I’m starting my new life in the big city. I need songs that will give it profound meaning.

01. Bob Dylan - “Hard Times in New York Town” (The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964)
02. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - “I Don’t Want To Go Home” (Havin’ A Party With Southside Johnny)
03. Alexander - “We’re All On This Ship Together” (Global Blending)
04. Mark Keali’li Ho’omalu/Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus - “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” (Lilo and Stitch Original Soundtrack)
05. Electric Light Orchestra - “Calling America” (Balance of Power)
06. Bobby Darin - “Dream Lover” (Bobby Darin Best Of)
07. Francoise Hardy - “Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles” (Tous les garcons et les filles)
08. The Rolling Stones - “Dancing In The Light” (Exile on Main Street)
09. Old Crow Medicine Show - “Cocaine Habit” (Big Iron World)
10. Lou Monte - “Lazy Mary” (Lou Monte Sing for You)
11. Dean Martin - “My Rifle, My Pony and Me” (At The Movies)
12. The Kinks - “Strangers” (Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One)
13. Funkadelic - “Can You Get To That” (Maggot Brain)
14. Van Morrison - “Glad Tidings” (Moondance)

My Girlfriend Is Out of Town for the Summer

I’m not sure if you’re sad about this or elated.

Side A - Sad:
01. Smashing Pumpkins - “Tonight, Tonight” (Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness)
02. The Only Ones - “The Whole of the Law” (The Only Ones)
03. The Beach Boys - “All I Wanna Do” (Sunflower)
04. The Kills - “Last Day of Magic” (Midnight Boom)
05. Animal Collective - “Bluish” (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
06. The xx - “Basic Space” (xx)

Side B - Elated:
01. Mean Jeans - “Born on a Saturday Night” (Are You Serious?)
02. Sleigh Bells - “Riot Rhythm” (Treats)
03. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - “Date With the Night” (Fever To Tell)
04. The Sonics - “Skinny Minnie” (Boom)
05. Black Lips - “Bad Kids” (Good Bad Not Evil)
06. Mean Jeans - “Don’t Stop Partying” (On Mars)

Songs that make me want to drink heavily after a day of heavy drinking

01. MF Doom - “One Beer”
02. Roger Creager - “The Everclear Song”
03. George Thorogood and the Destroyers - “One Bourbon, One Shot, One Beer”
04. Against Me! - “You Look Like I Need A Drink”
05. The Woodshedders - “Vodka Before Breakfast”
06. Drive-by Truckers - “Where The Devil Don’t Stay”
07. Adam Carroll - “Ol’ Milwaukee’s Best”
08. Transplants - “Tall Cans In The Air”
9. Muddy Waters - “Champagne & Reefer”
10. Bob Dylan - “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream”
11. Tom Waits - “Jockey Full Of Bourbon”
12. Bright Eyes - “Drunk Kid Catholic”
13. Merle Haggard - “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink”
14. Afroman - “Colt 40ty Fiva”
15. The Murder City Devils - “Rum To Whiskey”
16. The Reverend Horton Heat - “Bales Of Cocaine”
17. The Tramps - “Whiskey In The Jar”
18. Turnpike Troubadours - “Gin, Smoke, Lies”
19. Josh Bray - “Indian Gin”
20. Amos Milburn - “Let Me Go Home Whiskey”

Somnambulant Gems for Acute Insomniacs

01. Slowdive - “Rutti” (Pygmalion)
02. Aphex Twin - “[track one, disc one]” (Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2)
03. Auburn Lull - “Stockard Drive” (Alone I Admire)
04. Loscil - “Emma” (First Narrows)
05. Grouper - “Stuck” (Dragging a Dead Deer up a Hill)
06. Mazzy Star - “Into Dust” (So Tonight that I Might See)
07. Low - “Shame” (Long Division)
08. Yo La Tengo - “Night Falls on Hoboken” (And then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out)
09. Brightblack - “Ocean Blue” (Ala.Cali.Tucky)
10. Christopher Bissonnette - “The Colonnade” (In Between Words)
11. Erik Satie - “Gymnopedies 1” (Best of Satie)
12. Windy and Carl - “Sunrise” (Antarctica)
13. Angelo Badalamenti - “Moving Through Time” (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me OST)
14. July Skies - “Southern Orchards” (Dreaming of Spires)
15. Slowdive - “Country Rain” (Souvlaki)

Songs to listen to while analyzing the universe

01. Raymond Scott - “Little Miss Echo” (Soothing Sounds for Baby Vol. 3)
02. Harald Grosskopf - “B. Aldrian” (Synthesist)
03. Loops of Your Heart - “End” (And Never Ending Nights)
04. Love Inc. - “Income” (Life’s a Gas)
05. Boards of Canada - “Slow This Bird Down” (The Campfire Headphase)
06. Ash Ra Tempel - “Quasarsphere” (Inventions for Electric Guitar)
07. DJ Spooky - “The Terran Invasion of Alpha Centauri Year 2794” (Songs of a Dead Dreamer)
08. Robag Wruhme - “Thora Vukk” (Thora Vukk)
09. Broken Social Scene - “Feel Good Lost” (Feel Good Lost)
10. Keith Fullerton Whitman - “Feedback Zwei” (Playthroughs)
11. Atlas Sound - “Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel” (Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel)
12. Stars of the Lid - “The Daughters of Quiet Minds” (And Their Refinement of the Decline)
13. Brian Eno - “Drift” (Apollo Atmospheres & Soundtracks

I’m sorta kinda stalking you.

01. Louis XIV - “Stalker” (Slick Dogs and Ponies)
02. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - “Home” (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros)
03. Ima Robot - “Creeps Me Out” (Monument To The Masses)
04. The Dandy Warhols - “We Used to be Friends” (The Dandy Warhols Are Sound)
05. The Black Keys - “Howlin’ For You” (Brothers)
06. Julien-K - “Spiral” (Death to Analog)
07. Coconut Records - “Microphone” (Davy)
08. Silversun Pickups - “Little Lovers So Polite” (Carnavas)
09. Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s - “Shivers (I’ve Got ‘Em” (Not Animal)
10. Incubus - “Love Hurts” (Monuments and Melodies)
11. Radiohead - “Creep” (Pablo Honey)
12. Death Cab for Cutie - “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” (Plans)

My Last Month as an Undergrad

01. The Tallest Man on Earth - “The Wild Hunt” (The Wild Hunt)
02. Smog- “Cold Blooded Old Times” (Knock Knock)
03. The Wrens - “Boys You Won’t Remember” (The Meadowlands)
04. Piglet - “Caramel” (Lava Land EP)
05. Califone - “Mean Little Seed” (Quicksand/Cradlesnakes)
06. Pavement - “Father to a Sister of Thought” (Wowee Zowee)
07. Titus Andronicus - “Theme From ‘Cheers’” (The Monitor)
08. The National - “Fashion Coat” (Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers)
09. Mercury Rev - “Opus 40” (Deserter’s Songs)
10. The Dismemberment Plan - “Superpowers” (Change)
11. Common - “Real People” (Be)
12. The Magnetic Fields - “Take Ecstasy With Me” (Holiday)
13. Braids - “Glass Deers” (Native Speaker)
14. GZA ft. Killah Priest - “B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)” (Liquid Swords)

It’s 3:12 am. Put me to sleep.

These are some songs that I really like that soothe me into sleep pretty well, though maybe they mostly do that because I’m tired. We’ll see how these work for you, I guess.

01. Deerhunter - “He Would Have Laughed” (Halcyon Digest)
02. Nick Drake - “Poor Boy” (Bryter Layter)
03. Asobi Seksu - “Red Sea” (Citrus)
04. Under Byen - “Den Her Sang Handler Om At Fa Det Bedste Ud Af Det” (Samme Stof Som Stof)
05. Cocteau Twins - “Donimo” (Treasure)
06. Beach House - “Irene” (Bloom)
07. Sigur Ros - “Svefn - G - Englar” (Agaetis Byrjun)
08. Windy & Carl - “Balance (Trembling)” (Consciousness)
09. Lindstorm & Prins Thomas - “Cisco” (II)
10. Toro Y Moi - “Elise” (Underneath the Pine)
11. Nagisa Ni Te - “The New World” (Feel)

The Top Eleven 11-Minute Tracks of 2011

01. Trophies - “He Was A Very Foxy Gentleman” (Become Objects Of Daily Use) [Monotype]
02. MV & EE - “No There, There” (Country Stash) [Three Lobed]
03. Diamond Terrifier - “Two Witnesses” [diamondterrifier.com]
04. Sun Araw - “At Delphi” (Ancient Romans) [Sun Ark]
05. Destroyer - “Bay Of Pigs” (Kaputt) [Merge]
06. Gang Gang Dance - “Glass Jar” (Eye Contact) [4AD]
07. Oneida - “Horizon” (Absolute II) [Jagjaguwar]
08. Blues Control & Laraaji - “Light Ships” (FRKWYS Vol. 8) [RVNG]
09. Ben Vida - “Aggregatepulseripper (Damaged IIII)” (Required Wreckers) [Amish]
10. Frieder Butzmann - “In Einem Netzwek” (Wie Zeit Vergeht) [PAN]
11. Arthur Russell - “Make 1, 2 (Gem Spa Dub)” (Let’s Go Swimming) [Audika Records]

[Note: reissues included]

Songs to blast from the car windows on an impromptu beach roadtrip

All of these songs are windows-down-, fast-driving-, hot-weather-, beach-trip-tested and approved!

01. The Ting Tings - “Great DJ”
02. Joel Plaskett Emergency - “Fashionable People”
03. Violent Femmes - “Blister In The Sun”
04. Guards - “Hear You Call”
05. Beck - “Gamma Ray”
06. Datarock - “Fa-Fa-Fa”
07. LCD Soundsystem - “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”
08. The Kleptones - “Life In The E-Pro”
09. Weezer - “Say It Ain’t So”
10. Dinosaur Jr. - “Been There All The Time”
11. The Zutons - “Valerie”
12. The Flaming Lips - “Free Radicals”
13. Spoon - “Don’t You Evah”
14. My Morning Jacket - “Off the Record (Single Edit)”
15. Wolfmother - “Joker & The Thief”
16. The White Stripes - “Fell in Love with a Girl”
17. The Whigs - “Right Hand on My Heart”
18. Rival Sons - “Pressure and Time”
19. The Presidents Of The United States Of America - “Peaches”
20. Girls - “Honey Bunny”
21. She & Him - “In the Sun”
22. Vampire Weekend - “Campus”

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