Friday News Bites: Oregon Stand-Off, Gun Control + More

A lot seems to be happening in Oregon this week, not the least of which are some misguided white dudes with guns holding up a bird sanctuary. Let’s get into some of the news that caught my eye this week:

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Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Early Heatwave Edition

Summer came to Seattle like a power bomb. It topped 85 a few days ago. This makes Alyson melt. I apparently was not ready for summer, though my listening tastes have prepared me for the incoming heatwave. I apologize in advance for not including the actual song, “Heatwave.”  Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Early Heatwave Edition

Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Hello 2015

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. Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Hello 2015

A Playlist of Relationships and Breakups

While creating an Ultimate ’90s Playlist, I got to thinking about my past crushes and relationships. Probably because of the influence of TV and movies, I tend to associate specific songs with each person. Like how on Friends, “With or Without You” was used for Ross and Rachel.

My playlist is roughly in chronological order. Roughly. Share yours in the comments!

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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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Ayuh Music: The Decemberists’ “The Crane Wife”

The Decemberists are one of those bands that consistently, unfailingly, only ever sound like themselves. There really aren’t others to compare their sound to because no one else is doing that. Read More Ayuh Music: The Decemberists’ “The Crane Wife”