Tiny Mix Tapes

A Mix to Help My Boyfriend Kick His Nicotine Habit

This mixtape has a story.

Boyfriend hears the pleas from his loved ones. Boyfriend takes a good look at himself and realizes how unhealthy and costly his smoking habit is. Boyfriend gives up smoking cold turkey. One week passes. Boyfriend breaks down. Boyfriend goes to the store to buy cigarettes. Boyfriend notices the electronic cigarettes displayed next to his ordinary go-to smokes, American Spirits. Boyfriend purchases an e-cig. Boyfriend vapes his new purchase in the parking lot. Boyfriend looks to the sky. Boyfriend now knows the truth. Smoking e-cigs make you even cooler than smoking regular cigarettes do!

01. Car Seat Headrest - “Stop Smoking” (Twin Fantasy)
02. Mount Eerie - “Don’t Smoke” (Black Wooden Ceiling Opening)
03. Daniel Johnston - “I Save Cigarette Butts” (Songs of Pain)
04. John Maus - “Too Much Money” (Love Is Real)
05. Titus Andronicus - “Tried to Quit Smoking” (Local Business)
06. Andrew Jackson Jihad - “Cigarettes” (Candy Cigarettes And Cap Guns)
07. Cutie Boy Spliff - “Recharge My Cig” (Man Found Fire)

Who are you, and what the fuck are you doing in my bed?

Could be a stranger. Could be one of your roommate’s weird friends from Holland. Could be an assassin. Could be a surprise escort arranged by your boss. Could be that it’s actually your lover and this is the first sign of your amnesia setting in. Could be that you are seriously drunk and this isn’t, in fact, your house.

01. Xiu Xiu - “You Are Pregnant, You Are Dead” (Women as Lovers)
02. Fat White Family - “Without Consent” (Champagne Holocaust)
03. Fela Kuti & Nigeria 70 - “Lover” (The ‘69 LA Sessions)
04. Clipse - “Keys Open Doors” (Hell Hath No Fury)
05. Joy Division - “Heart & Soul” (Closer)
06. Gang of Four - “Contract” (Entertainment!)
07. St. Vincent - “The Bed” (Actor)
08. Jenny Hval - “Blood Flight” (Viscera)
09. Robyn - “Love Kills” (Body Talk)
10. The Avalanches - “Two Hearts in ¾ Time” (Since I Left You)
11. Hot Chip - “Motion Sickness” (In Our Heads)
12. Television - “Venus” (Marquee Moon)

Sad you're gone. Thanks for being the best dog-friend anyone could ask for!

01. Dean Blunt - “All Dogs Go To Heaven” (The Redeemer)
02. Deerhunter - “Strange Lights” (Cryptograms)
03. Shannon & The Clams - “Ozma” (Dreams In The Rat House)
04. Animal Crossing - “Derek” (Strawberry Jam)
05. The Field - “A Paw In My Face” (From Here We Go Sublime)
06. Gold Panda - “You” (Lucky Shiner)
07. John Talabot - “Missing You” (Fin)
08. Flying Lotus - “Galaxy In Janaki” (Cosmogramma)

Queer songs about perversion and depression

I’ve recently become piercingly aware of how monumentally destructive AIDS was/is upon the LGBT community, so listening to “queer songs about perversion and depression” has been my MO for a while now. It does get better. In the meantime, though, here’s a soundtrack with which you can wallow. (FYI, I took “queer songs” to mean songs that resonate with me specifically because I’m gay, not necessarily songs that are explicitly gay. Also, be forewarned: Angel Haze’s freestyle on “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” is fucking INTENSE.)

01. Hercules & Love Affair – “Blind” (Hercules & Love Affair)
02. Perfume Genius – “Hood” (Put Your Back N 2 It)
03. Baths – “Incompatible” (Obsidian)
04. Zola Jesus – “In Your Nature” (Conatus)
05. Diamond Rings – “It’s Not My Party” (Special Affections)
06. Light Asylum – “Dark Allies” (In Tension – EP)
07. Angel Haze – “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” (Classick)
08. Perfume Genius – “Grid” (Too Bright)
09. Austra – “The Choke” (Feel It Break)
10. Trust – “Sulk” (TRST)
11. Cabaret Voltaire – “In the Shadows” (The Crackdown)
12. Perfume Genius – “Mr. Petersen” (Learning)
13. Crystal Castles – “Transgender” (III)
14. Burial – “Near Dark” (Untrue)
15. Elite Gymnastics – “h e r e, i n h e a v e n 2” (RUIN)
16. Angel Haze – “Angels & Airwaves” (Dirty Gold)
17. Frank Ocean – “Bad Religion” (channel ORANGE)
18. Baths – “No Eyes” (Obsidian)
19. Trust – “Candy Walls” (TRST)
20. Perfume Genius – “Longpig” (Too Bright)
21. Austra – “The Noise” (Feel It Break)
22. Antony & the Johnsons – “Hope There’s Someone” (I Am a Bird Now)
23. Lykke Li – “Just Like a Dream” (I Never Learn)
24. The Knife – “Still Light” (Silent Shout)
25. Perfume Genius – “17” (Put Your Back N 2 It)
26. Holy Other – “Held” (Held)
27. Tracy Chapman – “Fast Car” (Tracy Chapman)
28. Hercules & Love Affair – “Iris” (Hercules & Love Affair)

Songs that make you want to rip your heart out

01. Los Campesinos! - “Miserabilia” (We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed)
02. Beck - “Heartland Feeling” (Golden Feeling)
03. Molly Nilsson - “Whiskey Sour” (These Things Take Time)
04. Majical Cloudz - “Childhood’s End” (Impersonator)
05. Caribou - “Jacknuggeted” (Up In Flames)
06. Posse - “Shut Up” (Soft Opening)
07. Elliott Smith - “Everything Means Nothing To Me” (Figure 8)
08. Wolf Parade - “Yulia” (Expo 86)
09. Lou Reed - “Street Hassle” (Street Hassle)

Nothing matters, I just want to feel OK

I’m gonna love you more than anyone…

01. Burial - “Come Down to Us” (Rival Dealer)
02. Low - “Shame” (Long Division)
03. Vashti Bunyan - “If I Were” (Lookaftering)
04. Northern Picture Library - “Into the Ether” (Alaska)
05. The Dead Texan - “The Struggle” (The Dead Texan)
06. Alice Coltrane - “Jagadishwar” (Turiya Sings)
07. Brian Eno - “Drift” (Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks)
08. Les Rallizes Denudes - “朝の光 L’Aube” (Mizutani)
09. Nico - “Afraid” (Desertshore)
10. Aaliyah - “Enough Said feat. Drake”

Soundtrack to Homesickness

AOL keywords: nostalgia, “used to,” distance, growing up, piano, “go back,” noises heard at night, memories

(Hope you dig it!)

01. Aphex Twin - “Nannou2” (Drukqs)
02. Devendra Banhart - “I Remember” (Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon)
03. That Dog - “Paid Programming” (That Dog)
04. The Postal Service - “Suddenly Everything Has Changed (Flaming Lips cover)” (The District Sleeps Alone Tonight)
05. Nosaj Thing - “Distance” (Home)
06. Arcade Fire - “Half Light I” (The Suburbs)
07. Giant Drag - “Swan Song” (Swan Song)
08. Pavement - “Gold Soundz” (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
09. Beck - “New Round” (The Information)
10. Yo La Tengo - “I Feel Like Going Home” (I Am Not Afraid of You And I Will Beat Your Ass)
11. Jon Hopkins - “Small Memory” (Insides)

Driving for days toward the person you've been missing like crazy for months

01. alt-J - “Warm Foothills” (This Is All Yours)
02. Grizzly Bear - “All We Ask” (Veckatimest)
03. Bon Iver - “Towers” (Bon Iver)
04. Deerhunter - “Sailing” (Halcyon Digest)
05. The National - “Racing Like a Pro” (Boxer)
06. Fleet Foxes - “Blue Ridge Mountains” (Fleet Foxes)
07. Spoon - “I Summon You” (Gimme Fiction)
08. Beach House - “10 Mile Stereo” (Teen Dream)
09. Vampire Weekend - “Worship You” (Modern Vampires of the City)
10. Sufjan Stevens - “The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us!” (Illinois)
11. Arcade Fire - “Supersymmetry” (Reflektor)

I don't know how to say hi

So you need to know how to say “Hi”? We’ve got you covered, no matter what language!

English:
01. Lionel Richie - “Hello” (Can’t Slow Down)
02. Outkast - “Hey Ya!” (Speakerboxx/The Love Below)

Japanese:
03. Robyn - “Konichiwa Bitches” (Robyn)

German:
04. SAM - “Hallo!?” (Two True Brothers)

Spanish:
05. The Rosso Sisters - “Hola Hola” (Hola Hola EP)

Russian:
06. Basshunter - “Russia Privjet” (Now You’re Gone - The Album)

French:
07. Paige O’Hara and Richard White - “Belle” (Beauty and the Beast: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Korean:
08. Nu’Est - “Hello (여보세요)” (Re:Birth)

Chinese:
09. 王大文/Dawen - “你好/Hello” (你好)

Hawaiian:
10. Israel ‘IZ’ Kamakawiwoʻole - “Hawai’i Aloha” (Iz in Concert: The Man and His Music)

Songs to Grave-Rob to

01. Predator - “The Day and Night” (The Complete Earth)
02. Toto & The Bad Eggs - “Dead School Girl” (Wallet Droppin’ EP)
03. Protomartyr - “Scum, Rise!” (Under Color of Official Right)
04. Coheed & Cambria - “Once Upon Your Dead Body” (Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness)
05. The Gooeys - “Lay Down and Die” (Scary Black Cherry Nap)
06. Crosss - “Bones Brigade” (Obsidian Spectre)
07. Iska Dhaaf - “Moonless Night” (Even the Sun Will Burn)
08. The Misfits - “Dig Up Her Bones” (American Psycho)
09. Murder By Death - “Dead Men and Sinners” (In Bocca Al Lupo)
10. Oranger - “Crooked in the Weird of the Catacombs” (New Comes and Goes)
11. Black Lips - “Dirty Hands” (Let it Bloom)
12. The Jesus and Mary Chain - “In a Hole” (Psychocandy)
13. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - “Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!” (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!)
14. Black Sabbath - “Children of the Grave” (Master of Reality)
15. Brian Eno - “Dead Finks Don’t Talk” (Here Come The Warm Jets)
16. The Flesh Eaters - “Digging My Grave” (A Minute To Pray A Second To Die)
17. Sonic Youth - “Dirty Boots” (Goo)