I can’t wait.

Pull All The Stops Out For Future Wife of the Month: last month’s mix, August 2010

1. Lovers Turn To Monsters: I Can Only See In The Darkness
A gentler start to this month’s playlist than usual. I met Kyle, also known as Lovers Turn To Monsters, the night before my 28th birthday. I missed his set, but he gave me a CD anyway. “I’m a BLOGGER!” I exclaimed, as full of shit as eighty percent proof vodka. He’s got a new EP out, and it’s free.

2. Drive-By Truckers: Outfit
Jason’s are the best Drive-By Truckers songs, and the night before I got married I wrapped myself in a blanket made out of his voice and lemon-flavoured throat sweets. This has been in my library forever, but I heard it for the first time the night my best friends came round to help me make wedding favours. Whitney tells me it’s always made her think of me, perhaps because of the reference to singing with a “fake British accent”.

3. Frank Turner: Poetry of the Deed
I think I’m falling in love with a singer-songwriter with a Hold Steady tattoo, which shouldn’t surprise anybody. I have hardly stopped listening to this three-minute manifesto since the first time I heard it.

4. Best Coast: Bratty B
The soundtrack to my summer. I need to write about this thirty-minute fuzz-pop wonder of an album properly, actually, since everybody else has already beaten me to it.

5. Sarah Harmer: Open Window (The Wedding Song)
Not that I downloaded this until afterwards, because that’s pretty much how long it took me to unblock my iTunes account. Still, lovely.

6. Phil Campbell: Isn’t She Beautiful
I don’t know much about this local singer-songwriter, apart from the fact that half my work seem to be obsessed with him and that this is such a pretty little song.

7. She and Him: Brand New Shoes
The lovely Zooey Deschanel’s second album with songwriting and performing partner M Ward is a slow burner, but her husky voice lends a lovely warmth to these laid-back songs of longing.

8. The Unwinding Hours: Tightrope
I was a huge Aereogramme fan, but I’m still not one hundred percent convinced by Craig B’s new project. Taken on its own though, this track is sheer gorgeous.

9. Yahweh: Make Me Stop
Another local one: gorgeous, delicate and part of a recent split 7″ on Gerry Loves Records.

10. Cancel The Astronauts: Funny For A Girl
This was a weird little coincidence: I downloaded this Edinburgh indiepop band’s titular EP on the recommendations of a few friends, including my Radar colleagues, but before I had a chance to even listen to it I met the singer in my work. This track is great fun, well worthy of a listen – and I have a spare copy of the EP now, if anybody fancies a listen.

11. Marah: Tramp Art
The new album from my firm favourites Marah is a folkier, less immediate listen than its predecessors – but they released it on cassette tape, which was pretty frickin’ sweet even if I barely have anything left to play the things on.

12. Amanda Palmer: Idioteque
It started out with her famous cover of “Creep”, but now eccentric musical laydee AFP has put together a whole EP’s worth of ukulele Radiohead covers. Recommended if, like me, you find much of the source material unlistenable.

13. The Voluntary Butler Scheme: The Eiffel Tower and the BT Tower
This month’s track I know next to nothing about is cute-as-a-button indiepop with lyrics you can’t help but smile along to.

14. Metric: Gimme Sympathy
I’m not gonna lie – I used to really love Emily Haines’ ominously discopop songs but, having moved on to musical pastures new, had lost track of what the band were bringing out. It was the lyrics grabbed me here, on a stripped-down version of the this track for the band’s recent Daytrotter session: who’d you rather be, Ms Haines asks, the Beatles or the Rolling Stones – and I swoon, but now, for the ballsy full band version.

15. Eamon McGrath: Icebreaker
Who sent me this? Was it you, Martin Douglas? Did you say I’d like it, all smoky-voiced lo-fi rawness? Yeah, you can read me like a book.

16. Admiral Fallow: These Barren Years
Catchy flutes and guitars and heartstopping lyrics from an album that just gets better with every listen.


Monthly most played is, as ever, after the jump.

Monthly Most Played as of August 2010:
1. Marah, “Walt Whitman Bridge” [=] 2= The Gaslight Anthem, “We Came To Dance” [3] 2= The Gaslight Anthem, “High Lonesome” [=] 2= The Hold Steady, “Banging Camp” [4] 5. The Gaslight Anthem, “Old White Lincoln” [=] 6. The Gaslight Anthem, “The ’59 Sound” [5] 7. The Hold Steady, “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” [8] 8. The Gaslight Anthem, “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues” [7] 9. The Hold Steady, “Lord, I’m Discouraged” [RE] 10= The Hold Steady, “Constructive Summer” [9] 10= The Hold Steady, “Magazines” [RE]