songs that fuel relentless self-pity

01. The Zita Swoon - “People Are Like Slamming Doors” (Life=A Sexy Sanctuary)
02. Lady & Bird - “The Word Is Grey” (La Ballade Of)
03. Marianne Faithfull - “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” (Strange Weather)
04. Billie Holiday - “Yesterdays” (Verve Jazz Masters 12: Billie Holiday)
05. Ute Lemper - “The Part You Throw Away” (Punishing Kiss)
06. Antony and the Johnsons - “Hope There’s Someone” (I Am A Bird Now)
07. Nico - “These Days” (Chelsea Girl)
08. Leonard Cohen - “Avalanche” (Songs Of Love And Hate)
09. Elliott Smith - “Miss Misery (Early Version)” (New Moon)
10. John Cale - “Dying On The Vine” (Fragments Of A Rainy Season)
11. Tom Waits - “Trampled Rose” (Real Gone)
12. Karen Dalton - “Katie Cruel” (In My Own Time)

Songs for Tambourine Hands

An hour’s worth of hip-slipping ditties.

01. The Beatles - “Wait” (Rubber Soul)
02. Sonny & Cher - “I Got You Babe” (Groundhog Day)
03. Blitzen Trapper - “Ballad of Bird Love” (Furr)
04. DeVotchKa - “Til the End of Time” (Little Miss Sunshine)
05. The Minders - “I’ve Been Wondering” (Horray for Tuesday)
06. The Chocolate Watchband - “Let’s Talk About Girls” (Nuggets: Original Artifacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968)
07. The Partridge Family - “I Can Feel Your Heartbeat” (Come On Get Happy!)
08. Jonathan Fire*Eater - “These Little Monkeys” (Wolf Songs for Lambs)
09. The Monkeys - “Last Train to Clarksville” (The Monkeys)
10. Okkervil River - “Lost Coastlines” (The Stand Ins)
11. Françoise Hardy - “This Little Heart” (Les Chansons D’amour)
12. Beck - “Black Tambourine” (Guero)
13. The Stooges - “Gimme Danger” (Raw Power)
14. The Kills - “Wait” (Keep On Your Mean Side)
15. Cato Salsa Experience - “M.F.” (A Good Tip for a Good Time)
16. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - “Servo” (Tepid Peppermint Wonderland: A Retrospective)
17. Dressy Bessy - “Just Once More” (Dressy Bessy)
18. Built to Spill - “Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss” (Ancient Melodies of the Future)
19. The Warlocks - “Baby Blue” (Phoenix Album)

morose/love pop songs about longing for the love of your life who’s just shot you down…

01. Zita Swoon - “Hot Hotter Hottest” (Life = A Sexy Sanctuary)
02. The 6ths - “All Dressed Up In Dreams” (Wasps’ Nests)
03. Serge Gainsbourg - “L’anamour” (Comic Strip)
04. Of Montreal - “A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger” (Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer)
05. Pulp - “Death II” (Separations)
06. Kleerup feat. Marit Bergman - “3 am” (Kleerup)
07. The Gossip - “Four Letter Word” (Music For Men)
08. The Smithereens - “Behind The Wall Of Sleep” (Especially For You)
09. Jeff Buckley - “Forget Her” (Grace/ Legacy Edition)
10. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - “I Let Love In” (Let Love In)
11. The Smiths - “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” (Strangeways Here We Come)
12. Jay-Jay Johansson - “She Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (The Long Term Physical Effects Are Not Yet Known)
13. The Divine Comedy - “Songs Of Love” (Casanova)
14. Belle & Sebastian - “Piazza, New York Catcher” (Dear Catastrophe Waitress)

A mixtape of songs by different artists that sound so similar that the mix could be mistaken for an album by a single artist.

01. Kings of Convenience - “Cayman Islands” (Riot on an Empty Street)
02. Xavier Rudd - “Little Chief” (To Let)
03. Okkervil River - “Savannah Smiles” (The Stage Names)
04. Wintersleep - “Avalanche” (Wintersleep)
05. Eddie Vedder - “Society” (Into the Wild)
06. Dan Mangan - “Unnatural Progression” (Postcards and Daydreaming)
07. Jose Gonzales” - Cycling Trivialities” (In Our Nature)
08. The Tragically Hip - “Wheat Kings” (Fully Completely)

It is 3 in the afternoon, the sun is gone, the sky is gloomy, and it is about to rain.

This might be the kind of thing you would listen to if you were driving on some lonesome highway where you could see the horizon for miles. You’d drive right into the thunderstorm — which you could see brewing from afar — then cranking this up and going with it. It’s a bit moody, but hey — rain is depressing.

01. Neil Young - “See The Sky About To Rain” (On The Beach)
02. Neon Indian - “Terminally Chill” (Psychic Chasms)
03. Yo La Tengo - “You Can Have It All” (And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out)
04. Galaxie 500 - “Blue Thunder” (On Fire)
05. Caribou - “Melody Day” (Andorra)
06. Broken Social Scene - “Superconnected” (Broken Social Scene)
07. Violent Femmes - “I Hear The Rain” (Hallowed Ground)
08. Queens of the Stone Age - “The Sky Is Fallin’” (Songs For The Deaf)
09. Dungen - “Ta Det Lugnt” (Ta Det Lugnt)
10. The Beta Band - “Inner Meet Me” (The Three E.P.’S)
11. The Byrds - “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better” (Greatest Hits)
12. Uncle Tupelo - “Sandusky” (March 16-20 1992)
13. My Morning Jacket - “Golden” (It Still Moves)
14. Credence Clearwater Revisited - “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” (Chronicle, Vol. 1)

Songs for a Modern Incarnation of Lady Brett Ashley

01. The Bird and the Bee - “Maneater” (Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates)
02. The Like - “Fair Game” (Release Me)
03. Anya Marina - “Whatever You Like” (Whatever You Like [Digital 45])
04. Metric - “Poster of a Girl” (Live It Out)
05. The Blow - “Pile of Gold” (Paper Television)
06. Jenny Owen Youngs - “Secrets” (Transmitter Failure)
07. Dntel - “Roll On” (Dumb Luck)
08. Regina Spektor - “One More Time With Feeling” (Far)

As a biology major, I mostly only listen to music while studying. So give me some good music to keep me focused.

01. Jim O’Rourke - “94 The Long Way” (Bad Timing)
02. Kraftwerk - “Tanzmusik” (Ralf and Florian)
03. Steve Reich - “Electric Counterpoint” (Different Trains)
04. Cave - “Hunt Like Devil” (Hunt Like Devil)
05. The Books - “Tokyo” (The Lemon of Pink)
06. Battles - “B+T” (EP C / B EP)
07. Adem - “Gamera” (Takes)
08. Loose Fur - “An Ecumenial Manner” (Loose Fur)
09. Cluster - “Hollywood” (Zuckerzeit)
10. El Ten Eleven - “Marriage Is The New Going Steady” (It’s Still Like A Secret)
11. Neu - “Fur Immer” (2)
12. John Fahey - “John Henry” (The Legend of Blind Joe Death)
13. Can - “Bel Air” (Future Days)
14. Mark McGuire - “Along The Coral Reef” (Tidings/Amethyst Waves)
15. Mogwai - “Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home” (Young Team)

Songs to make my mind-numingly boring job seem lots more fun.

01. Kasabian - “L.S.F. Lost Souls Forever” (Kasabian)
02. Middle Class Rut - “I Guess You Could Say” (No Name No Color)
03. Dogs Die in Hot Cars - “Lounger” (Please Describe Yourself)
04. White Rabbits - “While We Go Dancing” (Thieves Be Damned!)
05. The Limousines - “Very Busy People” (Get Sharp)
06. Deaf Pedestrians - “I Hate This Place” (We’re All Gonna Die)
07. Kind of Like Spitting - “Crossover Potential” (Bridges Worth Burning)
08. The Zutons - “How Does it Feel” (Tired of Hanging Around)
09. Local Natives - “Who Knows Who Cares” (Gorilla Manor)
10. The Dismemberment Plan - “A Life of Possibilities” (Gorilla Manor)
11. Surfer Blood - “Floating Vibes” (Astro Coast)
12. Atom and His Package - “I’m Downright Amazed at What I Can Destroy With Just A Hammer” (Hamburgers)
13. NazcarNation - “Beeswax” (NazcarNation)
14. Planet Smashers - “Too Much Attitude” (Life of the Party)
15. Larrkin Love - “Meet Me By The Getaway Car” (The Freedom Spark)
16. Uh Huh Her - “Dance With Me” (Common Reaction)
17. Bishi - “Never Seen Your Face” (BitPop EP)

I hate that you didn’t feel the way I felt and that you aren’t hurt the way I’m hurt.

Aww, sorry kid. Have a good wallow in some of these mood pieces. Just let it all out. Then skip to the last track and gear up to take on the world again. Chin up!

01. Swans - “Animus” (Soundtracks for the Blind)
02. Julian Fane - “In Space” (Special Forces)
03. Nest - “Far From Land” (Retold)
04. Grouper - “Heavy Water / I’d Rather Be Sleeping” (Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill)
05. Forest Swords - “If Your Girl” (Dagger Paths)
06. Riya - “Seems Like” (Seems Like / The Cycle)
07. The Internal Tulips - “Talking Hoshizaki Blues” (Mislead Into a Field by a Deformed Deer)
08. µ-ziq - “Goodbye, Goodbye” (Royal Astronomy)
09. Coil - “Going Up” (The Ape of Naples)
10. Iggy Pop - “Success” (Lust for Life)

I can’t wait to move in with you even though we’re both poor from college.

01. Talking Heads - “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” (Speaking in Tongues)
02. Richard Hawley - “Tonight the Streets Are Ours” (Lady’s Bridge)
03. Smog - “Let’s Move to the Country” (Knock Knock)
04. Arthur Russel - “That’s Us / Wild Combination” (Calling Out of Context)
05. Neil Young - “Cinnamon Girl” (Everybody Knows This is Nowhere)
06. Beach Boys - “Wouldn’t it Be Nice?” (Pet Sounds)
07. Frightened Rabbit - “Old Old Fashioned” (The Midnight Organ Fight)
08. Jens Lekman - “Your Arms Around Me” (Night Falls Over Kortedala)

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