& in that moment, i swear we were infinite.

These songs make me feel infinite.

A-Side (Alone):
01. Deerhunter - “Strange Lights” (Cryptograms)
02. Arcade Fire - “Brazil” (Cold Wind/Brazil)
03. Seu Jorge - “Life on Mars” (Life Aquatic Studio Sessions)
04. Sigur Rós - “Starálfur” (Ágætis byrjun)
05. Björk - “Unravel” (Homogenic)
06. Pavarotti - “Vesti la Giubba” (The Essential Pavarotti)
07. The Velvet Teen - “Red, Like Roses” (Out of the Fierce Parade) [Just wait until he starts belting it.]

B-Side (With Friends):
01. The Kinks - “Come Dancing” (State of Confusion)
02. The Pixies - “Debaser” (Death to the Pixies)
03. The Rolling Stones - “Ruby Tuesday” (Between the Buttons)
04. The Smiths - “Bigmouth Strikes Again” (The Queen is Dead)
05. The Zombies - “The Time of the Season”(Odessey & Oracle)
06. TV on the Radio - “Red Dress” (Dear Science)
07. Modest Mouse - “Black Cadillac” (Good News for People Who Love Bad News) [Have a drink on a rooftop and yell for a bit.]

Songs for Insomnia

I am not exactly sure what made me think these particular set of songs is fit for insomniacs. Some are lullabies, some have sleepy titles, but mostly they are all quiet and dreamy. I hope it works, and don’t let the bed bugs, you know, do whatever it is they do.

01. Rio En Medio - “Everyone Is Someone’s” (The Bride Of Dynamite)
02. Antony & the Johnsons - “Soft Black Stars” (I Fell In Love With A Dead Boy EP)
03. Current 93 feat. Nick Cave - “All The Pretty Little Horses” (All The Pretty Little Horses)
04. Julee Cruise - “Into The Night” (Floating Into The Night)
05. Tom Waits - “Watch Her Disappear” (Alice)
06. Bat for Lashes feat. Scott Walker - “The Big Sleep” (Two Suns)
07. Bon Iver - “Flume” (For Emma, Forever Ago)
08. Iron and Wine - “Naked As We Came” (Our Endless Numbered Days)
09. Hope Sandoval - “Untitled” (Bavarian Fruit Bread)
10. Devendra Banhart - “Luna De Margarita” (Cripple Crow)
11. Joan Baez - “So We’ll Go No More A-Roving” (Joan Baez 5)
12. Joanna Newsom - “‘81” (Have One On Me)
13. Vashti Bunyan - “Rose Hip November” (Just Another Diamond Day)
14. Marissa Nadler - “Silvia” (Songs III: Bird On The Water)
15. Leonard Cohen - “Famous Blue Raincoat” (Songs Of Love And Hate)
16. Fabrizio De Andre & Luvi De Andre- “Geordie” (In Concerto)
17. Georges Moustaki - “Le Facteur” (Le Meteque)
18. Manos Hadjidakis & the New York Rock and Roll Ensemble - “Bitter Song” (Reflections)
19. Vangelis - “La Petite Fille De La Mer” (Portrait)

I love you, but I have a boyfriend and he won’t let me go

01. Scritti Politti - “The Sweetest Girl” (Songs to Remember)
02. Gregory Isaacs - “All I Have is Love” (All I Have Is Love)
03. Desire - “Oxygene” (II)
04. Amen Dunes - “Diane” (Murder Dull Mind EP)
05. Leonard Cohen - “Lover Lover Lover” (New Skin for the Old Ceremony)
06. The Movies - “Scary Footsteps”
07. Arthur Russell - “That’s Us/Wild Combination” (Calling Out of Context)
08. Klaus Nomi - “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (Encore!)
09. Field Mice - “That’s All This Is” (Snowball + Singles)
10. Abe Vigoda - “Wild Heart” (Reviver EP)

Songs with Long Titles

01. The Beatles - “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey” (White Album)
02. Don Caballero - “In the Absence of Strong Evidence to the Contrary, One May Step Out of the Way of the Charging Bull” (What Burns Never Returns)
03. Walter Smith - “The Cat’s Got the Measles, the Dog’s Got the Whooping Cough” (Good for What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows, 1926-1937)
04. Tortoise - “In Sarah, Mencken, Christ And Beethoven There Were Women And Men” (TNT)
05. Sufjan Stevens - “The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders, Pt. I: The Great Frontier / Pt. II: Come to Me Only With Playthings Now” (Illinoise)
06. Miles Davis - “On the Corner / New York Girl / Thinkin’ of One Thing and Doin’ Another / Vote for Miles” (On the Corner)
07. Lester Bangs and the Delinquents - “Life Is Not Worth Living And Suicide Is A Waste Of Time” (Jook Savages on the Brazos)
08. Tiny Tim - “Ever Since You Told Me That You Love Me (I’m A Nut)” (God Bless Tiny Tim)
09. Rumah Sakit - “Stomacheache Due To Sincere Belief That The Rest Of My Band Is Trying To Kill Me” (Rumah Sakit)
10. Faces - “You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (Even Take the Dog for a Walk, Mend a Fuse, Fold Away the Ironing Board, or Any Other Domestic Short Comings)” (The Best of Faces: Good Boys When They’re Asleep)
11. Elizabeth Cotten - “Here Old Rattler Here / Sent for My Fiddle Sent for My Bow (Sent for My Fiddle Sent for My Son) / Georgia Buck” (Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes)
12. Them, Roaringtwenties - “One Always Looks Neat in a Hat Made of Meat” (Future Sandwich)
13. Greenness - “In Fond Remembrance Of Doug Keith…Wait He’s Still Alive, I Gotta Call Him” (Howard Hello / Greenness)
14. The Fugs - “In The Middle Of Their First Recording Session the Fugs Sign the Worst Contract since Leadbelly’s” (First Album)
15. The Sea and Cake - “A Man Who Never Sees A Pretty Girl That He Doesn’t Love Her A Little” (Nassau)
16. Hey!Tonal - “The Best Way to Say Goodbye is with a Slient Ride off into the Sunset…or on a Boat or Something” (Hey!Tonal)
17. Funkadelic - “Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The DooDoo Chasers)” (One Nation Under a Groove)
18. Grateful Dead - “Terrapin Station Part 1: I. Lady With a Fan, II. Terrapin Station, III. Terrapin, IV. Terrapin Transit, V. At a Siding, VI. Terrapin Flyer, VII. Refrain” (Terrapin Station)

I am a 34-year-old college sophomore

…and I’m a 28-year-old senior. Cheers, mate! (There are some songs that are suposed to make you feel cool about that.)

01. Blink-182 - “What’s My Age Again” (Enema of the state)
02. Datarock - “Fa Fa Fa” (Datarock)
03. Girls - “Lust for life” (Album)
04. The National - “Mistaken for strangers” (Boxer)
05. Beastie Boys - “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)” (Licensed to ill)
06. Bruce Springsteen - “Working on a dream” (Working on a dream)
07. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - “Bring it on” (Nocturama)
08. Sex Pistols - “My Way” (The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle )

Songs Telling Awesome Stories

01. Tom Waits - “Invitation to the blues” (Small change)
02. Leonard Cohen - “Famous blue raincoat” (Songs of love and hate)
03. Bob Dylan - “Boots of Spanish leather” (The times they are a-changing)
04. Bruce Springsteen - “The river” (The river)
05. Fabrizio De Andre - “La guerra di Piero” (Vol. 3)
06. Simon & Garfunkel - “The boxer” (Bridge over troubled water)
07. Joan Baez - “Man of constant sorrow” (Very early Joan)
08. Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra - “Summer wine” (Fairytales & fantasies: The best of Nancy & Lee)
09. David Bowie - “Lady grinning soul” (Aladdin Sane)
10. The Divine Comedy - “A lady of a certain age” (Victory for the comic muse)
11. Manos Hadjidakis & the New York Rock & Roll Ensemble - “Kemal” (Reflections)
12. Serge Gainsbourg - “Ballade de Melody Nelson” (Histoire de Melody Nelson)
13. The Flaming Lips - “Yoshimi battles the pink robots, pt. 1” (Yoshimi battles the pink robots)
14. Belle & Sebastian - “Sukie in the graveyard” (The life pursuit)
15. Silver Jews - “Aloyisius, bluegrass drummer” (Lookout mountain, lookout sea)
16. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - “Song of Joy” (Murder ballads)
17. Johnny Cash - “A Boy named Sue” (At San Quentin)


Celebration means black music (at least to me), so this is basically a wonderful excuse to put together some rhythm and blues, gospel, country blues, jazz, and hip-hop, not to mention as many versions of my favorite spiritual I could think of and three vocal performances by the one and only Mavis Staples.

01. Stevie Wonder – “Signed Sealed Delivered (I’m Yours)” (Signed Sealed Delivered)
02. Mississippi Fred McDowell – “Glory Hallelujah” (Live At The Mayfair Hotel)
03. The Neville Brothers – “Big Chief” (Lightnin’ In A Bottle: A One Night History Of The Blues)
04. T-Model Ford – “Let The Church Roll On” (Bad Man)
05. Charles Mingus – “Better Get Hit In Yo’ Soul” (Mingus Ah Um)
06. The Pogues – “Sunny Side Of The Street” (Hell’s Ditch)
07. Digable Planets – “Where I’m From” (Reachin’: A New Refutation Of Time And Space)
08. Dr John (with Mavis Staples) – “Lay My Burden Down” (N’awlinz: Dis Dat Or D’udda)
09. Bruce Springsteen – “Night” (Born To Run)
10. Jurassic 5 – “Action Satisfaction” (Jurassic 5 LP)
11. Otha Turner & The Rising Star Fife And Drum Band – “Glory Glory Hallelujah” (Everybody Hollerin’ Goat)
12. Joseph Spence – “Glory Glory Hallelujah” (The Complete Folkways Recordings)
13. The Staples Singers – “I’ll Take You There” (Be Altitude: Respect Yourself)
14. The Staple Singers – “Glory Glory Hallelujah” (Freedom Highway)

I am not a witch. I’m you.

There really aren’t enough songs about drunk ladybugs who oppose -tions (abortion, evolution, and masturbation) who love the Lord.

01. Leonard Cohen - “The Future” (The Future)
02. Donovan - “Season of the Witch” (sunshine superman)
03. The Animals - “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” (single)
04. The DiVinyls - “I touch myself” (Divinyls)
05. Danzig - “Her Black Wings” (Danzig II: Lucifuge)
06. Traditional - “Ladybug, ladybug” (nursery rhyme)
07. The Kinks - “Wicked Annabella” (The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society)
08. The Sex Pistols - “Bodies” (Nevermind the Bollocks, here are the sex Pistols)
08. Madonna - “Like a Virgin” (Like a Virgin)
09. Devo - “Jocko Homo” (Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!)
10. Billy Idol - “Dancing with myself” (Kiss me Deadly)
11. Sufjan Stevens - “Vito’s Ordination song” (Michigan)
12. Little Cindy - “Happy Birthday Jesus” (A John Waters Christmas)
13. Leona Lewis - “I’m You” (Spirit)

Nobody gets less laid than me

This mix starts off kinda bawdy, then turns soft, and finally ends with a sob. This is intended to mimic the emotional process of facing the reality that you may never, in fact, get laid again. Welcome to my hell, friend.

01. Grinderman “No Pussy Blues” (Grinderman)
02. Bloodhound Gang “Bad Touch” (Hooray for Boobies)
03. Liz Phair “Flower” Exile in Guyville
04. The Beatles “Why Don’t We Do it In the Road” (The Beatles)
05. Bo Diddley “Bo Diddley” (Bo Diddley)
06. Mirah “Engine Heart” (You Think Its like this but its really like this)
07. Al Green “Tired of Being Alone” (Al Green Gets Next to You)
08. Bright Eyes “If Winter Ends” (Letting Off the Happiness)
09. Jeff Buckley “Hallelujah” (Grace)

Mixtape to listen to while reading year-end lists


01. Future Islands - “Swept Inside” (In Evening Air)
02. Disappears - “Marigold” (Lux)
03. Dustin Wong - “Sister” (Infinite Love)
04. Here We Go Magic - “Vegetable or Native” (Pigeons)
05. Shugo Tokumaru - “Lahaha” (Port Entropy)
06. Magic Lantern - “Dark Cicadas” (Platoon)
07. Sun City Girls - “Ben’s Radio” (Funeral Mariachi)
08. The Books - “Group Autogenics II” (The Way Out)
09. Avocado Happy Hour - “Daytime Television” (Easy Listening Cassette)
10. Sun Araw - “The Stakeout” (On Patrol)
11. Women - “Locust Valley” (Public Strain)
12. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - “Reminiscences” (Before Today)

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