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No less than 8 songs about oranges.

I wouldn’t call these songs “good.”

01. Pink Floyd - “Apples And Oranges” (Shine On)
02. Talk Show - “Peeling An Orange” (Talk Show)
03. They Might Be Giants - “Asheville (The Orange Peel)” (They Got Lost [Rarities])
04. Freya - “Oranges” (Tea With The Queen)
05. Eliza Carthy - “Oranges And Sea Salt” (Dreams Of Breathing Underwater)
06. Leddra Chapman - “Picking Oranges” (Telling Tales)
07. B.C. Camplight - “Oranges In Winter” (Hide, Run Away)
08. Bright Eyes - “Bowl Of Oranges” (Keep Your Ear To The Ground)
09. The Splinters - “Oranges” (The Splinters EP)
10. James Keelaghan - “Woodsmoke And Oranges” (Home)
11. The Countdown Kids - “Oranges And Lemons” (100 All Time Children’s Favorites)
12. A-Ha “Oranges On Apple Trees” (Lifelines)

More than 8 songs! BOOM.

13. The Mountain Goats - “Song For An Old Friend” (Bitter Melon Farm)

I’m 3,000 miles away from my friends and family and i miss them so much, it’s making me depressed

01. Christy Moore - “Missing You” (Live At The Point)
02. Lost In The Trees - “Walk Around The Lake” (All Alone In An Empty House)
03. The Low Anthem - “Home, I’ll Never Be” (Oh My God, Charlie Darwin)
04. Midlake - “Head Home” (The Trials Of Van Occupanther)
05. Neil Young - “Are You Ready For The Country?” (Harvest)
06. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - “More News From Nowhere” (Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!)
07. The Young Veins - “Take A Vacation” (Take a Vacation)
08. Adele - “Hometown Glory” (19)
09. Laura Marling - “Goodbye England” (I Speak Because I Can)
10. Crystal Fighters - “At Home” (Stars Of Love)
11. LCD Soundsystem - “Home” (This Is Happening)

Songs for a 20 year old’s life crisis.

01. Beck - “The Golden Age” (Sea Change)
02. Elliot Smith - “Needle In the Hay” (Elliot Smith)
03. The Jesus & Mary Chain - “Some Candy Talking” (Psychocandy)
04. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - “David Bowie I Love You (Since I Was Six)” (Take It From the Man!)
05. Built To Spill - “I Would Hurt a Fly” (Perfect From Now On)
06. Chad VanGaalen - “Peace On The Rise” (Diaper Island)
07. Nico - “These Days” (Chelsea Girl)
08. Spacemen 3 - “Lord Can You Hear Me” (Playing With Fire)
09. Modest Mouse - “3rd Planet” (The Moon & Antarctica)
10. The XX - “Crystalised” (XX)
11. Bon Iver - “Re: Stacks” (For Emma, Forever Ago)

Headphones on. Eyes closed. Music: take me away. ALTERNATE VERSION.

01. Aglaia - “The Mysterious Fish Named Kun” (3 Organic Experiences)
02. Midnight Movies - “Words for a Love Song” (Midnight Movies)
03. TV on the Radio - “Mr. Grieves” (Young Liars EP)
04. Funkadelic - “Maggot Brain” (Maggot Brain)
05. My Bloody Valentine - “Honey Power” (Tremelo EP)
06. The Big Pink - “Velvet” (A Brief History of Love)
07. The Weeknd - “Echoes of Silence” (Echoes of Silence)
08. Sigur Ros - “Sæglópur” (Takk…)
09. Johnny Greenwood - “Moon Trills” (Bodysong)
10. Battles - “Tonto” (Battles)
11. Devendra Banhart - “At the Hop” (Niño Rojo)
12. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - “Motherfucker=Redeemer (Part One)” (Yanqui U.X.O.)
13. Cocteau Twins - “Donimo” (Treasure)

It’s now been a full moon for three days, has space stopped?

01. R.E.M - “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” (Document)
02. Muse - “Supermassive Black Hole” (Black Holes and Revelations)
03. Pink Floyd - “Brain Damage” (Dark Side of the Moon)
04. Rancid - “Red Hot Moon” (Indestructible)
05. Brooks & Dunn - “Neon Moon”(Brand New Man)
06. Porno for Pyros - “Tahitian Moon” (Good Gods Urge)
07. The Lawrence Arms - “Your Gravest Words” (Apathy and Exhaustion
08. Dave Matthews Band - “Satellite” (Under the Table and Dreaming)
09. Third Eye Blind - “Red Star” (Red Star EP)
10. Counting Crows - “Recovering The Satellites” (Recovering The Satellites)
11. The Killers - “Spaceman” (Day & Age)
12. Radiohead - “Paranoid Android” (OK Computer)

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)

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