Midwestern Indie

01. The Hold Steady - “Most People Are DJs” (… Almost Killed Me)
02. Brandtson - “Mexico” (Send Us a Signal)
03. Elliott - “Calm Americans” (False Cathedrals)
04. The Fiery Furnaces - “Birdie Brain” (Blueberry Boat)
05. Maritime - “German Engineering” (We, The Vehicles)
06. The Lyndsay Diaries - “Hold” (Midwestern)
07. Owen - “Bad News” (At Home with Owen)
08. The Lonely Hearts - “Passive Aggressive” (Paper Tapes)
09. My Morning Jacket - “Wordless Chorus” (Z)
10. The Sea and Cake - “On a Letter” (Car Alarm)

No, you fucking idiot, friends with benefits doesn’t work when you both live on opposite sides of the country…

Dudegirl, I know exactly what you mean. Welcome to the world of ambiguous relationships.

01. The Knife- “N.Y. Hotel” (The Knife)
02. Aqueduct- “Unavailable” (Or Give Me Death)
03. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart- “A Teenager in Love” (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart)
04. Jenny Owen Youngs- “Fuck Was I” (Batten the Hatches)
05. Tegan and Sara- “Red Belt” (Sainthood)
06. Crystal Castles ft. Robert Smith- “Not In Love”
07. No Doubt- “Bathwater” (Return Of Saturn)
08. Röyksopp ft. Lykke Li- “Miss It So Much” (Junior)
09. Watercolor Paintings- “Indiana” (Open Your Mouth)
10. Rilo Kiley- “Bulletproof” (Take Offs And Landings)
11. Koop- “Come to Me” (Koop Island 2006)
12. The Airborne Toxic Event- “Does This Mean You’re Moving On?” (Let’s Not Die EP)

I really hate myself right now but I also feel kinda badass about it.

01. Nirvana - “Rape Me” (In Utero)
02. PJ Harvey - “Sheela-Na-Dig” (Dry)
03. Blood Red Shoes - “Keeping It Close” (Fire Like This)
04. Hole - “Samantha” (Nobody’s Daughter)
05. Amanda Palmer - “Leeds United” (Who Killed Amanda Palmer)
06. Dessert Sessions - “Crawl Home” (The Desert Sessions)
07. The Clash - “Clash City Rockers” (The Essential Clash)
08. Grinderman - “No Pussy Blues” (Grinderman)
09. Joy Division - “Isolation” (Closer)
10. Dead Weather - “A Child Of A Few Hours…” (I Cut Like A Buffalo B side)


01. Aphex Twin - “Domino” (Selected Ambient Works Vol. II)
02. Barn Owl - “Void and Devotion” (Shadowland)
03. Kyle Bobby Dunn - “Last Minute Jest” (A Young Person’s Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn)
04. Master Musicians of Bukkake - “Bardo Sidpa” (Totem Three)
05. Bvdub - “The Past Disappears” (Tribes at the Temple of Silence)
06. Northworks - “Out” (Northworks)
07. Eluvium - “Indoor Swimming At the Space Station” (Copia)
08. Deaf Center - “The Day I Never Would Have” (Owl Splinters)
09. Keith Fullerton Whitman - “Side B” (Variations For Oud & Synthesizer)
10. Ashra - “Ocean of Tenderness” (New Age of Earth)

Pretty sure this is rock-bottom (god I hope so)

This mixtape comes in parts. You can use the sections individually or listen to it as a whole to help you out of whatever hole you’re in. The first half (tracks 1-10) are sad songs so you can think about where you’re at and your life so far. Tracks 11 and 12 are “transitional” tracks to help you start to move forward. Track 13 is bittersweet in case you are feeling nostalgic. Tracks 14 through 17 are motivational tracks to help remind you of everything you need, want, and deserve, and why it’s worth it to keep going. Tracks 18-20 are cheery songs that you can sing along to when you’re feeling discouraged. I hope it helps. Keep your chin up, you can do this.

01. Laura Stevenson and the Cans – “Nervous Rex” (A Record)
02. Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s – “Broadripple is Burning” (Not Animal)
03. Brand New – “Millstone” (The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me)
04. Kevin Devine – “Just Stay” (Put Your Ghost To Rest)
05. Adele – “Hometown Glory” (19)
06. Balance and Composure – “Weak Man, Weak Boy” (I Just Want To Be Pure)
07. Broken Social Scene – “Lover’s Spit” (You Forgot It In People)
08. Dear & The Headlights – “Try” (Drunk Like Bible Times)
09. Des Ark – “Lord Of The Ring & His Fascist Timekeepers” (Daytrotter Studio 8/16/2011)
10. Bon Iver – “Flume” (Daytrotter Session 7/21/2008)
11. Explosions In The Sky – “First Breath After Coma” (The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place)
12. Magic Man – “South Dakota” (Real Life Color)
13. Gordon Gano’s Army – “First Song” (Self-Titled)
14. Paul Baribeau – “Ten Things” (Grand Ledge)
15. Andrew Jackson Jihad – “Survival Song” (People That Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World)
16. Flobots – “Rise” (Fight With Tools)
17. Kimya Dawson – “Loose Lips” (Remember That I Love You)
18. Watercolor Paintings – “Indiana” (Open Your Mouth)
19. Tegan & Sara – “Back In Your Head” (The Con)
20. Kennedy – “Karate” (Kennedy For President)

Indie Breakup Songs

Indie-rockers describe our pain all too well! The following tape includes songs of pain and heartbreak, and also of just moving the hell on.

01. Superchunk “Detroit Has A Skyline” (Here’s Where the Strings Come In)
02. Carla Bruni - “Those Little Things (Ces Petits Riens)” (Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited)
03. Amazing Baby - “Headdress” (Rewild)
04. The Mountain Goats - “No Children” (Tallahassee)
05. Noah & The Whale - “Blue Skies” (The First Days of Spring)
06. Sebadoh - “Rebound” (Bakesale)
07. Stars - “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” (In Our Bedroom After The War)
08. Pavement - “Spit On A Stranger” (Terror Twilight)
09. J. Mascis - “Seven Shades Of Why” (Seven Shades Of Why)

Realizing modern society had turned you into a mindless, cold, robot.

I was you in high school. I took Adbusters magazines out of the school library. I watched “The Corporation” and got all angry about it. Relax. Deep breaths. There’s still a soul in there somewhere.

01. Daft Punk - “Robot Rock” (Human After All)
02. Radiohead - “Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors” (Amnesiac)
03. The National - “Mistaken For Strangers” (Boxer)
04. Animal Collective - “Lion In A Coma” (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
05. Blitzen Trapper - “Sci-Fi Kid” (Wild Mountain Nation)
06. We Are The City - “Get Happy” (High School)
07. Arcade Fire - “Windowsill” (Neon Bible)
08. LCD Soundsystem - “All I Want” (This Is Happening)
09. Pavement - “At & T” (Wowee Zowee)
10. James Blake - “I Mind” (James Blake)
11. Sufjan Stevens - “Get Real Get Right” (The Age Of Adz)
12. The Flaming Lips - “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1” (Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots)
13. The Flaming Lips - “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 2” (Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots)
14. The Kinks - “Apeman” (Lola vs. Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One)
15. Delta Spirit - “People, Turn Around” (Ode To Sunshine)
16. Andrew Bird - “Not A Robot, But A Ghost” (Noble Beast)

Hot Strawberry Syrup Robots

01. Glassjaw - “Tip Your Bartender” (Worship and Tribute)
02. Russian Circles - “Carpe” (Enter)
03. The Sound of Animals Fighting - “Act IV: You Don’t Need A Witness” (Tiger and The Duke)
04. The Dirty Projectors - “No Intention” (Bitte Orca)
05. Suicidal Tendencies - “Cyco Vision” (Freedumb)
06. The Fall Of Troy - “Problem?!” (Manipulator)
07. Saosin - “Seven Years” (Translating the Name)
08. Coke Vs. Bills - “Bygones Be Bygones”
09. Damiera - “Lessons” (M(US)ic)
10. Unsane - “Committed” (Occupational Hazard)
11. Elvis Costello - “Blame It On Cain” (My Aim Is True)
12. Fishbone - “A Selection” (Fishbone 101)
13. The Mercury Program - “You Yourself Are Too Serious” (A Data Learn The Language)
14. Javelin - “Vibrationz” (No Mas)
15. Justice - “Genesis” (Cross)
16. Maps & Atlases - “Israeli Caves” (Perch Patchwork)
17. Frank Zappa - “Bobby Brown Goes Down” (Sheik Yerbouti)
18. RX Bandits - “Dinna Dawg” (The Resignation)
19. The Samuel Jackson Five - “Easily Misunderstood” (Easily Misunderstood)
20. The Stepkids - “Santos & Ken” (The Stepkids)

Cigarettes and Coffee on a Rainy Day

01. Ella Fitzgerald - “Black Coffee” (Things Ain’t What They Used to Be)
02. John Martyn - “Solid air” (Solid Air)
03. Tom Waits - “Tango ‘till They’re Sore” (Rain Dogs)
04. Jolie Holland - “Old Fashioned Morphine” (Escondida)
05. John Martyn - “Cocain” (London Conversation)
06. Frank Sinatra - “Mood Indigo” (In the Wee Small Hours)
07. Tom Waits - “Warm beer Cold Women” (Nighthawks at the Diner)
08. Thelonious Monk - “‘Round Midnight” (Thelonious Himself)
09. Billie Holiday - “Stormy Weather”
10. Miles Davis - “So What” (Kind of Blue)

I’m a horny 17-year-old virgin

01. Bikini Kill - “I Like Fucking” (The Singles)
02. Guitar Wolf - “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (Planet Of The Wolves)
03. The Rolling Stones - “Where The Boys Go” (Emotional Rescue)
04. Mount Eerie - “Mystery Language” (Song Islands, Vol. 2)
05. Broken Social Scene - “Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl” (You Forgot It In People)
06. Blink-182 - “Anthem” (Enema Of The State)
07. Los Campesinos! - “Plan A” (Romance Is Boring)
08. Hello Astronaut Goodby Television - “Skate Or Die” (Pixelated Math Costumes)


09. The Jesus and Mary Chain - “Just Like Honey” (Psychocandy)
10. Mi Ami - “Latin Lover” (Steal Your Face)
11. Dr. Octagon - “Girl Let Me Touch You” (Dr. Octagonecologyst)
12. Arab On Radar - “Semen On The Mount” (Yahweh Or The Highway)
13. Marnie Stern - “The Crippled Jazzer” (This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That)
14. Liquor Store - “Manchild In Paradise” (Yeah Buddy!)
15. Whatever Brains - “The Future Of Porn” (Whatever Brains)
16. The Wrens - “Built In Girls” (Secaucus)
17. Team Dresch - “Growing Up In Springfield” (Personal Best)
18. Japandroids - “Wet Hair” (Post-Nothing)

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