I’m realizing my boyfriend of 3.5years is not for me, but I’m putting off breaking up with him because I love him, and know the life we could have would be amazing. Mix for confidence to bring myself to do the dirty deed?

I want to run away and join the circus.

I’ll join you.

01. Echo & The Bunnymen - “Bring On The Dancing Horses” (Ballyhoo)
02. Jakob Dylan - “We Don’t Live Here Anymore” (Women & Country)
03. Bruce Springsteen - “Born To Run” (Greatest Hits)
04. The Magnetic Fields - “Born on a Train” (The Charm of The Highway Strip)
05. Modest Mouse - “The World At Large” (Good News for People Who Love Bad News)
06. Coast - “Take A Walk Outside” (The Coast)
07. The Commitments - “Destination Anywhere” (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
08. Bob Seger - “Roll Me Away” (Armageddon)
09. Joel Plaskett - “Drifter Raus” (Three)
10. The Decemberists - “My Mother Was A Chinese Trapese Artist” (Five Songs)

Songs to get me out of bed

A bunch of songs to get you out from under the covers, and off to kick the day’s ass. Short and sweet.

01. The Hold Steady - “Constructive Summer” (Stay Positive)
02. Fountains of Wayne - “Maureen” (Out of State Plates)
03. Go Betty Go - “I’m From LA” (Nothing is More)
04. Selby Tigers - “Droid” (Charm City)
05. Fyfe Dangerfield - “When You Walk Into the Room” (Fly Yellow Moon)
06. The Clash - “Rudie Can’t Fail” (London Calling)
07. Atmosphere - “It Goes” (Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EP’s)
08. Broken Social Scene - “Water in Hell” (Forgiveness Rock Record)

Songs that will make you say WOW

I took “Songs that will make you say WOW” to mean songs that will make you forget about yourself for awhile.

Most of these are pretty melancholy, but I tried to put some more upbeat ones in here too. There’s a disproportionate amount of Canadian content in here and for that I apologize.

01. M83 - “I Guess I’m Floating” (Before The Dawn Heals Us)
02. Buck 65 - “Gee Whiz” (20 Odd Years)
03. Dan Mangan - “Tragic Turn of Events/Move Pen Move” (Roboteering EP) [I didn’t know what to do with my life after I heard this song]
04. The Antlers - “Two” (Hospice)
05. Los Campesinos! - “The Sea Is A Good Place To Think of The Future” (Romance is Boring)
06. LCD Soundsystem - “All My Friends” (Sound of Silver)
07. Kate Bush - “Running Up That Hill” (Hounds of Love) [The Placebo version is also quite good]
08. Foals - “Spanish Sahara” (Total Life Forever)
09. Islands - “I Feel Evil (Creeping In)” (Arm’s Way)
10. Stars - “The Beginning After The End” (In Our Bedroom After The War)
11. The Hold Steady - “Killer Parties” (Almost Killed Me)
12. The Walkmen - “The Rat” (Bows & Arrows)
13. The Rapture - “Pieces Of The People We Love” (Pieces Of The People We Love)
14. Johnny Cash - “One (U2 Cover)” (American III: Solitary Man)
15. The National - “Lucky You” (The Virginia EP)
16. Fink - “See It All” (Sort Of Revolution)
17. The Rural Alberta Advantage - “Two Lovers” (Departing)
18. Joel Plaskett - “Lazy Bones” (Three)
19. Noah & The Whale - “Blue Skies” (The First Days of Spring)
20. Great Lake Swimmers - “Unison Falling Into Harmony” (Lost Channels)

More songs about water.

01. John Hiatt - “Feels Like Rain” (Slow Turning)
02. Bob Dylan - “Buckets of Rain” (Blood on the Tracks)
03. The Beach Boys - “Surf’s Up” (Smile)
04. Mule - “Drown” (Mule)
05. Alice in Chains - “Rain When I Die” (Dirt)
06. Paul Brady - “The Lakes of Pontchartrain” (The Liberty Tapes)
07. Steve Goodman - “Blue Umbrella” (Jessie’s Jigs and Other Favorites)
07. Sam Cooke - “Jesus Gave Me Water” (Portrait of a Legend)
08. Elton John - “Madman Across the Water” (Madman Across the Water)

I want you, no I dont… wait, maybe I do, not sure, I can’t make up my mind…

I made this mix for my sister to summarize her eight year roller coaster on/off relationship with the love of her life.

01. Jack’s Mannequin - “The Mixed Tape” (Everything in Transit)
02. Kim Taylor - “Days Like This” (The Greatest Story)
03. Ingrid Michaelson - “The Way I Am” (Girls and Boys)
04. Adele - “Someone Like You” (21)
05. Civil Twilight - “Letters from the Sky” (Civil Twilight)
06. Jimmy Eat World - “Mixtape” (Invented)
07. Erin McCarley - Pitter-Pat (Love, Save the Empty)
08. Mumford and Sons - “Little Lion Man” (Mumford and Sons)
09. Alanis Morissette - “Not as We” (Flavors of Entanglement)
10. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - “Things I Never Needed” (Grace Potter and the Nocturnals)
11. Sugarland - “Wishing” (Love on the Inside)
12. Trespassers William - “Lie in the Sound” (Different Stars)
13. Jason Mraz - “A Beautiful Mess” (We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.)
14. Train - “Marry Me” (Save Me San Francisco)

Beats For Beating Off

01. Divinyls - “I Touch Myself” (Divinyls)
02. The Vapors - “Turning Japanese” (New Clear Days)
03. Generation X - “Dancing With Myself” (Kiss Me Deadly)
04. Madonna - “Justify My Love” (The Immaculate Collection)
05. Brandon T. Jackson - “I Love Tha Pussy” (Tropic Thunder soundtrack)
06. Chuck Berry - “My Ding-a-Ling” (The London Chuck Berry Sessions)

We’re on different continents. That hurts like fuck.

01. Nick Drake - “Place to be” (Pink Moon)
02. Nico - “These Days” (Chelsea Girl)
03. Bob Dylan - “I Want You” (Blonde on Blonde)
04. Avey Tare - “Laughing Hieroglyphic” (Down There)
05. Wilco - “Radio Cure” (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
06. At the Drive-In - “Hourglass” (In/Casino/Out)
07. Slint - “Good Morning Captain” (Spiderland)
08. The Microphones - “I Felt Your Shape” (The Glow, Pt. 2)
09. American Football - “Stay Home” (American Football)

getting punched in the face then having amazing sex

Hedonism at its absolute finest is getting punched in the face then having amazing sex.

01. Beat Happening - “You Turn Me On” (You Turn Me On)
02. Neutral Milk Hotel - “Naomi” (On Avery Island)
03. Broken Social Scene - “Windsurfing Nation” (Broken Social Scene)
04. Joyce Manor - “Constant Headache” (Joyce Manor)
05. Thanksgiving - “Off With Yr Hat” (Nothing)


Songs that have nothing to do with the likes of love letters and confessions (because who really wants to make a mix with a title like “I love my boyfriend!” or “I just wish we could go back to the way things were”?)

01. The Avett Brothers - “When I Drink” (The Gleam EP)
02. Spoon - “The Way We Get By” (Kill The Moonlight)
03. The Flaming Lips - “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1” (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots)
04. The Weakerthans - “Plea From A Cat Named Virtute” (Reconstruction Site)
05. Arcade Fire - “Month of May” (The Suburbs)
06. The Shins - “So Says I” (Chutes Too Narrow)
07. Middle Brother - “Middle Brother” (Middle Brother)
08. The Decemberists - “Shankill Butchers” (The Crane Wife)
09. Sufjan Stevens - “Sleeping Bear, Sault Ste. Marie” (Michigan)
10. Monsters of Folk - “Baby Boomer” (Monsters of Folk)

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