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December 12, 2013

Book Notes - Trisha Low "The Compleat Purge"

The Compleat Purge

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Myla Goldberg, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Trisha Low's The Compleat Purge is as ambitious and innovatively written a book as I have read all year, both stunningly modern and eloquent at the same time, and always surprising.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn wrote of the book:

"For all that there are experiments in form on display, The Compleat Purge isn’t simply an experiment in form. It's a hybrid in the best sense of the word, bridging styles to get at something deeper; volleying out a series of cloaks to get at something much more essential."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.

In her own words, here is Trisha Low's Book Notes music playlist for her novel, The Compleat Purge:

when i write this to you it's 9 am - i'm listening to Robert Smith, wearing orange lipstick and a dress patterned with pink neon sunflowers, loose around the top so it always slips off my shoulders - it's 2.06 pm, i’m idling with my magic 8 ball, nick is showing me the new harley quinn comic and calling me pumpkin, reminding me that her and the joker make for the greatest love story of all time even when they're trying to kill each other because 'she was always there, in the next comic, and so he always came' - it's 4.02 pm, i'm watching a motorcycle gang beat up a clown on my computer screen to a youtube video of Lana Del Rey’s Ride - it’s 5.16 pm, i realise it’s a Sunday, I had a long night at a friend’s party and that it’s kind of gross how I somehow still have last night’s nutella on my fingers - it’s 5.32 pm and I’m listening to Taylor Swift’s RED, the full album, thinking about who I would have kissed if I wanted to kiss someone yesterday and how Taylor’s insistence on naming names is crucial in both contexts, cause all’s fair in love and war - it’s 6.03 pm and the funny thing about the confessional (like this one) is that it’s a displaced act of listening, a repetition of a localised cultural imaginary. No form of speech outside of what you remember of momentary relations or pixellated heart // I love you I hate you let's get a coke, techno One Direction melodrama. Having nothing to say and saying it anyway just like I am doing right now; maybe what a playlist is in the very first place.

Twin Peaks OST - Audrey’s Dance

Dear Diary (January 13th, 1989),

I haven’t been writing to you because Dr. Jacoby gave me a pretty hot-pink tape recorder for Christmas. He said that it might help me to talk into it. I send him the tapes after I have listened to them myself. I find that even though I’m still very sad that listening to the tapes and all that they say helps me feel that the problems spoken on them are not my own.

I would write more often, but with all my work and the other diary I must keep “pleasantly updated,” I have hardly any time to be as honest as I am with you.

I will write more when I can.


Connie Francis - Where the Boys Are

dearest trisha,

i can see that if i am going to get vol 2 i must initiate. here is the last thing i completed. a loose interpretation of the wagner opera parsifal squeezed through an alternate history of monsanto. why not? what do i have to do for vol 3? squeeze through an alternate history?


SALEM - Till the world ends

Trisha Low
this might be the best representation of everything any of us have ever only pretended to love ever.

Kitty Pryde - Thanks Kathryn Obvious

Cecilia Corrigan
to me 10/20/12


Sent from my mobile

“nobody likes my music they just kind of wanna fuck me […] i’m just a little girl, stop picking on me on the internet. i'm telling people you were mean to me on last fm, ok? i'm telling on you.”

Bratmobile - Cool Schmool

“I literally heard a guy in the audience say, "Someone should kill them." At that time, Bratmobile was like the most crazy performance art you've ever seen. It was so insane. It was literally child rhymes.” - Kathleen Hanna (

Placebo - Every You, Every Me

When I was 15, the guitarist from Placebo threw his smashed guitar offstage into the audience and gave me a black eye so I did actually carve his name into my arm. It didn’t scar, but I still really like Cruel Intentions.

Frank Ocean - There Will Be Tears
i have a nostalgia, ULTRA tattoo right under my columbine shooting tribute tattoo.

Charli XCX - Superlove

Kill me with your touch / You're soaken through my blood / R.I.P, set me free, yeah, this is dangerous

Death Grips - Guillotine (It Goes Yah)

Joey Yearous-Algozin
did you hear about the death grips show?
Trisha Low
wait WHAT
Joey Yearous-Algozin
they didn't show up to some gig in chicago
and people destroyed their equipment
but apparently they never intended to actually be at the show
"They weren't in Chicago, and according to Consequence of Sound, this was the band's plan. Recorded music, an unmanned drum set, and a giant suicide note. That's the show.""

Harry Pussy - (live)

Enough said.

A Hymn To the Virgin - Edmund Rubbra

Dear Trisha and Marsha,

I want to thank the Lord for having blessed me with two wonderful girls. I would love to take some credit


Sent from my iPhone

Extra Life - Made Flesh

“I was sixteen. I had green hair. I had a girl. She had green hair.

We grooved on the Slot Addix Relapsaria. The A-side was for fighting, the B-side was for fucking, and we didn’t know which side was which.

That year the student body president was elected for an unprecedented sixth term. It was no contest. When they put soda machines in the cafeteria, he put something in the soda, and me and my girl packed our own lunch. Me and my girl flicked spitwads at the Prez and yelled “SIC SEMPER IGNORAMUS.” The Prez fumed. He canceled art and music and dance. He made it all math. He made it all marchers. The pep rallies got longer, then louder, then mandatory. The cheer squad traded in their pom poms for black leather whips. Lucky my girl was on the squad. We cut class and in the shed behind the school she showed me how it work. It worked for me.

One day they were waiting for us. They took her. They made her into mystery meat and fed her to the football team. It’s all in fun, the Prez said, be a good sport. They made me watch. I made myself laugh. I made myself have a slice. At home I threw out my records. Then I made myself go to all the games. I made myself cheer like she did. I made myself all the plays. I hit the gym. I shaved my head [...]”

- Reviewed - The Slot Addix: Relapsaria (Reissue) in HEAT MAP, Thomson Guster

Pharmakon - Crawling on Bruised Knees

I’ll do it for a massage with a sad ending //
yes, a massage using your tears as oil. let me know when works for you — oh, and be sure to have something very sad lined up to think about.

Heart - Magic Man

Trisha Low
winner of evening has to be tossup between josef's hardcore version of fergalicious
and holly's yoko ono version of magic man
i sing like a 5 yr old

Katy Perry - Hummingbird Heartbeat

Josef Kaplan and I almost killed a live chicken at a poetry reading to this tune.

The For Carnation - Moonbeams

Trisha Low
you got a better suicide soundtrack
is it witchhaus
Gordon Faylor
nah i don't know, maybe a good for carnation track
something of jandek's
i told him it's a slowcore track and he totally took the bait

Red House Painters - 24

Trisha Low
insolent youth
Andy Martrich
24 now
dont think i dont know

Hall and Oates - Rich Girl

Trisha Low is a rich poet”
- Kill List, Josef Kaplan

Dido’s Lament - Henry Purcell

Ways to be tragic.

The Crystals - He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)


Trisha Low and The Compleat Purge links:

Vol. 1 Brooklyn review

Bookslut interview with the author
VICE interview with the author

also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2012 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

Online "Best of 2013" Book Lists
2013 Year-End Online Music Lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from the week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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