It’s a little bit delinquent, but here’s the Mixology playlist for this month! “I Want It All” is one of two tracks from the Arctic Monkeys’ “AM” album that found their way into the mix. Also heavily represented is Mose Allison, the super-hip jazz vocalist who sounds like he can’t be bothered to actually sing, he’s just going to sort of jive his way through the song. There are two directly featuring him, and a third, “I Love the Life I Live,” which is actually covered pitch-perfectly by Royal Crown Revue (anyone remember when swing music made a brief comeback in the 90s?).
Allison’s lazy-feeling approach to singing is something of a motif throughout this compilation. Tom Waits is doing his bluesy piano bar thing here, with “New Coat of Paint.” Belle and Sebastian give a very talky account of a “Space Boy Dream,” and “Columbo’s Car” by Looper sounds more like a Scottish-inflected reading of a detective story than a song. The beat-poetry atmosphere is carried through by Donovan, with “Lord of the Universe,” from his aptly-titled album, “Beat Café.”
The universe is another running theme here. Mose Allison has been doing some thinking about the nature of the universe, the Beatles go across it, and the Rolling Stones treat us to “2,000 Light Years From Home,” a song which is specifically mentioned in the Arctic Monkeys song above.
Because we get St. Patrick’s Day in the middle of this month, I was trying to infuse the mix with a bit of a Celtic sound here and there. That’s the reason for the selection from the soundtrack for The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain — I know that movie took place in Wales, but that’s close! The soundtrack selection by John Williams from Spielberg’s 1941 brings us a bit more in range, as it includes a setting of the Irish folk song, “The Rakes of Mallow.”
And there’s a third soundtrack entry here, the theme from Kelly’s Heroes, which is very martial, because, you know — March!
Without further ado, here’s the link to the .zip download.