As a biology major, I mostly only listen to music while studying. So give me some good music to keep me focused.

01. Jim O’Rourke - “94 The Long Way” (Bad Timing)
02. Kraftwerk - “Tanzmusik” (Ralf and Florian)
03. Steve Reich - “Electric Counterpoint” (Different Trains)
04. Cave - “Hunt Like Devil” (Hunt Like Devil)
05. The Books - “Tokyo” (The Lemon of Pink)
06. Battles - “B+T” (EP C / B EP)
07. Adem - “Gamera” (Takes)
08. Loose Fur - “An Ecumenial Manner” (Loose Fur)
09. Cluster - “Hollywood” (Zuckerzeit)
10. El Ten Eleven - “Marriage Is The New Going Steady” (It’s Still Like A Secret)
11. Neu - “Fur Immer” (2)
12. John Fahey - “John Henry” (The Legend of Blind Joe Death)
13. Can - “Bel Air” (Future Days)
14. Mark McGuire - “Along The Coral Reef” (Tidings/Amethyst Waves)
15. Mogwai - “Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home” (Young Team)

Songs to make my mind-numingly boring job seem lots more fun.

01. Kasabian - “L.S.F. Lost Souls Forever” (Kasabian)
02. Middle Class Rut - “I Guess You Could Say” (No Name No Color)
03. Dogs Die in Hot Cars - “Lounger” (Please Describe Yourself)
04. White Rabbits - “While We Go Dancing” (Thieves Be Damned!)
05. The Limousines - “Very Busy People” (Get Sharp)
06. Deaf Pedestrians - “I Hate This Place” (We’re All Gonna Die)
07. Kind of Like Spitting - “Crossover Potential” (Bridges Worth Burning)
08. The Zutons - “How Does it Feel” (Tired of Hanging Around)
09. Local Natives - “Who Knows Who Cares” (Gorilla Manor)
10. The Dismemberment Plan - “A Life of Possibilities” (Gorilla Manor)
11. Surfer Blood - “Floating Vibes” (Astro Coast)
12. Atom and His Package - “I’m Downright Amazed at What I Can Destroy With Just A Hammer” (Hamburgers)
13. NazcarNation - “Beeswax” (NazcarNation)
14. Planet Smashers - “Too Much Attitude” (Life of the Party)
15. Larrkin Love - “Meet Me By The Getaway Car” (The Freedom Spark)
16. Uh Huh Her - “Dance With Me” (Common Reaction)
17. Bishi - “Never Seen Your Face” (BitPop EP)

I hate that you didn’t feel the way I felt and that you aren’t hurt the way I’m hurt.

Aww, sorry kid. Have a good wallow in some of these mood pieces. Just let it all out. Then skip to the last track and gear up to take on the world again. Chin up!

01. Swans - “Animus” (Soundtracks for the Blind)
02. Julian Fane - “In Space” (Special Forces)
03. Nest - “Far From Land” (Retold)
04. Grouper - “Heavy Water / I’d Rather Be Sleeping” (Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill)
05. Forest Swords - “If Your Girl” (Dagger Paths)
06. Riya - “Seems Like” (Seems Like / The Cycle)
07. The Internal Tulips - “Talking Hoshizaki Blues” (Mislead Into a Field by a Deformed Deer)
08. µ-ziq - “Goodbye, Goodbye” (Royal Astronomy)
09. Coil - “Going Up” (The Ape of Naples)
10. Iggy Pop - “Success” (Lust for Life)

I can’t wait to move in with you even though we’re both poor from college.

01. Talking Heads - “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” (Speaking in Tongues)
02. Richard Hawley - “Tonight the Streets Are Ours” (Lady’s Bridge)
03. Smog - “Let’s Move to the Country” (Knock Knock)
04. Arthur Russel - “That’s Us / Wild Combination” (Calling Out of Context)
05. Neil Young - “Cinnamon Girl” (Everybody Knows This is Nowhere)
06. Beach Boys - “Wouldn’t it Be Nice?” (Pet Sounds)
07. Frightened Rabbit - “Old Old Fashioned” (The Midnight Organ Fight)
08. Jens Lekman - “Your Arms Around Me” (Night Falls Over Kortedala)

Fuck you, in a folky way.

01. Phil Ochs – “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” (I Ain’t Marching Anymore)
02. Smog – “Dress Sexy At My Funeral” (Dongs of Sevotion)
03. Bob Dylan – “Don’t Rhink Twice, It’s All Right” (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)
04. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “Death To Everyone” (I See A Darkness)
05. Billy Bragg – “Valentine’s Day Is Over” (Workers Playtime)
06. Songs: Ohia – “Almost Was Good Enough” (The Magnolia Electric Co.)
07. Joan Baez – “It Ain’t Me Babe” (Joan Baez/5)
08. Joanna Newsom – “Does Not Suffice” (Have One On Me)
09. Woody Guthrie – “This Land Is Your Land” (The Asche Recordings, Vol. 1)
10.The Carter Family – “No Depression in Heaven” (The Best Of)

songs about not knowing how to love, and hurting a girl without wanting to do so

You knew pretty well what you were doing. Don’t pretend you’re innocent now. You are important to her and that means that every word and every action has the potential to hurt her. Everything has a meaning.

01. Antonio Orozco - “Devuélveme la Vida” (Devuélveme la Vida)
02. Pambo - “Perdón” (Voces por Haití)
03. Shakira ft. Santana - “Illegal” (Oral Fixation Vol. 1)
04. Westlife - “Fool Again” (Westlife)
05. Dar Williams - “If I Wrote You” (End Of The Summer)
06. Josh Ritter - “You Don’t Make It Easy Babe” (Hello Starling)
07. Annie Lennox - “Waiting In Vain” (Medusa)
08. León Polar - “Déjalo” (L.P.)
09. Julieta Venegas - “Me Voy” (Limon y Sal)
10. Dar Williams - “Iowa” (Mortal City)
11. Dashboard Confessional - “Vindicated” (Dusk and Summer)

Quiet songs while the kids are painting

01. Brian Eno - “1/1” (Ambient 1: Music For Airports)
02. Sun Araw - “Ma Halo” (On Patrol)
03. Aerial M - “Dazed and Awake” (As Performed by Aerial M)
04. Vashti Bunyan - “Timothy Grubs” (Just Another Diamond Day)
05. Nick Drake - “Things Behind The Sun” (Pink Moon)
06. Harmonia - “Deluxe (Immer Wieder)” (Deluxe)
07. Aphex Twin - “Avril 14th” (Drukqs)
08. Shugo Tokumaru - “Wedding” (Exit)
09. Sun Kil Moon - “Carry Me Ohio” (Ghosts Of The Great Highway)
10. The Velvet Underground - “After Hours” (The Velvet Underground)
11. Washington Phillips - “Lift Him Up That’s All” (The Key To The Kingdom)
12. Four Tet - “Circling” (There Is Love In You)

A mix tape that will let her know I’m into her but not desperate to have her

I think the best way to let her know you’re into her is to make her a playlist yourself. That being said, none of these songs are overt “love songs,” but they’ve all got love on the periphery and I would only give this mix to someone I was interested in dating.

01. Devendra Banhart - “This Is The Way” (Rejoicing In The Hands)
02. Fleet Foxes - “Sun Giant” (Sun Giant EP)
03. Caetano Veloso - “Tu Me Acostumbraste” (Araçá Azul)
04. Neil Young - “Tell Me Why” (After The Gold Rush)
05. Björk - “Hyper-Ballad” (Post)
06. Sharon Van Etten - “Dsharpg” (Epic)
07. Jónsi - “Go Do” (Go)
08. Bon Iver - “Blood Bank” (Blood Bank EP)
09. Jorge Drexler - “Eco” (Eco)
10. Bibio - “Lover’s Carvings” (Ambivalence Avenue)
11. Sly And The Family Stone - “Time” (There’s A Riot Goin’ On)
12. Bonnie “Prince” Billy w/ Matt Sweeney - “Beast For Thee” (Superwolf)
13. Jim O’Rourke - “Prelude to 110 or 220/Women of the World” (Eureka)
14. My Bloody Valentine - “Soon” (Loveless)

Everyone’s telling me I should be in a relationship and I probably should want to be in a relationship but I kinda really don’t want to and I think it’s laziness

Hey, I say you should ride the ‘single and not lonely’ wave as far as you possibly can.

01. Green Day – “Longview” (Dookie)
02. The Moldy Peaches – “Lucky Number Nine” (s/t)
03. David Bowie – “Golden Years” (Station To Station)
04. John Coltrane - “Acknowledgement” (A Love Supreme)
05. Abc – “The Look Of Love” (The Lexicon Of Love)
06. John Frusciante – “My Smile Is A Rifle” (Niandra Lades and Usually Just A T-Shirt)
07. Health – “Die Slow” (Get Color)
08. OMG – “Autre Ne Veut” (s/t)
09. Talking Heads – “I’m Not In Love” (More Songs About Buildings And Food)
10. Robyn – “Hang With Me (Acoustic)” (Body Talk Pt.1)

songs to tell me everything will be okay

I’ve been going through a lot lately and I’m with you, man. I hope this helps. I tried to think of songs that the mix request brought to mind but also songs that are good for cryin’.

01. Aphex Twin - “Lichen” (Selected Ambient Works Volume II)
02. Neil Young - “I Believe in You” (After the Gold Rush)
03. Antony & the Johnsons - “One Dove” (The Crying Light)
04. The National - “The Geese of Beverly Road” (Alligator)
05. Bjork - “Aurora” (Vespertine)
06. Tracy Chapman - “Fast Car” (Tracy Chapman)
07. Neko Case - “Star Witness” (Fox Confessor Brings the Flood)
08. R.E.M. - “Everybody Hurts” (Automatic For the People)
09. The Walkmen - “Red Moon” (You & Me)
10. Animal Collective - “I Think I Can” (Fall Be Kind EP)

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