[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?]
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.
A band’s band with songs so great you’d be forgiven for not immediately noticing how terrific the musicians are.
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.
I could tell you what Rockpile managed to pull off, but you wouldn’t believe me.
Originally made for my lady friend. Now, it’s for you too.
Getting started with one of the great, under-appreciated pop geniuses of my generation. No, seriously.
…but we actually got pretty lucky in the 1990s. Some highlights from amazing 90s indie rock.
One time I wrote and recorded a song, and I couldn’t help acknowledging some of the songs and sounds that heavily influenced it.
My favorite song from each of my favorite Elephant Six (and adjacent) bands. And, then, some more songs.
(May 22, 2020)
Mostly mid-tempo jangly power pop. Caution: some tracks may contain the D/F# chord. Which is the best chord.
(September 1, 2019)
An incomplete musical tour of Roderick on the Line , Ep. 318: “The Best Chicken”
(December 31, 2018)
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)
Unsequenced work-in-progress. Music from my last two years at New College. Ca. 1988-1990.
(October 28, 2018)
Like Marines, New College students never technically retire. This is something like arrival in 1986 through handmade crises in 1988.
(October 28, 2018)
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)
Some spiky, punky tunes for a Do By Friday challenge.
(October 20, 2018)
Fun stuff with crazy time signatures and mysterious counts.
(October 18, 2018)
Just some of my favorite women singing the shit out of some songs.
(October 4, 2018)
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)
Dark music for dark times.
(July 18, 2018)
Just what it says. Some of the pop songs that pep me up a little.
(June 29, 2018)
Videos I watch pretty often when I need a little pick-me-up.
(June 20, 2018)
Music mentioned in Roderick on the Line , Ep. 287 : “American Car.” Only some of these songs are made of cocaine.
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.
You know. Like we talked about on 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.
Soundtrack for s01e10 of Reconcilable Differences .