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: Spring Awakening

I have started to emerge from the doldrums of the last few months. It has been a rough patch, but I am still here. Music, of course, has still provided a great outlet for me. This year has already seen amazing releases from some great long lasting bands. I have also been introduced to some great up-and-coming acts.  Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Spring Awakening

Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Weirdly Warm February

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

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

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

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

Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane this Week: America Edition

Last week, Americans celebrated our independence from the crown by getting drunk and shooting explosives everywhere. That’s freedom! I can critically think about why America is a terrible place sometimes. My patriotism is working to make my country a better place, not accepting the idea of us being superior at face value. I realize some of my favorite songs critique our military, religious ideals, economic “freedom,” and our culture of patriotism. Some songs about America are realistically bleak.   Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane this Week: America Edition