Alternative Tetris Soundtrack

This mix maps the inevitable: (a) from the initial peace of the game, a diversion from the monotony and drudgery of life, to the (b) burgeoning anxieties at the intersection of free time and work, to the (c) incomprehensible speed of arrangements and rearrangements, to the final (d) point of failure, and the slow, heavy promise of the repetition of the same in game as well as in life.

01. Julia Holter - “The Falling Age” (Tragedy)
02. Peter Rehberg - “Boxes & Angels” (Work For GV 2004-2008)
03. Oneohtrix Point Never - “Where Does Time Go” (Returnal)
04. Jim O’Rourke - “I’m Happy” (I’m Happy & I’m Singing & A 1,2,3,4)
05. Ian Martin - “Mechanical Rain” (Mechanical Rain)
06. Lightning Bolt - “Magic Mountain” (Hypermagic Mountain)
07. Bill Orcutt - “My Reckless Parts” (A New Way To Pay Old Debts)
08. Aaron Dilloway - “Eight Cut Scars (For Robert Turman)” (Modern Jester)
09. Parenthetical Girls - “The Best Thing” (The Scottish Play)
10. Earth - “Ouroboros Is Broken” (Extra-Capsular Extraction)

My ex is now my manager. Songs that don’t make me feel like shit everytime I go to work.

01. Ben Folds Five - “Song for the Dumped” (Whatever and Ever Amen)
02. R.E.M. - “Laughing” (Murmur)
03. The Walkmen - “The Rat” (Bows + Arrows)
04. Belle & Sebastian - “Another Sunny Day” (The Life Pursuit)
05. Andrew Bird - “Take Courage” (Bonus track from Noble Beast)
06. The Avalanches - “Since I Left You” (Since I Left You)
07. Wilco - “California Stars” (Mermaid Avenue)
08. Bran Van 3000 - “Love Cliché” (Discosis)
09. The Bouncing Souls - “Manthem” (How I Spent My Summer Vacation)
10. The Clean - “Anything Could Happen” (Boodle Boodle Boodle EP)
11. Coconut Records “Nighttiming” (Nighttiming)
12. Eels - “Last Stop: This Town” (Electro-Shock Blues)
13. Sufjan Stevens - “Too Much” (The Age of Adz)
14. Jens Lekman - “Black Cab” (Oh, You’re So Silent Jens)
15. Stiff Little Fingers - “Alternative Ulster” (Inflammable Material”

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“Why is a raven like a writing desk?” - The Mad Hatter

“Curiouser and curiouser” - Alice

01. Spiderbait - “Glokenpop” (Glokenpop)
02. Rob Zombie - “Dragula (Hot Rod Herman remix)” (The Matrix Soundtrack)
03. Basement Jaxx - “Where’s Your Head At?” (Rooty)
04. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - “Ain’t No Easy Way” (Howl)
05. Gnarls Barkley - “Crazy” (St. Elsewhere)
06. Sigúr Rós - “Gobbeldigook” (Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust)
07. Ladyhawke - “Delirium” (Ladyhawke)
08. Art Vs. Science - “Magic Fountain” (The Experiment)
09. The Beatles - “I Am The Walrus” (Magical Mystery Tour)
10. Kaiser Chiefs - “Good Days and Bad Days” (Off With Their Heads”

Zombie Apocalypse

01. Manchester Orchestra - “Wolves At Night” (I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child)
02. Midtown - “God Is Dead” (Forget What You Know)
03. mewithoutYou - “Wolf Am I! (And Shadow)” (Brother, Sister)
04. The Distillers - “Drain the Blood” (Coral Fang)
05. Finch - “What It Is To Burn” (Welcome to the Family)
06. The Bronx - “Young Bloods” (The Bronx-III)
07. The Pretty Reckless - “Make Me Wanna Die” (The Pretty Reckless)
08. The Pixies - “Monkey Gone To Heaven” (Doolittle)
09. Cloud Cult - “May Your Hearts Stay Strong” (Feel Good Ghosts)
10. Empires - “Under the Bright Lights” (Howl)
11. Jimmy Eat World - “Goodbye Sky Harbour” (Clarity)

Songs to get high to even though I don’t do drugs

01. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - “Burning the Midnight Lamp” (Electric Ladyland)
02. Woods - “Gypsy Hand” (Songs of Shame)
03. Alain Boissanger - “Crazy Girl, Crazy World” (Wizzz! Volume 2)
04. Van Dyke Parks - “Palm Desert” (Song Cycle)
05. Tame Impala - “I Don’t Really Mind” (Innerspeaker)
06. Animal Collective - “April and the Phantom” (Spirt They’ve Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished)
07. The Beatles - “Strawberry Fields Forever” (Magical Mystery Tour)
08. The Avalanches - “Summer Crane” (Since I Left You)
09. Pill Wonder - “Wishing Whale” (Jungle/Surf)
10. Julian Lynch - “Seed” (Orange You Glad)

Passionate sex with a robot in a mega-mall elevator circa 1995

01. Ace of Base - “The Sign”
02. Isley Brothers - “Live It Up (Pt. 1)”
03. Outfield - “Your Love”
04. Boys II Men - “I’ll Make Love to You”
05. Brand New Heavies - “Never Stop”
06. Rolling Stones - “Miss You”
07. Daryl Hall and John Oates - “Kiss On My List”
08. All-4-One - “I Swear”
09. Fleetwood Mac - “Don’t Stop”
10. Seal - “Kiss from a Rose”

The Most Random Fucking Mixtape You Have Ever Seen

Challenge accepted.

01. The Killers - “Smile Like You Mean It” (Hot Fuss)
02. Psychic Paramount - “N6” (II)
03. Led Zeppelin - “D’yer Mak’er” (Houses of the Holy)
04. Antony and the Johnsons - “You Are My Sister” (I Am A Bird Now)
05. Queens of the Stone Age - “I Never Came” (Lullabies to Paralyze)
06. Daft Punk - “Around the World, Harder Better Faster Stronger” (Alive 2007)
07. Deerhunter - “Cover Me (Slowly)” (Microcastle)
08. Radiohead - “Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2)” - (OK Computer (Deluxe Edition))
09. The xx - “Heart Skipped a Beat” (xx)
10. The Doors - “Love Hides” (Bright Midnight: Live in America)
11. Aglaia - “Mysterious Fish Named Kun” (3 Organic Experiences)
12. Sleater-Kinney - “Let’s Call It Love” (The Woods)
13. Robert Johnson - “Come on in My Kitchen” (King of the Delta Blues Singers)
14. Burial - “In McDonalds” (Untrue)
15. Andrew Bird - “Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left” (Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs)

Spine-Tingling Songs I Wish I’d Found Before

These has been tingling my spine for a while now. Enjoy.

01. Beach House - “Myth” (Bloom)
02. Beirut - “Nantes” (The Flying Club Cup)
03. Andrew Bird - “Desperation Breeds …” (Break it Yourself)
04. Sparklehorse - “Gold Day” (It’s a Wonderful Life)
05. The Velvet Underground - “Heroin” (The Velvet Underground & Nico)
06. Architecture in Helsinki - “Heart It Races - As Played By Dr Dog” (Heart It Races)
07. Fleet Foxes - “Ragged Wood” (Fleet Foxes)
08. Neon Indian - “Deadbeat Summer” (Mind Ctrl: Psychic Chasms Possessed)
09. Dirty Gold - “California Sunrise” (California Sunrise - Single)
10. Devendra Banhart - “Samba Vexillographica” (Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon)

Songs that teach you how to live

“Turn the light out, say goodnight/ No thinking for a little while/ Let’s not try to figure out everything at once”
– The National, “Fake Empire”

01. The Hold Steady - “Positive Jam” (Almost Killed Me)
02. The National - “Fake Empire” (Boxer)
03. Japandroids - “Younger Us” (Celebration Rock)
04. R.E.M. - “Finest Worksong” (Document)
05. Bob Dylan - “My Back Pages” (Another Side of Bob Dylan)
06. Wilco - “Nothing’severgonnastandinmyway(again)” (Summerteeth)
07. Japandroids - “Adrenaline Nightshift” (Celebration Rock)
08. LCD Soundsystem - “Yeah (Crass Version)” (LCD Soundsystem)

“What have they done to the earth/ What have they done to our fair sister?”
– The Doors, “When the Music’s Over”

01. M83 - “Midnight City” (Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming)
02. Radiohead - “Subterranean Homesick Alien” (OK Computer)
03. TV on the Radio - “Let the Devil In” (Return to Cookie Mountain)
04. Les Savy Fav - “What Would Wolves Do” (Let’s Stay Friends)
05. Arcade Fire - “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” (The Suburbs)

“Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together”
On The Road, Jack Kerouac

01. The Hold Steady - “Stuck Between Stations” (Boys and Girls in America)
02. The National - “Apartment Story” (Boxer)
03. Tom Waits - “House Where Nobody Lives” (Mule Variations)
04. The Dismemberment Plan - “A Life of Possibilities” (Emergency & I)
05. Radiohead - “House of Cards” (In Rainbows)
06. Neil Young - “On the Beach” (On the Beach)

“Isn’t death the boundary we need? Doesn’t it give a precious texture to life, a sense of definition? You have to ask yourself whether anything you do in this life would have beauty and meaning without the knowledge you carry of a final line, a border or limit.”
White Noise, Don Delillo

01. Wilco - “Company in My Back” (A Ghost Is Born)
02. The Wrens - “This Boy is Exhausted” (The Meadowlands)
03. Radiohead - “No Surprises” (OK Computer)
04. The Beta Band - “Dry the Rain” (The Three EP’s)
05. The Flaming Lips - “Feeling Yourself Disintegrate” (The Soft Bulletin)

Soundtrack to a fictional life of a movie con artist anti-hero (and even if he gets caught, it’s going to be ok!)

I’m pretty sure he changes his mind and gets away in the end.

01. The Replacements - “Black Diamond” (Let It Be)
02. Indian Wells - “Deuce” (Night Drops)
03. Andrew Hill - “Venture Inward” (Grass Roots)
05. Amon Tobin - “Get Your Snack On” (Supermodified)
06. Iggy Pop - “The Passenger” (Lust For Life)
07. Goat - “Disco Fever” (World Music)
08. Jackson and his Computer Band - “Rock On” (Smash)
09. Actress - “Glint” (R.I.P.)
10. 23 Skiddoo - “IY” (Seven Songs)
11. Cymande - “Zion I” (Cymande)


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