Private Session: Orange Crush

songs for sitting on BART after work, waiting for the 16th street stop. 15 minutes ago, the stop was just three stops away. 

the teenager standing next to me had a medium soda in her lackadaisical, manicured hand. 

too gently, i think cynically. far too lightly for my taste.

minutes later, hands fanning at my blouse and pants. exasperated apologies matching honest eyes that, in my eyes, contrast her flaccid hands. 

i don't mind, i tell her. it's fine, it really, really is. 

 i hate Tinder anyways, i think. 

for twenty more minutes I'll stand on the stalled BART car, covered in Orange Crush. i'll cancel my Tinder date, and i'll exit the train to find a taco instead. 

a playlist for: submitting to what you hate (flaccid hands), recognizing the improbability of the everyday (who still drinks Orange Crush), taking a chance (wearing white on public transportation), and deciding to sing the lyrics down to the sidewalk on the way home (Erasure rocks). 


  • 12:00am Love Test by The Growlers on Chinese Fountain (Everloving, Inc. )
  • 12:08am Orange Crush by R.E.M. on Green (Warner Bros.)
  • 12:13am To Move On by Alex Izenberg on To Move On (Domino Recording Co)
  • 12:19am Newsbeat by Vulfpeck on Fugue State (Vulf Records)
  • 12:21am The Bus Song by Jay Som on Everybody Works (Polyvinyl Records)
  • 12:23am Feelin' Lovely by Connan Mockasin & Dev Hynes on Myths 001 (Kemado Records)
  • 12:27am A Little Respect by Erasure on The Innocents (Sire)
  • 12:31am Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) by Digable Planets on Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time & Space) (Blue Note Records )
  • 12:36am Cruel by St. Vincent on Strange Mercy (4AD)
  • 12:40am Slip Away by Perfume Genius on No Shape (Matador)
  • 12:42am Warts by Hinds on Leave Me Alone (Mom + Pop)
  • 12:58am World in My Hands (feat. Smino & Legit) by Saba on World in My Hands (Saba)
  • 12:59am It's All Good by Superorganism on It's All Good (Records DK)
  • 12:59am Every Single Thing by Homeshake on Fresh Air (Sinderlyn)
  • 1:00am Baby You're Out by Mac Demarco on This Old Dog (Captured Tracks)
  • 1:00am Love More by Sharon Van Etten on Epic (Ba Da Bing!)
  • 1:08am Old Ojai by Josh Dillard on Through the Eye of Time (Act So Big Forest )
  • 1:08am Depreston by Courtney Barnett on Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Marathon Artists Limited)
  • 1:12am Beat (Health, Life and Fired) by Thao with the Get Down Stay Down on We Brave Bee Stings (Kill Rock Stars)
  • 1:15am If I Could Find You (Eternity) by The Holydrug Couple on Moonlust (Sacred Bones Records)
  • 1:18am Lucky Girl by Fazerdaze on Morningside (Flying Nun Records)
  • 1:21am I Follow You by Melody's Echo Chamber on Melody's Echo Chamber (Fat Possum Records )
  • 1:27am (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear by Blondie on Best of Blondie (Capitol)
  • 1:28am Sit Down by James on Gold Mother (Mercury Records)
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