“I like big ass vicious noise that makes my head spin. I wanna feel it whipping through me like a fucking jolt”.

Finally, someone who just wants a bunch of noise. Here you go, Reeve. I apologize for putting so many essentials, but they’re essential for a reason.

01. Piasa - “Don’t Barkbark Up My Tree” (Realicide/Piasa split cassette)
02. Burning Star Core - “Part II” (Papercuts Theater)
03. MAMMAL - “Fog III5” (FOG III)
04. Merzbow - “Degradation of Tapes” (1930)
05. Wolf Eyes - “Stabbed in the Face” (Burned Mind)
06. Macronympha - “American Violence II”
07. Haters - “Drunk on Decay #4” (Drunk on Decay)
08. Third Organ - “Pornography of Despair” (Pornography of Despair)
09. Sickness - “No Sale, No Credit, No Tax For Prostitute” (Nitro Dragsters - A Tribute To OVMN And The Incapacitants [clear cassette])
10. Lustmord - “Heresy Part II” (Heresy)
11. Sudden Infant - “Track 1” (Radiorgasm)

“I like big ass vicious noise that makes my head spin. I wanna feel it whipping through me like a fucking jolt”.

Finally, someone who just wants a bunch of noise. Here you go, Reeve. I apologize for putting so many essentials, but they’re essential for a reason.

01. Piasa - “Don’t Barkbark Up My Tree” (Realicide/Piasa split cassette)
02. Burning Star Core - “Part II” (Papercuts Theater)
03. MAMMAL - “Fog III5” (FOG III)
04. Merzbow - “Degradation of Tapes” (1930)
05. Wolf Eyes - “Stabbed in the Face” (Burned Mind)
06. Macronympha - “American Violence II”
07. Haters - “Drunk on Decay #4” (Drunk on Decay)
08. Third Organ - “Pornography of Despair” (Pornography of Despair)
09. Sickness - “No Sale, No Credit, No Tax For Prostitute” (Nitro Dragsters - A Tribute To OVMN And The Incapacitants [clear cassette])
10. Lustmord - “Heresy Part II” (Heresy)
11. Sudden Infant - “Track 1” (Radiorgasm)

im turning 25.

01. Joe Cocker - “With a Little Help From My Friends” (With a Little Help From My Friends)
02. Primal Scream - “Movin’ On Up” (Screamadelica)
03. Built to Spill - “Dystopian Dream Girl” (There’s Nothing Wrong With Love)
04. Galaxie 500 - “Strange” (On Fire)
05. 50 Cent - “In Da Club” (Get Rich or Die Tryin’)
06. Future Islands - “Swept Inside” (In Evening Air)
07. Twin Shadow - “At My Heels” (Forget)
08. Deerhunter - “Sailing” (Halcyon Digest)
09. The Tallest Man on Earth - “I Won’t Be Found” (Shallow Grave)
10. Games - “Strawberry Skies” (That We Can Play EP)
11. Justice - “TThhee PPaarrttyy” (Cross)
12. Ani DiFranco - “As Is” (Little Plastic Castle) [I do like this album but it has to have the worst cover ever - even for the 90s. I mean, whose fucking idea was that? Some record exec? And she went for it?]
13. Steve Reich – “Come Out” (Early Works)

Finally there’s no one left in the world. It’s snowing and I’m walking in the city.

01. The Naked and Famous - “Punching In A Dream (Does it Offend You Yeah! Remix)” (Passive Me Aggressive You)
02. Pink Floyd - “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” (Relics)
03. A Place To Bury Strangers- “Ocean” (A Place To Bury Strangers)
04. Idle Warship - “Screamin’ feat. MC Chris” (Mick Boogie Party Robot)
05. Tones On Tail - “Go! (club Mix)” (Everything!)
06. CocoRosie - “Rainbowarriors” (The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn)
07. David Lynch - “Ghost of Love” (INLAND EMPIRE (Motion Picture Soundtrack))
08. John Lennon - “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)” (Lennon Legend)
09. Thom Yorke - “Black Swan” (The Eraser)
10. Morphine - “You’re an Artist” (The Mod Squad Soundtrack)

I need a different song to wake up to in the morning for each day of the week. I love dream pop and twee

MON: Belle & Sebastian - “Expectations” (Tigermilk)
TUE: Neon Indian - “(AM)” (Psychic Chasms)
WED: The Vaselines - “Teenage Superstars” (Dying For It EP)
THU: Washed Out - “Feel It All Around” (Feel It All Around)
FRI: Teengirl Fantasy - “Portofino” (Portofino/New Image Everyday)
SAT: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - “Come Saturday” (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart)
SUN: Beach House - “You Came To Me” (Devotion)

I hope these songs give you good vibes each and every day!

I hope this mix makes you feel horrible

01. The Smiths - “Unhappy Birthday” - (Strangeways Here We Come)
02. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - “Animal Midnight” (Pig Lib)
03. The White Stripes - “I’m Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman” (White Blood Cells)
04. Arctic Monkeys - “Do Me a Favour” (Favourite Worst Nightmare)
05. Elvis Costello - “I Hope You’re Happy Now” (Blood and Chocolate)
06. Bob Dylan - “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)

Bonus Track: Lily Allen - “Smile” (Alright Still)

songs that fuel relentless self-pity

01. The Zita Swoon - “People Are Like Slamming Doors” (Life=A Sexy Sanctuary)
02. Lady & Bird - “The Word Is Grey” (La Ballade Of)
03. Marianne Faithfull - “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” (Strange Weather)
04. Billie Holiday - “Yesterdays” (Verve Jazz Masters 12: Billie Holiday)
05. Ute Lemper - “The Part You Throw Away” (Punishing Kiss)
06. Antony and the Johnsons - “Hope There’s Someone” (I Am A Bird Now)
07. Nico - “These Days” (Chelsea Girl)
08. Leonard Cohen - “Avalanche” (Songs Of Love And Hate)
09. Elliott Smith - “Miss Misery (Early Version)” (New Moon)
10. John Cale - “Dying On The Vine” (Fragments Of A Rainy Season)
11. Tom Waits - “Trampled Rose” (Real Gone)
12. Karen Dalton - “Katie Cruel” (In My Own Time)

Songs for Tambourine Hands

An hour’s worth of hip-slipping ditties.

01. The Beatles - “Wait” (Rubber Soul)
02. Sonny & Cher - “I Got You Babe” (Groundhog Day)
03. Blitzen Trapper - “Ballad of Bird Love” (Furr)
04. DeVotchKa - “Til the End of Time” (Little Miss Sunshine)
05. The Minders - “I’ve Been Wondering” (Horray for Tuesday)
06. The Chocolate Watchband - “Let’s Talk About Girls” (Nuggets: Original Artifacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968)
07. The Partridge Family - “I Can Feel Your Heartbeat” (Come On Get Happy!)
08. Jonathan Fire*Eater - “These Little Monkeys” (Wolf Songs for Lambs)
09. The Monkeys - “Last Train to Clarksville” (The Monkeys)
10. Okkervil River - “Lost Coastlines” (The Stand Ins)
11. Françoise Hardy - “This Little Heart” (Les Chansons D’amour)
12. Beck - “Black Tambourine” (Guero)
13. The Stooges - “Gimme Danger” (Raw Power)
14. The Kills - “Wait” (Keep On Your Mean Side)
15. Cato Salsa Experience - “M.F.” (A Good Tip for a Good Time)
16. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - “Servo” (Tepid Peppermint Wonderland: A Retrospective)
17. Dressy Bessy - “Just Once More” (Dressy Bessy)
18. Built to Spill - “Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss” (Ancient Melodies of the Future)
19. The Warlocks - “Baby Blue” (Phoenix Album)

morose/love pop songs about longing for the love of your life who’s just shot you down…

01. Zita Swoon - “Hot Hotter Hottest” (Life = A Sexy Sanctuary)
02. The 6ths - “All Dressed Up In Dreams” (Wasps’ Nests)
03. Serge Gainsbourg - “L’anamour” (Comic Strip)
04. Of Montreal - “A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger” (Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer)
05. Pulp - “Death II” (Separations)
06. Kleerup feat. Marit Bergman - “3 am” (Kleerup)
07. The Gossip - “Four Letter Word” (Music For Men)
08. The Smithereens - “Behind The Wall Of Sleep” (Especially For You)
09. Jeff Buckley - “Forget Her” (Grace/ Legacy Edition)
10. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - “I Let Love In” (Let Love In)
11. The Smiths - “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” (Strangeways Here We Come)
12. Jay-Jay Johansson - “She Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (The Long Term Physical Effects Are Not Yet Known)
13. The Divine Comedy - “Songs Of Love” (Casanova)
14. Belle & Sebastian - “Piazza, New York Catcher” (Dear Catastrophe Waitress)

A mixtape of songs by different artists that sound so similar that the mix could be mistaken for an album by a single artist.

01. Kings of Convenience - “Cayman Islands” (Riot on an Empty Street)
02. Xavier Rudd - “Little Chief” (To Let)
03. Okkervil River - “Savannah Smiles” (The Stage Names)
04. Wintersleep - “Avalanche” (Wintersleep)
05. Eddie Vedder - “Society” (Into the Wild)
06. Dan Mangan - “Unnatural Progression” (Postcards and Daydreaming)
07. Jose Gonzales” - Cycling Trivialities” (In Our Nature)
08. The Tragically Hip - “Wheat Kings” (Fully Completely)

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