Emily Picha

Back in 2001 I got one of those newfangled “blogs” and started a very public, very candid journal. Social networking hadn’t been invented yet, but webrings (remember those?) hadn’t gone completely out of fashion, and thanks to all my adolescent oversharing, I met a lot of really excellent people. I’m still in touch with a lot of them, and a few are among my very dearest friends.

I was never close with Ashley, although I think we exchanged emails once or twice. She was linked to by someone who’d linked to someone I linked to—the Web was like that back then—and had a real way with 7pt Verdana. (The Web was also like that back then.) And Ashley linked to a college friend of hers, a musician, whose site had MP3s to download and whose CDs (burned ones, in hand-taped photocopied sleeves) were the first thing I bought online with my own credit card. I still have them.

This song has been kicking around my life since I was 18 years old. I’ve put it on more than one mixtape. And it’s been in my head lately, for no reason I can pin down, so I put it on the iPhone that would have looked like fucking sorcery to me the first time I heard it, and I’ve been listening to it a lot this past week or two, and it’s been exactly what I’ve needed.

“It's Not”
Aimee Mann
Lost In Space


so baby kiss me like a drug like a respirator

Finding beloved favorite old songs on recently unearthed mix CDs: another perfect Sunday activity.

“Friend Is a Four Letter Word”
Fashion Nugget

Fashion Nugget is so absolutely one of my five desert-island albums that I don’t even remember what the other four are when I’m listening to it.

The Mountain Goats covering “Furniture Store” by Furniture Huschle in Columbia, SC on 27 June 2013.

I am basically addicted to this video right now.

Frank Turner, “Peggy Sang the Blues”

It doesn’t matter where you come from
It matters where you go
No one gets remembered
For the things they didn’t do

“Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
Catching Fire OST

Lorde covered “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” for the new Hunger Games soundtrack, and it is exactly as awesome and terrifying as I hoped it would be.

“Broadripple Is Burning (demo)”
Margot and the Nuclear So and So's

Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s - Broadripple Is Burning (demo)

I’m pretty sure I’ve posted this one before, but it’s a dark autumn night and I’m a little bit lonely and a little bit sad and this is pretty much the perfect song for that.

“When I Grow Up”
Version 2.0


When I Grow Up - Garbage

If we’re gonna consult 90’s era vocalists for their opinions on Miley Cyrus, I’d much rather hear what Shirley Manson has to say.

This album holds up considerably better than most of the other music I loved in high school.

The National - Demons

Every day I start so great, and then the sunlight dims
The less I look, the more I see the pythons in the limbs
I do not know what’s wrong with me, the sour’s in the cut
When I walk into a room, I do not light it up