Im 17, and moving from a very small town in Minnesota to Los Angeles all alone. Help me create a soundtrack to this experience.

Let’s think of this as more of a “Don’t forget about where you came from” mix than an “I’m leaving and never coming back”-type mix. All the artists are either from Minnesota, or have big Minnesota ties. As Slug would say, “Follow the dream doesn’t mean leave the love, roam if you must, but come when you’ve seen enough.”

01. Selby Tigers - “Sidewalk” (Charm City)
02. Husker Du - “Something I Learned Today” (Zen Arcade)
03. The Trashmen - “Surfin’ Bird” (Surfin’ Bird)
04. Prince - “When You Were Mine” (Dirty Mind)
05. The Replacements - “Kiss Me On the Bus” (Tim)
06. P.O.S. - “Meth-head vs. McNugget” (Ipecac Neat)
07. Dessa - “Dixon’s Girl” (A Badly Broken Code)
08. The Jayhawks - “The Man Who Loved Life” (Sound Of Lies)
09. The Baseball Project - “Don’t Call Them Twinkies” (Vol. 2: High And Inside)
10. Bob Dylan - “All Along The Watchtower” (John Wesley Harding)
11. Communist Daughter - “Not The Kid” (Soundtrack To The End)
12. Bash & Pop - “Friday Night Is Killing Me” (Friday Night Is Killing Me)
13. Soul Asylum - “Misery (Live)” (After the Flood: Live From the Grand Forks Prom)
14. Cloud Cult - “That Man Jumped Out The Window” (Advice From The Happy Hippopotamus)
15. Low - “Lust” (The Curtain Hits The Cast)
16. Haley Bonar - “Tiger Boy” (Big Star)
17. Semisonic - “Singing In My Sleep” (Feeling Strangely Free)
18. Motion City Soundtrack - “Perfect Teeth” (I Am The Movie)
19. The Hold Steady - “First Night” (Boys And Girls In America)
20. Atmosphere - “Always Coming Back Home To You” (Seven’s Travels)

Im 17, and moving from a very small town in Minnesota to Los Angeles all alone. Help me create a soundtrack to this experience.

Let’s think of this as more of a “Don’t forget about where you came from” mix than an “I’m leaving and never coming back”-type mix. All the artists are either from Minnesota, or have big Minnesota ties. As Slug would say, “Follow the dream doesn’t mean leave the love, roam if you must, but come when you’ve seen enough.”

01. Selby Tigers - “Sidewalk” (Charm City)
02. Husker Du - “Something I Learned Today” (Zen Arcade)
03. The Trashmen - “Surfin’ Bird” (Surfin’ Bird)
04. Prince - “When You Were Mine” (Dirty Mind)
05. The Replacements - “Kiss Me On the Bus” (Tim)
06. P.O.S. - “Meth-head vs. McNugget” (Ipecac Neat)
07. Dessa - “Dixon’s Girl” (A Badly Broken Code)
08. The Jayhawks - “The Man Who Loved Life” (Sound Of Lies)
09. The Baseball Project - “Don’t Call Them Twinkies” (Vol. 2: High And Inside)
10. Bob Dylan - “All Along The Watchtower” (John Wesley Harding)
11. Communist Daughter - “Not The Kid” (Soundtrack To The End)
12. Bash & Pop - “Friday Night Is Killing Me” (Friday Night Is Killing Me)
13. Soul Asylum - “Misery (Live)” (After the Flood: Live From the Grand Forks Prom)
14. Cloud Cult - “That Man Jumped Out The Window” (Advice From The Happy Hippopotamus)
15. Low - “Lust” (The Curtain Hits The Cast)
16. Haley Bonar - “Tiger Boy” (Big Star)
17. Semisonic - “Singing In My Sleep” (Feeling Strangely Free)
18. Motion City Soundtrack - “Perfect Teeth” (I Am The Movie)
19. The Hold Steady - “First Night” (Boys And Girls In America)
20. Atmosphere - “Always Coming Back Home To You” (Seven’s Travels)

Underrated Beatles Songs

01. The Beatles - “It’s All Too Much” (Yellow Submarine)
02. The Beatles - “And Your Bird Can Sing” (Revolver)
03. The Beatles - “Piggies” (The White Album)
04. The Beatles - “Don’t Bother Me” (With The Beatles)
05. The Beatles - “Yes It Is”
06. The Beatles - “The Night Before” (Help!)
07. The Beatles - “I’m Down” (Help!)
08. The Beatles - “Cry Baby Cry” (The White Album)
09. The Beatles - “Hey Bulldog” (Yellow Submarine)
10. The Beatles - “Dear Prudence” (The White Album)
11. The Beatles - “I Will” (The White Album)
12. The Beatles - “Wait” (Rubber Soul)
13. The Beatles - “Anna” (Go to Him)” (Please Please Me)
14. The Beatles - “Tomorrow Never Knows” (Revolver)
15. The Beatles - “Golden Slumbers” (Abbey Road)

I Hate My Bitchy Roommate and I Need Loud Songs That Will Annoy Her =]

01. Bloodhound Gang - “Bad Touch” (Hooray for Boobies)
02. Autoerotique - “Gladiator (Steve Aoki ft. Dj AM Remix)”
03. Benni Bennassi - “Satisfaction” (Hypnotica)
04. Rebecca Black - “Friday”
05. Cee Lo Green - “Fuck You” (The Lady Killer)
06. Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone - “Ridin’ Dirty” (Ridin’ Dirty)
07. The Chemical Brothers - “Do It Again” (We Are The Night)
08. Crystal Castles - “Xxzxcuzx Me” (Crystal Castles)
09. The Dandy Warhols - “Horse Pills” (Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia)
10. Dirty Phonics - “French Fuck” (Dirty Phonics)
11. Emmure - “10 Signs You Should Leave” (Goodbye To The Gallows)
12. Hadouken! - “M.A.D” (For the Masses)
13. Hugo - “99 Problems” (Old Tyme Religion)
14. Pendulum - “Blood Sugar” (Hold Your Colour)

My friend thinks that the best songs for oppressed outsiders are by Lady Gaga. Please, please, PLEASE help me prove her wrong with a tape full of anthems for the alienated (that don’t suck)!

01. X Ray Spex - “Oh Bondage! Up Yours” (Germ Free Adolescents)
02. The Zombies - “Friends Of Mine” (Odessey and Oracle)
03. Laurie Anderson - “Big Science” (Big Science)
04. Bob Dylan - “Maggie’s Farm” (Bringin It All Back Home)
05. The Avalanches - “Frontier Psychiatry” (Since I Left You)
06. Titus Andronics - “Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ” (The Airing of Grievances)
07. Smog - “Bathysphere” (Wild Love)
08. Howling Bells - “Let’s Be Kids” (Radio Wars)
09. Bjork - “Earth Intruders” (Volta)
10. Morrissey - “To Me You Are a Work of Art” (Ringleader of the Tormentors)
11. The Beach Boys - “I Know there’s an answer” (Pet Sounds)
12. T. Rex - “Ballrooms Of Mars” (The Slider)

Break up with her or quit making love-tapes for me! I have the biggest crush on you, but will not let you cheat on your gf.

Stay strong.

01. Rilo Kiley - “‘85” (Rilo Kiley)
02. Matt Costa - “Oh Dear” (Songs We Sing)
03. The Weepies - “Can’t Go Back Now” (Hideaway)
04. He is We - “Blame it On The Rain” (My Forever)
05. Meiko - “Boys With Girlfriends” (Meiko)
06. Schuyler Fisk - “Hello” (The Good Stuff)
07. Ingrid Michaelson - “Breakable” (Girls and Boys)
08. Noah and the Whale - “Second Lover” (Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down)
09. Ryan Adams - “Come Pick Me Up” (Heartbreaker)
10. KT Tunstall - “Another Place to Fall” (Eye to the Telescope)
11. Erin McCarley - “Blue Suitcase” (Love, Save the Empty)
12. Ben Howard - “Keep Your Head Up” (These Waters)

pregnancy blues

There are a lot of reasons to have the pregnancy blues… these songs represent just some of them.

01. Adam Ant - “Goody Two Shoes” (Friend or Foe)
02. Kings of Leon - “Knocked Up” (Because of the Times)
03. Queen - “Fat Bottomed Girls” (Jazz)
04. Blue October - “Been Down” (Approaching Normal)
05. Arcade Fire - “The Suburbs” (The Suburbs)
06. Black Lips - “Bad Kids” (Good Bad Not Evil)
07. The Fray - “Enough For Now” (The Fray)
08. Joni Mitchell - “Trouble Child” (Court and Spark)
09. Lisa Loeb - “Do You Sleep?” (Tails)
10. Nikka Costa - “So Have I For You” (Everybody Got Their Something)
11. Passion Pit - “Sleepyhead” (Chunk of Change)
12. Regina Spektor - “Braille” (11:11)

Singer-songwriter music for someone striving for a life of solitude in the mountains

For sitting alone on your porch, guitar in hand, surrounded on all sides by mountains and wilderness.

01. Jarrod Gorbel - “How Long” (Ten Years Older)
02. Wilco - “Sky Blue Sky” (Sky Blue Sky)
03. Iron & Wine - “Resurrection Fern” (The Shepherd’s Dog)
04. Bright Eyes - “Lua” (I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning)
05. Azure Ray - “Displaced” (Azure Ray)
06. Elliott Smith - “Angel In The Snow” (New Moon)
07. Good Old War - “My Own Sinking Ship” (Good Old War)
08. Maritime - “The Window Is The Door” (Maritime)
09. Northstar - “Two Zero Two” (Pollyanna)
10. The Morning Benders - “When We’re Apart” (Talking Through Tin Cans)
11. Cassino - “American Low” (Sounds Of Salvation)

As soon as this mixtape ends, I’m going to ask you to be my girlfriend.

;)

01. Rhett Miller - “Question” (The Believer)
02. The Love Language - “Heart to Tell” (Libraries)
03. Jet - “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” (Get Born)
04. Backseat Goodbye - “Hello Yellow” (Nightmares Are For Dreamers)
05. Coconut Records - “Easy Girl” (Nighttiming)
06. Fink - “If I Had a Million” (Sort of Revolution)
07. Better Than Ezra - “Breathless” (Before the Robots)
08. 1990s - “See You At the Lights” (Cookies)
09. Little Joy - “Brand New Start” (Little Joy)
10. Bright Eyes - “First Day of My Life” (I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning)

My hand slipped and I drew an attractive ornamental doodle around the top of an official form for the Department of Homeland Security. What is wrong with my reflexes?

01. The Beatles - “What’s The New Mary Jane” (Anthology 3)
02. Daniel Johnston - “Jelly Beans” (Fun)
03. Culturcide - “Bruce” (Tacky Souvenirs Of Pre-Revoultionary America)
04. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - “Howling At The Moon” (FF>>)
05. The Shaggs - “Who Are Parents?” (Philosophy Of The World)
06. Eyeball Skeleton - “Eyeball Skeleton” (Eyeball Skeleton)
07. The Death Set - “Around the World” (Worldwide)
08. Dan Deacon - “Ohio” (Twacky Cats)
09. The Frogs - “These Are The Finest Boys I’ve Ever Seen” (It’s Only Right And Natural)
10. 3 Stars - “The Jersey Slide” (Home Schooled: The ABCs Of Kid Soul)
11. The Velvet Underground - “Sister Ray” (White Light/White Heat)

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