My fiance is in jail and the guy I like went to the big city to find himself and the guy I like leaving is affecting me more.

Songs for studying in the dead of night

When I try to study, I try it listening to motivational or instrumental music … so here we go:

Instrumental Music
01. Fuck Buttons - “Surf Solar” (Tarot Sport)
02. Pete Swanson - “Misery Beat” (Man With Potential)
03. Set Fire to Flames - “Love Song for 15 Ontario” (Sings Reign Rebuilder)
04. Demdike Stare - “The Stars Are Moving” (Liberation Through Hearing)
05. Apex Twin - “Tha” (Selected Ambient Works 85-92)

Motivating Music
06. Fucked Up - “Son The Father” (The Chemistry of Common Life)
07. Ouinsou Corneille & Black Santiago - “Vinom So Minsou” (African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds From Benin & Togo 70s)
08. cLOUDDEAD - “Bike” (Parts 1. and 2) (Bike 10”)
09. Rush - “Trees” (Hemispheres)
10. Talking Heads - “Crosseyed and Painless” (Remain In Light)

For when you are sitting in your room and you are really tired but don’t really want to go to bed because you want to think about the girl that doesn’t like you but you love

Even in my mid-30s, maybe even more so, I am familiar with terminal, chronic pining. When I do it, I prefer things that make me feel dreamy, sixteen, carless, tragic, and hopeful that the right glance from HER will turn it all into montage and the future that’s always been supposed to be.

01. Van Morrison - “Sweet Thing” (Astral Weeks)
02. Beach House - “A Walk In The Park” (Teen Dream)
03. The Smiths - “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” (The Queen Is Dead)
04. Michael Nyman - “Debbie” (Wonderland)
05. Spiritualized - “Sweet Talk” (Songs In A & E)
06. The Cure - “Untitled” (Disintegration)
07. Joan As Police Woman - “To Be Lonely” (To Survive)
08. Yo La Tengo - “Nowhere Near” (Painful)
09. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci - “How I Long” (How I Long To Feel That Summer In My Heart)

Songs for my new boyfriend, who plays D&D and loves Pink Floyd

01. Metallica - “The Call of Ktulu” (Ride The Lightning)
02. Led Zeppelin - “The Battle Of Evermore” (Led Zeppelin IV)
03. Frank Zappa - “Eat That Question” (The Grand Wazoo)
04. Dungen - “Ta Det Lugnt” (Ta Det Lugnt)
05. Deerhoof - “Siriustar” (The Runners Four)
06. Cluster - “Caramba” (Zuckerzeit)
07. Atlas Sound - “Bite Marks” (Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel)
08. Can - “Yoo Doo Right” (Cannibalism I)

Songs to listen to at the bottom of the ocean

The sea is emotion incarnate…

01. Aphex Twin - “Film” (Come To Daddy)
02. David Bowie - “Subterraneans” (Low)
03. Tortoise - “I Set My Face To The Hillside” (TNT)
04. The Essex Green - “The Late Great Cassiopia” (The Long Goodbye)
05. Royksopp - “She’s So” (Melody A.M.)
06. Dirty Beaches - “True Blue” (True Blue b/w Sweet 17)
07. The Church - “Under The Milky Way” (Starfish)
08. Tom Middleton - “Sea of Glass” (Lifetracks)
09. Broadcast - “Minim” (Haha Sound)
10. Beach House - “Other People” (Bloom)
11. The Flaming Lips - “What Is The Light?” (Soft Bulletin)
12. The Durutti Column - “For Belgian Friends” (Factory Dance)
13. The Cure - “The Same Deep Water As You” (Disintegration)
14. Felt - “Red Indians” (Absolute Classic Master Pieces)
15. Timbre Timbre - “Black Water” (Black Water)
16. The Wake - “Melancholy Man” (Here Comes Everybody)
17. The Ladybug Transistors - “Six Times” (The Albemarle Sound)
18. Cocteau Twins - “Blue Bell Knoll” (Blue Bell Knoll)
19. The Velvet Underground - “Ocean” (V.U)
21. The Orchids - “Some Kind of Eden” (Striving for the Lazy Perfection)
20. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci - “How I Long” (How I Long To Feel That Summer)
21. Yo La Tengo - “Green Arrow” (I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One)

Songs that build to unreachable heights

01. Sara Bareilles - “Gravity” (Little Voice)
02. Regina Spektor - “Eet” (Far)
03. Dan Deacon - “Wham City” (Spiderman of the Rings)
04. The Dark Ash Project - “The Dark Room” (Untitled Album)
05. The Airborne Toxic Event - “Sometime Around Midnight” (Sometime Around Midnight)
06. Snow Patrol - “New York” (Fallen Empires)
07. Portugal. The Man - “Sleep Forever” (BIRP! August 2011)

Lovely but maudlin: bittersweet tunes for autumn

I love autumn.

01. Led Zeppelin - “D’yer Mak’er “
02. Aphex Twin - “Joyrex tape track 1”
03. UNKLE - “Rabbit in Your Headlights”
04. Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - “Summertime”
05. Lana Del Rey - “Trash”
06. The Black Angels - “Last Vietnam War”
07. The Cure - “Lovesong”
08. Lou Reed - “Perfect Day”
09. Pink Floyd - “Pigs (Three different ones)”
10. The Doors - “The end (apocalypse now version)”

No less than 8 songs about oranges.

I wouldn’t call these songs “good.”

01. Pink Floyd - “Apples And Oranges” (Shine On)
02. Talk Show - “Peeling An Orange” (Talk Show)
03. They Might Be Giants - “Asheville (The Orange Peel)” (They Got Lost [Rarities])
04. Freya - “Oranges” (Tea With The Queen)
05. Eliza Carthy - “Oranges And Sea Salt” (Dreams Of Breathing Underwater)
06. Leddra Chapman - “Picking Oranges” (Telling Tales)
07. B.C. Camplight - “Oranges In Winter” (Hide, Run Away)
08. Bright Eyes - “Bowl Of Oranges” (Keep Your Ear To The Ground)
09. The Splinters - “Oranges” (The Splinters EP)
10. James Keelaghan - “Woodsmoke And Oranges” (Home)
11. The Countdown Kids - “Oranges And Lemons” (100 All Time Children’s Favorites)
12. A-Ha “Oranges On Apple Trees” (Lifelines)

More than 8 songs! BOOM.

13. The Mountain Goats - “Song For An Old Friend” (Bitter Melon Farm)

I’m 3,000 miles away from my friends and family and i miss them so much, it’s making me depressed

01. Christy Moore - “Missing You” (Live At The Point)
02. Lost In The Trees - “Walk Around The Lake” (All Alone In An Empty House)
03. The Low Anthem - “Home, I’ll Never Be” (Oh My God, Charlie Darwin)
04. Midlake - “Head Home” (The Trials Of Van Occupanther)
05. Neil Young - “Are You Ready For The Country?” (Harvest)
06. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - “More News From Nowhere” (Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!)
07. The Young Veins - “Take A Vacation” (Take a Vacation)
08. Adele - “Hometown Glory” (19)
09. Laura Marling - “Goodbye England” (I Speak Because I Can)
10. Crystal Fighters - “At Home” (Stars Of Love)
11. LCD Soundsystem - “Home” (This Is Happening)

Songs for a 20 year old’s life crisis.

01. Beck - “The Golden Age” (Sea Change)
02. Elliot Smith - “Needle In the Hay” (Elliot Smith)
03. The Jesus & Mary Chain - “Some Candy Talking” (Psychocandy)
04. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - “David Bowie I Love You (Since I Was Six)” (Take It From the Man!)
05. Built To Spill - “I Would Hurt a Fly” (Perfect From Now On)
06. Chad VanGaalen - “Peace On The Rise” (Diaper Island)
07. Nico - “These Days” (Chelsea Girl)
08. Spacemen 3 - “Lord Can You Hear Me” (Playing With Fire)
09. Modest Mouse - “3rd Planet” (The Moon & Antarctica)
10. The XX - “Crystalised” (XX)
11. Bon Iver - “Re: Stacks” (For Emma, Forever Ago)

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