Pretty sure this is rock-bottom (god I hope so)

This mixtape comes in parts. You can use the sections individually or listen to it as a whole to help you out of whatever hole you’re in. The first half (tracks 1-10) are sad songs so you can think about where you’re at and your life so far. Tracks 11 and 12 are “transitional” tracks to help you start to move forward. Track 13 is bittersweet in case you are feeling nostalgic. Tracks 14 through 17 are motivational tracks to help remind you of everything you need, want, and deserve, and why it’s worth it to keep going. Tracks 18-20 are cheery songs that you can sing along to when you’re feeling discouraged. I hope it helps. Keep your chin up, you can do this.

01. Laura Stevenson and the Cans – “Nervous Rex” (A Record)
02. Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s – “Broadripple is Burning” (Not Animal)
03. Brand New – “Millstone” (The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me)
04. Kevin Devine – “Just Stay” (Put Your Ghost To Rest)
05. Adele – “Hometown Glory” (19)
06. Balance and Composure – “Weak Man, Weak Boy” (I Just Want To Be Pure)
07. Broken Social Scene – “Lover’s Spit” (You Forgot It In People)
08. Dear & The Headlights – “Try” (Drunk Like Bible Times)
09. Des Ark – “Lord Of The Ring & His Fascist Timekeepers” (Daytrotter Studio 8/16/2011)
10. Bon Iver – “Flume” (Daytrotter Session 7/21/2008)
11. Explosions In The Sky – “First Breath After Coma” (The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place)
12. Magic Man – “South Dakota” (Real Life Color)
13. Gordon Gano’s Army – “First Song” (Self-Titled)
14. Paul Baribeau – “Ten Things” (Grand Ledge)
15. Andrew Jackson Jihad – “Survival Song” (People That Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World)
16. Flobots – “Rise” (Fight With Tools)
17. Kimya Dawson – “Loose Lips” (Remember That I Love You)
18. Watercolor Paintings – “Indiana” (Open Your Mouth)
19. Tegan & Sara – “Back In Your Head” (The Con)
20. Kennedy – “Karate” (Kennedy For President)

Realizing modern society had turned you into a mindless, cold, robot.

I was you in high school. I took Adbusters magazines out of the school library. I watched “The Corporation” and got all angry about it. Relax. Deep breaths. There’s still a soul in there somewhere.

01. Daft Punk - “Robot Rock” (Human After All)
02. Radiohead - “Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors” (Amnesiac)
03. The National - “Mistaken For Strangers” (Boxer)
04. Animal Collective - “Lion In A Coma” (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
05. Blitzen Trapper - “Sci-Fi Kid” (Wild Mountain Nation)
06. We Are The City - “Get Happy” (High School)
07. Arcade Fire - “Windowsill” (Neon Bible)
08. LCD Soundsystem - “All I Want” (This Is Happening)
09. Pavement - “At & T” (Wowee Zowee)
10. James Blake - “I Mind” (James Blake)
11. Sufjan Stevens - “Get Real Get Right” (The Age Of Adz)
12. The Flaming Lips - “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1” (Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots)
13. The Flaming Lips - “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 2” (Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots)
14. The Kinks - “Apeman” (Lola vs. Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One)
15. Delta Spirit - “People, Turn Around” (Ode To Sunshine)
16. Andrew Bird - “Not A Robot, But A Ghost” (Noble Beast)

Hot Strawberry Syrup Robots

01. Glassjaw - “Tip Your Bartender” (Worship and Tribute)
02. Russian Circles - “Carpe” (Enter)
03. The Sound of Animals Fighting - “Act IV: You Don’t Need A Witness” (Tiger and The Duke)
04. The Dirty Projectors - “No Intention” (Bitte Orca)
05. Suicidal Tendencies - “Cyco Vision” (Freedumb)
06. The Fall Of Troy - “Problem?!” (Manipulator)
07. Saosin - “Seven Years” (Translating the Name)
08. Coke Vs. Bills - “Bygones Be Bygones”
09. Damiera - “Lessons” (M(US)ic)
10. Unsane - “Committed” (Occupational Hazard)
11. Elvis Costello - “Blame It On Cain” (My Aim Is True)
12. Fishbone - “A Selection” (Fishbone 101)
13. The Mercury Program - “You Yourself Are Too Serious” (A Data Learn The Language)
14. Javelin - “Vibrationz” (No Mas)
15. Justice - “Genesis” (Cross)
16. Maps & Atlases - “Israeli Caves” (Perch Patchwork)
17. Frank Zappa - “Bobby Brown Goes Down” (Sheik Yerbouti)
18. RX Bandits - “Dinna Dawg” (The Resignation)
19. The Samuel Jackson Five - “Easily Misunderstood” (Easily Misunderstood)
20. The Stepkids - “Santos & Ken” (The Stepkids)

Cigarettes and Coffee on a Rainy Day

01. Ella Fitzgerald - “Black Coffee” (Things Ain’t What They Used to Be)
02. John Martyn - “Solid air” (Solid Air)
03. Tom Waits - “Tango ‘till They’re Sore” (Rain Dogs)
04. Jolie Holland - “Old Fashioned Morphine” (Escondida)
05. John Martyn - “Cocain” (London Conversation)
06. Frank Sinatra - “Mood Indigo” (In the Wee Small Hours)
07. Tom Waits - “Warm beer Cold Women” (Nighthawks at the Diner)
08. Thelonious Monk - “‘Round Midnight” (Thelonious Himself)
09. Billie Holiday - “Stormy Weather”
10. Miles Davis - “So What” (Kind of Blue)

I’m a horny 17-year-old virgin

01. Bikini Kill - “I Like Fucking” (The Singles)
02. Guitar Wolf - “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (Planet Of The Wolves)
03. The Rolling Stones - “Where The Boys Go” (Emotional Rescue)
04. Mount Eerie - “Mystery Language” (Song Islands, Vol. 2)
05. Broken Social Scene - “Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl” (You Forgot It In People)
06. Blink-182 - “Anthem” (Enema Of The State)
07. Los Campesinos! - “Plan A” (Romance Is Boring)
08. Hello Astronaut Goodby Television - “Skate Or Die” (Pixelated Math Costumes)


09. The Jesus and Mary Chain - “Just Like Honey” (Psychocandy)
10. Mi Ami - “Latin Lover” (Steal Your Face)
11. Dr. Octagon - “Girl Let Me Touch You” (Dr. Octagonecologyst)
12. Arab On Radar - “Semen On The Mount” (Yahweh Or The Highway)
13. Marnie Stern - “The Crippled Jazzer” (This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That)
14. Liquor Store - “Manchild In Paradise” (Yeah Buddy!)
15. Whatever Brains - “The Future Of Porn” (Whatever Brains)
16. The Wrens - “Built In Girls” (Secaucus)
17. Team Dresch - “Growing Up In Springfield” (Personal Best)
18. Japandroids - “Wet Hair” (Post-Nothing)

Comfortably Numb

01. Phantogram - “When I’m Small” (Eyelid Movies)
02. Pictureplane - “Goth Star” (Dark Rift)
03. Air - “Run” (Talkie Walkie)
04. Cut Copy - “Out There On the Ice” (In Ghost Colours)
05. Badly Drawn Boy - “Everybody’s Stalking (Igby Goes Does Soundtrack)
06. Washed Out - “Feel It All Around” (Single)
07. Ladytron - “Seventeen” (Light & Magic)
08. Deerhunter - “Helicopter” (Halcyon Digest)
09. The xx - “Intro” (XX)
10. Beach Fossils - “Daydream” (Beach Fossils)
11. Neon Indian - “Deadbeat Summer” (Psychic Chasms)
12. New Order - “Ceremony” (Marie Antoinette Soundtrack)
13. Caribou - “Odessa” (Swim)
14. The Velvet Underground - “Heroin” (The Velvet Underground & Nico)
15. Elliott Smith - “Needle in the Hay” (Elliott Smith)

Beards & Banjos (You Know, The Good Stuff)

Some have only beards, some have only banjos, and the good ones have both (of course).

01. Joe Purdy - “Surgery” (StompinGrounds)
02. Mumford & Sons - “Little Lion Man” (Sigh No More)
03. The Avett Brothers - “Nothing Short of Thankful” (Mignonette)
04. Hayes Carll - “Bottle In My Hand” (KMAG YOYO)
05. Phosphorescent - “Walkin’” (To Willie)
06. Old Crow Medicine Show - “Cocane Habit” (Big Iron World)
07. Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs - “Old Before Your Time” (God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise)
08. Robert Eliis - “Comin’ Home” (Photographs)
09. Pete Seeger - “House of the Rising Sun” (Pete Seeger Volume 2)
10. Steve Earle & the Del McCoury Band - “Harlan Man” (The Mountain)
11. James Vincent McMorrow - “Early In the Morning, I’ll Come Calling” (Early In the Morning)
12. William Elliot Whitmore - “Does Me No Good” (Hymns For the Hopeless)
13. Frank Fairfield - “Cumberland Gap” (Frank Fairfield)
14. Iron & Wine - “Sinning Hands” (Around the Well)
15. Langhorne Slim - “I Will” (When The Sun’s Gone Down)
16. Bela Fleck - “Foggy Mountain Special” (The Bluegrass Session)

I like our super innocent relationship.

01. The Flaming Lips - “When You Smile” (Clouds Taste Metallic)
02. Howling Bells - “Let’s Be Kids” (Radio Wars)
03. The Softies - “It’s Love” (It’s Love)
04. The Smiths - “Sheila, Take A Bow” (Louder Than Bombs)
05. They Might Be Giants - “Another First Kiss” (Mink Car)
06. The Beach Boys - “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” (Pet Sounds)
07. The Ramones - “Oh, Oh, I Love Her So” (Leave Home)
08. Herman Dune - “Suburbs With Your” (Jackson Heights)
09. Weezer - “Falling For You” (Pinkerton)
10. The Sugarcubes - “Hetero Scum” (Stick Around For Joy)
11. Josie Miles - “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’” (Josie Miles Vol. 2 (1924-1925))

Never Meant by American Football

side a.
01. American Football - “Never Meant” (American Football)
02. Braid - “A Dozen Roses” (Frame and Canvas)
03. American Analog Set - “Punk As Fuck” (Know by Heart)
04. Aisler Set - “Emotional Levy” (How I Learned to Write Backwards)
05. Owen - “Declaration of Incompetence” (Owen)
06. The Slits - “Typical Girls” (Cut)
07. Beat Happening - “Indian Summer” (Jamboree)
08. The Raincoats - “In Love” (The Raincoats)
09. The Cure - “Six Different Ways” (The Head on the Door)
10. Nana Grizol - “Motion in the Ocean” (Love it Love it)
11. Ride - “Nowhere” (Nowhere)
12. Elliott Smith - “2:45 a.m.” (Either/Or)

side b.
01. The Dancing Cigarettes - “Pop Doormat” (1980-1981 The Gulcher Recordings)
02. Polyrock - “Changing Hearts” (Changing Hearts)
03. Cap’n Jazz - “Oh Messy Life” (Schmap’n Schmazz)
04. The Smiths - “Still Ill” (The Smiths)
05. Bear in Heaven - “Casual Goodbye” (Beast Rest Forth Mouth)
06. Broadcast - “Goodbye Girls” (Tender Buttons)
07. Wire - “Heartbeat” (Chairs Missing)
08. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - “People Ain’t No Good” (The Boatman’s Call)
09. Sunny Day Real Estate - “Sometimes” (Diary)
10. The Moles - “Lonely Hearts Get What They Deserve” (Untune the Sky)
11. Sun Kil Moon - “Carry Me Ohio” (Ghosts of the Great Highway)

unrequited love 1980-1988

01. Animotion - “Obession” (Animotion)
02. The Bangles - “Eternal Flame” (Everything) -This one is technically ‘89, but nothing says “80’s unrequited love” like Eternal Flame.
03. Kajagoogoo - ” Too Shy” (White Feathers)
04. Rick Springfield - “Jesse’s Girl” (Working Class Dog)
05. Dan Hartman - “I Can Dream About You” (Streets Of Fire)
06. Foreigner - “Waiting For A Girl Like You” (4)
07. Wham - “Careless Whisper” (Make It Big)
08. Toto - “Africa” (Toto IV)
09. Duran Duran - “Hungry Like The Wolf” (Rio)
10. Prince - “The Beautiful Ones” (Purple Rain)

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