2014 was kind of shit to a lot of people, me included. While there were some high points, it seemed like 2014 just messed a lot of things up for plenty of people. It felt like a whole year of upheaval. The end of 2014 was especially triggering for me; not only did I feel left out of the holidays because of work and distance, but the tragic death of Leelah Alcorn really hit close to home.
My only thoughts can be summed up thusly: Leelah could have been me. She could have been any number of trans siblings I have. The vile things her mother said were phrases I have heard before. She will be greatly missed and she is loved.
Music has a way to help the soul and it has helped me greatly over the years. Getting to 2015 was musically driven.
1. “You Were Cool” by the Mountain Goats
An unreleased song from around 2010, “You Were Cool” is about high school and how it was really hell for a lot of people.
“I hope the painful memories only flex their power over you a little of the time
We held on to hope of better days coming
And when we did we were right
I hope the people who did you wrong
Have trouble sleeping at night”
Thank you John Darnielle for summing up my high school experience.
2. “I’m So Tired” by Fugazi
Pretty much how I feel about retail and life in general.
3. “American Weekend” by Waxahatchee
Waxahatchee is a band I came upon late in 2014. I have been listening to her a lot lately. I really like both albums. I am excited because she signed with Merge Records for her third album.
4. “Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect” by the Decemberists
I have been revisiting their back catalog in anticipation of the new album. I really loved their first album a lot when it came out.
5. “Surface Envy” by Sleater-Kinney
Continuing with Pacific Northwest new music releases, this is the second track released in anticipation of the reunited Sleater-Kinney’s new album, No Cities To Love.
6. “Responsibility” by MxPx
I kind of took a tour down memory lane and started listening to pop-punk again. I forgot how awesome MxPx is.
7. “Radio” by Alkaline Trio
I saw these guys play in a gym to about 45 local punk kids in 1999. This song has always stuck with me. I guess probably it’s really easy to sing along to shaking like a dog shitting razor blades.
8. “Welcome to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance
Gerard Way. That’s why.
9. “Joel, the Lump of Coal” by The Killers
Well, I couldn’t get it in before Christmas.
10. “Guns of Brixton” by the Clash
The Only Band that Matters