songs for when you’re coloring a map, like in third grade, but you’re 21 and in college

01. I Heart Hiroshima – "Candy Cut" (Cut in Colour)

02. Of Montreal – "Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse" (Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?)

03. The Flaming Lips – "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.1 (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots)

04. Love is All – "Felt Tip" (Nine Times That Same Song)

05. Tapes n' Tapes – "The Illiad" (The Loon)

06. Mew – "Special" (And the Glass Handed Kites)

07. Thee More Shallows – "Knight at the Night School" (Book of Bad Breaks)

08. The Ponys – "Turn the Lights" (Turn the Lights Out)

09. Death Cab for Cutie – "Bend to Squares" (Something About Airplanes)

10. Dinosaur Jr – "Lightning Bulb" (Beyond)

11. Elliott Smith – "2-45AM" (Either-Or)

12. Air – "Playground Love" (Playground Love)

13. Islands – "Rough Gem" (Return to the Sea)

14. Architecture in Helsinki – "The Owls Go" (Fingers Crossed)

15. New Order – "Age of Consent" (Power, Corruption & Lies)

16. Fields – "You Don't Need the Song" (Everything Last Winter)

Songs to play on the bus ride home after a highly successful first date

01. Andrew W.K. - "Victory Strikes Again" (The Wolf)
02. The Specials - "(Dawning of a) New Era" (Self-Titled)
03. DEVO - "Gates of Steel" (E-Z Listening Disc)
04. The Magnetic Fields - "Long-Forgotten Fairytale" (69 Love Songs vol.2)
05. Sly and the Family Stone - "I Want to Take You Higher" (Stand!)
06. The Jackson 5 - "I'm the One You Need" (ABC)
07. Ghostland Observatory - "Vibrate" (Paparazzi Lightning)
08. Wire - "Feeling Called Love" (Pink Flag)
09. Tom Petty - "Wildflowers" (Wildflowers)
10. The Zombies - "The Way I Feel Inside" (I Love You)
11. Lou Reed - "Goodnight Ladies" (Transformer)

Songs That Make You Feel Infinite

note: use mix tape to stop time responsibily

01. Ben Gibbard - "You Remind Me of Home" (Album)
02. New Buffalo - "Recovery" (The Last Beautiful Day)
03. Feist - "I Feel It All" (The Reminder)
04. Lovage - "Lifeboat" (Music to Make Love to Your Old)
05. Yeah Yeah Yeah's - "Maps" (Fever to Tell)
06. Explosions In The Sky - "First Breath After a Coma" (The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place)
07. Cat Power - "The Greatest" (The Greatest)
08. The Decemberists - "The Crane Wife 3" (The Crane Wife)
09. Death Cab for Cutie - "Transatlanticism" (Transatlanticism)
10. The White Stripes - "Take, Take, Take" (Get Behind Me Satan)
11. Mirah - "Don't Die In Me" (C'mon Miracle)
12. Iron and Wine - "Sodom, South Georgia" (Our Endless Numbered Days)
13. Johnny Cash - "I Hung My Head" (Sting Cover)
14. Sufjan Stevens - "Decatur, Or a Round of Applause for Your Step-Mother" (Come On Feel The Illinoise!)

Tasty noise please.

01. Paul Baribeau- "Wishlist" (Yikes Baribeau)
02. Rick Johnson Rock and Roll Machine- "No Phone Smithsonian" (Emotional Facism)
03. Superhopper- "Eye of the Tiger Applies to Everything" (Party Killers)
04. This Bike Is A Pipebomb- "The Star Song" (A Dance Party With...)
05. Mischief Brew- "Thanks Bastards!" (Songs From Under the Sink)
06. Mewithoutyou- "Paper Hanger" (Catch Us For the Foxes)
07. The Hold Steady- "Stuck Between Stations" (Boys and Girls in America)
08. Harley Poe- "Homocidal Maniac" (In the Dark)
09. Hanalei- "M.L.K. You're Okay" (Parts and Accesories)
10. Fred Thomas- "Turbulence" (I Heard The Angels Sing)
11. Defiance, Ohio- "Oh, Susquehanna!" (The Great Depression)
12. Piebald- "Strangers" (Accidental Gentlemen)

I need a mix for a train hopping vagabond.

To freedom, and all that comes with it.

01. Evan Greer - "Ballad of the Tundra" (The Frampton Sessions)
02. Mike Alviano - "Onward" (The Vagabond songs)
03. Elliott Smith - "The Biggest Lie" (Elliott Smith)
04. The world/inferno friendship society- "Open Air" (Friends and Enemies)
05. Belle & Sebastian - "Piazza, New York Catcher" (Dear Catastrophe Waitress)
06. Gogol Bordello - "Immigrant Punk" (Gypsy Punks)
07. Ghost Mice - "England" (Europe)
08. Xiu Xiu - "Fast Car" (A Promise)
09. Neutral Milk Hotel - "Engine" (Beauty)
10. The Fruit Bats - "Traveler's Song" (Spelled In Bones)
11. Mischief Brew - "Nomad's Revolt" (Smash The Windows)
12. Xavier Rudd - "The Native Eye" (Live in Canada)
13. Bob Dylan - "Desolation Row" (Highway 61 Revisited)
14. This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb - "Trains and Cops" (Front Seat Solidarity)
15. Tom Frampton - "(Another song about) Mexico" (Making Folk A Threat Again: Volume 1)
16. The Weakerthans - "Left and Leaving" (Left and Leaving")
17. Defiance, Ohio! - "Road Signs Always Look Better Looking Over Your Shoulder" (Share What Ya' Got)

If the house was on fire, I’d save you last.

01. The Mountain Goats - "No Children" (Tallahassee)

02. Slightly Stoopid - "Fire Shot" (Acoustic Roots: Live and Direct)

03. Cowboy Mouth - "Light It On Fire" (Are You With Me)

04. Nirvana - "Lake of Fire" (MTV Unplugged in New York)... sorry Meat
Puppets

05. Talking Heads - "Burning Down the House" (Stop Making Sense: Special
New Addition)

06. Bad Religion - "Let It Burn" (The New America)

07. Alkaline Trio - "Burn" (Crimson)

08. Queens of the Stone Age - "Burn the Witch" (Lullabies to Paralyze)

09. And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - "The Rest Will Follow"
(Worlds Apart)

10. Grateful Dead - "Fire on the Mountain" (Shakedown Street)

we have tricked a homophobic future investment banker into thinking my male friend desperately wants

01. The Buzzcocks - "Why Can't I Touch It?" (Singles Going Steady)

02. Pansy Division - "He Whipped My Ass in Tennis (Then I Fucked His Ass in Bed)" (Total Entertainment!)

03. The Caesars - "Jerk It Out" (39 Minutes of Bliss In an Otherwise Meaningless World)

04. CSS - "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above" (Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above [Single])

05. Ladytron - "Flicking Your Switch" (Light & Magic)

06. Interpol - "Hands Away" (Turn on the Bright Lights)

07. Nine Inch Nails - "Closer" (The Downward Spiral)

08. The Halo Benders - "Don't Touch My Bikini" (God Don't Make No Junk)

09. New Order - "Blue Monday" (Power, Corruption & Lies)

10. Soft Cell - "Tainted Love" (Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret)

The desert is full of cowards, and I keep dreaming of the sea

Alright, I was obvious. But a lot of these songs just conjure
nostalgia... and I live by the beach

01. The Shaky Hands - "Sunburns" (The Shaky Hands)
02. The Fruit Bats- "Seaweed" (Mouthfuls)
03. Olivia Tremor Control - "New Day" (Black Foliage: Animation Music,
Vol 1)
04. Badly Drawn Boy - "River, Sea, Ocean" (About a Boy Soundtrack)
05. Beulah - "Calm Go the Wild Seas" (When Your Heartstrings Break)
06. Belle & Sebastian - "Ease Your Feet In the Sea" (The Boy With the
Arab Strap)
07. Destroyer - "Watercolours Into the Ocean" (Destroyer's Rubies)
08. M. Ward - "Big Boat" (Transistor Radio)
09. The Ladybug Transistor - "Like a Summer Rain" (The Albemarle Sound)
10. Tom Jobim and Elis Regina - "Aguas de Marco" (Elis & Tom)
11. Colleen - "The Happy Sea" (The Golden Morning Breaks)

A mix to leave on a table at the neighborhood cafe to introduce someone to your favorite music

01. Nat King Cole - "Nature Boy" (The Greatest Hits)
02. Au Revoir Simone - "Stay Golden" (Verses of Comfort, Assurance, and Salvation)
03. Real Live Tigers - "Riverbeds" (This Is Sometimes A Riverbed)
04. Leonard Cohen - "Famous Blue Raincoat" (Songs of Love and Hate)
05. Tinyfolk - "If I Were An Owl" (Platapeasawallaland: A Rainy-Day Owlbum)
06. Man Man - "Black Mission Goggles" (Six Demon Bag)
07. Per Se - "Adelaide" (PDX Pop Now Compilation 2004)
08. Herman Düne - "I Wish That I Could See You Soon" (Giant)
09. David Bowie - "Young Americans" (Young Americans)
10. The Microphones/Mt. Eerie - "I Whale" (Live Before the Halloween Show 2003)
11. Destroyer - "Farrar, Straus and Giroux" (Streethawk: A Seduction)
12. Port O'Brien - "Tree Bones" (Nowhere To Run)
13. Final Fantasy - "This Lamb Sells Condos" (He Poos Clouds)
14. The Blow - "What Tom Said About The Girls" (Concussive Caress, Or, Casey Caught Her Mom Singing Along With The Vacuum)
15. Jolie Holland - "Darlin' Ukelele" (Escondida)
16. The Sarcastic Dharma Society featuring Thanksgiving - "Red" (Unreleased Track)
17. The Shaky Hands - "Summer's Life" (The Shaky Hands)
18. Liz Isenberg - "Two Weeks ‘Til The Midwest" (Hampshire Songs)
19. Wolf Parade - "Grounds For Divorce" (Apologies to the Queen Mary)
20. I'm From Barcelona - "We're From Barcelona" (Let Me Introduce My Friends)

A mix tape for the night time when you’ve been outside with friends all day and you’re relaxing on a

The 'climax' to this mix is definitely the Mogwai song. If it's a starry night, there's absolutely no song that will describe the night better. I also added some nostalgia (Beatles, Brand New, Filter) because it fits the theme of summer/friends well. Finished with "Time" because it's probably the most adequate closer to an album like this

01. The Shins - "New Slang" (Oh, Inverted World)

02. Brett Dennen - "Ain't No Reason" (So Much More)

03. Explosions in the Sky - "A Song for our Fathers" (How Strange, Innocence)

04. Of Montreal - "Oslo in the Summertime" (The Sunlandic Twins)

05. Brand New - "Soco Amaretto Lime" (Your Favorite Weapon)

06. Filter - "Take a Picture" - (Title of Record)

07. The Beatles - "In My Life" (Rubber Soul)

08. Radiohead - "Subterranean Homesick Alien (OK Computer)

09. Mogwai - "New Paths to Helicon, Part 1" (Government Commissions)

10. Smashing Pumpkins - "1979" (Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness)

11. Zero 7 - "In the Waiting Line" (Simple Things)

12. Pink Floyd - "Time" (Dark Side of the Moon)

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