The stories

All the long-winded, self-indulgent gushing about music and picking through songs’ accompanying associations, feelings or reactions, with occasional breaks for stats and wrap-ups and other whims. It has its own playlist, minus Spotify’s absences.

An introduction: 12,700 songs, 20 years, one iPod

1. A (Cartel)
2. About Every 12 Hours (Kids These Days)
3. Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse (Minus the Bear)
4. A Case of You (Completions)
5. A.W.O.L. (Yellowcard)
6. A Little Bit of Everything (Dawes)
7. A Beacon, a Compass, an Anchor (And So I Watch You From Afar)
8. Adulthood (Jukebox the Ghost)
9. Aching to Pupate (Regina Spektor)
10. Adeline, Out of Tune (The New Amsterdams)
11. Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More (The Allman Brothers Band)
12. About Falling (Say Anything)
13. Addicted (Neil Finn)
14. Ain’t No Time (Grace Potter & The Nocturnals)
15. Aging Friends (Snowcapped) (Kids These Days)
16. Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) (The Doors)
17. Admit It!!! (Say Anything)
18. Albatross (The Besnard Lakes)
19. All Circuits Down (The Remedy Session)
20. Alec Eiffel (The Get Up Kids)
21. All Along The Watchtower (Dave Matthews Band; Jimi Hendrix)
22. Alcohol (Gogol Bordello)
23. All Ears (The New Amsterdams)
24. All Hail Bright Futures (And So I Watch You From Afar)
25. All I’m Losing is Me (Saves the Day)
26. Alive with the Glory of Love (Say Anything)
27. All Around You (Intro) (The Brian Jonestown Massacre)
28. All the Pretty Girls Go to the City (Spoon)
29. All Into You (Blu Sanders)
30. All Eyes on Me (The Goo Goo Dolls)
31. Alfie (Lily Allen)
32. All My Love (Led Zeppelin)
33. All or Nothing (Aqualung)
34. All People (Michael Franti & Spearhead)
35. All My Friends (Counting Crows)
36. Almost Here (The Academy Is…)
37. All the Wars (Aloha)
38. An American Prayer (The Doors)
39. Amateur (Nada Surf)
40. All Things Good and Nice (Jets to Brazil)
41. Ambling Alp (Yeasayer)
42. Amen (Gogol Bordello)
43. All in a Row (Gratitude)
44. All Your Way (Morphine)
45. America (Simon & Garfunkel)
46. All We Ever Knew (The Head and the Heart)
47. Altamont (Horse Feathers)
48. American Slang (The Gaslight Anthem)
49. Amsterdam (Guster)
50. American Television (Ben Lee)
51. Anais (Jimmy Eat World)
52. Angel, Won’t You Call Me? (The Decemberists)
53. Another Little Hole (Aqualung)
54. Annie Ford (Mt. Desolation)
55. Ant Farm (Eels)
56. Anyone. Anyone? (Dashboard Confessional)
57. Anytime (Neil Finn)
58. Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl (Broken Social Scene)
59. Apology Song (The Decemberists)
60. Are You & Me Gonna Happen (E)
61. Art is Hard (Cursive)
62. Artificial Light (Rainer Maria)
63. Art Class (Song for Yayoi Kusama) (Superchunk)
64. Awaiting on You All (George Harrison)
65. The Awful Truth of Loving (Rainer Maria)
“A” Songs Wrap-Up

66. Baby Britain (Elliott Smith)
67. The Bachelor and the Bride (The Decemberists)
68. Baby Blue (The Early November)
69. Back to You (John Mayer)
70. Bad Bad World (Guster)
71. Bad Luck Charm (Old 97’s)
72. Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let it Roll) (George Harrison)
73. Bang a Gong (Get it On) (T. Rex)
74. Bartolomeo and the Buzzing of Bees (Ted Leo and The Pharmacists)
75. Basement Parties (Matt Pond PA)
76. Basket Case (Green Day)
77. Be Beautiful (Aqualung feat. Luke Sital-Singh)
78. Battle of Who Could Care Less (Ben Folds Five)
79. Begin Again (Gratitude)
80. Believe in What You Want (Jimmy Eat World)
81. Bend and Not Break (Dashboard Confessional)
82. Belly of June (Horse Feathers)
83. Beneath a Crozet Trestle Bridge (Paul Curreri)
84. Better (Regina Spektor)
85. The Best Happiness Money Can Buy (I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business)
86. Beyond the Sea (Bobby Darin)
87. Billy Liar (The Decemberists)
88. Bitte Ein Kuss (Onelinedrawing)
89. Bittersweet (Kristin Hoffmann)
90. Black Cadillacs (Modest Mouse)
91. Big Love (Ben Lee)
92. Blackout (Aloha)
93. Black Hole (Aqualung)
94. Bloodless (Andrew Bird)
95. Bloodshot (Jack’s Mannequin)
96. Blue Diamonds (The Long Winters)
97. Boomerang (Mae)
98. Bobcaygeon (The Tragically Hip)
99. A Bottle of Buckie (Ted Leo and The Pharmacists)
100. Bottle Up and Explode! (Elliott Smith)
101. Bowl of Oranges (Bright Eyes)
102. Box of Rain (Grateful Dead)
103. Break the Sky (The Hush Sound)
104. Brokedown Luck (Nicole Atkins)
105. Broken Boy Solider (The Raconteurs)
106. Bukowski (Modest Mouse)
107. Bruised (The Bens)
108. Buildings (Regina Spektor)
109. Buttmachine (That 1 Guy)
“B” Songs Wrap-Up

110. C’Mon (Guster)
111. California One/Youth & Beauty Brigade (The Decemberists)
112. Call My Name Out (Matthew Jay)
113. Call Out Your Name (Blu Sanders)
114. Can We Lip Sync This One? (The June Spirit)
115. Careless (Neil Finn and Paul Kelly)
116. Carrying (Jukebox the Ghost)
117. Carve Your Heart Out Yourself (Dashboard Confessional)
118. Caring is Creepy (The Shins)
119. Casting Curses (Fairweather)
120. Catapult (Counting Crows)
121. Catastrophe (Rainer Maria)
122. Cell Song (Fanfarlo)
123. Cats are not Lucky Creatures (The World/Inferno Friendship Society)
124. Chelsea (Counting Crows)
125. Checklist Before Chicago (Recess Theory)
126. Cecilia and the Satellite (Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness)
127. The City Gets Lonely (The Prom)
128. Claire (Matt Pond PA)
129. Claire (Jimmy Eat World)
130. Clarity (Jimmy Eat World)
131. Clark Gable (The Postal Service)
132. The Climber (Neil Finn)
133. Coeur D’Alene (The Head and the Heart)
134. Colorful (Jukebox the Ghost)
135. Cold Night (Yeasayer)
136. Come and Go Blues (The Allman Brothers Band)
137. Commercial for Levi (Placebo)
138. Company Calls/Epilogue (Death Cab for Cutie)
139. Coney Island (Good Old War)
140. Coming Home (Mt. Desolation)
141. The Contents of Lincoln’s Pockets (Rainer Maria)
142. The Crash (The Pale Pacific)
143. Crush (Dave Matthews Band)
144. Cream and Bastards Rise (Harvey Danger)
145. Curve of the Earth (Matt Nathanson)
146. Custard Pie (Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes; Led Zeppelin)
147. Crush (Jimmy Eat World)
“C” Songs Wrap-Up

148. The D in Detroit (The Anniversary)
149. A Daisy Through Concrete (Eels)
150. Dancing on Glass (St. Lucia)
151. Darkness Falls So Quiet (Nicole Atkins)
152. A Day in the Life (The Beatles)
153. The Day We Started (This Day & Age)
154. Dark Center of the Universe (Modest Mouse)
155. David (The Strumbellas)
156. Dear Sir (Lotion)
157. Devil in Jersey City (Coheed and Cambria)
158. Dead End Thanks (Horse Feathers)
159. The Devil’s Ball (The World/Inferno Friendship Society)
160. Dead Man’s Dollar (Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness)
161. Debate Exposes Doubt (Death Cab for Cutie)
162. A Decade Under the Influence (Taking Back Sunday)
163. Designs on You (Old 97’s)
164. Democracy (Leonard Cohen)
165. The Deep South (The Promise Ring)
166. Dial Up (Ted Leo and The Pharmacists)
167. Diminishing Returns (Harvey Danger)
168. A Diamond and a Tether (Death Cab for Cutie)
169. Dis-connect the Dots (of Montreal)
170. Disgrace (Jets to Brazil)
171. A Distance (Fanfarlo)
172. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (The Postal Service)
173. Dirty Girl (Eels)
174. Do It for the Love (Michael Franti & Spearhead)
175. Do as I Say Not as I Do (Ed Harcourt)
176. Do Ya Love (Michael Franti & Spearhead)
177. Do You Love Me (Guster)
178. Does He Love You? (Rilo Kiley)
179. Does This Mean You’re Moving On? (The Airborne Toxic Effect)
180. Don’t Dream It’s Over (Crowded House; Neil Finn & Friends; Neil Finn & Paul Kelly)
181. Don’t Carry It All (The Decemberists)
182. Down and Out (The Academy Is…)
183. Down by the Seaside (Led Zeppelin; Power of County)
184. Down Side of Me (CHVRCHES)
185. A Dozen Roses (Braid)
186. Drinking Wine, Talking Art (Kids These Days)
187. Driving Through a Dream (Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness)
188. Dying in New Brunswick (Thursday)
“D” Songs Wrap-Up

One More Second Chance: A-D Songs

189. Earth from Outer Space (Michael Franti & Spearhead)
190. Earthquakes and Sharks (Brandtson)
191. Earth Blues (Jimi Hendrix)
192. East to the West (Michael Franti & Spearhead)
193. Echo (The Hush Sound)
194. Eet (Regina Spektor)
195. Effington (Ben Folds)
196. El Capitan (Idlewild)
197. Embers and Envelopes (Mae)
198. Empty House (Delta Spirit)
199. The End (Aloha)
200. The Engine Driver (The Decemberists)
201. Energy Spent (Liam Finn)
202. Everlasting Arms (Vampire Weekend)
203. Every Thug Needs a Lady (Alkaline Trio)
204. Everybody Knows (Jukebox the Ghost)
205. Everything Hits at Once (Spoon)
206. Everything I Try to Do, Nothing Seems to Turn Out Right (The Decemberists)

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