Lately, because I’ve been home a lot during the day, I’ve actually been going out a lot in the evenings – usually to free things, like lectures, because I’m trying to save up cash for my impending departure to grad school. (I won’t dwell on this, but about me: yeah, am still working for the soon to be ex-employer into the summer, but have managed to secure myself a funded space in a masters’ program in Canada in the fall. So off I go. I’m not thrilled about leaving New York, which feels like it’s the love of my life, but I’ll certainly be happier having more time getting writing off the ground.)
But the funny thing about that is that when 5 or 6 p.m. rolls around, and it’s time for me to start getting ready, some kind of evening nesting impulse kicks in and I often have to fight the impulse to just stay home and watch television. So I’ve turned to a college time-tested energy-raising strategy: going-out music. You know, something you might dance alone in your apartment to, goofily, as you awkwardly throw mascara on lest you offend people at the event you’re attending with a less-than-one-hundred-percent beauty-2.0-compliant appearance.
So here are a few favourites of mine for this purpose – please link to others, or even just name them, in the comments! I’m always looking for new tracks to add to my “Get Off Your Ass” iPod playlist. I don’t claim to have any real taste in music – I hate music snobbery, and can’t abide much music criticism, but that’s probably because I know they’d all consider me to have no taste whatsoever. So I’m wary of wading into this territory. But I guess haters gonna hate.
First up is always Hedwig – and if you haven’t seen this movie, get thee to Netflix post-haste:
I don’t really like the sound of most Top 40 pop music, but here’s a version of “Single Ladies” I can get behind:
Rilo Kiley is one of those bands I feel like I liked before everyone else did. Here’s one of their less common tracks:
I’m convinced the Stars wrote this about me and my Transfuckingformers ex:
Add your own guys!