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Mix-Off

June 18, 2009

“To me, making a tape is like writing a letter. There’s a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again. A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do. You’ve got to kick off with a corker, to hold the attention (I started with “Got to Get You Off My Mind,” but then realized that she might not get any further than track one, side one if I delivered what she wanted straightaway, so I buried it in the middle of side two), and then you’ve got to up it a notch, or cool it a notch, and you can’t have white music and black music together, unless the white music sounds like black music, and you can’t have two tracks by the same artist side by side, unless you’ve done the whole thing in pairs and…oh, there are loads of rules.”

-High Fidelity

The Perfect Mix: an unattainable goal? Recently a friend started hosting a recurring dinner party, and the communal spirit has spread beyond the boundaries of food and into the realm of entertainment. Sure, one of us could just plug our ipods in and be done with it- but what’s the fun in that?

Below are 3 different mixes, from 3 different people- I think it’s fascinating to try to analyze tastes, organizational styles, or thematic elements. For example, mixing genres versus sticking to one? Old versus new, or a mix? Playing to a certain crowd or the broadest possible audience?

Meghan’s Dance Pants Mix:
Stereo (Mono Mono) — The Brunettes
Dusty Grits — Branches
Getting Down — The Kills
Earth Intruders — Bjork (Spank Rock Remix)
Well Alright — Spoon
Let’s Call It Off –Peter Bjorn & John (Girl Talk Remix)
So Far Around the Bend — The National
Middle Class Kid — Pelle Carlberg
Mambo Sun — T-Rex
The Money — Larytta
Pop Song — Starfucker
Fallen Snow — Au Revoir Simone (Teenagers Remix)
Blue Tears — Cryptacize
Before We Begin — Broadcast
Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac) — Vampire Weekend
We Used Technology (but Technology Let Us Down) — Maus Haus
A Hit in Sweden — Say Hi…

Maris’s Flavor of the Month Mix:
Everyday — Buddy Holly
Bag of Hammers — Thao Nguyen with The Get Down Stay Down
Can’t You Wait — Geographer
The Concubine — Beirut
Genghis On — New Villager
I’m A Pilot — Fanfarlo
Listzomania — Phoenix
Everytime I’m With You –Dangermouse & Sparklehorse (Dark Night of the
Soul compilation)
Two Weeks — Grizzly Bear
Fangela — Here We Go Magic
This Love is Fucking Right! — The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Zero — Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Louie — Ida Maria
Tightrope — Yeasayer
Indiana — Cymbals Eat Guitars
Talk to Me — Peaches
Evident Utensil — Chairlift
Holiday — Pink Mountaintops
Sweet By and By — Peter Doherty
Clever Girls Like Clever Boys Much More Than Clever Boys Like Clever
Girls — Pelle Carlberg
Sister — Vetiver
Words of Love (Buddy Holly) — Jessica Lea Mayfield

Tim’s OG Mix:
Sun Giant — Fleet Foxes
Our Lips Are Sealed (The Go-Go’s) — Nouvelle Vague
You and I — Wilco
Oh! Mighty Engine — Neil Halstead
L’Hotel Particulier — Serge Gainsbourg
Golden — My Morning Jacket
Night Rally — Elvis Costello
Hang On To Yourself — David Bowie
Weekend Wars — MGMT
Transmission — Joy Division
Strange Overtones — David Byrne and Brian Eno
No One Does It — Department Of Eagles
All We Want, Baby, Is Everything — Handsome Furs
Gobbledigook — Sigur Rós
Gardenhead /Leave Me Alone — Neutral Milk Hotel
Treat Me Like Your Mother — The Dead Weather
What We Know — Sonic Youth
Brother Sport — Animal Collective
Love Dog — TV on the Radio
Lucinda — Tom Waits

Make and share your own mixes at mixtape.me -not every artist or song is available, but it’s a pretty awesome start… here’s a sample of songs and/or artists featured in the above lists:

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