What do I believe?
In the private life
In holding up culture
In music, Shakespeare, old buildings
What do I enjoy?
Being in love
Never on time
Lying, talking too much
No volition for refusal
— Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963, Susan Sontag
March was a very dance-y month. That was largely on purpose, both because it was the first month I did “live” so to speak on an account that people followed and watched this playlist being curated, and also because March is always hard for me. I don’t know why, but it’s the only “season” that affects my disorder(s). Not technically SAD, because it’s more a constant worsened than a suddenly appearing and disappearing depression, but hard nonetheless. Hence: music for dancing.
- “Dance Yrself Clean” by LCD Soundsystem
- “Romance Is Boring” by Los Campesinos!
- “The Good Life” by Weezer
- “When I Needed You” by Carly Rae Jepsen
- “Dreams” by The Cranberries
- “One More Hour” by Sleater-Kinney
- “Rugged Country” by Japanese Breakfast
- “Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind
- “(It’s a) Departure” by The Long Winters
- “Touches You” by MIKA
- “Fifteen Minutes” by Mike Krol
- “Shame” by Bad Bad Hats
- “Closer” by Tegan and Sara
- “Oblivion” by Grimes
- “I Think I Need A New Heart” by The Magnetic Fields
- “Secrets” by Deep Sea Diver
- “Take A Chance On Me” by ABBA
- “Am I a Girl? Am I a Boy? Do I Really Care?” by In Love With A Ghost
- “I Want a Pony” by Candypants
- “Photobooth” by Death Cab for Cutie
- “Hurt” by Johnny Cash
- “Peer Gynt-Suite Nr. 1, Op. 46: III. Anitras dans (Anitra’s Dance)” by Edvard Grieg
- “Carnival of the Animals: Aquarium” by Camille Saint-Saëns
- “Casin” by glue70
- “Everyone Is Gay” by A Great Big World
- “When Did Your Heart Go Missing?” by Rooney
- “The Shining” by Badly Drawn Boy
- “Leave a Tender Moment Alone” by Billy Joel
- “Lose You” by Pete Yorn
- “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” by Procolo Harum
- “No Surprises” by Radiohead
Cover art is “Ghost V” by Nichael Johansson.
This being a leap year made February a little more and less bearable—less in that it meant one more day to suffer through, more in that I didn’t have to limit myself as much on sheer song count here.
This playlist is devoid of love songs (aside from “Lovesong” itself, but that’s meant to be ironic) on purpose, although it does happen to contain one of the most romantic songs known to man, “John My Beloved” by Sufjan Stevens. It also has “Tubthumping” but that’s because of this hysterical video.
Continue reading Playlist — February 2017
New year new me! Except for how this is largely all the same artists I listened to in 2016. There goes that, I guess. There’s a lot of oldies, a lot of instrumental tracks, a couple of more cringe worthy tracks that take me back to very specific memories that I’d already rather have forgotten. January was a bit of a memorable month.
Continue reading Playlist — January 2017
At 2:36 pm, I saw a photo on Tumblr of a pretty gay looking ad for Ken of Mattel fame and his “buddy” Allan. While at first struck by the feeling that I had seen it before (I hadn’t, it just reminded me of a still from Dead Poets Society, which is a whole different thing), I realized that I actually had no idea who this other named Barbie boy was.
Continue reading Drawings of the Short-Lived Barbie Doll “Allan” That Embody My Ideal Gender Presentation
Last December I decided to start making a playlist for every month, like, well, pretty much everyone. Instead of just pushing together a bunch of songs I like every first of the month, though, I thought I’d put it together over the course of the entire month—adding a bunch of tunes in the beginning, listening to something else for eight days straight, adding that, deciding I hate some of them, deleting them, finding new bands, and on and on and on.
And then, because I think I’m pretty clever, I forced myself to limit the number of songs to however many days there are in the month. February is when I really started to hate that particular rule.
Continue reading Playlist — December 2016