A busy day for me, as it’s kickball jersey distribution day. So a slightly different playlist, with the Spotify tunes focusing on three of the greatest pop songs ever made. Seriously, if you put these on an endless loop, most of the world’s problems will drift away. 

“There She Goes” – The La’s

“Into Your Arms” – The Lemonheads

“Someday, Someway” – Marshall Crenshaw


“Pain” – The War on Drugs. After they released “Strangest Thing” last month, I vowed not to listen to any more early tracks from TWOD’s upcoming album. They had already released three songs, and I wanted the album to be as new as possible when I first heard it, front-to-back. They dropped this track last week. I immediately broke my promise and listened to it once. But I swore I wouldn’t listen to it again. Of course now I’ve listened to it 20 times or so. And then they performed it on Kimmel earlier this week, and sounded fantastic doing so. Some of the excellence of the studio version’s three-staged guitar outro is lost live, but it still sounds really good. If “Strangest Thing” wasn’t so brilliant, I’d be freaking out over this song right now. As it stands, it’s a fourth excellent track from what is lining up to be the album of the year.