One of the saddest facts I know is that The American Analog Set isn’t making music anymore. “Punk as Fuck,” especially in autumn, reminds me of this devastating fact — though we’re very fortunate to have had them at all.

The song opens AAS’ 2001 album Know by Heart and…


Mazzy Star is a drug for me.

Simple things, like “Into Dust” playing on an episode of The O.C., or an overcast day, or a particularly dark depressive episode send me reeling into the arms of Hope Sandoval’s spell-binding near-whisper: a narcotic, a salve.

Years ago, after miraculously discovering that…


Recently I gave notice at the job I’ve had for over two years.

When I finished my master’s program in 2017, I knew I couldn’t go on to a PhD right away, but I was sure I’d be working on campus in some sort of administrative/student support role. …


What even is this song about? Who gives a shit*!

I have no idea why I love Spoon’s “Don’t You Evah.” I know every word but I have never bothered to wonder what the song is about. …


Who among us hasn’t emerged from a terrible relationship with nothing but some wounds and some songs you’ll love forever?

I have a terrible relationship from many years ago to thank for some of the songs and artists I still love, including Concrete Blonde. I vividly remember the day I…


In early January, my grandmother was given “days to weeks” to live.

I’d been over to visit her — she lived on the other side of the state — in December, some primal intuition nagging at me, telling me she might not have long, despite having beaten cancer and numerous…


Here’s the gist.

It starts out kinda pop-y. Almost upbeat. It doesn’t stay that way.

When I was a kid I was afraid to die

But I growed up now

The first minute bleeds nostalgia. The guitar gently weeps along. Lyrics hint at death.

If I’m caught in the hour…


I’m a time bomb inside.

My husband and I both cut our teeth on punk rock. Our shared music tastes was one of the first things we bonded over — our music collections had so much overlap that we argued about whose copy of the same CD was whose (answer…

Emery Ross

writer + writer advocate. also: content strategist, freelancer, cookware expert(ish), asst. editor of Memoir Mixtapes. I cry when I see dogs.

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