Here’s a mix for you, girlfriend who moved to China for a year.

01. Brian Eno - “Burning Airlines Give You So Much More” (Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
02. John Cale / Bob Neuwirth - “Old China” (Last Day On Earth)
03. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers - “Chinese Rocks” (L.A.M.F. Revisited)
04. Leonard Cohen - “Suzanne” (Songs Of Leonard Cohen)
05. John Zorn - “Shangai” (The Best Of Film Works: 20 Years Of Soundtrack Music)
06. Can - “Peking-O” (Tago Mago)
07. China Crisis - “Wishful Thinking” (Working With Fire And Steel: Possible Pop Songs, Vol. 2)
08. John Cale - “Chinese Envoy” (Music For A New Society)
09. Radio Tarifa - “Oye China” (Rumba Argelina)
10. Iggy Pop - “China Girl” (The Idiot)

I left before you woke up, and I’m walking home in the rain, holding a cigarette I keep forgetting to smoke

‘Walking in the rain with a cigarette I keep forgetting to smoke’ could be my epitaph.

01. Cloud Nothings - “No Future No Past” (Attack on Memory)
02. Leonard Cohen - “Going Home” (Old Ideas)
03. Gowns - “Rope” (Red State)
04. Robert Johnson - “Walking Blues” (The Complete Recordings)
05. Anthony Green - “Drugdealer” (Avalon)
06. Psychic Babble - “Five Fold Kiss” (My Brother’s Ears/ My Sister’s Eyes)
07. Mewithoutyou - “Messes Of Men” (Brother, Sister)
08. Lil Wayne - “Shoot Me Down” (Tha Carter III)
09. The Kills - “Black Balloon” (Midnight Boom)
10. Jens Lekman - “Black Cab” (Maple Leaves)
11. Fleet Foxes - “Someone You’d Admire” (Helplessness Blues)

This is so poisonous, but I don’t want to stop. Don’t listen to me when I tell you to go away. Keep chasing me. please?

1.) Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored
2.) Zola Jesus - Run Me Out
3.) Belong - Perfect Life
4.) Crystal Castles - Not In Love (feat. Robert Smith)
5.) Diamond Messages - Liquid Summer
6.) New Order - Regret
7.) Robyn - Hang With Me
8.) Uffie - First Love (Demo Version)
9.) Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
10.) Burial - Endorphin
11.) Husker Du - Don’t Wanna Know If You Are Lonely
12.) XTC - When You’re Near Me I Have Difficulty
13.) Asobi Seksu - And Then He Kissed Me
14.) Tennis - Take Me Somewhere
15.) Garbage - Stupid Girl
16.) The Nerves - Hanging On The Telephone
17.) Radio Dept. - I Don’t Like It Like This
18.) Depeche Mode - But Not Tonight
19.) Suicide - Keep Your Dreams
20.) Elvis Presely - One-Sided Love Affair
21.) Dark Dark Dark - Daydreaming

I’ve been a terrible, selfish person for 28 years. Moving away to start anew, feeling optimistic; hoping to be reborn. Wish me luck, stranger.

Best of luck with your journey!

01. Arcade Fire - “Rebellion (Lies)” (Funeral)
02. Yeasayer - “Ambling Alp” (Odd Blood)
03. The Mountain Goats “Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1” (Transcendental Youth)
04. jj - “From Africa to Malaga” (jj n° 2)
05. Iron & Wine - “Upward Over the Mountain” (The Creek Drank the Cradle)
06. Cat Power - “Lived in Bars” (The Greatest)
07. The Hold Steady - “How a Resurrection Really Feels” (Separation Sunday)
08. Lil B - “Unchain Me” (Im Gay (Im Happy))
09. Bill Callahan - “Riding for the Feeling” (Apocalypse)

Been away for a year, need music to come home to. Please don’t give me anything with “Home” in it.

01. Belle And Sebastian - “I’m A Cuckoo” (Dear Catastrophe Waitress)
02. Dirty Projectors - “Temecula Sunrise” (Bitte Orca)
03. Wilco - “Far Far Away” (Being There)
04. Fleet Foxes - “Montezuma” (Helplessness Blues)
05. Dawes - “Time Spent In Los Angeles” (Nothing Is Wrong)
06. Real Estate - “Beach Comber” (Real Estate)
07. Arcade Fire - “Neighborhood #2 (Laika)” (Funeral)
08. Bob Dylan - “I Want You” (Blonde On Blonde)
09. Vampire Weekend - “Walcott” (Vampire Weekend)
10. Phoenix - “Long Distance Call” (It’s Never Been Like That)
11. Michael Kiwanuka - “I’ll Get Along” (Home Again)
12. Bahamas - “Lost In The Light” (Barchords)

Thousands of miles away, waves are crashing down on the shores of Antarctica

Feel the waves.

01. Gas - “Oktember A” (Oktember)
02. Drexciya - Hydro Theory (Andrea Parker - DJ-Kicks)
03. Sasha - “Magnetic North” (Airdrawndagger)
04. James Ruskin - “Indirect World” (Further Design)
05. Porter Ricks - “Nautical Dub” (Biokinetics)
06. Scuba - “Lights Out” (Triangulation)
07. Polygon Window - “Portreath Harbour” (Surfing on Sine Waves)
08. Marow - “e.coli” (Plus Minus Null)
09. Nathan Fake - “The Sky Was Pink (James Holden remix)”
10. Plastikman - “Korridor” (Artifakts B. C.)
11. Mux Mool - “Brothers” (Dry Waves)

Lots of killing on these tapes. Side A: Homocide Suite Side B: Suicide Suite

I had a worrying amount of fun compiling a murder-suicide mixtape. Side A is loud and largely either angry or sinister, starting with this year’s best 10-minute lead single from the Knife. The next 3 tracks are big, loud, and aggressive, while the last song on Side A is more paranoid, like the first one. Side B is a mix of angry and quiet/sad, culminating in this hypothetical person’s lowest point in life when their very real sadness is glaringly contrasted with the world’s best fake party anthem. Not only does it reinforce how alone this person is, but it also could be the world suggesting that it could be a good night for everyone if this person met their end.

Side A:

01. The Knife - “Full of Fire” (Shaking The Habitual)
02. Boris - “Pink” (Pink)
03. Smashing Pumpkins - “Marquis In Spades” (Zero [Single])
04. A Place To Bury Strangers - “To Fix The Gash In Your Head” (A Place To Bury Strangers)
05. Porcupine Tree - “The Creator Has A Mastertape” (In Absentia)
06. Dat’r - “Turn Up The Ghosts (Parts I & II)” (Turn Up The Ghosts)

Side B:

01. Bernays Propaganda - “Kill Me!” (Happiness Machines)
02. Flaming Lips - “You Are Alone” (The Terror)
03. Moby - “That’s When I Reach For My Revolver” (Animal Rights)
04. U2 - “Wake Up Dead Man” (Pop)
05. Radiohead - “How To Disappear Completely” (Kid A)
06. Black Eyed Peas - “I Got A Feeling” (The E.N.D.)

I want way more out of this friendship than is possible given our circomstances, and it kills.

This was me for almost three years. However, the friendship ended recently because of it, so the mix may be a bit bitter.

But I’d like to think that for you, anonymous, everything will work out.

01. Eliott Smith- “Pitseleh” (XO)
02. Xiu Xiu- “Dear God I Hate Myself” (Dear God I Hate Myself)
03. of Montreal- “The Past is a Grotesque Animal” (Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?)
04. The Flaming Lips- “Feeling Yourself Disintegrate” (The Soft Bulletin)
05. The Magnetic Fields- “I Don’t Want to Get Over You” (69 Love Songs)
06. Sufjan Stevens- “I Walked” (Age of Adz)
07. Carissa’s Wierd- “The Color that Your Eyes Changed With the Color of Your Hair” (You Should Be at Home Here)
08. St. Vincent- “All My Stars Aligned” (Actor)

songs to listen to while you kill yourself

01. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - “East Hastings” (F#A#Infinity)
02. David Bowie - “Subterraneans” (Low)
03. Joy Division - “Insight” (Unknown Pleasures)
04. Andrew Jackson Jihad - “No More Tears” (People That Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World)
05. The Antlers - “Putting The Dog To Sleep” (Burst Apart)
06. Broken Social Scene - “Pitter Patter Goes My Heart” (You Forgot It In People)
07. Clann Zu - “One Bedroom Apartment” (Black Coats and Bandages)
08. Jordaan Mason and the Horse Museum - “Racehorse: Get Married!” (Divorce Lawyers I Shaved My Head)
09. Carissa’s Wierd - “Ignorant Piece Of Shit” (Songs About Leaving)
10. American Football - “You Know I Should Be Leaving Soon” (Self Titled)
11. The Beach Boys - “Caroline No.” (Pet Sounds)
12. The Weakerthans - “Virtute the Cat Explains Her Departure” (Reunion Tour)
13. Radiohead - “Motion Picture Soundtrack” (Kid A)

LETS KILL ZOMBIES!!! HARD FAST AND RUTHLESS!

01. Metallica - “Seek and Destroy” (Kill ‘Em All)
02. Avenged Sevenfold - “Natural Born Killer” (Nightmare)
03. Pantera - “Down Below” (I Am the Night)
04. Bleeding Through - “Salvation Never Found” (Bleeding Through)
05. Children of Bodom - “Every Time I Die” (Follow the Reaper)
06. Guns ‘N’ Roses - “Out Ta Get Me” (Appetite for Destruction)
07. Metallica - “No Remorse” (Kill ‘Em All)
08. Arch Enemy - “Dead Bury Their Dead” (Wages of Sin)
09. Darkest Hour - “The World Engulfed in Flames” (The Human Romance)
10. Dope - “Die Motherfucker Die” (Life)
11. Arch Enemy - “Incarnated Solvent Abuse” (Dead Eyes See No Future EP)
12. Trivium - “Suffocating Sight” (Ascendancy)

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