My Life Is On Fire

While a life on fire may sound inspiring and fantastic, it is wise to remember that if you catch fire, and it is not swiftly extinguished, you will surely die. This playlist shows the strange bittersweetness of bothering to interact with fellow humans.


01. Hole - “Turpentine” (My Body, The Hand Grenade)
02. Sonic Youth - “Kotton Krown” (Sister)
03. Nirvana - “Love Buzz” (Bleach)
04. Paul Simon - “Crazy Love, Vol. II” (Graceland)
05. Morrissey - “Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together” (Viva Hate)


06. of Montreal - “Tim, I Wish You Were Born A Girl” (Cherry Peel)
07. The Velvet Underground - “Femme Fatale” (The Velvet Underground and Nico)
08. Smashing Pumpkins - “Cupid de Locke” (Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness)
09. The Meat Puppets - “Evil Love” (Too High To Die)
10. The Mountain Goats - “Love Love Love” (The Sunset Tree)

everytime i think about you i want to destroy everything in sight

Here’s a hammer and a blowtorch.

01. Hella - “Stephen Hawking Has a Posse” (split 7 inch with Four Tet)
02. Dave Burrell - “Echo” (Echo)
03. Mindflayer - “Drop Bass Not Bombs” (Take Your Skin Off)
04. Vampire Can’t - “War Lips” (Key Cutter)
05. Yuma Nora - “Garnet Radon” (Jewels in the Snakepit)
06. Zach Hill - “Sacto Smile” (FACE TAT)
07. Kevin Drumm - “Hitting the Pavement” (Sheer Hellish Miasma
08. Walt Creel - “Track 1” (Shooting / Loading: An Audio Companion For The Visual Series Deweaponizing The Gun)
09. GUM - “Sporadic Acts of Violence” (Vinyl Anthology)

a genuinely-indie valtentine’s day mix(hold the cheese) for my boyfriend who only listens to billy joel

01. Broken Social Scene - “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (The Time Traveler’s Wife Soundtrack)
02. Cake - “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up” (B-Sides and Rarities)
03. Cat Power - “Sea of Love” (Juno Soundtrack)
04. Born Ruffians - “Little Garcon” (Little Garcon)
05. Wolf Parade - “I’ll Believe In Anything” (Apologies To The Queen Mary)
06. Jose Gonzalez - “Heartbeats” (Veneer)
07. Beirut - “Postcards From Italy” (Gulag Orkestar)
08. Architecture In Helsinki - “Heart It Races (Dr. Dog has a great version too)” (Places Like This)
09. Department of Eagles - “Nobody Does It Like You” (In Ear Park)
10. Dr. Dog - “From” (Fate)
11. Holiday Shores - “Edge Of Our Lives” (Columbus’d The Whim)
12. The Tallest Man on Earth - “Love Is All” (The Wild Hunt)
13. Wild Nothing - “Summer Holiday” (Gemini)
14. Iron and Wine - “Such Great Heights” (pretty cheesy, but come on!)
15. Feist - “My Moon, My Man” (The Reminder)
16. Neutral Milk Hotel - “Aeroplane Over The Sea” (In The Aeroplane Over The Sea)
17. Jackson 5 - “ABC” (Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5)
18. Modest Mouse - “Gravity Rides Everything” (The Moon and Antartica)
19. Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros - “Home” (kinda played out but so great)
20. m. ward - “I’ll Be Yr Bird” (Transistor Radio)

It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.

01. Bright Eyes- “You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will.” (LIFTED or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground)
02. Broken Social Scene- “Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl” (You Forgot it in People)
03. Circa Survive- “Meet Me in Montauk” (Juturna)
04. Straylight Run- “We’ll Never Leave Again” (The Needles The Space)
05. Death Cab For Cutie- “Photobooth” (The Forbidden Love EP)
06. Mum- “We Have a Map of the Piano” (Finally We Are No One)
07. Bright Eyes- “It’s Cool, We Can Still Be Friends” (Tea at the Palaz of Hoon)
08. Phantogram- “Mouthful of Diamonds”
09. Azure Ray- “Sleep”
10. Metric- “Gold Guns Girls” (Fantasies)

You didn’t want to date me, could you at least have the decency to leave me alone so I stop hoping you’ll change your mind?

In my mind, this situation calls for some oldies.

01. Dionne Warwick - “Walk On By” (20 Greatest Hits)
02. Diana Ross & the Supremes - “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (The Ultimate Collection)
03. Timi Yuro - “If I Never Get To Love You” (The Best Of)
04. Sandie Shaw - “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” (The Definitive Burt Bacharach Songbook)
05. Everly Brothers - “Cathy’s Clown” (The Very Best Of)
06. France Gall - “Chanson pour que tu m’aimes un peu” (1968)
07. The Searchers - “Needles and Pins” (The Best Of)
08. ABBA - “Take A Chance On Me” (Gold: Greatest Hits)
09. Cake - “Hem Of Your Garment” (Prolonging The Magic)

Take me on a thematic journey through your sexual history.

01. Madonna - “Like a Virgin” (Like a Virgin)
02. Big Star - “Thirteen” (#1 Record)
03. John Coltrane - “In a Sentimental Mood” (Ken Burns Jazz)
04. Teenage Fanclub - “Norman 3” (Thirteen)
05. The Smiths - “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” (The Sound of the Smiths)
06. Pavement - “Gold Soundz” (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
07. The Replacements - “Achin’ to Be” (Don’t Tell a Soul)
08. The Rolling Stones - “Some Girls” (Some Girls)
09. How To Dress Well - “Can’t See My Own Face” (Love Remains)
10. Royal Trux - “Junkie Nurse” (Junkie Nurse)
11. Guided by Voices - “Tractor Rape Chain” (Bee Thousand)
12. Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin - “Je t’aime… moi non plus” (Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg)

“Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.”

01. Beach House - “Auburn And Ivory” (Beach House)
02. Broadcast - “Echo’s Answer” (The Noise Made By People)
03. Caribou - “Hannibal” (Swim)
04. Cat Power - “Fool” (You Are Free)
05. Deerhunter - “Microcastle” (Microcastle)
06. Elliot Smith - “2:46 AM” (Either/Or)
07. Modest Mouse - “The Cold Part” (The Moon & Antarctica)
08. Fleet Foxes - “Meadowlark” (Ragged Wood)
09. Grizzly Bear - “Cheerleader” (Veckatimest)
10. Iron & Wine - “Faded From The Winter” (The Creek Drank The Cradle)
11. James Blake - “Lindesfarne II” (James Blake)
12. Joanna Newsom- “Clam Crab Cockle Cowrie” (The Milk-Eyed Mender)
13. Julian Lynch - “Travelers” (Mare)
14. Junior Boys - “FM” (So This Is Goodbye)
15. Low - “Whore” (Things We Lost In The Fire)
16. Memory Tapes - “Swimming Field” (Seek Magic)
17. Okkervil River - “Black Sheep Boy” (Black Sheep Boy)
18. Portishead - “Deep Water” (Third)
19. The Knife - “Still Light” (Silent Shout)
20. The Microphones - “The Mansion” (The Glow Part 2)

A Swedish mixtape with songs Swedish people haven’t heard about.

A diverse mix from an American, Swedish by heritage. Alternate mix titles: “Need for Swede” or “RIP Ingmar Bergman”.

01. Aaviko - “Alas Volga” (History of Muysic)
02. Kultivator - “Grottekvarnen” (Barndomens stigar)
03. Hans Edler - “Vi Hor Ett Skrik” (Elektron Kukéso)
04. Anders Dahl - “Track 2” “Hundloka, Flockblomstriga 1”
05. Horna - “Lahtolaukaus” (Sotahuuto)
06. Giuseppe Ielasi & Nicola Ratti - “Track 1” (Bellows)
07. Johann Johannsson - “Part 1/ IBM 1401 Processing Unit” (Ibm1401-A Users Manual)

I am becoming a working robot, but I’d rather be a snowman in an empty cornfield right now.

I divided the mix into four parts that follow a nice story arc in which you ditch your lame job and escape to that elusive field. Part 1 is you at work; part 2 is ‘dude this sucks’; part 3 is ‘fuck this! escape!”; and part 4 is some stuff to listen to while you chill out (literally, since you’re a snowman).

Part 1: Work:
01. Radiohead - “Fitter Happier” (OK Computer)
02. Emeralds - “Does It Look Like I’m Here?” (Does It Look Like I’m Here?)
03. Radiohead - “Everything In Its Right Place” (Kid A)

Part 2: Dude This Sucks:
04. Ladytron - “Weekend” (Witching Hour)
05. Röyksopp - “The Girl and the Robot” (Junior)
06. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - “Dull Life” (It’s Blitz!)

Part 3: Fuck This! Escape!
07. Broken Social Scene - “Chase Scene” (Forgiveness Rock Record)
08. The New Pornographers - “Mutiny, I Promise You” (Challengers)
09. Moby ft. Gwen Stefani - “South Side” (Play)

Part 4: Chill Out
10. Monster Rally - “Cuban Velvet” (Coral)
11. Baths - “Aminals” (Cerulean)
12. Animal Collective - “Bluish” (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
13. My Bloody Valentine - “Soon” (Loveless)

I’m Fuckin Cold Like A DQ Blizzard; It’s -12 Outside

Either go out there and enjoy the weather, or gather a warm blanket, some hot chocolate, and someone to cuddle with. Have your “that’s hot” moment, too.

01. Dar Williams - “February” (Out There Live)
02. Kaki King - “Saving Days in a Frozen Head” (Dreaming of Revenge)
03. Shakira - “Your Embrace” (Oral Fixation, Vol. 2)
04. Ida Maria - “Keep Me Warm” (Single)
05. Jo Dee Messina - “Bring on the Rain” (BUrN)
06. Savage Garden - “Two Beds and a Coffee Machine” (Affirmation)
07. Hot Chocolate - “It Started with a Kiss” (Every 1’s a Winner)
08. Paris Hilton - “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” (Paris)
09. Madonna - “Frozen” (Ray of Light)

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