Simple, Striking, Strange and Sad

01. Palace Brothers - "I Send My Love To You" (Days In the Wake)
02. Guided By Voices - "Awful Bliss" (Bee Thousand)
03. Elliott Smith - "St. Ides Heaven" (s/t)
04. Microphones - "There Is Not Invincible Disguise That Lasts All Day" (Song Islands)
05. R.E.M. - "Kerouac No. 4" (Time of Outtakes)
06. Daniel Johnston - "Story of An Artist" (Welcome To My World)
07. eels - "3 Speed" (Electro-Shock Blues)
08. Lincoln - "Straight" (s/t)
09. Horse Feathers - "Curs In the Weeds" (House With No Home)
10. Carissa's Wierd - "So You Wanna Be A Superhero" (Songs About Leaving)
11. Thee More Shallows - "Ask Me About Jon Stross" (More Deep Cuts)
12. Nov. 16 [Band of Horses] - "I Go To the Barn Because I Like the (early version)" (Yeti, Vol. 3)
13. Crooked Fingers - "She Spread Her Legs and Flew Away" (s/t)
14. Beat Happening - "Indian Summer" (Jamboree)
15. Violent Femmes - "Good Feeling (live edit)" (Permanent Record)
16. Roky Erickson - "Goodbye Sweet Dreams" (You're Gonna Miss Me OST)
17. Syd Barrett - "Dark Globe" (The Madcap Laughs)
18. Vic Chesnutt - "Kick My Ass" (Drunk)
19. Spokane - "Temporary Things" (Measurements)
20. Nick Cave (w. the Dirty Three) - "Time Jesum Transeuntum Et Non Riverentum" (Songs In the Key of X)
21. Gavin Bryars (f. Tom Waits) - "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet" (Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet)

I talk out loud like you’re still around

01. Rosie Thomas and Sufjan Stevens - "Say Hello" (These Friends of Mine)
02. M. Ward - "Poison Cup" (Post War)
03. Bloc Party - "This Modern Love" (Silent Alarm)
04. The Olivia Tremor Control - "NYC-25" (Music From the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle)
05. Built to Spill - "Some" (There's Nothing Wrong With Love)
06. Tarkio - "Tristan and Iseult" (Omnibus)
07. Ferraby Lionheart - "The Ballad of Gus and Sam" (Self-Titled EP)
08. Iron & Wine - "Love and Some Verses" (Our Endless Numbered Days)
09. John Prine - "One Red Rose" (Storm Windows)

10. of Montreal - "I Can't Stop Your Memory" (Cherry Peel)

11. Okkervil River - "So Come Back I'm Waiting" (Black Sheep Boy)

Taco taco burrito: Fuck you New York. I’m going back to California

01. The Weakerthans - "Left and Leaving" - (Left and leaving)
02. John Vanderslice - "Time to Go" - (Emerald City)
03. Greeley Estates - "Go West Young Man" - (Go West Young Man)
04. Joni Mitchell - "California" (Blue)
05. Kings of Convenience - "Homesick" - (Riot on an Empty Street)
06. Alison Krauss - "Broadway" - (Now That I've Found You: A Collection)
07. Ivy - "Get out of the City" - (Apartment Life)
08. Notorious B.I.G. - "Going Back to Cali" - (Life After Death)
09. The Mamas & The Papas - "California Dreamin'" - (California Dreamin')

I just moved to Seattle, I need local music!

All of the following bands are native to the Seattle/Portland (but still plays in Seattle a bunch) area. Some (not all) of the bands are friends of mine, or friends of friends of mine, and so on. My point is, I would encourage you to become friends with them too, because they're super friendly, will probably be famous someday (some already are), and you'll feel that much more involved in your local music scene. Some of them might not actually have albums yet, and in those cases, I've provided an URL instead

01. Shotty - "Down Down" (
02. Estradasphere - "Buck Fever" (Buck Fever)
03. Sleep Terror - "Dysrhythmic Vexation" (
04. Portugal. The Man - "Sugar Cinnamon" (Church Mouth)
05. Marcus Eaton - "Standing Still" (Story of Now)
06. Angelo Spencer - "Hasil Adkins" (recorded!)
07. Quasi - "The Rhino" (When the Going Gets Basic)
08. The Blow - "True Affection" (Paper Television)
09. Missing Richard - "Virgin on a Navy Ship" (
10. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band - "Cheer for Fate" (
11. The Gypsies - "Shoot the Shit" (
12. Niyah - "Baby What Am I Gonna Do" (Hope)

How is it only Tuesday?

A mix to help you get back into it!

01. The Undertsudy - "Fine Young Folk" (What Not To Do When In Love)

02. Port O'Brien - "I Woke Up Today" (All We Could Do Was Sing)

03. Matthew Dear - "Pom Pom" (Asa Breed)

04. Pomegranates - "In The Kitchen" (Everything Is Alive)

05. Project Jenny, Project Jan - "320" (XOXOXOXOXO)

06. Tame Impala - "Remember Me" (Remember Me B-Side)

07. The Walkmen - "Little House Of Savages" (Bows + Arrows)

08. Longwave - "Wake Me When It's Over" (The Strangest Things)

09. TV on the Radio - "Halfway Home" (Dear Science)

10. Why? - "Fatalist Palmistry" (Alopecia)

11. Badly Drawn Boy - "The Shining - The Avalanches Good Word For The Weekend Remix" (Once Around The Block EP)

I just met you last weekend, and I now want to spend the rest of my weekends with you, forever!

01. Clarence Carter - "Slip Away" (The Best of Clarence Carter)
02. Bright Eyes - "Make a Plan to Love Me" (Cassadaga)
03. William Elliot Whitmore - "When Push Comes to Love" (Ashes to Dust)
04. Jack's Mannequin - "Meet Me At My Window" (Sound of Superman)
05. Lauryn Hill - "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill)
06. Under the Influence of Giants - "Golden"
07. Until June - "This City" (Until June)
08. Jimmy Eat World - "Futures" (Futures)
09. Ha Ha Tonka - "Falling In" (Buckle in the Bible Belt)
10. Jim Sturgess - "I've Just Seen A Face" (Across the Universe Soundtrack)
11. Cut Copy - "Feel the Love" (In Ghost Colours)
12. NOFX - "I Want You to Want Me"

Songs to watch porn to, because you don’t like the fake sex noises they make.

Okay, I could only think of rap tracks to watch porn to. And the mixtape is not that long, cause everybody knows that people stop jerkin off in the first 7 minutes

01. Atmosphere - "Shoulda Known" (When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold)
02. Camp Lo - "Coolie High" (Uptown Saturday Night)
03. MF DOOM - "Hoe Cakes" (MM...Food)
04. Masta Ace - "I Like Dat" (Disposable Arts)
05. Sage Francis - "Smoke And Mirrors" (Personal Journals)
06. Cannibal Ox - "A B-Boys Alpha" (The Cold Vein)
07. Mickey Avalon - "Jane Fonda" (Mickey Avalon)
08. Why? - "Good Friday" (Alopecia)
09. Big Daddy Kane - "Smooth Operator" (It's a Big Daddy Thing)

Songs to slow-dance to in an empty parking lot

You meet me when I get off work at Wal-Mart. I'll bring you some purple stuff and turn up the stereo on the trans-am. Wear those ruby red shoes I like and I'll let you wear my lanyard. Deal?

01. Ryan Adams - "La Cienga Just Smiled" (Gold)
02. Peter Gabriel - "In Your Eyes" (So)
03. Massive Attack - "Protection" (Protection)
04. Jets to Brazil - "Sweet Avenue" (Orange Rhyming Dictionary)
05. The Twilight Singers - "The Killer" (Blackberry Belle)
06. The Hold Steady - "Citrus" (Boys and Girls in America)
07. Joe Strummer - "Burnin' Streets" (Streetcore)
08. Elvis Costello - "Alison" (My Aim is True)
09. Bruce Springsteen - "I'm on Fire" (Born in the USA)
10. Al Green - "Belle" (The Belle Album)
11. Jets to Brazil - "Sweet Avenue" (Orange Rhyming Dictionary)

Songs for surviving that time of the month. Maybe music that makes it tolerable and keeps you from f

These be songs you can freak with and take the edge off of your hormonal rage/despair

01. Adam Green - "Hard To Be A Girl" (Friends of Mine)
02. Fiona Apple - "Fast As You Can" (When The Pawn...)
03. Violent Femmes - "Kiss Off" (Violent Femmes)
04. Tom Waits - "Hoist That Rag" (Real Gone)
05. Alanis Morissette - "All I Really Want" (Jagged Little Pill)
06. Gogol Bordello - "Let's Get Radical" (Multi Contra Kulti)
07. Elliott Smith - "Miss Misery" (Good Will Hunting OST)
08. Morrissey - "Glamorous Glue" (Your Arsenal)
09. Feist - "The Park" (The Reminder)
10. Belle and Sebastian - "Dress Up In You (The Life Pursuit)
11. Beastie Boys "Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun" (Paul's Boutique)
12. White Stripes - "Girl You Have No Faith In Medicine" (Elephant)
13. Ugly Casanova - "Barnacles" (Sharpen Your Teeth)
14. The National - "It Never Happened" (Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers)
15. Broken Social Scene - "It's All Gonna Break" (Broken Social Scene)

Songs to drunkenly ride my bike to while the cops are chasing me

I hope you ride a Schwinn -- it's on bitch

01. Broken Social Scene - "Almost Crimes" (You Forgot It In People)
02. The Shins - "Australia" (Wincing The Night Away)
03. Neutral Milk Hotel - "Song Against Sex" (On Avery Island)
04. Spoon - "The Underdog" (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)
05. Gary Glitter - "Do You Want To Touch Me (Oh Yeah!)" (Touch Me)
06. Radiohead - "Bodysnatchers" (In Rainbows)
07. The Olivia Tremor Control - "Jumping Fences" (Dusk At Cubist Castle)
08. Klaxons - "Magick" (Myths Of The Near Future)
09. Pavement - "5-4=Unity" (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
10. The Strokes - "You Only Live Once" (First Impressions Of Earth)
11. New Order - "Ceremony" (Singles 2005)
12. Modest Mouse - "Invisible" (We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank)
13. The Decemberists - "The Bagman's Gambit" (Picaresque)

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