something to play over the loud speaker at the children’s museum where i work

01. Tullycraft - "Orange Cake Mix" (Beat Surf Sun)
02. The Magnetic Fields - "Deep Sea Diving Suit" (Holiday)
03. The Brunettes - "Loopy Loopy Love" (Mars Loves Venus)
04. Suburban Kids with Biblical Names - "Seems to Be on My Mind" (#3)
05. Bishop Allen - "Click Click Click Click Click" (July EP)
06. I'm From Barcelona - "This Boy" (Let Me Introduce My Friends)
07. Beulah - "If We Can Land a Man on the Moon..." (When Your Heartstrings Break)
08. The Go! Team - "We Listen Everyday" (Junior Kickstart)
09. Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers - "I'm a Little Airplane" (Live)
10. The Boy Least Likely To - "Be Gentle With Me" (The Best Party Ever)
11. Walker Kong - "Andy Warhol and the Honeybees" (Deliver Us From People)
12. Architecture in Helsinki - "Do the Whirlwind" (In Case We Die)
13. Oh No! Oh My! - "Our Mouths Were Wet" (Between the Devil and the Sea)

give me a mix featuring songs from memorable movie scenes

I had a lot of fun compiling this mixtape! I love every one of these scenes, and it was hard both to file it down to just 19 songs and not make them all ‘80s throwbacks. Anyway, rather than citing which albums the songs came from, I referenced the movie soundtrack instead... for the sake of clarity, I guess. ENJOY!!

1. Bill Medley + Jennifer Wanres - "(I've Had) The Time of my Life" (Dirty Dancing Soundtrack)
2. Otis Redding - "Tenderness" (Pretty in Pink Soundtrack)
3. Otis Day and the Knights - "Shout" (Animal House Soundtrack)
4. Simple Minds - "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (Breakfast Club Soundtrack)
5. Elton John - "Tiny Dancer" (Almost Famous Soundtrack)
6. The Beatles - "Twist and Shout" (Ferris Beuller's Day Off Soundtrack)
7. Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Wayne's World Soundtrack)
8. Bee Gees - "Stayin' Alive" (Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack)
9. The Champs - "Tequila" (Pee Wee's Big Adventure Soundtrack)
10. Harry Belafonte - "Day-O" (Beetlejuice Soundtrack)
11. Iggy Pop - "Lust for Life" (Trainspotting Soundtrack)
12. The Pixies - "Where is my Mind?" (Fight Club Soundtrack)
13. Duran Duran - "Head Over Heels" (Donnie Darko Soundtrack)
14. The Righteous Brothers - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (Top Gun Soundtrack)
15. Huey Lewis and the News - "Johnny B Goode" (Back to the Future Soundtrack)
16. Alice Cooper - "School's Out" (Dazed and Confused Soundtrack)
17.Steelers Wheeler - "Stuck in the Middle With You" (Reservoir Dogs Soundtrack)
18. The Beatles - "All You Need is Love" (Love Actually Soundtrack)
19. Violent Femmes - "Blister in the Sun" (Grosse Pointe Blank)

You’re My Little Jew Jew Bee

I tried to pick songs that didn't take themselves too seriously but also said,"I, like, dig you and stuff..."
01. Animal Collective - "The Purple Bottle" (Feels)
02. The Exploding Hearts - "Throwaway Style" (Guitar Romantic)
03. The Mamas and the Papas - "I Saw Her Again Last Night" (The Mamas and the Papas)
04. The Rosebuds - "Blue Bird" (Birds Make Good Neighbors)
05. Jens Lekman - "I Saw Her in the Anti War Demonstration" (Oh You're So Silent Jens)
06. Kelley Stoltz - "Prank Calls" (Below The Branches)
07. Daniel Johnston - "I Saw Her Standing There" (Continued Story/Hi, How Are You?)
08. All Girl Summer Fun Band - "Canadian Boyfriend" (All Girl Summer Fun Band)
09. Har Mar Superstar - "Baby, Do You Like My Clothes?" (Har Mar Superstar)
10. Tilly and the Wall - "Rainbows in the Dark" (Bottoms of Barrels)
11. The Moldy Peaches - "Nothing Came Out" (The Moldy Peaches)
12. Sarah Harmer - "I Am Aglow" (I'm A Mountain)
13. The Boy Least Likely To -"I'm Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon to Your Star" (The Best Party Ever)

every time i watch the sixth sense i cry

01. Thee, Stranded Horse- "So Goes The Pulse" (Churning Strides)
02. World's End Girlfriend- "100 Years Of Choke" (Hurtbreak Wonderland)
03. Spoon- "The Ghost Of You Lingers" (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)
04. Guided By Voices- "Fantasy Creeps" (King Shit And The Golden Boys)
05. Unwound- "Look A Ghost" (Leaves Turn Inside You)
06. Andrew Bird- "Skin" (Weather Systems)
07. Sparklehorse- "Sea Of Teeth" (It's A Wonderful Life)
08. A Place To Bury Strangers- "To Fix The Gash In Your Head" (A Place To Bury Strangers)
09. Songs: Ohia- "Not Just A Ghost's Heart" (Ghost Tropic)
10. Brian Eno- "Spirits Drifting" (Another Green World)

Music to play over bad ‘80s cartoons to make them seem arty

It's hard to determine what someone finds 'arty,' so this is my best attempt (keyword, attempt) at doing exactly that for you. Enjoy!
01. Four Tet - "Hands" (Rounds)
02. A Boy Named Thor - "Pie and Broken Hearts" (Yesterday's Song)
03. Neutral Milk Hotel - "Calypso Part One" (Invent Yourself a Shortcake)
04. Deerhoof - "All Rise" (Bibidi Babidi Boo)
05. Karl Blau - "Ode to Ocean" (Beneath Waves)
06. God is an Astronaut - "The End of the Beginning" (The End of the Beginning)
07. Donovan - "The Observation" (Mellow Yellow / Wear Your Love Like Heaven)
08. Japanther - "Critical" (Dump the Body In Rikki Lake)
09. Four Tet - "She Moves She" (Rounds)
10. Grizzly Bear - "Campfire" (Horn of Plenty)
11. Imogen Heap - "Hide and Seek" (Speak for Yourself)
12. Her Space Holiday - "Gravity Fails Us" (Audio Astronomy)
13. Jandek - "No Slow Ones" (Telegraph Melts)
14. Lightning Bolt - "Crown of Storms" (Wonderful Rainbow)
15. Animal Collective - "Bees" (Feels)

The soundtrack to the worst haircut you’ve ever had

01. Big D and the Kids Table- "Dirt Lip" (Good Luck)
02. Eels- "Dog Faced Boy" (Souljacker)
03. Pavement- "Cut Your Hair" (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
04. Eef Barzelay- "Boy Ghost" (Rocket Science Original Soundtrack)
05. Weezer- "Buddy Holly" (Weezer)
06. The Aquabats- "Pizza Day" (Myths & Legends)
07. Of Montreal- "Suffer for Fashion" (Hissing Fauna, Are You The
Destroyer?)
08. Klaxons- "The Bouncer" (Xan Valleys EP)
09. Monty Python- "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" (Monty
Python Sings)

we’re in love. i know it. you know it. now tell me before i have to tell you.

01. Mates of State - "Like U Crazy" (Bring It Back)
02. The Decemberists - "July, July" (Castaways And Cutouts)
03. The Choir Practice - "Running On" (The Choir Practice)
04. Iron & Wine - "Bird Stealing Bread" (The Creek Drank the Cradle)
05. The Postal Service - "Brand New Colony" (Give Up)
06. Beirut - "Postcards From Italy" (Gulag Orkestar)
07. The Zombies - "The Way I Feel Inside" (Begin Here)
08. Damien Rice - "Delicate" (O)
09. Sufjan Stevens - "The Dress Looks Nice On You" (Seven Swans)
10. Regina Spektor - "Us" (Soviet Kitsch)
11. Jens Lekman - "Maple Leaves" (When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog)
12. Mirah - "Sweepstakes Prize" (You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This)
13. Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - "Noodles" (#3)
14. The Free Design - "Love You" (Kites Are Fun: The Best of the Free Design)
15. The Flaming Lips - "Do You Realize" (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots)

Compiled by: PennyDreadfuls

01. Jens Lekman - "Maple Leaves" (Maple Leaves EP)
02. 1990's - "See You At The Lights" (Cookies)
03. Beulah - "If We Can Land A Man On The Moon, Then Surely I Can Win Your Heart" (When Your Heartstrings Break)
04. Clientele - "We Could Walk Together" (Suburban Light)
05. The Free Design - "Love You" (Sing for Very Important People)
06. American Analog Set - "Know By Heart" (Know By Heart)
07. Hawksley Workman - "Striptease" (Last Night We Were: The Delicious Wolves)
08. The Notwist - "Consequence" (Neon Golden)
09. New Order - "Age Of Consent" (Power, Corruption, And Lies)
10. Grizzly Bear - "On A Neck, On A Spit" (Yellow House)
11. Voxtrot - "The Start Of Something" (Raised By Wolves)
12. Belle & Sebastian - "I'm A Cuckoo" (I'm a Cuckoo EP)
13. Beck - "Think I'm In Love" (The Information)
14. Brett Dennen - "Desert Sunrise" (Brett Dennen: Self-Titled)
15. Yo La Tengo - "Center Of Gravity" (I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One)
16. M. Ward - "I'll Be Yr Bird" (Transistor Radio)
17. Bobby Birdman - "Gone Beyond" (Unknown)
18. Tunng - "Code Breaker" (Mother's Daugher And Other Songs)

two decades old and you still can’t figure out how to set the time on the VCR correctly.

01. Adam Green - "Frozen in Time" (Friends of Mine)
02. Ben Folds - "Still Fighting It" (Rockin' The Suburbs)
03. Beck- "Loser" (Mellow Gold)
04. Le Tigre - "Get Off The Internet" (From The Desk of Mr. Lady)
05. Jimmy Eat World - "The Middle" (Bleed American)
06. Blink 182 - "Dammit" (Dude Ranch)
07. Old 97's - "Nineteen" (Fight Songs)
08. Hootie and the Blowfish - "Time" (Cracked Rear View)
09. Northstar - "Two Zero Two" (Pollyanna)
10. The Beach Boys - "Don't Worry, Baby" ( Shut Down Volume 2)

Songs to reference when I need to bluff that I am hip.

note from bat: I think I covered everything here. The electronic (Boards of Canada, M83), the foreign (Zazen Boys), the older (Nick Cave), the newer (65 days of static), the avant garde (Battles) and the simple (Tegan and Sara).

01. Boards of Canada - "Roygbiv" (Music Has The Right To Children)
02. M83 - "Night" (M83)
03. Battles - "Atlas" (Mirrored)
04. Zazen Boys - "Himitsu Girl's Top Secret" (Himitsu Girl's Top Secret)
05. Sigur Ros - "Unititled 3/Samskeyti" ( ( ) )
06. Nick Cave - "Beth's Sleepy River" (And The Ass Saw The Angel)
07. Tegan and Sara - "The Con" (The Con)
08. The Books - "Von Digt For Kloppervok" (Lost and Safe)
09. 65 days of static - "Radio Protector" (One Time For All Time)

subject: love, the kind you clean up with a mop and bucket

note from meghan: I noticed a lot of these are about breaking up and what not, but there's always the tinge of being hopelessly in this perpetual state of hardcore love, then a pretty song at the end for those days you couldn't love each other more. Enjoy, this one breaks my heart a little.

01. Clint Mansell - "Summer Overture" (Requiem for a Dream Soundtrack)
02.Chris Isaak-"Wicked Game" (Wicked Game)
03. Regina Spektor-"Ode to Divorce" (Soviet Kitsch)
04. Stars-"The Big Fight" (Set Yourself on Fire)
05. Camera Obscura-"Country Mile" (Let's Get Out of This Country)
06. Jeff Buckley- "Lover, You Should've Come Over" (Grace)
07. The Magnetic Fields-"I Don't Want to Get Over You" ( 69 Love Songs, Volume III)
08. Brand New-"Me v. Maradona v. Elvis" (Deja Entendu)
09. Gregory and the Hawk-"I'm Your Puppet" (In Your Dreams)
10. Rilo Kiley-"More Adventurous" (Wedding Crashers Soundtrack)
11. Tilly and the Wall-"Love Song" (Bottoms of Barrels)

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