Songs for a Scientific Spring

Take me through an entire human life.

Birth:

01. Dead Can Dance - “The Promised Womb” (Aion)
02. Sigur Ros - “Festival” (med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust)
03. The Mars Volta - “Cicatriz ESP” (De-loused In The Comatorium)

Childhood:

04. Bjork - “Violently Happy” (Debut)
05. Angelo Branduardi - “Vanita Di Vanita” (The Platinum Collection)
06. Yann Tiersen - “Les Jours Heureux” (Le Phare)

Adolescence:

07. Big Star - “Thirteen” (#1 Record)
08. Arcade Fire - “My body Is A Cage” (Neon Bible)
09. Scala & Kolacny Brothers - “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (On The Rocks)

Early Adulthood/University Years:

10. The Beatles - “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” (Rubber Soul)
11. Beck - “Loser” (Mellow Gold)
12. Devendra Banhart - “I Feel Like A Child” (Cripple Crow)

Adulthood/Working life:

13. Kraftwerk - “The Robots” (The Man Machine)
14. The Flaming Lips - “Powerless” (Embryonic)
15. Wolf Parade - “California Dreamer” (At Mount Zoomer)

Middle Age/Marriage:

16. Marc Almond - “Yesterday When I Was Young” (Absinthe: The French Album)
17. Bod Dylan - “Things Have Changed” (The Essential)
18. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - “Whatever Happened To My Rock’n’Roll” (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)

Old Age:

19. Grinderman - “No Pussy Blues” (Grinderman)
20. Johnny Cash & Bonnie Prince Billy - “I See A Darkness” (American Recordings III: Solitary Man)
21. Tom Waits - “How’s It Gonna End” (Real Gone)

Death:

22. Antony - “If It Be Your Will” (I’m Your Man: Soundtrack)
23. Jacques Brel - “Le Moribond” (Les Flamandes)
24. Patti Smith - “Ghost Dance” (Easter)

Guilty Pleasures (be honest with yourself)

The whole truth and nothing but the truth.

01. Britney Spears - “Toxic” (In The Zone)
02. Christina Aguilera - “Genie In A Bottle” (Christina Aguilera)
03. New Kids On The Block - “Step By Step” (Step By Step)
04. Samantha Fox - “Touch Me” (Touch Me)
05. Take That - “Relight My Fire” (Everything Changes)
06. Miami Sound Machine - “Conga” (Primitive Love)
07. Kaoma - “Lambada” (World Beat)
08. Natalia Oreiro - “Tu Veneno” (Tu Veneno)
09. Army Of Lovers - La Plage De Saint Tropez” (The Gods Of Earth And Heaven)
10. Ace of Base - “All That She Wants” (The Sign)
11. Roxette - “Listen To Your Heart” (Look Sharp!)
12. Dingo - “Levoton Tuhkimo” (Nimeni On Dingo)
13. Lionel Richie - “Hello” (Can’t Slow Down)
14. Chris de Burgh - “Lady In Red” (Into The Light)
15. Scorpions - “No One Like You” (Blackout)
16. Alice Cooper - “Poison” (Trash)
17. Ozzy Osbourne & Lita Ford - “If I Close My Eyes” (Lita)

Music for the perfect entry at a party

01. Boris - “Pink” (Pink)
02. Ghostface Killah - “One” (Supreme Clientele)
03. Fugazi - “Waiting Room” (13 Songs)
04. Crystal Castles - “Celestica” (II)
05. The Fall - “I Am Damo Suzuki” (This Nation’s Saving Grace)
06. The-Dream - “Walkin’ On The Moon” (Love VS Money)
07. The Jesus Lizard - “Monkey Trick” (Goat)
08. Boards of Canada - “Roygbiv” (Music Has the Right to Children)
09. Harvey Milk - “Motown” (Life… The Best Game in Town)
10. Justice - “Genesis” (†)
11. Das Racist - “All Tan Everything” (Sit Down, Man)
12. Radiohead - “Everything In Its Right Place” (Kid A)
13. Arcade Fire - “Wake Up” (Funeral)

YOU broke up with ME. Now why the fuck won’t you leave me alone, you ignorant bitch?

01. The Walkmen -“The Rat” (Bows and Arrows)
02. Okkervil River - “Song of Our So Called Friend” (Black Sheep Boy)
03. Vivian Girls - “Can’t Get Over You” (Everything Goes Wrong)
04. The Black Keys - “Psychotic Girl” (Attack & Release)
05. The Dutchess & The Duke - “I Don’t Feel Anything (Sunset/Sunrise)
06. Jay Reatard - “Don’t Let Him Come Back” (Singles 06-07)
07. Leadbelly - “You Can’t Lose Me, Charlie” (Leadbelly)
08. Los Campesinos - “Documented Emotional Breakdown #1” (We Are Beautiful We Are Doomed)
09. PJ Harvey - “Who the Fuck?” (uh huh her)
10. The Rolling Stones - “Under My Thumb” (Aftermath)
11. Dr. Dre - “Bitches Ain’t Shit” (The Chronic)

i want songs by strong, beautiful women that will make me feel like a strong, beautiful woman, and not just the girl that got dumped. again.

This may be a well chewed chestnut by now, but in my opinion Eleanor Roosevelt was one strong, beautiful woman who got it right: “Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” She also served hot dogs at the White House!

01. Ani DiFranco - “Not a Pretty Girl” (Not a Pretty Girl)
02. Joan Jett - “Shout” (Joan Jett)
03. Robyn - “Konichiwa Bitches” (Robyn)
04. Adele - “Rolling in the Deep” (21)
05. Dixie Chicks - “Not Ready to Make Nice” (Taking the Long Way)
06. Ani DiFranco - “Willing to Fight” (Living in Clip)
07. Brandi Carlile - “My Song” (The Story)
08. Court Yard Hounds - “The Coast” (The Coast)
09. Lissie - “Cuckoo” (Catching a Tiger)
10. Patty Griffin - “No Bad News” (Children Running Through)
11. Macy Gray - “Beauty in the World” (The Sellout)

A dark wave mix for a black heart

Sometimes the divisions between the goth sub-genres are really confusing. I have participated in lengthy debates as to what precisely is apocalyptic folk, why goths cringe at any allusion to heavy metal and what the fuck one means when one says one likes electronic body music… Who knows if these songs will meet your personal qualifications for dark wave, but they are without question fit for a black heart.

01. Joy Division - “Decades” (Closer)
02. The Cure - “Kyoto Song” (The Head On The Door)
03. The Glove - “Mouth To Mouth” (Blue Sunshine)
04. Siouxsie & The Banshees - “Melt!” (Twice Upon A Time: The Singles)
05. The Associates - “Breakfast” (Perhaps)
06. The Sisters Of Mercy - “Bury Me Deep” (Enter The Sisters)
07. Dead Can Dance - “Don’t Fade Away” (Toward The Within)
08. Backworld - “Heaven’s Gate” (Isles Of The Blest)
09. Current 93 feat. Antony - “The Beautiful Dancing Dust” (Black Ships Ate The Sky)
10. Wolfsheim - “Annie” (No Happy View)
11. Deine Lakaien - “Love Me To The End” (Live)
12. Bauhaus - “She’s In Parties” (Burning From The Inside)
13. Einsturzende Neubauten - “Die Bifindlichkeit Des Landes” (Silence Is Sexy)
14. Diary of Dreams - “Amok” (Freak Perfume)
15. Clan of Xymox - “Jasmine And Rose” (Best Of)
16. The Cruxshadows - “Deception” (Vampire: The Masquerade Soundtrack)
17. London After Midnight - “Psycho Magnet” (Psycho Magnet)

Songs to listen to while taking your first drive

It’s too easy to get distracted when you’re driving. Gotta keep that in mind.

01. The Beets - “Cold Lips” (Stay Home)
02. Nana Grizol - “Everything You Ever Hoped Or Worked For” (Love It Love It)
03. The Microphones - “Between Your Ear And The Other Ear” (It Was Hot, We Stayed In The Water)
04. Tallest Man On Earth - “The Gardner” (Shallow Grave)
05. Pavement - “Shady Lane” (Brighten The Corners)
06. The Mountain Goats - “Going to Georgia” (Zopilote Machine)
07. Modest Mouse - “Convenient Parking” (The Lonesome Crowded West)
08. Japanther - “Summer of ‘79” (Skuffed Up My Huffy)
09. A Grave With No Name - “Sofia” (Mountain Debris)

Piano ballads for unrequited lovers

01. Harry Nilsson - “Don’t Forget Me” (Pussy Cats)
02. Eels - “It’s a Motherfucker” (Daisies of the Galaxy)
03. Graham Nash - “Simple Man” (Songs For Beginners)
04. Tom Waits - “Martha” (Closing Time)
05. Daniel Johnston - “Some Things Last a Long Time” (1990)
06. Elliott Smith - “I Didn’t Understand [Early Version] (XO Demos)
07. Nico - “Afraid” (Desertshore)
08. Randy Newman - “I Miss You” (Bad Love)
09. Dennis Wilson - “Thoughts of You” (Pacific Ocean Blue)
10. Fiona Apple - “I Know” (When The Pawn…)

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