19 May 2020: Hi Grandma

Set 1

“3rd Planet” by Modest Mouse

MM were a favorite of mine in middle school, and this is one of their best tracks. Also one of the few you could call “beautiful”.

“Don’t I Hold You” by Wheat

Probably the best-known song from this obscure band I’ve been beating over your heads. Like “3rd Planet”: beautiful.

“Pat’s Trick” by Helium

Not much to say about this except that I chose it because lead singer and guitarist Mary Timony gave Lidnsay Jordan from Snail Mail, who I played next, guitar lessons.

“Full Control” by Snail Mail

From her first and, as of now, only full-length, Lush.

“The End of the Asterisk” by Los Campesinos!

I insterted this into the queue literally seconds before it would start. I wanted to play a different LC! song from the same album, but the one I wanted was too long for it to fit so I picked this one, which is short.

“Blister” by Jimmy Eat World

One of my favorite songs on their emo classic, Clarity.

Set 2

“Photobooth” by Death Cab for Cutie

I’ve only played them once on here before, but DCFC are dear to me because they were my first favorite band. I wanted to play them and felt like hearing this one today, which is from their Forbidden Love EP.

“In Green” by Volcano, I’m Still Excited!!

I’d never heard of this band until last week, when they showed up on my last.fm reccomendations. The band was fronted by Mark Duplass, better known for his film and acting career in movies like The Puffy Chair and the TV show The League.

“Chesterfield King” by Jawbreaker

Fan favorite from the band. This was another case of wanting to play an artist I haven’t played enough.

“Each Year” by Ra Ra Riot

I associate Ra Ra Riot with the summer of 2013, because their third (not very good) album Beta Love had just come out, and I started listening to them a bit. This wasn’t one of the tracks I listened to, but it’s a good one nonetheless.

“How Simple” by Hop Along

The poppiest song from their most recent album, Bark your Head Off, Dog. Also, the music video for this was what made me realize that Frances Quinlan is a cutie.


“Portions for Foxes” by Rilo Kiley

Fronted by Jenny Lewis, who went on to have a solo career, but I think RK are known enough in their own right. I’ve been wanting to use this as a closer for awhile, so I’m glad I finally got to do it.