outback witch house s01e21: it’s easy to be the miser when no one’s the wiser

ugh, thank you forever, internet k-hole


I think this year’s Memorial Day Weekend weather truly could be described as “comically bad.” It was in the 90s last weekend and it’ll be half that and raining tomorrow. Ah well, it’s not as if we don’t need the rain.

Let’s just say this episode’s title is extremely on the money (lol).

I had cactus needles and rose thorns embed in my hands this week, and I made an incredibly half-assed video for ALA Annual a couple hours ago on the day it was due. Let me know if you want to see it. There’s good info in it (about protecting your privacy while you’re doing online advocacy), but damn, I phoned that one in. I don’t even remember submitting the proposal for it last year, so there you have it, I guess?

Playlist (also available on Spotify here):
Manic Street Preachers – A Design for Life
Tears for Fears – Head Over Heels
Bear in Heaven – Sinful Nature
Neon Indian – Slumlord
The Cure – The Walk
Catherine Wheel – Chrome
Death in Vegas – Witchdance Dub (BED)
Camouflage – The Great Commandment
A Place to Bury Strangers – Never Coming Back
VR SEX – Rock N’ Roll Death
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Whatever Happened to My Rock n’ Roll?
Failure – Pillowhead
Four Tet – Two Thousand and Seventeen (BED)
Nine Inch Nails – Head Like a Hole
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – The Mercy Seat
Sisters of Mercy – Vision Thing
The Chameleons UK – Swamp Thing
Sunny Day Real Estate – Television
Four Tet – Lush (BED)
New Order – Vanishing Point
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Panic Blooms
Peaking Lights – A Phoenix & a Fish
The Avalanches/Blood Orange – We Will Always Love You
Deftones – The Chauffeur
Oneohtrix Point Never – A Pact Between Strangers (BED)
Broadcast – Tears in the Typing Pool


outback witch house s01e20: you can try the best you can; the best you can is good enough

Oh man, this might be my favorite episode of the program to date. I got to a point this week where I full-body realized it was time I needed to begin fencing myself off from several dumpster fires. No more emotional input; no more anxiety; no more attempting to change things outside of the limits to which they could possibly change. And I’m trying to practice that for as long as I can. Let’s all pour one out for boundaries.

I’m beginning to formulate some thoughts about what I might want to do “next” – and I mean in a long time from now, not anything immediate – and I feel better than I have in a while with a semi-coherent goal in mind. I’m also officially geared up to complete the second library renovation I’ve done in my career, and I’m stoked. It’ll be done by August 16, bay-bay.


please look at this wallpaper (source: internet k-hole)

Playlist (also available on Spotify here):
Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
Judas Priest – Breaking the Law
The Cult – Rise
Cheap Trick – Light Up the Fire
Faith & the Muse – Scars Flown Proud
Echo & the Bunnymen – Heaven Up Here
Daniel Avery – Hazel & Gold (BED)
Radiohead – Optimistic
Cabaret Voltaire – Runaway
The Chemical Brothers – Got to Keep On
Hot Chip – Dancing in the Dark
Fad Gadget – Collapsing New People
Massive Attack – Exchange
KMFDM – Megalomaniac
Klack – Coup De Grace
Eleven Pond – Blood Ruins Film
Hot Chip – Huarache Lights
LCD Soundsystem – tonite
The Cure – Another Journey By Train (BED)
These New Puritans – Colors
Depeche Mode – Broken
Glass Candy – Candy Castle
The Human League – Being Boiled
Psychic TV – Meet Every Situation Head On
Depeche Mode – Agent Orange (BED)
New Order – Crystal


outback witch house s01e19: a costly process of success and failure

my hair was much longer back then


Rise up again like a ghost.
How I long to be in the palm of your hand.
Weave through the cardboard; smell that trash.
All in all moments to recall and retire.
Yeah, we leave things to change on their time.
Damnit, she stood up for everything she chose.
I know they won’t believe me, but I have favorite memories.

Congratulations to the various classes of 2021. Don’t let anyone force you to work this summer if you don’t want to. You’ll be fine.

Playlist (also available on Spotify here):
The Chemical Brothers feat. Q-Tip – Galvanize
Klack – Move Any Mountain
Jessy Lanza – VV Violence
The Human League – Do Or Die
Alessandro Cortini – AMORE AMARO (BED)
Sextile – Drop You
Buzz Kull – Last in the Club
Drab Majesty – Out of Sequence
The Chameleons – Singing Rule Britannia
Pye Corner Audio – Electronic Rhythm Number 16 (BED)
Deerhunter – Revival
Neon Indian – Terminally Chill
Caribou – Odessa
Small Black – Photojournalist
Miniature Tigers – Bullfighter Jacket
Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes
The Dodos – Fools
Adam Oko – Diet of Germs (BED)
Gorillaz w/ Peter Hook – Aries
Atlas Sound w/ Laetita Sadier – Quick Canal
Tones on Tail – Rain
The Cure – A Forest
Tears for Fears – And I Was A Boy From School
Rival Consoles – Ghosting
Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)


outback witch house s01e18: fake praise of the stage

(ye olde test pattern)


There are some strange noises buried deep in the mix of “Glass Houses.” I love how those dudes just straight up were like, “let’s try to fucking sound like goblins as much of the time as we can get away with.” Spoiler alert, they got away with a ton of goblin voice.

I realized when I stuck “Let the Wind Erase Me” on this playlist that it was new when I first heard it. I have this weird memory of listening to the closing track on that, “30Kft,” on a plane returning from Europe. Spoiler alert, don’t listen to that song on a plane.

In trying to describe the genre Assemblage-23, VNV Nation, and Covenant (and, let’s be honest, a little bit Econoline Crush and God Lives Underwater) might fall into, I came up with “stadium goth.” Please let me know your thoughts in the comments. Spoiler alert, I think it’s funny and I’m going to stand by it regardless. I appreciate that this playlist is a good mix of chillwave, stadium goth, new wave, and techno. I hope you do, too.

Playlist (also available here on Spotify):
Clams Casino – Drowning
Gang of Four – To Hell With Poverty!
Mark du Mosch – Amulet
VNV Nation – Chrome
Econoline Crush – Sparkle & Shine
Die Krupps – Der Amboss
Mission to the Sun – Mission to the Sun (BED)
God Lives Underwater – Rearrange
HEALTH & Nine Inch Nails – Isn’t Everyone
VR SEX – Rock N’ Roll Death
Skinny Puppy – Glass Houses
Assemblage 23 – Let the Wind Erase Me
Clams Casino – Motivation (BED)
Covenant – Dead Stars
Eleven Pond – Watching Trees
Section 25 – Dirty Disco II
Heaven 17 – Let Me Go
Clan of Xymox – Stranger
Clams Casino – Treetop (BED)
Club Tango – FTN
Love & Rockets – Mirror People
Andy Bell – Love Comes in Waves (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
Odonis Odonis – Impossible
Minuit Machine – Black Is My Anger
Red Mecca – All Those Stored Errors
Clams Casino – Caves (BED)
Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere (2017 Remaster/Remix)


outback witch house s01e017: see those pagans go go go

Milwaukee - Solvay Coke And Gas Company 20 Photograph by ...
(just found this around here)

You are wandering around in the dark. You are likely to be eaten by a grue. You are likely to spend ten years doing something you think you like doing and that you have a degree of a knack for. You want it to be ~10 degrees warmer and less windy so you can be writing this post on your porch. You want to be able to sleep the whole night through. You want the anxiety to stop when you command it to, like you sometimes can, but you can’t right now.

You finished a book that took you eight days to read and you find that embarrassing. You wish you didn’t care so much. You wish you knew more about some of the bands you played tonight. You wish you could find a photograph of the toxic waste banks of Solvay, NY with the word “HELP” growing on them in newly planted grass. You want an English crumpet with butter.

You are thinking about salamanders crossing the roads when it’s wet out now. You hope they’ve made it there OK.


Playlist (also available here on Spotify):
Sisters of Mercy – Floodland
Visage – The Damned Don’t Cry
O. Children – Dead Disco Dancer
The Men – I Don’t Depend on You
Kon Kan – I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden)
Alessandro Cortini – AMORE AMARO (BED)
Hot Chip – Hungry Child
LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations
Death from Above 1979 – Romantic Rights
!!! – Me and Guiliani Down By the Schoolyard
Cut Copy – Nobody Lost, Nobody Found
Daniel Avery – Think About What You Love (BED)
Cygnus – Manchester
The Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers
Justice – DVNO
Daft Punk – Face to Face
Phoenix – Lisztomania (Alex Metric Remix)
Boards of Canada – White Cyclosa (BED)
Nitzer Ebb – Control I’m Here
New Order – The Perfect Kiss (Substance Mix)
The Units – High Pressure Days (Rory Phillips Remix)
Hercules & Love Affair (feat. Gustaph) – That’s Not Me
The Polish Ambassador – The Adventure of Timothy Chickensby
Four Tet – Two Thousand and Seventeen (BED)
Violet Eves – Listen Over the Ocean