My Grandma Keeps Asking Me What I’m Going To Do With My Graduate Degree

Songs about school, career, and the future that your grandma probably listened to.

01. George Olsen - “The Varsity Drag” (Spotlighting…)
02. ‘Ma’ Rainey - “Traveling Blues” (The Complete 1928 Sessions)
03. Ruth Etting - “It All Depends On You” (Love Me Or Leave Me)
04. Charley Jordan - “Cutting My ABCs” (1935 - 1937)
05. Betty Hutton - “Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief” (The Blonde Bombshell)
06. Bukka White - “District Attorney Blues” (Complete Bukka White)
07. Ink Spots - “I Don’t Want to Set the World On Fire” (The Golden Age)
08. Harry McClintock - “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum!” (Haywire Mac)

Songs to annihilate my punchbag to

01. Arch Enemy - “My Apocalypse” (Doomsday Machine)
02. Mushroomhead - “Solitaire/Unraveling” (XX)
03. Slipknot - “Duality” (Vol. III - The Subliminal Verses)
04. Stick To Your Guns - “This Is More” (For What It’s Worth)
05. Megadeth - “Tornado Of Souls” (Rust In Peace)
06. Lamb Of God - “Redneck” (Sacrament)
07. Dream Thater - “The Dance Of Eternity” (Metropolis Part II: Scenes From A Memory)
08. Kataklysm - “To Reign Again” (In The Arms Of Devastation)
09. Bullets And Octane - “I Ain’t Your Saviour” (In The Mouth Of A Young)
10. God Forbid - “Divinity” (IV: Constitution Of Treason)
11. Protest The Hero - “Bloodmeat” (Fortress)

Songs to forget you are forty

A mix of peppy and/or fuzzy songs.

01. Sunny Side Up - “Corporate Control” (Corporate Control)
02. Matt & Kim - “AM/FM Sound” (Sidewalks)
03. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - “All Hail Dracula!” (Let It Sway)
04. Tokyo Police Club - “Not Sick” (Champ)
05. Belle & Sebastian - “Come On Sister” (Belle and Sebastian Write About Love)
06. Math The Band - “Tour de Friends” (Don’t Worry)
07. Quiet Company - “It’s Better To Spend Money Like There’s No Tomorrow Than Spend Tonight Like There’s No Money” (Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon)
08. Passion Pit - “Live To Tell the Tale” (Chunk Of Change EP)
09. The Aquabats - “My Skateboard” (Fury Of The Aquabats)

Songs Sung by Boys, For Boys

If that’s what you need, this is what you get: immature little punk-asses.

01. Weezer - “No One Else” (The Blue Album)
02. Guided by Voices - “A Salty Salute” (Alien Lanes)
03. The Stooges - “I Wanna Be Your Dog” (The Stooges)
04. Mission of Burma - “The Ballad of Johnny Burma” (Vs.)
05. Oasis - “She’s Electric” ((What’s the Story) Morning Glory)
06. MC5 - “Kick Out the Jams” - (Kick Out the Jams)
07. Pavement - “Perfume-V” (Slanted & Enchanted)
08. The Ramones - “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue” (The Ramones)
09. The Replacements - “Bastards of Young” (Tim)
10. Jawbreaker - “Indictment” (24 Hour Revenge Therapy)

Every time I get into my car, I just want to keep driving and never look back.

I get that feeling all the time so I can relate. I’ve yet to give in to the urge but some days the pull is strong. The mix is a bit heavy on Canadians, but there is quite a bit of open road up here. I hope you enjoy it.

01. Rural Alberta Advantage - “Four Night Rider” (Hometowns)
02. R.E.M. - “Drive” (Automatic For The People)
03. The Buttless Chaps - “Caboose” (Where The Night Holds Light)
04. Islands - “Jogging Gorgeous Summer” (Return To The Sea)
05. The Rheostatics - “Stolen Car” (The Nightline Sessions)
06. Dan Mangan - “Road Regrets” (Nice, Nice, Very Nice)
07. Fred Eaglesmith - “I Ain’t Ever Giving In” (Falling Stars And Broken Hearts)
08. Joanna Newsome - “Good Intention Paving Company” (Have One On Me)
09. NQ Arbuckle - “Postcard From Princess” (X O K)
10. Hayden - “Dynamite Walls” (Skyscraper National Park)

I am going on a road trip to Wales from England with my friend. We would like to listen to music whilst in the car.

I don’t drive, so I’m just guessing what’s decent driving music.

01. Guided By Voices - “Alright” (Alien Lanes)
02. Catatonia - “Londinium” (Equally Cursed And Blessed)
03. PJ Harvey - “The Last Living Rose” (Let England Shake)
04. Black Mountain - “Let Spirits Ride” (Wilderness Heart)
05. Guided By Voices - “Motor Away” (Alien Lanes)
06. Euros Childs - “Spin That Girl Around” (unreleased, so converted a youtube video to mp3 [low quality])
07. Explosions In The Sky - “Trembling Hands” (Take Care, Take Care, Take Care)
08. The Flaming Lips - “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 2” (Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots)
09. Deerhoof - “Midnight Motorcycle Mystery” (The Runners Four)
10. My Bloody Valentine - “(When You Wake) You’re Still In A Dream” (Isn’t Anything)
11. The Go! Team - “Buy Nothing Day” (Rolling Blackouts)
12. Mogwai - “San Pedro” (Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will)
13. Muse - “Starlight” (Black Holes & Revelations)
14. The Fall - “Bury Pts. 1 + 3” (Your Future Our Clutter)
15. tUnE-yArDs - “Gangsta” (w h o k i l l)
16. Deerhoof - “Secret Mobilization” (Deerhoof vs. Evil)
17. Do Make Say Think - “Do” (Other Truths)
18. British Sea Power - “We Are Sound (Extended Version)” (Valhalla Dancehall Alternative Versions And Demos, or the one on Valhalla Dancehall if you can’t get that)
19. Manic Street Preachers - “The Future Has Been Here 4 Ever” (Postcards From A Young Man)
20. Deerhoof - “Wrong Time Capsule” (The Runners Four)
21. The Flaming Lips - “Silver Trembling Hands” (Embryonic)
22. Anna Calvi - “Suzanne & I” (Anna Calvi)
23. Manic Street Preachers - “Don’t Be Evil” (Postcards From A Young Man)
24. Guided By Voices - “Blimps Go 90” (Alien Lanes)
25. Grandaddy - “A.M. 180” (Under The Western Freeway)
26. Mogwai - “Helicon 1” (Ten Rapid)

I want to walk home instead of taking the bus.

This playlist will inspire at its outset, interrogate at its midpoint, and console during its tragic and inescapable conclusion.

01. Elephant’s Memory - “Takin’ A Walk” (Elephant’s Memory)
02. King Tee - “Played Like A Piano” (At Your Own Risk)
03. Bob van Asperen - “Concerto d-moll BWV 1059 - 2” (Concertos For Solo Harpsichord)
04. Ghost Office - “Xylitol” (Unreleased)
05. SebastiAn - “Victimo” (Steak OST)
06. Scott Walker - “The Old Man’s Back Again (Dedicated To The Neo-Stalinist Regime)” (SCOTT 4)
07. Rhymefest - “Devil’s Pie” (Blue Collar)
08. Blind Blake - “Walkin’ Across The Country” (All The Published Sides, Volume #3: 1928)
09. Budos Band - “Chicago Falcon” (The Budos Band II)
10. Peg Leg Sam Jackson - “Walking Cane” (Appalachian Blues)
11. Mwana Talitambula - “The Child Will Never Walk” (Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda”

I’m Taking An Epic Dump On Top Of The Rocky Mountains

01. Queen - “Don’t Stop Me Now” (Jazz)
02. The Who - “I Can See For Miles” (The Who Sell Out)
03. Louis Armstrong - “What A Wonderful World” (Louis Armstrong All Time Hits)
04. Michael Jackson - “This Is It” (This Is It)
05. Led Zeppelin - “Over The Hills and Far Away” (Houses of the Holy)
06. Kanye West - “Power” (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy)
07. Tommy Roe - “Dizzy” (Dizzy)

Songs to leave town to

sweet freedom.

01. Fleet Foxes - “Ragged Wood” (Ragged Wood)
02. Tokyo Police Club - “Graves” (Elephant Shell)
03. Pinback - “Fortress” (Summer in Abaddon)
04. Wolfmother - “Vagabond” (Wolfmother)
05. Local Natives - “Eyes Wide” (Gorilla Manor)
06. The Cloud Room - “Waterfall” (The Cloud Room)
07. Circa Survive - “Strange Terrain” (Blue Sky Noise)
08. Smith Westerns - “Weekend” (
09. Local Natives - “Eyes Wide” (Gorilla Manor)
10. The Cloud Room - “Waterfall” (The Cloud Room)
11. Circa Survive - “Strange Terrain” (Blue Sky Noise)
12. GUARDS - “Sail it Slow” (GUARDS ep)
13. Wavves - “Take on the World” (King of the Beach)
14. Hot Hot Heat - “Middle of Nowhere” (Elevator)

Road Trip With My Best Friend, Mom.

01. Harry Nilsson - “Everybody’s Talkin’” (Midnight Cowboy Soundtrack)
02. Canned Heat - “Going Up The Country (Living The Blues)
03. Anthony Green - “Dear Child (I’ve Been Dying To Reach You)” (Avalon)
04. Bright Eyes - “Another Traveling Song” (I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning)
05. The Wallflowers - “I’m Looking Through You” (I Am Sam Soundtrack)
06. Peter and the Wolf - “Safe Travels” (Lightness)
07. The Box Tops - “The Letter” (Neon Rainbow)
08. Tom Petty - “It’ll All Work Out” (Let Me Up, I’ve Had Enough)
09. Pearl Jam - “Just Breathe” (The Fixer)
10. Bob Dylan - “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)
11. Elton John - “My Father’s Gun” (Tumbleweed Connection)
12. Stars - “Heart” (Heart)
13. Thunderclap Newman - “Something In The Air” (Hollywood Dream)
14. Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros - “Silver and Gold” (Streetcore)

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