Sam Recommends: “Cathy’s Clown” by The Everly Brothers

When I was 5 or 6 years old, my grandpa made me a mixtape of all his favorite oldies songs for Christmas, which I proceeded to listen to constantly on my portable cassette player.

I was always drawn to this song in particular even though, at that time, I probably couldn’t relate to the themes of heartbreak, betrayal, or humiliation The Everly Brothers express so beautifully in just two minutes and twenty-five seconds.

Kevin Recommends: “I’d Rather Be With You” by Bootsy Collins

There’s nothing like the loose and free bass of celebrated delirious funky priest Bootsy Collins to get you feeling right when things are going wrong.

Sampled plenty but never equaled, this song is guaranteed to make you a little bit cooler each time you listen to it. For best results, play it while cruising in your mothership, just after dusk, while the last of the blue sky fades away and the stars begin to shimmer and shine.

Hop on-board with Bootsy and ascend. Stretch out and relax with his Rubber Band on a cosmic journey. There’s no troubles where you’re going.

( Recommendation by Kevin Woodall)

Sam Recommends: “The Letter” by Joe Cocker

It’s never been officially confirmed, but it has been speculated that the reason you can’t find this performance on YouTube anymore is because it’s just too fucking amazing for most people to handle.

But I think you got this.

Keep an eye out for Leon Russell; he’s the guy traveling to new planes of consciousness as he kills it on the keys.

Reminder: Submissions for Issue 1 Close on 10/31!

For our first Memoir Mixtape, inquiring minds would like to know:

What was the first song that you were truly & madly obsessed with? And what possessed you to listen to Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs” 304 times over one weekend in 4th grade? Did it lead to a personal breakthrough? Or to a year-long case of insomnia and fitful nightmares starring Stevie Nicks?

Yeah, I was never really the same after that summer.

Send your submissions to

Wait…are there rules?

Not really. Just remember that we’re looking for essay length pieces — not novels. But now that I’m thinking about it…we’d love to see your poems, too. And don’t forget to include a short bio, photo, or any other relevant info you want to be included with your submission should it be included in our first mix.

Submissions close: 10/31

Sam Recommends: “Say Hello to the Angels” by Interpol

Last night, I saw Interpol play “Turn on the Bright Lights” in its entirety as part of their 15th anniversary tour for the album. It was an amazing show, even though the mere fact of its existence made me feel old as hell.

My best friend and I were huge Interpol fans in high school. Hearing this iconic (at least in our own lives) album played live took us back in time, and it felt so good to jam out to those songs together.

In commemoration of the wonderful night, today’s song recommendation is “Say Hello to the Angels.”