a mid-may mixtape

you guys, i made a mixtape. 
it is for mid-may because summer is nearly here
and, like in the above photo, horrific and amazing 
things are about to happen.
so let's be optimistic and catchy, shall we?
you may listen to this mid-may mixtape here.
{1} i don't have any fun :: matt marks
{2} little bit [css remix] :: lykke li
{3} god knows - you gotta give to get :: el perro del mar
{4} songs of love :: ben folds
{5} skip town :: nico muhly
{6} maneater :: nelly furtado
{7} do what you want :: guster
{8} the ward accord :: sara watkins
{9} kids :: mgmt
{10} mushaboom :: bright eyes
{11} home :: edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros
{12} twelve-year-old scotch :: corey dargel
{13} some nights :: fun.
{14} hide & seek 2 :: imogen heap
{15} codes and keys [yeasayer remix] :: death cab for cutie
{16} what if you :: joshua radin
{17} my love :: the bird and the bee
{18} everything is new :: antony and the johnsons
{19} around us [wld ptch remix] :: jonsi

eight ways of looking at a birthday month

1. this month i will turn 23. it will not be my golden birthday, like it was last year. it will not celebrate the first time that i can drink legally, like it was two years ago. no. this month, i will turn michael jordan's chicago bulls number. and i couldn't be more comfortable about being rather tall.
2. this month will be my last living on the upper west side. does moving out of the neighborhood of one's school signify something about becoming a grown-up? let's pretend. and let's pretend for a moment that next year i will actually stick to my plan of biking into manhattan from brooklyn every day. what a good butt i will have. also, i hope that in my new neighborhood i can recreate this comfortable feeling that i get in my current neighborhood that comes from seeing my regular taco truck, my regular corner donut man, churro woman, my regular neighbor evan. 
3. jesca hoop is who i've been listening to this morning. she opened for punch brothers. it took me many minutes on google to realize that she is "jesca" and not "jessica," but it was worth it, and in another life i would want to be similar to her.
4. my eating habits have spun out of control. a rob coffee date turns into a rob short rib sandwich date, i nonchalantly had fried green tomatoes during the middle set at dizzy's last night. i haven't been to the grocery store in weeks. in april, this worried me. but now it's my birthday month so i can eat whatever i want, correct?
5. lol @ "birthday week" expanding to "birthday month." life is simply too short for your birthday to just be a week. 
6. my body has seen a ridiculous amount of hives in the past week. mum thinks i've tout à coup developed an allergy to something that i'm exposed to regularly. could you imagine if it was an allergy to sugar? or lemons? unfortunately, it's definitely not vegetables since i haven't had them on a regular basis in many days. maybe it's my penguin, or may, or shampoo.
7. the david little opera dog days is something that i can't stop thinking about. it is one of the most ferocious pieces of music that i've ever heard. the story, the lyrics, the use of vibrator on brake drum: it is brilliant. and though i love this month, performing in september's premiere is something that i am very much looking forward to.
8. high-waisted jeans, yo.