Songs to wrap around yourself like a security blanket

These songs are all warm and fuzzy

01. The Beatles - "Here Comes The Sun" (Abbey Road)

02. Alela Diane - "The Rifle" (The Pirate's Gospel)

03. Beirut - "Postcards From Italy" (Gulag Orkestar)

04. Death Cab For Cutie - "Passenger Seat" (Transatlanticism)

05. Bon Iver - "Flume" (For Emma, Forever Ago)

06. Iron & Wine - "Southern Anthem" (The Creek Drank The Cradle)

07. Jens Lekman - "Your Arms Around Me" (Night Falls Over Kortedala)

08. Bowerbirds - "Bur Oak" (Hymns For A Dark Horse)

09. The Lucksmiths - "Untidy Towns" (Happy Secret)

10. The Decemberists - "Red Right Ankle" (Her Majesty)

11. Peter and the Wolf - "Silent Movies" (Lightness)

12. Sufjan Stevens - "For The Widowers In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypisilan" (Michigan)

Songs that say “fuck you, I’ll be a starving artist even if it means living in my friend’s basement

I know how you feel, Lynne. Here are some songs for feeling pissed off, just plain awesome, and never giving up!
01. The Thermals - "No Culture Icons" (More Parts Per Million)

02. Guided by Voices - "Watch Me Jumpstart" (Human Amusement at Hourly Rates)

03. Belle & Sebastian - "Lazy Line Painter Jane" (Push Barman to Open Old Wounds Disc 1)

04. Dressy Bessy - "Extra-Ordinary" (Pink Hearts Yellow Moons)

05. The Magnetic Fields - "Famous" (Get Lost)

06. of Montreal - "Art Snob Solutions" (Sunlandic Twins Bonus EP)

07. YACHT - "Drawing in The Dark" (I Believe in You. Your Magic is Real.)

08. Jesus & Mary Chain - "Never Understand" (Psychocandy)

09. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - "Haunted Graffiti" (The Doldrums)

10. Yoko Ono - "I Felt Like Smashing My Face in a Clear Glass WIndow" (Approximately Infinite Universe)

11. Architecture in Helsinki - "Tiny Pintings" (In Case We Die)

12. Broadcast - "Colour Me In" (Haha Sound)

13. Matthew Friedberger - "Theme From Never Going Home Again" (Winter Women)

14. Destroyer - "Painter in Your Pocket" (Destroyer's Rubies)

15. Adrian Orange & Her Band - "The Real Wild World" (Bitches is Lord)

16. Nina Simone - "Ain't Got No... I've Got Life" (Live at Harlem Festival NYC 1969)

17. Final Fantasy - "That's When the Audience Died" (Has a Good Home!)

18. Casiotone For the Painfully Alone - "Bobby Malone Moves Home" (Etiquette)

19. Antony & the Johnsons - "Just One Star" (Hope There's Someone EP)

Compiled by: dirtgardener

Because I sympathize: half yeah-this-might-suck and half you-can-do-it!

01. The Replacements - "Achin' To Be" (Don't Tell A Soul)

02. Belle & Sebastian - "Expectations" (Tigermilk)

03. Zero 7 - "The Pageant of the Bizarre" (The Garden)

04. Cat Stevens - "Wild World" (Tea for the Tillerman)

05. The Weepies - "Not Your Year" (Say I Am You)

06. Spoon - "Don't Let It Get You Down" (Kill the Moonlight)

07. Mirah - "Life You Love" (Songs From the Black Mountain Music Project)

08. M. Ward - "Story of an Artist" (The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered)

09. Matt Pond PA - "Lily Two" (Emblems)

10. The Boy Least Likely To - "I'm Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon To Your Star" (The Best Party Ever!)

11. Morphine - "The Only One" (Good)

12. The Mountain Goats - "Wild Sage" (Get Lonely)

Nothing ever goes right. I’m not even going to try my hand at some clever phrase here. Can you pleas

01. Heatmiser - "Half Right" (Mic City Sons)
02. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead... - "Mistakes and Regrets" (Mistakes and Regrets)
03. The Arcade Fire - "No Cars Go" (Neon Bible)
04. Weezer - "Undone (The Sweater Song)" (Weezer)
05. Band of Horses - "Monsters" (Everything All the Time)
06. Bon Iver - "The Wolves (Act I and 2)" (For Emma, Forever Ago)
07. The National - "Mistaken for Strangers" (Boxer)
08. Elliott Smith - "A Passing Feeling" (From a Basement on a Hill)
09. Modest Mouse - "Parting of the Sensory" (We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank)
10. The New Pornographers - "Adventures in Solitude" (Challengers)
11. The Notwist - "Your Signs" (Shrink)
12. Phoenix - "If I Ever Feel Better" (United)
13. Radiohead - "Where I End and You Begin. (The Sky is Falling In.)" (Hail to the Thief)
14. Ugly Casanova - "Pacifico" (Sharpen Your Teeth)

I Want Music to Terrify Me

Insanity can be crazy awesome (:O)

01. Tom Waits - "Luck Day Overture" (The Black Rider)

02. Primus - "Bob" (Pork Soda)

03. Radiohead - "Pull/Pull Revolving Doors" (Amnesiac)

04. Throbbing Gristle - "Hamburger Lady" (D.o.A. The Third and Final Report)

05. Califone - "Trick Bird" (Heron Kind Blues)

06. Skinny Puppy - "Epilogue" (Cleanse, Fold, and Manipulate)

07. Otep - "Tortured" (Sevas Tra)

08. King Crimson - "Indiscipline" (Discipline)

Songs Featuring Talking

01. The Books - "Smells Like Content" (Lost and Safe)

02. Stars - "Personal" (In Our Bedroom After the War)

03. Daft Punk - "Harder Better Faster Stronger" (Discovery)

04. Air - "Run" (Talkie Walkie)

05. Aesop Rock - "No Regrets" (Labor Days)

06. The Books - "Take Time" (The Lemon of Pink)

07. Broken Social Scene - "Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl"

08. Drive-by Truckers - "Daddy's Cup" (The Dirty South)

09. The Hold Steady - "Chillout Tent" (Boys and Girls in America)

10. Bright Eyes - "At The Bottom of Everything" (I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning)

11. DJ Dolores - "Danger Global Warming" (1 Real)

I need wedding reception music that doesn’t suck.

Congratulations on the engagement. Here are some pre-dance and dance songs that might help you out. There are some great, standard-fare wedding songs (Beatles, Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, etc.), but I tried to stay away from tracks you'll likely stumble on yourself. And if you want to have a single, unobtrusive artist for your pre-dance portion, it wouldn't hurt to go with John Fahey, Amalia Rodriguez, earlier John Coltrane, or Antonio Carlos Jobim. Of course, this all hinges on what theme you might have or what mood you want to convey, but it's a start.

Pre-dance tracks:

1. The Velvet Underground - "Sunday Morning" (Velvet Underground & Nico)
2. John Fahey - "In a Persian Market" (Old Fashioned Love)
3. Sean Lennon - "Into the Sun" (Into the Sun)
4. Belle & Sebastian - "If You're Feeling Sinister" (If You're Feeling Sinister)
5. Vashti Bunyan - "Diamond Day" (Just Another Diamond Day)
6. The Microphones - "Karl Blau" (It Was Hot We Stayed in the Water)
7. Joe Tex - "The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)" (Death Proof OST)
8. Panda Bear - Track 3 (Young Prayer)
9. Clinic - "Distortions" (Internal Wrangler)
10. Spiritualized - "Sweet Talk" (Songs in A&E)
11. Sun City Girls: "Mr. Lonely Viola" (Mister Lonely OST)
12. The Robot Ate Me - "The Tourist" (On Vacation)

Dance tracks:

1. The Emotions - "Best of My Love" (The Best of The Emotions)
2. Sharon Jones - "Got a Thing on My Mind" (Dap Dippin'...)
3. Erykah Badu - "Me" (New Amerykah Part One)
4. Guns N' Roses - "Since I Don't Have You" (The Spaghetti Incident)
5. Dan Deacon - "Okie Dokie" (Spiderman of the Rings)
6. Mu - "Jealous Kids" (Afro Finger & Gel)
7. Max Tundra - "Gondry" (Mastered by the Guy at Exchange)
8. The Coasters - "Down in Mexico" (16 Greatest Hits)
9. Neutral Milk Hotel - "Holland, 1945" (In the Aeroplane Over the Sea)
10. Sam Cooke - "Mean Old World" (Night Beat)
11. Weezer - "Why Bother?" (Pinkerton)
12. The Dismemberment Plan - "Back and Forth" (Emergency & I)

A Wedding So Untraditional Your Grandparents Probably Won’t Come, But They Keep Trying to Talk You i

I put emphasis on how untraditional the wedding is, rather than having anything to do with your grandparents

01. Björk- "All Is Full Of Love" (Homogenic)
02. Blaqk Audio- "Semiotic Love" (CexCells)
03. Sonny Moore- "Signal" (Demo)
04. Shiny Toy Guns- "You Are The One" (We Are Pilots)
05. Scissor Sisters- "She's My Man" (Ta-Dah)
06. Ladytron- "Another Breakfast With You" (604)
07. LCD Soundsystem-"Never As Tired As When I'm Waking Up" (LCD Soundsystem)
08. Depeche Mode- "Strangelove" (Music For The Masses)
09. The Faint- "Desperate Guys" (Wet From Birth)

Captain Planet’s Lonely Hearts Club.

Aww, there's something about morning cartoons that bring a smile to this girl's face. Right now, I'm humming the little theme song in my head, "Captain Planet, he's OUR HERO GUNNA TAKE POLLUTION DOWN TO ZERO!!" And also, don't you just love that the American in the gang of kids is the irrogant self-absorbed one? Life imitating art! Ha, but really, the show bring back memories of day's past. It was probably the only children's show that was politically and socially aware, instead of the brain cell-killing shit you see today. Anyway, here are some songs that sound mellow and naturey! And everything in between

01. The Essex Green- "Sixties" (Everything is Green)
02. Beat Happening- "Indian Summer" (Jamboree)
03. Belle and Sebastian - "Another Sunny Day" (The Life Pursuit)
04. Beulah - "Burned By the Sun" (The Coast in Never Clear)
05. Vashti Bunyan - "Come Wind Come Rain" (Just Another Diamond Day)
06. The Vines - "Sun Child" (Winning Days)
07. Fleet Foxes - "White Winter Hymnal" (Ragged Wood)
08. The Decembrists - "July, July!" (Castaways and Cutouts)
09. Devendra Banhart - "Little Yellow Spider" (Nino Rojo)
10. Iron and Wine - "Teeth In the Grass" (Our Endless Numbered Days)
11.The Velvet Underground - "Who Loves the Sun" (High Fidelity Soundtrack)

What Thoreau Would Have Listened to While Writing Walden

There's something so mystifying about nature that it compels us to write about it. And oh boy does Thoreau know how to squeeze out the deepest of our quintessential emotions and transfer it on to paper. Not only that, but the messages the book portrays are now seemingly more prevalent in the present day than back in 1854 when it was published! Anywho, the funny thing is that I happen to actually be reading Thoreau's Walden in my AP Environmental class as we speak; it's actually laying ideally by me right now. Fancy that! Anyhow, if through some time warp I was able to send Thoreau a modern day mix tape, this is what I would have in mind:
01. Devendra Banhart - "Little Yellow Spider" (Nino Rojo)
02. Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire - "11:11" (The Swimming Hour)
03. Elf Power - "The Sun is Forever" (The Winter is Coming)
04. Fleet Foxes - "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" (Ragged Wood)
05. Neutral Milk Hotel - "The King of Carrot Flowers Pt.1" (In An Aeroplane Over The Sea)

06. The Grateful Dead - "Box of Rain" (American Beauty)

07. Iron and Wine - "Teeth in the Grass" (Our Endless Numbered Days)

08. M.Craft - "Dragonfly" (Silver and Fire)

09. The Phoenix Foundation - "Sea World" (Pegasus)

10. Rogue Wave - "Be Kind + Remind" (Out of the Shadow)

11. Simon and Garfunkel - "A Hazy Shade of Winter" (Bookends)

12. Vashti Bunyan - "Come Wind Come Rain" (Just Another Diamond Day)

13. The Vines - "Sun Child" (Winning Days)

Songs that will make me vomit with homesickness

This would have been way easier had I known where you were from. "Mairead" sounds Irish, but I've made an ass of myself more than once making assumptions like that. As such, I went with your standard treatment of "wistful melancholia." Hope it works for you

01. Bon Iver - "Re: Stacks" (For Emma, Forever Ago)
02. Hotel Lights - "Stumbling Home Winter Blues" (Hotel Lights)
03. Oasis - "Don't Go Away" (Be Here Now)
04. Ben Gibbard/Andrew Kenny - "You Remind Me of Home" (Home Volume V)
05. Foo Fighters - "Next Year" (There is Nothing Left to Lose)
06. Kings of Convenience - "Homesick" (Riot on an Empty Street)
07. Casiotone For the Painfully Alone - "Bobby Malone Moves Home" (Etiquette)
08. Iron & Wine - "Sunset Soon Forgotten" (Our Endless Numbered Days)
09. Novi Split - "Leaving It" (Album)
10. The Everybodyfields - "Leaving" (Plague of Dreams)
11. Great Lake Swimmers - "Passengers" (Ongiara)
12. Rocky Votolato - "White Daisy Passing" (Makers)

Compiled by: crazycarmen101

There's something about seeing the fam that makes me tingle with affection and narcissism. No, but really, is there anything better than sleeping in your own bed again? There really is no comfort that's equivalent

01. Stars - "On Peak Hill" (Nightsongs)
02. Great Lake Swimmers - "This is Not Like Home" (Great Lake Swimmers)
03. Beach House - "Childhood" (Beach House)
04. The Rosebuds - "Blue Bird" (Birds Make Good Neighbors)
05. Slightly Stoopid - "Leaving On a Jetplane" (Everything You Need)
06. Sparklehorse - "Gold Days" (It's a Wonderful Life)
07. The Mountain Goats - "Wild Sage" (Get Lonely)
08. Bob Dylan - "Girl from the North Country" (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan)
09. Cat Power - "Lost Someone" (Jukebox)
10. Devendra Banhart - "I Feel Just Like a Child" (Cripple Crow)
11. Elf Power - "Will My Feet Still Carry Me Home" (A Dream in Sound)
12. Fleet Foxes - "Your Protector" (Ragged Wood)

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