Happy Friday! The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and the mini-chill that has dominated the first half of May seems to be moving out. Please enjoy this hand-crafted playlist.

“Misandrist to Most” – Lady Dan
We’ve been trying to teach our girls since they were born to be strong and independent. Tyler Dozier, aka Lady Dan, has provided this fine anthem for independent women of all ages.

“Palo Alto” – Jack River
I spend so much time reviewing tracks I find either on various music sites or via Spotify’s curated playlists that I rarely turn Spotify loose to recommend music organically by just playing things similar to what I recently listened to. Recently I was listening to something Australian – Middle Kids or Alex Lahey, most likely – and afterward Spotify played a series of other Aussie artists. This track popped up and I loved it right away. Well done, Spotify!

“My Brother” – ISLAND
Maybe it’s just my ears but I hear a dramatic scene from a 1980s movie when I listen to this.

“I Was Wrong” – Social Distortion
Crank this fucker up.

“Head Rolls Off” – Frightened Rabbit
Your annual reminder to make tiny changes.

“Here I Go Again” – Whitesnake
RIP Tawny Kitaen. She was something else.