16 Songs For Sweaters (2015)

A playlist for Autumn 2015 inspired by sweaters, but maybe not really inspired by sweaters at all.

After reading Bradley Stern’s “State Of The Muunion“, I spent some time contemplating the past, present and future of It’s The Money Shot. Two big questions dangled around in my brain – “Why am I doing this, and um, who am I even doing it for?” Back when this blog launched in late May 2006, those questions were a lot easier to answer. I was a bright-eyed college student with a compulsive need to write about music, and I somehow deluded myself into believing that I had an obligation to share my (supposedly) unique, scattered taste with the world.

These days, I am thirty years old and pretending that I am wiser. It legitimately makes me anxious to look back at my old writing and witness the embarrassing attempts to come off as “cool” or “snarky”. I think back to the ridiculous amount of hours devoted to this blog, and I want to shake my former self, yell at him to step away from the keyboard and go play outside for a moment… And then, like a true hypocrite, I sit down in front of a keyboard for far too long, delivering these entirely unnecessary (and entirely unrelated) reflections as accompaniment for my new autumn playlist “Songs For Sweaters (And The People Wearing Them)“.


Despite the self-deprecating tone of that lovely introduction, the truth is, I’m not quite ready to give up on this blog. The days of exclusive premieres, remix contests and links from Vulture may be behind me, but I no longer have the energy to try and shout “LOOK AT MY HOT FRESH #CONTENT” louder than everyone else on the damn internet. Right now, I’m perfectly okay lounging around in a quiet, dark corner of semi-irrelevance, throwing songs together for whoever the hell is willing to listen to them.

So, uh, here’s a list of some songs you might hear if you hit the play button! Which is a thing you should do, I think.

  1. Boxed In f/ CocknBullKid – “Lo Life”
  2. Torres – “Sprinter”
  3. Charlie Belle – “I Don’t Want To Be Alone”
  4. Baba Sonya – “Hot Air Balloon”
  5. Ashley Monroe – “If The Devil Don’t Want Me”
  6. Varsity – “Amanda”
  7. L√ČON – “Tired of Talking”
  8. The Internet – “Under Control”
  9. Courtney Barnett – “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party”
  10. Etta Bond – “Seen and Never Heard”
  11. Colleen Green – “Some People”
  12. Elohim – “Xanax”
  13. Kelela – “Rewind”
  14. Beach House – “Space Song”
  15. Emily King – “Sleepwalker”
  16. Laura Stevenson – “Torch Song”

14 Songs For Summer (2015)


Now that President Obama has succumbed to popular demand and released two back-to-back vacation playlists, the pressure has been mounting to pull myself together and release my own take on the best songs for summer 2015. Unlike my previous playlists for January, February, March and April, you won’t need to set aside 10,000 hours to finish listening to this collection! There are just 14 tracks, clocking in at just under 45 minutes with no annoying throwbacks. A full track-list can be viewed here, and if the embed code below doesn’t work, you can try heading over to this little link to give it a spin.

I was going to set aside 10,000 hours to explain each of these selections and discuss my bizarre obsession with Sam Hunt’s “Take My Time” and Omi’s “Cheerleader” – as well as my bizarre aversion to the Samantha J remix of the latter song – but, ugh, why would you want to read my words when you could be on a beach flipping through a trashy romance novel or something? Put your headphones on and enjoy the rest of your summer! You deserve it.

The Best Of April 2015


In the interest of looking on the bright side, let’s just say that April has been a month of new beginnings. It started off with the simplest, most superficial thing like leaving my mustache behind in March for a fresh new start on my face… And then, without any warning, I found myself pushed off the plank into a circling pit of crocodiles known as the “job market”. Six years of my professional life dissolved into absolutely nothing right before my eyes, and once I managed to get past the point of staring at ceilings with an overwhelming sense of numbness, my brain entered the next phase in which I found myself so excited (yet so scared) by the overwhelming range of possibilities the future had to offer.

As usual, if you listen closely enough, you might be able to hear those feelings echoed during certain points within my latest playlist “Best of April 2015: How Will You Make It“. It follows a similar structure to my January, February and March editions—three to four new(ish) songs leading into a flashback, with that pattern repeated over and over again as needed. Should you happen to be the type of person who wants to know what they’re getting into before hitting the play button, you can view the full tracklist here.

The title of is, of course, a reference to Outkast’s 1994 Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik single “Git Up, Git Out“, which perhaps provides the most obvious parallel to the circumstances that inspired this playlist (or at the very least, more of an obvious parallel than Hilary Duff’s latest offering “Sparks“, a track so punchy and addictive that I won’t even insult its dignity by referring to it as a mere guilty pleasure).

And, uh, that’s all folks! If you need me, I’ll be waiting around somewhere for the metaphorical May flowers that all these metaphorical April showers are supposed to bring upon us. Please pray to the Supreme Goddess Angela Lansbury that some good news falls into my lap ASAP, or else I might get stir-crazy and make more listicles about #DogsThatDrive.