I am a 34-year-old college sophomore

…and I’m a 28-year-old senior. Cheers, mate! (There are some songs that are suposed to make you feel cool about that.)

01. Blink-182 - “What’s My Age Again” (Enema of the state)
02. Datarock - “Fa Fa Fa” (Datarock)
03. Girls - “Lust for life” (Album)
04. The National - “Mistaken for strangers” (Boxer)
05. Beastie Boys - “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)” (Licensed to ill)
06. Bruce Springsteen - “Working on a dream” (Working on a dream)
07. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - “Bring it on” (Nocturama)
08. Sex Pistols - “My Way” (The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle )

Songs Telling Awesome Stories

01. Tom Waits - “Invitation to the blues” (Small change)
02. Leonard Cohen - “Famous blue raincoat” (Songs of love and hate)
03. Bob Dylan - “Boots of Spanish leather” (The times they are a-changing)
04. Bruce Springsteen - “The river” (The river)
05. Fabrizio De Andre - “La guerra di Piero” (Vol. 3)
06. Simon & Garfunkel - “The boxer” (Bridge over troubled water)
07. Joan Baez - “Man of constant sorrow” (Very early Joan)
08. Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra - “Summer wine” (Fairytales & fantasies: The best of Nancy & Lee)
09. David Bowie - “Lady grinning soul” (Aladdin Sane)
10. The Divine Comedy - “A lady of a certain age” (Victory for the comic muse)
11. Manos Hadjidakis & the New York Rock & Roll Ensemble - “Kemal” (Reflections)
12. Serge Gainsbourg - “Ballade de Melody Nelson” (Histoire de Melody Nelson)
13. The Flaming Lips - “Yoshimi battles the pink robots, pt. 1” (Yoshimi battles the pink robots)
14. Belle & Sebastian - “Sukie in the graveyard” (The life pursuit)
15. Silver Jews - “Aloyisius, bluegrass drummer” (Lookout mountain, lookout sea)
16. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - “Song of Joy” (Murder ballads)
17. Johnny Cash - “A Boy named Sue” (At San Quentin)


Celebration means black music (at least to me), so this is basically a wonderful excuse to put together some rhythm and blues, gospel, country blues, jazz, and hip-hop, not to mention as many versions of my favorite spiritual I could think of and three vocal performances by the one and only Mavis Staples.

01. Stevie Wonder – “Signed Sealed Delivered (I’m Yours)” (Signed Sealed Delivered)
02. Mississippi Fred McDowell – “Glory Hallelujah” (Live At The Mayfair Hotel)
03. The Neville Brothers – “Big Chief” (Lightnin’ In A Bottle: A One Night History Of The Blues)
04. T-Model Ford – “Let The Church Roll On” (Bad Man)
05. Charles Mingus – “Better Get Hit In Yo’ Soul” (Mingus Ah Um)
06. The Pogues – “Sunny Side Of The Street” (Hell’s Ditch)
07. Digable Planets – “Where I’m From” (Reachin’: A New Refutation Of Time And Space)
08. Dr John (with Mavis Staples) – “Lay My Burden Down” (N’awlinz: Dis Dat Or D’udda)
09. Bruce Springsteen – “Night” (Born To Run)
10. Jurassic 5 – “Action Satisfaction” (Jurassic 5 LP)
11. Otha Turner & The Rising Star Fife And Drum Band – “Glory Glory Hallelujah” (Everybody Hollerin’ Goat)
12. Joseph Spence – “Glory Glory Hallelujah” (The Complete Folkways Recordings)
13. The Staples Singers – “I’ll Take You There” (Be Altitude: Respect Yourself)
14. The Staple Singers – “Glory Glory Hallelujah” (Freedom Highway)

I am not a witch. I’m you.

There really aren’t enough songs about drunk ladybugs who oppose -tions (abortion, evolution, and masturbation) who love the Lord.

01. Leonard Cohen - “The Future” (The Future)
02. Donovan - “Season of the Witch” (sunshine superman)
03. The Animals - “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” (single)
04. The DiVinyls - “I touch myself” (Divinyls)
05. Danzig - “Her Black Wings” (Danzig II: Lucifuge)
06. Traditional - “Ladybug, ladybug” (nursery rhyme)
07. The Kinks - “Wicked Annabella” (The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society)
08. The Sex Pistols - “Bodies” (Nevermind the Bollocks, here are the sex Pistols)
08. Madonna - “Like a Virgin” (Like a Virgin)
09. Devo - “Jocko Homo” (Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!)
10. Billy Idol - “Dancing with myself” (Kiss me Deadly)
11. Sufjan Stevens - “Vito’s Ordination song” (Michigan)
12. Little Cindy - “Happy Birthday Jesus” (A John Waters Christmas)
13. Leona Lewis - “I’m You” (Spirit)

Nobody gets less laid than me

This mix starts off kinda bawdy, then turns soft, and finally ends with a sob. This is intended to mimic the emotional process of facing the reality that you may never, in fact, get laid again. Welcome to my hell, friend.

01. Grinderman “No Pussy Blues” (Grinderman)
02. Bloodhound Gang “Bad Touch” (Hooray for Boobies)
03. Liz Phair “Flower” Exile in Guyville
04. The Beatles “Why Don’t We Do it In the Road” (The Beatles)
05. Bo Diddley “Bo Diddley” (Bo Diddley)
06. Mirah “Engine Heart” (You Think Its like this but its really like this)
07. Al Green “Tired of Being Alone” (Al Green Gets Next to You)
08. Bright Eyes “If Winter Ends” (Letting Off the Happiness)
09. Jeff Buckley “Hallelujah” (Grace)

Mixtape to listen to while reading year-end lists


01. Future Islands - “Swept Inside” (In Evening Air)
02. Disappears - “Marigold” (Lux)
03. Dustin Wong - “Sister” (Infinite Love)
04. Here We Go Magic - “Vegetable or Native” (Pigeons)
05. Shugo Tokumaru - “Lahaha” (Port Entropy)
06. Magic Lantern - “Dark Cicadas” (Platoon)
07. Sun City Girls - “Ben’s Radio” (Funeral Mariachi)
08. The Books - “Group Autogenics II” (The Way Out)
09. Avocado Happy Hour - “Daytime Television” (Easy Listening Cassette)
10. Sun Araw - “The Stakeout” (On Patrol)
11. Women - “Locust Valley” (Public Strain)
12. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - “Reminiscences” (Before Today)

Portland, I love you, but you’re bringing me down

These pop songs were brought to you by Holly Dixon and the good people of Portland, OR

01. The Thermals - “Here’s Your Future” (The Body The Blood The Machine
02. Menomena - “TAOS” (Mines)
03. The Decemberists - “The Perfect Crime #2” (The Crane Wife)
04. Spoon - “The Underdog” (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)
05. The Shins - “Know Your Onion!” (Oh, Inverted World)
06. YACHT - “I Believe In You” (I Believe In You. Your Magic Is Real.)
07. Blitzen Trapper - “Wild Mountain Nation” (Wild Mountain Nation)
08. Starfucker - “Holly”
09. Cloudy October - “Lowerface” (The Aviator Is Dead EP)
10. The Kingsmen - “Louie Louie” (Louie Louie) [Because every mixtape of Portland deserves to have Louie Louie on it.]

She wants a macho guy, and I’m like 130 lbs and everyone thinks I’m gay

01. Black Fag - “Six Pack” (Black Fag)
02. Limp Wrist - “I Love Hardcore Boys, I Love Boys Hardcore” (The Official Limp Wrist Discography)
03. Gayrilla Biscuits - “Gay Edge Revenge” (Hung Queens Can Suck It EP
04. ASSACRE - “Gayer Than God” (Fantastic Illusions Worth Dying For)
05. Gay For Johnny Depp - “Shh, Put The Shiv To My Throat” (Manthology)
05. Vagina Boys - “Gay For You” (Vagina Boys)
06. Hunx & His Punx - “Good Kisser” (Gay Singles)

I’m falling out of love with him, and it’s stormy outside: COMFORT ME

01. Missy Higgins - “Where I Stood”
02. Sander Bohike - “The Weight of Us”
03. Mumford and Sons - “I Gave You All”
04. Damien Jurado - “Everything Trying”
05. The Tallest Man on Earth - “I Won’t Be Found”
06. Patrick Watson - “The Great Escape”
07. Rosie Thomas - “The One I Love”
08. Bon Iver - “Skinny Love”
09. Ray Lamontagne and the Pariah Dogs - “This Love is Over”
10. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova - “Say It To Me Now”
11. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - “It Wasn’t the Same Somehow”

“And when you’re really ready to break out”

12. Lesley Gore - “You Don’t Own Me”

I Feel Empty Because I’m Apathetic About Life and I Just Want Love

You will find it! Watch Elizabethtown. Cry a little. Then go hunt down a beautiful new love. Because you are beautiful, too.

01. Ben Folds - “Song for the Dumped” (Forever and Ever Amen)
02. Tilly and the Wall - “Let it Rain” ( Wild Like Children)
03. The Weepies -“Nobody Knows Me At All” (Say I Am You)
04. Stars - “One More Night” (Set Yourself on Fire)
05. The Early November - “I Don’t Know How to Say This” (The Mother, the Mechanic, and the Path)
06. Jeff Buckley - “I Know It’s Over” (So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley)
07. of Montreal - “Gallery Piece” (Skeletal Lamping)
08. She and Him - “Sentimental Heart” (Volume One)
09. Jenny Lewis - “Handle With Care” (Rabbit Fur Coat)
10. The Smiths - “Please Please Please Let me Get What I Want” (Sound of the Smiths)

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