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Friday Playlist: Box Brown

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The first in a new feature in which we invite Blank Slate creators to pave the way for the weekend by sharing a Spotify playlist with blog readers. Today, Box Brown, the man behind Chalk Marks title The Survivalist, Retrofit and winner of not one, but two Ignatz awards stops by to unleash his very own ten-song playlist.

Listen here: Box Brown: the Playlist


1. They Might Be Giants – Can’t Keep Johnny Down

This is just a song I’ve been listening to in the last few days. I love TMBG and love the message here.

2. James Kochalka Superstar – Keg Party: 

I discovered James’ music when I was about 24. At the time I had a beach house with my friends at the Jersey Shore (yup, that one).  We were doing a lot of drinking back then and my friends, who normally would’ve shied away from my weird interests, really dug the whole James Kochalka Superstar catalog.  My friend Ben counted the “chugs” in that one part. I think he counted 87.

3. They Might Be Giants – Science is Real:

This song is made for kids but for me it’s like a hymn.  A true spiritual experience! I love that they include “angels” in their list of fictional characters.


4. Aretha Franklin – The Weight:

My dad sang this song with the band at my wedding and I love this version of the song. Fun fact: that’s Greg Allman on the guitar from when he was a studio musician.

5. Johnny Cash – 25 Minutes to Go:

A lesser known, but more fun, Shell Silverstein written Johnny Cash song.

6. Lloyd Price – Stagger Lee:

Me and my wife love this song but it’s remarkably weird!  The song doesn’t match the lyrics at all, the rhymes are kind of sloppy and it’s really violent!

7. The Misfits – Where Eagles Dare:

When I was in highschool I went to a party and a friend played this song about 50 times.  I still like it though.  It has a good “fuck you” quality to it.

8. The Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail

This song is about how being a “rudie” or rude boy (punker-type) is a good lifestyle cause it’s really hard to fail at.  As if to say: I’ve failed at everything else in my life. I can’t fail at this.  But, there is an underlying feeling that I relate to.  It’s like when you’re working an office job and realize that you don’t fit in and it’s eating at your soul so you just go for what you love and you can’t possibly fail if you do that.  I don’t know something like that.


9. The Flaming Lips – Patrick and Spongebob Confront the Psychic Wall of Energy

It’s another song for kids, but I don’t care!  It’s so fun and sweet.  Remember Plankton: “to be thought of as a king, you don’t need a crown”

10. The Kinks – All of My Friends Were There

This song might as well be about accepting an Ignatz award.

Thanks to Box for this bit of Friday fun. Enjoyed the playlist? Like the idea of a story of a Survival nut-turned-last man alive? Head on over to the Blank Slate store to pick up The Survivalist today!

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