May- the whole thing
This month is dedicated to the splendor of the ordinary, which is sort of a hobby of mine, and to voyages not yet taken. The Suburbs- Arcade Fire I have spent a good deal of time lately wandering amongst houses and blocks, looking at windows and lawns and discarded toys and armchairs on verandahs and wondering whose they are. Marveling at people in the street. Seeing someone walking somewhere to...
April- the whole thing
A Girl Like You- Edwyn Collins A long time favourite, smoldering away in the back of my head until I hear it on a dance floor or alternately until I’m constructing a leviathanesque playlist teeth full of nineties classics and my housemate Kate says what about that Edwyn Collins song at which point it bursts into life again and I shimmy my shoulders and wonder how I ever got along without it. One...
Infinity Guitars- Sleigh Bells. Fuckin ay.
March- the whole thing
So it’s getting a touch ridiculous. I haven’t actually laid eyes on Doyle for over a month. I hope he exists, but it’s possible I’ve been composing CDs and sentences for a friend who I created. That would explain how dazzling and well dressed he was. Oh well. Here is March. Itchin’ On a Photograph- Grouplove The beginning of Autumn should sound fresh and clean and fun. There is something quite...
Bucky Done Gun-M.I.A
February Tracks 6-10
Slow Show- The National Doyle loves a romance. This track is one of the most romantic I’ve ever known. It’s human and rawish and honest and scared and sweet. More National as the café I visited reminded me of how amazing they are. Pagan Angel in a Borrowed Car- Iron and Wine Out of nowhere I rediscovered Iron and Wine. I only have one album and I rarely listen to it but I seem to have found the...
February- Tracks 1-5
Somebody that I used to know- Gotye featuring Kimbra. Jan ended as it usually does in a blaze of sunshine and, amongst other wide open hopeful days, the annual celebration of the forming of our nation. My friends and I don’t really dig on Australia day, partially because nationalism just isn’t our thing, partially because we don’t like our flag, partially because as tacky as we can be none of us...
VERY VERY LATE. Was away at the start of Feb, and have not seen Doyle which means I haven’t given him his soundtrack which has led me to steal some of the songs I had thought to include for March’s offering as now he only has a week or so to enjoy this one. Sorry internet- you must be so disillusioned.
January Tracks 13-16
Sufjan Stevens- Chicago (acoustic). When making mixes for friends, (particularly for those who might be Illinoise virgins) I usually stick some Suf’ in. Mainly because he’s heaven. Chicago will forever be one of the better things to come out of the human race and this version is a wee quiet one, a bit twinkly and kind and subtle. It reminded me of gentleness, which we all need, all year long....
Fleet Foxes- Sun It Rises.
January Tracks 9-12
The Lightning Seeds- You Showed Me. Sticky, sultry grooves for warm nights, beaches and smiles exchanged with strangers. Sondre Lerche- Let My Love Open the Door. I really like this song. I think it’s a beautiful, folky, hokey version and Doyle and I are both suckers for the glorious orchestra fills that creep slowly in. It’s sweet and simple and fresh and lovely. Plus none of these mixes is...
January Tracks 5-8
Broken Bells – Vaporise. This guy starts out low key, sort of creeps up, then brings in a lovely, jammy seventies vibe that never gets out of hand. It’s actually about the futile hope that most of us foster that our lives will be different and exciting and says it’s never to late to try to be excited by your life. Which I think is mirrored in the way the song sounds. It’s vibrant and fun and peppy...
Doyle puts chopsticks in his top lip and says...
…That’s the vampire one, right?”
January- Tracks 1-4
For the January compilation I’ve used a combination of songs that I am digging and songs that were specifically chosen as ‘New Year” songs. A fumbling attempt to address the complex nature of the unknown and to meet it with a tipped hat and a wry smile. Jonathan Boulet- One Who Fly Two Who Die. I’m a huge fan of this song. It’s so immediate and busy and confronting somehow (so much...
Doyle is fabulous.
He asked me to make him a soundtrack for his life which, by anyone’s standards is a reasonably big responsibility. I’m going to try anyway. Here I will tell you (the internet) about Doyle’s soundtrack which will be inspired by my life, anyone who wants to help me, Doyle himself and the exquisite and mysterious joy of music. Bon Voyage. C.