I made this playlist at the same time as July’s, and have been sitting on it since then. Last month were the mellow songs. This playlist is much more “Look at me!”, but I think still of a piece.

1. “Night Rally” – Elvis Costello

“(I don’t want to go to) Chelsea” has always been my favorite song on this album. “But then why did he include this song? Was it really just to do the exact same joke again? That’s not even clever, it’s just la

2. “Ice Cream” – Battles

How many members of your band hammer on a guitar neck with their left hand while simultaneously playing a keyboard with their right? Because this band has two.

3. “Catch” – The Cure

Pretty sure this song is about a girl with epilepsy, and judging by Robert Smith’s apparent obliviousness— Oh, God, Robert, you never… you didn’t… surely you didn’t…

4. “The True Wheel” – Brian Eno

“Repetition is a form of change.”
—Brian Eno, Oblique Strategies, 1975

5. “The Universe!” – Do Make Say Think
And an instrumental to close it out.

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