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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”

Songs for Urban Exploration

01. Pomegranates - “Heaven” (Heaven)
02. Real Estate - “Green Aisles” (Days)
03. Bonobo - “Kiara” (Black Sands)
04. Toro Y Moi - “Talamak” (Causers of This)
05. Atmosphere - “Sound is Vibration” (Overcast!)
06. Oberhofer - “Away Frm U” (o0Oo0Oo)
07. Local Natives - “Wide Eyes” (Gorilla Manor)
09. Loyal Divide - “Vision Vision” (Bodice Ripper)
10. WHY? - “Song of the Sad Assassin” (Alopecia)
11. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - “FFunny FFrends” (Unknown Mortal Orchestra)
12. The Radio Dept. - “Heaven’s on Fire” (Clinging to a Scheme)
13. Fool’s Gold - “Surprise Hotel” (Fool’s Gold)

Best Album-Closers of All-Time Mix Tape

Some of these I’d say are indubitably the best album closers ever (i.e., the first three listed), but most are just what I personally consider great closers. Please excuse the rock leanings.

01. Slint - “Good Morning, Captain” (Spiderland)
02. The Beatles - “Tomorrow Never Knows” (Revolver)
03. Yes - “Heart Of The Sunrise” (Fragile)
04. The Dismemberment Plan - “Back And Forth” (Emergency & I)
05. Real Estate - “All The Same” (Days)
06. The Joggers - “Same To You” (Solid Guild)
07. Fugazi - “Last Chance For A Slow Dance” (In On The Kill Taker)
08. Cocteau Twins - “Frou Frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires” (Heaven Or Las Vegas)
09. Mogwai - “Secret Pint” (Rock Action)
10. Clinic - “Goodnight Georgie” (Internal Wrangler)

Amazing songs that feature Thom Yorke but are not by Radiohead, except for one notable exception

01. Flying Lotus - “…And The World Laughs With You” (Cosmogramma)
02. Bjork - “I’ve Seen It All” (Selmasongs)
03. Sparklehorse - “Wish You Were Here” (Maria’s Little Elbows)
04. Venus In Furs - “2HB” (Velvet Goldmine OST)
05. PJ Harvey - “This Mess We’re In” (Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea)
06. Thom Yorke - “Harrowdown Hill” (The Eraser)
07. Modeselektor - “Shipwreck” (Monkeytown)
08. Thom Yorke - “Black Swan” (The Eraser)
09. Radiohead - “Reckoner” (In Rainbows)
10. UNKLE - “Rabbit In Your Headlights” (Psyence Fiction)

Music for reading the Bible out loud (and sounding like a total badass while doing so)

01. The Band - “The Weight”
02. Sigur Rós - “Glósóli”
03. Matisyahu - “Silence”
04. MGMT - “Someone’s Missing”
05. Imagine Dragons - “It’s Time”
06. Passion Pit - “The Reeling”
07. Iron & Wine - “Muddy Hymnal”
08. Mumford & Sons - “Awake My Soul”
09. Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues - “Amazing Grace”

I am moving to Chicago and have intensely mixed feelings for the move.

I am from outside of Chicago, but spent much of my time in the city in my formative years. I decided to move away this Spring. I have intensely mixed feelings about that, but I miss Illinois and Chicago like crazy. I know what it’s like to go to Chicago with mixed feelings and not knowing what to expect anymore.

Some love for Chicago artists but not exclusively. I could make a Chicago-themed mixtape without that Wilco song, but I’d be kidding myself, you, and Dads everywhere. I hope your move goes well!

01. Shabazz Palaces - “Are you… Can you… Were you (Felt)” (Black Up)
02. Bobby Conn - “Never Get Ahead” (Bobby Conn)
03. PJ Harvey - “Dry” (Rid of Me)
04. The Smashing Pumpkins - “Obscured” (Pisces Iscariot)
05. Slum Village - “Fall N Love” (Fantastic, Vol. 2)
06. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - “Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)” (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
07. Boris - “Flood II” (Flood)
08. Tortoise - “I Set My Face to the Hillside” (TNT)
09. Broken Social Scene - “Mossbraker” (Feel Good Lost)
10. Beck - “Jackass” (Odelay)
11. Wilco - “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
12. Julianna Barwick - “Envelop” (The Magic Place)

I need to prepare for zombies.

01. The Creepshow - “Zombies Ate Her Brain” (Sell Your Soul)
02. Micheal Jackson - “Thriller” (Thriller)
03. Sek - “Living Dead Beats”
04. Voltaire - “Zombie Prostitute” (Ooky Spooky)
05. Jonathan Coulton - “RE: Your Brains” (Thing a Week 2)
06. Kingston Trio - “Zombie Jamboree” (Stereo Concert)
07. Kirby Krackle - “Zombie Apocalypse” (Kirby Krackle)
08. Kirby Krackle - “Zombie Apocalypse” (Super-Powered Love)
09. Lemon Demon - “Bad Idea”
10. Creature Feature - “Aim For The Head” (A Gorey Demise)
11. R.E.M - “End of the World As We Know It” (Document)
12. Zombie Apocalypse - “Tale Told By A Dead Man” (Send More Paramedics)
13. Mortician - “Zombie Apocalypse”
14. Memphis - “Incredibly Drunk On Whiskey” (A Place in The Wilderness)
15. Sufjan Stevens - “They Are Night Zombies!”
16. The Cranberries - “Zombie”
17. Nellie McKay - “Zombie”
18. Drowning Pool - “Let The Bodies Hit The Floor”

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