Music of the Month: November 2018

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Remember last month when I explained how I switched to Spotify and the way I listen to music has changed? And how there would be a ton more music recommendations in the future? Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

To ease the near unbearable length of this post (and lessen the amount of work I’ll have to do), I’ll only offer a a few sentences on each recommendation. No more waxing on and on. It’s not like I don’t provide links to the music anyway. So… yeah. Let’s discuss some tunes.


  1. “Desperado” by Rihanna: Yes, I’m late. I heard this song at Sugar Factory when I was in Vegas and added it to my Spotify playlist immediately. It’s dark pop performed by Rihanna. What more could you ask for?
  2. “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande: Ariana is back and better than ever! This midtempo jam is a lesson in love and forgiveness. Hands down, this is one of the most mature breakup songs I’ve ever heard.
  3. “Bleed Magic” by I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME: The boys are back with another ‘80s-inspired bop. Uh, I mean, check out this recently released track from a little known ‘80s band.
  4. “Fallingwater” by Maggie Rogers: I’m late again, but better late than never. This song is another beautiful cross between alternative pop and adult contemporary. The intro music sounds like “Houdini” by Foster the People, but whatever.
  5. “Worst Nites” by Foster the People: Speaking of Foster the People, this is a fun jam. Their music is hit or miss for me, but this song was definitely a hit.
  6. “HEY” by Bel Heir: This is a breezy alternative rock song. It puts me in a really good mood and is fun to dance to in the car.
  7. “Oceans” by The Wombats: I really need to listen to these guys more because this song is good. It reflects on a relationship between two people who don’t want the same things for their future and are struggling because of it.
  8. “Chances” by Backstreet Boys: Sometimes I think I don’t really like pop anymore, and then the Backstreets Boys release a song like this. How they hell did they make a song about meeting someone in a club romantic?
  9. “Falling” by LÉON: Maybe I like adult contemporary sometimes because LÉON can do no wrong in my eyes. This song about a dysfunctional relationship is another win for the Swedish pop star.
  10. “Down” by Lydia Evangeline: Ah yes, more hopeless alternative pop. It sustains me. Not only do I like the lyrics, but Lydia’s voice is somehow both childlike and battle-worn. It’s similar to that of Lacey Sturm, the former lead singer of Flyleaf.
  11. “La Di Da” by Lennon Stella: This song is messy in the best way. Determined to stay in a relationship with an emotionally abusive partner, Lennon pretends not to hear the cruelty. The childlike “la la la, I can’t hear you” aspect only emphasizes how dark the situation really is.
  12. “Follow My Girl” by The Japanese House: Is it gay? Is it just about getting your life together? Why not both? Why not relax to the sound of this song?
  13. “Caution” by Mariah Carey: This slow and sexy jam is the perfect comeback single for Mariah. Too bad the rest of the album sucks.
  14. “Poor Boy” by The Regrettes: This savage alternative rock song is a response to Brett Kavanaugh, accused rapist, being sworn in as a Supreme Court Judge. Playing on the argument thrown around that it’s a tough time to be a man in America right now, the song calls out rape culture by pretending to be sympathetic to those who are being called out for their actions.
  15. “x ANA x” by Badflower: This song is an aggressive hodgepodge of anxiety, self-doubt, self-loathing, and mania. It’s fast, it’s slow, it’s yelled, it’s muttered. It’s an ode to Xanax and lead singer Josh Katz’s relief in its helpfulness and hate in his reliance on it.
  16. “Good at Friends” by Heather Cole: A funky pop song, the narrative finds Heather realizing staying friends with an ex is harder than she thought. The upbeat music gives the track a strangely positive and accepting vibe.
  17. “Between My Teeth” by Orla Gartland: This stuttering pop jam snuck up on me. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I do. Maybe I just really like the subject matter, a woman who refuses to be relied on to fix her partner.
  18. “we fell in love in october” by girl in red: What can I say? I love gay indie music.
  19. “Zombie Bastards” by Weezer: I don’t know why I love this song so much. It’s just so fun. In typical quirky Weezer fashion, deciding to fight in a war against zombies is a metaphor. Hell, they even spell it out on the bridge, “If I die, it means that I/Lived my life and that’s much better than/Hiding in a hole.”
  20. “Never Enough” by Kelly Clarkson for The Greatest Showman: Reimagined: The Greatest Showman sucked, but the soundtrack is fire. Most of the reimaginings, however, have been nothing special. But Kelly just sounds so damn good. I tear up every time I listen to this, her performance is that beautiful.
  21. Pussy is God” and “Femme Fatale (RISE Recording)” by King Princess: “Pussy is God” is a soft alternative pop jam about not being so good at this romance thing, but trying because your girl is so amazing. “Femme Fatale” is a dreamy acoustic cover of a Lou Reed classic.
  22. American Boy,” “More Than Words (feat. Kamille),” and “Motivate” by Little Mix: “American Boy” finds a perfect balance between heartfelt and pop anthem. “More Than Words” is a pounding power ballad. “Motivate” is a Rihanna-esque jam set in the darkly sexy minor scale. For more of my thoughts on these songs (and the album), check out my review.
  23. Real Love” and THIS IS A COPING MECHANISM FOR A BROKEN HEART by Flint Eastwood: “Real Love” is a heartfelt song about Flint Eastwood finding her place in the LGBT+ community. THIS IS A COPING MECHANISM FOR A BROKEN HEART is everything Tove Lo’s Blue Lips wanted to be sonically. It follows Flint Eastwood through a relationship and breakup. With collaborations from several lesser-known artists, this EP is a true passion project. My favorite track is “Summer Wine.”
  24. Spotify Singles: Covers: It took me several days, but I did it. I listened to the entire playlist of all the covers bands and artists have done for Spotify. Then I made a second, shorter playlist of my favorites and listened to that. For the best of the best, check out my version of the playlist.
  25. Queen (again): If I listened to Queen in October, then I lived and breathed Queen in November. Everything I said last month is still true, except now I truly appreciate the music. I’ve been wanting to watch some documentaries to learn more about the band and Freddie Mercury himself, but the only one I know the name of one (Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender) and have had the worst time finding it. But someday I will. I hope to be able to see Queen next summer on their latest tour with Adam Lambert (who I also really like).

What music were you into in November? Tell me about it in the comments!


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