May 18th marked the 35th anniversary of Ian Curtis’s death. Joy Division is a band that has influenced many of my favorite musicians, and one I have at least started to explore on its own. Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Ian Curtis Edition
It has been unusually warm here in Seattle this February. It hit close to 65 the other day which means no-coat weather. It also means everyone got to see my awesome new Sleater-Kinney shirt I have been wearing. Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Weirdly Warm February
It’s a weird feeling, getting older — nostalgia might hit you at anytime. I work with people who were born after the subjects of this column were released. I am guessing for people born in the late ’60s or early ’70s, the death of John Lennon is seen as the separation between that generation and the next. For me, it is the death of Kurt Cobain. Every time I find out someone was born after he died, it throws me off. 1994 is one of those outstanding years in music where a lot of seminal and well-recognized albums came out. Some of the albums I came to listen to later in life, but the impact was still immeasurable. The year has always had a special place in my heart; I turned twelve that year and entered middle school. I met a lifelong best friend in 1994 whose parents pretty much let him listen to anything he wanted, and I was introduced to a lot of these albums through him. Sadly, he passed in 2006, but his legacy lives on anytime I hear “Buddy Holly” or “Longview.” Read More Why 1994 Matters to Me: Part 1
When I say music is my drug of choice, I’m not making an offhand statement. I don’t know how it is for other people, but music truly is a drug for me. The effects it can have are as real and intense as if I ate some speed or smoked a big ass blueberry blunt. All I have to do is jam the ear buds as deep as they’ll go and find that fine line between loud enough and ouch-that-hurts.
Depression really sucks. It is so hard to explain to people who don’t have mental health issues what depression is like. It is a bleak, dark sadness that comes to me at various times. Sometimes it’s fleeting; sometimes it sticks to me like I am superglue. While transition has cleared up a lot of my deepest darkest depression, I have learned that yes, my brain chemistry is very much hardwired for depressive episodes. Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Depression Fighting Edition
As school and Persephone Magazine prepare for holiday break and the year winds down, I wanted throw my hat into the ring of end-of-year list-making and review my favorite songs/albums of the year. Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Year in Review
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
What a great year 1994 was for music. Once again, I’ve found it nearly impossible to limit myself to just ten great songs and have instead picked fifteen while still leaving out so many that I hope we’ll talk about in the comments. Let’s start with some more pop tracks and finish with the rock ‘n’ roll, yeah?