I tied some desperate measures to reach out to you. That was a bust. Still pining. Help me stop listening to kill myself music. As in not “No Surpises” by John Green, but not annoying trying to force happiness songs.

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

These are some of the tracks that I really like to listen to with headphones on and just let the world melt away.

01. My Morning Jacket- “Dondante” (Z)
02. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!- “The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth” (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!)
03. Fleet Foxes- “Mykonos” (Sun Giant)
04. Bat For Lashes- “Lilies” (The Haunted Man)
05. Kurt Vile- “Ghost Town” (Smoke Ring For My Halo)
06. Spiritualized- “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space” (Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space)
07. DJ Shadow- “Midnight In A Perfect World” (Endtroducing…..)
08. The Decemberists- “The Crane Wife Pts. 1&2” (The Crane Wife)
09. Bon Iver- “Calgary” (Bon Iver)
10. Sonic Youth- “Teen Age Riot” (Daydream Nation)
11. St. Vincent- “Just The Same But Brand New” (Actor)

The Top Ten Saddest Songs You’ve Heard

I couldn’t really put these into a specific order, because for me they’re all pretty moving, and a few hit close to home. But this is my top ten.

01. The Hanks - “Bruised” (Your New Attraction)
02. Imogen Heap - “Hide & Seek” (Speak For Yourself)
03. Right Away, Great Captain! - “I Was A Cage” (The Eventually Home)
04. William Fitzsimmons - “Please Don’t Go” (Goodnight)
05. The Album Leaf - “Over The Pond” (In A Safe Place)
06. Ani Difranco - “School Night” (Revelling/Reckoning (Disc 2))
07. Bayside - “Don’t Call Me Peanut” (Bayside)
08. Stars - “Your Ex Lover Is Dead” (Set Yourself On Fire)
09. Bon Iver - “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (I Can’t Make You Love Me)
10. Bright Eyes - “No Lies, Just Love” (Don’t Be Frightened Of Turning The Page)

beautiful/sad but hopeful songs (not melodramatic/cliche/country) for my mom who died a year ago, when i was 22, who i miss/but am doing okay without/i see her in my mirror reflection more each day/which reminds me of her saying i was her dream come true.

01. Arcade Fire - “Empty Room” (The Suburbs)
02. LCD Soundsystem - “Someone Great” (Sound Of Silver)
03. The National - “Lemonworld” (High Violet)
04. Brand New - “Jesus” (The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me)
05. The Mountain Goats - “Matthew 25:21” (The Life Of The World To Come)
06. Fleet Foxes - “White Winter Hymnal” (Fleet Foxes)
07. The Shins - “Phantom Limb” (Wincing The Night Away)
08. Bright Eyes - “Easy/Lucky/Free” (Digital Ash In A Digital Urn)
09. Kings of Convenience - “Scars On Land” (Declaration Of Dependence)
10. Iron & Wine - “Fever Dream” (Our Endless Numbered Days)

How to Get Into Punk; or, I Really Want to Like Bad Brains, But I Just Can’t

It sounds like you don’t have enough pent-up rage. Have a conversation with an extreme right-wing conservative and then play the following mix at maximum volume, preferably while reading the lyrics. Then you will understand punk.

01. Fugazi - “The Waiting Room” (13 Songs)
02. Dead Kennedys - “Holiday in Cambodia” (Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables)
03. Wire - “Three Girl Rhumba” (Pink Flag)
04. Minutemen - “Storm in My House” (Double Nickels On The Dime)
05. Gang of Four - “Natural’s Not In It” (Entertainment!)
06. Black Flag - “Rise Above” (Damaged)
07. The Clash - “I’m So Bored With The USA” (The Clash)
08. Ramones - “Judy Is A Punk” (Ramones)
09. The Sex Pistols - “Anarchy In The U.K.” (Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols)
10. Crass - “Do They Owe Us A Living?” (The Feeding of the 5000)
11. Hüsker Dü - “Turn On The News” (Zen Arcade)
12. The Stooges - “1970” (Fun House)
13. D.O.A. - “General Strike” (Punk Rock Singles 1978-1999)
14. Sleater-Kinney - “I Wanne Be Your Joey Ramone” (Call The Doctor)
15. Minor Threat - “Minor Threat” (Minor Threat EP)
16. The Jam - “Going Underground” (B-side of Dreams of Children single)
17. OFF! - “Broken” (First Four EPs)
18. The Replacements - “Unsatisfied” (Let It Be)
19. Bad Brains - “Banned In D.C.” (Bad Brains)

I died my hair red and changed my name to Cherry Pie.

01. Prema - “Hair Dye” (Drive!)
02. Annalise - “100%” (You Can Dye Your Hair But Not Your Heart)
03. The Weepies - “Suicide Blonde” (Say I Am You)
04. Embrace - “Flaming Red Hair” (Ashes)
05. The Weasel King - “Red Hair” (Musical Decree Number Twenty-Four)
06. R.E.M. - “Redhead Walking” (Accelerate)

Playlist for a solo road trip from Arizona to Alaska

Side A - Leaving:
1. Tallest Man on Earth - “I Won’t Be Found” (Shallow Grave)
2. Eddie Vedder - “End Of The Road” (Into The Wild)
3. Beat Happening - “Indian Summer” (Jamboree)
4. Fleet Foxes - “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” (Fleet Foxes)
5. Beirut - “Nantes” (The Flying Club Cup)
6. Arcade Fire - “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” (The Suburbs)
7. TV On The Radio - “Wolf Like Me” (Return to Cookie Mountain)

Side B - Seeing Society Again:
1. Department of Eagles - “No One Does it Like You” (In Ear Park)
2. The Arctic Monkeys - “Fluorescent Adolescent” (Favourite Worst Nightmare)
3. The Strokes - “Reptilia”(Room On Fire)
4. The Black Keys - “Tighten Up” (Brothers)
5. The Rumble Strips - “Girls And Boys In Love” (Girls And Weather)
6. Dr. Dog - “The Rabbit, The Bat, And The Reindeer” (Fate)

Finally, I hooked up my Nintendo 64 to the moon!

01. Random - “Lightyears 500” (Bad Joke EP)
02. Beatmario - “Night of Nights” (Night Of Nights)
03. Yasuaki Fujita - “Title Theme” (Mega Man 3 OST”
04. Anamanaguchi “Densmore” (Aurora Single)
05. Mouse on Mars - “Polaroyced” (Parastrophics)
06. Zomby - “Where Were U In ‘92?” (Where Were U In ‘92?)
07. Rustie - “Surph” (Glass Swords)
08. Electrocado - “The Jolly Frog” (The Hass Effect)
09. Lone “Lying In Yhe Reeds” (Galaxy Garden)
10. Space Dimension Controller - “Last Sunset On Planet Earth” (The Pathway To Tiraquon6)
11. Starscream - “Space” (Future, Towards The Edge Of Forever)

Familiar love, familiar pain

01. Sharon Van Etten - “Love More” (Epic)
02. Sufjan Stevens - “Casimir Pulaski Day” (Illinois)
03. The Cure - “Plainsong” (Disintigration)
04. New Order - “Age of Consent” (Power, Corruption & Lies)
05. The Cinematic Orchestra - “That Home” (Ma Fleur)
06. Wilco - “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
07. The Antlers - “Putting the Dog to Sleep” (Burst Apart)
08. Antony And The Johnsons - “Hope There’s Someone” (I Am A Bird Now)
09. The National - “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” (High Violet)
10. Talking Heads - “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) (Speaking in Tongues)

Songs for ruff sex

01. Summer Camp - “I Want You” (Welcome To Condale)
02. White Lies - “Bad Love” (Ritual)
03. Lykke Li - “Paris Blue (Death To The Throne Remix)”
04. Death from Above 1979 - “Going Steady” (You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine)
05. Crystal Castles ft. Robert Smith - “Not In Love” (Crystal Castles II)
06. Caribou - “Odessa” (Swim)
07. Radiohead - “Reckoner (The Twelves Remix)”
08. The Weeknd ft. Drake - “The Zone”
09. Sebastien Tellier - “L’Amour et La Violence (Boys Noize Remix)”
10. TV On The Radio - “Wear You Out” (Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes)

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