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)


01. John Maus - “Too Much Money” (Love Is Real)
02. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - “Gettin’ High In The Morning” (House Arrest)
03. GFOTY - “Friday Night” (N/A)
04. Dom - “Living In America” (Sun Bronzed Greek Gods)
05. Penelope Strong - “Penthouse Suite” (N/A)
06. Girl Talk - “Set It Off” (Feed The Animals)
07. Lil B - “Based God Fucked My Bitches” (White Flame)
08. Rustie - “Attak feat. Danny Brown” (Green Language)
09. Lakutis - “Too Ill For The Law” (3 Seashells)
10. Gorillaz - “Rock The House” (Gorillaz)
11. UGK - “It’s Supposed To Bubble” (Super Tight)

I love you and I don’t know if you do

01. Widowspeak - “True Believer”
02. Majical Cloudz - “I Do Sing For You”
03. Elliott Smith - “Let’s Get Lost”
04. Bob Dylan - “I Want You”
05. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx - “My Cloud”
06. Still Corners - “Beginning to Blue”
07. Beach House - “Heart Of Chambers”
08. Angel Olsen - “White Fire”
09. Baths - “Departure”
10. James Blake - “A Case Of You”
11. The Microphones - “The Moon (acoustic)”
12. Sharon Van Etten - “I’m Wrong (demo)”
13. Waxahatchee - “I Think I Love You”
14. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - “Swim and Sleep Like A Shark (acoustic version)
15. Conor Oberst - “Night at Lake Unknown”
16. St. Vincent - “I Prefer Your Love”

Magic mushrooms at the beach! Life is IMMENSE.

“Immense” doesn’t even begin to describe, right?

Anyhoo, this mix is inspired by the music I was into the last time I was on magic mushrooms at a beach. Hope you have fun, stay safe, and don’t get so whacked out that you think it’s appropriate to “return your phone to Mother Ocean” like I did. :P

01. Grimes – “Genesis” (Visions)
02. Benoit & Sergio – “Walk and Talk” (Where the Freaks Have No Name – EP)
03. Jamie xx – “Far Nearer” (Far Nearer / Beat For – Single)
04. The Field – “Looping State of Mind” (Looping State of Mind)
05. Tycho – “Coastal Brake” (Dive)
06. Caribou – “Silver” (Our Love)
07. Doss – “Softpretty” (Doss – EP)
08. The Knife – “Pass This On” (Deep Cuts)
09. iamamiwhoami – “sever” (kin)
10. John Maus – “I Don’t Eat Human Beings” (A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material)
11. High Places – “Universe” (High Places: 03/07 – 09/07)
12. Animal Collective – “For Reverend Green” (Strawberry Jam)
13. Isaac Tichauer – “Take Over You” (Take Over You – EP)
14. Friendzone – “Chuch” (Collection I)
15. Delorean – “Stay Close” (Subiza)
16. The Horrors – “You Said” (Skying)
17. Balam Acab – “Expect” (Wander / Wonder)
18. Courtship Ritual – “Abuela” (Pith)
19. Clams Casino – “Angels” (Instrumental II)
20. Father John Misty – “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” (Fear Fun)
21. Baths – “Rafting Starlit Everglades” (Cerulean)
22. Washed Out – “Amor Fati” (Within and Without)
23. Classixx – “Hanging Gardens” (Hanging Gardens)
24. M.I.A. – “Believer” (/\/\ /\ Y /\)
25. Fort Romeau – “Theo” (Kingdoms)
26. Cut Copy – “Feel the Love” (In Ghost Colours)
27. múm – “Sunday Night Just Keeps on Rolling” (Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK)
28. Gorillaz – “Empire Ants” (Plastic Beach)
29. Ulrich Schnauss – “Suddenly the Trees Are Giving Way” (Far Away Trains Passing By)
30. Twin Sister – “Kimmi in a Rice Field” (In Heaven)
31. Boards of Canada – “Roygbiv” (Music Has a Right to Children)
32. Aphex Twin – “Flim” (Come to Daddy)
33. Grouper – “Vital” (The Man Who Died in His Boat)
34. DJ Shadow – “Building Steam with a Grain of Salt” (Endtroducing….)
35. Kraftwerk – “Franz Schubert” (Trans-Europe Express)

I need to calm down

01. Andy Stott - “Sleepless” (Luxury Problems)
02. Ty Segall - “My Head Explodes” (Goodbye Bread)
03. Vektroid - “Calm” (Neo Cali)
04. The Field - “Then It’s White” (Looping State Of Mind)
05. Dave Brubeck - “Take Five” (Time Out)
06. Julian Lynch - “Just Enough” (Mare)
07. Hydroplane - “New Monotonic FM” (Hydroplane)
08. Julianna Barwick - “Envelop” (The Magic Place)
09. Gastr Del Sol - “Dry Bones In The Valley” (Upgrade & Afterlife)
10. The Caretaker - “Camaraderie At Arms Lenght” (An Empty Bliss Beyond This World)

Watching Redtube Alone

Why watch porn unless you’re going to get a little weird??

01. Jenny Hval - “Innocence is Kinky” (Innocence is Kinky)
02. Perfume Genius - “All Waters” (Put Your Back N 2 It)
03. Albert Ayler Trio - “The Wizard” (Spiritual Unity)
04. Brood Ma - “RUBBEL BODY” (P O P U L O U S)

01. Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom - “Relevee” (The Days of Mars)
02. Frank Zappa - “G-Spot Tornado” (Jazz from Hell)
03. Fuck Buttons - “The Lisbon Maru” (Tarot Sport)
04. Holly Herndon - “Movement” (Movement)

01. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48: I. Pezzo in forma di Sonatina

01. Dean Blunt - “Imperial Gold” (The Redeemer)
02. Jim O’Rourke - “Eureka” (Eureka)
03. Julianna Barwick - “Flown” (The Magic Place)
04. Lisa Germano - “Stars” (Geek the Girl)


I know that feeling. Take a few deep breaths and make sure you are far from any potato and/or tuberous vegetable before listening; they have ears, you know. (Or is it eyes?)

01. Tyvek - “Potato” (Nothing Fits)
02. Mark Wynn - “Blue Ford, Bored, Whatever It’s Called, Blah” (Might Try Some Shoes On, Maybe I Won’t Try Some Shoes On)
03. The Mountain Goats – “Yam, The King of Crops” (Yam, The King of Crops)
04. Destroyer – “Don’t Become the Thing You Hated” (Notorious Lightning and Other Works)
05. Titus Andronicus – “Food Fight!” (Local Business)
06. The Velvet Underground - “Foggy Notion” (VU)
07. Lost Sounds - “I Get Nervous” (Lost Sounds)
08. Wavves - “Paranoid” (Afraid of Heights)
09. Cheveu - “Charlie Sheen” (1000 Mile)
10. The Gooeys - “Suspicious Hunch Amongst the Bloody Mary For Lunch Brunch” (Scary Black Cherry Nap)
11. Dirt Naps - “Nightmare” (II)
12. Nohopekids “Fuzzocalypse vs. Mechagodzilla” (Nohopekids EP)
13. Pixies - “Where is My Mind?” (Surfer Rosa)
14. The Crytearions - “I See What It Is and I Am Scared” (I See What It Is and I Am Scared)
15. Sex Scheme - “Eat It” (Sex Scheme)
16. The Misfits - “Die, Monster, Die!” (Famous Monsters)
17. The Talking Heads - “Stay Hungry” (More Songs About Buildings and Food)
18. Suicidal Tendencies - “Institutionalized” (Prime Cuts)
19. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - “Can’t Hear My Eyes” (Before Today)
20. King Crimson – “21st Century Schizoid Man” (In the Court of the Crimson King)
21. Belle and Sebastian - “Meat and Potatoes” (The Life Pursuit)

Relationship Anarchy

Title: “…but i knew that was just part of my obsession”

Monogamy just isn’t an option. But I really need you. You’re the one that I love.

01. Sonic Youth – “I Love You Golden Blue” (Sonic Nurse)
02. Julee Cruise – “Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart” (Floating Into The Night)
03. Townes Van Zandt – “Lungs” (Townes Van Zandt)
04. Jonathan Richman - “True Love Is Not Nice” (I’m So Confused)
05. The Shangri-Las – “What’s a Girl Supposed to Do” (The Crystals and The Shangri-Las)
06. The Brogues – “I Ain’t No Miracle Worker” ()
07. Dead Moon – “Where Did I Go Wrong” (In The Graveyard)
08. Roy Orbison – “Crying” (The Very Best of Roy Orbison)
09. Royal Trux – “Liar” (Accelerator)
10. The Beau Brummels – “Just A Little” ()
11. Palace Music – “New Partner” (Viva Last Blues)
12. Love – “Alone Again Or” (Forever Changes)
13. Loudon Wainwright III - “Medley: I Know I’m Unhappy / Suicide Song / Glenville Reel” (Album II)
14. Beat Happening – “What’s Important” (Beat Happening)
15. The Magnetic Fields – “I Think I Need a New Heart” (69 Love Songs (Disc 1))
16. Lou Reed – “This Magic Moment” (Lost Highway OST)
17. Karen Dalton – “I Love You More Than Words Can Say” (It’s So Hard To Tell Who’s Going To Love You The Best)
18. The Vogues – “You’re The One” (Nuggets Volume Five: Pop, Part III)
19. John Prine & Iris DeMent - “In Spite of Ourselves” (In Spite of Ourselves)
20. Terry Malts - “I Do” (Killing Time)
21. Kurt Vile - “Never Run Away” (Walkin On A Pretty Daze)

A Mix to Help My Boyfriend Kick His Nicotine Habit

This mixtape has a story.

Boyfriend hears the pleas from his loved ones. Boyfriend takes a good look at himself and realizes how unhealthy and costly his smoking habit is. Boyfriend gives up smoking cold turkey. One week passes. Boyfriend breaks down. Boyfriend goes to the store to buy cigarettes. Boyfriend notices the electronic cigarettes displayed next to his ordinary go-to smokes, American Spirits. Boyfriend purchases an e-cig. Boyfriend vapes his new purchase in the parking lot. Boyfriend looks to the sky. Boyfriend now knows the truth. Smoking e-cigs make you even cooler than smoking regular cigarettes do!

01. Car Seat Headrest - “Stop Smoking” (Twin Fantasy)
02. Mount Eerie - “Don’t Smoke” (Black Wooden Ceiling Opening)
03. Daniel Johnston - “I Save Cigarette Butts” (Songs of Pain)
04. John Maus - “Too Much Money” (Love Is Real)
05. Titus Andronicus - “Tried to Quit Smoking” (Local Business)
06. Andrew Jackson Jihad - “Cigarettes” (Candy Cigarettes And Cap Guns)
07. Cutie Boy Spliff - “Recharge My Cig” (Man Found Fire)

Who are you, and what the fuck are you doing in my bed?

Could be a stranger. Could be one of your roommate’s weird friends from Holland. Could be an assassin. Could be a surprise escort arranged by your boss. Could be that it’s actually your lover and this is the first sign of your amnesia setting in. Could be that you are seriously drunk and this isn’t, in fact, your house.

01. Xiu Xiu - “You Are Pregnant, You Are Dead” (Women as Lovers)
02. Fat White Family - “Without Consent” (Champagne Holocaust)
03. Fela Kuti & Nigeria 70 - “Lover” (The ‘69 LA Sessions)
04. Clipse - “Keys Open Doors” (Hell Hath No Fury)
05. Joy Division - “Heart & Soul” (Closer)
06. Gang of Four - “Contract” (Entertainment!)
07. St. Vincent - “The Bed” (Actor)
08. Jenny Hval - “Blood Flight” (Viscera)
09. Robyn - “Love Kills” (Body Talk)
10. The Avalanches - “Two Hearts in ¾ Time” (Since I Left You)
11. Hot Chip - “Motion Sickness” (In Our Heads)
12. Television - “Venus” (Marquee Moon)


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