Baking the afternoon away

My girlfriend’s in rehab for a year, my best friend is moving to Memphis, and my car broke down: Songs To Remind Myself Life’s Not Total Shit.

01. Elliott Smith - “Say Yes” (Either/Or)
02. Q-Tip feat. Norah Jones - “Life is Better” (The Renaissance)
03. The Five Stairsteps - “Ooh Child” (Crooklyn: Vol. 1)
04. Jimi Hendrix - “Bold as Love” (Axis: Bold as Love)
05. Modest Mouse - “Float On” (Good News for People Who Love Bad News)
06. Amos Lee - “Sweet Pea” (Supply and Demand)
07. Chaka Khan and Rufus - “Tell Me Something Good” (Pure Funk)
08. Big Star - “Thirteen” (#1 Record)
09. Paul Simon - “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” (Paul Simon)
10. Paul McCartney - “That Would Be Something’ (McCartney)
11. Marvin Gaye - “Pride and Joy” (That Stubborn Kinda Fellow)
12. Stevie Wonder - “As” (Songs in the Key of Life)

New Orleans Is Giving Me the Blues

Side A “Walkin’”:

01. Fats Domino - “Walking to New Orleans” (This Is…1960)
02. Billy Holiday - “Gloomy Sunday” (Best of Eternal Billie)
03. Miles Davis - “Round Midnight” (‘Round About Midnight)
04. Tom McDermott, Lucia Micarelli - “New Orleans Blues” (Treme: Music from the HBO Original Series, Season One)
05. Rancid - “New Orleans Acoustic” (Let the Dominoes Fall)
06. Rebirth Brass Band - “I Feel Like Funkin’ It Up” (Welcome to New Orleans)

Side B “Gabbin’”:

01. Big Maybelle - “Gabbin’ Blues (Don’t Run My Business)” (The Complete Okeh Sessions 1951 - 1955)
02. Walter ‘Furry’ Lewis - “Good Mornin’ Judge” (Good Mornin’ Judge)
03. R.L. Burnside - “It’s Bad You Know” (Come On In)
04. Chris Whitley - “Twelve Thousand Miles” (Dislocation Blues)
05. Honeyboy Edwards - “I Was In New Orleans Last Night” (Roamin’ and Ramblin’)
06. Over The Rhine - “Jesus in New Orleans” (Ohio)

You’re my Australian Lova, and I miss you

01. Rowland S. Howard - “Dead Radio” (Teenage Snuff Film)
02. Paul Kelly - “Before Too Long” (Gossip)
03. The Sleepy Jackson - “Good Dancers” (Lovers)
04. The Triffids - “Bury Me Deep in Love” (Calenture)
05. Nick Cave - “Straight to You” (Henry’s Dream)
06. The Go-Betweens - “Dive for your Memory” (16 Lover’s Lane)
07. Dirty Three - “Sue’s Last Ride” (Horse Stories)
08. The Drones - “Cold & Sober” (Havilah)
09. iOTA - “Come Back for Me” (Beauty Queen of the Sea)
10. Crowded House - “Don’t Dream it’s Over” (Crowded House)
11. Oren Ambarchi - “Salt” (Audience of One)
12. Tom Waits - “Tom Traubert’s Blues [Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen]” (Small Change)

Great songs on good albums that I may have missed

You can’t really put Down (The Jesus Lizard) in the same category of “good” as Love and Curses (Reigning Sound) or Foolish (Superchunk), but these are all standout tracks that completely shit all over their album’s siblings.

01. The Jesus Lizard - “Thumbscrews” (Down)
02. Xinlisupreme - “Murder License” (Murder License)
03. A Place To Bury Strangers - “Don’t Think Lover” (A Place to Bury Strangers)
04. U.S. Maple - “Open A Rose” (Acre Thrills)
05. The Warmers - “Poked It With A Stick” (The Warmers)
06. Silkworm - “Insomnia” (It’ll Be Cool)
07. Lost Sounds - “Bombs Over M.O.M.” (Lost Sounds)
08. Reigning Sound - “Broken Things” (Love and Curses)
09. Superchunk - “Like A Fool” (Foolish)
10. The Sandwitches - “Summer of Love” (Mrs. Jone’s Cookies)
11. Xiu Xiu - “Buzz Saw” (The Air Force)

I’m starting my new life in the big city. I need songs that will give it profound meaning.

01. Bob Dylan - “Hard Times in New York Town” (The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964)
02. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - “I Don’t Want To Go Home” (Havin’ A Party With Southside Johnny)
03. Alexander - “We’re All On This Ship Together” (Global Blending)
04. Mark Keali’li Ho’omalu/Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus - “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” (Lilo and Stitch Original Soundtrack)
05. Electric Light Orchestra - “Calling America” (Balance of Power)
06. Bobby Darin - “Dream Lover” (Bobby Darin Best Of)
07. Francoise Hardy - “Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles” (Tous les garcons et les filles)
08. The Rolling Stones - “Dancing In The Light” (Exile on Main Street)
09. Old Crow Medicine Show - “Cocaine Habit” (Big Iron World)
10. Lou Monte - “Lazy Mary” (Lou Monte Sing for You)
11. Dean Martin - “My Rifle, My Pony and Me” (At The Movies)
12. The Kinks - “Strangers” (Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One)
13. Funkadelic - “Can You Get To That” (Maggot Brain)
14. Van Morrison - “Glad Tidings” (Moondance)

My Girlfriend Is Out of Town for the Summer

I’m not sure if you’re sad about this or elated.

Side A - Sad:
01. Smashing Pumpkins - “Tonight, Tonight” (Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness)
02. The Only Ones - “The Whole of the Law” (The Only Ones)
03. The Beach Boys - “All I Wanna Do” (Sunflower)
04. The Kills - “Last Day of Magic” (Midnight Boom)
05. Animal Collective - “Bluish” (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
06. The xx - “Basic Space” (xx)

Side B - Elated:
01. Mean Jeans - “Born on a Saturday Night” (Are You Serious?)
02. Sleigh Bells - “Riot Rhythm” (Treats)
03. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - “Date With the Night” (Fever To Tell)
04. The Sonics - “Skinny Minnie” (Boom)
05. Black Lips - “Bad Kids” (Good Bad Not Evil)
06. Mean Jeans - “Don’t Stop Partying” (On Mars)

Songs that make me want to drink heavily after a day of heavy drinking

01. MF Doom - “One Beer”
02. Roger Creager - “The Everclear Song”
03. George Thorogood and the Destroyers - “One Bourbon, One Shot, One Beer”
04. Against Me! - “You Look Like I Need A Drink”
05. The Woodshedders - “Vodka Before Breakfast”
06. Drive-by Truckers - “Where The Devil Don’t Stay”
07. Adam Carroll - “Ol’ Milwaukee’s Best”
08. Transplants - “Tall Cans In The Air”
9. Muddy Waters - “Champagne & Reefer”
10. Bob Dylan - “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream”
11. Tom Waits - “Jockey Full Of Bourbon”
12. Bright Eyes - “Drunk Kid Catholic”
13. Merle Haggard - “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink”
14. Afroman - “Colt 40ty Fiva”
15. The Murder City Devils - “Rum To Whiskey”
16. The Reverend Horton Heat - “Bales Of Cocaine”
17. The Tramps - “Whiskey In The Jar”
18. Turnpike Troubadours - “Gin, Smoke, Lies”
19. Josh Bray - “Indian Gin”
20. Amos Milburn - “Let Me Go Home Whiskey”

Somnambulant Gems for Acute Insomniacs

01. Slowdive - “Rutti” (Pygmalion)
02. Aphex Twin - “[track one, disc one]” (Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2)
03. Auburn Lull - “Stockard Drive” (Alone I Admire)
04. Loscil - “Emma” (First Narrows)
05. Grouper - “Stuck” (Dragging a Dead Deer up a Hill)
06. Mazzy Star - “Into Dust” (So Tonight that I Might See)
07. Low - “Shame” (Long Division)
08. Yo La Tengo - “Night Falls on Hoboken” (And then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out)
09. Brightblack - “Ocean Blue” (Ala.Cali.Tucky)
10. Christopher Bissonnette - “The Colonnade” (In Between Words)
11. Erik Satie - “Gymnopedies 1” (Best of Satie)
12. Windy and Carl - “Sunrise” (Antarctica)
13. Angelo Badalamenti - “Moving Through Time” (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me OST)
14. July Skies - “Southern Orchards” (Dreaming of Spires)
15. Slowdive - “Country Rain” (Souvlaki)

Songs to listen to while analyzing the universe

01. Raymond Scott - “Little Miss Echo” (Soothing Sounds for Baby Vol. 3)
02. Harald Grosskopf - “B. Aldrian” (Synthesist)
03. Loops of Your Heart - “End” (And Never Ending Nights)
04. Love Inc. - “Income” (Life’s a Gas)
05. Boards of Canada - “Slow This Bird Down” (The Campfire Headphase)
06. Ash Ra Tempel - “Quasarsphere” (Inventions for Electric Guitar)
07. DJ Spooky - “The Terran Invasion of Alpha Centauri Year 2794” (Songs of a Dead Dreamer)
08. Robag Wruhme - “Thora Vukk” (Thora Vukk)
09. Broken Social Scene - “Feel Good Lost” (Feel Good Lost)
10. Keith Fullerton Whitman - “Feedback Zwei” (Playthroughs)
11. Atlas Sound - “Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel” (Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel)
12. Stars of the Lid - “The Daughters of Quiet Minds” (And Their Refinement of the Decline)
13. Brian Eno - “Drift” (Apollo Atmospheres & Soundtracks

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