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My Mixtape Monday – August 1, 2016

First Name: Teylor
Twitter: @teylormorgan
Gender Identity: Female
Age: 23

Occupation: ICU Nurse

Mixtape Name: Time-hopping

Side A
1) Jump by Kris Kross (1992)
2) Mr. Jones by Counting Crows (1993)
3) Pony by Ginuwine (1996)
4) Show Me Love by Robyn (1997)
5) Stop by Spice Girls (1997)
I actually WAS a Spice Girl when I was little; they are probably my all time favorite group ever. PLEASE have a reunion, Spice Girls.
6) No Scrubs by TLC (1999)

Side B
7) All For You by Janet Jackson (2001)
Janet Jackson was my first concert ever when I was 10 years old, only because Michael Jackson wasn’t on tour.
8) Señorita by Justin Timberlake (2002)
Justin Timberlake was my second concert ever which my Dad so graciously endured for me.
9) Dirt Off Your Shoulders by Jay Z (2003)
10) We Are Never Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift (2012)
11) Love Never Felt So Good by Michael Jackson (2014)
Speaking of Michael Jackson, my favorite songs unfortunately were all released before 1992 so I chose this song from his album of unreleased songs, Xscape.
12) Roses by The Chainsmokers (2015)
I am Chainsmokers obsessed and if you haven’t heard their music you need to check them out right now!

Liner Notes: Making this playlist was WAY harder than I thought. I’m a nurse so I only work (maybe) half of the Mondays in a year, but for everyone else who sadly has to go to work every Monday – here is the perfect uplifting playlist for your work day. And since I was born in 1992, I decided to pick songs that I love from then up until now. J

Apple Music Link: Time-hopping

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Mixtape Mondays – April 7, 2014

First Name: Heidi
Twitter: @The_Steel_Trap
Sex: Female
Age: 34

Occupation: Teacher, Blogger, Mayonnaise Vigilante, Taxidermist to the Stars, Comic Sans Police

Mixtape Name: It’s Not You, It’s Me

Side A
1) Happy Ending by MIKA
2) Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake
3) Last Request by Paulo Nutini
4) End of the Road by Boyz II Men
5) With or Without You by U2
6) Say Goodbye by Dave Matthews Band

Side B
7) Tracks of My Tears by Smokey Robinson
8) The Guy That Says Goodbye to You is Out of His Mind by Griffin House
9) You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling by The Righteous Brothers
10) A Song for You / I Can’t Make You Love Me / Nick of Time by Bon Iver
11) Say Hello, Wave Goodbye by David Gray
12) Bye, Bye, Bye by N’SYNC

Bonus Track: Nobody Knows by The Tony Rich Project

Liner Notes: I have always had a thing for break-up songs. Perhaps this is because I have experienced my fair share of break-ups. Perhaps this is because there’s just something so intoxicating about a song whose lyrics and music just cut to the core of the break-up so perfectly. I am not sure. Nevertheless, I have true appreciation for a great break-up song. The songs that I selected for this mix reflect a variety of artists and musical styles, and ultimately different kinds of relationships and their demise.

Side A: “Happy Ending” is just one of those songs, you know? It’s beautiful. I sing along with it quite loudyly every time I play it. “Cry Me A River” is a double threat; not only is it a huge screw you to Britney Spears but it also works as a screw you to just about anyone who does yinz dirty. And it’s Timberlake. So there’s that. “Last Request” captures that moment when you know that you need to say goodbye but you need more time with that person… the pain is somehow worth it. “End of the Road” reminds me of listening to the Top 8 at 8 on B94 in the nineties, which consequently reminds me of some of those boys I “went with” or “like liked” in my formative years. Anyone who thinks that “With or Without You” is a romantic song about a happy couple is disillusioned. And was there ever a better song about friends with benefits who have to “break-up” regularly than Dave Matthews Band’s “Say Goodbye”?

Side B: “Tracks of My Tears” might be THE quintessential break-up song. “The Guy That Says Goodbye to You is Out of His Mind” does a nice job at putting my thoughts into words regarding some break-ups (especially those of my best girlfriends). The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” has such an enduring appeal to it, and I think it’s pretty clear why it still resonates after all of this time. The Bon Iver mash-up takes three great break-up tunes and makes them beautifully sad. “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” has gotten a lot of airtime in my car(s) since I discovered David Gray at the start of the millennium. I like the idea of waving goodbye in a break-up because as yinz all know, sometimes there really are no words to duly express one’s feelings.

Bonus Track: To start, every great tape has a bonus track. “Nobody Knows” reminds me of one particular ex, and fondly at that, which makes it perfect bonus track material. While reminiscent of “Tracks of My Tears,” “Nobody Knows” is tenth grade in a bottle. Listening to it is like taking a sip of my awkward innocence, dresses from Gantos, slow dancing in fire halls, and watching high school baseball games. Yum.

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My Mixtape Mondays – January 6, 2014

First Name: Maggie
Twitter: @magsg
Sex: Female
Age: 25

Occupation: Communication consultant

Mixtape Name: Dude, I just wanna dance

Side A
1) You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon
2) Lonely Boy by The Black Keys
3) Love On Top by Queen Bey
4) P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) by Michael Jackson
5) Take Back the Night by Justin Timberlake
6) Dance Apocalyptic by Janelle Monáe

Side B
7) Closer by Tegan and Sara
8) I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston
9) Little Something by Big Hurry
10) Dancing on My Own by Robyn
11) Diane Young by Vampire Weekend
12) Maggie May by Rod Stewart

Liner Notes: When I’m getting ready for a wild night with my friends (read: Michelle Branch dance parties in the living room), these are the songs that pump me up.

Don’t act like You Can Call Me Al hasn’t brought a smile to your face with every play!

The end song is clearly a gratuitous, “My name is Maggie and the only other thing named after me is probably your grandma’s dog” shout out. Plus, Rod Stewart can wear some leather pants.

PS – Want to up your pre-game ante? Take a shot for every key change in Love on Top. You’re welcome.

Spotify Playlist link: Mixtape Monday

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Our Mixtape Mondays – Best of…2003

Instead of regurgitating the same names that’ll be on everybody’s “Best of 2013” music list*, my buddy Trish and I decided to curate a mixtape playlist made with the hottest jams from ten years ago. Enjoy!

First Names: Alex & Trish
Twitters: um…not until 2011
Sexes: M & F (obvi…)
Ages: A – 26, T – 23

Occupation: A – Process Metallurgist, T – College Student till May, Registered Nurse starting in October

Mixtape Name: ooooohhhhhh 3!

Side A
1) Take It Off by The Donnas
T: This was one of my anthems for my last semester of college…gets your minds out of the gutter!
A: I was seventy pounds heavier in college so my anthem was “Put It Back On”…
2) Crazy in Love by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
A: “Single Ladies” loses out to this song as my all-time favorite Beyoncé masterpiece…mainly because I’m neither single nor a lady.
3) Get Yourself High by The Chemical Brothers
T: I like dorky British guys and these were the ones for 2003.
A: #Cumberbatch

4) Can’t Stop by Red Hot Chili Peppers
A: If we made a 1993 mixtape, RHCP would’ve definitely made it for Soul to Squeeze. That song and video are awesome.
T: I agree.

5) Numb by Linkin Park
T: My friend had glasses like the blonde guy…that is all.
A: Chester Bennington and Benedict Cumberbatch are the perfect names for a pair of crime fighting, monocle-donning teddy bears…

6) Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake
A: I used to do a killer karaoke version of this at McArdle’s Pub on the Southside back in the day…at least I think I did. I was pretty drunk in 2003.

Side B
7) Get Low by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins
I’m not certain, but I think that this is the only song to reach number two on the Billboard chart that contained the lyric “Till the sweat drop down my balls”…
8) Bigger Than My Body by John Mayer
A: I saw John Mayer in concert four times during the early 2000’s and somehow still stayed straight…
9) Going Under by Evanescence
10) Ignition (Remix) by R. Kelly
A: It’s been the freakin’ weekend ever since…
T: This song reminds of me of Cosmopolitans…because I drank a lot of them listening to this song.
A: Anyone who capitalizes the “C” in cosmopolitan must really like them…
T: Well yeah (said like this with a touch of smartass: well yeeaaaaaaah)

11) In da Club by 50 Cent
A: This one gets my vote as the most important song of the decade. Well, either this or my karaoke version of “Cry Me A River”…
T: State College, University Gateway, around 15 WBHS grads, VIP glass beer mugs…that’s what this song reminds me of…good times.

12) Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

* A – My top three songs of 2013 are: Tennis Court by Lorde, Everlasting Arms by Vampire Weekend and Nostalgia by Pusha-T feat. Kendrick Lamar

T – My top 3 songs for ’13 are: The Wire by Haim, Live for the Night by Krewella, My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark by Fall Out Boy

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