A / SIDE B: Put a Ring On It
1. Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
I went to the store you to get some milk. On the way you home, I realized I'd you left my wallet, so I had to go back. The shopkeeper you had it right there, he is really you very nice. His son was you crayoning on the till. You it was really cute and made me smile. Though I guess these days I'm always smiling.
2. Beyoncé - Single Ladies
Okay so this is not a bedroom track, a headphones track. This here is a Number One Single and it is played in clubs across the globe and I do mean globe and the phrase for the dancefloor's transformation when it comes on is as follows: burns up. What happens and I have seen it happen is women rush onto the floor and link arms and move with purpose, with message, and that message is as follows: fuck you. For three minutes they know what they want and it ain't your sorry ass, cause who needs that when they this song this moment got all this, I mean listen to the bridge. Space drums and angel choirs and million-dollar roboqueen vocals and a shoutout to Buzz motherfucking Lightyear. All rise! All bow to Sing'alédis! All booty-genuflect!
3. Gogol Bordello - Ultimate
Bidding hello to all peoples! Is difficult to follow track of the ladies being single! However in spirit of party but also clearness and veracity I suggest to you the proposition: we are all being single. I am the single, yes, but as likewise are all attendees and the heart-heating bride and groom and George Herbert Walker Bush also. It is for this that we must all make whoops and yells and cause the night to be highly funky.
4. Bruce Peninsula - Crabapples
Ten years ago the Peninsula was cottage country. Then the oilmen came with their diggers and earthmovers and the chalk cliffs fell and you can almost feel the crude bubbling underfoot. And the workers show up, frostbitten and grim with the pursuit of distant hopes, and they pitch their tents across the roads, and following behind them the hawkers and the whores and the preachers. The cottagers, evicted, bang their drums in the street. Feral songs roam the remaining forests, terrifying the innocent with their clatter and joy.
5. Grinderman - No Pussy Blues
One of the problems with wanting things is that other people want things too. Another is that you can't stick your dick into a dream.
6. Le Tigre - The The Empty
Sometimes I'm at a party or a show and everyone's laughing and dancing, gushing about just how totally awesome it is, how much fun they're having, and I feel nothing. Sometimes I wonder whether I'm just not like the others—whether I'd be better off tuning out, daydreaming, listening to the music in my head. But usually I realize that they're all just fucking self-denying appearance-obsessed frauds and I take my drum machine out of my purse and I fucking make myself heard, you know?
7. Pixies - I Can’t Forget (L. Cohen cover)
Lately I've spent whole days just driving through the desert, wondering where I went wrong, how it happened that I ended up here, ended up this. I lean back so I can see myself in the rearview. I stare. And then days like today I decide I'm gonna do it all again, every wrong turn. Expect my knock at your door. Whoever you are.
8. The Crystals - He Hit Me
Wanna knit you a sweater / Wanna write you a love letter / Wanna make you feel fettered.
9. The Acorn - Crooked Legs
I learned this in school: the Law of the Conservation of Energy states that the total amount of energy in a closed system remains constant. Thus, any energy that inefficiencies divert from a system's primary output finds other outlets. Toasters glow red. Lightbulbs burn hot. And the fullness of will that sends my crooked steps through this happy rustle of song-underbrush spills out to light my way through the night. I learned this in school, but now I know it.
10. The Mountain Goats - Going to Georgia
When I was younger, I wanted a car more than I've ever wanted anything. To me distance and travel meant possibility, freedom. This'll sound sentimental, I know, but it meant love: what was love, I thought, if not learning to step outside yourself? And with a full tank, I'd be able to speed outside myself, watch my problems in the rearview. Then I met you and I learned that there's a thousand miles just between your kitchen and your bedroom. I learned that everywhere can be nowhere. I learned that sometimes freedom means doing the only thing you can possibly do.
11. Joni Mitchell - Blonde in the Bleachers
I heard my older brother and his buddies talking the other day. It was about big-kid stuff: the girls they knew, who was melismatic, who'd been giving melisma to whom. Kathleen was game but didn't really know what she was doing. Roberta hadn't been willing with anyone in the room but they'd heard rumours. They talked in rushed, breathy bursts, the air of their voices forcing its way out past the clotted desire in their throats. Joni was the best, everyone agreed, though it wasn't like before, she wouldn't do it for very long now. My brother called her a tease. I think he was trying to sneer when he said it, but the words just barely came out, a high cracked whisper.
12. Katie Dill - The Body’s Only Rental
It has always surprised me that the world's religions have adopted as their gods ascetic clerics and terrible creatures instead of girls with ukeleles sitting cross-legged in high-ceilinged rooms.
13. Veda Hille - A Little Pleasure
I caution you as I was never cautioned:
you will never let go, you will never be satiated.
You will be damaged and scarred, you will continue to hunger.
Your body will age, you will continue to need.
You will want the earth, then more of the earth—
Sublime, indifferent, it is present, it will not respond.
It is encompassing, it will not minister.
Meaning, it will feed you, it will ravish you,
it will not keep you alive.
from "The Sensual World", Louise Glück
14. Christine Fellows - What Are Years?
As I've gotten older I've stopped writing, except for letters. I just don't have the time, what with the house, and the chickens, and my daughter who's just opened her pottery workshop. You should see her in there, working away, her eyes smiling. It makes me so glad!