My Mixtape Monday – Best of Vol. VII

The following double-disc compilation highlights my favorite tracks from the past twenty-four “My Mixtape Monday” playlists. Along with sharing some really great music, each contributor did a thoughtful job ruminating over their selections in the associated Liner Notes. These retrospective essays are always a great read, and I highly recommend that you click on all of the names below to check them out!

Disc 1

1) Telstar by The Tornados (Matt)
2) Couleur Cafe by Serge Gainsbourg (Kate)
3) Let’s Go by Matt & Kim (Bree)
4) Steal Smoked Fish by The Mountain Goats (Kate)
5) Einstein On The Beast produced by DJ BC w/ Philip Glass and Beastie Boys (Goob)
6) New York by Ja Rule ft. Fat Joe and Jadakiss (Natalie)
7) Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac (Niki)
8) Winter by Lail Arad (Nick)
9) 4 Simple Words by Frank Turner (Kards Unlimited)
10) Saturday by Fall Out Boy (Amber)
11) Portions for Foxes by Rilo Kiley (Meg)
12) Gooey by Glass Animals (Leah)

Liner Notes: Disregarding the collective crew of Kards Unlimited and the amorphous Goob (personal data unknown), the individual ages of this group ranged from 22 to 38. Of these, eight were female and two were male. Their occupations included fashion photographer, greeting card creator, marketing coordinator and band instrument repair technician.

The twelve playlists were comprised of 148 songs in total, with only one duplicate – I Don’t Want Love by The Antlers. Six artists showed up twice, with Death Cab for Cutie being the only band to place three song selections (insert GIF of Seth Cohen nodding).

Disc 2

1) Desperately Wanting by Better than Ezra (Shannon)
2) The House That Heaven Built by Japandroids (Scott aka Kirby)
3) Where My Girls At by 702 (Sarah)
4) Brave by Sara Bareilles (Kerry)
5) Modern Jesus by Portugal, The Man (Kate)
6) Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix) by Flight Facilities (Laura)
7) Santa Fe by Beirut (Kasey)
8) In The End by Linkin Park (Zain)
9) Love Yourself by Justin Bieber (Marisa)
10) Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths (Patrick)
11) Get Up by Sleater-Kinney (Toby)
12) Head Like a Hole by Nine Inch Nails (Samantha)

Liner Notes: The ages of this group of contributors went from 23 to 50 (really?), with four males and eight females. Their occupations included stay at home mom, orthotist, comedian, moonbounce cleaner and @stitchfix stylist.

The twelve playlists totaled 150 songs and the artists ranged from Adele to Kendrick Lamar to Zac Brown Band. No artist placed three songs across the collective, but five did garner two selections each – alt-J, Future, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Rob Zombie. Now that sounds like a concert that I’d love to see!

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