Memoir Mixtapes Vol.4, Track 26

The Lioness Wakes by Juliette van der Molen

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About the author:
Juliette van der Molen is a writer living in the Greater NYC area. She writes completely unladylike erotica and other sundry things. Her work has appeared in Lit Up, P.S. I Love You, My, and The Junction. You can find more of her work at and connect with her on Twitter @j_vandermolen.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.4, Track 25

Can’t Start a Fire Without a Spark by Betsy Housten

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About the author:
Betsy Housten is a Jersey-born, Brooklyn-bred queer
femme writer and massage therapist. Her work has been published in
Little Red Tarot, Glassworks, NILVX, Ellipsis, We’ll Never Have Paris,
and Hoax Zine. She is a 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee in poetry, and was
a finalist for the 2017 Samuel Mockbee Nonfiction Award. She lives in
New Orleans, where she is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry.

Seigar Recommends: “Connected by Love” by Jack White

Seigar, the photographer, is back.

Last Easter I went to London to work on the fourth series of Tales of a City, a photo narrative project that I have been shooting in London for years. When I was there, something attracted my attention: posters of Jack White and George Ezra albums were everywhere. I thought, well, they are not my type, but I will give them a chance when I go back home.

George Ezra reminds me of Ben Lee, an Australian singer, especially on his sixth album entitled Ripe. Years ago, I think I may have enjoyed this album more, because Ripe is even on my list of my favorite LPs ever. But these days I’m not that much into easy listening pop. More recent Ben Lee albums have turned into more philosophical and spiritual stuff, so I ended up losing my interest in him. Anyway, the important issue here is that I found George Ezra’s album quite bland pop music, which is surprising, coming from the Bristol scene.

When I listened to Jack White I was definitely surprised by the energy of the album and the fusion of different styles, from pop-rock and psychedelia to electronic and blues. This is pure dynamite. “Connected by Love”, the song I’m bringing you today, is fab, a simple Queen tribute in structure that gets its target without any effort. Even through its changes, I consider it a minimalist song full of strength. I don’t agree with critics that find this album that experimental; go and get Prince’s Emancipation, which was real experimental music at its time. This is just a great exercise fusing styles. Enjoy the song and do you a favor and listen to the whole album Boarding House Reach. In a contest, George and Jack, being both singers and songwriters, I think the winner is clear this time.

(Song recommendation by Seigar)

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.4, Track 24

Wonderful, Somehow by KPT

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About the author:
KPT is the author of two books. She is the EIC of Rag Queen Periodical, a staff writer for Luna Luna Magazine, and a performer in the Poetry Brothel. Her work has been featured in Electric Literature, Phoebe Journal, American Chordata, Sugar House Review, and more.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.4, Track 23

On “Satellite Anthem Icarus” by Boards of Canada by Jamie O’Connell

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About the author:
Jamie O’Connell lives in the Bay Area, where she received her MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. Recent poems have appeared or will soon appear in FIVE:2:ONEEunoia Review, CalifragileOCCULUMbad ponyCacti Fur, and elsewhere. She spends most of her time with her majestic zebra-striped dog/direwolf, Daisy. Visit her site here:

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.4, Track 22

Do You Like Me I Guess by Sarah Skiles

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About the author:
Sarah Skiles is a writer and storyteller living in Los Angeles. Her day jobs in the entertainment industry have included: food styling for blender infomercials, tumbleweed wrangling, red carpet interviews, and producing episodes of reality television. She once scored a student film with Fugazi’s The Argument.

Cory Recommends: “Star Wars Theme” by David Matthews

There is a strange cycle happening in pop culture. Star Wars is rising in popularity again. Well, it’s not like the idea has ever really faded from the hive mind since the theatrical release of A New Hope, but the hype around the merchandising and new films is back to a pitch like it was when I was young. For point of reference, I saw Empire and Jedi in the theater on original release. I still have my original Millennium Falcon, too.

This crazed fever marketing dream came back in ’96 as well when the prequels launched. Nowadays the peak noise isn’t as loud, but the hum of Star Wars is constant in terms of toys and t-shirts.

What is missing now, something that was part of the original phenomena, is perfectly summed up with this track released in the original sweetheart phase of 1977, captured in an approach free from irony. The original movies were such a cultural watershed that even the pop charts were subject to their sway.

First: no, this isn’t the guy who released “Crash”. David Matthews is a different guy.

Second: this version of the main Star Wars theme wasn’t a hit, but several other takes on it (I’m looking at you, Meco) were.

So why recommend this particular version? That guitar jam at 1:45! Hell yeah! I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. I believe in liking something because I like it and I like this take on the theme. I hope you do too.

(Song recommendation by Cory Funk)

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.4, Track 21

We Were Teenagers, Akin to Being on Fire by Joey Gould

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About the author:
Joey Gould is a poet, tutor, & produce clerk from Hopedale, MA. He coedits two journals: Drunk Monkeys & Golden Walkman. The rest of his poetry life centers around Salem, where he leads workshops, attends a writer’s group, & coordinates set-up for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Please search “Joey Gould poetry” on google or follow on Twitter @toshines or IG @joey.toshines.


Memoir Mixtapes Vol.4, Track 19

Blue Wing by Matthew Woodman

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About the author:
Matthew Woodman teaches writing at California State University, Bakersfield and is the founding editor of Rabid Oak. His nonfiction piece on Richard Buckner’s The Hill appeared in Memoir Mixtapes Vol. 2.