a genuinely-indie valtentine’s day mix(hold the cheese) for my boyfriend who only listens to billy joel

01. Broken Social Scene - “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (The Time Traveler’s Wife Soundtrack)
02. Cake - “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up” (B-Sides and Rarities)
03. Cat Power - “Sea of Love” (Juno Soundtrack)
04. Born Ruffians - “Little Garcon” (Little Garcon)
05. Wolf Parade - “I’ll Believe In Anything” (Apologies To The Queen Mary)
06. Jose Gonzalez - “Heartbeats” (Veneer)
07. Beirut - “Postcards From Italy” (Gulag Orkestar)
08. Architecture In Helsinki - “Heart It Races (Dr. Dog has a great version too)” (Places Like This)
09. Department of Eagles - “Nobody Does It Like You” (In Ear Park)
10. Dr. Dog - “From” (Fate)
11. Holiday Shores - “Edge Of Our Lives” (Columbus’d The Whim)
12. The Tallest Man on Earth - “Love Is All” (The Wild Hunt)
13. Wild Nothing - “Summer Holiday” (Gemini)
14. Iron and Wine - “Such Great Heights” (pretty cheesy, but come on!)
15. Feist - “My Moon, My Man” (The Reminder)
16. Neutral Milk Hotel - “Aeroplane Over The Sea” (In The Aeroplane Over The Sea)
17. Jackson 5 - “ABC” (Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5)
18. Modest Mouse - “Gravity Rides Everything” (The Moon and Antartica)
19. Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros - “Home” (kinda played out but so great)
20. m. ward - “I’ll Be Yr Bird” (Transistor Radio)

It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.

01. Bright Eyes- “You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will.” (LIFTED or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground)
02. Broken Social Scene- “Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl” (You Forgot it in People)
03. Circa Survive- “Meet Me in Montauk” (Juturna)
04. Straylight Run- “We’ll Never Leave Again” (The Needles The Space)
05. Death Cab For Cutie- “Photobooth” (The Forbidden Love EP)
06. Mum- “We Have a Map of the Piano” (Finally We Are No One)
07. Bright Eyes- “It’s Cool, We Can Still Be Friends” (Tea at the Palaz of Hoon)
08. Phantogram- “Mouthful of Diamonds”
09. Azure Ray- “Sleep”
10. Metric- “Gold Guns Girls” (Fantasies)

You didn’t want to date me, could you at least have the decency to leave me alone so I stop hoping you’ll change your mind?

In my mind, this situation calls for some oldies.

01. Dionne Warwick - “Walk On By” (20 Greatest Hits)
02. Diana Ross & the Supremes - “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (The Ultimate Collection)
03. Timi Yuro - “If I Never Get To Love You” (The Best Of)
04. Sandie Shaw - “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” (The Definitive Burt Bacharach Songbook)
05. Everly Brothers - “Cathy’s Clown” (The Very Best Of)
06. France Gall - “Chanson pour que tu m’aimes un peu” (1968)
07. The Searchers - “Needles and Pins” (The Best Of)
08. ABBA - “Take A Chance On Me” (Gold: Greatest Hits)
09. Cake - “Hem Of Your Garment” (Prolonging The Magic)

Take me on a thematic journey through your sexual history.

01. Madonna - “Like a Virgin” (Like a Virgin)
02. Big Star - “Thirteen” (#1 Record)
03. John Coltrane - “In a Sentimental Mood” (Ken Burns Jazz)
04. Teenage Fanclub - “Norman 3” (Thirteen)
05. The Smiths - “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” (The Sound of the Smiths)
06. Pavement - “Gold Soundz” (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
07. The Replacements - “Achin’ to Be” (Don’t Tell a Soul)
08. The Rolling Stones - “Some Girls” (Some Girls)
09. How To Dress Well - “Can’t See My Own Face” (Love Remains)
10. Royal Trux - “Junkie Nurse” (Junkie Nurse)
11. Guided by Voices - “Tractor Rape Chain” (Bee Thousand)
12. Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin - “Je t’aime… moi non plus” (Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg)

“Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.”

01. Beach House - “Auburn And Ivory” (Beach House)
02. Broadcast - “Echo’s Answer” (The Noise Made By People)
03. Caribou - “Hannibal” (Swim)
04. Cat Power - “Fool” (You Are Free)
05. Deerhunter - “Microcastle” (Microcastle)
06. Elliot Smith - “2:46 AM” (Either/Or)
07. Modest Mouse - “The Cold Part” (The Moon & Antarctica)
08. Fleet Foxes - “Meadowlark” (Ragged Wood)
09. Grizzly Bear - “Cheerleader” (Veckatimest)
10. Iron & Wine - “Faded From The Winter” (The Creek Drank The Cradle)
11. James Blake - “Lindesfarne II” (James Blake)
12. Joanna Newsom- “Clam Crab Cockle Cowrie” (The Milk-Eyed Mender)
13. Julian Lynch - “Travelers” (Mare)
14. Junior Boys - “FM” (So This Is Goodbye)
15. Low - “Whore” (Things We Lost In The Fire)
16. Memory Tapes - “Swimming Field” (Seek Magic)
17. Okkervil River - “Black Sheep Boy” (Black Sheep Boy)
18. Portishead - “Deep Water” (Third)
19. The Knife - “Still Light” (Silent Shout)
20. The Microphones - “The Mansion” (The Glow Part 2)

A Swedish mixtape with songs Swedish people haven’t heard about.

A diverse mix from an American, Swedish by heritage. Alternate mix titles: “Need for Swede” or “RIP Ingmar Bergman”.

01. Aaviko - “Alas Volga” (History of Muysic)
02. Kultivator - “Grottekvarnen” (Barndomens stigar)
03. Hans Edler - “Vi Hor Ett Skrik” (Elektron Kukéso)
04. Anders Dahl - “Track 2” “Hundloka, Flockblomstriga 1”
05. Horna - “Lahtolaukaus” (Sotahuuto)
06. Giuseppe Ielasi & Nicola Ratti - “Track 1” (Bellows)
07. Johann Johannsson - “Part 1/ IBM 1401 Processing Unit” (Ibm1401-A Users Manual)

I am becoming a working robot, but I’d rather be a snowman in an empty cornfield right now.

I divided the mix into four parts that follow a nice story arc in which you ditch your lame job and escape to that elusive field. Part 1 is you at work; part 2 is ‘dude this sucks’; part 3 is ‘fuck this! escape!”; and part 4 is some stuff to listen to while you chill out (literally, since you’re a snowman).

Part 1: Work:
01. Radiohead - “Fitter Happier” (OK Computer)
02. Emeralds - “Does It Look Like I’m Here?” (Does It Look Like I’m Here?)
03. Radiohead - “Everything In Its Right Place” (Kid A)

Part 2: Dude This Sucks:
04. Ladytron - “Weekend” (Witching Hour)
05. Röyksopp - “The Girl and the Robot” (Junior)
06. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - “Dull Life” (It’s Blitz!)

Part 3: Fuck This! Escape!
07. Broken Social Scene - “Chase Scene” (Forgiveness Rock Record)
08. The New Pornographers - “Mutiny, I Promise You” (Challengers)
09. Moby ft. Gwen Stefani - “South Side” (Play)

Part 4: Chill Out
10. Monster Rally - “Cuban Velvet” (Coral)
11. Baths - “Aminals” (Cerulean)
12. Animal Collective - “Bluish” (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
13. My Bloody Valentine - “Soon” (Loveless)

I’m Fuckin Cold Like A DQ Blizzard; It’s -12 Outside

Either go out there and enjoy the weather, or gather a warm blanket, some hot chocolate, and someone to cuddle with. Have your “that’s hot” moment, too.

01. Dar Williams - “February” (Out There Live)
02. Kaki King - “Saving Days in a Frozen Head” (Dreaming of Revenge)
03. Shakira - “Your Embrace” (Oral Fixation, Vol. 2)
04. Ida Maria - “Keep Me Warm” (Single)
05. Jo Dee Messina - “Bring on the Rain” (BUrN)
06. Savage Garden - “Two Beds and a Coffee Machine” (Affirmation)
07. Hot Chocolate - “It Started with a Kiss” (Every 1’s a Winner)
08. Paris Hilton - “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” (Paris)
09. Madonna - “Frozen” (Ray of Light)

My wife will work until late night again,and I’ll have lonely dinner and lonely night again!

01. Big Black - “Kerosene” (Atomizer)
02. Tricky - “Aftermath” (Maxinquaye)
03. Liz Phair - “Flower” (Exile in Guyville)
04. PJ Harvey - “Ecstasy” (Rid of Me)
05. Portishead - “It Could Be Sweet” (Dummy)
06. Interpol - “Hands Away” (Turn on the Bright Lights)
07. Dinosaur Jr. - “Sludgefeast” (You’re Living All Over Me)
08. Björk - “Hyperballad” (Post)
09. The Rolling Stones - “Goin’ Home” (Aftermath)
10. Best Coast - “Crazy for You” (Crazy for You)
11. The Beach Boys - “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” (Pet Sounds)

Songs that begin with the letter “T”

01. IAMX - “Tear Garden” (Kingdom Of Welcome Addiction)
02. Oasis - “Turn Up The Sun” (Don’t Believe The Truth)
03. The Format - “Tune Out” (Interventions & Lullabies)
04. The Strokes - “Trying Your Luck” (This Is It)
05. Miniature Tigers - “Tchaikovsky and Solitude” (Tell It To The Volcano)
06. Bright Eyes - “Train Under Water” (I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning)
07. We Are Scientists- “Tonight” (Brain Thrust Mastery)
08. The Fray -“Together” (Reason EP)
09. Bats For Lashes - “Two Planets” (Two Suns)
10. Tilly And The Wall - “Tall Tall Glass” (O)

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