i wear my chaos well

Jan - Feb 2014 // Alive Even Though

1. "Nightlight" — Little Dragon :: A montage tune for the new year.   

2. “The Green Room” – The Tins :: I found this by asking a coworker who has opposing tastes what her favorite song of the last six months was. Musically it’s, you know, just fine, but I really like the lyrics… Nice to hear a bit of frank bitterness from the sensitive guitar strumming crowd.  

3. “Bad Leroy Brown”  — Jim Croce :: So there’s this bar in the neighborhood I recently moved into and it’s just… awful. The jukebox, a marvel: free from the renovational efforts by young people trying to cherry pick the best from eras before. Like someone loaded it up with whatever was popular among middle aged drinkers in 1982 and then promptly lost the keys. 

4. “25 Bucks (feat. Purity Ring)” – Danny Brown :: This one was on repeat for days. It’s the first in the triple threat of depressing songs these last two months. (The next two follow in order.) I really love the  Purity Ring lyrics, but it’s really hard to take them out of context and retain the weight they have when they’re paired with the music. 

5. “Loner” – Burial :: Burial is hands down one of my favorite musicians of all time, but I find it to be so inextricably linked (chronologically, neurologically, contextually) with times and feelings of major, crushing, unbreachable depression in my life. I genuinely admire and enjoy the music, I do, but listening to Burial just makes me linger longer in the dregs. New release (“Rival Dealer”) is so fucking good, though, you guys. I want more more more.   

6. “Romantic Streams” – Sleep Over :: God DAMN is this song sad (so pretty, though).  The third and final in the Depression Trifecta. If “25 Bucks” was the angsty, brow-furrowing intro track and the Burial discography was the long stretch of pure depression, vast and numb and hallucinatory, “Romantic Streams” was the closing act: a monument made from all the happy memories of the past made sad by circumstance. (Okay, and like, when the pillar gets so large and looming it suddenly bursts into a thousand butterflies that scatter into the blue and somehow you know that while you will certainly never forget this twisted mass, you will learn to cherish it and love harder because of it.) ***

7. “Knowing the Ropes” – Michael Nyman :: This composition should send you alight on your toes and fill you with wonder. Also appropriate for your montage needs. 

8. “Peasant in Paradise” – Leatherface :: This band is a powerhouse. I guess many people are turned off by his garrulous screaming (beats me), but the lyrics and the music are really (really) something special. Also, they’re British but they sound like an American band from the same era, and I wonder if that has anything to do with them remaining in relative obscurity. 

9. “New Beginnings” – Zabutom :: I went through a chiptune phase years ago, before streaming music was ‘a thing’. Now, somewhat ironically, with Spotify in my life, I now have access to a much larger chiptune library. Fuck the haters (“It’s just nostalgia porn for geeks.”) — chip tune is an inevitable marriage of music and video games (arguably the first and most honest expression of human proclivity towards beauty/whimsy to both come to and be made from computers). And we have to admit to the sheer bizarreness of these sounds and of the deliberateness from whence they came… Ugh. I could probably go on and on about this shit. LISTEN TO CHIPTUNE. 

10. "Merchandise" — Fugazi :: Consumer culture still getting me down. 

11. "Love Is Real (feat. Holly Miranda)" — Theophilus London :: The more I listen to Theophilus London, the more I like Theophilus London. He’s like a cross between Michael Jackson and Lou Bega — cosmopolitan and vaguely European in manner (or at least not very American), stylish but not ostentatious… I picture him, having made a decent sum from his modest success, packing up and flying all over the world to fuck beautiful women, dine poshly with locals of exotic destinations, and all the while charming men, women, babies, and dogs wherever he goes.  PLUS, “Love Is Real” is a wonderful sentiment. 

12. "Savory" — Jawbox :: Apparently I overestimated the reach of this song. I thought it was nothing but a groan-inducing, overplayed hit from 1994 (I was four when this came out, though, so I have no real concept of much of anything) — but no one seems to remember it. Come on, you guys. After Minor Threat and before Weezer there was a sound called Emo (et. al.) and it informed an entire generation of soft-spoken programmer dads with horn-rimmed glasses and good hair. 

13. "How Long Have You Known" — DIIV :: Forever, forever. <3

14. "Bones of Man" — Chad VanGaalen :: “I felt at peace and alive even though the ship was goin’ down.” 

15. "Ryde On Da Regular" — araabMUZIK :: I listened to an unforgivable amount of Gramatik and araabMUZIK this month. If I could have one musical party trick, it would be to hit the MPC like araabMUZIK. It’s pretty impressive that he does all of this on MPC.

16. "Echosassy" — Gardens & Villa :: …which is not a sister publication of Southern Living, but rather a band of SoCal boys that have a refreshing take on shoegaze. They seem to cull from all the most recent trends and make something actually memorable and — dare I say — musical.  4/5 stars. 

17. “Strychnine” — The Sonics :: The Sonics are perfect! Sarcastically allegiant to the song structures of the 50s, which makes their druggy naughtiness even sweeter. 

18. “Insides” — The Soft Moon :: Were you hoping that I would dig up more shit exactly like this? You’re in luck! Airy, repetitive, goth sounds get me every time. 

19. "Midnight Snack" — A Taste of Honey :: Spread this disease as far and as wide as you can. 

20. "Self-Esteem" — The Offspring :: I never liked Green Day but I really respected the Offspring when I was growing up. I totally believed them, thought they were Sublime but with balls, and that they hated everything about themselves and their genre and were therefore actualized in a way that other pop-punk could never hope to be. 

21. "Kristallen" — Det Vackra Livet :: Two fellows from The Mary Onettes master their debut album in ice caves under the ground and the result is breathtaking. 

22. "The Bee Hive" — Lee Morgan :: Have you ever heard of those people who suffer a massive stroke, a brain injury, or other neurologically-disruptive event and wake up only to discover that they can now speak fluent French or have a newfound love for piano concertos? Pretty wild stuff. Well, none of that has happened to me, but lately I feel violently overcome with the need to hear trumpet music. Lee Morgan in particular has captured my ears lately and this recording is probably my favorite. He sounds super fucked up (on heroin) and the story of his life that goes along with the music is very interesting. His common law wife and eventual murderer allowed a final interview before her death and you can read her story here.

December 2013 // Sweetness, Sweetness I Was Only

1. “Dark Scene Waltz” – The Hylozoists :: A supergroup of  classically trained French Canadians with joy in their hearts. How I imagine Arcade Fire might write an original score for a Werner Herzog film. (I was told to clarify: In order for this comparison to make sense, you have to imagine Werner Herzog shouting at Arcade Fire saying, “No! This is not the Arcade Fire show — this is a documentary! A serious documentary!”)

2. “Auto Rock” – Mogwai :: I have always intended to have more Mogwai in my life, but I can never seem to make room for them. Until one day, out of the blue, I need Mogwai — and Mogwai is always there for me.

3. “Just One Second (Apex  Remix)” – London Elektricity ::  I heard the new Burial release (yes, friends, it finally happened) and something in me immediately went, “Shit! Yes, of course! I need more drum and bass in my life right fucking now!” And thus began the spiral. This came out in 2008. Is your first impression that someone drum and bassified an Imogen Heap/Frou Frou song? Yes.  What does that mean for me, as a virgin listener? I’m not sure. I just know that I love it. And for that I apologize. 

4. “Bigmouth Strikes Again” – The Smiths :: When The Smiths will do, only The Smiths will do. All month. 

5. "To Hell With Good Intentions" — Japandroids :: Great Mclusky cover. Right to the heart of things: “My love is bigger than your love… and we’re all going straight to Hell.” 

6. “Toma (Fire Knives Burn Out Remix)” – Puscifer :: I love this shit but… this is pretty accurate

7. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” – Drake ::  I’ve been assured over and over again that this song right here is The Song of the Year (thank you, Spencer). Everyone stop worrying about it. This is it. We found it.  Ffffuck does it feel good.  

8. "Wolf Like Me" — TV on the Radio :: Did you guys know that TV on the Radio wrote this song about my life like, seven years ago. I always knew it was for me, but TV on the Radio have just recently  revealed that I was never meant to fully understand its significance until now, December 2013. So weird when that happens, right? 

9.  "Oats in the Water" — Ben Howard :: So creepy, so accurate. 

10. "Team:Seed" — Future of the Left ::  I cannot get enough of Future of the Left this month. They’re a realized Mclusky. Poignant, pithy, and taps into the brilliance of pop punk without falling prey to the traps of emotional vulnerability (ugh). Real talk, this band is perfect because they sound like Queens of the Stone Age meets Faith No More meets Oi! punk. Also of note: I cannot pick one song to represent this band. This whole album is perfect. 

11. "Never Run Away" — Kurt Vile :: Those in my actual presence have heard unending about Kurt Vile’s 2013 release. I don’t think I ever really shut up about it. Druggy, drowsy, melancholic, aching-but-easy-going, and very, very pretty. I refuse to decide on an official favorite album release of 2013, but this album was definitely the most played. 

12. "Anxiety’s Door" — Merchandise :: …and this is, actually, probably my favorite song of 2013. It touches in me a happiness I haven’t felt yet but know that someday I will. (And wouldn’t you know, that’s a strange feeling…)

November 2013 // Good Clean Grief, You Must Believe 

1. “Close to Me” — Sabrepulse :: The feeling of teetering on the verge of collapsing into ecstatic fits of heart-pounding glee. Yes, that good. 

1.5 "Computer Love" — The Balanescu Quartet :: (I listened to this song so much that Spotify took it down. It really was a crucial part of my month, so I linked a live video). This version is so arresting and joyous it takes my breath away. 

2. "Back to Land" — Wooden Shjips :: God bless you, Wooden Shjips. Reliably generating satisfying psychedelic rock since 2007. (New album is great, of course.)

3. "Vesper" — Liar :: Samples from the new Liar release include: Nina Simone’s cover of “Strange Fruit” (unwarranted, in my opinion), The Weeknd, My Dying Bride (whaaat?), and in this song, Justin Timberlake. 

4. “Black Tuna Gang” — Morgan Delt :: A friend recommended this, saying it was somewhere between Italian movie scores and 60s psychedelia. A wholly accurate description. 

5. "Come Out, Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone" — 120 Days :: Can’t believe I’d never heard of this band before. Super spacey. Reminds me of U2, M83, and maybe New Order in places. It’s perfect driving music. 

6. "Lights Out" — Pop. 1280 :: Best live show. Like Smells Like Children meets The Birthday Party meets dirty punk rock. I know comparing bands to other bands is sort of a cop out (and two in a row, ouch) but I feel it’s effective enough to occasionally justify. 

7. "Nothing Here" — Holy Other :: I can’t get enough of Holy Other this month. I went through this obsession with the song “Touch” a year ago, but it’s like it just occurred to me that he had a whole thirteen other songs for me to be infatuated with, plus a couple of remixes. And as with the other songs for November, there are so many feelings. Really I suppose this is a dampening, deadening of feelings, but that’s how I’ve always rolled, so it’s perfect for me. A friend of mine also noted that it is “solid lonely drinking music” which is also apt.

8. "Flower" — Moby :: B side off of Play. What swell. How can you ever listen to this album and feel hopeless? 

9. "The Song We Used to Call ‘Wasting Time’" — The Riverboat Gamblers :: I’ve been working on a playlist for someone that’s supposed to, uh, be based off of the Bride of Chucky soundtrack. So hyper shitmetal and pop punk. Or at least capture that feeling. I started making it and just veered off course and remembered that at one period in my life, this album was The Best Thing I Had Ever Heard. As far as pop punk goes, it still is. 

10. "Last Time" — Natasha Kmeto :: Found her while looking for more Holy Other sounds. A little different than what I was in the mood for, but that haunting piano really does it for me. It’s so fucking moody, though. 

11. "Goin’ Against Your Mind" — Built to Spill :: I just figured out that Built to Spill are the smarter, better Weezer. I wish I had listened to all those people who knew that before me. Sorry, everyone I’ve ever known.

12. "The Irony of It All" — The Streets :: From the lyrics, the phrase “good clean grief” would not get out of my head. Good Clean Grief!  

13. "Mirror in the Dark" — Twin Shadow :: I know I’ve posted this song before, but man, all those feelings. All. Those. Feelings.  

"Stronger Than Dirt" — The Mummies

it’s just budget rock, baby. 

my Holy Other obsession has been renewed with the cold, rainy weather. 

enjoy this remix in a downpour.

September-October 2013 // Never Make a Sound

1. "Money Trees" — Kendrick Lamar (feat. Jay Rock) :: No, I am not off my Kendrick Lamar tip yet. Got to see him on the Yeezus tour and it was just lovely. Kanye’s performance was out of this world, but you don’t see him on this month’s playlist, do you? 

2. "From Nowhere (Baardsen Remix)" — Dan Croll :: You may recognize this from the GTA V soundtrack. Given my long, long history of being brought to the edge of orgasm by side-chain compression, my eyes start to roll back into my head at the 1:04 mark. Fuck this song, really, but I want that sound to be throbbing in the empty space between my ears for the rest of my life. Serious request: If you can find  another (read: better) song with that sound, or indeed any great use of side-chain compression, please send it to me. 

3. "Take It Back" — Toddla-T :: I’ve always had a weakness for grime/dancehall/UK garage. (Are those genres relevant if this was released in 2011?) That piano! Those English accents! 

4. "Control (Joe Goddard Remix)" — Disclosure ::  (Speaking of UK garage…) There is nothing I can say about Disclosure that hasn’t already been fleshed out more eloquently somewhere else. Rad track, though. 

5. "Drive" — Miley Cyrus :: Were you worried that you might actually enjoy the new Miley Cyrus album? I was. But I have investigated and can report with great confidence that this song, “Drive” is the only tolerable song on the whole album. Unless you are a white person who likes trap music. (Of note: This song is also quite heavy on side-chain compression. Someone please help me.) 

6. "Dead Disco Dancer" — O. Children :: #postpunk #editors #newwave #interpol #coldwave  #thenational 

7. "Cop Killer” — John Maus :: I resent the world for not bringing this album to my attention when it came out a bajillion years ago.

8. "The Pisgee Nest" — Daughn Gibson :: Sounds like Puscifer realized and Johnny Cash mixed together. It puts me in a great, vacant headspace. 

9. "When the City Lights Dim" — Cold Specks :: I found her on one of Moby’s playlists. She refers to her sound as ‘doom soul’.  I didn’t know until then but that is the way to my heart. 

10.  "Run On" — Miraculous Mule :: I had accepted this Michael J. Sheehy project as defunct after the two and a half year silence after releasing a single. But, lo, the full album has come out and it is perfection. I have no words. It’s like it was made for me. Dark, rootsy, sounds like it’s sung through a transistor radio. 

11. "No More Girls" — Maus Haus :: I can’t defend this pick at all. It came on John Maus radio and I lept up, listened to the album extensively, and am very confused about my affection for it, as it seems mostly pretty normal. This song makes me giggle though. I picture a Wes Anderson type boy leaping over couch forts in a cape and destroying a living room. Anyone?

12. "Wannabe in L.A." — Eagles of Death Metal :: I want to use this platform to admit that among my favorite musicians are Maynard James Keenan (of Tool, et al.), Mike Patton (of Faith No More, et al.), and Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age and this band) and I am just so embarrassed by this. All three of them are notorious for being raging assholes with huge egos, and their fans pretty much follow suit. It makes me very sad. Anyway, I just feel like this song should be playing when I wake up really hungover. 

13. “My Vengence” — Wipers :: I would love to know more about this band. No one I know knows them, but they seem to have quite the cult following. 

14. "Mexican Radio" — Wall of Voodoo :: My dad turned me on to this band. Couldn’t believe I’d never heard of them. Told him they reminded me of Killing Joke, and he couldn’t believe he’d never heard of Killing Joke. Was a great bonding session. 

15. "Eighties" — Killing Joke :: 1. “Eighties” is like the 80s “We Can’t Stop” 2. Nirvana may or may not have totally ripped this off. 

16. "The Fall (Live)" — Gary Numan :: Me: “Gary Numan at Bumbershoot was one of the best shows I have ever seen in my entire life.”  My dad: “…are you really talking about the guy from Tubeway Army right now?” 

17. "Every Day is Exactly the Same" — Nine Inch Nails :: I know that feel bro. 

soon, yes, there will be.

side chain lullabies

music for windy days

August 2013 // Everything Joining Underneath

1. "Plans for Nigel" — XTC :: Yeah, I really don’t have any real explanation for this. Great song though. 

2. "Feel Real" — Deptford Goth :: Fans of Twin Shadow, Active Child, Maximum Balloon, etc. will like Deptford Goth. The whole album is solid, but this is my favorite song. A homage to the beauty in shitty feelings. 

3. "Borderline (feat. Jesse Kivel)" — Classixx :: One long epic hook. 

4. "Nymph Hunter" — Liar :: I am always searching for the next Burial (or, he could just put out some more music, that’s always an option…). Aside from Holy Other, this is my favorite answer to Burial so far. It’s definitely more abrasive and dancey, but it satisfies me. 

5. "I Wanna Be Adored" — The Stone Roses :: The ultimate end-of-summer jam. All hail autumn. 

6. "Closer" — The Tiny :: I hate the way music sounds in the shower, so I usually listen to Radiolab or lately, Welcome to Night Vale. I usually skip the ‘weather’ (music) portion, but this drew me in before I could skip past it. Reminds me of a less campy Rasputina. But I guess everyone else thinks they sound like Joanna Newsom. So if you’re itching for more of that… 

7. "Earth Angel" — The Penguins :: I have been obsessed with this song for a year now. I can’t get enough of this genre, but especially this song. 

8. "King City" — Swim Deep :: These guys are my One Direction. They look like Silverchair. 

9. "Applause" — Lady Gaga :: It’s no Bad Romance, but I like it. Especially if I have to choose between that new Katy Perry song, “Roar” — that is the worst song ever. 

10. "Supercollider" — Cavity :: This came on on Greymachine radio. Was surprised I hadn’t heard of them before. The originality/interest level of these kinds of bands is almost nothing, I know,  but it’s just built into my biology to respond favorably to the heavy drone of stoner metal. And I know I’m not alone. 

11. "Libusen" — Windhand :: This is like the Wolfmother of Skyrim, I like to think.

12.  "Let It All Bleed Out (Document One Remix)" — Rob Zombie :: My boyfriend, I’m pretty sure, thinks this is the lowest I have sunk. I have to agree. It’s just so over the top bad. 

13. "We Are All Fucking Liars" — Greymachine :: Though I’m certain no one I know likes this, it’s the most accurate representation of what I’ve been listening to lately. I just can’t get enough noise. 

Greymachine — “Disconnected” (2009)

Justin K. Broadrick (Jesu, Godflesh, Pale Sketcher) and Aaron Turner (ISIS) teamed up for this. It’s the most hateful, heaviest, brutal stuff I have ever heard. Broadrick is an endless font! 


I don’t know what’s going on with this formatting down there, but I’m sorry. Anyway.


1. "I Hate This Town" — John Grant :: He’s my hero at the moment. If you like this, I encourage you to research this guy. Saw him live in a small venue and felt very lucky to have done so… Also, he will be the host of this playlist. 


2. "Because The Night" — Patti Smith Group :: I don’t really know how I never heard this, because it’s apparently very famous. 
3. "Spectrum (Say My Name) - Calvin Harris Remix" — Florence + The Machine :: I love Florence in a remix. Her voice was fucking made for house music. Heard this at the gym and burned like 800 more calories because of it. 
4. "Watching Trees" — Eleven Pond :: So I’ve had this unfortunate saga of a dental crisis going on and it basically resulted in a prescription of Oxycodone (which I’ve never taken). I took it and, well, it did the trick. So I’m pretty out of it and start in on this spiral of Soft Kill similar artists. This band is apparently a minimal synth gem and I had never heard of it. Being really fucking high, I thought it was the goth holy grail or something and went batshit for like an hour over it. Sober, it’s still pretty great, but definitely not like ascending to heaven as I initially was sure of. 
5. “Edge of the World” — Hate Dept. :: This is a cover of a Faith No More song. Probably my favorite Faith No More song. Any way I can hear this different is fine with me because I want to hear it forever. 
6. "Pale Green Ghosts" — John Grant :: I hope you’re listening to this on great speakers because it changes things. 
7. "Is That Your Life" — Tricky :: “Easy boy — I cut your throat.” A delight!
8. "MSQ No-Extra" — Black Marble :: One of the better acts I was turned on to in the same vein as New Division. 
9. “Never” — Terranova :: Tricky radio played this band and I actually quite like it. It’s like Massive Attack meets The Streets in some places, and ultimately is just solid trip hop that’s on the darker side of Sneaker Pimps. Unfortunately I am really only fond of this album. 
10. "Fascinator (Alt Mix)" — HTRK :: This is the kind of music I used to listen to when I didn’t get out of bed for days on end. Fun band. 
11. "Dayzed" — The KVB :: This is a lot like A Place to Bury Strangers except I haven’t heard all their albums one million times so there’s some novelty left for me. I don’t really tire of this style of music though. 
12. "Johnnie Lee" — Faye Adams :: My boss made this playlist on Spotify called “Rickin Bills” and it’s just rockabilly and some blues. I listened to it while I moved and packed and it made me feel So Good. Link through to this compilation for more. 
13. "Eat Shit and Live" — Iron Reagan :: No one say a word. 
14. "Be Still, Child" — mewithoutYOU :: This band is so great. I like the first two albums the best (contrary to everyone else ever, I guess). They’ve got the biblical/literary references like Josh Ritter or Pedro the Lion but with a grungy, hardcore sound and an emotive singer. 
15. "Copper and Stars" — Planes Mistaken for Stars :: I first heard this song on a compilation for emo music and fell in love with them, just not with any other ‘emo’ band. This is a relatively ‘sweet’ song compared to others of theirs. 
16. "Anxiety’s Door" — Merchandise :: They toured up here and I went for whatever reason and found myself happier than I’d been after a show in a long, long time. Definitely one of my favorite releases of 2013 so far.  Sounds like a happy version of The Horrors.
17.  ”Wakin’ On a Pretty Day” — Kurt Vile :: This new album is so good. It’s breezy, coastal, summery music but it’s also heavily lined with a LOT of melancholy and nostalgia. 
19. "Hollywood Cemetery Forever Sleeps" — Father John Misty :: AND SO I LISTENED TO THIS SONG ON REPEAT FOR A MONTH BECAUSE IT’S AMAZING. 
20. "Pursuit of Happiness" — Lissie :: I dunno who dis bish is but I love her cover of Kid Cudi a lot. 
21. "GMF" — John Grant :: This is the Bohemian Rhapsody of John Grant songs.
22. "Cypher" — Spektr :: This is just some weird black metal-progressive-industrial-jazz I found recently that I kind of like. You can ignore it. 

One of my favorite albums is finally on Spotify! Eat it up! 

PRO TIP: This is more than just one song. Press that little button to expand. 

See, I made this playlist four months ago and now my enthusiasm has waned so much from having listening the shit out of all these songs/bands, so sorry, all of three readers, that my descriptions are snarky and boring. 

January 2013 // Golden Flasks

1. "Under Your Spell" — Desire :: This is from that movie Drive. It’s great until the preteen girls start talking about feelings. It just puts me in this fucked up hazy place… and I really like that. 

2. “Opium” — The New Division :: …is the most terrible name for a band. Especially for a band so sonically derivative of New Order and Joy Division. That said, I love this album. I can’t decide if this is actually smart music or if it’s just hedonistic dance music. 

3. "Acid Raindrops" — People Under The Stairs :: My coworker told me she used to snowboard to this song and now all I can think is how perfect that would be. 

4. "Limit to Your Love" — James Blake :: I know, I know. Heard this in a bar and was like, “No, I’ve never listened to the Feist and who the fuck is James Blake?” So there was no expectation on my end, and that’s why it’s okay that I dig this. 

5. "Truth" — Alexander :: Impossible to search for, this is the solo project of one of the guys from Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. Haunting, yeah? 

6. "Karma Police" — Radiohead :: Hi, I’m the asshole who “just got into Radiohead”… Mind = blown. 

7. "Ghosts" — The Presets :: Yeah, remember this band? This song is such a bummer. Definitely no “This Boy’s In Love”… 

8. "Cola" — Lana Del Rey :: Enormous girl crush on this lady. I don’t care. I’d fuck her fake lips and witch-hands, too.  Her whole fucking schtick is intoxicating to me. 

9. "Swimming Pools (Drank)" — Kendrick Lamar :: I’m serious about this track. Hits a nerve. 

10. "Touch" — Holy Other :: Closest thing to Burial I have heard yet. And if you have something better, by all means PLEASE tell me about it, because Burial has left us all hanging. 

11. "Dark Star (Hype Jones Beastmode Remix) — Poliça :: So if you hate this dubstep remix just check out the original. The vocal tracks on their stuff makes me so happy. It’s autotuned (but like Bon Iver-style) and it’s delicious. I admittedly prefer the remix EP to the album but whatever, I’m stoked about this band. 

12. "Black Magic" — Magic Wands :: If you like Purity Ring or Diamond Rings or anything else with a fucking band name like that, you’ll like this. I know I do. 

13. "All The Time" — Diamond Rings :: Speak of the devil!

14. "CPU" — Big Boi (featuring Phantogram) :: Whaddagreatcollab!

15. "Backseat Freestyle" — Kendrick Lamar :: I can rap this whole thing and I think it will come in handy. 

16. "Swing My Way" — Ranson (feat. Jade) :: I have very clear memories of putting on the “urban” station at 1 AM when I was like (seriously) twelve years old and waiting for this song to come on the “Quiet Storm” slow-jam show (a show clearly aimed at an opposite demographic to myself). I thought it was so great. Took me forever to find this. 

17. "Jolene" — Dolly Parton :: Dark country songs are the only country songs that matter. 

18. "They Don’t Care About Us" — SoloS :: Bunch of white dudes covered this Michael Jackson song and made it rockin’. 

19. "I Don’t Mind" — Cold Showers :: An amalgam of all your favorite shoegaze and shit like that. Goes down easy. 

20. "Territories" — Crypts :: This is a local band that we try to see every time they play. Dude jumps around half-clothed and fucks projectors and shit. Very fancy. This song is a mellow one compared to the rest, though.