day 334 – four mixtapes

Mixtapes are so much fun to make. I haven’t created one in years. Sure, everyone makes “playlists,” but, well, those just ain’t the same.

Please forgive the self indulgence of this post.

BACKGROUND LEFT | November 2005*
1. Minotaur Shock “Muesli” | 2. David Byrne “Glass, Concrete & Stone” | 3. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah “The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth” | 4. Wolf Parade “Modern World” | 5. Andrew Bird “Fake Palindromes” | 6. Art Brut “Good Weekend” | 7. Annie “Heartbeat | 8. Erlend Øye “The Black Keys Work” | 9. Elvis Costello & The Attractions “Watch Your Step” | 10. Roxy Music “Take a Chance with Me” | 11. Iggy Pop “The Passenger” | 12. Lo-Fi-Fnk “Unighted” | 13. Belle & Sebastian “Your Cover’s Blown” | 14. Rodriquez “Sugar Man” | 15. Vitaminsforyou “Churchill” | 16. Nas “One Mic (Fog Remix)” | 17. Boom Bip feat. Nina Nastasia “The Matter (Of Our Discussion)”

BACKGROUND RIGHT | December 2001
1. James Kochalka Superstar “Soundcheck of Love” | 2. Lee Dorsey “A Lover Was Born” | 3. Day One “Waiting for a Break” | 4. The Turtles “I’m Chief Kamanawanalea (We’re the Royal Macadamia Nuts)” | 5. Pip Skid “I Rap, You Listen” | 6. N.W.A. “Fuck tha Police” | 7. Del the Funky Homosapien “Mistadobolina” | 8. DJ Shadow “Organ Donor” | 9. Brassy “I Can’t Wait” | 10. G. Love and Special Sauce “Everybody” | 11. Beck “Lonesome Whistle” | 12. The Evaporators “I Gotta Rash” | 13. Nice and Smooth “Sometimes I Rhyme Slow” | 14. Ron Hawkins and the Rusty Nails “Small Victories” | 15. The Crabs “Mission Impossible” | 16. Main Source “Snake Eyes” | 17. Biz Markie “Turn tha Party Out” | 18. The Sadies “Loved on Look” | 19. Ryan Adams “Gonna Make You Love Me” | 20. Pizzicato Five “One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Barbie Dolls” | 21. Trick Daddy “I’m a Thug” | 22. Nina Simone “Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter” | 23. Oasis “Married with Children”

FOREGROUND TOP | September 2006*
SIDE ONE > 1. The Blow “True Affection” | 2. The Ramones “Howling at the Moon (Sha-La-La)” | 3. XTC “This is Pop” | 4. Cassius “Toop Toop” | 5. Lo-Fi-Fnk “Wake Up” | 6. Justin Timberlake feat. T.I. “My Love” | 7. Dizzee Rascal vs. Zongamin “Stand Up Tall vs. Bongo Song (Hold Music Consultant Remix)” | 8. Love is All “Turn the Radio Off” | 9. The Exploding Hearts “You’re Black and Blue” | SIDE TWO > 1. Devo “Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy)” | 2. Islands “Rough Gem” | 3. Le Sport “Tell No One About Tonight” | 4. Lily Allen “Smile” | 5. The Jam “Town Called Malice” | 6. Hot Chip “Colours” | 7. Junior Boys “FM”

FOREGROUND BOTTOM | February 2006*
SIDE ONE > 1. Petra Haden “God Only Knows” | 2. Jens Lekman “Maple Leaves” | 3. Brooks “Roxxy (Hot Chip’s Women of the World Mix)” | 4. Pet Shop Boys “Flamboyant” | 5. Mariah Carey “Emotions (DJ Copy Remix)” | 6. Cydi Lauper “When You Were Mine” | 7. Roll Deep “The Avenue” | 8. Dopplebanger “Got It Twisted Sister (The Rapture vs. Mobb Deep)” | 9. New Order “Krafty” | 10. Ms. John Soda “Nº One” | 11. Styrofoam & Sarah Shannon “I Found Love” | 12. Death from Above 1979 “Black History Month (Alan Braxe & Fred Falke Remix)” | 13. Sons and Daughters “Dance Me In (JD Twitch and The Truffle Club’s Optimo Mix)” | 14. Dogs Die in Hot Cars “Man Bites Man” | 15. Mouse On Mars “Mine is in Yours” | SIDE TWO > 1. Elvis Costello “Love for Tender (Demo)” | 2. Erlend Øye “Every Party Has a Winner and a Loser | 3. Bertrand Betsch “Pas de bras, pas de chocolat” | 4. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me” | 5. Hey Willpower feat. Annie “Chewing Gum” | 6. Junior Senior “Take My Time” | 7. The Boy Least Likely To “Be Gentle with Me” | 8. Belle & Sebastian “Funny Little Frog” | 9. Missy Elliot “Hot (Ratatat Remix)” | 10. Debbie Deb “When I Hear Music” | 11. Four Tet “Smile Around the Face” | 12. Blue T-Shirt “You Still Believe in Me” | 13. Of Montreal “Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games” | 14. Spoon “I Summon You” | 15. The Go! Team “Friendship Update” | 16. Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)”

*Made for my then girlfriend, now wife, Lisa.

Incidentally, while typing these dozens of artists and song titles, I listened to portions of these mixes. I suggest revisiting your own artifacts like these if you can. Nostalgia like this is good for your soul.

Advertisements

2 Comments on “day 334 – four mixtapes”

  1. These are awesome, and now I know what I’ll be listening to on Grooveshark today!

  2. Chantal Phaneuf says:

    I have been looking for the playlist for December 2001 for years. The tape is still stuck in the deck of my mom’s car. Inoperational of course.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s