Jane Asylum

Jane Asylum

I’ve set-off around the world a few times as a digital nomad. My favorite places are off-the-beaten-path spaces. I enjoy good food, although I’m a sucker for trying anything once. Discovering new music and artists is a passion, but I adore retro tracks and nostalgic songs. Whether fueled by imagination, or anchored in the real world, I live for adventure, especially when set to the beat of diverse and eclectic playlists.

Ready. Set. Join me on a sonic adventure!

Jane Does Space

8 February 2022

My dolls grin. Shards of light gleam off their metal teeth. Then, they attack — mouths snarling, teeth gnashing. I’d always wake up before they ripped into my flesh.

This recurring nightmare plagued me from the time I was seven until I rewatched Roger Vadim’s Barbarella in University and had an “aha” moment. I distinctly remember this film because a small boy flailing his arms stood on the seat in front of me, yelling, “Barbarella, Barbarella,” as Jane Fonda stripped from her space suit in zero gravity. It’s not all I recall. I remember laughing as Barbarella’s clothes were spit out of Durand Durand’s (Milo O’Shea) orgasmatron and laughing even more when her straight hair curled during a particularly electric sex encounter with Dildano (David Hemmings). I especially recollect The Great Tyrant (Anita Pallenberg) saying, “pretty, pretty” on repeat, because her words harkened back to my favorite film, The Wizard of Oz. Somehow, though, I blocked the nightmarish dolls with metal teeth gnawing on Barbarella’s arms and legs.

A few weeks after re-watching the film, I returned home for Easter break and asked my mom about the film. She couldn’t believe I remembered it. She had hoped I wouldn’t. “It was advertised locally as a ‘family-friendly space comedy’.”

According to my mom, second-run science fiction films weren’t out of the ordinary. She had previously taken us to see Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and even crime flicks like Danger: Diabolik.

“Every mother in town showed up. Every seat was full. And then Jane Fonda started taking off her clothes,” she said. You could practically hear the jaws dropping as we all sank lower and lower in our seats until it looked like entire cinema was empty,” she laughed and added, “We weren’t expecting space porn.”

“No one left?”

“God no. Everyone was either frozen in shock, or too afraid that someone they knew might see them.”
“And did you,” I asked, “see anyone?”

“I didn’t notice,” she said chuckling. “I rushed out of the theater with my head down like everyone else.”

Barbarella did give me nightmares. The movie also made me laugh. Years later it remains enlightening to know that B-movies and space porn shaped my formative years. It certainly explains a lot! But I’m glad my mom didn’t haul us out of that film. I absolutely adore cheesy sexploitation films and swinging music of the sixties. While both of these inspire my “Jane Does” playlist series, it’s Vadim’s Barbarella that specifically arouses my imagination in creating the first music playlist in my series: “Jane Does Space.”

Tarantino Jukebox

12 January 2022

From Jane:
I was in film school when I first came across Quentin Tarantino. My male friends were raving about “Reservoir Dogs” but I didn’t share their interest in this new director. He felt too Peckinpah, too gratuitously violent. Not that some of my favorite films, from Ingmar Bergman’s “Cries and Whispers” to Nagisa Ōshima’s “In the Realm of the Senses,” weren’t violent, mind you. And then I saw Tony Scott’s “True Romance.” It was smart. It was funny. Who the hell wrote this? I was suddenly hooked on Tarantino.

It’s hard to pick a favorite scene from his movies, but I love that (almost) every Tarantino film starts with characters walking or driving (even on a stagecoach) into calamity. I adore his supposed foot fetish and obviously love how he uses music, especially how he recycles long-forgotten soundtrack pieces.

With this in mind, and for my part, I’ve chosen a good deal of soundtrack music from 60s and 70s films for this playlist, but I also add tracks that, to me, just feel Tarantinian.

Oh, and I do have a favorite scene. It’s from “Kill Bill: Volume 1,” with Gogo Yubari (Chiaki Kuriyama). Too bad she had to fight the Bride and not the groom. He was such an asshole.

From Chris:
From an early age – I recall nagging the fuck out of my parents to watch the latest B grade splatter…
I can’t remember what the appeal was at 12 years of age – but I’m pleased to say – I still have a healthy diet of zombies, gratuitous violence, and anything from the bizarre to the extreme.
Throw in some full frontal nudity and we have the man himself – Quentin Tarantino.
He’s brought a new norm to the big screen, pushing the boundaries of directing and writing – bringing instant cult classics to lougerooms of the safe and boring LOL
To cut to the chase, it’s his musical score that brings us here today. The long lost classics that get one last hoorah, the quirky to the sublime – and that happy little ditty that juxta’s the hell out of losing limb – so saddle up, snort, toke or drink your favourite poison for playlist to raise your favourite vice, for the love of Tarantino.

Funeral Hugs – The Sueves

12 January 2022

2022 marks a decade since The Sueves began their rock journey (albeit with a slightly different band line-up) and they continue to pump out ripping garage/punk. Their fuzzy, gritty sound first caught my attention with the release of their second album, R.I.P. Clearance Event, in 2018, and their track “People Come in Waves.” They’ve since graced us with another killer album, Tears of Joy. It’s bursting with fantastic tracks and high energy, and while I encourage you to listen to the entire 2021 album from start to finish, “Funeral Hugs” is the one that’s kicking ass in my vintage Mustang this month.

You can learn more about The Sueves here

Fantastical Movie Scores

11 January 2022

Here we are, Jorge and I, with a shared love of original soundtracks and huge imaginations, but our Fantastical Movie Scores playlist didn’t begin where it landed, did it Jorge? By the way, I am super sorry for always calling you George in my head. It’s the Canadian in me.

Not at all, this is but a glance of what incredible OSTs can offer and thankfully it landed in a pretty smooth way. We agreed to take on an auditory story by using the hero’s journey as a reference to order our tracks, and boy oh boy was that a good idea. Just listen to how everything fits and flows perfectly. And don’t worry about names, although Georges would be better.

Haha, I’ll keep that in mind! What I particularly love about doing an original soundtrack playlist like this one is the opportunity to draw from so many different sources to frame the ups, downs, and tensions of the hero’s journey. When we first began, I had a number of tracks that I really wanted to use. Many of them didn’t make the final cut. It was definitely a fun adventure to curate this playlist together. And the end result, in my not-so-humble opinion, is fantastic. I’m very happy with it and super stoked to share it out on MusicTo.

Definitely, many different sources that at the same time helped me discover even more tracks.
I also had some tracks that unfortunately didn’t make the cut yet they’re not taking away anything from the final result. The list we put together makes so much sense as it is—and, even better, it sounds great.

I appreciate the time spent collaborating with Jane because I authentically feel like I’ve leveled up as a curator; I learned something new from making this playlist and for that I’m grateful.
I hope some of you find this meticulous selection of tracks as fantastical as we feel for it.

Burn It All Down

7 January 2022

It had never even dawned on me to make a League of Legends playlist, let alone curate one that’s specifically devoted to a single character—Jinx. Even after catching the Netflix series ‘Arcane’, a soundtrack wasn’t particularly on my radar. I generally stay away from playlists devoted to specific TV shows, movies and games, and not just because productions/studios have their own soundtracks (which are usually fantastic) but also because everybody and their dog has made one. In fact, I can hear another one being made right now!

Last week, however, while looking for new band submissions on musicto.com, I landed on Arizona female-fronted rock band Turn Zero and their cover of the League of Legends/PVRIS track “Burn It All Down.” I hadn’t heard the original version, but I fell in love with it. And if there’s an opportunity to promote a young up-and-coming band, I’m usually all over it. Right there and then—and against my general rule (even if rules are made to be broken… like buildings!)—I made the decision to curate a playlist around this track.

Of course, the song “Burn It All Down” isn’t part of the ‘Arcane’ Netflix series or about the LoL champion Jinx. “It was originally released in collaboration with League of Legends to celebrate this year’s (2021) World Championship,” wrote Turn Zero lead singer, gamer, and avid Twitch streamer Emily Grieve.

The second I heard the song, Jinx was shooting around in my head, so it doesn’t matter that the track itself isn’t about her character. What matters is that Turn Zero are the inspiration for this playlist, which I would have never created otherwise.

I didn’t have to think too hard about the title of my playlist; Burn It All Down is kickass enough. Nevertheless, this Jinx playlist is a bit different from many circulating on Spotify and elsewhere because I haven’t included a single track from the Arcane series and the title track cover is the only one from League of Legends. It took me three days of tracking down appropriate songs with specific sounds or themes to reflect a blend of the series and game character to bring you a slightly eccentric cinematic Jinx playlist that I hope LoL gamers, Arcane fans, and Turn Zero can all enjoy. I’m more than happy with it. My only question is which champion is next?!

Club Noir – Apache Sun

15 December 2021

It’s hard to believe another year has almost come and gone. It’s even harder to believe that it has moved so fast, considering all the pandemic lockdowns during the first half of the year. I give thanks to my PlayStation for helping pass the time so quickly. I also thank all the amazing artists and bands that I’ve been blessed with listening to and discovering, not only through MusicTo.com, but through Groover.com and just generally on Spotify.

It’s been a pleasure collaborating with a number of my fellow MusicTo.com curators this past year. Ben Young from Music to Quit Your Job introduced me to the wicked talent of Nigerian Afrobeat artists while working on our French Girl Nigerian Boy playlist. I had a blast with Chris McCann of Music to Burn a Million Miles finagling a “Tarantino Jukebox” soundtrack (yet to be released). And Andrew McCluskey, MusicTo.com founder and curator of the Music to Grieve to and Music to Write an Essay to playlists, inspired me to virtually travel on Tracks to Take You to Europe. There were a couple of community playlist moments in there as well, and I truly enjoyed interacting with and getting to know too many other music curators and influencers to name, but I thank them all. Mostly, I thank all you artists and musicians who make playlists possible.

Without much further ado, I bid adieu to 2021 with one of my favorite tunes: “Club Noir,” from the super-talented Glasgow psych rock band Apache Sun.

Happy Holidays and see you on the other side!

You can learn more about Apache Sun here

Hook, Line & Earworm

10 December 2021

It has happened to all of us. You wake up with a song stuck in your head. If you’re lucky, you like the catchy hook and easy-to-sing-along melody, but eventually the earworm gets on your nerves. Unfortunately, you can’t get it out of your head. You try to bury the chorus underneath that Shakespearean soliloquy you were forced to memorize in high school. You attempt to drown it out with some heavy metal. When all else fails, you share the song with your friends on social media — why suffer alone? And barring this, you do what I do and create a playlist with so many earworms that your mind can’t possibly land on a single one. Or can it? Listen to Hooks, Lines and Earworms to find out.

Oh, and you’re welcome!

Drive Your Car – L.A. Witch

15 November 2021

I feel like I’ve been listening to rock trio L.A. Witch forever. I most certainly should have been. They formed in — you guessed it — in Los Angeles, in 2011. Nevertheless, my first experience of them was only a few years ago, and I haven’t been able to stop listening. Of course, I do wish that Ellie English (drums), Irita Pai (bass), Sade Sanchez (vocals, guitar) had more for me to listen to — I’m selfish that way — but their bluesy, psych, garage rock sound isn’t one that I tire of, and I’m always thrilled to listen and re-listen to both their self-titled 2017 debut album and their more recent Play With Fire (2020).

When you adore a band and practically everything they’ve done, it can be a bit difficult to decide on one single track to feature on a playlist. Initially, I added “Baby in Blue Jeans.” At some point, I switched it out for “Kill My Baby Tonight,” and then replaced that one with “I Wanna Lose.” I don’t know how long I was wavering back and forth, but when I finally got around to watching the video for “Drive Your Car” and caught sight of that beautiful vintage pony car, the decision to add this track to my Music to Play in Your Vintage Mustang playlist was an absolute no-brainer.

You can learn more about L.A. Witch here

I’m A Mover – Free

13 October 2021

Today is all about influencers, and the English band Free is one of the big ones in the British blues rock scene. “All Right Now” became their signature hit in 1970, and it’s certainly one of their most recognizable tracks. However, this month I’m adding “I’m a Mover” to the Music to Play in Your Vintage Mustang playlist.

This track is off of their debut album, Tons of Sobs, and what makes it an interesting album is that all the band members were still in their teens and, as I understand it, they had only been together for six months or so. Plus, the album was produced on a budget of £800, which even in 1968 was quite paltry. In any case, I love that it has a less polished feel than later ones, and from start to end, it plays like the quintessential road trip album. Tons of Sobs is considered by some to be one of the greatest debut albums ever produced, so you might want to check it when you get the chance.

Some people might prefer the raucous “Worry,” which particularly punctuates the raw talent of each band member, specifically that of lead and rhythm guitarist Paul Kossoff, who has been ranked in the top 100 greatest guitarists of all time. However, “I’m a Mover” is music to my ears, and it’s the track I want to listen to while driving my pony on a stretch of cracked grey highway over green hills.

You can learn more about Free here

Song in 60 Seconds

24 September 2021

About this playlist

You’ve just read the playlist title and might be thinking that changing just one little bitty letter could transform “Song in 60 Seconds” into a porn parody. Honestly, it’s a bit surprising that it hasn’t happened already. But no, it hasn’t; at least not yet. Sure, it’s a playful title stripped from a Dominic Sena film which has a pretty kickass soundtrack of its own, but this collaborative playlist is all about songs that run in and around the minute mark.

Why? Because that’s what you’re looking for, of course!

Maybe you need a punch of inspiration for your own art. Perhaps you’re looking to immerse yourself into an emotion. It could be that you like playlists with short songs, or, for all we know, you’re into listicles about 60-second songs (this isn’t one) or searching for a perfect one-minute track to add to your own short film or use as a theme song about life, love, and the universe. Whatever the reason, we’ve got you covered.

Some of these tracks might clock in at 50-something seconds, others do stretch longer, but none of the tracks reach the 2-minute mark.

This is a diverse, yet thoroughly enjoyable playlist brought to you by the collaboration of MusicTo curators Jorde Pedbra, Ben Young, Jon Ewing, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew McCluskey, Chris McCann, Maria Fish, and yours truly, Jane Asylum. You might be surprised at how evocative or inspiring a short piece of music can be, and you might even discover a new artist to enjoy along the way!