||"I Know A Place"
||If you listen to just one of these songs this week, listen to this one. If you listen to just one song ever, listen to this one. Of course you shouldn't only listen to one song, ever or today, that would be crazy. Time flows. But sometimes you can let it eddy a bit, and spin around for just little while in one perfect moment, and imagine a way for everything to be forgiven and eternal.|
||The Hamilton Mixtape
||I believe, and I feel pretty consident about this, that Hamilton is not overrated. Democracy, more likely.|
||Car Seat Headrest
||"Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales (Single Version)"
||I believe that this is what I always wanted every Dinosaur Jr song to sound like.|
||"You Bring the Snow"
||I believe this is the Christmas song the Killers kept trying to write.|
||I believe the little town of Bethlehem doesn't mean the same thing to everybody.|
||The Irrepassable Gate
||There are various ways to cope with the apocalypticality of seasons,|
||"Previous Associates, Now as Targets for the Gun"
||and you're allowed to use multiple strategies at once:|
||"The Hand of the Devil"
||From the Mortuary 6
||serenity and a hammer,|
||What Graceless Dawn
||spitting out sparks,|
||"Hall of Sins"
||The Unrevealed Secret
||layers of armor and brocade.|
||Strand of Oaks
||Everything new is a potential replacement for something,|
||Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. II
||but only if you've reached your emotional capacity for nouns,|
||AS IT IS
||"No Way Out"
||or the point where no danger behind or marker ahead seems like reason enough to run,|
||"Moment Like This"
||Picture Perfect 5
||or where runnning seems too utilitarian to be a form of dance.|
||DEGREELESSNESS / Now We Know 2
||But how is that kind of flight a way to live?|
||The Murder of My Sweet
||Don't you know that every footfall is a step in a victory march with no defeated onlookers?|
||Don't you hear how a momentary conviction of immortality can empower an instant?|
||"Prize for the Winner"
||How shattering can set things free?|
||Lights & Motion
||"This Explosion Within"
||How much internal revelation is a process of converting amorphous reality into productive metaphor?|
||"Jólakveðja (feat. Gosar, Valdimar Guðmundsson, Snorri Helgason, Teitur Magnússon & Flex)"
||It is better to light a fuse in the darkness than to wait for the winter sun to rise in Iceland,|
||or for the robots to run us down in our own streets.|
||Reverie is an earned and constructed state.|
||"Some Hearts (at Christmas Time)"
||But you can learn to inhabit other people's incomprehensible mechanisms,|
||The Magnetic Fields
||"When You Were My Baby"
||The Wayward Bus / Distant Plastic Trees (Remastered)
||even if the other people are your younger selves,|
||"隨心所遇 (日本觀光推廣主題曲) - Visit Japan Campaign Song"
||or the texts are overheard conversations|
||"This Sunken Ship Has Higher Hopes Than I Do"
||Brave the Storm 6
||about abandoned quests.|
||"火星人來過 - 火星情報局2主題曲"
||You can marvel at the componentry of machines you don't know how to use.|
||And maybe you'll think of your own purposes for them.|
||If nothing else, you can pile them up and use them to reach a thing on higher shelves,|
||"Så som i himlen"
||that somebody else left behind.|
||Somebody put it there, thinking "Some day we'll need this, and this is where we will think to look for it."|
||"A Dónde Ir"
||And they were wrong, but no more plaintively than we all are.|
||Post-punk is not a line, it is a ripple. Much of the time we try to progress, and only manage to expand and dissipate,|
||but this is one way of making an impression.|
||You should take no joy in breaking anything permanently.|
||Kyla La Grange
||Everything is fragile, we knew that already.|
||"Oxygene, Pt. 14"
||The best ideas recur.|
||Post-punk is not a method, it's a refusal to be defined in opposition.|
||"Pa'no Nangyari 'yun?"
||Pano Nangyari Yun - EP 5
||Everything you fight desperately to defend survives somewhere untroubled.|
||Gqom Queen, Vol. 1
||Everything you can't escape has realms it cannot enter,|
||where you would feel foreign, but not unwelcome.|
||And isn't that why you travel?|
||Old Complaints Revisited LP
||Isn't that why you hit Play?|
||"To Be Alive (feat. Aaron Richards)"
||Fear Is Fleeting - EP 6
||Isn't that why you put on those particular clothes?|
||Territory I 4
||Isn't that why our hearts all beat with more or less the same rhythm?|
||And yes, of course, I know it isn't true. It isn't that we all play the same rhythms, it's that each of us really only hears one.|
||Snaggletooth: A Tribute to Lemmy
||All you can do is live and die in your own say. It takes somebody else to tell your story like a story.|
||Music For Cats
||It takes somebody else to organize your cacophony into a set of contiguous murmurs.|
||"Hamildolph (An American Christmas Story)"
||But then, of course, it becomes as much their story as yours. If you listen to only one song, ever, this one will make no sense. And maybe that's the way to start over.|