If the house was on fire, I’d save you last.

01. The Mountain Goats - "No Children" (Tallahassee)

02. Slightly Stoopid - "Fire Shot" (Acoustic Roots: Live and Direct)

03. Cowboy Mouth - "Light It On Fire" (Are You With Me)

04. Nirvana - "Lake of Fire" (MTV Unplugged in New York)... sorry Meat

05. Talking Heads - "Burning Down the House" (Stop Making Sense: Special
New Addition)

06. Bad Religion - "Let It Burn" (The New America)

07. Alkaline Trio - "Burn" (Crimson)

08. Queens of the Stone Age - "Burn the Witch" (Lullabies to Paralyze)

09. And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - "The Rest Will Follow"
(Worlds Apart)

10. Grateful Dead - "Fire on the Mountain" (Shakedown Street)

we have tricked a homophobic future investment banker into thinking my male friend desperately wants

01. The Buzzcocks - "Why Can't I Touch It?" (Singles Going Steady)

02. Pansy Division - "He Whipped My Ass in Tennis (Then I Fucked His Ass in Bed)" (Total Entertainment!)

03. The Caesars - "Jerk It Out" (39 Minutes of Bliss In an Otherwise Meaningless World)

04. CSS - "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above" (Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above [Single])

05. Ladytron - "Flicking Your Switch" (Light & Magic)

06. Interpol - "Hands Away" (Turn on the Bright Lights)

07. Nine Inch Nails - "Closer" (The Downward Spiral)

08. The Halo Benders - "Don't Touch My Bikini" (God Don't Make No Junk)

09. New Order - "Blue Monday" (Power, Corruption & Lies)

10. Soft Cell - "Tainted Love" (Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret)

The desert is full of cowards, and I keep dreaming of the sea

Alright, I was obvious. But a lot of these songs just conjure
nostalgia... and I live by the beach

01. The Shaky Hands - "Sunburns" (The Shaky Hands)
02. The Fruit Bats- "Seaweed" (Mouthfuls)
03. Olivia Tremor Control - "New Day" (Black Foliage: Animation Music,
Vol 1)
04. Badly Drawn Boy - "River, Sea, Ocean" (About a Boy Soundtrack)
05. Beulah - "Calm Go the Wild Seas" (When Your Heartstrings Break)
06. Belle & Sebastian - "Ease Your Feet In the Sea" (The Boy With the
Arab Strap)
07. Destroyer - "Watercolours Into the Ocean" (Destroyer's Rubies)
08. M. Ward - "Big Boat" (Transistor Radio)
09. The Ladybug Transistor - "Like a Summer Rain" (The Albemarle Sound)
10. Tom Jobim and Elis Regina - "Aguas de Marco" (Elis & Tom)
11. Colleen - "The Happy Sea" (The Golden Morning Breaks)

A mix to leave on a table at the neighborhood cafe to introduce someone to your favorite music

01. Nat King Cole - "Nature Boy" (The Greatest Hits)
02. Au Revoir Simone - "Stay Golden" (Verses of Comfort, Assurance, and Salvation)
03. Real Live Tigers - "Riverbeds" (This Is Sometimes A Riverbed)
04. Leonard Cohen - "Famous Blue Raincoat" (Songs of Love and Hate)
05. Tinyfolk - "If I Were An Owl" (Platapeasawallaland: A Rainy-Day Owlbum)
06. Man Man - "Black Mission Goggles" (Six Demon Bag)
07. Per Se - "Adelaide" (PDX Pop Now Compilation 2004)
08. Herman Düne - "I Wish That I Could See You Soon" (Giant)
09. David Bowie - "Young Americans" (Young Americans)
10. The Microphones/Mt. Eerie - "I Whale" (Live Before the Halloween Show 2003)
11. Destroyer - "Farrar, Straus and Giroux" (Streethawk: A Seduction)
12. Port O'Brien - "Tree Bones" (Nowhere To Run)
13. Final Fantasy - "This Lamb Sells Condos" (He Poos Clouds)
14. The Blow - "What Tom Said About The Girls" (Concussive Caress, Or, Casey Caught Her Mom Singing Along With The Vacuum)
15. Jolie Holland - "Darlin' Ukelele" (Escondida)
16. The Sarcastic Dharma Society featuring Thanksgiving - "Red" (Unreleased Track)
17. The Shaky Hands - "Summer's Life" (The Shaky Hands)
18. Liz Isenberg - "Two Weeks ‘Til The Midwest" (Hampshire Songs)
19. Wolf Parade - "Grounds For Divorce" (Apologies to the Queen Mary)
20. I'm From Barcelona - "We're From Barcelona" (Let Me Introduce My Friends)

A mix tape for the night time when you’ve been outside with friends all day and you’re relaxing on a

The 'climax' to this mix is definitely the Mogwai song. If it's a starry night, there's absolutely no song that will describe the night better. I also added some nostalgia (Beatles, Brand New, Filter) because it fits the theme of summer/friends well. Finished with "Time" because it's probably the most adequate closer to an album like this

01. The Shins - "New Slang" (Oh, Inverted World)

02. Brett Dennen - "Ain't No Reason" (So Much More)

03. Explosions in the Sky - "A Song for our Fathers" (How Strange, Innocence)

04. Of Montreal - "Oslo in the Summertime" (The Sunlandic Twins)

05. Brand New - "Soco Amaretto Lime" (Your Favorite Weapon)

06. Filter - "Take a Picture" - (Title of Record)

07. The Beatles - "In My Life" (Rubber Soul)

08. Radiohead - "Subterranean Homesick Alien (OK Computer)

09. Mogwai - "New Paths to Helicon, Part 1" (Government Commissions)

10. Smashing Pumpkins - "1979" (Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness)

11. Zero 7 - "In the Waiting Line" (Simple Things)

12. Pink Floyd - "Time" (Dark Side of the Moon)

dancing in the dark on repeat only does so much; can you capture the feeling in other tunes?

01. Arcade Fire - "Keep That Car Running" (Neon Bible)
02 The Flaming Lips - "It Overtakes Me, The Stars are So Big, I am So Small, Do I Stand a Chance?" (At War With The Mystics)
03. The Smiths - "Cemetry Gates" (The Queen Is Dead)
04. Wolf Parade - "Fancy Claps" (Apologies to the Queen Mary)
05. John Lennon - "Nobody Told Me" (The Very Best of....)
06. Mark Ronson - "Stop Me (Feat. Daniel Merriweather)" (Version)
07. Michael Jackson - "Smooth Criminal" (Bad)
08. My Bloody Valentine - "Only Shallow" (Loveless)
09. Of Montreal - "A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger" (Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?)
10. Paul Simon - "You Can Call Me Al" (Graceland)
11. The Shins - "Red Rabbits" (Wincing The Night Away)
12. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Maps" (Fever to Tell)
13. Bruce Springsteen - "Working on the Highway" (Born In The U.S.A)

Watching the sun set for the very last time.

01. R.E.M. - "Find The River" (Automatic For The People)
02. The Verve - "Velvet Morning" (Urban Hymes)
03. Cowboy Junkies - "River Waltz" (Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes
04. Townes Van Zandt - "Flyin' Shoes" (Flyin' Shoes)
05. Marah - "Leaving" (Float Away - Deconstructed)
06. Juliana Hatfield - "Hole In The Sky" (Made In China)
07. Butch Walker - "State Line" (Letters)
08. Ryan Adams and The Cardinals - "Friends" (Cold Roses)
09. Buffalo Tom - "Scottish Windows" (Smitten)
10. Bright Eyes - "If The Brakeman Turns My Way" (Cassadaga)
11. The Long Winters - "Hindsight" (Putting The Days To Bed)
12. George Harrison - "Art of Dying" (All Things Must Pass)
13. Jeff Buckley - "Eternal Life" (Grace)
14. Tom Waits - "Earth Died Screaming" (Bone Machine)

15. Elvis Presley - "My Way" (This Is Elvis)

i am so high and all i want to do is listen to cool instrumental noises for the next four hours

It's not four hours long, so just stick it on repeat.

01. Sonic Youth - "Intro" (Bad Moon Rising)

02. Black Flag - "The Process of Weeding Out" (The Process of Weeding Out)

03. !!! - "Instinct" (Gold Standard Labs Remix Series Volume 2)

04. Explosions in the Sky - "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We
Slept" (Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall
Live Forever)

05. Neutral Milk Hotel - "Untitled" (In the Aeroplane Over the Sea)

06. Glider - "After the Flight" (Sand From Water EP)

07. Candies - "Our System" (Leaving Our Homes)

08. Modest Mouse - "Custom Concern (Instrumental)" (Moon & Antarctica Bonus

09. Miles Davis - "Bitches Brew" (Bitches Brew)

10. Out Hud - "The L Train is a Swell Train and I Don't Wanna Hear You
Indies Complain" (S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D)

songs that are about love, yet don’t mention love even once.

Ok, Ryan Adam's "Come Pick Me Up" includes a line about 'an old love letter," but not tech. about love

01. The Flying Burrito Brothers - "Hot Burrito No. 1" (The Gilded Palace Of Sin)
02. R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion" (Out Of Time)
03. Buffalo Tom - "Frozen Lake" (Let Me Come Over)
04. Ash - "Shining Light" (Free All Angels)
05. Brandi Carlile - "The Story" (The Story)
06. Ryan Adams - "Come Pick Me Up" (Heartbreaker)
07. Butch Walker - "Mixtape" (Letters)
08. Nickel Creek - "When You Come Back Down" (Nickel Creek)
09. Glen Phillips - "Easier" (Winter Pays For Summer)
10. The Pipettes - "Sex" (We Are The Pipettes)
11. Paul Westerberg - "Runaway Wind" (14 Songs)
12. Marah - "The Apartment" (If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry)

songs that willl finally convince me that i, too, can dance in public

If two separate MJ songs don't do it, nothing will.

01. Sly and the Family Stone - "I Want To Take You Higher" (Greatest Hts)
02. Tom Tom Club - "The Genius of Love" (Tom Tom Club)
03. Jackson 5- "Dancing Machine" (The Ultimate Collection)
04. Sam Cooke - "Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha" (Portrait of a Legend)
05. Kurtis Blow - "The Breaks" (Kurtis Blow)
06. Wilson Pickett - "Soul Dance Number Three" (Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits)
07. New Order - "Temptation" (Trainspotting)
08. Stevie Wonder - "I Was Made to Love Her" (Stevie Wonder: Greatest Hits)
09. T.Rex - "I Love to Boogie" (Great Hits 1972-1977)
10. Michael Jackson - "Remember the Time" (Essential Michael Jackson)
11. Buddy Holly - "Rave On" (Buddy Holly)


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