Finding Beauty optimistically, through dark times.

01. Gilbert O’Sullivan - “Alone Again (Naturally)” (Caricature)
02. Alan Price - “Changes” (O Lucky Man)
03. The Mamas & The Papas - “Monday, Monday” (If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears)
04. Ryan Adams - “Carolina Rain” (29)
05. Radiohead - “Lucky” (OK Computer)
06. Harry Nilsson - “Don’t Leave Me” (Aerial Ballett)
07. The Smiths - “Unloveable” (Louder Than Bombs)
08. Modest Mouse - “Float On” (Good News For People Who Love Bad News)

When robots take over the world, it will be beautiful

The Rise (side 1):
01. Robyn - “Fembot” (Body Talk Pt. 1)
02. Kraftwerk - “It’s More Fun to Compute” (Computer World)
03. Laurie Anderson - “O superman (For Massenet)” (Big Science)
04. The Flaming Lips - “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt.1” (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots)
05. Richard Strauss - “II. Allegro molto agitato” (Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24)
06. Philip Glass Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, Philip Glass - “New World” (Naqoyqatsi)

Post-Take Over (side 2)
07. Luigi Russolo - “Veglio Di Una Città” (Die Kunst der Geräusche)
08. Infinite Body - “Out to Where I am” (Carve Out the Face of My God)
09. Autechre - “y7” (Move of Ten)
10. Mark Fell - “Multistability 2-A” (Multistability)
11. Burning Star Core - “Challenger” (Challenger)
12. Alva Noto - “Haliod Xerrox Copy 9” (Xerrox Vol. 1)

Big Beats (Dance Inducing Songs For My 19th Birthday)

01. Peaches - “Fuck The Pain Away” (The Teaches Of Peaches)
02. DJ Fresh - “GoldDust” (Kryptonite)
03. Alice In Videoland - “Radiosong” (Outrageous)
04. Lady Gaga - “Boys, Boys, Boys” (The Fame)
05. Morningwood - “Nth Degree” (Morningwood)
06. Crystal Castles - “1991” (Crystal Castles)
07. Cansei De Ser Sexy - “Music Is My Hot Sex” (Cansei De Ser Sexy)
08. Birthday Massacre - “Weekend” (Looking Glass)

Songs to Play on a Kerouac-Style Road Trip My Boyfriend and I Take Before He Moves 1000 Miles Away

01. Iggy Pop - “The Passenger” (Lust For Life)
02. Rodriguez - “Inner City Blues” (Cold Fact)
03. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy - “Beware Your Only Friend” (Beware)
04. Slightly Stoopid - “Closer To The Sun” (Closer To The Sun)
05. Harry Nilsson - “Nobody Cares About The Railroad Anymore” (Harry)
06. Sly and the Family Stone - “Sing A Simple Song” (Stand!)
07. The Stooges - “Fun House” (Fun House)
08. My Morning Jacket - “One Big Holiday” (It Still Moves)
09. The White Stripes - “Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground” (White Blood Cells)

Run-amok (songs containing the phrase “run-amok”)

01. Broken Bells - “The High Road” (Broken Bells)
02. Kreator - “Amok Run” (The Music Made Me Do It)
03. Dallas Green - “Save Your Scissors” (The Death of Me)
04. Mullmuzzler - “As a Man Thinks” (Keep It To Yourself)
05. John Williamson - “Bells In A Bushman’s Ears” (Chandelier of Stars)
06. Metallica - “Ronnie” (Load)
07. RUN DMC - “Ohh, Whatcha Gonna Do” (Ooh, Whatcha Gonna Do )
08. Cradle of Filth - “Harlot on a Pedestal” (Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa)
09. Phineas and Ferb - “Let’s Go Digital” (Phineas and Ferb)

awesome punk songs that aren’t green day

An introduction course to punk with no Green Day to be found.

01. The Undertones - “Teenage Kicks” (The Undertones)
02. Iggy & the Stooges - “Search And Destroy” (Raw Power)
03. The Clash - “Career Opportunities” (The Clash)
04. The Ramones - “Judy Is A Punk Rocker” (The Ramones)
05. The Sex Pistols - “Anarchy In The U.K.” (Nevermind the Bollocks…)
06. Gang of Four - “I Found That Essence Rare” (Entertainment!)
07. Wire - “12XU” (Pink Flag)
08. X - “Your Phone’s Off The Hook, But You’re Not” (Los Angeles)
09. No Age - “Ripped Knees” (Nouns)
10. The Buzzcocks - “Ever Fallen In Love?” (Singles Going Steady)
11. The Velvet Underground - “Sister Ray” (White Light/White Heat)

A Mixtape That Doesn’t Have Any Goddamn Loveless Tracks On It

01. Polyrock - “No Love Lost” (Polyrock)
02. Talking Heads - “I’m Not In Love (More Songs About Buildings and Food)
03. Spoon - “Is Love Forever?” (Transference)
04. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - “Is This Love?” (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
05. A Sunny Day In Glasgow - “Calling It Love Isn’t Love (Don’t Fall In Love)” (Autumn, Again)
06. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy - “You Don’t Love Me” (Beware)
07. The Magnetic Fields - “No One Will Ever Love You” (69 Love Songs)
08. The National - “Terrible Love” (High Violet)
09. Tom Waits - “I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You” (Closing Time)
10. Daniel Johnston - “Dead Lover’s Twisted Heart” (Yip/Jump Music)

My fanatical Christian companion has deleted all of his secular music. Please, songs to return him to his worldly ways!

Here’s something for him to think about.

01. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - “City Of Refuge” (Tender Prey)
02. mewithoutYou - “Gentlemen” ([A–>B] Life)
03. Hüsker Dü - “Charity, Chastity, Prudence, and Hope” (Warehouse: Songs and Stories)
04. Pixies - “Levitate Me” (Surfer Rosa & Come On Pilgrim)
05. NoMeansNo - “One Fine Day” (Dance Of The Headless Bourgeoisie)
06. Black Sabbath - “After Forever” (Master Of Reality)
07. Arcade Fire - “Neon Bible” (Neon Bible)
08. Queensryche - “Heaven On Their Minds” (Take Cover)
09. The Vaselines - “Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam” (Dying For It)
10. Belle & Sebastian - “If You’re Feeling Sinister” (If You’re Feeling Sinister)

Stop Being a Gentlemen and Fuck Me.

I know exactly the situation. Fuck society for making sex way more complicated than it needs to be.

01. Garbage - “Sex is Not the Enemy” (Bleed Like Me)
02. Emilie Autumn - “Gentlemen Aren’t Nice” (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun/Bohemian Rhapsody Double Featured)
03. Curve - “Fait Accompli” (Doppelgänger)
04. Cherry Bikini - “Just Fuck Me” (Cherry Bikini)
05. Braniac - “Sexual Frustration” (Bonsai Superstar)
06. Phyllis Hyman - “We Should Be Lovers” (Goddess of Love)

Bonus: Seether - “FMLYHM (Fuck Me Like You Hate Me)” (Negative Spaces) - If he continues to play the “gentleman” thing and you are pissed off about it.

Songs to listen to when my paper is due in two hours.

In the terminal stages of paper writing, you need kinetic, stimulating tunes in a major key (to keep things optimistic) that aren’t attention-grabbing enough to distract you from the task at hand.

This is two hours of music that eases you into a working mindset before picking up intensity at the one-hour mark to drive you through those last few paragraphs.

01. Fridge - “Cut Up Piano and Xylophone” (Happiness)
02. Neu! – “isi” (Neu! ’75)
03. Sigur Rós - “Unitled [Track 3]” ( () )
04. Jim O’Rourke – “94 The Long Way” (Bad Timing)
05. Brian Eno – “The Big Ship” (Another Green World)
06. Citay – “Moonburn” (Little Kingdom)
07. Gastr Del Sol – “Bauchredner” (Camofleur)
08. Múm - “There Is A Number Of Small Things” (Yesterday Was Dramatic Today Is OK)
09. Braids – “Little Hand” (Native Speaker)
10. Ratatat – “Cherry” (Ratatat)
11. Aphex Twin – “Xtal” (Selected Ambient Works 85-92)
12. Mogwai - “2 Rights Make 1 Wrong” (Rock Action)
13. Dan Deacon - “Surprise Stefani” (Bromst)
14. John Zorn - “Rendering” (Filmworks XXI: Belle de Nature/The New Rijksmuseum)
15. Tortoise - “The Equator” (TNT)
16. Cave - “High, I Am” (Psychic Psummer)
17. Jaga Jazzist - “Day / Another Day” (The Stix)
18. Steve Reich - “Section V” (Music for 18 Musicians)
19. Squarepusher - “Beep Street” (Hard Normal Daddy)
20. Mark McGuire – “Brain Storm” [For Erin] (Living With Yourself)
21. Meat Puppets – “Magic Toy Missing” (Meat Puppets II)

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