Music to float in the middle of ocean with strangers to

01. Spectral Display - “Dying Whale” (Too Much Like Me)
02. John Martyn - “Solid Air” (Solid Air)
03. Peter Baumann - “White Bench And Black Beach” (Trans Harmonic Nights)
04. Talk Talk - “For What It’s Worth” (Living In Another World 12)
05. Steve Hillage - “Talking To The Sun” (Live Herald)
06. Zilverzufarn - “Panama” (Panama)
07. XTC - “A Dictionary Of Modern Marriage” (Go+ #12)

I’ve been told I should be proud of living in the Twin Cities; someone needs to show me how

Most people in the city will be familiar with a lot of this, but I wanted to dig slightly deeper than Rhymesayers. There is so much great music here, and it does almost make up for the snow and road construction.

01. Ladybrugs - “My Wools” (Live From Hell EP)
02. Red Pens - “Hung Out” (Reasons)
03. Nice Purse - “Heart Medley” (Black Medal)
04. Lucy Michelle and The Velvet Lapelles - “Special Party Time for Everybody” (Special Party Time for Everybody)
05. Guante and Big Cats - “No Capes” (An Unwelcome Guest)
06. Total Babe - “(Mission Hills Country Club Wall of) Champions” (Heatwave EP)
07. The Bad Plus - “Keep the Bugs off Your Glass and the Bears off Your Ass” (These Are the Vistas)
08. Dosh - “Um, Circles And Squares” (The Lost Take)
09. Dessa - “Alibi” (A Badly Broken Code)

Dance, dance, dance

To go on all night…

01. Timbaland - “Way I Are” (Presents: Shock Value)
02. Lady Gaga - “Just Dance” (The Fame)
03. David Guetta - “Sexy Bitch” (One Love)
04. Donna Summer - “Bad Girls” (Bad Girls)
05. Pitbull - “Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)” (Planet Pit)
06. Lady Gaga - “Telephone” (The Fame Monster)
07. LCD Soundsystem - “Tribulations” (LCD Soundsystem)
08. Eiffel 65 - “Blue” (Europop)
09. Dragonette - “I Get Around [Midnight Juggernaut Mix]” (I Get Around)
10. Daft Punk - “Indo Silver Club” (Homework)
11. Eiffel 65 - “Move Your Body” (Europop)
12. Bad Boy Bill - “Do What U Like” (The Album)
13. The Black Eyed Peas - “Rock That Body” (The E.N.D.)
14. Reel 2 Real - “I Like To Move It” (Move It!)
15. Tiësto - “Feel It In My Bones” (Kaleidoscope)
16. La Roux - “Bulletproof [Redial Remix]” (Bulletproof)
17. Usher - “DJ Got Us Falling in Love Again” (Versus)
18. Tiësto - “Knock You Out” (Kaleidoscope)
19. Kelis - “4th of July [Fireworks]” (Flesh Tone)
20. Justin Timberlake - “SexyBack [Remix feat. Clipse]” (Future Sex/Love Sounds)
21. Cascada - “Evacuate the Dancefloor” (Evacuate the Dancefloor)
22. She Wants Revenge - “I Don’t Wanna Fall in Love” (She Wants Revenge)
23. Fall Out Boy - “I Don’t Care [Machine Shop Remix]” (Folie A Deux)
24. She Wants Revenge - “All Wound Up” (UP and Down EP)
25. Shiny Toy Guns - “Rainy Monday [Herve]” (Girls Le Disko)

Mayhem, Metal and Massacre

\m/ (>.<) \m/ ROCK ON

01. Avenged Sevenfold - “Beast and The Harlot” - (City Of Evil)
02. Avenged Sevenfold - “Welcome to the Family” - (Nightmare)
03. Cradle Of Filth - “The Death Of Love” - (Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder)
04. Deathklok - “Thunderhorse” - (Metalocalypse)
05. Disturbed - “Perfect Insanity” - (Indestructible)
06. Disturbed - “Violence Fetish” - (The Sickness)
07. Judas Priest - “Painkiller” - (Painkiller)
08. Killswitch Engage - “Daylight Dies” - (As Daylight Dies (Special Edition))
09. Lamb Or God - “Bloodletting (Live)” - (Killadelphia [Live])
10. Megadeth - “Head Crusher” - (Endgame)
11. Metallica - “Cyanide” - (Death Magnetic)
12. Pantera - “Pre Hibernation” - (Reinventing Hell)
13. Slayer - “Angel Of Death” - (Reign In Blood)
14. Slayer - “Necrophobic” - (Reign In Blood)
15. Slipknot - “Before I Forget” - (Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses))
16. Trivium - “Kirisute Gomen” - (Shogun)

Hippy Shit

01. Simon & Garfunkel - 59th Street Bridge Song (Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme)
02. Animal Collective - In the Flowers (Merriweather Post Pavillion)
03. The Beatles - Because (Abbey Road)
04. Devendra Banhart - Little Yellow Spider (Nino Rojo)
05. The Doors - Light My Fire (The Doors)
06. Panda Bear - Bros (Person Pitch)
07. The Beatles - I Am the Walrus (Magical Mystery Tour)
08. The Grateful Dead - Truckin’ (American Beauty)
09. Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze (Are You Experienced?)

I think I’m turning into a redneck and I like it

01. Johnny Cash - “Understand Your Man” (Walk The Line)
02. Merle Haggard - “Mama Tried” (Untamed Hawk)
03. Alan Jackson - “Chattahoochee” (A Lot About Livin’)
04. Willie Nelson - “Whiskey River” (Shotgun Willie)
05. Joe Diffie - “Pickup Man” (Third Rock From The Sun)
06. Conway Twitty - “Hello Darlin’ ” (Hello Darlin’)
07. Townes Van Zandt - “Talking Thunderbird Blues” (Live At The Old Quarter)
08. Tracy Byrd - “Watermelon Crawl” (No Ordinary Man)

soundtrack for dreams

01. Belle & Sebastian - “Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying” (If You’re Feeling Sinister)
02. Tegan & Sara - “Falling Asleep” (Yellow Demo Tape)
03. The National - “Fake Empire” (Boxer)
04. Arcade Fire - “No Cars Go” (The Arcade Fire EP)
05. Andrew Bird - “Don’t Be Scared” (Weather Systems)
06. Seapony - “Dreaming” (Dreaming)
07. Modest Mouse - “Sleepwalkin’” (Interstate 8 EP)
08. Joseph Arthur - “In The Sun” (Come To Where I’m From)
09. Mason Jennings - “Birds Flying Away” (Birds Flying Away)
10. Grand Archives - “Sleepdriving” (The Grand Archives)
11. Carissa’s Wierd - “The Color That Your Eyes Changed With The Color Of Your Hair” (You Should Be At Home Here)
12. Macklemore - “The End” (The Vs. EP)

so what if someone leaves you every 22 minutes I’m still in love with you Detroit.

Detroit is the only real American city. A mix for all of us Detroit lovers to give to the haters (and the Lions).

01. The White Stripes - “Lafayette Blues” (Lafayette Blues 7”)
02. The Stooges - “T.V. Eye” (Fun House)
03. Slum Village - “Raise It Up” (Fantastic Vol. 2)
04. Marvin Gaye - “Heard It Through the Grapevine” (I Heard It Through the Grapevine)
05. Dirtbombs - “Livin’ For The City” (Ultraglide in Black)
06. Amboy Dukes - “Baby Please Don’t Go” (Nuggets)
07. The Hentchmen - “LaSabre Radar” (Three Times Infinity)
08. ? And the Mysterians - “96 Tears” (96 Tears)
09. Stevie Wonder - “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” (Up-Tight)
10. Ted Nugent - “Stranglehold” (Ted Nugent)
11. Kelley Stoltz - “84 Tigers” (Discount City 7”)
12. Electric Six - “I’m The Bomb” (Fire)
13. Black Milk feat. Royce Da 5’9” - “Losing Out” (Tronic)
14. White Stripes - “Stop Breaking Down” (The White Stripes)

I Wanna Fuck

A mix like this could go two different ways, so I did both. First is the lead-up, which is a little more upbeat, and then having sex itself, which has more of a hushed and mood-setting vibe.

The Lead Up:
01. The Spill Canvas - “Lust A Prima Vista” (One Fell Swoop)
02. Emanuel - “Make Tonight” (Soundtrack to a Headrush)
03. FM Static - “The Notion” (What Are You Waiting For?)
04. Matt Pond PA - “Love to Get Used” (Spring Fools)
05. The Hush Sound - “We Intertwined” (Like Vines)
06. Minus The Bear - “Hold Me Down” (Omni)
07. Straylight Run - “Mistakes We Knew We Were Making” (Straylight Run)
08. Athlete - “Superhuman Touch” (Black Swan)
09. Eels - “Fresh Feeling” (Souljacker)

Go Time:
01. As Tall As Lions - “You Can’t Take It With You” (You Can’t Take It With You)
02. The Afghan Whigs - “66” (1965)
03. Denali - “Real Heat” (The Instinct)
04. Anchor & Braille - “Summer Tongues” (Felt)
05. Bloc Party - “Signs” (Intimacy)
06. Iron & Wine - “Naked As We Came” (Our Endless Numbered Days)
07. Elliott - “Believe” (Song In The Air)
08. Jimmy Eat World - “Night Drive” (Futures)
09. Explosions In The Sky - “Your Hand In Mine” (The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place)

Finding Beauty optimistically, through dark times.

01. Gilbert O’Sullivan - “Alone Again (Naturally)” (Caricature)
02. Alan Price - “Changes” (O Lucky Man)
03. The Mamas & The Papas - “Monday, Monday” (If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears)
04. Ryan Adams - “Carolina Rain” (29)
05. Radiohead - “Lucky” (OK Computer)
06. Harry Nilsson - “Don’t Leave Me” (Aerial Ballett)
07. The Smiths - “Unloveable” (Louder Than Bombs)
08. Modest Mouse - “Float On” (Good News For People Who Love Bad News)

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