As It Happens

As It Happens was my first real foray back into making playlists since high school. In those days, it was pretty much required to burn a CD every month with all the latest songs you grabbed from BearShare to show your friends who had the better taste and who was better at finding great music. Our burnt CDs were special to us, we would decorate them with Sharpies, we would cradle them in our 500 CD binder or keep them in a purposed twelve disc visor stored overhead. These days essentially came right before everybody stopped replacing their CD decks with brighter and more flashier models and instead focused their energy suctioning Sirius satellite radios to their windows. What I’m saying is, I hadn’t made a true playlist in some time.

This playlist came about while I was checking out the 2016 year end Apple Music playlists. I was liking quite a few of the songs that I had apparently missed throughout the year, and my old tactic of adding each track to my library was beginning to take its toll on how disorganized my once pristine iTunes library had become. So this playlist is the result of trying to regain my ability to find new music, organize it and make it easier to find it later again. At the time I was trying to get around to checking out the CBC Radio show As It Happens, so the title had been floating around in my head for weeks. And in a way, it connected with the purpose of this project, which was to add interesting music into a playlist when I was first hearing it, instead of expecting myself to know my intention for the song months down the road.

The playlist is mostly a synthesis of those year end songs, along with several of the singles that I previously added to my busy library and several more I came across in the months ahead. Anyways, if you take the time to listen, I’m sure you’re hear a song or two that brightens your day and I thank you for doing so. Nothing worse than an unheard gem.


  1. Youth — Glass Animals
  2. Gold — Kiiara
  3. Legend Has It — Run The Jewels
  4. Wrestle Yü to Hüsker Dü — The Dirty Nil
  5. Gin, Smoke, Lies — Turnpike Troubadours
  6. Name of the Game — Badfinger
  7. Ain’t Scared — The Tragic Thrills
  8. Delight — Deerhoof
  9. R.E.D. (feat. Black Bear, Narcy, & Yasiin Bey) — A Tribe Called Red
  10. Mt. Washington — Local Natives
  11. River — Together Pangea
  12. Call Ticketron — Run The Jewels
  13. The John Wayne — Little Green Cars
  14. Disappear — Seryn
  15. I’ll Get You out of Here — Tomi Swick
  16. Farewell, Stars — Message to Bears
  17. Boy in Memphis — Emily James
  18. On Melancholy Hill — Matt Forbes
  19. Glory of the Open Road — Nathan Bonnes
  20. 2100 (feat. BOOTS) — Run The Jewels
  21. Loveless — Lo Moon
  22. House on a River — JJ Shiplett
  23. Highway Patrol Stun Gun — Youth Lagoon
  24. Friends, Lovers, Ex-Lovers: Whatever — SUSTO
  25. I’ll Get You out of Here — Tomi Swick
  26. Whiskey & You — Jason Eady
  27. Where the Night Ends — together PANGEA
  28. Someday — Rob Drabkin
  29. Looking for Knives — DYAN
  30. The Other Man — Tim McNary
  31. Morning Light — Wilderado
  32. La Lune — Billie Marten
  33. Bridges — Nine Pound Shadow
  34. They Put a Body In the Bayou — The Orwells
  35. Lost — Sorcha Richardson
  36. Pretty Pimpin — Kurt Vile
  37. Past My Prime — Greensky Bluegrass
  38. Darlin’ — Goodbye June

Listen to As It Happens on Apple Music or Spotify.