I Miss You Even Though You Hate My Guts

These are songs that make me feel equally in love and sad. They all have the same kind of melancholy nostalgic beauty steeped in sorrow.

01. Papa M - “Sorrow Jane” (Whatever, Mortal)
02. James Blake - “Wilhelms Scream” (James Blake)
03. Akron/Family - “Afford” (Akron / Family)
04. Brian Eno - “Everything Merges With the Night” (Another Green World)
05. Nico - “I’ll Keep It With Mine” (Chelsea Girl)
06. Baths - “Lovely Bloodflow” (Cerulean)
07. Jim O’Rourke - “Life Goes Off” (Insignificance)
08. Blind Willie Johnson - “Dark Was the Night (Cold Was the Ground)” (Dark Was the Night)
09. King Khan and the Shrines - “The Ballad of Lady Godiva” (What Is?!)
10. Four Tet - “She Just Likes to Fight” (There Is Love in You)
11. The Books - “All You Need is a Wall” (The Way Out)
12. Future Islands - “Beach Foam” (Wave Like Home)
13. John Cale - “Hanky Pank Nohow” (Paris 1919)
14. Joni Mitchell - “Blue” (Blue)
15. Burial - “Archangel” (Untrue)
16. Tortoise - “TNT” (TNT)
17. Uncle Tupelo - “Fifteen Keys” (Anodyne)
18. Yo La Tengo - “Sugarcube” (Prisoners of Love)

Songs for a misty Scottish autumn in Glasgow

01. Gas - “Pop II” (Nah Und Fern”
02. Boards of Canad - “Over The Horizon Radar” (Geogaddi)
03. Ralph Vaughan Williams - “The Lark Ascending”
04. Robert Schumann - “Piano Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.11 Aria”
05. Claude Debussy - “Etudes, Book 2 - Pour Les Arpeges Composes”
06. Sergei Rachmaninoff - “Prelude #9 in A, Op. 32/9
07. Autechre - “Overand” (Tri Repetae)
08. Brian Eno - “1/1” (Songs For Airports)

I want to strap some headphones on my belly and blare some tunes to get my fetus excited about entering this world

01. White Mice - “Foreskin Rug” (ASSPhIXXEATATESHUN)
02. Dr. Dre - “Let’s Get High” (2001)
03. The Antlers - “Epilogue” (Hospice)
04. Elliott Smith - “Needle in the Hay” (Elliott Smith)
05. Bright Eyes - “Sunrise Sunset” (Fevers and Mirrors)
06. Galaxie 500 - “Decomposing Trees” (On Fire)
07. Liz Phair - “Flower” (Exile in Guyville)
08. Dr. Octagon - “A Visit to the Gynecologyst” (Dr. Octagonecologyst)
09. Alber Ayler Trio - “Ghost” (Spiritual Unity)
10. Descendents - “Everything Sux” (Everything Sucks)
11. Chopin - “Waltz no. 2 in C sharp” (Op. 64)

I’ve never seen Titanic or The Sound of Music

01. Negativland “Favorite Things”
02. Gavin Bryars / Phillip Jeck / Alter Ego “The Sinking of the Titanic”
03. RuDJak Manigz “SingKingHeart”
04. Tuba Meisters “Edelweiss”
05. Golden Dawn “My Confession To War”

The first 5 songs you think about when you hear “Germany”

Most people would think of Nico or Nena. I think of Dead Kennedys. Go figure.

01. Kraftwerk - “Autobahn” (Autobahn)
02. Lou Reed - “Berlin” (Berlin)
03. Iggy Pop - “Nightclubbing” (The Idiot)
04. Dead Kennedys - “California Über Alles” (Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables)
05. Sex Pistols - “Holidays In The Sun” (Kiss This)

I want songs that make it seem like Jeff Mangum is sad that I lost a girl

01. Jeff Mangum - “Engine” (Live at Jittery Joe’s)
02. Neutral Milk Hotel - “A Baby For Pree” (On Avery Island)
03. Neutral Milk Hotel - “King of Carrot Flowers pt 1” (In The Aeroplane Over the Sea)
04. Olivia Tremor Control - “I Have Been Floated” (Black Foliage: Animation Music Vol. 1)
05. Neutral Milk Hotel - “Holland, 1945” (In The Aeroplane Over The Sea)
06. Neutral Milk Hotel - “Naomi” (On Avery Island)
07. Major Organ and The Adding Machine - “Madam Truffle” (Major Organ and the Adding Machine)
08. Neutral Milk Hotel - “Ghost” (In The Aeroplane Over The Sea)
09. Jeff Mangum - “I Love How You Love Me” (Live at Jittery Joe’s)
10. Neutral Milk Hotel - “Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone” (On Avery Island)
11. Neutral Milk Hotel - “Oh Comely” (In The Aeroplane Over The Sea)
12. Neutral Milk Hotel - “Two Headed Boy Pt. 2” (In The Aeroplane Over The Sea)

Songs that go na na na

With one exception for fabulous “la la la” Icelandic goodness.

01. Wilson Pickett - “Land of 1000 Dances” (The Exciting Wilson Pickett)
02. Steam - “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” (Steam)
03. Regina Spektor - “Your Honor” (Soviet Kitsch)
04. Blink-182 - “All the Small Things” (Enema of the State)
05. Kaiser Chiefs - “Na Na Na Na Naa” (Yours Truly, Angry Mob)
06. The Beatles - “Hey Jude” (Hey Jude)
07. Sigur Rós - “Gobbledigook” (Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust)
08. Journey - “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’” (Evolution)

Mixtape for the indie dyke in love

01. Patti Smith - “Gloria” (Horses)
02. Bikini Kill - “Rebel Girl” (The CD Version Of The First Two Records)
03. The Butchies - “Send Me You” (Make Yr Life)
03. Sleater-Kinney - “Buy Her Candy” (Dig Me Out)
04. Team Dresch - “She’s Amazing” (Personal Best)
05. Jill Sobule - “I Kissed A Girl” (Jill Sobule)
06. Tender Forever - “Make Out” (The Soft And The Hardcore)
07. SoKo - “Take My Heart” (Not Sokute)
08. Le Tigre - “Eau D’Bedroom Dancing” (Le Tigre)
09. The Blow - “Come On Petunia” (Poor Aim: Love Songs)
10. Joan Jett And The Blackhearts - “Crimson and Clover” (I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll)

I’m suburban white and upper-middle class… fuck this

01. Marvina Reynolds - “Little Boxes” (Ear To The Ground)
02. The Descendents - “Suburban Home” (Milo Goes To College”
03. Crass - “Systematic Death” (Penis Envy)
04. The Max Levine Ensemble - “Time Magazine” (Chach, Cops, and Donuts)
05. Bikini Kill - “White Boy” (The CD Version Of The First Two Records)
06. Mischief Brew - “Children Play With Matches” (Songs From Under The Sink)
07. Dead Kennedys - “Stealing People’s Mail” (Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables)
08. The Cramps - “People Ain’t No Good” (A Date With Elvis)
09. Black Flag - “American Waste” (The First Four Years)
10. Pulp - “Common People” (Different Class)

The Sexiest Music of 2000-2010

This might be more love-sick stuff, so I’m not sure what that says about me, but these songs sure made me want to do it.

01. The xx - “VCR” (The xx)
02. Beach House - “Holy Dances” (Devotion)
03. Animal Collective - “Bluish” (Merriweather Post Pavillion)
04. Calla - “Don’t Hold Your Breath” (Televise)
05. Air - “Universal Traveler” (Talkie Walkie)
06. Feist - “I Feel It All” (The Reminder)
07. Grizzly Bear - “Cheerleader” (Veckatimest)
08. Home Video - “Gas Tank” (No Certain Night or Morning)
09. The Bird and the Bee - “Again & Again” (The Bird and the Bee)
10. Memory Tapes “Swimming Field” (Seek Magic)
11. Neko Case - “Tightly” (Blacklisted)
12. Nourallah Brothers - “I’ll Be Around” (Self-Titled)
13. The Ravonettes - “Aly Walk With Me” (Lust Lust Lust)
14. Sun Kil Moon - “Carry Me Ohio” (Ghosts of the Great Highway)

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