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Instrumental music that goes good with an Asimov novel

I’ve always found Isaac Asimov’s novels to be forward-thinking, detailed, and complex. Obviously, if you’re reading, you want a soundtrack that’s not terribly intrusive. The following songs are ordered by relative intrusiveness into your reading, with the first half being pretty mellow (ambient), and the latter slightly more hectic.

01. Brian Eno - “Signals”
02. Kraftwerk - “Kometenmelodie 1”
03. William Basinski - “D|P 2.1”
04. Moby - “Myopia”
05. Aphex Twin - “Tha”
06. Jean-Michel Jarre - “Oxygene, Pt. 1”
07. Nine Inch Nails - “9 Ghosts I”
08. Ital Tek - “Moon Bow”
09. The Flashbulb - “Undiscovered Colors”
10. The Glitch Mob - “Bad Wings (Dero Remix)”
11. Wisp - “Negions Fail”
12. Jon Hopkins - “Vessel”
13. Phutureprimitive - “Cryogenic Dreams”

Noise rock bands have the best names

01. The Jesus Lizard - “Monkey Trick” (Goat)
02. URGH! - “Ponekad, Mrzim, Zlogut Otvorena Usta” (Yonuss Tape)
03. Fuck Buttons - “The Lisbon Maru” (Tarot Sport)
04. Jucifer - “Contempt” (Throned in Blood)
05. The Flying Luttenbachers - “Storm of Shit” (Revenge)
06. Emily’s Sassy Lime - “Pinapple Boys Need Not Apply” (Single)
07. mclusky - “Lightsabre Cocksucking blues” (Single)
08. 14 Iced Bears - “Mother Sleep” (Single)
09. AIDS Wolf - “Tied-Up in Paper” (Cities of Glass)
10. Poughboy - “T.A.F.T.A.D.A” (The End of Men)
11. Autopsia - “11th Enochian Key” (Wound)
12. Les Savy Fav - “Patty Lee” (Let’s Stay Friends)
13. Big Black - “Bad Penny” (Songs About Fucking)
14. Unsane - “No Chance” (Alternative Tentacles)
15. Harry Pussy - “Ride a Dove” (4’27” to 9’27”)

A list of songs that you love, that I probably haven’t heard of.

Sorry if you know any of these! It all depends on the extent of your musical knowledge/where your particular interests lie, so I basically just put things on here that had <100,000 Last.fm listeners. Also most of them are pretty somber, because that's the kind of music I like, mostly.

01. Carissa's Wierd - "You Should Be Hated Here" (Songs About Leaving)
02. Bedhead - “Living Well” (What Fun Life Was)
03. Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) - “How to Make Love Stay” (What It Takes to Move Forward
04. Calories - “Drugged” (Adventuring)
05. Joie de Vivre - “Salt” (The North End)
06. Shoes and Socks Off - “I’m a World Class Assassin” (From the Muddy Banks of the Melitzer)
07. Surface of Eceon - “The Open Sea” (The King Beneath the Mountain)
08. DJ /rupture - “Cassava: Nokea” (Uproot)
09. Joyce Manor - “Orange Julius” (Joyce Manor)
10. S - “5 Dollers” (Puking and Crying)
11. Ous Mal - “Vaskiset Kielet” (Nuojuva Halava)

Fucking Awesome Funk

01. Joseph Henry - “Who’s the King(You Know That’s Me)”
02. The Mighty Show-Stoppers - “Hippy Skippy Moon Strut”
03. Alice Russell - “Step it Up”
04. Roosevelt Matthews - “Tighten it Up”
05. Lack of Afro - “Roderigo”
06. Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra - “Crosstown Traffic”
07. The Budos Band - “Chicago Falcon”
08. Curtis Mayfield - “Superfly”
09. The Broken Keys - “The Witch”
10. Sharon Jones - “My Man is a Mean Man”
11. James Brown - “Soul Power, Pts 1&2”
12. Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra - “Put Leg to Road”
13. The O’Jays - “For the Love of Money”
14. Spanky Wilson & The Quantic Soul Orchestra - “Don’t Joke With a Hungry Man”
15. Aaron Neville - “Hercules”
16. Incredible Bongo Band - “Apache”
17. Hank Ballard - “Butter Your Popcorn”
18. Sir Joe Quaterman - “So Much Trouble in My Mind”
19. The Budos Band - “Budos Riding”
20. The Jimmy Castor Bunch - “It’s Just Began”

Wishing I could have lived my teenage years during the 70’s.

Protopunk

01. Patti Smith - “Free Money” (Horses)
02. Television - “Marquee Moon” (Marquee Moon)

Punk

03. Sex Pistols - “Pretty Vacant” (Never Mind the…)
04. The Clash - “The Guns of Brixton” (London Calling)
05. Ramones - “Blitzkrieg Bop” (Ramones)

Post-Punk

06. Magazine - “Shot by Both Sides” (Real Life)
07. Joy Division - “Disorder” (Unknown Pleasures)
08. Wire - “Reuters” (Pink Flag)

Meanwhile in Germany….

09. Neu! - “Hallo Gallo” (Neu!)
10. Can - “Oh Yeah” (Tago Mago)
11. David Bowie - “Heroes” (“Heroes”)

Breakup after a long relationship by finding out terrible things she’s been doing

The Kübler-Ross model, in song.

01. Radiohead - “How To Disappear Completely” (Kid A)
02. Shellac - “Prayer to God” (1000 Hurts)
03. Stars - “One More Night” (Set Yourself On Fire)
04. Swans - “God Damn the Sun” (The Burning World)
05. Daniel Johnston - “True Love Will Find You in the End” (Welcome To My World)

im sad

01. Muse - “Falling Away With You” (Absolution)
02. Gilbert O’Sullivan - “Alone Again (Naturally)” (Himself)
03. The Bittersweets - “Hurtin’ Kind” (Self Titled)
04. Richard Walters - “Brittle Bones” (The Animal)
05. Billie The Vision & The Dancers - “I Let Someone Else In” (The World According To Pablo)
06. Rogue Wave - “Eyes” (Just Friends Soundtrack)
07. Neutral Milk Hotel - “King Of Carrot Flowers Part 1” (In The Aeroplane Over The Sea)
08. Fleet Foxes - “He Doesn’t Know Why” (Ragged Wood)
09. Ray LaMontagne - “Trouble” (Trouble)
10. Chicken Shack - “I’d Rather Go Blind” (A Time To Remember)
11. Air Traffic - “No More Running Away” (Fractured Life)
12. Ingrid Michaelson - “Giving Up” (Be OK)
13. Justin Farren - “The Painter Song” (The Sound Of Flight)
14. Simon And Garfunkel - “The Dangling Conversation” (Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, And Thyme)
15. Slow Club - “Sorry About The Doom” (Yeah So)
16. Cat Power - “I Found A Reason” (The Covers Record)
17. Richie Valens - “My Darling is Gone” (Richie)
18. Cake - “End Of The Movie” (Pressure Chief)

Mailman, bring me no more synths!

01. Titus Andronicus - “Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ” (The Airing of Grievances)
02. Jay Reatard - “Nightmares” (Blood Visions)
03. The Mountain Goats - “Going to Georgia” (Zopilote Machine)
04. The Almighty Defenders - “Bow Down and Die” (The Almighty Defenders)
05. Big Black - “Kerosene” (Atomizer)
06. Captain Chaos - “The Best Note Ever” (May All Liars Burn In Hell)
07. The Clash - “London’s Burning” (The Clash)
08. Foot Ox - “About The Ocean” (It’s Like Our Little Machine)

I’m moving across the ocean, don’t forget me love.

01. Weezer - “Across the Sea” (Pinkerton)
02. Neko Case - “Don’t Forget Me” (Middle Cyclone)
03. The Rolling Stones - “Moonlight Mile” (Sticky Fingers)
04. Arcade Fire - “Headlights Look Like Diamonds” (Aracde Fire EP)
05. Liars - “The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack” (Drums Not Dead)
06. Sunset Rubdown - “You Go On Ahead” (Dragonslayer)
07. Neil Young - “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” (” ” ” “)
08. The White Stripes - “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself” (Elephant)
09. Spoon - “The Ghost of You Lingers” (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)
10. Peter Bjorn & John - “Let’s Call It Off” (Writer’s Block)
11. Morrissey - “I Don’t Mind If You Forget Me” (Viva Hate)
12. No Age - “My Life’s Alright Without You” (Weirdo Rippers)

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