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. 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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Playlist — March 2017

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.


  1. “Dance Yrself Clean” by LCD Soundsystem
  2. “Romance Is Boring” by Los Campesinos!
  3. “The Good Life” by Weezer
  4. “When I Needed You” by Carly Rae Jepsen
  5. “Dreams” by The Cranberries
  6. “One More Hour” by Sleater-Kinney
  7. “Rugged Country” by Japanese Breakfast
  8. “Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind
  9. “(It’s a) Departure” by The Long Winters
  10. “Touches You” by MIKA
  11. “Fifteen Minutes” by Mike Krol
  12. “Shame” by Bad Bad Hats
  13. “Closer” by Tegan and Sara
  14. “Oblivion” by Grimes
  15. “I Think I Need A New Heart” by The Magnetic Fields
  16. “Secrets” by Deep Sea Diver
  17. “Take A Chance On Me” by ABBA
  18. “Am I a Girl? Am I a Boy? Do I Really Care?” by In Love With A Ghost
  19. “I Want a Pony” by Candypants
  20. “Photobooth” by Death Cab for Cutie
  21. “Hurt” by Johnny Cash
  22. “Peer Gynt-Suite Nr. 1, Op. 46: III. Anitras dans (Anitra’s Dance)” by Edvard Grieg
  23. “Carnival of the Animals: Aquarium” by Camille Saint-Saëns
  24. “Casin” by glue70
  25. “Everyone Is Gay” by A Great Big World
  26. “When Did Your Heart Go Missing?” by Rooney
  27. “The Shining” by Badly Drawn Boy
  28. “Leave a Tender Moment Alone” by Billy Joel
  29. “Lose You” by Pete Yorn
  30. “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” by Procolo Harum
  31. “No Surprises” by Radiohead

Cover art is “Ghost V” by Nichael Johansson.

Playlist — February 2017

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.

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Playlist — January 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.

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Playlist — December 2016

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.

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