As it’s the first month of the year, I thought that playlist of the month could be based on the calendar, so I’ve chosen my favourite song from each month of the year. Let me know what you think in the comments!
1. The Wave Pictures – January & December
One of the best songs by one of my most loved bands, the only tough choice here was whether to include it under January or December. Only The Wave Pictures could imbue a line like “What I want to know is when this pub closes” with such bittersweet beauty.
2. Mulatu Astatke – Yekatit (February)
As this is a piece of instrumental Ethiopian jazz, I have only the word of the parentheses that it is indeed about February. But a fine track it is in any case.
3. Jody Stecher & Kate Breslin – March Winds Gonna Blow MYyBlues Away
I was tempted to include March of the Pigs by Nine Inch Nails here, but it seemed rather against the spirit of the topic. So I went with this lovely Carter Family cover instead.
4. Aphex Twin – Avril 14th
A tough call this one, as April Come She Will by Simon and Garfunkel would have also been an excellent choice. However, Aphex Twin’s Avril 14th is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever recorded, and was played at my wedding, so had to be the pick.
5. Lagwagon – May 16th (acoustic)
Back to my pop-punk roots with this one, but as I’m now an old fart I thought I’d go for the acoustic version of Fat Wreck Chords favourite Lagwagon’s best song.
6. Cadallaca – June N July
Cadallaca are one of my little secrets. A side project of Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker, they only released one album, but it is close to perfect. This is one of the highlights.
7. Sufjan Stevens – Fourth of July
One of the best songs from one of my favourite albums of 2015, another easy choice. July 4th is up there with February 14th and December 25th as one of the dates with most songs written about it.
8. Beirut – August Holland
Beirut are another of my favourite bands, so always pleased to have the opportunity to include them on any list.
9. Frazey Ford – September Fields
This was a tough choice, as I also love Robert Wyatt’s version of September Song, but I already wrote about that, so I’ve chosen this gorgeous track from the former member of The Be Good Tanyas.
10. Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe – October 2nd
October seems to be the month with the fewest songs written about it, so I was pleased to discover this dark, droning number from Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre.
11. The National – Mr November
I also love November Has Come by Gorillaz, as it features possibly my favourite rapper, MF Doom. However, watching The National perform Mr. November at the Green Man festival is one of my all time live music highlights, so it had to be the pick.
12. Laura Veirs – Through December
And the list ends with possibly the best song on it. Laura Veirs is one of my favourite singers of all time, and one of the best lyricists I know. If you’re not familiar with her work, then Through December is as good a place as any to start