Songs for Urban Exploration

01. Pomegranates - “Heaven” (Heaven)
02. Real Estate - “Green Aisles” (Days)
03. Bonobo - “Kiara” (Black Sands)
04. Toro Y Moi - “Talamak” (Causers of This)
05. Atmosphere - “Sound is Vibration” (Overcast!)
06. Oberhofer - “Away Frm U” (o0Oo0Oo)
07. Local Natives - “Wide Eyes” (Gorilla Manor)
09. Loyal Divide - “Vision Vision” (Bodice Ripper)
10. WHY? - “Song of the Sad Assassin” (Alopecia)
11. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - “FFunny FFrends” (Unknown Mortal Orchestra)
12. The Radio Dept. - “Heaven’s on Fire” (Clinging to a Scheme)
13. Fool’s Gold - “Surprise Hotel” (Fool’s Gold)

Songs for Urban Exploration

01. Pomegranates - “Heaven” (Heaven)
02. Real Estate - “Green Aisles” (Days)
03. Bonobo - “Kiara” (Black Sands)
04. Toro Y Moi - “Talamak” (Causers of This)
05. Atmosphere - “Sound is Vibration” (Overcast!)
06. Oberhofer - “Away Frm U” (o0Oo0Oo)
07. Local Natives - “Wide Eyes” (Gorilla Manor)
09. Loyal Divide - “Vision Vision” (Bodice Ripper)
10. WHY? - “Song of the Sad Assassin” (Alopecia)
11. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - “FFunny FFrends” (Unknown Mortal Orchestra)
12. The Radio Dept. - “Heaven’s on Fire” (Clinging to a Scheme)
13. Fool’s Gold - “Surprise Hotel” (Fool’s Gold)

Best Album-Closers of All-Time Mix Tape

Some of these I’d say are indubitably the best album closers ever (i.e., the first three listed), but most are just what I personally consider great closers. Please excuse the rock leanings.

01. Slint - “Good Morning, Captain” (Spiderland)
02. The Beatles - “Tomorrow Never Knows” (Revolver)
03. Yes - “Heart Of The Sunrise” (Fragile)
04. The Dismemberment Plan - “Back And Forth” (Emergency & I)
05. Real Estate - “All The Same” (Days)
06. The Joggers - “Same To You” (Solid Guild)
07. Fugazi - “Last Chance For A Slow Dance” (In On The Kill Taker)
08. Cocteau Twins - “Frou Frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires” (Heaven Or Las Vegas)
09. Mogwai - “Secret Pint” (Rock Action)
10. Clinic - “Goodnight Georgie” (Internal Wrangler)

Amazing songs that feature Thom Yorke but are not by Radiohead, except for one notable exception

01. Flying Lotus - “…And The World Laughs With You” (Cosmogramma)
02. Bjork - “I’ve Seen It All” (Selmasongs)
03. Sparklehorse - “Wish You Were Here” (Maria’s Little Elbows)
04. Venus In Furs - “2HB” (Velvet Goldmine OST)
05. PJ Harvey - “This Mess We’re In” (Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea)
06. Thom Yorke - “Harrowdown Hill” (The Eraser)
07. Modeselektor - “Shipwreck” (Monkeytown)
08. Thom Yorke - “Black Swan” (The Eraser)
09. Radiohead - “Reckoner” (In Rainbows)
10. UNKLE - “Rabbit In Your Headlights” (Psyence Fiction)

Music for reading the Bible out loud (and sounding like a total badass while doing so)

01. The Band - “The Weight”
02. Sigur Rós - “Glósóli”
03. Matisyahu - “Silence”
04. MGMT - “Someone’s Missing”
05. Imagine Dragons - “It’s Time”
06. Passion Pit - “The Reeling”
07. Iron & Wine - “Muddy Hymnal”
08. Mumford & Sons - “Awake My Soul”
09. Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues - “Amazing Grace”

I am moving to Chicago and have intensely mixed feelings for the move.

I am from outside of Chicago, but spent much of my time in the city in my formative years. I decided to move away this Spring. I have intensely mixed feelings about that, but I miss Illinois and Chicago like crazy. I know what it’s like to go to Chicago with mixed feelings and not knowing what to expect anymore.

Some love for Chicago artists but not exclusively. I could make a Chicago-themed mixtape without that Wilco song, but I’d be kidding myself, you, and Dads everywhere. I hope your move goes well!

01. Shabazz Palaces - “Are you… Can you… Were you (Felt)” (Black Up)
02. Bobby Conn - “Never Get Ahead” (Bobby Conn)
03. PJ Harvey - “Dry” (Rid of Me)
04. The Smashing Pumpkins - “Obscured” (Pisces Iscariot)
05. Slum Village - “Fall N Love” (Fantastic, Vol. 2)
06. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - “Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)” (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
07. Boris - “Flood II” (Flood)
08. Tortoise - “I Set My Face to the Hillside” (TNT)
09. Broken Social Scene - “Mossbraker” (Feel Good Lost)
10. Beck - “Jackass” (Odelay)
11. Wilco - “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
12. Julianna Barwick - “Envelop” (The Magic Place)

Instrumental music that goes good with an Asimov novel

I’ve always found Isaac Asimov’s novels to be forward-thinking, detailed, and complex. Obviously, if you’re reading, you want a soundtrack that’s not terribly intrusive. The following songs are ordered by relative intrusiveness into your reading, with the first half being pretty mellow (ambient), and the latter slightly more hectic.

01. Brian Eno - “Signals”
02. Kraftwerk - “Kometenmelodie 1”
03. William Basinski - “D|P 2.1”
04. Moby - “Myopia”
05. Aphex Twin - “Tha”
06. Jean-Michel Jarre - “Oxygene, Pt. 1”
07. Nine Inch Nails - “9 Ghosts I”
08. Ital Tek - “Moon Bow”
09. The Flashbulb - “Undiscovered Colors”
10. The Glitch Mob - “Bad Wings (Dero Remix)”
11. Wisp - “Negions Fail”
12. Jon Hopkins - “Vessel”
13. Phutureprimitive - “Cryogenic Dreams”

A list of songs that you love, that I probably haven’t heard of.

Sorry if you know any of these! It all depends on the extent of your musical knowledge/where your particular interests lie, so I basically just put things on here that had <100,000 Last.fm listeners. Also most of them are pretty somber, because that's the kind of music I like, mostly.

01. Carissa's Wierd - "You Should Be Hated Here" (Songs About Leaving)
02. Bedhead - “Living Well” (What Fun Life Was)
03. Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) - “How to Make Love Stay” (What It Takes to Move Forward
04. Calories - “Drugged” (Adventuring)
05. Joie de Vivre - “Salt” (The North End)
06. Shoes and Socks Off - “I’m a World Class Assassin” (From the Muddy Banks of the Melitzer)
07. Surface of Eceon - “The Open Sea” (The King Beneath the Mountain)
08. DJ /rupture - “Cassava: Nokea” (Uproot)
09. Joyce Manor - “Orange Julius” (Joyce Manor)
10. S - “5 Dollers” (Puking and Crying)
11. Ous Mal - “Vaskiset Kielet” (Nuojuva Halava)

Fucking Awesome Funk

01. Joseph Henry - “Who’s the King(You Know That’s Me)”
02. The Mighty Show-Stoppers - “Hippy Skippy Moon Strut”
03. Alice Russell - “Step it Up”
04. Roosevelt Matthews - “Tighten it Up”
05. Lack of Afro - “Roderigo”
06. Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra - “Crosstown Traffic”
07. The Budos Band - “Chicago Falcon”
08. Curtis Mayfield - “Superfly”
09. The Broken Keys - “The Witch”
10. Sharon Jones - “My Man is a Mean Man”
11. James Brown - “Soul Power, Pts 1&2”
12. Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra - “Put Leg to Road”
13. The O’Jays - “For the Love of Money”
14. Spanky Wilson & The Quantic Soul Orchestra - “Don’t Joke With a Hungry Man”
15. Aaron Neville - “Hercules”
16. Incredible Bongo Band - “Apache”
17. Hank Ballard - “Butter Your Popcorn”
18. Sir Joe Quaterman - “So Much Trouble in My Mind”
19. The Budos Band - “Budos Riding”
20. The Jimmy Castor Bunch - “It’s Just Began”

Wishing I could have lived my teenage years during the 70’s.

Protopunk

01. Patti Smith - “Free Money” (Horses)
02. Television - “Marquee Moon” (Marquee Moon)

Punk

03. Sex Pistols - “Pretty Vacant” (Never Mind the…)
04. The Clash - “The Guns of Brixton” (London Calling)
05. Ramones - “Blitzkrieg Bop” (Ramones)

Post-Punk

06. Magazine - “Shot by Both Sides” (Real Life)
07. Joy Division - “Disorder” (Unknown Pleasures)
08. Wire - “Reuters” (Pink Flag)

Meanwhile in Germany….

09. Neu! - “Hallo Gallo” (Neu!)
10. Can - “Oh Yeah” (Tago Mago)
11. David Bowie - “Heroes” (“Heroes”)

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