(T)Workin’: Vol. 4
9:48 am, April 22nd | by Colette McIntyre
It’s hard out here for a young professional: wages are getting lower, work hours are getting longer, and you barely even smiled at that GIF your friend just sent you. But don’t reach for the 5-Hour Energy just yet — sometimes all you need is a good jam to help you get by.
We’re here to help. Each week we will supply you with a free and streamable office playlist (consider us your John Williams and your workday our Harry Potter); these are the Jane Dough-approved tunes that’ll wake you up, keep you focused, soothe your nerves, and help you celebrate the end of day. So put in your earbuds and drown out the sound of your co-worker drumming his fingers on his desk. Why be working when you could be (T)Workin’? Previous installments can be found here. To listen to today’s playlist as a continuous stream, just click here.
8:00: You are stuck in traffic. This is perfect. You forgot to change your tampon before leaving for the office, you haven’t had any coffee yet, and the car next to yours has its windows down and is blasting every Black Eyed Peas song in existence. Of course this is happening.
Cold War Kids, “Something’s Not Right With Me”
8:30 – 10:00: You are still stuck in traffic. You can feel the rage bubbling up like a goulash. Okay, just calm down; soon you’ll be in the office, large coffee in hand, and everything will be alright.
Liars, “The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack”
Grizzly Bear, “The Knife”
Perfume Genius, “Rusty Chains”
Nai Palm, “Lace Skull”
Frank Ocean, “Sweet Life”
10:00 – 12:00: Finally in the office, harried combination of checking emails, meeting interns, signing documents, drafting documents, and raising your eyebrows at your friend in a manner that says, “Don’t even ask; I am not pleased; if the highway were a person, I would’ve punched him in the throat today.”
12:00: Lunchtime? Let’s just be real and call it what it is: Burritotime. You are finally beginning to feel like yourself.
Aaliyah/Gotye, “Are You That Somebody That I Used To Know“
Ed Sheeran, “Pony”
1:00: Your boss just swung by your desk and told you he wants to have a conversation a little later. You smelt like a burrito. Did he see how late you were this morning? Was there cilantro in your teeth? Ugh…
New Order, “Shellshock”
1:30 – 3:00: How do you prepare for “a conversation?” Okay, it’s fine…it’ll be fine. You are an asset to this team. The company is Earth, you are the moon; you make sure that are no massive tidal waves and what not. Look at pictures of lionesses. You are a lioness, fresh from the hunt. You can do this!
3:00: He is calling you into his office. This is not a drill.
Alex Turner, “Piledriver Waltz”
4:00 – 5:00: Oh! HE WANTED TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT GOOGLE+. Google+! Of course! HA HA!
5:00 – 6:00: Ha! Google+! How could you have been worried? You are the lioness; nothing can faze you. The world is your antelope. Time to just lean back and coast for the rest of the day.
Raphael Saadiq, “Stone Rollin’“
Janelle Monae, “Locked Inside“
TV on the Radio, “Will Do (XXXChange Dancehall Mix)”
Mark Morrison, “Return of the Mack”
The Roots feat. Cody ChestnuTT, “The Seed 2.0”
6:00: The lioness is going to bury her maw in a margarita from Dallas B.B.Q. Because she deserves it.
Maxwell, “This Woman’s Work”