beautiful/sad but hopeful songs (not melodramatic/cliche/country) for my mom who died a year ago, when i was 22, who i miss/but am doing okay without/i see her in my mirror reflection more each day/which reminds me of her saying i was her dream come true.

01. Arcade Fire - “Empty Room” (The Suburbs)
02. LCD Soundsystem - “Someone Great” (Sound Of Silver)
03. The National - “Lemonworld” (High Violet)
04. Brand New - “Jesus” (The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me)
05. The Mountain Goats - “Matthew 25:21” (The Life Of The World To Come)
06. Fleet Foxes - “White Winter Hymnal” (Fleet Foxes)
07. The Shins - “Phantom Limb” (Wincing The Night Away)
08. Bright Eyes - “Easy/Lucky/Free” (Digital Ash In A Digital Urn)
09. Kings of Convenience - “Scars On Land” (Declaration Of Dependence)
10. Iron & Wine - “Fever Dream” (Our Endless Numbered Days)

How to Get Into Punk; or, I Really Want to Like Bad Brains, But I Just Can’t

It sounds like you don’t have enough pent-up rage. Have a conversation with an extreme right-wing conservative and then play the following mix at maximum volume, preferably while reading the lyrics. Then you will understand punk.

01. Fugazi - “The Waiting Room” (13 Songs)
02. Dead Kennedys - “Holiday in Cambodia” (Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables)
03. Wire - “Three Girl Rhumba” (Pink Flag)
04. Minutemen - “Storm in My House” (Double Nickels On The Dime)
05. Gang of Four - “Natural’s Not In It” (Entertainment!)
06. Black Flag - “Rise Above” (Damaged)
07. The Clash - “I’m So Bored With The USA” (The Clash)
08. Ramones - “Judy Is A Punk” (Ramones)
09. The Sex Pistols - “Anarchy In The U.K.” (Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols)
10. Crass - “Do They Owe Us A Living?” (The Feeding of the 5000)
11. Hüsker Dü - “Turn On The News” (Zen Arcade)
12. The Stooges - “1970” (Fun House)
13. D.O.A. - “General Strike” (Punk Rock Singles 1978-1999)
14. Sleater-Kinney - “I Wanne Be Your Joey Ramone” (Call The Doctor)
15. Minor Threat - “Minor Threat” (Minor Threat EP)
16. The Jam - “Going Underground” (B-side of Dreams of Children single)
17. OFF! - “Broken” (First Four EPs)
18. The Replacements - “Unsatisfied” (Let It Be)
19. Bad Brains - “Banned In D.C.” (Bad Brains)

I died my hair red and changed my name to Cherry Pie.

01. Prema - “Hair Dye” (Drive!)
02. Annalise - “100%” (You Can Dye Your Hair But Not Your Heart)
03. The Weepies - “Suicide Blonde” (Say I Am You)
04. Embrace - “Flaming Red Hair” (Ashes)
05. The Weasel King - “Red Hair” (Musical Decree Number Twenty-Four)
06. R.E.M. - “Redhead Walking” (Accelerate)

Playlist for a solo road trip from Arizona to Alaska

Side A - Leaving:
1. Tallest Man on Earth - “I Won’t Be Found” (Shallow Grave)
2. Eddie Vedder - “End Of The Road” (Into The Wild)
3. Beat Happening - “Indian Summer” (Jamboree)
4. Fleet Foxes - “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” (Fleet Foxes)
5. Beirut - “Nantes” (The Flying Club Cup)
6. Arcade Fire - “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” (The Suburbs)
7. TV On The Radio - “Wolf Like Me” (Return to Cookie Mountain)

Side B - Seeing Society Again:
1. Department of Eagles - “No One Does it Like You” (In Ear Park)
2. The Arctic Monkeys - “Fluorescent Adolescent” (Favourite Worst Nightmare)
3. The Strokes - “Reptilia”(Room On Fire)
4. The Black Keys - “Tighten Up” (Brothers)
5. The Rumble Strips - “Girls And Boys In Love” (Girls And Weather)
6. Dr. Dog - “The Rabbit, The Bat, And The Reindeer” (Fate)

Finally, I hooked up my Nintendo 64 to the moon!

01. Random - “Lightyears 500” (Bad Joke EP)
02. Beatmario - “Night of Nights” (Night Of Nights)
03. Yasuaki Fujita - “Title Theme” (Mega Man 3 OST”
04. Anamanaguchi “Densmore” (Aurora Single)
05. Mouse on Mars - “Polaroyced” (Parastrophics)
06. Zomby - “Where Were U In ‘92?” (Where Were U In ‘92?)
07. Rustie - “Surph” (Glass Swords)
08. Electrocado - “The Jolly Frog” (The Hass Effect)
09. Lone “Lying In Yhe Reeds” (Galaxy Garden)
10. Space Dimension Controller - “Last Sunset On Planet Earth” (The Pathway To Tiraquon6)
11. Starscream - “Space” (Future, Towards The Edge Of Forever)

Familiar love, familiar pain

01. Sharon Van Etten - “Love More” (Epic)
02. Sufjan Stevens - “Casimir Pulaski Day” (Illinois)
03. The Cure - “Plainsong” (Disintigration)
04. New Order - “Age of Consent” (Power, Corruption & Lies)
05. The Cinematic Orchestra - “That Home” (Ma Fleur)
06. Wilco - “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
07. The Antlers - “Putting the Dog to Sleep” (Burst Apart)
08. Antony And The Johnsons - “Hope There’s Someone” (I Am A Bird Now)
09. The National - “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” (High Violet)
10. Talking Heads - “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) (Speaking in Tongues)

Indie Sex Music: I need him to be as impressed by my soundtrack as my sex moves

And they said indie couldn’t be sexy.

01. TV on the Radio - “Staring at the Sun” (Young Liars EP)
02. MGMT - “Indie Rokkers” (Time to Pretend EP)
03. Spoon - “Everything Hits at Once” (Girls Can Tell)
04. Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire - “Why?” (The Swimming Hour)
05. My Bloody Valentine - “I Only Said” (Loveless)
06. TV on the Radio - “New Cannonball Blues” (Nine Types of Light)
07. The Black Keys - “Girl is On My Mind” (Rubber Factory)
08. The Kills - “DNA” (Blood Pressures)
09. Sleater-Kinney - “Let’s Call it Love” (The Woods)
10. Throwing Muses - “Vicky’s Box” (Throwing Muses)
11. TV on the Radio - “Lover’s Day” (Dear Science)

songs so obviously sexual that you couldnt possibly doubt the fact that i want to rip off your clothes at this exact moment

Huh. It turns out the mystery was what made it sexy.

01. Deadmau5 ft. Melleefresh - “Hey Baby” (Web Release)
02. Panic! At The Disco - “Lying Is the Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off” (Lying Is the Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off)
03. Bad Company - “Feel Like Makin’ Love” (Bad Company)
04. Bloodhound Gang - “The Bad Touch (Prime Remix)” (Hooray for Boobies)
05. Colbie Callait - “Bubbly” (Coco)
06. John Mayer - “Your Body Is A Wonderland” (Room For Squares)
07. Elton John - “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” (Lion King)
08. Papa Roach - “I Almost Told You That I Loved You” (Metamorphosis)
09. Patent Pending - “Every Time We Touch” (Heavens)
10. Poison - “Talk Dirty To Me” (Look What the Cat Dragged In)
11. Smash Mouth - “Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby” (Astro Lounge)
12. Tre Cool - “Like a Rat Does Cheese” (Like A Rat Does Cheese)
13. Van Halen - “Ice Cream Man” (Van Halen)
14. Warrant - “Cherry Pie” (Cherry Pie)

We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl

“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says ‘Morning, boys. How’s the water?’ And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes ‘What the hell is water?’”
– David Foster Wallace

01. We Are Scientists - “After Hours” (Brain Thrust Mastery)
02. Starf***er - “Bury Us Alive” (Reptilians)
03. Tommy Stinson - “All This Way For Nothing” (One Man Mutiny)
04. John Mayer - “Slow Dancing in A Burning Room” (Live)
05. Walk The Moon - “Iscariot” (i want! i want!)
06. Good Old War - “You Are My Own Sinking Ship” (Good Old War)
07. Ani DiFranco - “Little Plastic Castle” (Little Plastic Castle)
08. Johnny Flynn - “The Box” (A Larum)
09. The Replacements - “Anywhere’s Better Than Here” (Don’t Tell A Soul)
10. Joy Division - “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Substance)
11. The National - “Lemonworld” (High Violet)

Songs for you and the other soul. (whether they know you exist already or not)

01. Bon Iver - “I Can’t Make You Love Me/ Nick Of Time” (Calgary)
02. Paul Baribeau - “Falling In Love With Your Best Friend” (Grand Ledge)
03. Maps & Atlases - “Perch Patchwork” (Perch Patchwork)
04. Noah and the Whale - “I Have Nothing” (First Days Of Spring)
05. Bright Eyes - “Land Locked Blues” (I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning)
06. James Black & Bon Iver - “Fall Creek Boys Choir” (Enough Thunder)
07. Death Cab For Cutie - “Grapevine Fires” (Narrow Stairs)
08. The Weavers - “Deep Blue Sea” (Rarities from the Vanguard Vault)
09. Islands - “If” (Return To Sea)
10. Hellogoodbye - “Baby, It’s Fact (Down Mix)” (Remixes!)
11. Beirut - “The Rip Tide” (The Rip Tide)
12. The Mountain Goats - “Linda Blair Was Born Innocent” (We Shall All Be Healed)
13. The Beatles - “Yesterday” (Help!)
14. Pink Floyd - “Wish You Were Here” (Oh By The Way)

Music for My Pet Pirate Unicorn

01. Battles - “Atlas” (Mirrored)
02. Infected Mushroom - “Sa’eed” (The Legend Of The Black Shawarma)
03. The Beatles - “Blue Jay Way” (Magical Mystery Tour)
04. Deadmau5 - “Ghosts N Stuff” (For The Lack Of A Better Name)
05. White Ring - “Roses” (Black Earth That Made Me)
06. Magic Mash - “Give Me Some More” (Web Remix)

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