songs for sipping coffee and pretending to be intelligent

01. The Format - "A Save Situation" (Interventions and Lullabies)
02. Richard Thompson - "Oops!...I Did It Again" (1000 Years of Popular Music)
03. Burt Bacharach & Rufus Wainwright - "Go Ask Shakespeare" (At This Time)
04. Bright Eyes - "True Blue" (The Bridge School Collection, Vol. 1)
05. The Weepies - "Suicide Blonde" (Say I Am You)
06. Nickel Creek - "House Carpenter" (This Side)
07. Elvis Perkins - "While You Were Sleeping" (Ash Wednesday)
08. Neutral Milk Hotel - "Oh Comely" (In the Aeroplane Over the Sea)
09. Audrey Hepburn & Fred Astaire - "’S Wonderful" (Funny Face)
10. Chris Thile - "On Ice" (Deceiver)
11. Dar Williams - "The Christians and the Pagans" (Mortal City)
12. Alexi Murdoch - "All of My Days" (Time Without Consequence)

The letter that’s too honest to send.

Yes, this mix kinda has the "i want to be with, you want to be with me but you're doging me and I do have something to say about it" sub-theme; it's the letter that I want to send and haven't and probably won't. I also realize that I didn't stick with the usual compilation of indie tunes. But they are all honest and related even though the sound might not flow very well.

01. XTC - "You're The Wish You Are I Had" (The Big Express)

02. Badly Drawn Boy - "Easy Love" (One Plus One Is One)

03. Tony Bennet - "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" (?)

04. Elvis Presley - "Can't Help Falling In Love With You" (Blue Hawaii)

05. Macy Gray - "Gimme All Your Lovin' Or I'll Kill You" (The Id)

06. Nada Surf - "Do It Again" (The Weight Is A Gift)

07. Ivy - "Let's Go To Bed" (Guest Room)

08. Jim Croce - "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song" (Photographs & Memories)

09. The Pernice Brothers - "Wait To Stop" (Overcome By Happiness)

10. The Shins - "Turn A Square" ("Chutes Too Narrow)

11. Bloc Party - "This Modern Love" (Silent Alarm)

12. Frou Frou - "Hear Me Out" (Details)

13. The Killers - "Mr. Brightside" (Hot Fuss)

14. Bob Dylan - "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan)

15. The Beatles - "What You're Doing" (Beatles For Sale)

Bonus track: Reba McEntire - "Why Haven't I Heard From You" (Read My Mind)

A soundtrack to my blanket fort.

I tried to include songs that remined me of childhood and wonder. Also a few to just chill inside the fort with.

01. Sufjan Stevens - "Chicago" (Illinoise)

02. Of Montreal - "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games" (The Sunlandic Twins)

03. Psapp - "Tiger, My Friend" (Tiger, My Friend)

04. Queen - "Bicycle Race" (Jazz)

05. Sigur Ros - "Hoppipolla" (Takk...)

06. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - "What We'll Do" (Broom)

07. Architecture In Helsinki - "It's 5!" (In Case We Die)

08. Beirut - "The Bunker" (Gulag Orkestar)

09. The Decemberists - "Bridges and Balloons" (Picaresqueties - EP)

10. Devotchka - "Too Tired" (How It Ends)

You work in a library. And I pretend to be literate so I can spy on you.

Songs that seem to have been written with the goal of scoring points with arts majors and literati.

01. Joshua Radin - "These Photographs" (We Were Here)
02. Tender Trap - "Son of Dorian Gray" (Film Molecules)
03. Gatsby's American Dream - "My Name Is Ozymandias" (Gatsby's American Dream)
04. East River Pipe - "What Does T.S. Eliot Know About You?" (What Are You On?)
05. The Decemberists - "The Mariner's Revenge Song" (Picaresque)
06. Patrick Wolf - "To the Lighthouse" (Lycanthropy)
07. Franz Ferdinand - "The Outsiders" (You Could Have It So Much Better)
08. The Smiths - "Cemetery Gates" (The Queen Is Dead)
09. The Slip - "Airplane / Primitive " (Eisenhower)
10. The Divine Comedy - "Booklovers" (Promenade)

songs for sipping coffee and pretending to be intelligent

01. The Format - "A Save Situation" (Interventions and Lullabies)
02. Richard Thompson - "Oops!...I Did It Again" (1000 Years of Popular Music)
03. Burt Bacharach & Rufus Wainwright - "Go Ask Shakespeare" (At This Time)
04. Bright Eyes - "True Blue" (The Bridge School Collection, Vol. 1)
05. The Weepies - "Suicide Blonde" (Say I Am You)
06. Nickel Creek - "House Carpenter" (This Side)
07. Elvis Perkins - "While You Were Sleeping" (Ash Wednesday)
08. Neutral Milk Hotel - "Oh Comely" (In the Aeroplane Over the Sea)
09. Audrey Hepburn & Fred Astaire - "’S Wonderful" (Funny Face)
10. Chris Thile - "On Ice" (Deceiver)
11. Dar Williams - "The Christians and the Pagans" (Mortal City)
12. Alexi Murdoch - "All of My Days" (Time Without Consequence)

what does martha stewart listen to when SHE cleans her kitchen?

Side A is what I would like to imagine Martha listening to while cleaning and dancing like a lunatic at the same time. Side B is what she listens to when there are other people around and she's acting like someone who is pretending they are not loony, when in fact they are, they just hide it well.

Side A
01. Hawksley Workman - "Striptease" ((Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves)
02. Poe - "Hey Pretty" (Haunted)
03. Fergie - "London Bridge" (The Dutchess)
04. Nelly Furtado - "Man Eater" (Loose)
05. Metric - "Succexy" (Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?)
06. Duran Duran - "Hungry Like The Wolf" (Greatest)
07. The Sounds - "Hope You're Happy Now" (Living In America)
08. Chris Isaak - "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing" (Forever Blue)
09. Olivia Newton John - "Physical" (Pysical)
10. Salt-N-Pepa - "Push It" (Much Dance 80's)
11. Christina Aguilera - "Dirty" (Stripped)

Side B
01. Billy Joel - "Uptown Girl" (Greatest Hits)
02. The Cranberries - "Go Your Own Way" (Legacy: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac's Rumours)
03. Bob Dylan - "Precious Angel" (Slow Train Coming)
04. Camera Obscura - "If Looks Could Kill" (Let's Get Out Of This Country)
05. Paul Simon - "You're The One" (You're The One)
06. The Byrds - "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)" (Turn! Turn!
Turn!)
07. Hugh Grant - "Pop Goes My Heart" (Music & Lyrics Soundtrack)
08. Diana Krall - "Popsicle Toes" (When I Look In Your Eyes)
09. Bedouin Soundclash - "When The Night Feels My Song" (Sounding A Mosaic)
10. Elvis Costello - "Veronica" (Spike)
11. Of Montreal - "Neat Little Domestic Life" (The Gay Parade)

Hank Williams completes me. Who else should I explore?

01. Willie Nelson - "Sad Songs And Waltzes" (Shotgun Willie)
02. Lefty Frizzell - "You Can Go On Your Way Now" (Look What Thoughts Will Do)

03. Freakwater - "Wild And Blue" (Dancing Underwater)
04. The Louvin Brothers - "Plenty Of Everything But You" (The Essential Louvin
Brothers 1955-1964: My Baby's Gone)
05. George Jones - "She Once Lived Here" (She Thinks I Still Care: The George
Jones Collection)
06. Jimmie Rodgers - "Miss The Mississippi And You" (The Singing Breakman)
07. The Stanley Brothers - "This World Is Not My Home" (I'll Meet You In Church
Sunday Morning)
08. The Flying Burrito Brothers - "Image Of Me" (Hot Burritos!)
09. Ryan Adams - "My Heart Is Broken" (Jacksonville City Nights)
10. The Byrds - "The Christian Life" (Sweetheart Of The Rodeo)
11. Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris - "We'll Sweep Out The Ashes" (G.P.)
12. Bob Dylan - "Moonshiner" (The Bootleg Series Vols 1-3)
13. The Avett Brothers - "Left On Laura, Left On Lisa" (Four Thieves Gone)
14. Blanche - "Wayfaring Stranger" (If We Can't Trust The Doctors)
15. Gillian Welch - "I'm Not Afraid To Die" (Hell Among The Yearlings)

I want to dance to our love. A crazy wild dance.

Dance it up, lady.

01. The Beach Boys - "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Pet Sounds)

02. The World/Inferno Friendship Society - "The Velocity Of Love" (Red Eyed Soul)

03. Belle and Sebastian - "I'm A Cuckoo" (Dear Catastrophe Waitress)

04. Billy Idol - "Dancing With Myself" (Billy Idol)

05. Katrina and the Waves - "Walking On Sunshine" (Walking On Sunshine)

06. Michael Jackson - "The Way You Make Me Feel" (Michael Jackson Number Ones)

07. The Ohio Players - "Love Rollercoaster" (Honey)

08. The Blow - "Parentheses" (Paper Television)

09. Cut Copy - "Time Stands Still" (Bright Like Neon Love)

10. The Grateful Dead - "Turn On Your Love Light" (Skeletons From The Closet)
Bonus!

11. Frank Sinatra - "I Get A Kick Out Of You" (The Capitol Years)

Songs that give you that completely empty feeling in the pit of your stomach

Notes: Some of this is really bad music, but it does give said empty feeling. In general it's just very depressing stuff.

01. Michael Andrews-"Mad World" (Donnie Darko Soundtrack)
02. Nirvana-"You Know You're Right" (Nevermind)
03. the Decemberists-"Odalisque" (Castaways & Cutouts)
04. Interpol-"Specialist" (Interpol EP)
05. Counting Crows-"Colorblind" (This Desert Life)
06. the Postal Service-"This Place Is A Prison" (Give Up)
07. Liars-"It's All Blooming Now Mt. Heart Attack" (Drum's Not Dead)
08. Sunset Rubdown-"The Empty Threats of Little Lord" (Shut Up I Am Dreaming)
09. Johnny Cash-"Hurt" (American IV)
10. the Mountain Goats-"Maybe Sprout Wings" (Get Lonely)
11. Castanets-"Into the Night" (First Light's Freeze)

Compiled by: thethunderboltkid

01. Bright Eyes - "Land Locked Blues" (I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning)
02. Jewel - "You Were Meant For Me" (Pieces of You)
03. The National - "City Middle" (Alligator)
04. Devendra Banhart - "At the Hop" (Nino Rojo)
05. Sean Hayes - "Fucked Me Right Up" (Big Black Hole And The Little Baby Star)
06. Led Zeppelin - "Since I've Been Loving You" (Led Zeppelin III)
07. Elliott Smith - "King's Crossing" (From A Basement On The Hill)
08. Iron and Wine - "love and some verses" (Home Recordings)
09. Okay - "Untitled (Track 9)" (Baby Girl, You Look Like You're On Fire)
10. Rufus Wainwright feat. Dido - "I Eat Dinner (When The Hunger's Gone)" (Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason OST)

A mix for that sunny Sunday late morning/early afternoon, when you’re sort of lying in bed and stari

Infectious, pop, warm feeling, goodness

01. The Advantage - "Super Mario Bros 2-Overworld" (The Advantage)
02. Peter Bjorn and John- "Amsterdam" (Writer's Block)
03. Gogogo Airheart - "When the Flesh Hits" (Exitheuxa)
04. The Moldy Peaches - "Downloading Porn With Davo" (S/T)
05. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - "Me and Mia" (Shake the Sheets)
06. The Cure - "Close to Me" (The Head on the Door)
07. The Shins - "Australia" (Wincing the Night Away)
08. Neutral Milk Hotel - "Gardenhead, Leave Me Alone" (On Avery Island)
09. Sondre Lerche - "She's Fantastic" (Phantom Punch)
10. Beulah - "Popular Mechanics for Lovers" (The Coast is Never Clear)
12. Belle & Sebastian - "The Boy With the Arab Strap" (The Boy With the Arab Strap)
12. Pinback - "Concrete Seconds" (Blue Screen Life)
13. The Mountain Goats - "Dance Music" (The Sunset Tree)
14. Optiganally Yours - "Waves" (Optiganally Yours Presents: Exclusively Talentmaker)
15. All-Time Quarterback - "Untitled" (S/T)
16. Rob Crow - "Over Your Heart" (Living Well)
17. The Strokes feat. Regina Spektor - "Modern Girls and Old Fashioned Men" (I'm not sure what EP this is from, sorry)
18. Broken Social Scene - "Stars and Sons" (You Forgot It In People)

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