they said the sky was falling and they played the hits: last month’s mix, april 2010;

So I’m going to try out a new format for my monthly tracklisting this month. The thing is, I receive more music than I ever have the time or inclination to review, particularly as I’ve never really reviewed single tracks on this blog – I know, I know, #firstworldwoes etc. But a lot of the time, some of that stuff will end up on a monthly mix and, as great a way as that is to publicise the bands concerned, I really ought to throw in a few words as well.

I kinda tried this with a couple of songs last month, but here goes – how about I pop my reasoning for each selection in there rather than just throwing up a .zip? No promises as to how long this will last, because I’m lazy, but let me know what you think.

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Eloquent Young Pilgrims: last month’s mix, April 2010

1: Drew Danburry: “Edited”
This track came to me tagged as “sex rock”, and I’ve never been one for genres but as its lazy, laid-back opening breaks into a heap of “ahhhhs” and jangly guitar I’m inclined to agree.

2. The Shins: “Young Pilgrims”
Most of the time, songs end up on one of my monthly playlists because I hear them for the first time of become fixated on them during the course of that month. Occasionally, it’s because a line from something we all know already pops into my head while wandering downtown Jerusalem, and it makes me smile.

3. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists: “One Polaroid A Day”
I’ve been a big fan of New Jersey’s other voice crying in the wilderness for a long time, but really didn’t warm to his last full-length. I haven’t spent anything like enough time to new album The Brutalist Bricks yet but what I have heard sounds as melodic as it is forceful.

4. Spaghetti Anywhere: “Girlfriends With Boyfriends”
I don’t know much about these guys – I picked up this track from my BAMS colleage Jim at Aye Tunes – but this is a delicious slice of local indiepop whimsy. (Incidentally, you know Jim and Peenko have a cracking gig on at the Captain’s Rest tomorrow night? And then later, some bloggy types are DJing at Pinups? You did? Awesome.

5. Mimicking Birds: “Cabin Fever”
Via Heather at I Am Fuel, You Are Friends this is delicate, melancholy beauty from Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock’s Glacial Palace label.

6. Victoria and Jacob: “Clash”
I have no idea what this is or where I got it from, but it’s a giddy, girlie, electropop demo and pretty freaking fabulous.

7. Mirah: “Jerusalem”
Another lo-fi, Sunday morning oldie I haven’t been able to get out of my head recently – for obvious reasons.

8. Roman Candle: “I Wish I Was In New York”
This is an older song from an indiefolk act who have featured on my mixes before – it turned up on the Some Songs Considered Tumblr, and as expected I couldn’t resist the title.

9. Jesse Malin & the St Mark’s Social: “All The Way From Moscow”
Being busy, travel blogging and – if I’m completely honest – a certain disinterest has delayed any expected review of fourth studio album from my longterm blog sweetheart (and Last Year’s Girl lyricist) Jesse Malin. Recent repeated listening has cemented this particular love affair though – and this storming track is an early standout.

10. She and Him: “Lingering Still”
Way behind on giving this second album from M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel a proper listen, but the way their voices melt together like from a summer garden record player makes me swoon, and crave frosty homemade lemonade.

11. Big Star: “Kangaroo”
Still mourning Alex Chilton, and gorgeous ethereal songwriting way ahead of its time.

12. Kasey Anderson: “Real Gone”
I’ve already raved about Anderson’s heartfelt, hard-rocking Americana, and this open road anthem is a perfect example.

13. Kitty The Lion: “Lion In The Bed”
I caught this lot at Glasgow’s recent Hinterland festival and their sparkly summertime country stomp was an easy highlight.

14. Jeffrey Lewis: “How Can It Be” [live]
Hinterland’s other highlight was a lovesong in Lewis’ trademark cleverly self-deprecating style. Of course, I had to fall for an unreleased track – and this bootleg took me a Sunday afternoon to track down!

15. Panda Su: “Eric Is Dead”
Spookily low key yet catchy number from my other favourite animal-themed local act.


Monthly Most Played is, as ever, after the jump.

Monthly Most Played as of April 2010:
1. Marah, “Walt Whitman Bridge” [=] 2. The Gaslight Anthem, “High Lonesome” [=] 3. The Gaslight Anthem, “We Came To Dance” [=] 4. The Hold Steady, “Banging Camp” [3] 5. The Gaslight Anthem, “The ’59 Sound” [3] 6. The Hold Steady, “Lord, I’m Discouraged” [=] 7. The Hold Steady, “Sequestered In Memphis” [=] 8= The Gaslight Anthem, “Old White Lincoln” [9] 8= The Gaslight Anthem, “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues” [=] 8= Marah, “Body” [RE]