Playlist: I’m in a Rut


I’m in one of those ruts where I’m not really inspired by anything. I don’t know what to write about or what to suggest for dinner (I don’t usually do the cooking, so I’m support staff on that issue, except on Tuesday, when I’ll be making fried rice, which I do very well although it’s not exactly the most exciting thing ever; I can post a recipe — you have to cook the rice and the tofu ahead of time). I knew it was bad when I couldn’t even come up with an idea for a playlist, but then I realized that coming up with a playlist was exactly what I had to do.

This playlist is one of the most random things you’ll ever hear, but it’s exactly what I need right now. It doesn’t really make sense and there’s a lot of cheesy shit, but there are several of the big songs that always make me want to, like, get up and really do something. Do you have those songs? Like, remember when you were home alone in college maybe smoking a cigarette and wearing cut-off jean shorts and a plaid flannel shirt (sexy!) and trying to write something, and forgive my inappropriate use of capital letters here, Very Important, and a song comes on and instead of writing you get up and walk around the house talking to yourself and making wild hand gestures because you’re just so into it? These are those songs. They’re good songs to have.

You might not realize this, but I spend a lot of time putting my playlists together, and I try to listen to them all the way through at least once before posting. I think I do an okay job. One time I read something about how, I think it’s in Jamaica, there’s a person called the selector. The selector picks the music and the DJ plays it. I don’t know how to DJ (one day soon I will, I hope — Ben can show me, although I worry it’s like driving stick, where I’ll try for a minute, get really pissed off, and give up) but I know how to select. That’s one of my things. I think. Ben is my test audience. I get drunk, make him listen to this shit, and ask him if it makes him want to, like, shoot himself or something. If he only makes fun of a few songs, I figure I’m doing okay. Sometimes you need to listen to those make-fun-of songs, or at least you do if you’re more of a snob about music than I am. You need to have room for Nelly is what I’m saying.

This isn’t the playlist to listen to when you’re depressed (I’ll come up with one of those when I have PMS sometime soon, because holy shit). This is the playlist for when you don’t know what to write about, don’t know what to have for dinner, don’t know what to wear, or don’t know what to do tonight. You’re uninspired and not sure what comes next. I know how you feel, and I think this might help.

Playlist: I’m in a Rut

Help I’m Alive – Metric
Title Track – Death Cab for Cutie
I Just Wanna Love U – Jay-Z
Lovesick – Lindstrom & Christabelle
Like a G6 – Far East Movement
Vivrant Thing – Q Tip
She’s Gone – Hall & Oates
Window Shopper – 50 Cent
The Sky is The Limit – Lil Wayne (title is wrong on widget but it’s the right song)
What it Look Like – Spank Rock
Back & Forth – Foo Fighters
Time to Pretend – MGMT
All 4 U – Janet Jackson
Put it in the Air – Talib Kweli
Take ‘Em Up – Shit Robot feat. Nancy Whang
Get Involved – Raphael Saadiq feat. Q Tip
You’re So Gangsta – Chromeo
El Trago (The Drink) – 2 In a Room
Can’t Get a Line – Old 97s
Sick of Myself – Matthew Sweet
Dance Tonight – Lucy Pearl
If I Could Go – Angie Martinez
Home Alone – R Kelly feat. Keith Murray
Let it Whip – The Dazz Band
American Boy – Estelle feat. Kanye West
My House – Hercules and Love Affair
UFO (Van She Tech Remix) – Sneaky Sound System
Sowing Seeds – The Jesus and Mary Chain
On the Hotline – Pretty Ricky
Miss You – The Rolling Stones
DVNO – Justice
Almost Easy – Avenged Sevenfold
Just a Dream – Nelly
A Cause des Garcons (Riot in Belgium Remix) – Yelle
Boys Wanna Be Her (Tommy Sunshine’s Brooklyn Fire Retouch) – Peaches
Yr City’s a Sucker – LCD Soundsystem
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Too Close – Next
Airbag – Radiohead
More than a Feeling – Boston
More – Junkie XL
Still not a Player – Big Pun
Flowerz – Armand Van Helden
Don’t Let’s Start – They Might be Giants
Cher Chez La Ghost – Ghostface Killah
Lights & Music (Boyz Noise Remix) – Cut Copy
Any Way You Choose to Give It – The Black Ghosts
1901 – Phoenix
Hey Ma – Camron feat. Juelz Santana
Is that Your Bitch – Memphis Bleek feat. Jay Z and Missy Elliot
Big Iron – Marty Robbins
Go Girl – Pitbull feat. Trina

You can listen to everything here.