Music from October 2016

Here’s my selections for October. I know I placed a track from an old Crystal Castles album on last month’s mix, but I came across their new album in October and really enjoyed it. There are some more 80’s tracks that I love to hear included as well. The radio in the last MRI reminded me of “Eyes Without A Face” by Billy Idol.

  1. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things
  2. Crystal Castles – Char
  3. Bomba Estéreo – Pure Love
  4. The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go
  5. Joyce Manor – This Song Is A Mess But So Am I
  6. Generation X – Dancing With Myself
  7. Cass McCombs – Opposite House
  8. Billy Idol – Eyes Without A Face
  9. The Cure – Close to Me
  10. Cass McCombs – Medusa’s Outhouse
  11. Crystal Castles – Their Kindness is Charade
  12. Emma Ruth Rundle – Marked for Death

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Some music videos from the mix:

Bomba Estéreo – Pure Love

Cass McCombs – Opposite House (strange video)

The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go Now

Music from September 2016

Hey everyone, here’s my selections from September which are finally getting put up in November. This mix contains a variety of songs that I’ve enjoyed a lot over the last few years. I’d say this is slightly on the moody side which I always prefer ^_^

  1. John Maus – Streetlight
  2. Foster the People – Coming of Age
  3. Small Black – No One Wants It to Happen to You
  4. Black Marble – A Great Design
  5. Crystal Castles – Vietnam
  6. Fever Ray – Stranger Than Kindness
  7. Lee Hazlewood – My Autumn’s Done Come
  8. Doves – Snowden
  9. Black Marble – Safe Minds
  10. Small Black – No Stranger
  11. BSN Posse – Horses & Crosses
  12. Suzanne Ciani – Malibuzios

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Some music videos from the mix:

Foster the People – Coming of Age

Black Marble – Safe Minds (unofficial)

Small Black – No One Wants It to Happen to You

Music from August 2016

Hey everyone, here’s my selections from August which I’m finally publishing in November. For August I focused on a few genres that I feel influence each other. These genres include Chill Out, New Age, and Chillwave. This is a lighter more relaxing mix (with some cheese) if that’s what you’d like.

  1. Boards of Canada – Dayvan Cowboy
  2. Washed Out – Feel it All Around
  3. Michael Hedges – Aerial Boundaries
  4. Enya – Caribbean Blue
  5. Bent – An Ordinary Day
  6. Enigma – The Child in Us
  7. Zero 7 – In the Waiting Line
  8. Air – All I Need
  9. Panda Bear – I’m Not
  10. Peter Gabriel – Mercy Street
  11. The Gentle People – Emotion Heater
  12. Enigma – Shadows in Silence

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Some music videos from the mix:

Boards of Canada – Dayvan Cowboy

Peter Gabriel – Mercy Street (Slow Start)

Music from July 2016

Hey everyone, here’s my selections from July. Sorry for the delay and posting this in October. I still need to post August and September!

  1. Lindström – Closing Shot
  2. Major Lazer – Light it Up [Remix] (Feat. Nyla & Fuse ODG)
  3. Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
  4. College – Fantasy Park [Moulinex Remix]
  5. Blood Orange – E.V.P.
  6. Nite-Funk – Let Me Be Me
  7. The Graves – R.V. Love
  8. Blood Orange – Hadron Collider (Feat Nelly Furtado)
  9. Abra – Crybaby

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Some music videos from the mix:

Todd Terje – Inspector Norse

This song came out a few years ago, but I haven’t stopped listening to it. Still my favorite from Mr. Terje. The video edits down the length of the song and shows the melancholy life of a 27 housebound man who is caring for his father and who is dealing with some internal struggles. Sad but good video. I like the way this guy dances, and is probably to closest thing to how it looks to see my white ass dance.

Blood Orange – Hadron Collider (Live)

End of Chemo / August Health Update

So for most GBM patients, they get a six month course of temozolomide chemotherapy. I was able to get a twelve month course, which as of now has officially ended. If you continue taking the meds you run the risk of getting leukemia. Currently there aren’t any studies that show that continuing temozolomide will help. So right now I’m not interested in pushing it. It’s nice not feeling nauseous and as tired ^_^.

With the ending of chemo, I had to get a PET scan and an MRI sooner than I usually do. Unfortunately a new spot appeared in my MRI this week.  It was in my resection cavity, and we’re hoping that it is radiation necrosis. On one side, radiation necrosis tends to show itself within the twelve months following radiation treatment. I’m past twelve months so it makes me think cancer. On the other side, my PET scan didn’t show anything, so it makes me think radiation necrosis. So just like back in December I have no idea. I have to wait for another scan in four weeks to see if the spot is growing. This time I’m not as stressed for some reason. I kind of feel like I’m tired of getting stressed out.

So over the next four weeks we have to explore paths we can take if the spot is a new tumor. Basically we’ll be looking at different immunotherapy trials to see if we’re interested in any of them, and if I’ll be eligible.

On a non-medical note we finished watching Stranger Things recently on Netflix. Alex and I had such a great time watching that show. I especially loved the soundtrack and all the songs (generally 80s) that were played. One that I had long forgotten about, because at some point I got burned out on Moby, was his song “When It’s Cold I’d Like To Die”. I know it’s probably not the best song to attach to this post, but don’t worry I don’t want to die. I love the cold ^_^. I do want to relax and this song helps with that.

The Speed at Which We Get Test Results / June-July Health Update

Last week I had another one of my two month scans, and it came back looking as normal as the last one ^_^. July is also the last month of my 12 month chemo cycle, which I plan on doing a post about soon.

One medical planning challenge that Alex pushed to overcome was that the office who reads my scans started wanting scans done a week prior to us being able to hear about the results. It was punishment enough having to wait a day to hear about the results, so this just seemed outright mean to me. In my opinion high risk or terminal patients should be able to receive their test results within the same day. However there was another way of looking at it that my doctor explained which I respect as well.

In the case of my docs office their team gets together one day a week and reviews each other’s patient’s tough scans and come up with their strategies, that way when a patient comes in getting stressful news the doctors have some ideas lined up on how to attack things. If they don’t have that time to review the scans with the rest of their team in advance, the patient can be left waiting around a week not knowing what could be done to help them which in turn would cause them stress.

So you can get stressed waiting to see if the scan is bad, or you can get a bad scan and be stressed waiting to see what the treatment may be. The choice on how to be notified should come down to what the patient wants in my opinion. It should not default to one.

Our doc was accommodating for us and will give us test results same day now. I personally can handle knowing I have a growing tumor in my head for a week while everyone (docs & family) start to strategize . I’d want that extra time to think things through personally.

So anyways, good scans always bring good moods around these parts. Here’s a video my friend Andrew introduced to me, with music from an artist I’m a fan of. I can’t dance worth anything but this makes me want to.

Major Lazer – Light it Up (feat: Nyla & Fuse ODG)

Music from June 2016

Hey everyone, here’s my selections from June. The genres in this mix are: alternative, americana, bedroom pop, electronic, hardcore, new wave, pop, and punk. With the Orlando shooting there were a few musicians in this mix that donated their music so the proceeds went to support the folks down in Orlando. If you enjoyed their stuff give them some support: JANK, Hesitation WoundsModern Baseball, and Half Waif.

  1. JANK – Alligator
  2. Hesitation Wounds – Hands Up
  3. Modern Baseball – Just Another Face
  4. Citizen – Ring of Chain
  5. IZE – On Lex, Near You
  6. Half Waif – Overthrown
  7. Richard Ashcroft – Leave Me High
  8. The Handsome Family – Far From Any Road (for True Detective Fans)
  9. Nice Legs – End
  10. Govier – Life is Flashing Before Your Eyes

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Some music videos from the mix

The Handsome Family – Far From Any Road (Unofficial but nice video)

Nice Legs – End

Music from May 2016

Hey everyone, here’s my selections from May. The genres in this mix are: 80’s Pop, Bossa nova, Contemporary R&B, Dream pop, Indie rock, Pop, Sythnwave, Adult contemporary.

  1. Alex Newell – This Ain’t Over (This song will release your inner diva)
  2. Dream Fiend – Electric Isle
  3. Underworld – Nylon Strung
  4. Britta Phillips – Landslide
  5. Molly Nilsson – H.O.P.E.
  6. Prince – Purple Rain
  7. Caetano Veloso – Coisa Mais Linda
  8. Britta Phillips – Drive
  9. Wild Nothing – Alien
  10. Poliça – Someway

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Some music videos from the mix

Alex Newell – This Ain’t Over (Rocky Horror anyone?)

Molly Nilsson – H.O.P.E.

Poliça – Someway

Music from April 2016

Hola folks, here’s my selections from April. I pulled some older tracks I enjoy for this one.

  1. Nothing – Hymn to the Pillory
  2. The Depreciation Guild – Blue Lily
  3. The Trust – Sulk
  4. Cocteau Twins – Pur
  5. The Clientele – Spirit
  6. Wild Nothing – Hachiko
  7. Enya – Lothlórien
  8. Devendra Banhart – I Remember
  9. Sade – Like a Tattoo
  10. Cass McCombs – Sacred Heart

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Some music videos from this mix:

The Depreciation Guild – Blue Lily

Devendra Banhart – I Remember

Sade – Like a Tattoo

Music from December 2015

Heeeeyyyy, here’s some tunes from December. This mix has a variety of genres (punk, pop, synthwave, folk, shoegaze, new wave, etc). Maybe a track or two will stand out for you. Hope you have a nice holiday season!!!

  1. Anti-Flag – Coward In My Veins
  2. Grimes – Belly of the Beat
  3. Forêt de Vin – Lifeline
  4. Le Matos – Wasteland (From the movie Turbo Kid)
  5. Cigarettes After Sex – Keep on Loving You (REO Speedwagon cover)
  6. Joan Shelley – Stay On My Shore
  7. Tiny Fireflies – Brightest Star
  8. Kosmischer Läufer – Der Traum des Jungen
  9. Levin Goes Lightly – Speedways
  10. Sean Nicholas Savage – Propaganda
  11. Cellars – A Little Bit Less

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Videos for a couple of the songs, both of which are pretty trippy.