Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Music for your Midweek: Darkstar - "Deadness"

10-16-2016 Site A/Plot M

I visited a nuclear reactor graveyard on Sunday as part of a walk-about with Deep Time Chicago. (Day of rest, indeed!) This song is a pretty good accompaniment to that experience:

If you would like to read more about the experience (and to see a photo of me with my arms crossed, looking thoughtful-ish) click here. Maybe we should start our own Anthropocene discussion/walk-about group in Salt Lake City?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Music for your Midweek: The Dirty Projectors - "Keep Your Name"


Uffff. This song has been twisting the knife since it was released a couple weeks ago. Impregnable Question is one of my favorite love songs, and the way it's sampled in this track is devastating.
No hyperbole. Made me cry. Big surprise:

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Saturday Verse: "Housekeeping" - Natasha Trethewey


We mourn the broken things, chair legs
wrenched from their seats, chipped plates,
the threadbare clothes. We work the magic
of glue, drive the nails, mend the holes.
We save what we can, melt small pieces
of soap, gather fallen pecans, keep neck bones
for soup. Beating rugs against the house,
we watch dust, lit like stars, spreading
across the yard. Late afternoon, we draw
the blinds to cool the rooms,  drive the bugs
out. My mother irons, singing, lost in reverie.
I mark the pages of a mail-order catalog,
listen for passing cars. All day we watch
for the mail, some news from a distant place. 

                                                       - Natasha Trethewey

Friday, September 30, 2016

September Mix: dusky by stars


I've started running again, which mean my mixes have improved. Good news for you, good news for my muscles. Trying to make more room for the things I like, and get rid of things I don't. Blah blah blah. Anyway, here's the result. I like it quite a bit IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF.

*Mix title from this poem

1. Summers Over Interlude - Drake

2. Vitamin C - CAN

3. How Soon Is Now? - The Smiths

4. The Worst In You - Andy Shauf

5. The Glow Pt. 2 - The Microphones

6. Edge of Town - Middle Kids

7. Hi-Definition - Lupe Fiasco Feat. Snoop Dogg & Pooh Bear

8. California Dreamin' - Bobby Womack

9. If It Makes You Happy - Sheryl Crow

10. No Cars Go - Arcade Fire

11. Good Bye - Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin

12. Sunday Night 1987 - M83

13. Acrobat - Angel Olsen

14. Orphan Girl - Gillian Welch

1. I like Drake but I'm not allowed to listen to him to much anymore so here's this.
2. These drums are sick for real. Hypnotizing. Shout out to The Get-Down for inspiring me so much, I've only watched the first episode so I can draw it out and make it last longer.
3. A Public Service Announcement:
In the song, Morrissey sings, "I am the son / and the heir" and not "I am the sun / and the air" like I thought he sang my whole freaking life.
4. Cutie
5. I could not get through September without a battle / I faced death / I went in with my arms swinging / but I heard my won breath / and I had to face that I'm still living
6. This song is part of my daily dance workout. Video forthcoming.
7. Thanks Julia
8. Bobby Womak - voice like honey - bless my heart
9. My new karaoke jam once someone invites me to karaoke. Also love this cover version.
10. Women and children
      LET'S GO
11. These two.

I mean, really.
12. I am a 1987 Sunday night kind of girl. Literally.
13. Learned how to play this one on guitar a couple years ago and it's still stuck in my heart.
14. Bonus Emmylou Harris cover:

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Saturday Verse (on a Sunday): "Rice" - Chun Yang Hee


To you you eat a lot of rice because you are lonely
To you who sleep a lot because you are bored
To you who cry a lot because you are sad
I write this down.
Chew on your feelings that are cornered
Like you would chew on rice.
Anyway life if something that you need to digest. 
                                                              - Chun Yang Hee

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Saturday Verse: "And The Days Are Not Full Enough" - Ezra Pound


And the days are not full enough
And the nights are not full enough
And life slips by like a field mouse
     Not shaking the grass

                                                    - Ezra Pound

Monday, August 29, 2016

August Mix: Goldtone


Second verse, same as the first. A little bit louder and a little bit worse. If you're looking for a good time, this mix is not it, though it gets a bit more hopeful at the end. See you at school:

1. Bad Religion - Frank Ocean

2. Present Tense - Radiohead

3. Armonica - Darkstar

4. Lady Of The Ark - Kyle Craft

5. Snowflakes Are Dancing - Kurt Vile

6. Diddy Bop (ft. Raury & Cam O'bi) - Noname

7. Oh Marie - Sheryl Crow

8. Girl Called Alex (3.2.14) - Lady Lamb

9. Familiar - Agnes Obel

10. To Whom It May Concern - Rodriguez

11. The Things I Regret - Brandi Carlile

12. Always Love - Nada Surf

13. Stand By Me (Live At The Late Show With David Letterman) - Tracy Chapman

1. In honor of Frank Ocean long-awaited new album, even though I probably won't give it a listen for a good long while.
5. "Disc man is pumping
    headphones are loud
    chilling on a pillowy cloud"
                       *my version of the lyrics
6. Everyone watching The Get Down or what? If it were set today, this song would be in it.
9. I've missed you, Agnes Obel. Just in time for fall weather music.
12. Soundtrack to all your favorite WB teen shows


The song this mix is named after. Managed to cram 3 of his songs on one page. Kurt Vile is a gem and a poet. I'm am beyond pleased I got to sneak in and see him perform a couple weeks ago. His songs are too much and I'm getting sensitiv-er and sensitiv-er by the minute:

"I might be adrift,
but I'm still alert
concentrate my hurt
into a gold tone"