I got chucked into solitary confinement for shankin’ my cellmate. Need something to punch the concrete walls to in the dark..


i want songs by strong, beautiful women that will make me feel like a strong, beautiful woman, and not just the girl that got dumped. again.

This may be a well chewed chestnut by now, but in my opinion Eleanor Roosevelt was one strong, beautiful woman who got it right: “Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” She also served hot dogs at the White House!

01. Ani DiFranco - “Not a Pretty Girl” (Not a Pretty Girl)
02. Joan Jett - “Shout” (Joan Jett)
03. Robyn - “Konichiwa Bitches” (Robyn)
04. Adele - “Rolling in the Deep” (21)
05. Dixie Chicks - “Not Ready to Make Nice” (Taking the Long Way)
06. Ani DiFranco - “Willing to Fight” (Living in Clip)
07. Brandi Carlile - “My Song” (The Story)
08. Court Yard Hounds - “The Coast” (The Coast)
09. Lissie - “Cuckoo” (Catching a Tiger)
10. Patty Griffin - “No Bad News” (Children Running Through)
11. Macy Gray - “Beauty in the World” (The Sellout)

A dark wave mix for a black heart

Sometimes the divisions between the goth sub-genres are really confusing. I have participated in lengthy debates as to what precisely is apocalyptic folk, why goths cringe at any allusion to heavy metal and what the fuck one means when one says one likes electronic body music… Who knows if these songs will meet your personal qualifications for dark wave, but they are without question fit for a black heart.

01. Joy Division - “Decades” (Closer)
02. The Cure - “Kyoto Song” (The Head On The Door)
03. The Glove - “Mouth To Mouth” (Blue Sunshine)
04. Siouxsie & The Banshees - “Melt!” (Twice Upon A Time: The Singles)
05. The Associates - “Breakfast” (Perhaps)
06. The Sisters Of Mercy - “Bury Me Deep” (Enter The Sisters)
07. Dead Can Dance - “Don’t Fade Away” (Toward The Within)
08. Backworld - “Heaven’s Gate” (Isles Of The Blest)
09. Current 93 feat. Antony - “The Beautiful Dancing Dust” (Black Ships Ate The Sky)
10. Wolfsheim - “Annie” (No Happy View)
11. Deine Lakaien - “Love Me To The End” (Live)
12. Bauhaus - “She’s In Parties” (Burning From The Inside)
13. Einsturzende Neubauten - “Die Bifindlichkeit Des Landes” (Silence Is Sexy)
14. Diary of Dreams - “Amok” (Freak Perfume)
15. Clan of Xymox - “Jasmine And Rose” (Best Of)
16. The Cruxshadows - “Deception” (Vampire: The Masquerade Soundtrack)
17. London After Midnight - “Psycho Magnet” (Psycho Magnet)

Songs to listen to while taking your first drive

It’s too easy to get distracted when you’re driving. Gotta keep that in mind.

01. The Beets - “Cold Lips” (Stay Home)
02. Nana Grizol - “Everything You Ever Hoped Or Worked For” (Love It Love It)
03. The Microphones - “Between Your Ear And The Other Ear” (It Was Hot, We Stayed In The Water)
04. Tallest Man On Earth - “The Gardner” (Shallow Grave)
05. Pavement - “Shady Lane” (Brighten The Corners)
06. The Mountain Goats - “Going to Georgia” (Zopilote Machine)
07. Modest Mouse - “Convenient Parking” (The Lonesome Crowded West)
08. Japanther - “Summer of ‘79” (Skuffed Up My Huffy)
09. A Grave With No Name - “Sofia” (Mountain Debris)

Piano ballads for unrequited lovers

01. Harry Nilsson - “Don’t Forget Me” (Pussy Cats)
02. Eels - “It’s a Motherfucker” (Daisies of the Galaxy)
03. Graham Nash - “Simple Man” (Songs For Beginners)
04. Tom Waits - “Martha” (Closing Time)
05. Daniel Johnston - “Some Things Last a Long Time” (1990)
06. Elliott Smith - “I Didn’t Understand [Early Version] (XO Demos)
07. Nico - “Afraid” (Desertshore)
08. Randy Newman - “I Miss You” (Bad Love)
09. Dennis Wilson - “Thoughts of You” (Pacific Ocean Blue)
10. Fiona Apple - “I Know” (When The Pawn…)

songs for people with low moral standards

01. Necro – “Light My Fire” (Gory Days)
02. The Frogs – “Baby Greaser George” (It’s Only Right and Natural)
03. Cadillac Don & J-Money – “Fuck Dat Bitch” (Look at Me)
04. Earl Sweatshirt – “Earl” (EARL)
05. Lil Wyte – “Pop Another Pill (Ft. JellyRoll)” (Wyte Christmas)
06. Deicide – “Bible Basher” (Insineratehymn)
07. Dead Kennedys – “Too Drunk to Fuck” (Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death)

Expressing myself as a person instead of holding it in like a robot.

01. Marina & The Diamonds - “I Am Not A Robot” (The Family Jewels)
02. Emily Haines - “Pretty Head” (Cut In Half And Also Double)
03. Feist(Diplo Remix) - “I Feel It All” (Singles & Duplicates)
04. Eskimo & Sons - “No Shit” (How Does It Feel To Be Crushed By One Man With The Strength Of A Million)
05. Straylight Run - “How Do I Fix My Head” ( The Needles The Space)
06. Matt Pond PA - “The Trees And The Wild” (Several Arrows Later)
07. Trembling Blue Stars - “Under Lock and Key” (Alive to Every Smile)
08. The Boy Least Likely To - “I See Spiders When I Close My Eyes” (The Best Party Ever)
09. Nada Surf - “See These Bones” (Lucky)
10. Luke Doucet - “One Too Many” (Broken and Other Rogue States)
11. The Weepies - “Nobody Knows Me At All” (Say I Am You)
12. The Magic Numbers - “Which Way to Happy” (If It Was You)
13. Tegan and Sara - “Don’t Confess (This Thing That Breaks My Heart)” (If It Was You)
14. Jeremy Warmsley - “Lose My Cool” (How We Became)
15. Icona Pop - “Manners (Extended)” (Compilation)

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)

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