I began an experiment two years ago to build playlists of my favourite songs for every year. It began with the 80s and 90s, and then I sort of retroactively made them for this century. I’m slowly hitting the 70s but that music feels really far away for me, so it takes a bit longer to sift through.
These mixtapes are personal and subjective as hell and probably a bit corny for some while being too unknown for others. Music’s hard. I try to keep it to 20-30 songs per year but that number wildly fluctuates. I thought I hated 2019 but this one is 34 songs and I really love them all.
Here it is on Spotify:
Here it is on Youtube:
Courtney Barnett - Everybody Here Hates You
Bloody Winter - Shunkan
Tessa Violet - I Like (the idea of) You
Better Oblivion Community Center - Dylan Thomas
Girlpool - Pretty
Sharon Van Etten - Seventeen
Hatchie - Without A Blush
Jenny Lewis - Hollywood Lawn
DAWN - we, diamonds
Lizzo - Juice
Stormzy - Vossi Bop
Neon Indian - Toyota Man
Doja Cat - Bottom Bitch
Fitz and The Tantrums - OCD
Tove Lo - Glad He’s Gone
Jax Jones - You Don’t Know Me ft. RAYE
Carly Rae Jepsen - I’ll Be Your Girl
HAIM - Summer Girl
Sure Sure - Warm Animal
Vampire Weekend - Harmony Hall
Magic City Hippies - Franny
Two Hands - Big Thief
PUP - See You At Your Funeral
Georgia - About Work The Dancefloor
KH aka Four Tet - Only Human
Best Coast - For The First Time
Elohim & Whethan - Sleepy Eyes
Andrew Bird - Sisyphus
Barrie - Geology
Lana Del Rey - hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - but i have it
Once again I am sneaking in an entry when I do not entirely feel like it, just so there is a nicer-looking archives page. I am very strange like this. I think I often do things for the wrong reasons that turn out to be okay reasons (in an “ends justify the means” kind of way).
I relate to this. I’ll regularly write a post for this blog only to backdate it to when I “feel” it should have appeared. I used to think this was “cheating,” but then I learned that nobody cares, and I have a permit on this blog of mine to do what I want.
I’m not ready to talk about records yet. There’s a lot I don’t understand about it, it’s not mine yet, and if I’m going to address it I need to approach that space and the topic mindfully. But I’m definitely starting to get weird about it. Weirder. I mean, think about my baseline.
Sometimes, too, I’ll add a post that’s totally unfinished just to see the words printed somewhere. It feels like it counts, even if it’s just half a thought. Like a “watch this space” except I’m the only one watching and it’s about my thing.
That feeling when the Toronto subway ad telling you to escape to Florida fails and shows you the matrix and you get a sweet sense of relief that Florida is a lie. https://t.co/KalFL5maHv
Gamer question: How do you get better at fine motor control with a game controller? Say you haven’t, like, wasted most of your life getting good at Mario platforming. How do you build the confidence in order to practice that skill later in life?
I made ten levels in the first Mario Maker, and I’ll likely make more than that in the second. The community in this game is much bigger, and it’s a lot more fun to make the levels.
Multiplayer is where I think people will have the most fun. I made my second level with that in mind, and it’ll definitely inform my designs going forward.
In playtesting these levels with people, I quickly realized that most folks aren’t all that good at Mario. I know that probably seems obvious, but it’s a good idea to make levels easier than you think. Even if you’re not that skilled a player, you know the layout of the level you’re making, but the player doesn’t. I think Mario Maker 2 has enough insanely difficult levels as it is, and it’s grown a reputation for being a sadistic playground. More nice levels!
My first level, Water Shells, is probably too hard. You can play it at B9Y-P0D-QYG, but it’s not that great. Mostly, I used it to familiarize myself with the Switch’s control scheme. It does, however, follow my Mario level design aesthetic, which is one enemy, one obstacle, and one power-up.
My second level, Snow Pokey Fire Hops, is definitely more fun. You can play it here: 8LD-V0W-MWF, and you can watch it below:
I learned something in playtesting the second level, though, which is that lots of people seem to not automatically run with Mario. This is definitely a habit I’ve picked up over the years. My thumb is rarely not on the run button while playing. But other players are much more cautious. So I thought I’d make a level where running wasn’t actually necessary or even encouraged. That made me make Spin Jump Piranha Plants, which you can find at GT4-71D-BB6. You can watch the level below:
Of course, if you don’t run, you might also not know about the spin jump in Super Mario World. But that’s okay. By the end of this level you’ll get pretty good at it. I hope you like these. More coming soon!
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, 2019 - ★. All the Star Wars movies are bad now.
Dracula, 2020 - ★★★. Letterboxd needs to add some tv-based features so I can rate episode one-two 4 stars and episode three 2 stars. Some really great lines in the script, and overall a decent time on over-tread ground. But come for Van Helsing and stay for Van Helsing. She slaps.
Oresuki S1, My Hero Academia S2, Fleabag S2, and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2019. Always a good time. Also, finally finished Hanna on Amazon Prime. Not bad!
All right y’all I give up. I’ve got three things to plug into a tv and only two hdmi ports. Make this work for me.
I’d be disappointed by Terry Gilliam being an old racist idiot now, but we just had like, a decade of reckonings and realizations and stuff and I’m just, over it? Like, maybe I should just be happy he went so long not being one?
Sort of like treating a breakup of a long relationship as a success rather than a failure. We made it eight years, holy shit! I was a fan of Terry Gilliam for 30 years! And then he ended it by being shit. Not a bad run!
I started it in December, but my theme is friends. I want to strengthen my friendships and feel more connected to the people I care about.