Classic rock songs that you need to listen to before you die

01. Chuck Berry - “Maybelline” (Chuck Berry Is On Top)
02. Steely Dan - “Black Cow” (Aja)
03. The Beatles - “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” (Abbey Road)
04. Bob Dylan - “Meet Me In The Morning” (Blood On The Tracks)
05. Heart - “Bebe Le Strange” (Bebe Le Strange)
06. Black Sabbath - “A National Acrobat” (Sabbath Bloody Sabbath)
07. David Bowie - “Black Country Rock” (The Man Who Sold The World)
08. 10cc - “I’m Mandy Fly Me” (How Dare You)
09. Fleetwood Mac - “Landslide” (Fleetwood Mac)
10. Boston - “Foreplay/Long Time” (Boston)
11. Pink Floyd - “Any Colour You Like” (Dark Side Of The Moon)

Caveman Songs

Aren’t we all cavemen?

01. Cro-Magnon - “Caledonia” (Cave Rock)
02. Daisuke Tobari - “Track 07” (Till The End Of The Dream)
03. The Dead C - “Bitcher” (Vain, Erudite, And Stupid)
04. The Naked And The Dead - “Carousel” (Killed By Death Rock Vol. 1)
05. NASA Space Universe - “$” (EGM)
06. Hunting Lodge - “Energyguide” (Hear The Roar Of The Mountains Volume 2)
07. Les Rallizes Denudes - “People Can Choose” (Heavier Than A Death In The Family)
08. Madame Edwarda - “Ferris Wheel” (Illumine)
09. Macula Dog - “Toad” (Macula Dog)
10. Lord Melody - “Booboo Man” (Calypso Awakening)

Ritalin, wine, and a broken heart: Need some classic rock/shoegaze/new wave/postpunk to take me away.


01. Nico - “These Days” (Chelsea Girl)
02. David Bowie - “Modern Love” (Let’s Dance)
03. The Delmontes - “So It’s Not To Be” (Carousel)
04. Incense - “Flow” (Meteorites)
05. Connan Mockasin - “Faking Jazz Together” (Forever Dolphin Love)
06.All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors - “Nice Soup” (All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors)
07. Cocteau Twins - “Ella Megablast Burls Forever” (Blue Bell Knoll)
08. Siouxsie And The Banshees - “Into The Light” (Juju)
09. Handsome Furs - “Nyet Spasiba” (Face Control)
10. Gary Numan - M.E. (The Pleasure Principal)
11. A Sunny Day In Glasgow - “Golden Waves” (Sea When Absent)

God, I wish it was summer

A little bit of everything: songs that make me want to skip down the street or cruise thru town with my windows down.

01. Connie Francis - “Vacation” (Gold)
02. The Coasters - “I Must Be Dreamin’” (The Coasters)
03. Bleached - “Electric Chair” (Searching Through The Past b/w Electric Chair)
04. Lio - “Le Banana Split” (Lio)
05. King Geedorah - “Fastlane” (Take Me to Your Leader)
06. Lone - “2 Is 8” (Reality Testing)
07. Farah - “Dancing Girls - Suite 304 Demo” (After Dark)
08. Eurythmics - “Love Is a Stranger” (Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This))
09. Prince - “Dirty Mind” (Dirty Mind)
10. The Puppini Sisters - “Walk Like an Egyptian” (The Rise and Fall of Ruby Woo)
11. Hercules & Love Affair - “Hercules Theme” (Hercules & Love Affair)
12. Low Sea - “Never Yours” (Las Olas)
13. Tamaryn - “Love Fade” (The Waves)
14. Duran Duran - “Last Chance on the Stairway” (Rio)
15. Talking Heads - “I Zimbra” (Fear of Music)
16. The Sandwitches - “Summer of Love” (Mrs. Jones’ Cookies)
17. Dick Dale and His Del-Tones - “Misirlou” (Surfers’ Choice)
18. Micachu - “Curly Teeth” (Jewellery)
19. Colleen Green - “You’re So Cool” (Sock It to Me)
20. Chelsea Wolfe - “Fight Like Wolves” (Sing Songs Together…)
21. Orbital - “Halcyon And On And On” (Orbital 2)

Lifeguards in love

01. Mitch Murder- Beach Interlude (Burning Chrome)
02. Rebolledo y Daniel Maloso- Venganza y Seduccion (Rexperience No.2)
03. Howard Jones- New Song (Human’s Lib)
04. Arthur Russell- Let’s Go Swimming (World of Echo)
05. Toro y Moi- Talamak (Causers of This)
06. Lust for Youth- After Touch (International)
07. Dwight Twilley Band- Looking for the Magic (Twilley Don’t Mind)
08. Glass Candy- Digital Versicolor (B/E/A/T/B/O/X)
09. Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland- 2 (Black is Beautiful)
10. The dB’s- Black and White (Stands for Decibels)
11. Gerry Rafferty- Right Down the Line (City to City)
12. The Floaters- Float On (Pure Slow Jams)
13. Roxy Music- More Than This (Roxy Music Collection)
14. Anna Domino- Land of My Dreams (East and West)
15. Dusty Springfield- In the Land of Make Believe (Dusty in Memphis)

I am trying to express my love for buildings

Ah buildings, do they house our dreams…

01. Sufjan Stevens - “The Seer’s Tower” (Come on Feel the Illinoise)
02. Love - “A House is Not a Motel” (Forever Changes)
03. John Vanderslice - “The Tower” (Emerald City)
04. Guided By Voices - “Big Chief Chinese Restaurant” (Alien Lanes)
05. Destroyer - “School, and the Girls Who Go There” (City of Daughters)
06. Dismemberment Plan - “The City” (Emergency & I)
07. Talking Heads - “Burning Down the House” (Speaking in Tongues)
08. The Microphones - “The Mansion” (The Glow Pt. 2)
09. Mountain Goats - “Lakeside View Apartments Suite” (Transcendental Youth)
10. Modern Lovers - “Hospital” (The Modern Lovers)

Other People Make Me Nervous

01. Jay Reatard - “Don’t Let Him Come Back” (Singles 06-07)
02. Gorillaz - “Rockit” (D-Sides)
03. My Bloody Valentine - “Drive It All Over Me” (You Made Me Realise)
04. Speedy Ortiz - “Plough” (Major Arcana)
05. Joanna Gruesome - “Madison” (Weird Sister)
06. Liars - “No Barrier Fun” (Sisterworld)
07. John Maus - “The Fear” (A Collection of Rarities And Previously Unreleased Material)
08. Menomena - “Wet And Rusting” (Friend And Foe)
09. Angel Olsen - “Windows” (Burn Your Fire For No Witness)
10. Galaxie 500 - “King Of Spain” (Today)
11. The Velvet Underground - “After Hours” (The Velvet Underground)

I got kicked out of my school and now I live alone with no friends. Need a mixtape to entertain me and remind me there is happiness in the world.

Didn’t go with a theme really, just songs I love that make me happy. Cheers.

01. Kool A.D. - “Hickory” (Word O.K.)
02. Minor Threat - “Good Guys” (Complete Discography)
03. Grace Jones - “Pull Up To The Bumper” (Nightclubbing)
04. Max Tundra - “Which Song” (Parallax Error Beheads You)
05. Azealia Banks - “Soda” (Broke With Expensive Taste)
06. of Montreal - “Jaques Lamure” (The Gay Parade)
07. Rapider Than Horsepower - “Radio Activity” (Do Not Ignore The Potential)
08. The Make-Up - “International Airport” (Destination: Love)
09. Parliament - “Mothership Connection (Star Child)” (Mothership Connection)
10. Harry Merry - “Stevie Storm” (Well Here’s Another Nice Mess)
11. MF DOOM - “Rapp Snitch Knishes” (MM… Food)
12. Four Tet - “Smile Around The Face” (Everything Ecstatic)
13. Animal Collective - “Winter Wonder Land” (Strawberry Jam)
14. Dan Deacon - “Lots” (America)

Forest Walk in Winter, on Speed

I must admit, I have never done speed. Though I may be unable to relate to the experience of the drug, I can offer you the perceptual quality of speed transmuted into sound: A mixtape that seeks to capture the swiftness and lilting movements of snowflakes through the wind, motions mirrored by furious flurries of breakbeats, as heard in “Bebikukorica Nigiri,” “Second Life,” and “Hell Hath No Fury.” Amidst the complex drum patterns are lush, ethereal pads and spectral synth-stabs, provoking images of forests opening unto the night sky.

“Cold Water” is an exception to the sonic nature of this mixtape, yet still congruent thematically, conjuring cinematic scenes of wintry noir or, perhaps, a narcotized Twin Peaks. I hope you enjoy!

01. Kitty - “Second Life” (Frostbite)
02. Machinedrum & FaltyDL - “Give in 2” (N/A)
03. Terminal 11 - “Unicorn Peyote Kaleidoscope” (Kaleidoscope Eyes)
04. nim - “The Transformation of Travel” (8BP050)
05. Lone - “Dream Girl / Sky Surfer” (Galaxy Garden)
06. Autechre - “Eutow” (Tri Repetae)
07. Venetian Snares - “Bebikukorica Nigiri” (Detrimentalist)
08. New Dreams Ltd. - “Cold Water” (Initiation Tape: Isle of Avalon Edition)
09. Paisley Parks - “Go” (Japanese Juke & Footworks)
10. Klute - “Hell Hath No Fury” (Emperor’s New Clothes)

Pop Music for the Nihilist

Imagine the stages of grief as a circle and not a line, when “denial” and “acceptance” are paradoxical homologues.

Without further ado: here, arranged for your aural pleasure, an assemblage of paeans to aspartame, sweet-n-sour Slurpees for your ear-holes, the most essential bric-a-brac for giving up and loving the bomb.

This dance — between “denial” and “acceptance,” between self-aware despair and self-blinding bliss, between late nights and early mornings — is the main event.

Don’t hate it. Don’t be mad, baby. Forget “guilty pleasures.” Keep drinking until you don’t think anymore. There is beauty in the breakdown.

(And zero calories never tasted so sweet!)

01. Alice Deejay - “Better Off Alone” (Who Needs Guitars Anyway?)
02. Miss Kittin & The Hacker - “Frank Sinatra” (First Album)
03. Autre Ne Veut - “Gonna Die” (Anxiety)
04. Robyn & Röyksopp - “Do It Again” (Do It Again — EP)
05. The Chromatics - “Into the Black” (Kill for Love)
06. Majical Cloudz - “Bugs Don’t Buzz” (Impersonator)
07. Trust - “Gloryhole” (TRST)
08. Aphex Twin - “Windowlicker” (Windowlicker — EP)
09. Taylor Swift - “Wildest Dreams” (1989)
10. Lana Del Rey - “Without You” (Born to Die)
11. FKA twigs - “Numbers” (LP1)
12. oOoOO - “I Live for the Day” (Let Me Shine for You)
13. Britney Spears - “Till the World Ends” (Femme Fatale)
14. SOPHIE - “Lemonade” (Lemonade / Hard)
15. AraabMuzik - “Golden Touch” (Electronic Dream)
16. Tove Lo - “Habits (Stay High)” (Queen of the Clouds)
17. Death Grips - “I’ve Seen Footage” (The Money Store)
18. Madonna - “Nothing Really Matters” (Ray of Light)
19. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - “Round and Round” (Before Today)
20. Baths - “Ossuary” (Obsidian)
21. How to Dress Well - “Cold Nites” (Total Loss)
22. Goldfrapp - “Some People” (Seventh Tree)
23. Frou Frou - “Let Go” (Details)
24. SALEM - “Better Off Alone” (I’m Still in the Night — EP)

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