Monday Mixtape #9 – Flavours of the Month
No overall theme for the Monday Mixtape this week, just a compilation of tracks, both old and new, that I’ve been listening to this month.
01. The National – “Bloodbuzz Ohio”
High Violet, mp3
It may be all over the television [well, 1700 at least – I’ve playlisted it every week since we were sent the clip], and the radio [well, Triple J and 3RRR – they’re the stations that are on almost 24/7 in my house], but that’s all testament to how good this song actually is.
02. Marina & the Diamonds – “Oh No!”
The Family Jewels, mp3
One of my two favourite songs off Marina’s album [the other one being “Shampain”]. I love the infectious melody, but what really captivates me are the lyrics: “TV taught me how to feel, now real life has no appeal.”
03. Biffy Clyro – “Little Soldiers”
Released as a b-side to “Mountains”, this ballad is yet another example of Simon Neil’s brilliant songwriting skills. Just beautiful.
04. The Stone Roses – “Fool’s Gold”
Turns Into Stone, mp3
Also known as the Triple M traffic report song from the mid-90s [before they changed to “Radar Love”].
05. Kate Nash – “Kiss That Grrrl”
My Best Friend is You, mp3
I know I called it “boring”, but I never expected this song to stick in my head as much as it does. I can’t escape it, yet I don’t hate it. Bizarre.
06. Goodbye Mr Mackenzie – “The Rattler”
Did you know that Shirley Manson was in a band before Garbage? No, not Angelfish [make it two bands, then] – even before that, she was the keyboardist and backing vocalist for this Scottish band in the 80s, called Goodbye Mr Mackenzie. If you skip forward to about halfway through this track, you can hear her unmistakable vocals.
07. Ned Collette Band – “Sell Your Life”
Now living in Berlin, and known as Ned Collette and Wirewalker, I discovered this Melbourne band at a Kate Nash gig at the start of 2008, and accidentally saw them two more times [supporting Little Birdy, and someone else who I can’t remember], before I realised how much I enjoyed their music. “Sell Your Life” is my absolute favourite track of theirs, but they rarely play it live.
08. David Bowie – “Heroes”
The Ashes to Ashes finale. What more do I need to say?
09. Klaxons – “Golden Skans”
Myths of the Near Future, mp3
The news that they’re [finally!] bringing out some new material has inspired me to pull out this track, and sing along Ricky Wilson-style: “Oo-ee-oo-ee-oo-ee-oo-ee-oo … aaaah!”
10. We Are Scientists – “After Hours”
Brain Thrust Mastery, mp3
I can’t wait to see their Splendour sideshow – a co-headling spot with Ash at Billboard the Venue. Should be a great night.