My Last Month as an Undergrad

01. The Tallest Man on Earth - “The Wild Hunt” (The Wild Hunt)
02. Smog- “Cold Blooded Old Times” (Knock Knock)
03. The Wrens - “Boys You Won’t Remember” (The Meadowlands)
04. Piglet - “Caramel” (Lava Land EP)
05. Califone - “Mean Little Seed” (Quicksand/Cradlesnakes)
06. Pavement - “Father to a Sister of Thought” (Wowee Zowee)
07. Titus Andronicus - “Theme From ‘Cheers’” (The Monitor)
08. The National - “Fashion Coat” (Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers)
09. Mercury Rev - “Opus 40” (Deserter’s Songs)
10. The Dismemberment Plan - “Superpowers” (Change)
11. Common - “Real People” (Be)
12. The Magnetic Fields - “Take Ecstasy With Me” (Holiday)
13. Braids - “Glass Deers” (Native Speaker)
14. GZA ft. Killah Priest - “B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)” (Liquid Swords)

It’s 3:12 am. Put me to sleep.

These are some songs that I really like that soothe me into sleep pretty well, though maybe they mostly do that because I’m tired. We’ll see how these work for you, I guess.

01. Deerhunter - “He Would Have Laughed” (Halcyon Digest)
02. Nick Drake - “Poor Boy” (Bryter Layter)
03. Asobi Seksu - “Red Sea” (Citrus)
04. Under Byen - “Den Her Sang Handler Om At Fa Det Bedste Ud Af Det” (Samme Stof Som Stof)
05. Cocteau Twins - “Donimo” (Treasure)
06. Beach House - “Irene” (Bloom)
07. Sigur Ros - “Svefn - G - Englar” (Agaetis Byrjun)
08. Windy & Carl - “Balance (Trembling)” (Consciousness)
09. Lindstorm & Prins Thomas - “Cisco” (II)
10. Toro Y Moi - “Elise” (Underneath the Pine)
11. Nagisa Ni Te - “The New World” (Feel)

The Top Eleven 11-Minute Tracks of 2011

01. Trophies - “He Was A Very Foxy Gentleman” (Become Objects Of Daily Use) [Monotype]
02. MV & EE - “No There, There” (Country Stash) [Three Lobed]
03. Diamond Terrifier - “Two Witnesses” [diamondterrifier.com]
04. Sun Araw - “At Delphi” (Ancient Romans) [Sun Ark]
05. Destroyer - “Bay Of Pigs” (Kaputt) [Merge]
06. Gang Gang Dance - “Glass Jar” (Eye Contact) [4AD]
07. Oneida - “Horizon” (Absolute II) [Jagjaguwar]
08. Blues Control & Laraaji - “Light Ships” (FRKWYS Vol. 8) [RVNG]
09. Ben Vida - “Aggregatepulseripper (Damaged IIII)” (Required Wreckers) [Amish]
10. Frieder Butzmann - “In Einem Netzwek” (Wie Zeit Vergeht) [PAN]
11. Arthur Russell - “Make 1, 2 (Gem Spa Dub)” (Let’s Go Swimming) [Audika Records]

[Note: reissues included]

Songs to blast from the car windows on an impromptu beach roadtrip

All of these songs are windows-down-, fast-driving-, hot-weather-, beach-trip-tested and approved!

01. The Ting Tings - “Great DJ”
02. Joel Plaskett Emergency - “Fashionable People”
03. Violent Femmes - “Blister In The Sun”
04. Guards - “Hear You Call”
05. Beck - “Gamma Ray”
06. Datarock - “Fa-Fa-Fa”
07. LCD Soundsystem - “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”
08. The Kleptones - “Life In The E-Pro”
09. Weezer - “Say It Ain’t So”
10. Dinosaur Jr. - “Been There All The Time”
11. The Zutons - “Valerie”
12. The Flaming Lips - “Free Radicals”
13. Spoon - “Don’t You Evah”
14. My Morning Jacket - “Off the Record (Single Edit)”
15. Wolfmother - “Joker & The Thief”
16. The White Stripes - “Fell in Love with a Girl”
17. The Whigs - “Right Hand on My Heart”
18. Rival Sons - “Pressure and Time”
19. The Presidents Of The United States Of America - “Peaches”
20. Girls - “Honey Bunny”
21. She & Him - “In the Sun”
22. Vampire Weekend - “Campus”

Songs for Urban Exploration

01. Pomegranates - “Heaven” (Heaven)
02. Real Estate - “Green Aisles” (Days)
03. Bonobo - “Kiara” (Black Sands)
04. Toro Y Moi - “Talamak” (Causers of This)
05. Atmosphere - “Sound is Vibration” (Overcast!)
06. Oberhofer - “Away Frm U” (o0Oo0Oo)
07. Local Natives - “Wide Eyes” (Gorilla Manor)
09. Loyal Divide - “Vision Vision” (Bodice Ripper)
10. WHY? - “Song of the Sad Assassin” (Alopecia)
11. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - “FFunny FFrends” (Unknown Mortal Orchestra)
12. The Radio Dept. - “Heaven’s on Fire” (Clinging to a Scheme)
13. Fool’s Gold - “Surprise Hotel” (Fool’s Gold)

Best Album-Closers of All-Time Mix Tape

Some of these I’d say are indubitably the best album closers ever (i.e., the first three listed), but most are just what I personally consider great closers. Please excuse the rock leanings.

01. Slint - “Good Morning, Captain” (Spiderland)
02. The Beatles - “Tomorrow Never Knows” (Revolver)
03. Yes - “Heart Of The Sunrise” (Fragile)
04. The Dismemberment Plan - “Back And Forth” (Emergency & I)
05. Real Estate - “All The Same” (Days)
06. The Joggers - “Same To You” (Solid Guild)
07. Fugazi - “Last Chance For A Slow Dance” (In On The Kill Taker)
08. Cocteau Twins - “Frou Frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires” (Heaven Or Las Vegas)
09. Mogwai - “Secret Pint” (Rock Action)
10. Clinic - “Goodnight Georgie” (Internal Wrangler)

Amazing songs that feature Thom Yorke but are not by Radiohead, except for one notable exception

01. Flying Lotus - “…And The World Laughs With You” (Cosmogramma)
02. Bjork - “I’ve Seen It All” (Selmasongs)
03. Sparklehorse - “Wish You Were Here” (Maria’s Little Elbows)
04. Venus In Furs - “2HB” (Velvet Goldmine OST)
05. PJ Harvey - “This Mess We’re In” (Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea)
06. Thom Yorke - “Harrowdown Hill” (The Eraser)
07. Modeselektor - “Shipwreck” (Monkeytown)
08. Thom Yorke - “Black Swan” (The Eraser)
09. Radiohead - “Reckoner” (In Rainbows)
10. UNKLE - “Rabbit In Your Headlights” (Psyence Fiction)

Music for reading the Bible out loud (and sounding like a total badass while doing so)

01. The Band - “The Weight”
02. Sigur Rós - “Glósóli”
03. Matisyahu - “Silence”
04. MGMT - “Someone’s Missing”
05. Imagine Dragons - “It’s Time”
06. Passion Pit - “The Reeling”
07. Iron & Wine - “Muddy Hymnal”
08. Mumford & Sons - “Awake My Soul”
09. Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues - “Amazing Grace”

I am moving to Chicago and have intensely mixed feelings for the move.

I am from outside of Chicago, but spent much of my time in the city in my formative years. I decided to move away this Spring. I have intensely mixed feelings about that, but I miss Illinois and Chicago like crazy. I know what it’s like to go to Chicago with mixed feelings and not knowing what to expect anymore.

Some love for Chicago artists but not exclusively. I could make a Chicago-themed mixtape without that Wilco song, but I’d be kidding myself, you, and Dads everywhere. I hope your move goes well!

01. Shabazz Palaces - “Are you… Can you… Were you (Felt)” (Black Up)
02. Bobby Conn - “Never Get Ahead” (Bobby Conn)
03. PJ Harvey - “Dry” (Rid of Me)
04. The Smashing Pumpkins - “Obscured” (Pisces Iscariot)
05. Slum Village - “Fall N Love” (Fantastic, Vol. 2)
06. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - “Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)” (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
07. Boris - “Flood II” (Flood)
08. Tortoise - “I Set My Face to the Hillside” (TNT)
09. Broken Social Scene - “Mossbraker” (Feel Good Lost)
10. Beck - “Jackass” (Odelay)
11. Wilco - “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
12. Julianna Barwick - “Envelop” (The Magic Place)

Instrumental music that goes good with an Asimov novel

I’ve always found Isaac Asimov’s novels to be forward-thinking, detailed, and complex. Obviously, if you’re reading, you want a soundtrack that’s not terribly intrusive. The following songs are ordered by relative intrusiveness into your reading, with the first half being pretty mellow (ambient), and the latter slightly more hectic.

01. Brian Eno - “Signals”
02. Kraftwerk - “Kometenmelodie 1”
03. William Basinski - “D|P 2.1”
04. Moby - “Myopia”
05. Aphex Twin - “Tha”
06. Jean-Michel Jarre - “Oxygene, Pt. 1”
07. Nine Inch Nails - “9 Ghosts I”
08. Ital Tek - “Moon Bow”
09. The Flashbulb - “Undiscovered Colors”
10. The Glitch Mob - “Bad Wings (Dero Remix)”
11. Wisp - “Negions Fail”
12. Jon Hopkins - “Vessel”
13. Phutureprimitive - “Cryogenic Dreams”

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