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My Mixtape Monday – August 29, 2016

First Name: sean
Twitter: @seanbeauford
Sex: M
Age: 28

Occupation: curator

Mixtape Name: what i’m on at the moment

Side A
1) The Way by Macy Gray
I randomly came across this song while randomly digging through Macy’s discography. It’s so vulnerable and inspirational and redemptive. Everyone goes through tough times, and this song makes you want to cheer for them. Or yourself.
2) The Sweetest Gift by Sade
This reminds me of my daughter, Neon. “Quietly while you were sleeping, the moon and i were talking. i asked that she’d always keep you protected. she promised you her light that you so gracefully carry”.
3) $ by D.R.A.M ft. Donnie Trumpet
Just a dope, relatable song. I first heard it while seeing the video which features vintage footage of D.R.A.M singing in church as a child, which was very nostalgic for me. There’s two versions of this, make sure you play the one with Donnie Trumpet.
4) How Great by Chance the Rapper ft. Jay Electronica & My Cousin Nicole
I grew up on gospel music, and while i loved the choirs, I was never a fan of gospel rappers, no matter how skilled they were. I wish there was a Chance when I was growing up. Chance isn’t a gospel rapper, he just raps his truth, and probably better than anyone else out right now. Him and Jay Elect destroy this. I’m here for 3 minute choir intros too.
5) Hello, Lakisha by Kilo Kish
I love this song’s energy. It’s about some of the things (black) people with different (black) names deal with growing up. Lakisha isn’t different at all to us, in fact it’s super common, which this artist didn’t like – I can relate to that. I didn’t want my daughter to have a common name.
6) Burgundy by Earl Sweatshirt ft. Vince Staples
The Neptunes produced this. It sounds like a band of elephants in tuxedos having a jam session. One of my favorites from Earl.

Side B
7) I Love My Music by Wild Cherry
Because I love my music too. I don’t know what it is, but there’s a lot of great songs from this era (late 70s, early 80s) that are dedicated to the love of music.
8) Bad Believer by St. Vincent
Low-key obsessed with Annie Clark. She dropped this as a part of a re-release of her already incredible, future Grammy award winning self-titled album. I love Annie’s ballads but rocker Annie is my favorite, especially when she’s shredding live. I love her + John Congleton.
9) Alive with the Glory of Love by Say Anything
I’m a big fan of sitcoms and one thing about the great ones, is that they always have great music, especially on finales. Songs that play during finales, season or series, always stick with me. Heard this on Scrubs season 6 finale and immediately loved it. It’s also one of the best love songs I’ve ever heard.
10) Maybe by N*E*R*D
I’ll always like Fly or Die more than In Search Of because I witnessed Fly or Die. This song is still top 5 in their and P’s entire catalog. The drums are underrated.
11) III. Zealots of Stockholm [Free Information] by Childish Gambino
One of my favorite songs off one of my favorite albums ever. Gambino showed a ton of versatility on this joint that he co-produced. The change ups are brilliant. The internet sample around 3:15 is one of my favorite musical moments ever. Kilo Kish is on here too.
12) Valley of Death by Rick Ross
Rick Ross is mostly known for his gangster persona and material flexing but he’s really human and humble on this one. My favorite lines, “I got two kids, and for me to feed them, I’ll get two gigs. I’ll shovel sh*t, I’ll C.O” are probably the most gangster bars he’s ever spit. Toomp killed this ish.

Apple Music Link: what i’m on at the moment

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My Mixtape Monday – January 4, 2016

First Name: Amber
Twitter: @aterrormusical
Sex: Female
Age: 28

Occupation: freelance journalist/photographer, marketing coordinator at a music venue

Mixtape Name: [Real]

Side A
1) I Don’t Want Love by The Antlers
2) This Land Used to be My Land, But Now I Hate This Land by Pomegranates
3) Pioneers by The Lighthouse and The Whaler
4) Bizness by tUnE-yArDs
5) Regret by St. Vincent
6) Passenger Seat by Death Cab for Cutie

Side B
7) Helm & Anchor by Seafair
8) Saturday by Fall Out Boy
9) All Fired Up by Interpol
10) What Went Down by Foals
11) You by Pearl and the Beard
12) Two of Us on the Run by Lucius
13) Stars by Alessia Cara

Liner Notes: “Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’

‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.

‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’

‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’

‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” – The Velveteen Rabbit

This mix is dedicated to the man who’s proven that Real is the most beautiful thing you can be and to the girl who thought love was not for her.

May she continue to be proven wrong.

Spotify link: [Real]

YouTube Playlist Link: [Real]

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My Mixtape Monday – Best of Vol. VI Double Album

A common thread of our generation’s greatest musical artists is that they all have a lauded double album in their discography. Arcade Fire, 2Pac, Smashing Pumpkins, Outkast, Aphex Twin and Biggie have all released seminal music collections that were just too big to be contained by the limits of pre-mp3 media storage formats.

Inspired by those greats, below is the first double disc collection of the best songs from the past twenty-four “My Mixtape Mondays”. Please enjoy the music below, and don’t forget to check out each individual playlist to learn more about the awesome people behind the song selections.

Disc 1: just like the white winged dove…

1) Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks (Deanna)
2) Hey Mami by Sylvan Esso (Jennifer)
3) Digital Witness (Darkside Remix) by St. Vincent (Adam)
4) Intergalactic by Beastie Boys (Rachel)
5) Insane in the Brain by Cypress Hill (Jackie)
6) What’s up, Fatlip by Fatlip (Chris)
7) Pear & Rust by Lavola (Kerriann)
8) Future by Cut Copy (James)
9) Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths (Carla)
10) Lampshades on Fire by Modest Mouse (Ruby)
11) Studio (SchoolBoy Q Cover) by Durand Bernarr (Deitrick)
12) Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam (Terri)

Disc 1 Liner Notes: Here are some notable statistics about this group of mixtapes:

Eight females and four males participated. Their ages ranged from 20 to 43, with an average of 32. The occupations ran the gamut from taco truck owner to bouncer to pediatric nurse.

There were 145 songs selected in total, with only one repeat – Vivrant Thing by Q-tip. Beyoncé was the most selected artist, placing three songs across the twelve playlists. #QueenBee

In line with my usual batting average, I was familiar with about a third of the songs. Representing one end of the spectrum was Terri, whose playlist I scored a perfect 12/12 with and featured such classics as Yellow Ledbetter and I Wish by Skee-Lo.

Conversely, Kerriann shut me out completely. I did not know any of the songs she collected, nor even the bands themselves. But thanks to her I’m now familiar with a lot of awesome music that I know would not have heard otherwise, and that’s really one of the main objectives of these mixtapes so big ups to her!

Disc 2: ooh ooh ooh…

1) Nantes by Beirut (Dana)
2) Vampire Smile by Kyla LaGrange (Bree)
3) Wannabe by The Spice Girls (Shannon)
4) Bye Bye Bye by Nsync (Marissa)
5) Fix Up Look Sharp by Dizzee Rascal (Jenn)
6) Hey Now by Matt and Kim (Chelsea)
7) I love you, Honeybear by Father John Misty (Joe)
8) By the Way by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Rachel)
9) Million Dollar Man by Lana Del Rey (Jaci)
10) Is This How You Feel? By The Preatures (Giulia)
11) Ruby Soho by Rancid (Amanda)
12) Say It, Just Say It by The Mowgli’s (Barb)

Disc 2 Liner Notes: Here are the stats about this collection:

This group’s gender makeup was the opposite of a sausage party, with eleven females and just one male taking part. The average age was 29, with a range of 24 to 37. We had some related professions this time, with four folks working in marketing and three in education.

144 songs were chosen in total. Surprisingly there was only one Beyoncé song, while The Killers and Sara Bareilles each garnered three selections. No songs were repeated. I knew exactly a third of the songs (48). Bree shut me out this time, and the best I could do was scoring an 11/12 on Shannon’s playlist.

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My Mixtape Monday – February 16, 2015

First Name: Adam
Twitter: @AdamWHermann
Sex: Male
Age: 20

Occupation: Freelance sports writer, college student, intern with the Philadelphia Eagles. Sports, writing, and sportswriting.

Mixtape Name: Movement

Side A
1) K/Half Noise by Mum
2) Chess by Petite Noir
3) It Is What It Is by Blood Orange
4) Can’t Do Without You by Caribou
5) Push Pull by Purity Ring
6) Seasons (Waiting on You) by Future Islands

Side B
7) This Is Your Life by The Killers
8) Monday by Wilco
9) Digital Witness (Darkside Remix) by St. Vincent
10) Depak Ine by John Talabot
11) Murmurs by Hundred Waters
12) Bugs Don’t Buzz by Majical Cloudz

Liner Notes: I like to listen to music by album, so creating a playlist, or in this case a mixtape, has never been my strongest skill. But when my father and I go on road trips – more often than not from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, or the return trip – we do this thing we call “music blocks” where he chooses an artist, and I pick four songs from that artist. Then I do the same, and I choose the songs. (He’s driving). We try to play off the other’s selections and transition, not always choosing obvious transitions but typically with a common connector in mind.

For this playlist I went with what I’ve been listening to in the past month, the albums – and singles – that I’ve been jamming to on the way to and from (and during!) work. I tried to make the transitions in the same way my father and I do, both between each song, and between the two sides.

Side A has a more common thread of sinewy, danceable electronic pop; Petite Noir and Blood Orange share similar organic instrumentation, where Purity Ring and Caribou have a more synthetic electronic sound.

Then I bridged the gap between Side A and the far more eclectic Side B with Future Islands’ excellent rock n’ roll influences, connecting it to The Killers’ This Is Your Life, an all-time jam from an all-time favorite band.

Side B started a little bit more rock n’ roll-influenced, but the great thing about rock n’ roll is that it can be done so many ways, as Annie Clark proves time and again with St. Vincent. The Darkside remix of Digital Witness skewed us back towards the electronic spectrum of things, where John Talabot and Hundred Waters bring us some Eastern-influenced electronic music.

Hundred Waters’ Murmurs adds a little extra dark to the mix, which flows straight into Bugs Don’t Buzz, my favorite song from Majical Cloudz on a record released in 2013 but that topped my play count in 2014.

In the end, this mix is generally electronic, because that’s what I generally listen to, especially right now. Not what you’ll hear at big electronic festivals, though. Because, as I hope this playlist shows, there’s so much more to the umbrella of electronic than big drops and robot noises.

Spotify Playlist link: Movement

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