I’m on the precipice of the biggest success of my life, tomorrow my world is about to change, but tonight I’m lying awake and afraid.

It is 3 in the afternoon, the sun is gone, the sky is gloomy, and it is about to rain.

This might be the kind of thing you would listen to if you were driving on some lonesome highway where you could see the horizon for miles. You’d drive right into the thunderstorm — which you could see brewing from afar — then cranking this up and going with it. It’s a bit moody, but hey — rain is depressing.

01. Neil Young - “See The Sky About To Rain” (On The Beach)
02. Neon Indian - “Terminally Chill” (Psychic Chasms)
03. Yo La Tengo - “You Can Have It All” (And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out)
04. Galaxie 500 - “Blue Thunder” (On Fire)
05. Caribou - “Melody Day” (Andorra)
06. Broken Social Scene - “Superconnected” (Broken Social Scene)
07. Violent Femmes - “I Hear The Rain” (Hallowed Ground)
08. Queens of the Stone Age - “The Sky Is Fallin’” (Songs For The Deaf)
09. Dungen - “Ta Det Lugnt” (Ta Det Lugnt)
10. The Beta Band - “Inner Meet Me” (The Three E.P.’S)
11. The Byrds - “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better” (Greatest Hits)
12. Uncle Tupelo - “Sandusky” (March 16-20 1992)
13. My Morning Jacket - “Golden” (It Still Moves)
14. Credence Clearwater Revisited - “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” (Chronicle, Vol. 1)

Songs for a Modern Incarnation of Lady Brett Ashley

01. The Bird and the Bee - “Maneater” (Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates)
02. The Like - “Fair Game” (Release Me)
03. Anya Marina - “Whatever You Like” (Whatever You Like [Digital 45])
04. Metric - “Poster of a Girl” (Live It Out)
05. The Blow - “Pile of Gold” (Paper Television)
06. Jenny Owen Youngs - “Secrets” (Transmitter Failure)
07. Dntel - “Roll On” (Dumb Luck)
08. Regina Spektor - “One More Time With Feeling” (Far)

As a biology major, I mostly only listen to music while studying. So give me some good music to keep me focused.

01. Jim O’Rourke - “94 The Long Way” (Bad Timing)
02. Kraftwerk - “Tanzmusik” (Ralf and Florian)
03. Steve Reich - “Electric Counterpoint” (Different Trains)
04. Cave - “Hunt Like Devil” (Hunt Like Devil)
05. The Books - “Tokyo” (The Lemon of Pink)
06. Battles - “B+T” (EP C / B EP)
07. Adem - “Gamera” (Takes)
08. Loose Fur - “An Ecumenial Manner” (Loose Fur)
09. Cluster - “Hollywood” (Zuckerzeit)
10. El Ten Eleven - “Marriage Is The New Going Steady” (It’s Still Like A Secret)
11. Neu - “Fur Immer” (2)
12. John Fahey - “John Henry” (The Legend of Blind Joe Death)
13. Can - “Bel Air” (Future Days)
14. Mark McGuire - “Along The Coral Reef” (Tidings/Amethyst Waves)
15. Mogwai - “Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home” (Young Team)

Songs to make my mind-numingly boring job seem lots more fun.

01. Kasabian - “L.S.F. Lost Souls Forever” (Kasabian)
02. Middle Class Rut - “I Guess You Could Say” (No Name No Color)
03. Dogs Die in Hot Cars - “Lounger” (Please Describe Yourself)
04. White Rabbits - “While We Go Dancing” (Thieves Be Damned!)
05. The Limousines - “Very Busy People” (Get Sharp)
06. Deaf Pedestrians - “I Hate This Place” (We’re All Gonna Die)
07. Kind of Like Spitting - “Crossover Potential” (Bridges Worth Burning)
08. The Zutons - “How Does it Feel” (Tired of Hanging Around)
09. Local Natives - “Who Knows Who Cares” (Gorilla Manor)
10. The Dismemberment Plan - “A Life of Possibilities” (Gorilla Manor)
11. Surfer Blood - “Floating Vibes” (Astro Coast)
12. Atom and His Package - “I’m Downright Amazed at What I Can Destroy With Just A Hammer” (Hamburgers)
13. NazcarNation - “Beeswax” (NazcarNation)
14. Planet Smashers - “Too Much Attitude” (Life of the Party)
15. Larrkin Love - “Meet Me By The Getaway Car” (The Freedom Spark)
16. Uh Huh Her - “Dance With Me” (Common Reaction)
17. Bishi - “Never Seen Your Face” (BitPop EP)

I hate that you didn’t feel the way I felt and that you aren’t hurt the way I’m hurt.

Aww, sorry kid. Have a good wallow in some of these mood pieces. Just let it all out. Then skip to the last track and gear up to take on the world again. Chin up!

01. Swans - “Animus” (Soundtracks for the Blind)
02. Julian Fane - “In Space” (Special Forces)
03. Nest - “Far From Land” (Retold)
04. Grouper - “Heavy Water / I’d Rather Be Sleeping” (Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill)
05. Forest Swords - “If Your Girl” (Dagger Paths)
06. Riya - “Seems Like” (Seems Like / The Cycle)
07. The Internal Tulips - “Talking Hoshizaki Blues” (Mislead Into a Field by a Deformed Deer)
08. µ-ziq - “Goodbye, Goodbye” (Royal Astronomy)
09. Coil - “Going Up” (The Ape of Naples)
10. Iggy Pop - “Success” (Lust for Life)

I can’t wait to move in with you even though we’re both poor from college.

01. Talking Heads - “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” (Speaking in Tongues)
02. Richard Hawley - “Tonight the Streets Are Ours” (Lady’s Bridge)
03. Smog - “Let’s Move to the Country” (Knock Knock)
04. Arthur Russel - “That’s Us / Wild Combination” (Calling Out of Context)
05. Neil Young - “Cinnamon Girl” (Everybody Knows This is Nowhere)
06. Beach Boys - “Wouldn’t it Be Nice?” (Pet Sounds)
07. Frightened Rabbit - “Old Old Fashioned” (The Midnight Organ Fight)
08. Jens Lekman - “Your Arms Around Me” (Night Falls Over Kortedala)

Fuck you, in a folky way.

01. Phil Ochs – “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” (I Ain’t Marching Anymore)
02. Smog – “Dress Sexy At My Funeral” (Dongs of Sevotion)
03. Bob Dylan – “Don’t Rhink Twice, It’s All Right” (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)
04. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “Death To Everyone” (I See A Darkness)
05. Billy Bragg – “Valentine’s Day Is Over” (Workers Playtime)
06. Songs: Ohia – “Almost Was Good Enough” (The Magnolia Electric Co.)
07. Joan Baez – “It Ain’t Me Babe” (Joan Baez/5)
08. Joanna Newsom – “Does Not Suffice” (Have One On Me)
09. Woody Guthrie – “This Land Is Your Land” (The Asche Recordings, Vol. 1)
10.The Carter Family – “No Depression in Heaven” (The Best Of)

songs about not knowing how to love, and hurting a girl without wanting to do so

You knew pretty well what you were doing. Don’t pretend you’re innocent now. You are important to her and that means that every word and every action has the potential to hurt her. Everything has a meaning.

01. Antonio Orozco - “Devuélveme la Vida” (Devuélveme la Vida)
02. Pambo - “Perdón” (Voces por Haití)
03. Shakira ft. Santana - “Illegal” (Oral Fixation Vol. 1)
04. Westlife - “Fool Again” (Westlife)
05. Dar Williams - “If I Wrote You” (End Of The Summer)
06. Josh Ritter - “You Don’t Make It Easy Babe” (Hello Starling)
07. Annie Lennox - “Waiting In Vain” (Medusa)
08. León Polar - “Déjalo” (L.P.)
09. Julieta Venegas - “Me Voy” (Limon y Sal)
10. Dar Williams - “Iowa” (Mortal City)
11. Dashboard Confessional - “Vindicated” (Dusk and Summer)

Quiet songs while the kids are painting

01. Brian Eno - “1/1” (Ambient 1: Music For Airports)
02. Sun Araw - “Ma Halo” (On Patrol)
03. Aerial M - “Dazed and Awake” (As Performed by Aerial M)
04. Vashti Bunyan - “Timothy Grubs” (Just Another Diamond Day)
05. Nick Drake - “Things Behind The Sun” (Pink Moon)
06. Harmonia - “Deluxe (Immer Wieder)” (Deluxe)
07. Aphex Twin - “Avril 14th” (Drukqs)
08. Shugo Tokumaru - “Wedding” (Exit)
09. Sun Kil Moon - “Carry Me Ohio” (Ghosts Of The Great Highway)
10. The Velvet Underground - “After Hours” (The Velvet Underground)
11. Washington Phillips - “Lift Him Up That’s All” (The Key To The Kingdom)
12. Four Tet - “Circling” (There Is Love In You)

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