I want to reminisce in the past

01. MGMT - “Kids” (Oracular Spectacular)
02. Regina Spektor - “That Time” (Begin To Hope)
03. Sleepy Kitty - “NYC Really Has It All” (Infinity City)
04. Harry Nilsson - “It’s Been So Long” (Pandemonium Shadow Show)
05. The Killers - “All These Things That I’ve Done” (Hot Fuss)
06. Neutral Milk Hotel - “King of Carrot Flowers Part 1” (In The Aeroplane Over The Sea)
07. The Wallflowers - “Laughing Out Loud” (Bringing Down The Horse)
08. The Raconteurs - “Yellow Sun” (Broken Boy Soldiers)
09. White Rabbits - “The Plot” (Fort Nightly)
10. Foo Fighters - “Times Like These” (Skin and Bones)

I live a boring life, i want songs that make me feel magical:)

01. CocoRosie - “Fairy Paradise” (Grey Oceans)
02. Bat for Lashes - “Two Planets” (Two Suns)
03. Future Islands - “Tin Man” (In Evening Air)
04. Cocteau Twins - “Ivo” (Treasure)
05. My Brightest Diamond - “We Were Sparkling” (Bring Me The Workhorse)
06. Timber Timbre - “Under Your Spell” (Medicinals)
07. Blonde Redhead - “Not Getting There” (Penny Sparkle)
08. Mountain Man - “Sewee Sewee” (Made the Harbor)
09. Beach House - “Gila” (Devotion)
10. Holly Miranda - “Forest Green Oh Forest Green” (The Magician’s Private Library)

Midwestern Indie

01. The Hold Steady - “Most People Are DJs” (… Almost Killed Me)
02. Brandtson - “Mexico” (Send Us a Signal)
03. Elliott - “Calm Americans” (False Cathedrals)
04. The Fiery Furnaces - “Birdie Brain” (Blueberry Boat)
05. Maritime - “German Engineering” (We, The Vehicles)
06. The Lyndsay Diaries - “Hold” (Midwestern)
07. Owen - “Bad News” (At Home with Owen)
08. The Lonely Hearts - “Passive Aggressive” (Paper Tapes)
09. My Morning Jacket - “Wordless Chorus” (Z)
10. The Sea and Cake - “On a Letter” (Car Alarm)

No, you fucking idiot, friends with benefits doesn’t work when you both live on opposite sides of the country…

Dudegirl, I know exactly what you mean. Welcome to the world of ambiguous relationships.

01. The Knife- “N.Y. Hotel” (The Knife)
02. Aqueduct- “Unavailable” (Or Give Me Death)
03. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart- “A Teenager in Love” (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart)
04. Jenny Owen Youngs- “Fuck Was I” (Batten the Hatches)
05. Tegan and Sara- “Red Belt” (Sainthood)
06. Crystal Castles ft. Robert Smith- “Not In Love”
07. No Doubt- “Bathwater” (Return Of Saturn)
08. Röyksopp ft. Lykke Li- “Miss It So Much” (Junior)
09. Watercolor Paintings- “Indiana” (Open Your Mouth)
10. Rilo Kiley- “Bulletproof” (Take Offs And Landings)
11. Koop- “Come to Me” (Koop Island 2006)
12. The Airborne Toxic Event- “Does This Mean You’re Moving On?” (Let’s Not Die EP)

I really hate myself right now but I also feel kinda badass about it.

01. Nirvana - “Rape Me” (In Utero)
02. PJ Harvey - “Sheela-Na-Dig” (Dry)
03. Blood Red Shoes - “Keeping It Close” (Fire Like This)
04. Hole - “Samantha” (Nobody’s Daughter)
05. Amanda Palmer - “Leeds United” (Who Killed Amanda Palmer)
06. Dessert Sessions - “Crawl Home” (The Desert Sessions)
07. The Clash - “Clash City Rockers” (The Essential Clash)
08. Grinderman - “No Pussy Blues” (Grinderman)
09. Joy Division - “Isolation” (Closer)
10. Dead Weather - “A Child Of A Few Hours…” (I Cut Like A Buffalo B side)

Hypnosis

01. Aphex Twin - “Domino” (Selected Ambient Works Vol. II)
02. Barn Owl - “Void and Devotion” (Shadowland)
03. Kyle Bobby Dunn - “Last Minute Jest” (A Young Person’s Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn)
04. Master Musicians of Bukkake - “Bardo Sidpa” (Totem Three)
05. Bvdub - “The Past Disappears” (Tribes at the Temple of Silence)
06. Northworks - “Out” (Northworks)
07. Eluvium - “Indoor Swimming At the Space Station” (Copia)
08. Deaf Center - “The Day I Never Would Have” (Owl Splinters)
09. Keith Fullerton Whitman - “Side B” (Variations For Oud & Synthesizer)
10. Ashra - “Ocean of Tenderness” (New Age of Earth)

Pretty sure this is rock-bottom (god I hope so)

This mixtape comes in parts. You can use the sections individually or listen to it as a whole to help you out of whatever hole you’re in. The first half (tracks 1-10) are sad songs so you can think about where you’re at and your life so far. Tracks 11 and 12 are “transitional” tracks to help you start to move forward. Track 13 is bittersweet in case you are feeling nostalgic. Tracks 14 through 17 are motivational tracks to help remind you of everything you need, want, and deserve, and why it’s worth it to keep going. Tracks 18-20 are cheery songs that you can sing along to when you’re feeling discouraged. I hope it helps. Keep your chin up, you can do this.

01. Laura Stevenson and the Cans – “Nervous Rex” (A Record)
02. Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s – “Broadripple is Burning” (Not Animal)
03. Brand New – “Millstone” (The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me)
04. Kevin Devine – “Just Stay” (Put Your Ghost To Rest)
05. Adele – “Hometown Glory” (19)
06. Balance and Composure – “Weak Man, Weak Boy” (I Just Want To Be Pure)
07. Broken Social Scene – “Lover’s Spit” (You Forgot It In People)
08. Dear & The Headlights – “Try” (Drunk Like Bible Times)
09. Des Ark – “Lord Of The Ring & His Fascist Timekeepers” (Daytrotter Studio 8/16/2011)
10. Bon Iver – “Flume” (Daytrotter Session 7/21/2008)
11. Explosions In The Sky – “First Breath After Coma” (The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place)
12. Magic Man – “South Dakota” (Real Life Color)
13. Gordon Gano’s Army – “First Song” (Self-Titled)
14. Paul Baribeau – “Ten Things” (Grand Ledge)
15. Andrew Jackson Jihad – “Survival Song” (People That Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World)
16. Flobots – “Rise” (Fight With Tools)
17. Kimya Dawson – “Loose Lips” (Remember That I Love You)
18. Watercolor Paintings – “Indiana” (Open Your Mouth)
19. Tegan & Sara – “Back In Your Head” (The Con)
20. Kennedy – “Karate” (Kennedy For President)

Indie Breakup Songs

Indie-rockers describe our pain all too well! The following tape includes songs of pain and heartbreak, and also of just moving the hell on.

01. Superchunk “Detroit Has A Skyline” (Here’s Where the Strings Come In)
02. Carla Bruni - “Those Little Things (Ces Petits Riens)” (Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited)
03. Amazing Baby - “Headdress” (Rewild)
04. The Mountain Goats - “No Children” (Tallahassee)
05. Noah & The Whale - “Blue Skies” (The First Days of Spring)
06. Sebadoh - “Rebound” (Bakesale)
07. Stars - “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” (In Our Bedroom After The War)
08. Pavement - “Spit On A Stranger” (Terror Twilight)
09. J. Mascis - “Seven Shades Of Why” (Seven Shades Of Why)

Realizing modern society had turned you into a mindless, cold, robot.

I was you in high school. I took Adbusters magazines out of the school library. I watched “The Corporation” and got all angry about it. Relax. Deep breaths. There’s still a soul in there somewhere.

01. Daft Punk - “Robot Rock” (Human After All)
02. Radiohead - “Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors” (Amnesiac)
03. The National - “Mistaken For Strangers” (Boxer)
04. Animal Collective - “Lion In A Coma” (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
05. Blitzen Trapper - “Sci-Fi Kid” (Wild Mountain Nation)
06. We Are The City - “Get Happy” (High School)
07. Arcade Fire - “Windowsill” (Neon Bible)
08. LCD Soundsystem - “All I Want” (This Is Happening)
09. Pavement - “At & T” (Wowee Zowee)
10. James Blake - “I Mind” (James Blake)
11. Sufjan Stevens - “Get Real Get Right” (The Age Of Adz)
12. The Flaming Lips - “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1” (Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots)
13. The Flaming Lips - “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 2” (Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots)
14. The Kinks - “Apeman” (Lola vs. Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One)
15. Delta Spirit - “People, Turn Around” (Ode To Sunshine)
16. Andrew Bird - “Not A Robot, But A Ghost” (Noble Beast)

Hot Strawberry Syrup Robots

01. Glassjaw - “Tip Your Bartender” (Worship and Tribute)
02. Russian Circles - “Carpe” (Enter)
03. The Sound of Animals Fighting - “Act IV: You Don’t Need A Witness” (Tiger and The Duke)
04. The Dirty Projectors - “No Intention” (Bitte Orca)
05. Suicidal Tendencies - “Cyco Vision” (Freedumb)
06. The Fall Of Troy - “Problem?!” (Manipulator)
07. Saosin - “Seven Years” (Translating the Name)
08. Coke Vs. Bills - “Bygones Be Bygones”
09. Damiera - “Lessons” (M(US)ic)
10. Unsane - “Committed” (Occupational Hazard)
11. Elvis Costello - “Blame It On Cain” (My Aim Is True)
12. Fishbone - “A Selection” (Fishbone 101)
13. The Mercury Program - “You Yourself Are Too Serious” (A Data Learn The Language)
14. Javelin - “Vibrationz” (No Mas)
15. Justice - “Genesis” (Cross)
16. Maps & Atlases - “Israeli Caves” (Perch Patchwork)
17. Frank Zappa - “Bobby Brown Goes Down” (Sheik Yerbouti)
18. RX Bandits - “Dinna Dawg” (The Resignation)
19. The Samuel Jackson Five - “Easily Misunderstood” (Easily Misunderstood)
20. The Stepkids - “Santos & Ken” (The Stepkids)

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