Playlist — September 2017

September’s been incredibly busy, and not just because I have to read a total of twenty-seven books this semester and I can’t concentrate in the slightest. Smash Mouth was right: so much to do, so much to see. Unfortunately I cannot take the backseat, as much as I would like to. I’m in charge of everything I have to do! Hooray. So so far I’ve written two papers, no idea if either was any good, and possibly gotten a job? We’ll see how that works out. I sure am exhausted already though so that’s really up in the air.

In the mean time I have (get) to watch eight hundred different versions of Pride and Prejudice and will just hope and pray that I don’t get too easily distracted by what is already a forty-six page long modern Hamlet adaptation I accidentally started on last week in a fit of inability to concentrate. And that I can see a psychiatrist soon, although god knows if my medication’s even actually working that well.

And now back to hating the world for shoving Halloween down my throat every day for the next month.

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Playlist — August 2017

I’m not entirely sure August was a whole, complete month. I feel like I’ve been eight different people in the past thirty-one days alone, like I’ve not aged but evolved twice as fast as the world around me. It’s been week long spans of feeling like I’m running out of time interspersed with days of seemingly the entire universe being on hiatus. Not to mention all the endings (most of which haven’t sunk in yet) and beginnings and everything in between, I feel like I’ve lived and died eleven times in August.

I’ve been waking up early for the past week. I made (I think) a few new friends. I made my own doctor’s appointment and have bought groceries and talked to cashiers without breaking down. I don’t know, I think it’s been pretty alright so far. I hope it doesn’t pass too quickly, or too suddenly at least.

Somehow amidst all this I had time to get super attached to new artists, chief among them Marika Hackman, The Long Winters, and Waxahatchee. Rest in piece The Adventure Zone (look forward to more on that) and my having any semblance of free time. Happy birthday to my new dorm. This is August.

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Playlist — July 2017

July is about getting shit together. Lists on lists on lists, going back to therapy, filling out forms, etc. etc. I expect next month will be more of the same with the addition of my family’s not-so-covert Farewell Tour where they each kidnap me for their goodbye activity whatever that may be.

This post is hard to write because I am also simultaneously listening to the second part of The Adventure Zone finale and losing my mind. More on that later, probably. For now: the weather July.

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Playlist — June 2017

June took all of two seconds. Between getting affairs in order for university (Single room! No roommate! All my first choice classes! Shakespeare! On! Film!) and the void of everyone else working while I have nothing much to do (that is, other than watching Nothing Much To Do again), I feel like this month has barely even been an entire week.

The worst part of summer is by far only beginning—that’s right, picnics and fireworks and all things in the hot outdoors. Pride was certainly the beginning of that, and I don’t think I’ll ever truly get over the feeling of guilt over not going to the parade. I just really hate crowds and sweating a lot. Also I faint easily. I always have. It sucks. Whatever.

New releases wise, Bleacher’s second album kicked my ass, which I love, and Lorde’s second album failed to reach me, which I deeply despise. I’m making an effort to listen to more kickass female musicians, starting here with Mitski, Alvvays, and Daddy Issues, whose three songs on here I absolutely lose my mind to every time I even think about them. I’m also rediscovering artists in the vein of Candypants and The Dollyrots, which are equally kickass and just the kind of energetic music I really need right now.

Here’s to July being worse. Who knows what I’ll do in August in the DC humidity. Die, probably. Stay inside as often as possible, definitely. I do still have to read all those books.

(This month I also made a Last.fm account, which I think will probably show a very differently monthly listening habit than these more curated playlists, so check that out here.)

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Playlist — May 2017

A lot of things are having their lasts, and a lot are having their firsts.

In two days I have my last Garage Music News meeting, where I’ve been writing for the past two years. Being there has made me a better writer, a better friend, a better listener and collaborator and worker and person. There I’ve made friends like I’ve never imagined, people who inspire me every minute and help me grow and change.

Yesterday I came out to my family. I start my new life with a new name I thought long and hard about that feels more like me than anything ever has. It’s both nerve-wracking and relieving to not have to worry about who I’m being when, and I don’t know what life like this will be but I hope it’s just as good.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I bought seven books the other day and have to read them all before I move.

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Playlist — April 2017

April is the cruelest month, although not so much this year. Here I started really getting in a rut musically, because really, who needs anything more than Sufjan Stevens, Car Seat Headrest, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Mountain Goats?

Well, it turns out, I do, and the next month’s playlist is an attempt to rectify that. But for now, I accidentally put “Butchie’s Tune” in two different months.

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