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This month’s genre agnostic playlist is 61% new 2020 music and 39% ranging back to the 1930s.

November 2020’s mixtape is about 2 hours and 35 minutes long and has 43 dance, rock, alternative, indie rock, hip-hop/rap, singer/songwriter, traditional folk, electronic, alternative folk, holiday, folk-rock, french pop, jazz, R&B/soul, and pop songs across 7 decades. 61% of the music is from 2020. This playlist is available on both Spotify and Apple Music, and if you scroll to the bottom, you’ll find embedded widgets you can play right here.

I made this for us, because we need to put new art inside our heads and move our bodies around. It’s a way through.

November 2020’s playlist on Spotify and Apple Music:

1. Fake ID — Riton…


Habits and assumptions and the prospect of change

I just figured out why the keyboard tray seems to have done the opposite of what it was supposed to do. About a month ago, I got a pair of properly fitting glasses that made my prescription so much more effective. It’s brilliant — the world has crisp lines again! — but I’ve still been habitually leaning in towards my screens, and now with the keyboard tray pulled out, I’ve been leaning in further to cover the distance, but the thing is that I don’t need to lean in towards my screens anymore. I can see perfectly well now. …


Your monthly genre-agnostic playlist that tends to hover around 50% new music and 50% from over the last 100 years

September 2020’s mixtape is almost 2 hours and 20 minutes long and has 36 pop, hip-hop/rap, R&B/soul, rock, alternative, country, singer/songwriter, electronic, indie rock, jazz, americana, children’s, afro-beat, and gospel songs across 8 decades. This playlist is available on both Spotify and Apple Music. Enjoy!

September 2020’s playlist on Spotify and Apple Music:

1. Youth Decay — Sleater-Kinney (2000) 2. There’s More to Life Than This (Live Version) — Björk (1993) 3. Only Child — Tierra Whack (2019) 4. DO YOU LOVE HER — Jessie Reyez (2020) 5. Beginning of the End (Wyld Stallyns Edit) — Weezer (2020) 6. Your Love — The Outfield (1985) 7. Can’t Hardly…


It’s been exactly 5 years since I published “I Quit Liking Things On Facebook for Two Weeks. Here’s How It Changed My View of Humanity.” Here is where I landed earlier this year in March 2019.

Aside from maintaining my Grace In Small Things group, I haven’t been active on Facebook since February 1st, and it’s been wonderful. I’ve struggled with my use of the platform for years, because I’m a curious kitten and can’t help reading up on its unconscionable abuse of our data, egregious violations of public safety around the globe, and the ever-widening scope of its newer…


Music from Júníus Meyvant to Tierra Whack to Van Morrison, 1952–2018, on Spotify and Apple Music.

December’s mixtape is 1 hour and 27 minutes long and has 24 vocal jazz, latino, alternative, rock, metal, hip hop/rap, pop, and rock songs from 5 different decades.

December 2018's mixtape track listing on Spotify and Apple Music:

1. You Fascinate Me So — Blossom Dearie (1952) 2. Mujeres — Y La Bamba (2018) 3. Carb Yr Enthusiasm — Miss World (2018) 4. Blue Again — Weakened Friends (2018) 5. Body Talks (feat. Kesha) — The Struts (2018) 6. Row Row — Zeal & Ardor (2018) 7. Wave of History — Downtown Boys (2015) 8. High Alert — Júníus Meyvant (2018) 9. So Down — Mother Mother (2018) 10. Doesn’t…


Music from NIna Simone to The Raveonettes to Jeremy Dutcher, 1965–2018, on Spotify and Apple Music.

This month’s mixtape is 1 hour and 28 minutes long and has 21 jazz, alternative, rock, pop, folk, R&B/soul, and classical songs from 5 different decades.

November 2018's mixtape track listing on Spotify and Apple Music:

1. Sinnerman — Nina Simone (1965) 2. Woman (feat. Lana Del Rey) — Cat Power (2018) 3. Hotel Delmano — MUNYA (2018) 4. Mariners Apartment Complex — Lana Del Rey (2018) 5. How Did This Happen?! — Bodega (2018) 6. Diet Gum — John Grant (2018) 7. Beat City — The Raveonettes (2002) 8. The American Ruse — MC5 (1970) 9. Teenage Kicks — The Undertones (1978) 10. Girl U Want — Devo (1980)…


Music from Spiritualized to Katie Herzig to Fleetwood Mac, 1977–2018, on Spotify and Apple Music.

This month’s mixtape is 1 hour and 19 minutes long and has 15 alternative, country, singer/songwriter, indie rock, rock, americana, and folk songs from 2 different decades.

October 2018’s mixtape track listing on Spotify and Apple Music:

1. A Perfect Miracle — Spiritualized (2018) 2. Goodnight Europe — Amber Arcades (2018) 3. Emmylou — First Aid Kit (2012) 4. Wouldn’t It Be Great? — Loretta Lynn (2018) 5. American Flowers — Birds of Chicago (2017) 6. All Out of Catastrophes — Marissa Nadler (2018) 7. Conditions — Squirrel Flower (2016) 8. Funeral Singers (feat. Collections of Colonies of Bees) — Sylvan Esso (2018) 9. Closest I Get — Katie Herzig…


Music from Born Ruffians to Mommy Long Legs to Pulp, 1986–2018, on Spotify and Apple Music.

This month’s mixtape is 1 hour and 1 minute long and has 17 rock, alternative, pop, indie rock, punk, and electronic songs from 4 different decades.

September 2018’s mixtape track listing on Spotify and Apple Music:

1. Tokyo Bay — Nick Lowe (2018) 2. Miss You — Born Ruffians (2018) 3. All I Ever Wonder — St. Paul & the Broken Bones (2016) 4. Here It Comes (The Road) Let’s Go — Spiritualized (2018) 5. Revolution — Denise Hradecky (2009) 6. Baby — Helena Deland (2016) 7. Ginger Ale — Falcon Jane (2018) 8. A Sweet Transvestite With a Broken Nose — Exotic Adrian Street & the Pile Drivers (1986)…


Music from Mitski to The Damned to Dick Stusso, 1966–2018, on Spotify and Apple Music.

This month’s mixtape is 1 hour and 4 minutes long and has 18 alternative, singer/songwriter, pop, rock, rock & roll, folk, and americana songs from 5 different decades.

August 2018’s mixtape track listing on Spotify and Apple Music:

1. Lash Out — Alice Merton (2018) 2. Dance This Mess Around — The B-52’s (1979) 3. Death Train Blues — Daddy Long Legs (2012) 4. Chevrolet Van — The Nude Party (2018) 5. Greyhound — Calpurnia (2018) 6. Ships — Aaron Beckum (2017) 7. Flatland — Tunng (2018) 8. Addendum — Dick Stusso (2018) 9. True Dark — Murder By Death (2018) 10. I Just Can’t Be Happy Today — The…

Writer and Web Designer. See also: lover, fighter, object of subjectivity. https://elanmorgan.com and https://elan.works

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