In Defense of the Dance Party

Some days just suck. It’s unavoidable. You miss your alarm, you’re out of milk, your car gets parked in, you spill coffee all down your front, you leave work at the worst of rush hour. Somedays the suck just stacks, threatening to drown you in the misery of the day that you can’t seem to escape.

In case you’re wondering, my day sucked. I got turned down for yet another job I interviewed for, got blisters on my feet from walking in flip flops, woke up later than I wanted to. I’m sitting down to write this blog post at ten o’clock at night, and all I’ve done today is make apple crisp. I don’t know if we can call this day a success in the big book.

I’d rather not wallow in the misery today. I’ve done that, and while it’s all well-and-good, I’ve finally put a veto on listening to Keaton Henson and staring at the ceiling. To combat the blues, I’ve decided to make a fool of myself. And have my own personal dance party.

1. Left Hand Free – Alt-J

2. The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

3. Shuffle – Bombay Bicycle Club

4. Everyone Knows Everyone – The Helio Sequence

5. Holding Out for a Hero – Bonnie Tyler

6. Cold War – Janelle Monáe

7. I’ll Be Alright – Passion Pit

8. Happy with Me – HOLYCHILD

9. Golden Years – David Bowie

10. How You Like Me Now – The Heavy

11. 100$ Bill – Jay-Z

12. Maneater – Nelly Furtado

13. Right Here, Right Now – Fatboy Slim

14. The Queen and I – Gym Class Heroes

15. Jungle – X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons

16. Easy (Switch Screens) – Son Lux ft. Lorde

17. Le Disko – Shiny Toy Guns

As always, this playlist is available on Youtube and Spotify.

What are your dance-it-out jams? Talk to me in the comments!

And, just for good measure, let’s bring back this piece of “art.” The Rhys and Miles Virtual Dance Party:


Autumn Playlist: Falling Forward

I guess I have to admit it—fall is pretty much here. Soon the leaves will crunch underfoot, the weather will turn chillier and biting, your cheeks will bloom pink in the brisk wind. As we (perhaps unwillingly) welcome the cooling weather, I suggest you take a bit to regroup. Get a cup of tea, throw on your favorite scarf, and tuck into some wonderful fall music.

Falling Forward

1. The Wheel – Sohn

2. Fire-scene – S. Carey

3. Look Out – James Vincent McMorrow

4. This Won’t End Quietly – We The Committee

5. Lighthouse – Patrick Watson

6. An Unkindness of Ravens – Sanders Bohlke

7. Elevator Song – Keaton Henson

8. Shortline – RY X

9. Cavalier – James Vincent McMorrow

10. Come Away to the Water – Glen Hansard

11. Won’t You Come Home – Devendra Banhart

12. My Favorite Faded Fantasy – Damien Rice

13. The Ark – The Wilderness of Manitoba

14. Broken Brights – Angus Stone

15. Phantom and Friends – Old Man Canyon

16. Kids – Lady Danville

This playlist is also available on Spotify, and YouTube. Now break out those fall boots, those fingerless gloves, that tweed jacket, and head out for a brisk walk. It’s Autumn.

Monthly Playlist: Indeed We Can

Guys, August begins on Friday. How did it get to be August? Where did July go? More importantly, where did summer go?

Rather than bemoaning the impending temperature drop, let’s celebrate the dog days in style. Roll down the windows, turn up the music–here’s your August playlist.

(Props to AT for half of this list.)

1. Higher (Extended) – Just Blaze and Baauer

2. HyperParadise (Flume Remix) – Hermitude

3. Stone in My Heart – Graffiti6

4. Bad Karma – Ida Maria

5. Water Fountain – tUnE-yArDs

6. Dress – Sylvan Esso


8. I Can Talk – Two Door Cinema Club

9. White Lies – Max Frost

10. Artifice – SOHN

11. In Conflict – Owen Pallett

12. Dreamy Bruises – Sylvan Esso

13. Recover – CHVRCHES

14. Turn It Off – Phantogram

Also available on Spotify:

August here we come!