Merlin’s Playlists

[context: I make a lot of playlists. I used to do an okay-good job of metacollecting them, but, obviously, I got behind—uh—over two years ago. Eventually, I will catch up. Watch this space, I guess?]

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Always Talking to Myself” - A Gentle Introduction to The Police

Were you aware that The Police were once one of our most vital and exhilarating rock bands? No, really—I get it. But, if you never got that into them from THOSE songs, maybe try these.



Fit Them Where They Belong” - A Gentle Introduction to Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

A band’s band with songs so great you’d be forgiven for not immediately noticing how terrific the musicians are.



Icicles Instead of Tears”: Merlin’s 1979

I was a very nervous 12-year-old Ohio boy who listened to the radio a lot. My family moved to Florida and sent me to military school. What a weird goddamned year.



Torn in Half:” An Introduction to Rockpile

I could tell you what Rockpile managed to pull off, but you wouldn’t believe me.



The Switchback Will Make You Crazy“ - A Gentle Introduction to Richard Thompson

Originally made for my lady friend. Now, it’s for you too.



In a Nutshell” - A Gentle Introduction to Michael Penn

Getting started with one of the great, under-appreciated pop geniuses of my generation. No, seriously.



Said it too late…

…but we actually got pretty lucky in the 1990s. Some highlights from amazing 90s indie rock.



Yearbooks With Their Autographs”

One time I wrote and recorded a song, and I couldn’t help acknowledging some of the songs and sounds that heavily influenced it.


Wow, oldies

Spotify: The Elephant 6 Recording Company

My favorite song from each of my favorite Elephant Six (and adjacent) bands. And, then, some more songs.

(May 22, 2020)

Spotify: Jingle Jangle Morning

Mostly mid-tempo jangly power pop. Caution: some tracks may contain the D/F# chord. Which is the best chord.

(September 1, 2019)

Spotify: The Pirate’s Regret

An incomplete musical tour of Roderick on the Line , Ep. 318: The Best Chicken”

(December 31, 2018)

Spotify: DBF - Oldie Recurrent

I forget what this had to do with Do By Friday, but these are some bangers that I like to return to.

(October 29, 2018)

Spotify: DBF - Off-Campus and Back

Unsequenced work-in-progress. Music from my last two years at New College. Ca. 1988-1990.

(October 28, 2018)

⭐️ Spotify: DBF - Balconies in Pei

Like Marines, New College students never technically retire. This is something like arrival in 1986 through handmade crises in 1988.

(October 28, 2018)

Spotify: DBF - Recent Finds

Just a bunch of really good songs I’ve run across. If you haven’t heard it, it’s new to you!

(October 22, 2018)

Spotify: DBF - Emo, Skate, and Math

Some spiky, punky tunes for a Do By Friday challenge.

(October 20, 2018)

Spotify: Where’s the One?

Fun stuff with crazy time signatures and mysterious counts.

(October 18, 2018)

Spotify: Some Girls

Just some of my favorite women singing the shit out of some songs.

(October 4, 2018)

YouTube: Endtroducing…..

For Do By Friday , I made a playlist to introduce listeners to some of my favorite YouTube channels. Some videos are just a suggested intro video, some are a favorite episode, while others are just real good.

(August 29, 2018)

Spotify: the new dark age

Dark music for dark times.

(July 18, 2018)

Spotify: POP!

Just what it says. Some of the pop songs that pep me up a little.

(June 29, 2018)

⭐️ YouTube: My Happy Place

Videos I watch pretty often when I need a little pick-me-up.

(June 20, 2018)

Spotify: American Car” ( Roderick on the Line )

Music mentioned in Roderick on the Line , Ep. 287 : American Car.” Only some of these songs are made of cocaine.

Spotify: Beatles - The Great Bridges” ( Do By Friday )

In which I challenge my Do By Friday co-hosts to join me in choosing their favorite bridges (or middle eights) from the sprawling catalog of The Beatles.

Spotify: New Wave That Still Stands Up” ( Roderick on the Line )

You know. Like we talked about on Roderick on the Line .

Spotify: Made of Cocaine” ( Roderick on the Line )

Inspired by various Roderick on the Line discussions regarding the secret ingredient we suspect is behind some of our favorite spooky 70s tunes. A work in progress.

⭐️ Spotify: Merlin’s World of Music” ( Reconcilable Differences )

Soundtrack for s01e10 of Reconcilable Differences .

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