ANYHOO I am doing this one. It WAS back on August 6 (sorry Oz) but better late then never, right?
So – seven songs I’m digging right now.
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Glory Goes
I have a Will Oldham post building up inside of me. The music of this man has come to mean more to me then I fully expected. This song is everything wonderful about Oldham’s music for me – it’s just so honest. The steady violin behind the melody is wonderful, and the lyric ‘you sing me back into myself’ feels like home.
Frightened Rabbit – Keep Yourself Warm
I could have mentioned maybe 6 other songs on this album. Potentially my album of the year. And for anyone playing along at home, YES there was a MOUNTAIN GOATS release this year. So you understand the gravity of that statement, right? Anyway, this song (apart from the lyrics, because it’s always about the lyrics) is about the organ opening, but more so about 3:48 into the song. Go listen. Right away.
Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron & Fred Squire – Flaming Home
So, a girl has a shitty day, within a shitty week, and suggest dinner with the one person in the world that feels like sanity to her. There’s an evening of talking and sorting and naan bread. And then, standing on the footpath outside of the restaurant, before she heads back to the car and out to the Windsor Wilderness, he puts headphones on her head to play her a song. Phil Everum pours into her ears and suddenly the whole week, nay, the whole WORLD, is wonderful.
The Microphones – I Felt Your Shape
I’m a girl in love. And I reckon this song was written for girls in love. So, there you have it.
The Mountain Goats and Kaki King – Thank You Mario But Our Princess Is In Another Castle
There had to be a Mountain Goats song, right? This one is brand spanking new, and was put up on Pitchfork last week. Lookie here. It’s a beautiful little song about love and Super Nintendo. Only John Darnielle, right? I love this song for the gentle, shuffling percussion from Ms King, and also the lyric ‘when you came in, I could breathe again.’ Beautiful.
Ani DiFranco – Pulse
Ani is a poet. I know she studied poetry pretty early on and a lot of her work is spoken word, and I really think that these tracks are often underrated on her albums. I know a lot of people skip them, but as I feel myself growing out of her music, I feel myself growing into these poems. This one is an old one, but some of the imagery in the words completely knocks me out. I mean –
We lie in our beds and in our graves,
Unable to save ourselves
From the quaint tragedies we invent, and undo
From the stupid circumstances we slalom through
And I realized that night that the hall light,
Which seemed so bright when you turned it on,
Is nothing compared to the dawn
Which is nothing,
Compared to the light which seeps from you while you’re sleeping
Cocooned in my room,
Beautiful and grotesque,
That night we got kicked out of two bars and laughed our way home
That bit about the hall light makes me catch my breath every single time.
Neutral Milk Hotel – Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone
This song will always be on these lists for me. The reasons I love it are more animal then explainable.
I just want to dance in your tangles
To give me some reason to move
Tangle might be my favourite word in the English language.