I can’t stop thinking about her, or about why, for various chemical reasons, the glowing portions of our relationship seem to escape my memory. Trying in vain to catch youth’s effulgent drops of first love on my tongue.

Depressed Songs for Happy People

Here’s a mix for that happy person in your life who you just want to understand your feelings. They’ll be singing along with these songs before they even know what they’re saying, and when they hear themselves, they’ll be shocked.

01. Velvet Underground - “All Tomorrow’s Parties” (The Velvet Underground)
02. The White Stripes - “There’s No Home For You Here” (Elephant)
03. Tom Waits - “Make It Rain” (Real Gone)
04. The Mountain Goats - “Half Dead” (Get Lonely)
05. Modest Mouse - “Bukowski” (Good News For People Who Like Bad News)
06. Seu Jorge - “Rock’N’Roll Suicide” (The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions)
07. OK Go - “It’s Tough To Have A Crush” (Brown EP)
08. The Flaming Lips - “Bad Days” (Providing Needles For Your Balloons)
09. The Smiths - “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” (Single/Hatful of Hollow)
10. Morrissey - “We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful” (Single/Your Arsenal)
11. Reel Big Fish - “Don’t Start A Band” (We’re Not Happy ‘Til You’re Not Happy)
12. Radiohead - “Kid A” (Kid A)
13. The Slip - “Even Rats” (Eisenhower)
14. Wilco - “Forget the Flowers” (Being There)
15. Bob Dylan - “Only a Hobo” (The Bootleg Series: Vols. 1-3: Rare and Unreleased 1961-1991 disc 1)
16. Denali - “Do Something” (The Instinct)
17. Ben Folds - “Battle Of Who Could Care Less” (Whatever And Ever Amen)
18. The Shins - “Gone For Good (A Call to Apathy)” (Chutes Too Narrow)
19. Gorillaz - “All Alone” (Demon Days)
20. Postal Service - “Sleeping In” (Give Up)

Sad Day/Every Day

01. Emily Haines - “Pretty Head” (Cut In Half and Also Double)
02. Maria Taylor - “Xanax” (11:11)
03. Cat Low - “Kiss the World” (Kiss the World)
04. Feist (Diplo Remix) - “Feist” (Singles and Duplicates)
05. Chairlift - “Bruises” (Does You Inspire You)
06. Tegan and Sara - “Take Me Anywhere” (So Jealous)
07. Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - “Our Hell” (Knives Don’t Have Your Back)
08. Azure Ray - “No Signs of Pain” (November)
09. Inara George - “Can’t Say No” (Accidental Experiment)
10. The Fiery Furnaces - “I’m Waiting to Know You” (Bitter Tea)
11. The Weepies - “Nobody Knows Me At All” (Say I Am You)
12. Jenny Owens Youngs - “Fuck Was I” (Batten The Hatches)
13. Dntel - “Rock My Boat (Feat. Mia Doi Todd)” (Dumb Luck)
14. Electric President - “Good Morning Hypocrite” (Electric President”
15. The Weepies - “Love Doesn’t Last Too Long” (Say I Am You)
16. Kind of Like Spitting - “He Calls Me” (Bridges Worth Burning)
17. The Dismemberment Plan - “What Do You Want Me To Say?” (Emergency & I)
18. Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s - “Jen is Bringing the Drugs” (The Dust of Retreat)
19. The Last Shadow People - “My Mistakes Were Made For You” (The Age of the Understatement)
20. Bonobo - “If You Stayed Over (feat. Fink)” (Days to Come)
21. Mates of State - “Lullaby Haze” (Re-Arrange Us)
22. Uh Huh Her - “Not a Love Song” (Common Reaction)
23. Lucinda Williams - “Are You Down” (Essence)
24. Maria Taylor - “My Own Fault” (Lynn Teeter Flower)
25. Sara Bareilles - “Bottle It Up” (Little Voice)
26. Reverend and The Makers - “He Said He Loved Me” (The State of Things)
27. The Good Life - “Empty Bed” (Black Out)
28. Denison Witmer - “I Would Call You Now” (Safe Away)
29. Menomena - “Wet and Rusting” (Wet and Rusting)
30. Kinnie Star - “Please Hold My Hand” (Anything)

Left Hand Love (or: Why I’ll Be Alone on Saturday Night)

01. Jellyfish - “He’s My Best Friend” (Spilt Milk)
02. Elvis Costello - “Pump It Up” (This Year’s Model)
03. Divinyls - “I Touch Myself” (Divinyls)
04. The Beatles - “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey” (The White Album)
05. Sebadoh - “Homemade” (Bubble & Scrape)
06. Fiona Apple - “Limp” (When The Pawn…)
07. Neutral Milk Hotel - “Song Against Sex” (On Avery Island)

songs to make your ears orgasm

01. Yo La Tengo - “Sugar Cube” (I Can Hear The Heart Beating as One)
02. My Bloody Valentine - “When You Sleep”(Loveless)
03. Ride - “Vapour Trail” (Nowhere)
04. Ride - “Taste” (Nowhere)
05. Mercury Rev - “Bronx Cheer” (Boces)
06. Morphine - “Super Sex” (Yes)
07. The Wedding Present - “Take Me!” (Bizarro)
08. Stereolab - “Lo Boob Oscillator” (Refried Ectoplasm)
09. The Ocean Blue - “Cerulean” (Cerulean)
10. Roxy Music - “Avalon” (Avalon)

Songs for sitting in a forest and rethinking the meaning of life

01. The xx - “Intro” (xx)
02. Fang Island - “Dream of Dreams” (Fang Island)
03. Panda Bear - “Bros” (Person Pitch)
04. The Antlers - “Two” (Hospice)
05. Grizzly Bear - “Foreground” (Veckatimist)
06. James Blake - “Lindesfarne I” (James Blake)
07. James Blake - “Lindesfarne II” (James Blake)
08. The Tallest Man On Earth - “Burden of Tomorrow” (The Wild Hunt)
09. Kanye West - “All Of The Lights (Interlude)” (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy)

My cat’s gonna rule the world!!

Let us all bow down to our furry overlords!

01. Stray Cats - “Stray Cat Strut” (Runaway Boys: A Retrospective ‘81-‘92)
02. The Presidents of the United States of America - “Kitty” (The Presidents of the United States of America)
03. Cat Stevens - “Kitty” (Early Tapes)
04. Ziggy Marley - “Black Cat” (Love is my Religion)
05. Ted Nugent - “Cat Scratch Fever” (Cat Scratch Fever [Bonus Tracks])
06. Boom Boom Kid - “Kitty” (Okey Dokey)
07. The Kinks - “Phenomenal Cat” (The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society)
08. Psapp - “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat” (Rewind!5)

Best friends forever my ass.

I’ve had to make a mix like this for myself at one point in my life (over a girl; dumb!), so I couldn’t tell whether this felt more like a “fuck you, old friend” kind of list, or almost a break-up mix. It is strange how similar the feelings are. I went with one of each!

Mix 1 - “Fuck You, Old Friend”

01. The Walkmen - “The Rat” (Bows & Arrows)
02. Health - “Die Slow” (Get Color)
03. The Wrens - “Everyone Choose Sides” (The Meadowlands)
04. Wire - “I Don’t Understand” (Read & Burn 1 EP)
05. Big Black - “Bad Penny” (Songs About Fucking)
06. Spoon - “Revenge!” (30 Gallon Tank +3 Single)
07. Cursive - “Some Read-Handed Slight of Hand” (The Ugly Organ)
08. The Thermals - “I Don’t Believe You” (Personal Life)
09. Three Mile Pilot - “Ruin” (Another Desert, Another Sea)
10. Yeasayer - “O.N.E.” (Odd Blood)

Mix 2 - “I’m Sorry, and I Miss You”

01. Depeche Mode - “Never Let Me Down Again” (Music for the Masses)
02. Sufjan Stevens - “I Walked” (The Age of Adz)
03. The Faint - “I Treat You Wrong” (Faciination)
04. Metric - “Help, I’m Alive (acoustic)” (Fantasies Bonus Disc)
05. The Mountain Goats - “Pigs That Ran Straightaway Into The Water, Triumph Of” (We Shall All Be Healed)
06. Spoon - “Out Go the Lights” (Transference)
07. Gang of Four - “We Live as We Dream, Alone” (Return the Gift)
08. The Cure - “To Wish Impossible Things” (Wish)
09. Of Montreal - “The Past is a Grotesque Animal” (Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?)
10. El Perro Del Mar - “God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get)” (Look! It’s El Perro Del Mar)


01. The Mountain Goats - “This Year” (The Sunset Tree)
02. Old Crow Medicine Show - “Wagon Wheel” (O.C.M.S.)
03. William Elliott Whitmore - “Dry” (Song of the Blackbird)
04. The Six Parts Seven - “Sleeping Diagonally (Feat. Sam Beam)” (Lost Notes From Forgotten Songs)
05. Megafaun - “Columns” (Gather, Form & Fly)
06. The Acorn - “Low Gravity” (Glory Hope Mountain)
07. Bonnie “Prince” Billy - “Ease Down the Road” (Ease Down the Road)
08. Bowerbirds - “Olive Hearts” (Hymns for a Dark Horse)
09. The Books - “That Right Ain’t S**t” (The Lemon of Pink)
10. Califone - “Don’t Let Me Die Nervous” (Califone)
11. The Avett Brothers - “Nothing Short of Thankful” (Mignonette)
12. Great Lake Swimmers - “Various Stages” (Bodies and Minds)
13. Josh Ritter - “Leaves and Kings” (Josh Ritter)
14. Tarkio - “Keeping Me Awake” (I Guess I Was Hoping For Something More)
15. The Morning Benders - “Excuses” (Big Echo)
16. Beirut - “Nantes” (The Flying Club Cup)
17. Luke Temple - “Family Vacation” (Snowbeast)
18. Bon Iver - “Lump Sum” (For Emma, Forever Ago)
19. (Smog) - “Four Hearts in a Can” (The Doctor Came At Dawn)
20. Songs: Ohia - “I’ve Been Riding With The Ghost” (The Magnolia Electric Co.)

“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)

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