Morning commute to work as an ICU nurse

The early-morning drive to a job like “ICU nurse” guides the driver’s soul, Dante-like, through an exquisite and terrifying menagerie of emotions. This mix will help your daily ego-journey stay on tempo, smoothly transitioning you from “What a beautiful morning to fight the good fight,” through “the life of one such as I is a melancholy life,” to, “look at everything I do for you, world, and the tears shimmering in my eyes are the only payment I ask,” just as you pull into the lot.

01. The Ogyatanaa Show Band - “You Monopolize Me” (Ghana Special)
02. Talking Heads - “Life During Wartime” (Stop Making Sense)
03. Ricardo e Esquito - “Mulher Coca Cola” (Rio Baile Funk)
04. The Rollers - “One Little Piece” (Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts of Deep City)
05. R.L. Burnside - “Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down” (R.L. Burnside)
06. Sam Baker - “Truale” (Mercy)
07. Dean Blunt - “Heat” (Stone Island)
08. Pixies - “Caribou” (Come On Pilgrim)
09. Ass Ponys - “Astronaut” (Some Stupid With a Flare Gun)
10. If I Stay Too Long - “The Creation” (Our Music is Red - With Purple Flashes)
11. Flaming Lips - “Waitin’ for Superman” (The Soft Bulletin)

Mix to remind myself to avoid relationships, because I lose interest in like 5 minutes

01. David Bowie - “Modern Love” (Let’s Dance)
02. Jens Lekman - “I’m Leaving You Because I Don’t Love You” (Night Falls Over Kortedala)
03. Black Kids - “Hit The Heartbreaks” (Wizard of Ahhs)
04. Crystal Castles - “Not In Love” (II)
05. Cannibal Ox - “F-Word” (The Cold Vein)
06. Beck - “Nobody’s Fault But My Own” (Mutations)
07. David Lynch - “So Glad” (Crazy Clown Time)
08. Caribou - “Hello Hammerheads” (The Milk Of Human Kindness)
09. Heavenly - “C Is The Heavenly Option” (Le Jardin De Heavenly)
10. Princess Bambi - “Less Love More Sex (DJ Salinger Remix)” (N/A)

INSOMNIA

Part 1: I’m trying to sleep
01. Laurel Halo - “Serendip” (Chance of Rain)
02. The Field - “Black Sea” (Cupid’s Head)
03. Burial - “Rough Sleeper” (Truant/Rough Sleeper)

Part 2: I’m not going to fall asleep
04. Philip Glass - “Metamorphosis One” (Solo Piano)
05. Boris - “Farewell” (Pink)
06. Lilys - “Elizabeth Colour Wheel” (In The Presence Of Nothing)

Part 3: I don’t even need sleep
07. Death Grips - “Runway H (#12)” (Fashion Week)
08. Battles - “Futura” (Gloss Drop)
09. Cocteau Twins - “Heaven Or Las Vegas” (Heaven Or Las Vegas)

Part 4: I need sleep
10. Gorillaz - “Double Bass” (Gorillaz)
11. Oneohtrix Point Never - “Lovergirls Precinct” (Drawn And Quartered)
12. Arvo Part - “Fratres” (Tabula Rasa, Fratres, Symphony No. 3)

Part 5: Sun
13. Deerhunter - “White Ink” (Cryptograms)

I want to come out as transgender, but I’m too afraid of being rejected by my family and friends

You are not alone. We’re out here wishing you well. You can search YouTube for “Tiny Mix Tape for Jaime M” to listen. [Editor’s note: you can find this awesome mix here and embedded below.]

01. Cloud Nothings - “I’m Not Part of Me” (Here and Nowhere Else)
02. Tame Impala - “Be Above It” (Lonerism)
03. WU LYF - “Summas Bliss” (Go Tell Fire To The Mountain)
04. HAIM - “Falling” (Days Are Gone)
05. Angel Olsen - “Hi-Five” (Burn Your Fire For No Witness)
06. Arcade Fire - “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” (The Suburbs)
07. Burial - “Come Down to Us” (Rival Dealer)

I’m 80K+ in debt and my philosophy degree doesn’t mean shit

01. Gucci Mane feat. Chief Keef - “Semi On Em” (Big Gucci Sosa)
02. Wiley - “Cool Off” (Tunnel Vision Vol. 3)
03. Jlin - “Erotic Heat” (Bangs & Works Vol. 2)
04. Lotic - “Suspension” (Heterocetera)
05. Lil Durk feat. King L - “I Get Paid” (The Motion Picture)
06. Future feat. Drake - “Never Satisfied” (Honest)
07. Tupac - “Lil’ Homies” (Until the End of Time)
08. Tinashe - “Worth It” (Amethyst)
09. Four Tet - “Love Cry (Joy Orbison Remix)” (Angels & Echoes Remixes)
10. Milkmakerz - “Tapestry of DreamZ” (The Anthems)
11. Ø [Phase] - “Insectoid” (Apehlion)
12. Fabrizio Paterlini - “Empty Room” (The Art of Piano)
13. Bryson Tiller - “Sorry Not Sorry (esta. remix)” (etc.)
14. xxxy - “Last Dance” (Last Dance)

Soundtrack to a Breakfast Sandwich

Ain’t nothin better than a loaded English muff to start your day.

01. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - “The Opposite of Afternoon” (II)
02. Bombay Bicycle Club - “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep” (A Different Kind of Fix)
03. Darwin Deez - “Up in the Clouds” (Darwin Deez)
04. Youth Lagoon - “Daydream” (The Year of Hibernation)
05. Washed Out - “It All Feels Right” (Paracosm)
06. Angel Olsen - “Some things Cosmic” (Strange Cacti)

I lost my job at a college radio station because people were uncomfortable around me

01. Kevin Drumm and Jason Lescalleet - “Abuse” (The Abyss)
02. The Body - “The Night Knows No Dawn” (I Shall Die Here)
03. Codeine - “Wird” (The White Birch)
04. Neil Young and Crazy Horse - “Fuckin’ Up” (Ragged Glory)
05. Fugazi - “Cashout” (The Argument)
06. Guided By Voices - “Demons Are Real” (Bee Thousand)
07. Merchandise - “I’ll Be Gone” (Totale Nite)
08. Darkside - “Freak, Go Home” (Psychic)
09. Mewlips - “Hulk Hogan’s Shirt” (ETERNAL DINGUS LIFESTYLE, VOL. 1)
10. Pharmakon - “Bestial Burden” (Bestial Burden)

Tunes to trim my pubes to

From the hopeful optimism of Aesop’s “Racing Stripes” to the anxiety of Andrew Bird’s cover, this mixtape should cover the full emotional range of trimming one’s nether-regions. However, Bon Iver leaves it on a bittersweet note, to reflect on oneself: “What might have been lost?”

01. Aesop Rock - “Racing Stripes” (Skelethon)
02. Milo - “Almost Cut My Hair (For Crosby)” (Things that Happen at Day/Things that Happen at Night)
03. John Martyn - “Big Muff” (One World)
04. Future Islands - “Back in the Tall Grass” (Singles)
05. Explosions in the Sky - “Trembling Hands” (Take Care, Take Care, Take Care)
06. Jens Lekman - “Shirin” (Night Falls over Kortedala)
07. Andrew Bird “Trimmed + Burning” (Fingerlings)
08. The Knife - “Hangin’ Out” (Deep Cuts)
09. Deerhoof - “Mario’s Flaming Whiskers III” (Breakup Song)
10. Radiohead - “Everything in it’s Right Place” (Kid A)
11. Bon Iver - “The Wolves (Act I and II)” (For Emma, Forever)

Love Songs

01. Joyce Manor - “Falling In Love Again” (Never Hungover Again)
02. New Order - “Temptation (7”)” (Single)
03. Jens Lekman - “Kanske Ar Jag Kar I Dig” (Night Falls Over Kortedala)
04. Bob Dylan - “Sara” (Desire)
05. Sharon Van Etten - “Our Love” (Are We There)
06. Blur - “Good Song” (Think Tank)
07. TV On The Radio - “Province” (Return To Cookie Mountain)
08. My Bloody Valentine - “To Here Knows When” (Loveless)
09. Cocteau Twins - “Cherry Coloured Funk” (Heaven Or Las Vegas)
10. Wolf Parade - “This Heart’s On Fire” (Apologies To The Queen Mary)
11. R. Stevie Moore - “Love Is The Way To My Heart” (Nevertheless Optimistic)

Back to making mixtapes? Back to hopelessly asking for one every week.

01. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - “Impossible Request” (Only Run)
02. Tha Alkaholiks - “Can’t Tell Me Shit” (Bar Tab 2)
03. Lords of the Underground - “To Love Me” (House of Lords)
04. Cloud Cult - “Love & the First Law of Thermodynamics” (Love)
05. Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s - “I Don’t” (Tell Me More About Evil)
06. Big Sean - “First Chain” (Hall of Fame)
07. Kendrick Lamar - “i” (i)
08. The Walkmen - “No One Ever Sleeps” (Heaven)
09. Outlaws - “Perfect Timing” (Perfect Timing)

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