Mixtape 2019

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.

If you follow me on Spotify, you’ll find a lot of year mixtapes.

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:


  1. Courtney Barnett - Everybody Here Hates You

  2. Bloody Winter - Shunkan

  3. Tessa Violet - I Like (the idea of) You

  4. Better Oblivion Community Center - Dylan Thomas

  5. Girlpool - Pretty

  6. Sharon Van Etten - Seventeen

  7. Hatchie - Without A Blush

  8. Jenny Lewis - Hollywood Lawn

  9. DAWN - we, diamonds

  10. Lizzo - Juice

  11. Stormzy - Vossi Bop

  12. Neon Indian - Toyota Man

  13. Doja Cat - Bottom Bitch
  14. Fitz and The Tantrums - OCD

  15. Tove Lo - Glad He’s Gone

  16. Jax Jones - You Don’t Know Me ft. RAYE

  17. Carly Rae Jepsen - I’ll Be Your Girl

  18. HAIM - Summer Girl

  19. Sure Sure - Warm Animal

  20. Vampire Weekend - Harmony Hall

  21. Magic City Hippies - Franny

  22. Two Hands - Big Thief

  23. PUP - See You At Your Funeral

  24. Georgia - About Work The Dancefloor

  25. KH aka Four Tet - Only Human

  26. Best Coast - For The First Time

  27. Elohim & Whethan - Sleepy Eyes

  28. Andrew Bird - Sisyphus

  29. Barrie - Geology

  30. Lana Del Rey - hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - but i have it

  31. Beirut - Gallipoli

  32. Joy Again - Country Song

  33. Rosie Tucker - Topic

  34. Sturgill Simpson - Sing Along

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Stuff from Blogs, January 27, 2020

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.

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.

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Logbook, January 13-19, 2020

My Stuff





TV Shows

Medical Police (good!), The Outsider (good start!), and started the second part of Carole and Tuesday

Video Games

Bought Donut County on sale. I’m nearly halfway through Link’s Awakening on Switch. Such a charmer. And I made some Mario level (link above)


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15/1/2020 · sketches

Mario Maker 2 - First Three Created Levels

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!

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Logbook, January 6–12, 2020




TV Shows

Progress made on Oresuki S1, Seinfeld S5, Year of the Rabbit S1, My Hero Academia S3.

Video Games

Made some Mario Maker levels. I’ll blog about that.

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13/1/2020 · Logbook

Cura, January 8, 2020

Note: The playlist embedded above will always be the most recent playlist and might not match the list below.

Cura is my Spotify mixtape. You can listen to it and subscribe here. I keep it as one playlist so it’s easy to subscribe to. I update it fairly frequently, but I also keep an archive playlist so you don’t have to miss a thing.

I hope you like it. I made it for you.

Here’s the track listing for this week:

8/1/2020 · Mixtapes

Logbook, December 30, 2019–January 5, 2020

My Stuff



TV Shows

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!


Good Tweets

6/1/2020 · Logbook

Fran’s Not Here 46 - Clapback for Catholics

Listen to or download episode 46

Recorded live at the Free Times Cafe on December 10, 2019.

Eat a roast beef sandwich in a tub or whatever.

Fran’s Not Here is a show about Toronto, co-hosted by Sawyer Paul and Robert Pilgrim. Read blog posts about each episode. Subscribe via

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December 2019 in photos

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