The Best Of February 2015

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This February was certainly full of ups and downs, and I believe most individuals in the New England area can agree that they’re glad to leave it behind. Naturally, that’s one of the motivating factors behind the title of my latest playlist Best of February: Say Goodbye. The scattered 31-song set opens with the reprise of Natalie Prass‘ excellent kiss-off track “Your Fool” and concludes with Kat Robichaud‘s extremely theatrical “The Long Kiss Tonight“.

While the goodbye theme wasn’t intentional, it eerily manages to creep in at other times with offerings like Tor Miller‘s “Hold The Phone“, CeCe Peniston‘s “Keep On Walkin’“, Butch Walker‘s “Afraid of Ghosts“, Makeshift Shelters‘ “(This Song Is Definitely Not About A Boy)” and rock legend Ronnie Spector‘s cover of “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory“. This could have been a subconscious response to a coworker’s departure for greener pastures, or perhaps a more symbolic “adios” to the dewy-eyed optimism that came with the new year. Nothing can be said for sure, except for the following:

St. Vincent deserved her Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album, but it’s kind of outrageous that she wasn’t even nominated for Album of The Year.

The Super Bowl was quite obviously won by Missy Elliott, and with news that she’s hopping back in the studio with Timbaland and Pharrell Williams, one can only hope that her comeback will be everything we’ve all been hoping for.

Something” by The Willowz makes me think of Mark Ruffalo in his underwear, and that is a very, very good thing that we should all think about as often as possible.

The choreography in the new Florence + The Machine video is fucking incredible.

Drake is a huge dork who raps about his mortgage, and I am 100% into it.

I am pretty into the way Louise from Bob’s Burgers dances in that Sleater-Kinney video.

During a karaoke night, this guy performed the Spice Girls’ “Say You’ll Be There“, and it was possibly the best thing that’s ever happened to me… And while we’re on the topic of girl groups, I am a grown man that actually loves Fifth Harmony.

It is rare that a day goes by when I don’t sing Deborah Cox‘s “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here“, out loud or just in my own brain. I have sung it to my pets on more than one occasion, when they wind up in places they’re not supposed to be.

Azealia Banks is nowhere near perfect, and it’s ridiculous that we expect her to be. Misogynist attitudes lead to her vilification, while male artists who are guilty of similar crimes are celebrated by the music industry. Note! Eminem continues to offer flimsy excuses for his persistent usage of the word “faggot”, and he has fifteen fucking Grammy Awards.

Ne-Yo and I had a conversation on Twitter, and now we’re officially best friends forever.

Along with forming these thoughts and listening to these tunes, I also spent the past month saying a bittersweet goodbye to an era of my life in which I dreamt of creating my own music. This resulted in the release of HISTORY, an album so surprising that it dropped seven to ten years after most of the material was recorded. Basically? I am Beyoncé.

Now Presenting: The 2015 Pre-Ghosties

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Welcome to the second annual Pre-Ghosties! This thrilling award show was created in January 2014 as a direct response to the poor decisions of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. You won’t have to sit through thousands of questionably bland live performances to find out who wins, and most likely, we won’t give any awards to blatant homophobes, members of the Church of Scientology or gay substitute teachers for Adele.

Unfortunately, we also won’t be giving any awards to Beyoncé for the following reasons—1) Her album technically came out in 2013, 2) We don’t have weird cutoff date ranges like the action Grammy Awards, and 3) “7/11” is a fun song, but spoiler alert, it wasn’t fun enough to win in its category. We hope that’s a sufficient explanation for the Bey Hive and Kanye West, because we assure you that we are, indeed, bitches who bow down.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s move on to this year’s nominees and winners! Please that note that, if you are unfamiliar with any of the artists below, you can click the name of their song or album to take a quick listen. Additionally, a sampler of all nominees can be heard on Spotify… And, well, if it’s not one-hundred percent obvious, winners are presented in bold text.

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The Best Of January 2015

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You may have heard that January is over. To acknowledge the overness of this past month, I have gone ahead and compiled a playlist entitled “Best Of January 2015: You’re Worth It, So Change It“. Most of these songs were released within the past 31 days, a few came out a little earlier, and amidst this, there are some older songs that resonated with me within this time period.

What’s the story behind those selections? I’m so glad you asked! Both “Pony” and “Human Nature” were songs that I’ve been wanting to perform at karaoke for ages, and I finally gathered up enough courage to give them both a try a week ago. You can watch an embarrassing video of me singing about my saddle over here (if that’s something you’d be into). It should go on the record that my saddle is, indeed, waiting, and it would behoove you to jump on it as soon as possible. A saddle can only be patient for so long.

 Sofia Talvik‘s “If I Had A Man” was one of my favorites from her album The Owls Are Not What They Seem, and since she personally reached out to thank me for my support over the years, I thought I’d include it here and, in the process, let you know that she’s currently raising funds for her next project Big Sky Country. This reminds me that I should probably respond to Sofia’s very, very nice e-mail.

Hmm, what else? Bette Midler‘s on there, because I just bought my darling boyfriend tickets to see her as an anniversary gift. (Seven years!) Taking Back Sunday is there, because apparently I am an angsty teenager stuck in a grown man’s body. The Tri-City Singers, Coko and Dolly Parton are the counterpoint to all that defiant screaming, each offering a bit of joy and inspiration.

The newer songs don’t have as many stories attached to them. The dance remix of that Lily Wood & The Prick song played constantly while I was traveling in Los Angeles, along with Selena Gomez‘s “The Heart Wants What It Wants” and Usher‘s slightly sex positive (but also slightly condescending) bop “I Don’t Mind“. They all grew on me, because that’s what happens when you drive around in sunny weather listening to the same three songs over and over again.

Everything else is just random stuff I like, arranged in a somewhat cohesive manner that should (hopefully) flow with each transition. It should be noted that the entire self-titled Vallis Alps EP is worth checking out, Fifth Harmony has proven to us the importance of horns in pop music, and “Oh My Zeus” is the greatest song you’ve never heard about two girlfriends chatting on the phone about a womanizing Greek god.

If you are somehow still reading this, then I’d like to remind you (or tell you for the first time) that original artwork by yours truly is now available through Society 6. I’ve made the decision that, from now until May 7, all profits made from sales on the site will be donated to BAGLY – The Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth. Links to a few of my favorite designs are included below:

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