Headphones on. Eyes closed. Music: take me away.

December 21, 2012 or Suicide; I don’t plan on making it past January

Trying to avoid the obvious.

01. Poster Children - “Dangerous Life” (Flower Plower)
02. Palace - “The Weaker Soldier” (Arise, Therefore)
03. Arcade Fire - “Neighborhood 2 - Laika” (Funeral)
04. Pelican - “March to the Sea” (The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw)
05. Low - “The Lamb” (Trust)
06. Sonic Youth - “Kotton Krown” (Sister)
07. Little Scream - “Boatman” (The Golden Record)
08. Quinn Walker - “Plenty of Water for Mud” (Laughter’s an Asshole)
09. Under Byen - “Alt Er Tabt” (Alt Er Tabt)
10. Diane Marie Kloba - “Stand Up Tall” (I Am an Unknown Artist)
11. Alec K Redfearn and the Eyesores - “The Way of All Flesh” (The Smother Party)
12. Vic Chesnutt - “Coward” (At the Cut)
13. Radiohead - “Four Minute Warning” (In Rainbows, Bonus Disc)

Headphones on. Eyes closed. Music: take me away.

These are some of the tracks that I really like to listen to with headphones on and just let the world melt away.

01. My Morning Jacket- “Dondante” (Z)
02. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!- “The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth” (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!)
03. Fleet Foxes- “Mykonos” (Sun Giant)
04. Bat For Lashes- “Lilies” (The Haunted Man)
05. Kurt Vile- “Ghost Town” (Smoke Ring For My Halo)
06. Spiritualized- “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space” (Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space)
07. DJ Shadow- “Midnight In A Perfect World” (Endtroducing…..)
08. The Decemberists- “The Crane Wife Pts. 1&2” (The Crane Wife)
09. Bon Iver- “Calgary” (Bon Iver)
10. Sonic Youth- “Teen Age Riot” (Daydream Nation)
11. St. Vincent- “Just The Same But Brand New” (Actor)

The Top Ten Saddest Songs You’ve Heard

I couldn’t really put these into a specific order, because for me they’re all pretty moving, and a few hit close to home. But this is my top ten.

01. The Hanks - “Bruised” (Your New Attraction)
02. Imogen Heap - “Hide & Seek” (Speak For Yourself)
03. Right Away, Great Captain! - “I Was A Cage” (The Eventually Home)
04. William Fitzsimmons - “Please Don’t Go” (Goodnight)
05. The Album Leaf - “Over The Pond” (In A Safe Place)
06. Ani Difranco - “School Night” (Revelling/Reckoning (Disc 2))
07. Bayside - “Don’t Call Me Peanut” (Bayside)
08. Stars - “Your Ex Lover Is Dead” (Set Yourself On Fire)
09. Bon Iver - “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (I Can’t Make You Love Me)
10. Bright Eyes - “No Lies, Just Love” (Don’t Be Frightened Of Turning The Page)

beautiful/sad but hopeful songs (not melodramatic/cliche/country) for my mom who died a year ago, when i was 22, who i miss/but am doing okay without/i see her in my mirror reflection more each day/which reminds me of her saying i was her dream come true.

01. Arcade Fire - “Empty Room” (The Suburbs)
02. LCD Soundsystem - “Someone Great” (Sound Of Silver)
03. The National - “Lemonworld” (High Violet)
04. Brand New - “Jesus” (The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me)
05. The Mountain Goats - “Matthew 25:21” (The Life Of The World To Come)
06. Fleet Foxes - “White Winter Hymnal” (Fleet Foxes)
07. The Shins - “Phantom Limb” (Wincing The Night Away)
08. Bright Eyes - “Easy/Lucky/Free” (Digital Ash In A Digital Urn)
09. Kings of Convenience - “Scars On Land” (Declaration Of Dependence)
10. Iron & Wine - “Fever Dream” (Our Endless Numbered Days)

How to Get Into Punk; or, I Really Want to Like Bad Brains, But I Just Can’t

It sounds like you don’t have enough pent-up rage. Have a conversation with an extreme right-wing conservative and then play the following mix at maximum volume, preferably while reading the lyrics. Then you will understand punk.

01. Fugazi - “The Waiting Room” (13 Songs)
02. Dead Kennedys - “Holiday in Cambodia” (Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables)
03. Wire - “Three Girl Rhumba” (Pink Flag)
04. Minutemen - “Storm in My House” (Double Nickels On The Dime)
05. Gang of Four - “Natural’s Not In It” (Entertainment!)
06. Black Flag - “Rise Above” (Damaged)
07. The Clash - “I’m So Bored With The USA” (The Clash)
08. Ramones - “Judy Is A Punk” (Ramones)
09. The Sex Pistols - “Anarchy In The U.K.” (Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols)
10. Crass - “Do They Owe Us A Living?” (The Feeding of the 5000)
11. Hüsker Dü - “Turn On The News” (Zen Arcade)
12. The Stooges - “1970” (Fun House)
13. D.O.A. - “General Strike” (Punk Rock Singles 1978-1999)
14. Sleater-Kinney - “I Wanne Be Your Joey Ramone” (Call The Doctor)
15. Minor Threat - “Minor Threat” (Minor Threat EP)
16. The Jam - “Going Underground” (B-side of Dreams of Children single)
17. OFF! - “Broken” (First Four EPs)
18. The Replacements - “Unsatisfied” (Let It Be)
19. Bad Brains - “Banned In D.C.” (Bad Brains)

I died my hair red and changed my name to Cherry Pie.

01. Prema - “Hair Dye” (Drive!)
02. Annalise - “100%” (You Can Dye Your Hair But Not Your Heart)
03. The Weepies - “Suicide Blonde” (Say I Am You)
04. Embrace - “Flaming Red Hair” (Ashes)
05. The Weasel King - “Red Hair” (Musical Decree Number Twenty-Four)
06. R.E.M. - “Redhead Walking” (Accelerate)

Playlist for a solo road trip from Arizona to Alaska

Side A - Leaving:
1. Tallest Man on Earth - “I Won’t Be Found” (Shallow Grave)
2. Eddie Vedder - “End Of The Road” (Into The Wild)
3. Beat Happening - “Indian Summer” (Jamboree)
4. Fleet Foxes - “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” (Fleet Foxes)
5. Beirut - “Nantes” (The Flying Club Cup)
6. Arcade Fire - “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” (The Suburbs)
7. TV On The Radio - “Wolf Like Me” (Return to Cookie Mountain)

Side B - Seeing Society Again:
1. Department of Eagles - “No One Does it Like You” (In Ear Park)
2. The Arctic Monkeys - “Fluorescent Adolescent” (Favourite Worst Nightmare)
3. The Strokes - “Reptilia”(Room On Fire)
4. The Black Keys - “Tighten Up” (Brothers)
5. The Rumble Strips - “Girls And Boys In Love” (Girls And Weather)
6. Dr. Dog - “The Rabbit, The Bat, And The Reindeer” (Fate)

Finally, I hooked up my Nintendo 64 to the moon!

01. Random - “Lightyears 500” (Bad Joke EP)
02. Beatmario - “Night of Nights” (Night Of Nights)
03. Yasuaki Fujita - “Title Theme” (Mega Man 3 OST”
04. Anamanaguchi “Densmore” (Aurora Single)
05. Mouse on Mars - “Polaroyced” (Parastrophics)
06. Zomby - “Where Were U In ‘92?” (Where Were U In ‘92?)
07. Rustie - “Surph” (Glass Swords)
08. Electrocado - “The Jolly Frog” (The Hass Effect)
09. Lone “Lying In Yhe Reeds” (Galaxy Garden)
10. Space Dimension Controller - “Last Sunset On Planet Earth” (The Pathway To Tiraquon6)
11. Starscream - “Space” (Future, Towards The Edge Of Forever)

Familiar love, familiar pain

01. Sharon Van Etten - “Love More” (Epic)
02. Sufjan Stevens - “Casimir Pulaski Day” (Illinois)
03. The Cure - “Plainsong” (Disintigration)
04. New Order - “Age of Consent” (Power, Corruption & Lies)
05. The Cinematic Orchestra - “That Home” (Ma Fleur)
06. Wilco - “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
07. The Antlers - “Putting the Dog to Sleep” (Burst Apart)
08. Antony And The Johnsons - “Hope There’s Someone” (I Am A Bird Now)
09. The National - “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” (High Violet)
10. Talking Heads - “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) (Speaking in Tongues)

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