Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week

I listen to a lot of music. If I am out of the house and not actively engaging someone, I am listening to music. My headphones go on the minute I leave my apartment. Partly this keeps people from talking to me on the bus or on the street, and partly it’s because my brain craves music. I present a list of the ten songs keeping me from losing it this week.

“Lovecraft in Brooklyn” by the Mountain Goats

I am obsessed with the Mountain Goats. It says so in my bio! This is probably my favorite Mountain Goats song. I listened to it a lot this week because when I get in a certain angsty, anxious mood, it really makes me feel better. John’s lyrics just make me feel so calm. Bonus points for any song referencing the Old Ones.

“Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft Mary Lambert

Well it was Pride weekend here in Seattle and my partner and I listened to this song probably 5 times over the course of two days. Mary Lambert’s haunting hook makes me cry so hard because its how I feel about my partner. Carolina and I will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary of being together this July and we are going to get married to celebrate it. Being from Washington state, Macklemore has some part in helping pass Marriage Equality. This song really just rocks.

“Unbelievers” by Vampire Weekend

It’s just a damn catchy song. The whole new Vampire Weekend album has lots of themes of religion that have really clicked with me. Plus any song with a tuba is awesome.

“Boxcar” by Jawbreaker

Jawbreaker is one of those bands that wasn’t super popular or anything but did inspire a lot of musicians. They were a mid 90s punk/emo band. This song has been covered a lot but its a fun sing-a-long for angsty kids.

“In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel

This song has been inspired again by my lovely. As much of a hipster annoyance to her as it is, I feel very connected to the idea of her and I just having our ashes being dumped together after we both die. Jeff’s wailing vocals give me the chills almost every single time I listen to this song and this album.

“I Don’t Like Mondays” by Tori Amos

I listen to this a lot before I go to work. That says something about my job. The dark subject matter aside, Tori’s vocals punctuate an emotional and haunting journey. The original is in many ways too poppy. Plus Bob Geldof’s voice is weird.

“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen

It’s Queen? Do I need a reason?

“Career Opportunities” by the Clash

Not my favorite Clash song, but one that keeps me pumped up enough to go to work and make it through it the day.

“Black Skinhead” by Kanye West

Something about this song gets me so much. Maybe its the early 90s Nine Inch Nails backing track? Maybe its the punk rock lyrical delivery by Kanye? Lyrically its facinating as well. In fact the whole Yeezus album seems to be made to make people feel uncomfortable. Lou Reed made a good point that if you really liked Kanye you would sift through the bullshit and like this album. He compared it to his infamous album Metal Machine Music.

“Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis

Did I include this for a friend? Maybe? Actually I really love this song. When I am feeling the angsty anxiousness that I have been the last few weeks, this song again really hits that spot for me. It makes me feel not alone in the world.

I guess this should article should be called Alyson is a hipster. I am glad I got to do a music play list for everyone. What songs have gotten heavy rotation for you this past week, dear Persephoneers?

By Alyson

Queer Pop Culture Junkie in the Northwest. Addicted to Coffee, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fantasy Sports, The Mountain Goats, and Tottenham Hotspur.

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