You Wear Your Incoherence Like a Red Dress.

01. Captain Beefheart - "81 Poop Hatch" (Ice Cream for Crow)
02. Melt Banana - "Lock the Head" (Bambi's Dilemma)
03. Squarepusher - "Shin Triad" (Music Is Rotted One Note)
04. Boredoms - "Nuts Room" (Super Roots)
05. Naked City - "Speedfreaks" (Torture Garden)
06. Ruins - "Economic Mond Possa" (Hyderomastgroningem)
07. Mike Patton - "Red Mouth Black Orgasm" (Adult Themes for Voice)
08. Tom Waits - "Kommienezuspadt" (Alice)

Songs for those picture-perfect moments that never get photographed

01. The 6ths - "As You Turn to Go" (Pieces of April OMS)
02. Frida Hyvonen - "I Drive My Friend" (Until Death Comes)
03. Bishop Allen - "Click Click Click Click Click" (July EP)
04. Sambassadeur - "Can You See Me" (Between the Lines EP)
05. Jens Lekman - "Jag tyckte hon sa Lönnlöv" (USA Tour EP)
06. Nico - "I'll Keep It With Mine" (Chelsea Girl)
07. The Lucksmiths - "Camera Shy" (Naturaliste)
08. Francoise Hardy - "La Maison Ou J'ai Grandi" (Les Chansons D'amour)
09. The Halo Benders - "Love Travels Faster" (The Rebels Not In)
10. Tullycraft - "Polaroids From Mars" (Disenchanted Hearts Unite)
11. Oh No! Oh My! - "The Backseat" (Oh No! Oh My!)
12. Walker Kong - "Transparencies" (Transparent Life)
13. Beat Happening - "Tiger Trap" (You Turn Me On)

Let’s fall madly in love and move out to a cabin in the woods with your dogs and have crazy hermit s

01. Alison Kraus - "You Will Be My Ain True Love" (Cold Mountain OST)
02. Billy Bragg & Wilco - "Hesitating Beauty" (Mermaid Avenue)
03. Bob Dylan - "I Want You" (Blonde on Blonde)
04. Broken Social Scene - "Lover's Spit" (Bee Hives)
05. Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn - "Easy Loving" (Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man)
06. Feist - "Mushaboom" (Let it Die)
07. Mirah - "Pollen" (You Think It's Like This, But...)
08. Mount Eerie - "(2 Mountains)" (No Flashlight)
09. Peter Bjorn & John - "Start to Melt" (Writer's Block)
10. Smog - "In the Pines" (A River Ain't Too Much to Love)
11. Vetiver - "Amour Four" (Folk Off! A Compilation)
12. Wilco - "One By One" (Kicking Television: Live in Chicago)
13. Zombies - "Time of the Seasons" (Odyssey & Oracle)

You’re leaving forever in a week and a half and i will miss your stupid ass.

note from Doug: I went through this about 3 months ago. She went to France, I went to college. Trust me, I know what's up. Some of these songs got picked not because of their lyrical relevance, but rather for their sonic relevance. There's something about soft hand-plucked guitars that just screams "I MISS YOU SO FUCKING MUCH YOU JACKASS!" Just remember, it'll all get better. And if you want my "How to stay positive post-breakup," just ask.

01. The Moldy Peaches - "Goodbye Song" (The Moldy Peaches)

02. Feist - "Gatekeeper" (Let It Die)

03. The Weakerthans - "One Great City" (Reconstruction Site)

04. Ben Folds Five - "Smoke" (Whatever & Ever Amen)

05. Iron & Wine - "Sunset Soon Forgotten" (Our Endless Numbered Days)

06. Sufjan Steven - "Casmir Pulaski Day" (Illinois)

07. Broken Social Scene - "I'm Still Your Fag" (You Forgot It In People)

08. Explosions In The Sky - "Your Hand In Mine" (The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place)

09. Bob Dylan - "Like A Rolling Stone" (Highway 51 Revisited)

10. Elliott Smith - "Say Yes" (Either/Or)

11. Feist - "So Sorry" (The Reminder)

My cute new boy likes to dance. Al Green and Otis Redding-esque songs that will make him want to dan

01. John Hiatt - "Have a Little Faith in Me" (Bring the Family)

02. Jeff Buckley - "I Want Someone Badly" (Unknown)

03. Eric Clapton - "Wonderful Tonight" (The Cream of Clapton)

04. Brad Paisley - "We Danced" (Who Needs Pictures)

05. Tom Petty - Square One (Elizabethtown OST)

06. Alan Jackson - "A Woman's Love" (Like Red on a Rose)

07. Jack Johnson - "Better Together" (In Between Dreams)

08. Van Morrison - "Into the Mystic" (Moondance)

09. Santana feat. Dave Matthews - "Love of my Life" (Supernatural)

10. Bruce Springsteen - "Secret Garden" (Right Here Waiting for You)

11. Amos Lee - "Southern Girl" (Supply and Demand)

12. Frank Sinatra - "Put Your Dreams Away" (Classic Sinatra)

13. Norah Jones - "The Long Day is Over" (Come Away with Me)

I Miss My Dog and Nothing Seems Okay Since He Died.

Part 1: For the dog-shaped hole in your life (and heart)

01. Joanna Newsom - "Sadie" (The Milk-Eyed Mender)

02. The Mountain Goats - "Half Dead" (Get Lonely)

03. Band of Horses - "Is There A Ghost" (Cease to Begin)

04. The Beatles - "Carry That Weight" (Abbey Road)

Part 2: The hole stays, but you'll start noticing it less

05. Bishop Allen - "Ghosts Are Good Company" (Charm School)

06. Andrew Bird - "Don't Be Scared" (Weather Systems)

07. The Mountain Goats - "Cotton" (We Shall All Be Healed)

Bonus: dogs are great
08. Cat Stevens - "I Love My Dog" (Remember)

[09. Okkervil River - "Dead Dog Song" (Don't Fall In Love With Everyone You See) -ed.]

Songs to Make My Insides Dance

01. Free Loan Investments - "Kick His Balls Out" (Ever Been to Mexico)
02. Josephine Baker - "Don't Touch My Tomatoes" (The Fabulous Josephine Baker)
03. Hey Paulette - "My Half of the Pillow" (Long Ball Into Nowhere)
04. Joy Division - "Digital" (Substance 1977-1980)
05. Suburban Kids with Biblical Names - "Seems to Be On My Mind" (#3)
06. Pelle Carlberg "Riverbank" (Everything, Now!)
07. Love Is All - "Make Out Fall Out Make Up" (9 Times That Same Song)
08. Gang of Four - "Return the Gift" (Entertainment)
09. The Fall - "Bombast" (This Nation's Saving Grace)
10. The Honeydrips - "(Lack of) Love Will Tear Us Apart" ((Lack of) Love Will Tear Us Apart)
11. Pipas - "How to Tie a Tie" (Lucksmiths Remix)
12. Black Tambourine - "Throw Aggi Off the Bridge" (Complete Recordings)

13. The Halo Benders - "Don't Touch My Bikini" (God Don't Make Junk)

14. Matt and Kim - "Silver Tiles" (FreeIndie.com)

15. Bugsy Malone - "You Give a Little Love" (Bugsy Malone OMS)

16. Jens Lekman - "Kanske Ar Jag Kar I Dig" (Night Falls Over Kortedala)

17. Los Campesinos! - "You! Me! Dancing!" (Sticking Fingers Into Sockets)

Songs That Sound Different at Night

01. Pavement - "Frontwards" (Watery Domestic EP)
02. The 6ths - "You You You You You" (Pieces of April OMS)
03. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - "Bobby Malone Moves Home"
(Bobby Malone Moves Home)
04. Comet Gain - "Record Prayer" (Broken Record Prayers)
05. Matt and Kim - "Verbs Before Nouns" (FreeIndie.com)
06. Au Revoir Simone - "Sad Song" (The Bird of Music)
07. The Weakerthans - "My Favourite Chords" (Left and Leaving)
08. Oh No! Oh My! - "In The Backseat" (Oh No! Oh My!)
09. Voxtrot - "This Place Had Got No Soul, Kid" (Unreleased)
10. The Arcade Fire - "Rebellion (Lies)" (Funeral)
11. Walker Kong - "Transparencies" (Transparent Life)
12. Goldenboy - "Ice Breaker Blues" (Underneath the Radio)
13. Jens Lekman - "Your Beat Kicks Back Like Death" (SC100)
14. Beat Happening - "Tiger Trap" (You Turn Me On)

something to play over the loud speaker at the children’s museum where i work

01. Tullycraft - "Orange Cake Mix" (Beat Surf Sun)
02. The Magnetic Fields - "Deep Sea Diving Suit" (Holiday)
03. The Brunettes - "Loopy Loopy Love" (Mars Loves Venus)
04. Suburban Kids with Biblical Names - "Seems to Be on My Mind" (#3)
05. Bishop Allen - "Click Click Click Click Click" (July EP)
06. I'm From Barcelona - "This Boy" (Let Me Introduce My Friends)
07. Beulah - "If We Can Land a Man on the Moon..." (When Your Heartstrings Break)
08. The Go! Team - "We Listen Everyday" (Junior Kickstart)
09. Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers - "I'm a Little Airplane" (Live)
10. The Boy Least Likely To - "Be Gentle With Me" (The Best Party Ever)
11. Walker Kong - "Andy Warhol and the Honeybees" (Deliver Us From People)
12. Architecture in Helsinki - "Do the Whirlwind" (In Case We Die)
13. Oh No! Oh My! - "Our Mouths Were Wet" (Between the Devil and the Sea)

give me a mix featuring songs from memorable movie scenes

I had a lot of fun compiling this mixtape! I love every one of these scenes, and it was hard both to file it down to just 19 songs and not make them all ‘80s throwbacks. Anyway, rather than citing which albums the songs came from, I referenced the movie soundtrack instead... for the sake of clarity, I guess. ENJOY!!

1. Bill Medley + Jennifer Wanres - "(I've Had) The Time of my Life" (Dirty Dancing Soundtrack)
2. Otis Redding - "Tenderness" (Pretty in Pink Soundtrack)
3. Otis Day and the Knights - "Shout" (Animal House Soundtrack)
4. Simple Minds - "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (Breakfast Club Soundtrack)
5. Elton John - "Tiny Dancer" (Almost Famous Soundtrack)
6. The Beatles - "Twist and Shout" (Ferris Beuller's Day Off Soundtrack)
7. Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Wayne's World Soundtrack)
8. Bee Gees - "Stayin' Alive" (Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack)
9. The Champs - "Tequila" (Pee Wee's Big Adventure Soundtrack)
10. Harry Belafonte - "Day-O" (Beetlejuice Soundtrack)
11. Iggy Pop - "Lust for Life" (Trainspotting Soundtrack)
12. The Pixies - "Where is my Mind?" (Fight Club Soundtrack)
13. Duran Duran - "Head Over Heels" (Donnie Darko Soundtrack)
14. The Righteous Brothers - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (Top Gun Soundtrack)
15. Huey Lewis and the News - "Johnny B Goode" (Back to the Future Soundtrack)
16. Alice Cooper - "School's Out" (Dazed and Confused Soundtrack)
17.Steelers Wheeler - "Stuck in the Middle With You" (Reservoir Dogs Soundtrack)
18. The Beatles - "All You Need is Love" (Love Actually Soundtrack)
19. Violent Femmes - "Blister in the Sun" (Grosse Pointe Blank)

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