Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 57

Not exactly a book, but still part of my read-everything-on-my-Kindle project. For this one, I’ll only be talking about the various works of fiction that were published in the magazine – I wouldn’t even know how to go about reviewing the bits of nonfiction, interviews and whatnot, that’re included in the magazine.
Since it’s a series of short stories, I’ll break it up into pieces.

And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead

All sorts of bad language included in this one, but a rather enjoyable read. Reminded me of Neuromancer with the cyberpunk aspect of the whole thing, as well as the overall sense of grittiness.


This one didn’t strike me as science fiction. At all. With H.G. Wells present in it, I was hoping for something along the lines of Warehouse 13.1 What I got was something that felt like it should’ve been part of the nonfiction section, filed under ‘depressing.’

Red Planet

Pretty good, and reminded me of the WWW trilogy by Robert J. Sawyer, though from the other side – the WWW books are pervaded by a sense of wonder at what’s possible, and a distinctive dint of the ‘blind people are broken’ ideology that pervades society on some level or another, whereas “Red Planet” focused on the benefits of being blind and why someone might choose to stay that way. Interesting.

Veil of Ignorance

Confusing and a bit hard to follow, but that was done on purpose. Definitely an interesting read, and done in something that reminded me of a space opera way, where the actual sci-fi aspects of things are glossed over entirely, accepted as normal.

Cerile and the Journeyer2

A sad little story, but an enjoyable one. Not a whole lot to say about it.

Things You Can Buy for a Penny

This one was interesting to read just because of the way that it was built in layers – pieces of story hiding behind one another. I quite enjoyed the overall aesthetic of it, a sort of folk tale with a light brush of horror, and definitely that genie-you-got-what-you-wished-for plot twist to each of the little pieces.

In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns

This was the novella included in the magazine, and I loved it. Futuristic murder-mystery aside, the setting for the whole story was a truly wonderful bit of speculative fiction. They took the current global warming crisis and ran with it, expanding biotechnology and the ever-spreading Internet of Things while highlighting the growing cost of traveling long distance and the energy scarcity that we’re creating for ourselves.
For being such a short story, there was certainly a lot of material in this one.
My final opinion is “this novella made the entire magazine worth the purchase.” If there had been nothing else of value in there,3 In the House of Aryaman would’ve made it entirely worth it.

  1. I wasn’t hoping for anything as awesome as Helena Wells, of course, but she’s rather hard to beat. 
  2. If you’re following along in the magazine, you’ll have noticed that I just skipped a couple things. You’d be right – I don’t write reviews of things I don’t finish reading, and I wasn’t able to make it through those two bits of fantasy. 
  3. And this was not the case, several of them were worthwhile reads, as I’ve mentioned above. 

Bleeding Violet

I’m still working on reading every book on my Kindle, it’s just slowed down a lot thanks to all that pesky school.
Bleeding Violet was next on my list, and it easily passed my “20% test”1 – I was almost halfway through the book in my first sitting, and only noticed when my roommate got back and asked why I was still awake.
Of course, I woke up the next morning, having gone to sleep right after putting the book down, frightened by some strange2 nightmares. The book is creepy, for a few different reasons. First off, it’s set in a town where things like ‘milkworms’ (they eat calcium, starting with milk and ending with ripping the bones out of your body), giant flying leech things (I don’t think the official name of these was ever said, or if it was I’ve forgotten), and ‘breeders’ (every ‘the bug laid its eggs in me’ horror story ever, crossed with hints of a vampire from Twilight). The first monster we get a good look at is a blob of color that lives in the windows of the high school3 and sucks the color out of people, leaving them as glass statues. So that all creates a nice scare factor in the book.
The part that’s really creepy, though, is the workings of the protagonist’s mind. She’s got a suite of medication for a suite of conditions, currently taking lithium to try to manage manic-depressive disorder, if I’m remembering properly. And by ‘taking’ I mean ‘only taking when someone bothers her about it.’ Her first conversation is with the hallucinated ghost of her father, and the suicidal urges she has are dealt with by the direct intervention of a wooden carving of a swan. She’s been institutionalized in the past, and a little ways into the first chapter you realize she’s covered in blood from (possibly) bludgeoning her aunt (and legal guardian) to death.
The story is told from her perspective, so we get to occupy her mind throughout, and it’s strange. Everything makes perfect sense to her, and you can almost follow along… until you realize exactly how strange a situation she’s in, what exactly she’s doing. Best example I can come up with? Trying to earn her mother’s love by offering to burn down her childhood home. It makes perfect sense at the time… right up until your brain goes, wait, what?
The creepiness, though, makes the book interesting, and it fits nicely with a space filled with unanswered questions. What is the Mayor? Why do people still live in a town filled with horrible monsters? What in god’s name is going on around here?
Of course, those aren’t the interesting questions, but I’m trying to avoid giving away too many spoilers. Go read the book, it’s fascinatingly dark.

  1. I decided, arbitrarily, that if a book hasn’t captured my interest by the time I’m 20% of the way through it, it isn’t worth my time to read the rest of it. Those books that I give up on I don’t write a review of, so you may not have heard of this before. 
  2. And most nonsensical 
  3. The main character being, of course, a high school student. 

Playlist of the Month: August 2015

I’m writing this one up on August 30th, a little bit early, but classes start on Monday and I don’t want to assume I’ll have a lot of free time. Here goes:
Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone
Dream – Imagine Dragons
Running Up That Hill – Track & Field
A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
England Skies – Shake Shake Go
Like a River – Will Young
All I Want – Kodaline
Love Like This – Kodaline
The Soul Serene – Villagers
All Comes Down – Kodaline
Work for Me – Pfarmers
Make Peace – Howie Day
Kingdom Hearts – Dearly Beloved – Vitamin String Quartet
Vetus Memoria – God Is An Astronaut
no – Gordon’s Tsunami Weekend
The Fault In Our Stars (MMXIV) – Troye Sivan
Slow Life – Of Monsters And Men
Wolves Without Teeth – Of Monsters And Men
Black Water – Of Monsters And Men
Third Eye – Florence + The Machine
Thousand Eyes – Of Monsters And Men
Backyard – Of Monsters And Men
Talk – Kodaline
I Don’t Want To Change You – Damien Rice
Which Witch (Demo) – Florence + The Machine
Winter Sound – Of Monsters And Men
Tonight – Magic Man
Princess of China (Acoustic) – Coldplay & Rihanna
We Sink1 – Of Monsters And Men
I Of The Storm – Of Monsters And Men
Human – Of Monsters And Men
Crystals – Of Monsters And Men
Honeymoon – Lana Del Rey
As the Crow Flies – Tyler Stenson
She Is In The Air – Green River Ordinance
The Arsonist – Tyler Stenson
This Too Shall Pass – Tyler Stenson
Everybody Knows – RAEKO feat. Mating Ritual
Mind Over Mater (RAEKO Remix) – RAEKO2
The Purge – Explosions In The Sky
A Strange World – Explosions In The Sky
Hold Me Together (b-side) – Green River Ordinance
Ain’t Afraid Of Dying – Green River Ordinance3
Cheerleader – Pentatonix
Indian Summer – Blood Cultures
Fast Car – Navarra4
Fool For You – Green River Ordinance
Original Script – Derrival
In Motion – The Lighthouse and the Whaler
Go – Down Time
Cannery River – Green River Ordinance
Romanticized – Derrival
Ghosts – BANNERS
Man of Lies (live acoustic) – Blueneck
The Knife – Derrival
Best Laid Plans – Tyler Stenson
I Found – Amber Run
5AM – Amber Run
Canvas – Derrival
Skinny Love (VANIC Remix) – VANIC5
Just My Soul Responding – Amber Run
Kites – Amber Run
Heaven – Amber Run
Noah – Amber Run
Brothers – The Lighthouse and the Whaler
Silver Linings – Leo Kalyan
I Love You (Quintet Version) – Woodkid
Shoes Grow Smaller – Derrival

Big winners this month: Of Monsters And Men, Green River Ordinance, Tyler Stenson, Amber Run. OMM to such a degree that, since we also moved into a new town this month, I’ll probably associate their new album with the new town for a long time.
Anyhow, until next time. Go listen to some good music.

  1. In iTunes, this is actually called “We Sink [explicit]” because it’s explicit, something I need to know for when I hook my phone up to the sound system at work, and because iTunes won’t let you add the little red ‘E’ to stuff manually. 
  2. Original song by Young the Giant. 
  3. Every time I type this name, it comes out as ‘ORdinance’ for some reason. 
  4. Original song by Tracy Chapman. 
  5. Using the Birdie cover of the song by Bon Iver. 

The Astronaut Wives Club

Apparently I’m adding television shows to the things I review on here from time to time? What the heck, it’s still summer break, I’ve got time for it.
Anyhow, I just finished up the first season of The Astronaut Wives Club.1 The style kinda reminded me of Manhattan, with the following of a major historic event from a more personal standpoint, but Astronaut Wives captured my interest much better than Manhattan ever did. I really couldn’t say why, although it might have something to do with my slight obsession with the Cold War, rather than World War II.2
It’s a little bit hard to keep track of all the characters, at first – it starts off with the seven Mercury wives (and, to a lesser degree, their husbands) – and then adds the Gemini wives at some point. By the time Apollo rolls around, they aren’t really bothering to introduce the new set of astronauts and wives, they’re just accepting that it’s too many people.
That aside, though, the show is quite enjoyable. It’s historically accurate to a degree that I feel comfortable filing in moments of history that I learned from the show with the rest of my knowledge about the world, though I wouldn’t recommend it as a way to study for a test.3
The show is definitely predictable if you’re a history buff, but that is something that I am distinctly not, and the few specifics about the space program that I actually did remember, I managed to block out long enough that everything could be a surprise. That made a couple moments – one of which was one hell of a sucker-punch at the end of an episode – incredibly effective storytelling, and very emotionally charged at that.
Tl;dr: I enjoyed the show, and it’s worth taking the time to watch it once it pops up on Netflix.

  1. And I just now looked it up and saw that it was cancelled after one season, so apparently that should say ‘only season.’ Oh well. 
  2. What can I say, I’ve got a favorite historical period. 
  3. More because you won’t be getting tested on things like “who was cheating on who, and which wife was known for her baking prowess?” 

War of the Fae, Book 1: The Changelings

I think this one was a ‘free on Amazon’ book that I picked up, and let me tell you, as a marketing effort, that worked. The book ends on a one-sentence plot-twist that acts as an incredibly effective cliffhanger, so props to the author for that.
As to the content, it’s a general fit in the young-adult-fantasy-adventure genre: kid runs away from home (though, admittedly, the reasoning for that is more ‘young adult’ than ‘young adult,’ a slight change that helped to hold my interest), gets involved in a weird situation, finds out magic is real, yadda yadda saves the day. There’s a bit of a ‘hunger games’ vibe to the weird situation, and the ‘magic’ bits are more hinted-at than outright-confirmed for a while.1
The book gets bonus points for a female protagonist, and since I’m now staring at the end-of-book about the author page and just now finding out that the author is a female2 it makes sense how well she was able to portray the female mind. As a dude, I am eternally doomed to be unable to understand the inner workings of the other gender, and I’ve come to terms with that.
On the other hand, it gets docked a few points for two issues: first, the occasional Mary Sue moments with the protagonist – there are three main male supporting characters, and between the three of them at least two are very clearly in love with her.3 More points were docked for the fact that the closest the book has to LGBTQ representation is comparing the motions of a vampire, actively killing someone, to “a gay teacher [the protagonist] had in tenth grade.” Look, I get that every Disney villain ever has been a hodgepodge of stereotypically-gay traits,4 but I’m still going to be disappointed when anyone else gives in to the trope.
Other than that, the only issue I had was a single recurring spelling error,5 and overall I enjoyed the book. It’s easily worth what I paid for it, and the fact that that was ‘nothing’ is how I’m going to justify buying the next book in the series.

  1. Although, being a total mythology-and-legends nerd I picked up on it earlier than the average reader could really be expected to. I have a mental filter for these sorts of things, so it doesn’t interfere with my enjoyment of a book too much. 
  2. I think the ‘read every book on my Kindle’ thing I’m doing is going by author-alphabetical order, but I’m not actually looking at the names, so… 
  3. I’m not docking many points for that, though, because she’s the only girl in the group for most of the story, and I have a low opinion of the average man. 
  4. Hades, anyone? 
  5. ‘Break’: to separate. ‘Brake’: to stop. I don’t think the word ‘break’ is used anywhere in the book, but ‘brake’ shows up multiple times, and it’s spelled wrong each time. C’mon. 

The Poison Eaters and Other Stories

Sometimes I like anthologies, and other times I don’t. My theory is that it depends on whether or not one story catches my attention more than the others – if there’s just the one, I want an entire book of that and the inclusion of the rest just strikes me as a sad second.
This was that other case, where all of them catch my attention almost equally, and I enjoy myself the whole way through.
There were a few short stories that I liked more than the others, but again, nothing that stood out too much.
A Reversal of Fortune was surprisingly hopeful, for the kind of tale it was.
The Night Market was a lot sweeter than I was expecting, and I’d read more of this sort of thing.
I took a bit of issue with The Dog King, but I think that was mostly because it reminded me of Teen Wolf for no good reason.
In Vodka Veritas was a wonderful little story, and I think I’d read a sequel, though I get the feeling the sequel wouldn’t be quite as happy as the work itself. An impressive amount of ‘coming of age’ story crammed into a small amount of space.
The Coat of Stars was my favorite of the anthology, though not easily. It fit nicely in with my knowledge of the fair folk, and the sort of sad-turned-happy story that catches nicely in the mind. I wound up wanting to write, not my own continuation of the story, but my own version of it- a different cast of characters, but a similar situation. It was lovely.
The Land of Heart’s Desire was my second favorite, though by a thin margin. I actually put down the book while I was reading this one and texted my friend1 that he needed to add the anthology to his list of books to read. It was sad and sweet, and it felt like there was a lot of backstory that I’m missing out on, to the point that when I’ve got internet again I’m going to look up Holly Black and see if she’s written more in that world.

And now? On to the next book. I’m working my way through the list, collecting a lot of sun while I read this weekend. I must say, a stack of books and a sunny beach is a great way to wrap up summer vacation- I highly recommend it.

  1. More laborious than it sounds, because as I’m writing this I’ve got cell service in the ‘I had to stand on top of a car to make a phone call’ range. 

Eastern Standard Tribe

I finished reading Cory Doctorow’s Eastern Standard Tribe during my weekend camping trip – out in the desert, the river is great for swimming in once it warms up, but it takes until pretty deep into the day for it to be anything other than ‘borderline arctic’ temperatures, so I had plenty of time to read.
Anyhow, Eastern Standard Tribe. My favorite thing about Doctorow’s writing is how clearly he understands modern technology – there’s some nods to IRC in the book, and a lot of what I know about common cryptography I learned from his books.
EST has two plotlines going on at once, though both follow the same character, just at different times in his life. They’re separated by a few months, and the one in the ‘past’ runs faster than the ‘current’ one, catching up to where the one started by the end of the book.
I’m pretty happy with the plot of the book, actually – I still find the concept of the Tribes weird, but it got explained in a way that makes a lot of sense to me, so at least it didn’t stay confusing the whole time. The inclusion of all the user experience stuff was really interesting, and I quite enjoyed the MassPike music thing that wound up being a significant chunk of the plot.
It’s warming up enough that I’m going to get ready to head down to the water, so I’ll finish this up with yet another call to action: go read something Doctorow wrote. I don’t care if it’s Eastern Standard Tribe or not, but he’s a wonderful author, and everything he’s written is available for free on his website,


Playlist of the Month: December 2014

Prepare yourselves for some Christmas music, folks, I’m writing up one of my older playlists.1 Without further ado, December 2014:
The Fault In Our Stars (MMXIV) – Troye Sivan
A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
Your Hand In Mine – Explosions In The Sky
Running Up That Hill – Track & Field
Ignition – Casa Murilo
Ritual – Tunturia
Mary, Did You Know?2 – Pentatonix
Let It Go – Pentatonix
Final Masquerade – LINKIN PARK
Giving Up – HAERTS3
Safe & Sound (feat. The Civil Wars) – Taylor Swift4
Atlas – Coldplay
I Don’t Want To Change You – Damien Rice
Long Long Way – Damien Rice
The One Moment – OK Go
It Takes A Lot To Know A Man – Damien Rice
I’m Not Through – OK Go
Congratulations – Blue October/Imogen Heap
Look After You – The Fray
Abraham’s Daughter – Arcade Fire
Set The Fire To The Third Bar – Snow Patrol
Animal – XOV
Father, Sister – Blueneck
Scream My Name – Tove Lo
Kingdom (feat. Simon Le Bon) – Charli XCX
The Leap – Tinashé
Ladder Song – Lorde
Shut Up and Dance – WALK THE MOON
Man Of Lies – Blueneck
Oceans (Live At E-Werk, Cologne) – Coldplay
The Box – Damien Rice
Lost Souls – Raury
Flicker (Kanye West Rework) – Lorde
Let It Go – Saint Saviour
King Nine – Blueneck
Sirens – Blueneck5
Lesser Oceans – Fences
Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde
All My Love (feat. Ariana Grande) – Major Lazer
O (Live At Royce Hall, Los Angeles) – Coldplay
Be the One – HAERTS
White Winter Hymnal – Pentatonix
Silent Night – Pentatonix6
Re-Remurdered (Blanck Mass Remix) – Mogwai
First Began – Beta Radio
Pyres of Varanasi – THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS
Hurricane – 30 Seconds to Mars7
Night of the Hunter – 30 Seconds to Mars
Vox Populi – 30 Seconds to Mars
Lake Song – The Decemberists8
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Linfield College Concert Choir
Running Off The Gods9 – Fences
Adrift – Tarwater
Trusty And True – Damien Rice
Strong Hand – CHVRCHES
Unfair – The Neighbourhood
Under the Tide [Single Version] – CHVRCHES
Torn Apart, Pt II (Bastille Vs. Grades Vs. Lizzo)(Crossfaded Version) – Bastille
Silver – The Neighbourhood
Recover [KDA Remix] – CHVRCHES10
Cavalry Captain – The Decemberists
Another’s Arms (Live At the Beacon Theatre, New York) – Coldplay
Mutatis – Blueneck
Sunburns – Fences
The Days – Avicii
The Singer Addresses His Audience11 – The Decemberists
The Driver (Crossfaded Version) – Bastille
I Am Mine – Beta Radio
Teenage Exorcists12 – Mogwai
Bad_News (Bastille Vs. Mnek) (Crossfaded Version) – Bastille
Counting Out – Blueneck
The Lake – Fences
True Love (Live At the Enmore Theatre, Sydney) – Coldplay
The Lord is Out of Control (Nils Frahm Remix) – Mogwai
Axe To Grind (Bastille Vs. Tyde Vs. Rationale) (Crossfaded Version) – Bastille
Carolina Low – The Decemberists
Pretty Tough – Little Boots
Coconut Signal – Tarwater
Fall Into Your Arms (Bastille Vs. The Gemma Sharples Quartet) (Crossfaded Version) – Bastille
The Nights – Avicii
HMP Shaun William Ryder – Mogwai
Better Not Wake the Baby – The Decemberists
No Medicine For Regret (Pye Corner Audio Mix) – Mogwai
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Linfield College Concert Choir
My Mountain Is Cold – Fences
What Child is This? – Linfield College Concert Choir
Miracles – Coldplay
Driving Home for Christmas – Blueneck13
Eric Colson – Totorro
White Christmas – Blueneck
2013 – Daniel Kim14
Plastic Covered Furniture – Have Mercy
Broken Fingers – Blueneck

And we’re done! Enjoy this oddly-depressing Christmas playlist!
I am bad at holidays.

  1. It’s an effort to build up a backlog of posts so that when I go on vacation somewhere without internet (presumably happening as you’re reading this post) this blog’ll still be updating. 
  2. One of my favorite Christmas songs, and one of my default songs for when I want something to sing. Throughout the year. I annoy my coworkers a lot. 
  3. Two ALL CAPS groups in a row! I like the all-lowercase crew from the internet better – facebook, twitter, tumblr, etc. 
  4. This song is my only concession to T-Swift’s unending fame. 
  5. Y’know, I distinctly remember playing some Blueneck on Family Christmas Day – held within a week of the actual Christmas Day – and being amused by the contrast between the downright dystopian sound of the music and the cheer going on around me. 
  6. All of the Pentatonix christmas music is incredible. 
  7. I choose to believe that the ’30 Seconds to Mars/THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS’ difference is just the least effective rebranding ever. 
  8. Don’t mind me, I’m just giggling about listening to The Decemberists in December. 
  9. I keep reading this as ‘running of the gods’ and imagining Zeus running around in Spain, occasionally turning into a bull just to confuse people. 
  10. For once I didn’t have to undo the autocorrect to CHURCHES 
  11. This song is delightfully meta. 
  12. … so, the Scooby-Doo gang? 
  13. This album makes for the most delightfully dejected-sounding Christmas music ever and I love it
  14. Pop Danthologies are wonderful, and all free on YouTube. 

Mad Tinker's Daughter

I’m still going strong on the book-binge project, guys. It’s an excuse to sit around doing nothing but reading, how could I resist?1
Anyhow, today’s book was Mad Tinker’s Daughter, which I think was also one of those indie-book-bundle pickups.
Long story short, I loved it. The core concept is a little bit odd at first, but pretty easy to follow once you get into it: the twinborn. The story takes place across two worlds, and there are the occasional people who’re ‘twinborn’- born in both worlds, sharing the same appearance2 and a common mind. Some can occupy both bodies at once, others switch back and forth, running one body while the other sleeps.
The main character is the titular Mad Tinker’s Daughter, and a fierce tinker in her own right, inventing a magic-powered coilgun that she uses, within the first few pages, to crash something equivalent to a subway train. Full of police officers.
So, yes, she is a criminal, but in a system that’s hardly fair: the police officers are all a different species, the ruling caste of that world. Humankind occupy the same space that the african-american occupied prior to the Civil War: occasionally a freeman, but usually someone’s property.
It’s a mad romp through two different worlds, all of which are full of a lovely steampunk-adjacent aesthetic and enough of those lovely hints of ancient magic to keep me happy throughout. Sure, it’s the first book in the second trilogy set in these paired worlds, but I had fun trying to figure out what exactly was going on the whole time.
Anyhow, I’d recommend the book to anyone who’s got some spare time for reading. It definitely ends on a higher note than the last book I reviewed, though that’s all I’ll say for fear of giving away too many spoilers.
Go, read, enjoy! Literacy is never a bad thing, folks.

  1. I hope y’all don’t mind that my taste in books is almost entirely the action-adventure-fantasy-scifi blok; if you’re looking for more of the literature style, check out my friend’s blog. 
  2. And, presumably, parents. 

The Brotherhood of Delinquents

I’m currently engaged in a project of binge-reading: it started when I found my Kindle1 in one of the innumerable boxes and started scrolling through it trying to pick a book to read. I realized that, much like my Steam library,2 it’s full of stuff that I’ve never even opened.
So I went through it, put every unread book in a new to-do list,3 and got down to reading.
Sunday morning, I finished reading The Brotherhood of Delinquents by Jefferson Smith. To be honest, I have no idea how this book wound up on my Kindle – according to the app on my phone, it’s a Document rather than a Book, so I suppose it was from an Indie Book Bundle kind of thing? I’m at a loss.
Anyhow, I enjoyed the book quite a lot. It’s the sort of book I used to read a lot as a kid – the protagonist is quite young, an apprentice, and it’s got the whole “uncovering something amazing” vibe that I adore.
But that wasn’t my favorite part of the book. No, that honor went easily to the amount of world-building that clearly went into this book. From the fantasy-standard slightly-off-norm names for things (‘Reeve’ as a sort of governor/elected-military-leader position, for example) to the amount of historical references present,4 an impressive amount of thought went into the background of the book.
There’s a specific part of world-building that the book pulled off masterfully, though: the ‘ancient magics/construction’ archetype. The entire book takes place in a single town, a massive Keep built to an exacting standard to defend a kingdom that wasn’t often described. It’s a leftover of an ancient war, one that was ended with colossal magic to the tune of “the wastelands start within sight of the Keep walls, and continue for god-alone-knows-how-far.” Clearly, things have just gone downhill since the days of yore, because there’s no mention of anyone creating new magic, and there are frequent descriptions of people moving away from the Keep, and the decrepit war-machines still sitting around.
To be honest, I can’t quite pin down why I thought this so resolutely throughout the book, but I was stuck on one concept: this whole thing is in the future. I have no idea if that’s what the author was going for, but every bit of magic present struck me as something that could be easily pulled off with sufficiently-advanced technology. Every time some magic was used, I started picking apart how I’d do it in a science-fiction environment, and it all made sense. The ancient mage was a technological wizard, my mind decided.
And that sort of thing makes me love a book. In the fifth5 Septimus Heap book, there’s a vague reference to some ‘ancient drawings’ that portray… the Apollo missions. It’s a moment where you go “oh, holy crap, that all makes sense,” and I just adore those moments. If ever I write some fantasy, you can just go ahead and assume it’s set in a distant future where someone got good enough with technology that they said “screw it” and turned the control interfaces into a system of magic.

Anyhow, I’m going off-course. I’m too easily distracted to be a book reviewer.
Final say: I enjoyed the book, and I’m hoping there’s a sequel out there.6 Go read it.

  1. It’d been missing for a while. Moving is fun! 
  2. Currently featuring in the area of 100 games that I’ve never played 
  3. Quick shoutout to Things, the task-management app I prefer on both my MacBook and iPhone. 
  4. I can’t tell if I enjoyed or was annoyed by the amount of references to a single mythical hero. Like, it was nice that it kept going back to a single name, it created a bit of recognition, but it got a little bit overplayed. Though, that could be my raised-in-the-TV-age sensibilities – the myths of my childhood are far more numerous than any medieval society would’ve had access to. 
  5. I think, it could be earlier or later in the series, I’ve got no idea. 
  6. We still don’t have internet at the new house, so I’m sitting here writing this in Ulysses, and I’ll upload it next time I’ve got WiFi. Hopefully I’ll remember to check for a sequel when I do that, but I definitely won’t remember to go back and update this post. 

Playlist of the Month: July 2015

Alright, first time actually doing one of these when it’s timely, rather than catching up.
Airplanes And Airwaves – Aftermath
Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone
Cough Syrup – Young the Giant
Dream – Imagine Dragons
Hold My Hand – The Fray
Piss Crowns Are Trebled – Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Running Up That Hill – Track & Field
Sacrifice – Zella Day
Should Have Known Better – Sufjan Stevens
A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
Smoke And Mirrors – Imagine Dragons
All of You – Hinkstep
The Weight of Living – Logan Mays
England Skies – Shake Shake Go
Lanterns – Howie Day
Like a River – Will Young
All I Want – Kodaline
Everything’s A Ceiling – Death Cab for Cutie
A Heartbreak (Active Child Remix) – Angus & Julia Stone
St Jude – Florence + The Machine
Out of Mind – Magic Man
One Day – Kodaline
Fade – Logan Mays
Paris – Magic Man
Love Like This – Kodaline
The Soul Serene – Villagers
All Comes Down – Kodaline
Work for Me – Pfarmers
Chicagoland – Magic Man
Make Peace – Howie Day
Transatlanticism – Death Cab for Cutie
Soul Meets Body – Death Cab for Cutie
Little Wanderer – Death Cab for Cutie
It All Starts Here – Magic Man
Kingdom Hearts – Dearly Beloved1 – Vitamin String Quartet
Which Witch (Demo)2 – Florence + The Machine
High Hopes – Kodaline
Vetus Memoria – God Is An Astronaut
Make Up Your Mind – Florence + The Machine
no – Gordon’s Tsunami Week
The Game – Priest
Lets Meet In Our Dreams Tonight – The Best Pessimist
Close to Heaven – Breaking Benjamin
Pig Powder3 – God Is An Astronaut
The Fault In Our Stars (MMXIV) – Troye Sivan
Happy Little Pill – Troye Sivan
Fun – Troye Sivan
Slow Life – Of Monsters and Men4
Honey – Magic Man
What Kind Of Man – Florence + The Machine
Wolves Without Teeth5 – Of Monsters and Men
Black Water6 – Of Monsters and Men
Dark – Breaking Benjamin
Finem Solis – God Is An Astronaut
Third Eye – Florence + The Machine
particular7 – Gordon’s Tsunami Week
Dawn – Breaking Benjamin
Catherine – Magic Man
Thousand Eyes8 – Of Monsters and Men
Backyard – Of Monsters and Men
Talk – Kodaline
Texas – Magic Man
Pray – Kodaline
After The Fall – Kodaline
Apollo – Magic Man
Obscura Somnia9 – God Is An Astronaut
Thunderhearts – Cold War Kids
I Don’t Want To Change You – Damien Rice
The Lord is Out of Control (Nils Frahm Remix) – Mogwai
Shadow and a Dancer – The Fray
Same As You – The Fray

There we go folks, July all done. I’ve already started on my August list, don’t even worry.
Big winners this month – Florence + The Machine, Of Monsters and Men, Kodaline, and the genre of post-rock10 in general.
I’m hoping people enjoy some of the music off of these – ideally, someone finds some song that they really love by reading one of these lists, that’s basically my goal here.

  1. I just love the violin part in this, it’s so… sweet, I suppose? I don’t even know what exactly about it I love, it’s just wonderful. 
  2. The line “who’s a heretic now?” made me love this song. 
  3. One of two songs on this album with a name in English, and it’s… this. Post-Rock, man. 
  4. Of Monsters and Men is one of those bands that I discovered because one of my choir friends sang a song by them and I loved it. There’s at least two other bands like that on this list that I can think of – Coldplay and Kodaline. Oh, three: Death Cab for Cutie. 
  5. One of my top two songs off the new album. 
  6. There’s two versions of this song in the list and Shuffle keeps playing them back-to-back, but I don’t really notice and just think the song is, like, ten minutes long. 
  7. There was probably something clever with the order of songs and their one-word names, but iTunes just kinda threw the album in there in whatever order, so I didn’t get the joke. Welp. 
  8. My other ‘top 2’ song off the album. 
  9. My Latin (and my literary knowledge) isn’t quite good enough for me to say for sure that it’s ironic that this song is in my ‘sleep’ mix, but I think it might be. 
  10. I flip back and forth between ‘post-rock’ and ‘post rock’ in how I prefer this spelled, and every time I switch I go into my iTunes library and change every song I’ve got in the genre to my currently-preferred spelling. 

Playlist of the Month: June 2015

Almost caught up!

Adventures In Solitude – The New Pornographers
Airplanes And Airwaves – Aftermath
Arcadia – The Kite String Tangle
Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone
Congratulations – Blue October/Imogen Heap
Cough Syrup – Young the Giant
Daft Punk – Pentatonix
Die Young1 – Ke$ha
Dream – Imagine Dragons
Hold My Hand – The Fray
Holocene – Bon Iver
Into the Ocean – Blue October
Jimmy Gets High – Daniel Powter
Magic – Coldplay
On My Way Home – Pentatonix
Paris – Magic Man
Piss Crowns Are Trebled – Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Run – Snow Patrol
Run to You – Pentatonix
Running Up That Hill – Track & Field
Sacrifice – Zella Day
Should Have Known Better – Sufjan Stevens
A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
Smoke And Mirrors – Imagine Dragons
White Blank Page – Mumford & Sons
X Amount of Words – Blue October
Papaoutai – Pentatonix
All Of You – Hinkstep
Dream Again – Hinkstep
I Saw Everything – Howie Day
From The Stalls (Fever 105 Remix) – Angus & Julia Stone
A Heartbreak (RAC Remix) – Angus & Julia Stone
Heart Beats Slow – Simian Ghost2
Wilder Mind – Mumford & Sons
The Weight of Living – Logan Mays
Screw Up (Ft. Megan Michele of The Resistance) – Logan Mays
Tompkins Square Park – Live – Mumford & Sons
England Skies – Shake Shake Go
Portal – Still Alive – Vitamin String Quartet
A Heartbreak (Ten Ven Remix) – Angus & Julia Stone
Lanterns – Howie Day
My Forest Queen – Hinkstep
Like A River – Will Young
My Long Goodbye – The Best Pessimist
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Florence + The Machine
Riptide (String Quartet Tribute to Vance Joy) – Vitamin String Quartet
Delilah – Florence + The Machine
All I Want – Kodaline
Hearts – The Best Pessimist
Feathers & Wax – Vicktor Taiwó
Way Back When – Kodaline
Sea of Trees – God Is An Astronaut
Big Bad World – Kodaline
She Wolf – Matt Skiba and the Sekrets

And, with that, we’re up-to-date. Go team!

  1. Deconstructed, obviously. 
  2. Off of the album Angus & Julia Stone: The Remixes 

Playlist of the Month: May 2015

I keep mentioning that I’ve only got a couple of these left, but it’s getting close to when I’ll have to add another playlist to the end of the list. Welp.
This one appears to be sorted by artist, so that’ll be fun.

Airplanes And Airwaves – Aftermath
Grizzly Bear (Thom from Alt-J Remix) – Angus & Julia Stone
A Heartbreak (Odesza Remix) – Angus & Julia Stone
A Heartbreak (Ten Ven Remix) – Angus & Julia Stone
A Heartbreak (RAC Remix) – Angus & Julia Stone
From The Stalls (Fever 105 Remix) – Angus & Julia Stone
Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone
Let Me Love – ARCHIS
Into the Ocean – Blue October
Hate Me – Blue October
X Amount of Words – Blue October
Congratulations – Blue October/Imogen Heap
Holocene – Bon Iver
Magic – Coldplay
A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
Atlas – Coldplay
Talk – Coldplay
Jimmy Gets High – Daniel Powter
No Room In Frame – Death Cab for Cutie
Little Wanderer – Death Cab for Cutie
Hold No Guns – Death Cab for Cutie
Good Help (Is So Hard to Find) – Death Cab for Cutie
El Dorado – Death Cab for Cutie
Die Young In The Cave (Bootie Edit) – DJ MikeA
Your Hand In Mine (Album version) – Explosions In The Sky
Your Hand In Mine (Friday Night Lights version) – Explosions In The Sky
Hold My Hand – The Fray
Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Asunder, Sweet – Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Piss Crowns Are Trebled1 – Godspeed You! Black Emperor
All of You – Hinkstep
Dream Again – Hinkstep
Not Dead Just Forgotten – Hinkstep
My Forest Queen – Hinkstep
Favorite Song – Howie Day
Medicine Ball – Howie Day
Lanterns – Howie Day
I Saw Everything – Howie Day
Take Me to Church – Hozier
Smoke And Mirrors – Imagine Dragons
Dream – Imagine Dragons
Second Chances – Imagine Dragons
Black Cherry Pie – JEFF the Brotherhood
Die Young2 – Ke$ha
Arcadia – The Kite String Tangle
If… – Logan Mays
Little Things – Logan Mays
Screw Up (Ft. Megan Michele of The Resistance) – Logan Mays
The Superhero Song – Logan Mays
Waiting for Angels – Logan Mays
The Weight of Living – Logan Mays
Paris – Magic Man
White Blank Page – Mumford & Sons
Tompkins Square Park – Mumford & Sons
Believe – Mumford & Sons
The Wolf – Mumford & Sons
Wilder Mind – Mumford & Sons
Monster – Mumford & Sons
Snake Eyes – Mumford & Sons
Broad-Shouldered Beasts – Mumford & Sons
Only Love – Mumford & Sons
Hot Gates – Mumford & Sons
Tompkins Square Park – Live – Mumford & Sons
Exile Vilify – The National
Think You Can Wait (From the Film “Win Win”) – The National
Adventures In Solitude – The New Pornographers
Daft Punk – Pentatonix
On My Way Home – Pentatonix
Papaoutai3 – Pentatonix
Standing By – Pentatonix
I Need Your Love – Pentatonix
Say Something – Pentatonix
Run to You – Pentatonix
England Skies – Shake Shake Go
Heart Beats Slow – Simian Ghost4
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Run – Snow Patrol
Carry Me Home – Sohn
Should Have Known Better – Sufjan Stevens
The Real You5 – Three Days Grace
Running Up That Hill – Track & Field
The Freshmen – The Verve Pipe
Birdhouse In Your Soul – Vitamin String Quartet6
Portal – Still Alive7 – Vitamin String Quartet
Star Wars – The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) – Vitamin String Quartet
Centuries8 – Vitamin String Quartet
Rather Be – Vitamin String Quartet
Blank Space – Vitamin String Quartet
Take Me to Church – Vitamin String Quartet
Cool Kids – Vitamin String Quartet
Habits – Vitamin String Quartet
All About That Bass – Vitamin String Quartet
Yellow Flicker Beat – Vitamin String Quartet
Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Cough Syrup – Young the Giant
Sacrifice – Zella Day

The big winner for this month is pretty obvious, I should think: Vitamin String Quartet. Not present is their cover of “Riptide,” but don’t worry, it’ll show up soon, because it’s wonderful. We’ve also got a strong showing from Mumford & Sons, plus Angus & Julia Stone, Death Cab for Cutie, and Logan Mays.9

  1. I’m gonna be honest, I think this one only stayed in my playlists as long as it did because of how great the name is. 
  2. Deconstructed, of course. 
  3. I found out way after I first heard their cover of this song that it’s French rap, I believe? Either way, it sounds cool. 
  4. Found on the album Angus & Julia Stone: The Remixes
  5. I think it’s a rule that I’ve got to have one ‘hard rock’ song on my playlist. 
  6. There’s a whole lot of VSQ in here. Probably something to do with the fact that I was, in a bygone era, a violinist, and I’ve still got a place in my heart for string instruments. 
  7. Fun fact: my aunt really likes this song, and was very surprised when she found out it’s a cover of a song from a video game. 
  8. Every song off VSQ Performs the Hits of 2014, Vol. 3 has “(String Quartet Tribute to [Original Artist])” at the end, but I’m going to leave that off of these. Just know that the rest of the VSQ on this list is all off of Hits of 2014, Volume 3, and you’ll be able to find them, no problem. 
  9. None of the others get a link because I’m too lazy to look their websites up: Logan’s, I know off the top of my head, because it’s running off of my server. 

Playlist of the Month: April 2015

I’ve only got a couple months left, I swear.
Aaa – They Might Be Giants
Adventures In Solitude – The New Pornographers
Airplanes And Airwaves1 – Aftermath
All at Once – The Fray
Always In My Head (Live At the Royal Albert Hall, London) – Coldplay
Arcadia – The Kite String Tangle
Atlas – Coldplay
Belief – John Mayer2
Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone
Bigger Stronger3 – Coldplay
Binary Sea – Death Cab for Cutie
Black Sun – Death Cab for Cutie
Breathe Me – Sia
Carry Me Home – Sohn
Cemeteries of London – Coldplay
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Come On (Acoustic)4 – Will Young
Comes and Goes (In Waves) – Greg Laswell
Congratulations – Blue October/Imogen Heap5
Cough Syrup – Young the Giant
Daft Punk – Pentatonix
Die Young6 – Ke$ha
Die Young In The Cave (Bootie Edit) – DJ MikeA
Dream – Imagine Dragons
Exile Vilify – The National
Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Feeling Like A Sunset7 – Hinkstep
The Freshmen8 – The Verve Pipe
Good Help (Is So Hard to Find) – Death Cab for Cutie
Hallelujah9 – The Canadian Tenors
Hate Me – Blue October
Hold My Hand – The Fray
Hold No Guns – Death Cab for Cutie
Holocene – Bon Iver
How to Save a Life – The Fray
Into the Ocean10 – Blue October
Jimmy Gets High11 – Daniel Powter
Let Me Love – ARCHIS
Life-Sized – Howie Day
Look After You – The Fray
Love Is Never Lost – Howie Day
Mad World – Michael Andrews & Gary Jules
Magic – Coldplay
Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Memorial (Edit)12 – Explosions In The Sky
Midnight – Coldplay
Naranja – Hinkstep
Not Dead Just Forgotten – Hinkstep
On My Way Home – Pentatonix
One Too Many – Three Days Grace
Paloma – Carbon Leaf
Paris – Magic Man
Peasantry Or ‘Light! Inside Of Light!’ – Godspeed You! Black Emperor13
Piss Crowns Are Trebled – Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Problem – Pentatonix
Radioactive – Pentatonix
Run – Snow Patrol
Run to You – Pentatonix
Running Up That Hill – Track & Field
Sacrifice – Zella Day
Same As You – The Fray
Say Something14 – Kyle Snelgrove
Second Chances – Imagine Dragons
Set The Fire To The Third Bar – Snow Patrol
Shadow and a Dancer – The Fray
Sheets – Damien Jurado
Should Have Known Better – Sufjan Stevens
A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
Smoke And Mirrors – Imagine Dragons
Snö – Hinkstep
Speed Of Sound – Coldplay
Square One – Coldplay
Swallowed in the Sea – Coldplay
Synthesizer – Mike Posner
Take Me to Church – Hozier
Talk15 – Coldplay
Think You Can Wait (From the Film “Win Win”) – The National
To Die In L.A. – Lower Dens
Up in Flames – Coldplay
Violet Hill – Coldplay
We Cry – The Script
White Blank Page – Mumford & Sons
Worry – Howie Day
X Amount of Words16 – Blue October
You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
You’ve Haunted Me All Your Life – Death Cab for Cutie
Your Hand in Mine (album version) – Explosions In The Sky
Your Hand in Mine (Friday Night Lights version) – Explosions In The Sky

This one is less commentated than the others, mostly because I got tired of trying to come up with stuff to say.
I’m really not sure why this one was alphabetized and the others weren’t. I don’t profess to understand iTunes at all – it’s a godawful mess of a program, but it works alright for what I use it for – managing my music library and nothing else.

  1. I have no idea how I wound up with this song, but I only noticed that it was in my iTunes library my junior year of high school when I was making a mixtape as a Secret Santa present for someone. 
  2. For some reason, I have a note in my mind next to the name John Mayer that just says ‘douchebag.’ I have no idea how it got there. 
  3. Probably my favorite little-known Coldplay song, to be honest. Very quiet, though, so you might have to bump the volume up. 
  4. This one is actually a straight rip from YouTube, since I couldn’t find it anywhere to purchase with actual audio quality. 
  5. There was about a 0% chance that this collaboration would be bad, and it was even better than I’d originally hoped. 
  6. This is the Deconstructed version, of course. 
  7. This makes me want to listen to “Sinking Like A Sunset” 
  8. Why yes, this is the song I sang a cover of once. Bonus points if you can find that on YouTube. 
  9. I’ve sung so many different versions of this song, I get them all confused these days. 
  10. I think this is the first song I ever heard by Blue October, and it’s still one of my favorites. 
  11. Childhood flashbacks in 3… 2… 
  12. I found this one while trawling through their website hoping for news about new music – it was a free download. I love when people do that. 
  13. I think it’s a rule that post-rock bands have weird names. 
  14. A lot of my (choir) friends have sung covers of this song, to the point where the original actually sounds weird to me. 
  15. This is the default ringtone on my phone, because I think I’m funny. 
  16. This one is in my ‘sleep’ playlist for some reason. I’m leaving it there. 

Playlist of the Month: March 2015

We aren’t done yet, folks! You might be able to tell by the way that I haven’t caught up to what month we’re in at the moment. Without further ado, here’s the list:
Parachute – Bryan Rice. I once described this song as ‘so stereotypically pop-y that I want to punch someone in the face.’1 While it’s still generally true, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Let Me Love – ARCHIS. A friend sent this one to me with the request that I play it at the next meeting of the campus LGBTQ group. It went over pretty well.
Safe & Sound (feat. The Civil Wars) – Taylor Swift. It’s back!
Running Up That Hill – Track & Field. Fun fact, I have the sheet music to this somewhere. It’s not exactly accurate to the original, it’s missing some of the harmonies.
Cemeteries of London – Coldplay. Another perennial favorite.
Sheets – Damien Jurado. This may or may not be the only Damien Jurado song I’ve got. I’ve been yelled at about that before.
A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay. I really like the album cover to Ghost Stories.
Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone. This is a pretty distinctive album cover, too.
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman. I’m less of a fan of this album cover.
Your Hand In Mine – Explosions In The Sky. I think it’s the other version of the song this time.
Night of the Hunter – 30 Seconds to Mars. We’re still in repeats.
Atlas – Coldplay. I like Atlas a lot better than their other recent movie-exclusive song, whose name I honestly can’t even remember.
Up in Flames – Coldplay. Milo Xyloto is a good album, you guys.
Viva La Vida – Coldplay. But Viva La Vida was a better one, I think. A classic.
It Takes A Lot To Know A Man – Damien Rice. Sorry, dear, you haven’t quite gotten to the ‘Panic! At The Disco’ level of long song titles.
Mutatis – Blueneck. It’s great, okay? I think the word I’d use is ‘desolate.’
2013 – Daniel Kim. Technically it’s called “Pop Danthology 2013” but I have them as an album named “Pop Danthology” so it all works out alright.
2014 – Daniel Kim. I’m excited for 2015, okay?
Always In My Head (Live At the Royal Albert Hall, London) – Coldplay. The ‘live’ stuff petered out pretty quickly.
Hero – Darren Hayes. I got more annoyed with the heteronormativity in his music videos2 when I found out that he’s married to a dude.
Thunderstruck – 2CELLOS. It’s honestly been a while since I listened to any 2CELLOS.
Mombasa – 2CELLOS. I think I overplayed it a bit.
Hold My Hand – The Fray. Good for singing along to.
Shadow and a Dancer – The Fray. I’m actually about to put this one back in my current playlist, I’d forgotten how good it is.
Grizzly Bear – Angus & Julia Stone. I have a lot of A&JS remixes but not much of their actual original stuff. Weird.
Paloma – Carbon Leaf. ‘Rollicking fun,’ I might say.
Fun – Troye Sivan. I swear I have the rest of this EP somewhere.
Arcadia – The Kite String Tangle. Actually, now that I think about it, it wasn’t on a radio station that my sister heard this song and got mad about it getting popular, it was on Connor Franta’s playlist-album-thing.
Same As You – The Fray. Also just went back into my current playlist.
Final Masquerade – LINKIN PARK. I might have more of this album, but you can’t tell from these playlists.
Wake Me Up – 2CELLOS. I might have the actual Avicii version of this song somewhere, but I don’t listen to it.
Immortal – Marina and The Diamonds. I just really love her voice, okay?
Weeds – Marina and The Diamonds. I can’t remember what this song is about. Did I know in the first place?
Forget – Marina and The Diamonds. I really can’t remember this one.
Take Me to Church – Hozier. Though the heteronormativity3 is annoying, it’s still great for singing along to.
Shots – Imagine Dragons. I keep reading this title and my brain goes “Shots! Shots! Shots!” And I’m like, no, brain, this isn’t that song.
Savages – Marina and The Diamonds. Possibly my favorite off of Froot.
Smoke And Mirrors – Imagine Dragons. This one is still in my playlist of the month.
Die Young In The Cave (Bootie Edit) – DJ MikeA. I honestly have no idea what the album cover is supposed to be, but it’s wonderful.
Never Too Late – Bryan Rice. I keep thinking of the Three Days Grace song…
Can’t Pin Me Down – Marina and The Diamonds. … Which one is this? Oh lord, I shouldn’t be trying to write these lists up without at least listening to them once.4
Bomb Shelter – Bryan Rice. I’m gonna be honest, the album cover kinda makes this look like he’s an LGBT icon, rather than, like, the number one pop star in Denmark or whatever.
Stay Awake (feat. Bryan Rice)[Radio Edit] – Bryan Rice & Guéna LG. I have no idea who Guéna LG is.
These Arms – Bryan Rice. I have a sudden desire to google ‘Bryan Rice arms’ but I feel like that wouldn’t end well.
I Bet My Life – Imagine Dragons. Oh man, I miss this song.
Cough Syrup – Young the Giant. I had no idea this was by Young the Giant. Huh.
Friction – Imagine Dragons. A little bit more ‘hard rock’ than the rest of the album, I think.
Froot – Marina and The Diamonds. It’s the titular song! And I only listened to it a few times.
Second Chances – Imagine Dragons. I think this one is also in my current playlist.
Solitaire – Marina and The Diamonds. Ooh, I forgot about this one, it’s great.
Thief – Imagine Dragons. I don’t really remember this one, to be honest.
Warriors – Imagine Dragons. Also a bit harder rock than the rest.
Dream – Imagine Dragons. Oooh, this one is wonderful. Go listen.
Beat of My Own Drum – Bryan Rice. I’m suddenly annoyed by the capitalization in here.
Fire To the Sky – Bryan Rice. Ugh, another one.
Never Let You Down (feat. Lykke Li) – Woodkid. One of my top two songs off the Insurgent soundtrack.
Carry Me Home – Sohn. This is the other one.
Warriors – Imagine Dragons. Oh, that’s why this song kept coming up so often when I had this list on shuffle. It’s in there twice! This explains more than it doesn’t.
Blood Hands – Royal Blood. Insurgent had a good soundtrack. I’ve never seen the movie, nor read the books.
Holes in the Sky – M83 With HAIM. I once tried to describe the album art of M83’s Midnight City and I’m pretty sure everyone in the room thought I was tripping.
Sacrifice – Zella Day. This one is actually still in my playlist I think.

And there we are! Three months down, three more to go, and then I’ll be doing these write-ups once a month.
Unless I decide to do write-ups for 2014, which wouldn’t take too long, since I skipped a few months in there. I’ll think about it.

  1. That may or may not be how I wound up in a twitter fight with the artist at one point. 
  2. It was pretty bad to start with. 
  3. I think I’m overusing this word a bit, but it’s something I complain about a lot. 
  4. Instead, I’m listening to Lisa Lampianelli be offensive to everyone