Nice to meet you. Can I use you?

01. Belle & Sebastian - "Step Into My Office, Baby" (Dear Catastrophe Waitress)
02. Arctic Monkeys - "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor" (Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not)
03. CSS - "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death from Above" (Musikexpress 101)
04. Death from Above 1979 - "Romantic Rights" (You're a Woman, I'm a Machine)
05. Men Women & Children - "Messy" (Men Women & Children)
06. Ben Kweller - "Wasted and Ready" (Sha Sha)
07. Of Montreal - "The Party's Crashing Us" (The Sunlandic Twins)
08. Pedro the Lion - "Penetration" (Control)
09. Rilo Kiley - "Portions for Foxes" (More Adventurous)
10. We Are Scientists - "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt" (With Love and Squalor)
11. Bright Eyes - "Lover I Don't Have to Love" (Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground)

Unlucky fishbowl.

01. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - "I Put a Spell On You" (Cow Fingers and Mosquito Pie)

02. Madvillain - "Strange Ways" (Madvillainy)

03. The Libertines - "What A Waster" (Up the Bracket)

04. David Bowie - "The Width of a Circle" (The Man Who Sold the World)

05. The Futureheads - "Danger of the Water" (The Futureheads)

06. !!! - "Break In Case of Anything" (Myth Takes)

07. PJ Harvey - "The Mess We're In" (Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea)

08. Arcade Fire - "Ocean of Noise" (Neon Bible)

09. Kings of Convenience - "Misread" (Riot On An Empty Street)

10. Beulah - "Matter vs. Space" (When Your Heartstrings Break)

11. Jenny Lewis - "Handle With Care" (Rabbit Fur Coat)

12. Death Cab For Cutie - "For What Reason" (We Have the Facts And We're Voting Yes)

A mix tape to listen to after an epiphany following various hallucinogenic encounters with Elliott S

note from apixelrevolt: I've decided not to use any Elliott Smith songs in this mixtape. It seemed like cheating.

01. Lullaby for the Working Class - "Honey, Drop the Knife" (Blanket Warm)
02. The Beatles - "Fixing a Hole" (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
03. Silver Jews - "Death of an Heir of Sorrows" (Bright Flight)
04. Bright Eyes - "Reinvent the Wheel" (Four Winds [EP])
05. Ben Kweller - "I Need You Back" (On My Way)
06. Rilo Kiley - "Ripchord" (More Adventurous)
07. Heatmiser - "Cruel Reminder" (Mic City Sons)
08. Pedro the Lion - "Priests and Paramedics" (Control)
09. The Minus 5 - "Cemetary Row" (The Minus 5)
10. Telefon Tel Aviv - "Life Is All About Taking Things In and Putting Things Out" (Fahrenheit Fair Enough)

Songs for a vigilante to listen to during his nightly quest for justice.

note from mason: Some of these choices might seem a bit strange – these were picked more for their mood and musicality than for their lyrics – but I can perfectly see these accompanying some slow, panning shots of a well-dressed Stallone-type figure with an assault rifle.

01. The Raconteurs – "Store-bought Bones" (Broken Boy Soldiers)
02. Talking Heads – "Electric Guitar" (Fear of Music)
03. Agent Orange – "Bloodstains (original version)" (Living in Darkness)
04. As Tall As Lions – "Stab City " (As Tall As Lions)
05. Warsaw – "Walked In Line" (unreleased)
06. The Coachwhips – "The Alarm" (The Sound of San Francisco)
07. Thom Yorke – "And It Rained All Night" (The Eraser)
08. Spoon – "My Mathematical Mind" (Gimme Fiction)
09. The Fucking Champs – "Esprit de Corpse" (IV)
10. Fujiya & Miyagi – "Ankle Injuries" (Transparent Things)
11. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – "Ha Ha High Babe" (Take Them On, On Your Own)
12. Beck "E-Pro" (Guero)
13. Lightning Bolt "Assassins" (Wonderful Rainbow)
14. King Crimson "21st Century Schizoid Man" (In the Court of the Crimson King)

The Week of Poor Choices

note from tague: i think i know how you feel my dear. this has a lot of songs from my current feeling shitty mix.

01. The Lawrence Arms- "Minute" (A Guided Tour of Chicago)
02. Belle and Sebastian- "Get Me Away From Here I'm Dying" (If You Are Feeling Sinister)
03. Bob Dylan- "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan)
04. Samiam- "Sunshine" (Astry)
05. Saturday Looks Good To Me- "Until the World Stops Spinning" (Every Night)
06. Sundowner- "Midsummer Classic" (Four One Five Two)
07. Superhopper- "It's Alright, It's Okay" (Party Killers)
08. Rilo Kiley- "A Better Son/Daughter" (The Execution of All Things)
09. Defiance, Ohio- "I'm Just Going to Leave" (Share What Ya Got)
10. Against Me!- "8 Full Hours of Sleep" (Reinventing Axl Rose)
11. Cursive- "The Night I Lost the Will to Fight" (Domestica)
12. Dan Potthast- "So Many Days" (Sweets and Meats)
13. The Draft- "Out of Tune" (In A Million Pieces)

odd little love songs for my odd little girlfriend

01. TV On The Radio - "Wolf Like Me" (Return To Cookie Mountain)
02. Her Space Holiday - "Something To Do With My Hands" (The Young Machines)
03. Aqueduct - "Dinner Mints" (Pistols At Dawn)
04. The Boy Least Likely To - "Be Gentle With Me" (The Best Party Ever)
05. I'm From Barcelona - "Treehouse" (Sing!!)
06. The Arcade Fire - "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" (Funeral)
07. The Smiths - "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" (The Queen Is Dead)
08. Coco Rosie - "By Your Side" (Le Maison de Mon Reve)
09. The Moldy Peaches - "Anybody Else But You" (The Moldy Peaches)

make me your girlfriend or you’ll never see me naked again.

01. Neutral Milk Hotel - "Song Against Sex" (On Avery Island)

02. Two Gallants - "Nothing To You" (The Throes)

03. Dr. Dog - "The Girl" (We All Belong)

04. Randy Newman - "Tickle Me" (Randy Newman Live)

05. Gary Wilson - "I Wanna Lose Control" (You Think You Really Know Me)

06. The Flaming Lips - "She Don't Use Jelly" (Transmissions From The Satellite Heart)

07. Broken Social Scene - "I'm Your Fag" (You Forgot It In People)

08. Daniel Johnston - "Like A Monkey In A Zoo" (Songs Of Pain)

09. Cloud Cult - "Living On The Outside Of Your Skin" (Advice From The Happy
Hippopotamus)

10. Jonathan Richman - "The Girl Stands Up To Me Now" (Having A Party With Jonathan Richman)

11. The Gerbils - "Crayon Box" (Are You Sleepy?)

12. Lou Reed - "Sick Of You" (New York)

can you love two people at the same time….with the same name?

let this mix be your magic eight ball: if you can love these same-named songs at the same time, then you're good, but if you consistently feel like you have to choose one, I recommend backing off.

01. Natalie Merchant - "Carnival" (VH1 Storytellers)
02. Joan Osborne - "Pensacola" (Relish)
03. Joni Mitchell - "California" (Blue)
04. Bob Dylan - "I Want You" (Greatest Hits)
05. Richard Thompson - "Push and Shove" (Finding Better Words - The Essential Richard Thompson)
06. R.E.M. - "Catapult" (Murmur)
07. Fastball - "Damaged Goods" (All the Pain Money Can Buy)
08. The Beatles - "I Want You" (Abbey Road)
09. Amy Correia - "Carnival" (Carnival Love)
10. Rufus Wainwright - "California" (Poses)
11. Fatboy Slim feat. Justin Robertson - "Push and Shove" (Palookaville)
12. Gang of Four - "Damaged Goods" (Entertainment!)
13. Soul Coughing - "Pensacola" (El Oso)
14. Counting Crows - "Catapult" (Recovering the Satellites)

songs that make a compelling case for bringing the word “rad” back

A mix I made for this guy I started seeing earlier this year, completely "rad"-inspired: lead singer of a punk-alt rock band, a skater, the tight androgynous pants, the fedora, the Allston indie-punk bar he always goes to, the whiskey he drinks. Totally rad.
This was my way of telling him how rad I thought he was/think he is...the most rad songs I could think of; songs that would make him say, "yeah, that mix was rad...and yeah, wow, so is she".

And all in a little under 80 minutes. ;)
01. The Walkmen - "Lost In Boston" (A Hundred Miles Off)
02. The Misfits - "Hybrid Moments" (Legacy of Brutality)
03. Eagles of Death Metal - "Bad Dream Mama" (Peace Love Death Metal)
04. Devo - "Gut Feeling" (Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo/DEV-O Live)
05. Nation of Ulysses - "Last Train To Cool" (Plays Pretty For Baby)
06. Mewithoutyou - "The Ghost" ([A-->B] Life)
07. The Dirtbombs - "I Can't Stop Thinking About It" (Horndog Fest)
08. Sebastien Tellier - "La ritournelle (Mr. Dan's Magic Wand mix)" (La Ritournelle (Remix) - EP)
09. Love - "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark and Hilldale" (Forever Changes)
10. My Morning Jacket - "It Beats 4 U" (Okonokos)
11. The Barbarians - "Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl" (self-titled)
12. Division of Laura Lee - "Dirty Love" (Das Not Compute)
13. Girl Talk - "Smash Your Head" (Night Ripper)
14. Patti Smith - "Gloria" (Horses)
15. The Kooks - "See The World" (Inside In/Inside Out)
16. Madlib - "Toe Fat" (Beat Konducta)
17. Arab Strap - "Love Detective" (The Red Thread)
18. The Modern Lovers - "Hospital" (self-titled)
19. Liars - "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack" (Drums Not Dead)
20. Keny Arkana - "Outro" (Mix Tape Vol. 1: L'esquisse)
21. Zen Guerilla - "Fingers" (Positronic Raygun)
22. Concrete Blonde -"It'll Chew You Up And Spit You Out" (Still In Hollywood)

Songs to lose your sense of identity to

01. How I Became The Bomb - "Secret Identity" (Let's Go)
02. Billy Ruffian - "Masterminding My Downfall" (My Secret Life)
03. The New Pornographers - "Unguided" (Challengers)
04. Cursive - "The Night I Lost the Will to Fight" (Domestica)
05. Arcade Fire - "My Body is a Cage" (Neon Bible)
06. Pavement - "Frontwards" (Watery, Domestic)
07. The National - "Mistaken for Strangers" (Boxer)
08. Minus Story - "Stitch Me Up" (My Ion Truss)
09. Taken by Trees - "Lost and Found" (Open Field)
10. Antony & The Johnsons - "I am a Bird Now" (I am a Bird Now)
11. Mountain Goats - "Whole Wide World" (Sweden)
12. Death Cab For Cutie - "The Sound of Settling" (Transatlanticism)
13. Oasis - "Whatever" (Whatever)

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