I've created an infinite playlist on Spotify that contains my favorite songs, musical discoveries and perverse fixations past, present & future. I'll be adding songs sporadically under cover of darkness, but I promise to list select additions with one-sentence comments in a regular @list column, starting NOW.
  1. In The Closet by Michael Jackson.
    Both the song and the video made desire seem like a very intimidating, life-or-death thing to my 10 year-old self back in '92; I reconnected with its powers at a gay bar in LA last week, not that there's anything wrong with that.
  2. Parking Lot by Anderson. Paak.
    A favorite, among many, from my favorite album of the year so far.
  3. Same Old Love by Selena Gomez.
    So young, yet already so sick of that same old love, Selena has my sympathy and newfound attention.
  4. You Ought To Be With Me by Al Green.
    When I noticed this for the first time while eating quesadilla at Dos Toros, it struck me as a shameless attempt to rewrite Let's Stay Together, and I immediately loved it.
  5. Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet by Gavin Bryars.
    Do yourself a favor: sit down, close your eyes for 26 minutes and experience one of the most overwhelmingly moving musical experiences I've ever had.
  6. Confide In Me by Kylie Minogue.
    Probably my favorite Kylie song, and an MTV classic that kept me watching and dreaming throughout 1994 and through puberty.
  7. Breakout by Swing Out Sister.
    Another MTV favorite of mine, it seemed out of place even back then.
  8. White Iverson by Post Malone.
    The most tender, melancholy, beautiful hip hop jam I've heard on pop radio since 808 Heartbreak.
  9. Gush by Band Of Gold.
    A beautiful and beguiling new band from Norway, one of several gems on their debut album.
  10. You'll End Up Crying by A-ha.
    Not exactly Take On Me, this is one of so, so many incredibly beautiful, conflicted and ambitious songs from the great records that followed their blessing/curse mega-hit throughout the 80s and 90s.
  11. Shades Of Cool by Lana Del Rey.
    It took me too long to realize how good her album Ultraviolence is, and this was the song that rendered me defenseless. Bonus-sentence: here's an article I wrote about Lana for The Talkhouse, which is a really great site where artists write about art and artists.
  12. You Hung The Moon by Elvis Costello.
    Today I finished EC's brilliantly funny and moving memoir Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink (even if you're not that familiar with his work, I can't recommend the book enough; it traces Elvis' family history, intertwined with an immense appetite and passion for music, and candid, self-deprecating takes on fame, success, disappointment, divorce, vanity, serendipity, growing up and then growing up again, while jumping back and forth in time), this here is one of my 500 favorite EC songs.
  13. Reflector by Bing & Ruth.
    I could listen to this forever on repeat, and now you can too.
  14. And that's the Spotify link to all these and plenty more songs on my infinite playlist - click the link and then 'Follow' if you wanna watch it grow into eternity with me. Please enjoy.