Songs from Boise bands who we'd scoop up before running to the hills to escape the flaming meteors if only to drink with them and ask for one last show:
1. "Things Fall Apart" by Built to Spill "Came into the darkness from out of the blue / I don't know much but I know what to do," sings Doug Martsch, in this song about heartbreak. The theme of love lost may be something to relate to as your loved ones begin to disappear.
2. "Wake (Keep This Town Alive)" by Finn RigginsOr, in this case, keep this shantytown alive.
3. "Psychocillin Roboboogie" by Atomic Mama "I've got dusty boots and a red bandanna," sings Jake Warnock, inspiring images of a dystopian American West filled with gunslingers and zombies.
4. "We Are Alone" by Owlright This layered jam by dance-party vets Owlright should get you gyrating on a makeshift stage made of bean cans.
5. "Come On and Dig a Hole" by Hillfolk NoirNot only is the chanted refrain a smart move when the apocalypse is nigh, but the haunting percussion and whispery vocals help set a more serious tone.
Songs to set the mood in the bunker. Light the world's remaining tea candles and toss a red cloth over every lamp. The Earth isn't going to repopulate itself:
1. "Thickfreakness" by the Black KeysThe title track of an industrial, analog album with album art is as suggestive as its lyrics: "Hold me / love me / in your heart and I'll hold you near / and I'll whisper in your ear."
2. "Practice What You Preach" by Barry WhiteWhite sings about how foreplay blows his mind in a brassy baritone. 'Nuff said.
3. "Love and Some Verses" by Iron and WineSam Beam's breathy vocals on Our Endless Numbered Days will forever set hearts aflutter.
4. "In the Aeroplane over the Sea" by Neutral Milk HotelThis less-than-perfect love affair has mentions of ashes in the air.
5. "I Was a Lover" by TV on the RadioBass-heavy beats, falsetto voices and electronic diddling.
Oldies worth playing on that vintage record player you managed to snag after society began its collapse:
1. "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" by Bob Dylan In this case, it's fiery, burning rain, and the droplets are napalm, not water.
2. "Two Suns in the Sunset" by Pink FloydThese guys wrote music like the world was ending, and this song reads like a soundtrack to the apocalypse.
3. "When the Music's Over" by The Doors"When the music's over / turn out the lights," warbles Jim Morrison. Good advice, lest your gasoline-powered generator charging your iPod runs dry.
4. "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater RevivalIf there are zombies ambling about, chances are werewolves are on the way.
line your subterranean chateau with champagne bottles, then upgrade those dim, Cold War-era bulbs with flickering neon lights and install a Surround Sound system to listen to these tracks:
1. "Utopia/Dystopia (The Earth is on Fire)" by YACHTWait for the sun to go down to shake it to this poppy dance duo's futuristic beats.
2. "1999" by PrincePrior to the Y2K scare in 2000, Prince released this admonishment to dance until the sun explodes.
3. "2012 (It Ain't the End)" by Jay Sean and Nicki MinajModern radio artists on heavy radio rotation couldn't resist an irreverent excuse to party. "Turn It Up / Mash it up / We gonna party like / party like it's the end of the world" Sean croons.
4. "Medicine" by StarfuckerThis track is filled with lines like "Sorry, so helpless" and repeated admonishments to "take your medicine." In this case, perhaps "medicine" means cyanide capsules.
Songs for searching the landscape for a leader, shepherding your newfound flock or searching out a land unblemished by radiation:
1. "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" by Hank WilliamsNo matter how Williams struggles and strives, there's no escaping inevitability.
2. "My Companjera" by Gogol BordelloThese Gypsy punks have been making wandering-minstrel music for years. Check their costumes for ideas on how to refashion found materials from the rubble.
3. "Desert Search for Techno Allah" by Mr. BungleBecause Techno Allah will undoubtedly save us all from radiation.
4. "3 Inch Horses, Two Faced Monster" by Modest MouseThe sounds of found instruments, including clanging pans and the screechy radio serial quality of Isaac Brock's vocals, invoke images of a wandering family band.
The sweeter side of a slate wiped clean. After the world is scorched, things are bound to bloom once more:
1. "Yawny at the Apocalypse" by Andrew BirdBirdsong crops up on this indie track, which could be used to search out remaining wildlife.
2. "We Will Become Silhouettes" by The Postal ServiceA song for finding a friend to scour the planet with. Avoid thinking about allusions to Pompeii's frozen shadows.
3. "Staralfur" by Sigur Ros While the language isn't one we know well, the message of remembrance sent by strings and flowery chanting rings true all the same.
4. "I'm Only Sleeping" by the BeatlesBecause the Earth, like the sleepy-eyed Fab Four, will rouse once more.