10 Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Memories

I can hear a good or not-so-good tune and it transports me back to a time and place when it became important to me. I have a knack for strong memories tied to songs.  Read More 10 Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Memories

High Fives: Carolina Wings-McManus

This week in High Fives, I interview my favorite person in the world. Yes, it is nepotism, but she is my lovely soul mate. When we first became online friends courtesy of Livejournal, we bonded over the Beatles, Tori Amos, feminism, and Buffy the Vampire SlayerRead More High Fives: Carolina Wings-McManus

High Fives: Kara Tucker

I really enjoyed my first High Fives, so I wanted to bring it back. I found an excellent person to interview in my good friend Kara Tucker. She and I have very similar musical tastes especially in our love of Sleater-Kinney, the Beatles, Against Me!, and the Beach Boys.  Read More High Fives: Kara Tucker

Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Penultimate Tracks

While researching my last column, I realized that a lot of second-to-last tracks were amazing. Like the final track edition, some of my favorites, like “Putting the Damage On” have already been used in some of my previous columns. Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Penultimate Tracks

10 Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week-Last Track Edition

This list is inspired by KEXP’s morning radio host. He did two days’ worth of closing tracks from albums, and a lot of them were awesome. Unfortunately, I have already blown through a few last tracks on a few of my other lists. Both “Hurt” and “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” are final tracks. Read More 10 Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week-Last Track Edition

A Playlist for Conference Planning

Conference planning is terrible.

The past few weeks of my life (and next few days) have been completely dedicated to conference planning. As the default event coordinator in my understaffed office, this is a lot of wrangling people and offices and supplies and everything under the sun. This is also calling hotels, ordering tote bags, designing backsplashes for a conference program app, meetings with campus events, and more. Suffice to say, I’ve been exhausted. Read More A Playlist for Conference Planning

Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Bizarre Cover Edition

The internet is weird. It gives you a billion songs at your disposal. Once you get sucked into the YouTube black hole, you find things out that you never knew existed before. I have found out about some amazing and bizarre covers because of just going down that rabbit hole. I was posting one such video the other day to my Facebook and I found out that people thought the cover I posted was the original version. This struck me as weird, but awesome. I had been kicking a list around for awhile of some of my favorite cover songs. I decided to just go with bizarre ones that actually work in their covered genre. Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Bizarre Cover Edition

Lunchtime Poll: Pop Culture Phenomena

My wife and I are finally catching up on Breaking Bad. We are only half way through the second season. Our trip to Albuquerque kind of spurred us to watch it again. It is one of a handful of water cooler shows that I feel like I missed out on when they originally aired. In this day and age, the internet makes watching shows on TV obsolete, but has not rendered completely the idea of a water cooler show.  Read More Lunchtime Poll: Pop Culture Phenomena