what are you willing to lose: last month’s mix, october 2009;

I have every sympathy for the striking postal workers; but as I listened to this month’s selected tracks this morning and tried to piece together a playlist, it hit me – I haven’t heard the Lucero album yet, and the songs I have are amazing. I’m also waiting on my Big Sur documentary, with Gibbard/Farrar soundtrack, but at least i have the soundtrack on digital download to keep me going.

Earlier, Becks mentioned something about archiving her CD collection – a thought which fills me with horror, even as I work on the ongoing project of boxing up the stuff that should have come with me from my mum’s and what I can bear to part with. As the first two crates became one and, er, a bit my sister pointed out that I hadn’t touched or listened to this stuff in over three years and wouldn’t I be better off trying to sell it? As I type this from the larger of our sofas which has become my “office”, littered with promo CDs and bits of makeup, I’m facing on to our two overflowing bookcases and the triple stack of DVDs making its way to the ceiling – we recently moved them from underneath the television because we had simply run out of space. My CDs are in the cupboard behind me, neatly alphabetised on three overflowing shelves. We simply don’t have the space for the the rest of my belongings, and that’s before we even start on Jay’s similarly sized collection in an attic somewhere in the Midlands. I can see the attraction of a minimalist life, but cutting back on our books and music and films is something I’ve never been able to seriously entertain.

What we need is a bigger home. One where my office isn’t a sofa, but rather a gorgeous, wood-paneled room lined floor to ceiling with storage cases for my records and CDs and where my stereo system is hooked up to a gorgeous pair of headphones.

“Vinyl will never die,” Neil said to me the other day. We were talking about digital distribution, and cover art, and the future of record labels and all that sort of stuff, and while neither of us denies that there is less of an interest in the physical product (since he works in music retail he knows it for a fact) I suspect I’ll still be living in clutter for the forseeable future.

Enough of the editorial, and onto this month’s mix: there are quite a few spectacular Scottish artists I haven’t been able to get enough of this month, and it’s about time these mixes had more of a local flavour. I hope you guys enjoy There Will Be Fireworks and Julia and the Doogans as much as I do.

If Virginia Is For Lovers, Clinton Avenue’s for Fools: last month’s mix, October 2009
1. Lucero: “What Are You Willing To Lose?”
2. Two Cow Garage: “Skinny Legged Girl”
3. The Low Anthem: “(Don’t) Tremble”
4. The Mountain Goats: “Psalms 40:2”
5. David Bazan: “Harmless Sparks”
6. Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard: “Big Sur”
7. Danananaykroyd: “Black Wax”
8. There Will Be Fireworks: “Foreign Thoughts”
9. Julia and the Doogans: “New York”
10. Blue Roses: “Doubtful Comforts”
11. Paul Westerberg: “Ghost on the Canvas”
12. Camera Obscura: “The Sweetest Thing”
13. Regina Spektor: “Eet”
14. City and Colour: “Body in a Box”
15. The Felice Brothers: “Boy From Lawrence County”


Monthly Most Played, as ever, after the jump.

Monthly Most Played as of October 2009:
1. Marah, “Walt Whitman Bridge” [=] 2. The Hold Steady, “Sequestered In Memphis” [=] 3= The Gaslight Anthem, “High Lonesome” [7] 3= The Hold Steady, “Lord, I’m Discouraged” [=] 5. The Hold Steady, “Magazines” [4] 6= The Hold Steady, “Constructive Summer” [4] 6= Marah, “Songbirdz” [4] 8= The Gaslight Anthem, “The ’59 Sound” [9] 8= The Hold Steady, “Banging Camp” [=] 10. The Hold Steady, “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” [RE]