Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Dealing with Retail Customers Edition

The holidays are upon us, which means my work is super busy. My sanity is definitely dependent on tuning out 20 versions of “Blue Christmas” and zoning out the angry customers who are upset we don’t carry some obscure form of cookie.  Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Dealing with Retail Customers Edition

My Summer of 2002

For years now, I have barely listened to music. Had anybody suggested such a thing to me when I was 20, I would have yelled “But music is my life!” and considered swearing at them, but things changed. I had kids. They are loud. I longed for moments of complete silence. I started working for a music magazine and had to review random things that, for the most part, I didn’t enjoy. Then I lost my mp3 player somewhere around the house and never really bothered looking for it. Read More My Summer of 2002

5 Songs That I Cannot Listen To Anymore

This post is inspired by the comments in Sara Habein’s latest Record Machine post on Roxy Music’s Avalon. The lovely Moretta commented that the titular song off that record, “More Than This,” was sometimes hard to listen to because of the emotions the song can evoke. Read More 5 Songs That I Cannot Listen To Anymore

Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Cold Weather Edition

I woke up Sunday morning to sub-40 degree temperatures in Seattle and I realized that Autumn and Winter were suddenly upon me. The decline from the 60 degree weather of September to now explains my rapid descent into dark brooding music. I have mostly pushed bands like Vampire Weekend and Ok Go to the side in favor of artists like Nine Inch Nails and the Black Keys. Listening to these songs makes it easier for me to deal with the depression bouts I tend to get in the cold, dark winter. Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Cold Weather Edition

This Week in Misogyny

If you’re a furloughed government employee, have I got some good news for you at the end of this post! The rest of the news… not so good. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny

30 Years of Music: 2012

2012 is very recent history, yes, but let’s pretend that this installment of 30 Years of Music is better than all the “Best Of” posts you saw last December and January. We’ve got indie hip-hop, dance party gems, and worry not, a fair amount of guitar too.

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30 Years of Music: 2005

Reviewing 2005 in music surprised me somewhat because I’d forgotten how many of my favorite albums were released that year. So please, let me metaphorically shove them into your hands.

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