Endtroducing by DJ Shadow - Good mood-wise for reading, and I imagine it to resemble some of Madame Psychosis’s radio shows. This album came out the same year that Infinite Jest was published.
The Campfire Headphase by Boards of Canada - Good mood-wise for reading, connection with Canada, and much of it sounds what I’d imagine things sound like in the Concavity.
Maps by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs - w/r/t DFW’s interesting use of maps (e.g to eliminate one’s own map)
Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie - w/r/t the Enfield Tennis Academy
Parallel Lines by Kings of Convenience - related to tennis and Infinity. Line: “Parallel Lines move so fast…Infinity is as near as it is far.”
Step In To My Office Baby by Belle and Sebastian - w/r/t The Moms and John “No Relation” Wayne
Are You Out There? by Dar Williams - w/r/t late night radio DJs meaning a lot to someone, like Mario.
Midnight in a Perfect World by DJ Shadow - Midnight is when Madame Psychosis’s show was, that hour was a perfect world for Mario, she would play atonal voices etc.
Videotape by Radiohead - w/r/t James Orin Incandenza (JOI) and The Entertainment
If This Were a Movie by The Nields - w/r/t JOI and Joelle Van Dyne
Come As You Are by Nirvana - w/r/t Joelle and the Union of the Hideously and Improbably Deformed (U.H.I.D.)
Nice Weather for Ducks by Lemon Jelly - w/r/t JOI’s obsession with the Duck Pond on the Boston Common (p622)
The Microwave Song by the Softlightes - w/r/t JOI’s untimely intentional elimination of his own map
Chromakey Dream Coat by Boards of Canada - w/r/t the Concavity. Sort of wet and drippy and radioactive, with the mew-like sound of feral hampsters.
Dance of the Seven Veils by Liz Phair - Line: “Johnny, my love, get out of the business…” w/r/t Marathe’s triple-crossings and the wheelchair assassins.
Don’t Do Drugs by Danger Mouse and Jemini - w/r/t pretty much everyone.
Blue Sky by Jason Collett - Hiding out and getting high.
Missed Medicine by Her Space Holiday - Clinically depressed, making amends like AA, too many drugs, and a movie on repeat.
Down My Street by Pacha Massive - w/r/t Randy Lenz on his long, destructive walks home from the AA meetings.
Bodysnatchers by Radiohead - w/r/t stealing JOI’s body from the Concavity.
O.K. by Ani DiFranco - w/r/t Gately in the hospital. Line: “If you ask me, I’ll say yes please to you today. So don’t ask me, ‘cause I’m weak that way…” He doesn’t want them to offer painkillers b/c he won’t be able to say no.
Vats of Urine by Dangerdoom - Gately’s final flashback of his bad trip, two men on the floor with a pyramid of pills, in pools of their own urine.
Needle and Thread by Psapp - w/r/t the last section when Gately is in the hospital. Line: “I’ll make sure they will not get you.” Flashback to sewing eyelids.
Seagulls by PJ Harvey - likely what Gately heard when he came to in the final lines of the novel.