After 5 years, I just finished my PhD. I’m ready to celebrate even though I still don’t know what to do with my life.

I need some feel-good music to help me through the soul-shattering breakup that looms in my near future.

01. New Politics - “Love is a Drug” (New Politics)
02. The Naked and Famous - “Girls Like You” (Passive Me, Aggressive You)
03. The Naked and Famous - “Jilted Lover” (Passive Me, Aggressive You)
04. Decibully - “Rid of Me at Last” (Sing Out America)
05. Foster The People - “Love” (Foster The People)
06. Koufax - “Move Out, Move On” (It Had to Do With Love)
07. Kids of 88 - “Cotton Mouth” (Sugarpills)
08. Polaris at Noon - “Tacks and Strings” (Season One: The Prospect)
09. Tides of Man - “Not My Love 2” (Dreamhouse)
10. I Blame CoCo - “Turn Your Back on Love” (Constant)
11. Mr. Little Jeans - “Angel” (Mr. Little Jeans)
12. My First Earthquake - “Designer Boyfriend” (Downstairs)
13. Warpaint - “Baby” - (The Fool)
14. Flight Facilities - “Crave You” (Crave You)

Wanderlust

01. The Mountain Goats - “This Year” (The Sunset Tree)
02. Old Crow Medicine Show - “Wagon Wheel” (O.C.M.S.)
03. William Elliott Whitmore - “Dry” (Song of the Blackbird)
04. The Six Parts Seven - “Sleeping Diagonally (Feat. Sam Beam)” (Lost Notes From Forgotten Songs)
05. Megafaun - “Columns” (Gather, Form & Fly)
06. The Acorn - “Low Gravity” (Glory Hope Mountain)
07. Bonnie “Prince” Billy - “Ease Down the Road” (Ease Down the Road)
08. Bowerbirds - “Olive Hearts” (Hymns for a Dark Horse)
09. The Books - “That Right Ain’t S**t” (The Lemon of Pink)
10. Califone - “Don’t Let Me Die Nervous” (Califone)
11. The Avett Brothers - “Nothing Short of Thankful” (Mignonette)
12. Great Lake Swimmers - “Various Stages” (Bodies and Minds)
13. Josh Ritter - “Leaves and Kings” (Josh Ritter)
14. Tarkio - “Keeping Me Awake” (I Guess I Was Hoping For Something More)
15. The Morning Benders - “Excuses” (Big Echo)
16. Beirut - “Nantes” (The Flying Club Cup)
17. Luke Temple - “Family Vacation” (Snowbeast)
18. Bon Iver - “Lump Sum” (For Emma, Forever Ago)
19. (Smog) - “Four Hearts in a Can” (The Doctor Came At Dawn)
20. Songs: Ohia - “I’ve Been Riding With The Ghost” (The Magnolia Electric Co.)

“I like big ass vicious noise that makes my head spin. I wanna feel it whipping through me like a fucking jolt”.

Finally, someone who just wants a bunch of noise. Here you go, Reeve. I apologize for putting so many essentials, but they’re essential for a reason.

01. Piasa - “Don’t Barkbark Up My Tree” (Realicide/Piasa split cassette)
02. Burning Star Core - “Part II” (Papercuts Theater)
03. MAMMAL - “Fog III5” (FOG III)
04. Merzbow - “Degradation of Tapes” (1930)
05. Wolf Eyes - “Stabbed in the Face” (Burned Mind)
06. Macronympha - “American Violence II”
07. Haters - “Drunk on Decay #4” (Drunk on Decay)
08. Third Organ - “Pornography of Despair” (Pornography of Despair)
09. Sickness - “No Sale, No Credit, No Tax For Prostitute” (Nitro Dragsters - A Tribute To OVMN And The Incapacitants [clear cassette])
10. Lustmord - “Heresy Part II” (Heresy)
11. Sudden Infant - “Track 1” (Radiorgasm)

im turning 25.

01. Joe Cocker - “With a Little Help From My Friends” (With a Little Help From My Friends)
02. Primal Scream - “Movin’ On Up” (Screamadelica)
03. Built to Spill - “Dystopian Dream Girl” (There’s Nothing Wrong With Love)
04. Galaxie 500 - “Strange” (On Fire)
05. 50 Cent - “In Da Club” (Get Rich or Die Tryin’)
06. Future Islands - “Swept Inside” (In Evening Air)
07. Twin Shadow - “At My Heels” (Forget)
08. Deerhunter - “Sailing” (Halcyon Digest)
09. The Tallest Man on Earth - “I Won’t Be Found” (Shallow Grave)
10. Games - “Strawberry Skies” (That We Can Play EP)
11. Justice - “TThhee PPaarrttyy” (Cross)
12. Ani DiFranco - “As Is” (Little Plastic Castle) [I do like this album but it has to have the worst cover ever - even for the 90s. I mean, whose fucking idea was that? Some record exec? And she went for it?]
13. Steve Reich – “Come Out” (Early Works)

Finally there’s no one left in the world. It’s snowing and I’m walking in the city.

01. The Naked and Famous - “Punching In A Dream (Does it Offend You Yeah! Remix)” (Passive Me Aggressive You)
02. Pink Floyd - “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” (Relics)
03. A Place To Bury Strangers- “Ocean” (A Place To Bury Strangers)
04. Idle Warship - “Screamin’ feat. MC Chris” (Mick Boogie Party Robot)
05. Tones On Tail - “Go! (club Mix)” (Everything!)
06. CocoRosie - “Rainbowarriors” (The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn)
07. David Lynch - “Ghost of Love” (INLAND EMPIRE (Motion Picture Soundtrack))
08. John Lennon - “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)” (Lennon Legend)
09. Thom Yorke - “Black Swan” (The Eraser)
10. Morphine - “You’re an Artist” (The Mod Squad Soundtrack)

I need a different song to wake up to in the morning for each day of the week. I love dream pop and twee

MON: Belle & Sebastian - “Expectations” (Tigermilk)
TUE: Neon Indian - “(AM)” (Psychic Chasms)
WED: The Vaselines - “Teenage Superstars” (Dying For It EP)
THU: Washed Out - “Feel It All Around” (Feel It All Around)
FRI: Teengirl Fantasy - “Portofino” (Portofino/New Image Everyday)
SAT: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - “Come Saturday” (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart)
SUN: Beach House - “You Came To Me” (Devotion)

I hope these songs give you good vibes each and every day!

I hope this mix makes you feel horrible

01. The Smiths - “Unhappy Birthday” - (Strangeways Here We Come)
02. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - “Animal Midnight” (Pig Lib)
03. The White Stripes - “I’m Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman” (White Blood Cells)
04. Arctic Monkeys - “Do Me a Favour” (Favourite Worst Nightmare)
05. Elvis Costello - “I Hope You’re Happy Now” (Blood and Chocolate)
06. Bob Dylan - “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)

Bonus Track: Lily Allen - “Smile” (Alright Still)

songs that fuel relentless self-pity

01. The Zita Swoon - “People Are Like Slamming Doors” (Life=A Sexy Sanctuary)
02. Lady & Bird - “The Word Is Grey” (La Ballade Of)
03. Marianne Faithfull - “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” (Strange Weather)
04. Billie Holiday - “Yesterdays” (Verve Jazz Masters 12: Billie Holiday)
05. Ute Lemper - “The Part You Throw Away” (Punishing Kiss)
06. Antony and the Johnsons - “Hope There’s Someone” (I Am A Bird Now)
07. Nico - “These Days” (Chelsea Girl)
08. Leonard Cohen - “Avalanche” (Songs Of Love And Hate)
09. Elliott Smith - “Miss Misery (Early Version)” (New Moon)
10. John Cale - “Dying On The Vine” (Fragments Of A Rainy Season)
11. Tom Waits - “Trampled Rose” (Real Gone)
12. Karen Dalton - “Katie Cruel” (In My Own Time)

Songs for Tambourine Hands

An hour’s worth of hip-slipping ditties.

01. The Beatles - “Wait” (Rubber Soul)
02. Sonny & Cher - “I Got You Babe” (Groundhog Day)
03. Blitzen Trapper - “Ballad of Bird Love” (Furr)
04. DeVotchKa - “Til the End of Time” (Little Miss Sunshine)
05. The Minders - “I’ve Been Wondering” (Horray for Tuesday)
06. The Chocolate Watchband - “Let’s Talk About Girls” (Nuggets: Original Artifacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968)
07. The Partridge Family - “I Can Feel Your Heartbeat” (Come On Get Happy!)
08. Jonathan Fire*Eater - “These Little Monkeys” (Wolf Songs for Lambs)
09. The Monkeys - “Last Train to Clarksville” (The Monkeys)
10. Okkervil River - “Lost Coastlines” (The Stand Ins)
11. Françoise Hardy - “This Little Heart” (Les Chansons D’amour)
12. Beck - “Black Tambourine” (Guero)
13. The Stooges - “Gimme Danger” (Raw Power)
14. The Kills - “Wait” (Keep On Your Mean Side)
15. Cato Salsa Experience - “M.F.” (A Good Tip for a Good Time)
16. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - “Servo” (Tepid Peppermint Wonderland: A Retrospective)
17. Dressy Bessy - “Just Once More” (Dressy Bessy)
18. Built to Spill - “Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss” (Ancient Melodies of the Future)
19. The Warlocks - “Baby Blue” (Phoenix Album)

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