If you read the music blog Largehearted Boy, you’re probably aware of their Book Notes series, in which “authors create and discuss a music playlist that is in some way relevant to their recently published books.”

Today my dear friend James Kennedy, who’s appeared in the Reader‘s fiction issue a couple times (including this year) and been the subject of a profile in one of our books issues, posted a playlist for his first novel, The Order of Odd-Fish (Delacorte Press).

You can stream the music and read James’s thoughtful, lively annotations at Largehearted Boy. I contributed a few tracks myself–see if you can tell which without consulting his notes. All in all the mix covers almost as much territory as the book.

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.