PFU MIX #004

USE: Dealing With Heartbreak, Shock and Depression Stages. For Her.

  1. Little Dragon – Twice
  2. Portishead – Mysterons
  3. Beach House – Some Things Last A Long Time
  4. Shangri-Las – I’ll Never Learn
  5. Lali Puna – Don’t Think
  6. Patsy Cline – Why Can’t He Be You?
  7. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Down Boy
  8. Betty Crutcher – So Lonely Without You
  9. Blonde Redhead – Misery Is A Butterfly (Wicked Version)
  10. Aretha Franklin – Without The One I Love
  11. Holly Golightly with The Greenhornes – There Is An End
  12. Nina Simone – Either Way I Lose
  13. Cat Power – Metal Heart [Original Version]
  14. Heart – Alone
  15. Boss Hog – Texas
  16. Dolly Parton – Jolene
  17. Etta James – Fool That I Am
  18. Debbie Dean – A New Girl
  19. Neko Case – (Look For Me) I’ll Be Around
  20. Delizia – Laissons Passer les Annees
  21. Mazzy Star – Into Dust
  22. Yael Naim – Toxic



PFU #027

Hello everyone. Here is this year’s holiday mix. I’ve mixed it into one track for easier listening. Just download it in one shot and go. I’ve also included a link to the mix on Mixcloud.

This year we are offering 2 original tracks by friends of PFU. Next year we hope to put together an entire EP of new, original Christmas songs. Here are the two new ones, with many thanks to the artists that made them:

PFU #027: CHRISTMAS 2012


  1. Crispin Hellion Glover – Never Say “Never” To Always
  2. Neil Hamburger – Paris Hilton
  3. Das Racist & Deerhoof – The Child With The Star On His Head
  4. The Shins – Wonderful Christmastime
  5. Binky Griptite – Stone Soul Christmas
  6. Soledad Brothers – Hang My Star
  7. Paper City – Holiday Dreams of You
  8. Carla Thomas – All I Want For Christmas is You
  9. Eleanor Friedberger – Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me
  10. The Steel Drums of Trinidad – Amazing Grace
  11. Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – Getting High For Jesus
  12. The Brown Dots – At Our Fireplace
  13. Parenthetical Girls – Rejoice, Rejoice
  14. Irma Thomas – Two Winters Long
  15. Arcade Fire – Winter For A Year
  16. Little Joey Farr – Rock n’ Roll Santa
  17. Charles Bradley – Mary’s Baby
  18. Josh Rouse – Winter in the Hamptons
  19. Brendan Hanlon & The Bat Men – Christmas Party
  20. Sufjan Stevens – Christmas Face
  21. German Bonds – Sing Hallelujah!
  22. The Staple Singers – Last Month of the Year
  23. The Walkmen – X-Mas Party
  24. The Helio Sequence – December
  25. Mae West – With Love From Me To You
  26. Atlas Sound – New Years Day


  • Robert MacCready & Brandon Duhon – You Shouldn’t Have
  • Cultastic – Melt With You in the Snow



My personal favorite.

PFU #010: CHRISTMAS 2009



  1. Neil Hamburger – Cranberry Sauce
  2. The Mistreaters – Santa Stole My Baby
  3. Fat Daddy – Fat Daddy
  4. Twice As Much & Vashti – The Coldest Night of the Year
  5. James Brown – Hey America
  6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – All I Want For Christmas
  7. Dean & Britta – He’s Coming Home
  8. The Phi Mu Washboard Band – Chilly Winds
  9. Elvis Presley – Santa Claus Is Back In Town
  10. Dr. Octagon – Moosebumps
  11. Holly Golightly – Christmas Tree’s On Fire
  12. The Shangri-Las – Good Taste Tip #3: Gift Receiving
  13. George Harrison – Ding Dong, Ding Dong
  14. Nina Simone – I Am Blessed
  15. The Halo Benders – Snowfall
  16. Dion McGregor [Sleep Talker] – Snowflakes
  17. Dick Dale – Hava Nagila
  18. Pebbles & Bam Bam – Snowflakes
  19. Floyd Dixon – Empty Stockings
  20. Galaxie 500 – Listen, The Snow Is Falling
  21. The Davis Sisters – Christmas Boogie
  22. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
  23. The Harlem Children’s Chorus – Black Christmas
  24. Merle Haggard – If We Make It Through December
  25. Archers of Loaf – Assassination On X-Mas Eve
  26. Mae West – My New Year’s Resolutions
  27. Pharoah Sanders – Prince of Peace

Boo. We’re Back…and We’re Moving On.


Hello kids. I know it’s been way, way, way too long since I’ve posted anything, but this blog is officially back in business. Due to several reports that the Heartbreak Anthology was bringing the room down, it has been discontinued…well moved. It was a good way to lead off this blog, but the options are so immense that I decided to give the heartbreak mixes their own blog. It’s a blog of all heartbreak music that will be done by me and lots of guests. That way we can cover all of the bases on that subject in terms of gender, race, orientation, etc.

The Heartbreak Blog is called IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU. It lives here:

Now it’s time to get Happy. To atone for such a long absence I’m welcoming everyone back with THREE Halloween mixes, and not a minute too soon. I’m including the Halloween mix that I made last year and two for this year. One is meant to be more generally listenable and the other is specifically designed to scare or at least unnerve whoever is listening to it. There are some fall mixes coming next week. Stay tuned, thanks for coming back, and have a great Halloween.


PFU MIX #005

USE: Keeping Yourself Happy While Shopping for Costumes & Driving Drunk in a Costume [in 2008].

  1. Richard Pryor – Wino Dealing With Dracula
  2. The White Stripes – Little Ghost
  3. I Monster – The Blue Wrath
  4. Ray Stevens – Laughing Over My Grave
  5. David Bowie – Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
  6. Clea Bradford – My Love’s a Monster
  7. Vampire’s Sound Incorporation – Necronomania
  8. Thee Oh Sees – Ghost in the Trees
  9. Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – Devil Do
  10. Carole Bennett – Haunted Lover
  11. The Sonics – Psycho
  12. Jean Van DerPyl – Nobody Loves a Witch
  13. Destroyer – Your Blood
  14. Sunset Rubdown – A Day In The Graveyard
  15. Jerry Wald – The Creeper
  16. Suicide – Ghostrider
  17. The Keytones – I Was a Teenage Monster
  18. Evangelicals – The Ghost of Abner E. Norman (The Halloween Song)
  19. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Alligator Wine
  20. The Kingsmen – Haunted Castle Party
  21. Serge Gainsbourg – Docteur Jekyll And Mister Hyde
  22. Michael Jackson – Thriller [DiscoTech Remix]




USE: Getting Yourself Excited to Dress as Someone Else

  1. Richard Pryor – The Exorcist
  2. Make*Up – Save Yourself
  3. TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
  4. Louis Armstrong – St. James Infirmary
  5. The Cramps – Human Fly
  6. Louis Farrakhan [The Charmer] – Zombie Jamboree
  7. Julie London – Dark
  8. The Fall – Psycho Mafia
  9. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Black Ghost Blues
  10. Screamin’ Lord Sutch – Monster In Black Tights
  11. Bernard Herrmann – Taxi Driver (A Night Piece for Saxophone & Orchestra)
  12. Cat Power – Werewolf
  13. The Gaslamp Killer – Unknown Instrumental #8
  14. Tommy Collins – Black Cat
  15. Soft Boys – Kingdom Of Love
  16. Ethel Ennis – Mad Monster Party
  17. Clara Rockmore – Liebeslied
  18. Piero Umiliani – Cantata Per Maryam
  19. Charles Manson – Look At Your Game, Girl
  20. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Disco Devil
  21. Duane Eddy – Stalkin’
  22. Pulp – Frightened
  23. Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs – Lil’ Red Riding Hood
  24. Henry Mancini – Experiment In Terror
  25. Pavement – The Killing Moon



PFU MIX #007

USE: Scaring You, Your Friends, and Their Familes

One Quick Note about Track #5: A few days after that song was recorded, Pat Hare shot his baby. Enjoy.

  1. Charles Manson – Uptown
  2. Sonic Youth – Inhuman
  3. Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit
  4. Amon Tobin – Bloodstone
  5. Pat Hare – Gonna Murder My Baby
  6. Goblin – Profondo Rosso
  7. Shellac – Prayer to God
  8. John Carpenter – The Shape Stalks Laurie
  9. Lightning Bolt – 13 Monsters
  10. Claudine Longet – Lullaby From Rosemary’s Baby (Sleep Safe And Warm)
  11. Suicide – Frankie Teardrop [Excerpt]
  12. Akira Ifukube – Godzilla Comes to Tokyo Bay
  13. The Manson Family – No Wrong Come Along
  14. Tom Waits – What’s He Building in There?
  15. Mark Murphy – Come and Get Me
  16. Beck – Cut 1/2 Blues
  17. Ennio Morricone – Adonai
  18. Louis and Bebe Barron – An Invisible Monster Approaches
  19. Pussy Galore – Die Bitch
  20. Alex Bartha’s Hotel Traymore Orchestra – It Must Be Swell To Be Laying Out Dead
  21. John Carpenter – Halloween III (Main Title)
  22. Henry Thome – Wolf Bait
  23. Alain Goraguer – Mira et Ten
  24. The Who – Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde
  25. Goblin – Waiting Death
  26. Mogwai – Stanley Kubrick
  27. Ray Noble & his Orchestra  – Midnight, The Stars, And You
  28. White Noise – The Black Mass (An Electric Storm in Hell)
  29. Elizabeth Clare Prophet & The Church Universal And Triumphant – Decree 10.05


Past The Verge. The Heartbreak Anthology: Part 4


So it’s been a while I know, but things are now rolling again and this month the heartbreak anthology will be completed, at least this volume. This is the mix for women’s sadness, which is a brutal and powerful thing to experience for most involved parties. To be clear, I’m not talking about a scorned woman. That was the purpose of PFU #002. I’m talking about the times when a woman feels truly and honestly sad, desperate , and afraid that she is not or will not be loved. When she has no ideas of how to fix things, no plans for solutions or alternatives, just a dangerous vacuum. This has it’s own special and heavy gravity. With all attempts to have female sadness romanticized, marginalized, and  mocked I feel that its true impact never changes. I think it’s possible to appear unfazed or actually be temporarily indifferent to a devastated woman, but that doesn’t last. Only true sociopaths are immune.

When woman are strong or weak there seems to have be a comfortable cliche to soften, dismiss, or reverse the situation, but when women are truly destroyed, the world seems out of balance, something is wrong. Men don’t, and probably never will, have this power. I like that. Be it chauvinism, guilt, misguided pity, the reality of maternal nature, world history, personal hang-ups, or just me being a pussy…I don’t care. I like the fact that this gender imbalance (or at least my view of it) falls into the woman’s court.

I realize that the idea of making mixes for women that are supposed to sync up with their heaviest emotions is ridiculous, but this is my offering. I tried to feature songs that had a few various root causes of women’s sadness (relating specifically to heartbreak) that I have run across, from the understandable to the illogical and maddening. In an attempt to keep the relevance of this blog I am having two guest mixes for female sadness and anger that will be done by actual females coming later this month. Seeing the contrast alone should be fun or at least educational. Here we go ladies: A soundtrack to one of the things that (most)men are afraid of.

PFU MIX #004

USE: Dealing With Heartbreak, Shock and Depression Stages. For Her.

  1. Little Dragon – Twice
  2. Beach House – Some Things Last A Long Time
  3. Shangri-Las – I’ll Never Learn
  4. Lali Puna – Don’t Think
  5. Patsy Cline – Why Can’t He Be You?
  6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Down Boy
  7. Betty Crutcher – So Lonely Without You
  8. Blonde Redhead – Misery Is A Butterfly (Wicked Version)
  9. Aretha Franklin – Without The One I Love
  10. Holly Golightly with The Greenhornes – There Is An End
  11. Nina Simone – Either Way I Lose
  12. Cat Power – Metal Heart (Original Version)
  13. Heart – Alone
  14. Boss Hog – Texas
  15. Dolly Parton – Jolene
  16. Portishead – Mysterons
  17. Etta James – Fool That I Am
  18. Neko Case – (Look For Me) I’ll Be Around
  19. Delizia – Laissons Passer les Annees
  20. Mazzy Star – Into Dust
  21. Debbie Dean – A New Girl
  22. Yael Naim – Toxic