This week Iâm taking a deep dive into the world of mental health facilities. Iâm doing this by placing myself under an involuntary 72-hour watch at a psychiatric center. Or at least thatâs what my Mom said was happening when she dropped me off.
Lately Iâve been pondering the power of positive thinking. Itâs good to think positively, partially because its beneficial to your mental well-being. But mostly itâs good because when Elon Musk finally plants a chip into your skull and meta-invades your brain, you can sell those positive thoughts for lucrative ad space. For instance, having thoughts about harming yourself or others? Hereâs a commercial about a golden retriever drinking a bud light firing directly out of your synapses so that you canât look away. To skip the ad, please stop screaming and say, âGood boy.â
Please do not think about the fact that youâre going to die before the last Star Wars movie comes out. Thereâs no tension in a story when you know the character is going to survive. Thereâs also no tension when you know the franchise is going to outlive you.
When I die, please only bury me five feet deep rather than six. Even in death, Iâd like to be able to stream Netflix on my brain implant, but the dirt and coffin insulation are known to disrupt the signal. How am I supposed to spend eternity down here if my rotting corpse canât even watch âThe Officeâ reruns in my âman-cave?â
This playlist is available on Spotify. Search âLong Distance Listening Partyâ or my username, Mileserickson-354. New songs will be added every two weeks.
Long Distance Listening Party Vol. 3
And I Love HerâKurt Cobain
Goodbye HorsesâVenus Infers
If I Had A GunâNoel Gallagherâs High Flying Birds
Red Right HandâArctic Monkeys
Babyâs On FireâBrian Eno
Not If You Were The Last Junkie On EarthâThe Dandy Warhols
Brave as a NounâAJJ
She Used to Love Me A lotâJohnny Cash
And I Love Her is a Kurt Cobain cover of a song originally performed by the Beatles. The song was discovered as part of Cobainâs personal belongings and released posthumously more than twenty years after his death. It was released as part of the 2015 documentary Montage of Heck, when a compilation album of the same name was also released. Overall, the compilation was poorly reviewed as distasteful and exploitive. That being said, And I Love Her is widely considered the standout from both the album and documentary and is held in higher regard than the greater compilation itâs part of. To call this cover âtransformativeâ is an understatement. The non-existent production value pairs with Cobainâs famously jaded cadence and flat vocal inflection to create something pained, haunting, and sorrowful.
Babyâs on Fire is a song whose only intention is to sound good on the ears. Amongst music enthusiasts thereâs a school of thought that suggests there are two kinds of vocalists: those who use their voice as an instrument, and those who use their voice as a method of delivering poetry (someone like Bob Dylan or Lou Reed). Enoâs singing on Babyâs On Fire and on Here Come The Warm Jets as a whole is a perfect marriage of the two styles. Also, this weeks hot take is that Here Come The Warm Jets is by far Enoâs best album.
If I Had A Gun is probably Noel Ghallagherâs best known work outside of Oasis, Other than In The Heat Of The Moment, which is a song I dislike even more than Noel Gallagher dislikes Liam Gallagher. If you think Kanye West is the most childish man in modern music, then you clearly are unaware of the fact that the Ghallagher brothers turned down $100,000,000 to reunite solely to spite each other.
Red Right Hand is an Arctic Monkeyâs cover of a Nick Cave song. Caveâs original version of the song has a sort of epic quality to it; it sounds like something Ennio Morricone would write as the backdrop to a nameless cowboy riding into a crime-ridden Old West town. This cover takes those qualities and adds a fast pace and heavy rhythm while still remaining cool and heavy on the mystique.
âLong Distance Listening Partyâ is a bi-weekly column by Miles Erickson. Its vague intention is to discuss topics framed in the context of what heâs currently listening to. Erickson is a recent graduate of CalArts, a published author, and currently enrolled in a prestigious, four-year student loan repayment program. Spotify (Mileserickson-354)