I chased my dreams…failed…and now I’m 25, back to reality, with a 9 to 5 job.

“I think somehow you need to get to a certain point in your life where the notion of failure is absurd.”

01. The Olivia Tremor Control - “NYC 25” (Dusk At Cubist Castle)
02. Damien Jurado - “Predictive Living” (Caught In The Trees)
03. Okkervil River - “Wake And Be Fine” (I Am Very Far)
04. Mojave 3 - “When You’re Drifting”(Excuses for Travellers)
05. Wilco - “When You Wake Up Feeling Old”(Summerteeth)
06. Cat Power - “Great Expectations” (Myra Lee)
07. Memphis Slim - “Mother Earth” (At The Gate Of The Horn)
08. The Clientele - “Five Day Morning”(Suburban Lights)
09. Lambchop - “The Daily Growl” (Is a Woman)
10. Ariel Pink - “Envelops Another Day” (The Doldrums)
11. Luna - “Lost In Space” (Penthouse)
12. Beirut - “The Penalty” (Flying Club Cup)
13. Mount Eerie - “I Walked Home Behoulding” (Ocean Roar)
14. Karl Blau - “Into The Nada” (Beneath Waves)
15. The Mountain Goats - “Hebrews 11:40” (Life Of The World To Come)
16. Neko Case - “Wish I Was The Moon” (Blacklisted)
17. Songs: Ohia - “Farewell Transmission” (Magnolia Electric Co.)
18. Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire - “Case In Point” (The Swimming Hour)
19. Deer Tick - “Ashamed” (War Elephant)

I was an African princess in another life; now I’m trapped in a white girl’s body.

You were the funkiest princess over Sub-Sahara!

01. Joni Haastrup - “Greetings” (Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of 1970’s Funky Lagos)
02. Fela Kuti and Africa 70 - “Expensive Shit” (Expensive Shit)
03. The Funkees - “Dancing Time” (Dancing Time: The Best of Eastern Nigeria’s Afro Rock Exponents 1973)
04. Gnonnas Pedro - “Yiri Yiri Boum” (Congo to Cuba)
05. Mamo Lagbema - “Love, Music and Dance” (Bambara Mystic Soul: The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso)
06. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - “Se Tche We Djo Mon” (The Vodoun Effect: Funk and Sato From Benin’s Obscure Labels)
07. Ouinsou Corneille and Black Santiagos - “Vinon So Minsou” (African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds From Benin & Togo 70s)
08. K. Frimpong and his Cubano Fiestas - “Kyenkyen Bi Adi M’awu” (Afro-Rock Volume One)

The musical embodiment of soul-wrenching regret.

I suppose not all of these songs are explicitly about regret, but that’s what they mean to me. Some of these I haven’t listened to in years, and some of these have been constant companions through difficult times more recently, but all are special to me in times of regret and loss. (N.B.: the Knife Play version of “Dr. Troll” also works here if you can’t track down Fag Patrol, but the acoustic version from that record is one of the recordings I hold most dear in this world, and I couldn’t bear not to give it some credit and include it here.)

01. Red House Painters - “24” (Down Colorful Hill)
02. Xiu Xiu - “Dr. Troll” (Fag Patrol)
03. R.E.M. - “Southern Central Rain (I’m Sorry)” (Reckoning)
04. Nina Simone - “My Man’s Gone Now” (Nina Simone Sings The Blues)
05. Codeine - “D” (Frigid Stars)
06. Michael Hurley - “The Tea Song” (First Songs)
07. Swans - “Failure” (White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity)
08. Red House Painters - “Katy Song” (Red House Painters II (Rollercoaster))

Songs that are happy and sad at the same time.

01. Violent Femmes - “Good Feeling” (Violent Femmes)
02. Evan Dando - “The Ballad of El Goodo” (Empire Records)
03. The Cranberries - “The Rebels” (To The Faithful Departed)
04. Damian Jurado - “Working Titles” (Maraqopa)
05. Tom Waits - “Green Grass” (Real Gone)
06. The Shivers - “Kisses” (More)
07. Morrissey - “Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself” (Vauxhall and I)
08. Radiohead - “No surprises” (OK Computer)
09. Devandra Banhart - “Queen Bee” (Cripple Crow)
10. Rod Stewart - “Reason to Believe” (The Definitive Rod Stewart)
11. Bodies of Water - “Open Rhythms” (Twist Again)
12. The Shins - “New Slang” (Garden State)
13. The Smiths - “Asleep” (The Sound of The Smiths)
14. Tom Waits - “Please Call Me Baby” (The Heart of Saturday Night)
15. Viking Moses - “Little Arms” (Crosses)
16. The Verve - “Lucky Man ” (This is music: The singles 92-98)
17. Joni Mitchell - “A case of you” (Rhino Hi-Five: Joni Mitchell)
18. Cat Power - “Sea of love” (The Covers Record)
19. Eileen Jewell - “Codeine Arms” (Sea of Tears)
20. The Avett Brothers - “Murder in the City” (The Second Gleam)
21. The Be Good Tanyas - “In the Time of Dying” (Le Coeur De Hommes 2)
22. Cotton Jones - “Photo Sumerlude” (Paraniod Cacoon)

The 7 Deadly Sins

01. Alcoholic Faith Mission - “Got Love? Got Shellfish!” (Let This Be the Last Night We Care)
02. Weird Al Yankovic - “Eat It” (“Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D)
03. Pissed Jeans - “False Jesii, Part 2” (The King of Jeans)
04. Local H - “Lovey Dovey” (As Good as Dead)
05. Bobby Conn - “Payback” (Bobby Conn)
06. The Birthday Party - “6” Gold Blade” (Junkyard)
07. Death Grips - “Beware” (Exmilitary)

The best (K-Pop) songs that I’ve never heard

Korean Pop’s exposure has been rising. However, the US K-Pop market has been saturated by awkward/anglophone shit. If you want to hear the illest footwork/juke tracks, you take your ass to Chicago. The same logic goes for K-pop. Fortunately, I typed this list for you. Here are the best K-pop songs you’ve never heard:

01. S#arp - “Sweety”
02. Lee Jung Hyun - “수리수리 마수리 (Sori Sori Ma Sori)”
03. BoA - “Atlantis Princess”
04. 강산에 - “넌 할 수 있어”
05. H.O.T. - “Candy”
06. Humming Urban Stereo - “Hawaiian Couple”
07. Drunken Tiger - “Superfine”
08. Big Bang - “Lies”
09. Epik High - “One”
10. g.o.d. - “거짓말”
11. Up - “바다”
12. SM Town - “Summer Vacation”
13. Girls Generation - “Gee”
14. SG Wannage - “Lalala”
15. GD&TOP - “뻑이가요”
16. 1TYM - “쾌지나칭칭”
17. Lena Park - “The Other Side”

The best songs that I’ve never heard [pt. 2]

01. Los Campesinos - You!me!dancing!” (Hold On Now, Youngster)
02. The Turbo Fruits - Get Up, Get On Down (Tonight)” (Echo Kid)
03. Escort - Cocaine Blues” (Escort)
04. Atmoshpere - Sunshine” (Bad Clown Sad Summer Number 9)
05. Beck - Debra” (Midnight Vultures)
06. Black Keys - I’ll Be Your Man” (The Big Come Up)
07. Eileen Jewell - Codeine Arms” (Sea Of Tears)
08. Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage!” (Fire)
09. Fischerspooner - Emerge” (#1)
10. Ghostland Observatory - Vibrate” (Paparazzi Lightning)
11. Good Shoes - The Photos On My Wall” (Think Before You Speak)
12. Hanni El Kahtib - Dead Wrong” (Will The Guns Come Out)
13. G. Love And Teh Special Sauce - My Baby’s Got Sauce” (G. Love And The Special Sauce)
14. The Heavy - Bruk Pocket’s Lament” (Great Vengeance And Furious Fire)
15. Imperial Teen - Waterboy” (Jawbreaker)
16. Blind Melon - Change” (Blind Melon)
17. Isobel Campbell, Mark Lanegan - Come Undone” (Hawk)
18. The Kills - Baby Says” (Blood Pressures)
19. Kings Of Leon - The Bucket” (The Bucket)
20. Leonard Cohen - Dance Me To The End Of Love” (Various Positions)
21. Laura Gibson - La Grand” (La Grand)
22. Paleo - Pale Blues” (Death And Taxes, Selected Songs From The Song..)
23. Phantogram - Mouthful Of Diamonds” (Eyelid Movies)
24. Pure Morning - Placebo” (Other Songs 2)
25. Carolyn Wonderland - Feed Me To The Lions” ()
26. Asylum Street Spankers - Blade Of Grass” (Spanker Madness)
27. The Kissers - Strawberry Blonde” (Fire In The Belly)
28. Slackwax - Night Out” (Slackwax Ep)
29. Tennis - High Road” (Young And Old)
30. Tom Waits - The Heart Of Saturday Night” (The Heart Of Saturday Night)

The best songs that I’ve never heard [pt. 1]

01. The Notwist - “One with the Freaks” (Neon Golden)
02. Kings of Leon - “Trani” (Youth and Young Manhhood)
03. The XX - “Islands” (XX)
04. Interpol - “All Fired Up” (Our Love to Admire)
05. Radiohead - “Everything in its Right Place” (Kid A)
06. Paolo Nutini - “Pencil Full of Lead” (Sunny Side Up)
07. Roderigo y Gabriela - “Tamacun” (Roderigo y Gabriela)
08. Arctic Monkeys - “Cornerstone” (Humbug)
09. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - “Maps” (Fever to Tell)
10. Nick Drake - “Black Eyed Dog” (N/A)
11. Eddie Vedder - “Rise” (Into the Wild)

Songs that would be okay if they came alive and fucked you

01. My Morning Jacket - “One Big Holiday” (It Still Moves)
02. MGMT - “Indie Rokkers” (Time to Pretend EP)
03. My Bloody Valentine - “Only Shallow” (Loveless)
04. Caribou - “Odessa” (Swim)
05. Air - “Sexy Boy” (Moon Safari)
06. Arctic Monkeys - “Do Me a Favour” (Favourite Worst Nightmare)
07. SBTRKT - “Wildfire” (SBTRKT)
08. Sleigh Bells -“Infinity Guitars” (Treats)
09. Cold War Kids -“Saint John” (Robbers and Cowards)
10. Grizzly Bear - “I Live With You” (Veckatimest)
11. Hot Chip - “One Pure Thought” (Made in the Dark)
12. Jessica Lea Mayfield - “Grown Man” (Tell Me)
13. The Joy Formidable - “Whirring” (The Big Roar)
14. The Strokes - “You Only Live Once” (First Impressions of Earth)

Where have all the cowboys gone?

01. Tom Waits - “Goin’ Out West” (Bone Machine)
02. Silver Jews - “Dallas” (The Natural Bridge)
03. Cat Power - “Lived in Bars” (The Greatest)
04. Ryan Adams - “Bartering Lines” (Heartbreaker)
05. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - “Hiding All Away” (Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus)
06. Tortoise & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy - “Thunder Road” (The Brave and the Bold)
07. Portishead - “Roads” (Dummy)
08. WIlco - “Poor Places” (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
09. Songs: Ohia - “Farewell Transmission” (Magnolia Electric Co.)
10. Bob Dylan - “Desolation Row” (Highway 61 Revisited)
11. Bill Callahan - “One Fire Morning” (Apocalypse)

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