One of those mornings walking to work when, in spite of 18,000 or whatever songs on my iPod, I couldn’t figure out what to play. It’s at that point I realised Joni Mitchell’s “Hejira” had become my last resort record; not my favourite, exactly (although I could make a stern case for it, for sure), but the one I can always rely on, whatever my mood or the circumstances.

One of those mornings walking to work when, in spite of 18,000 or whatever songs on my iPod, I couldn’t figure out what to play. It’s at that point I realised Joni Mitchell’s “Hejira” had become my last resort record; not my favourite, exactly (although I could make a stern case for it, for sure), but the one I can always rely on, whatever my mood or the circumstances.

Over on my Twitter feed – www.twitter.com/JohnRMulvey – I asked for other #lastresortrecords (though I only remembered to use a hashtag second time; still learning, I guess) and got a load of great answers: someone reminded me to import “Either/Or” onto iTunes, for a start Please have a look and join in.

Enough of that, anyhow. Here’s this week’s office playlist…

1 Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers – Natch 1 (Natch)

2 Ty Segall & White Fence – Hair (Drag City)

3 The Pre New – Music For People Who Hate Themselves (Pre War Black Ghetto)

4 Nicolas Jaar Etc – Prism (Clown & Sunset)

5 The Men – Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)

6 Trembling Bells & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – The Marble Downs (Honest Jon’s)

7 White Manna – White Manna (Holy Mountain)

8 Various Artists – Eight Trails, One Path (Three-Lobed)

9 Time & Space Machine – Taste The Lazer (Tirk)

10 Sandy Bull & The Rhythm Ace – Live 1976 (Drag City)

11 Bruce Langhorne – The Hired Hand (Richmoor)

12 Tom Jones – Evil/Jezebel (Third Man)


13 Dr John – Locked Down (Nonesuch)

14 Gravenhurst – The Ghost In Daylight (Warp)

15 Warm Digits – Keep Warm With The Warm Digits (Distraction)

16 Roxy Music – Avalon (Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Remix) (?)

17 William Tyler – Ohaspe (Nashville Must Die)

18 Dexys – Lost/Nowhere Is Home (?)

19 Joni Mitchell – Hejira (Asylum)

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