Mildred McGillicutty (nom de screen of a local blogger) is a keeper of books, collector of velvet matador paintings and murderer of goldfish. She is also a closeted lover of Joni Mitchell, and she was very relieved that none of the sweet, soprano songwriter’s ’60s swill tainted her randomly shuffled playlist found below.
1) “Nora” • The Long Winters • When I Pretend to Fall
“It’s not my favorite song of theirs, but they’re definitely one of my favorite bands. I first saw them at Austin City Limits Music Festival a couple of years back.”
2) “No Trophy” • A Band of Bees • Sunshine Hit Me
“I don’t know if I’ve ever heard this song before.”
3) “Walken” • Wilco • Sky Blue Sky
“I actually don’t like the Sky Blue Sky album. It’s the only Wilco album that I don’t like—it’s kind of lame. This is one of the few songs on this CD that I do like. All of the other ones are too mellow. It has a little bit of an edge to it, at least.”
4) “Brother Sport” • Animal Collective • Merriweather Post Pavilion
“It makes me want to get my groove on. [Dances in chair.] I think they’re maybe somewhat of a pretentious band—kind of full of themselves—but this is a fun song.”
5) “How Low” • José González • In Our Nature
“His voice is deep and soothing, it vibrates. And I like the artwork on the CD. And I also have no idea what he’s saying ... it doesn’t matter.”
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