I’ve propped myself up in my bed, really just a mattress on a dirty hardwood floor that I try to make look nice sunbathing in the light from the screen of my laptop. I open Google Chrome until there are six windows at the bottom
I’m listening to “Astral Weeks” by Van Morrison because Lester Bangs told me to. As of four months ago (April 30th 1982), it has been 35 years since Lester died of a tantalizing yet incredibly foolish mixture of dextropropoxyphene (cough medicine), diazepam (Valium), and NyQuil.
“Riders On the Storm” – The Doors I love “Riders on the Storm” because The Doors use sound effects that sound like rain throughout the song and the piano used matches up with the beat of the raindrops. The sounds reflect the feeling of melancholy
“Wishin’ and Hopin’” – Dusty Springfield In a perfect act of irony, feminist musician Ani Difranco covered this track because lyrics like, “Wear your hair just for him. ‘Cause you won’t get him wishin’ and hopin’” are just laughable in their acceptance of sexist ideas.
“Sea Lion Goth Blues” – The Growlers I personally try to stay away from extensive exposure to the sun and vast bodies of water, but there is something about The Growlers that makes me want to post up on sandy shore on a, preferably, overcast
“Hurt” – Johnny Cash Johnny Cash’s cover of NIN’s “Hurt” is the best damn cover ever. The pain and regret just drips from this song in a way that even Trent Reznor went on record to proclaim its awesomeness. And for Cash, the Man in
“Wedding” – Poliça Poliça’s newest album, United Crushers, is a great set of songs to put on a pot of coffee, break out the books, and have a good old fashioned study session to. The album’s track, “Wedding” combines the perfect amount of mesmeric synthesizers
“Lily’s Theme” – Alexandre Desplat from Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows The song is sans lyrics, but it’s composed so beautifully that it evokes so many emotions. Every time I listen to it, the opening scene of the last Harry Potter movie plays in my head.
“Lets Twist Again” – Chubby Checker My grandpa used to play this song a lot when he was still alive and we used to dance around the kitchen and I just so badly to be alive when it came out and be apart of the dance
“Roses” – Abra “Roses” doesn’t talk about a pretty end to love. It’s about a lover who accepts that some flings are bound to end, that they don’t have the “green thumb” to make love work. Against all this aching and disappointed acceptance, a 90’s