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Friday, September 21, 2012

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Some Songs Some Dudes Might Think Are for Some Girls

Here is one man's guide to making mixtapes for girls, including a link to the first in a series of free mixes for you, his imaginary crush. And here's another's brand new instrumental track, "No Makeup" from Phaseone. It's tagged "killa," but I'm not sure that's a genre. "Sexy chill times" is more accurate, but still not a genre. Hm.



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Emby

I dunno, back when I was making actual mixtapes for girls, my go-tos were Dashboard Confessional, Get-Up Kids, The Juliana Theory, Jimmy Eat World, and Texas Is The Reason.

Ugh.

yeah-elle

@Emby Haha shit I still have a soft spot for The Get Up Kids. When I go home to visit my mom and drive her car, there's still a mixtape in there (her car only has a tapedeck) that opens with "Ten Minutes" and I can't help but belt out the lyrics every time. DON'T BE GONE WHEN I GET HOME, YOU'RE ALLL I HAAAAVE.

Kristen

@yeah-elle Guys, speaking of mix-tapes, what ever happened to Riiiiiiiiiiiich?

Judith Slutler

@Kristen omg true, where is he? Riiiiiiiiiiich

meetapossum

@yeah-elle I lost my virginity to a TGUK song (TMI?), so I will always love them.

yeah-elle

@meetapossum Haha, excellent. I remember one of my high school boyfriends and I had our first kiss to their cover of "Close to Me."

Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood

ive made better mixes than this....

marz

@Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood So basically you're saying you're gonna make us all a better mix and post the link? Yay thank you in advance!

Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood

@marz i have the day off so sure ill do it

marz

@Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood Yes, because you have the day off...*not* because you have crushes on us. wink, wink

Judith Slutler

@Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood I demand free mixtapes

rien à dire

@Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood It's true, he has ! A mixtape from Josh is like the keys to Music City.

maybe partying will help

Taking into consideration what kind of music the person-who-is-receiving likes is...not a thing?

fondue with cheddar

@maybe partying will help DIDN'T HE READ/SEE HIGH FIDELITY?

steve

@a whole thing of candy beans (formerly jen325)
I WAS WONDERING HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE FOR SOMEONE TO REFERENCE THAT

fondue with cheddar

@steve Not long!

Ironically, I read that book and saw the movie with my ex husband when we first started dating, and we both loved it. But for some reason the main point (it's not what you're like, but what you are like) was lost on me. It was right there, but I just HAD to learn it the hard way.

yeah-elle

ROLLING MY EYES SO MUCH at that first link. From the "mixtapes for girls" (they're like a different species!) to the condescending once-upon-a-time-there-were-cassette-tapes tone (which besides being patronizing, also totally misses the point, since he then uploads a mix to download)...gross.

This bums me out because making mixes (on tapes, CDs, flash drives, to send through email, whichever) for someone you have warm-and-fuzzy feelings about is GREAT. I have both received mixes that were at turns incredible ("Coma Girl" by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros) and mortifying (THREE songs by Marvin Gaye on the same mix) and sent ones that were also incredible (I introduced him to Leonard Cohen) and mortifying (I went through an extensive Bright Eyes phase).

highfivesforall

@yeah-elle Not to mention there is absolutely no regard for proper punctuation. But yeah, the tone of this entire blog is incredibly sexist. From another article: "I’d say this is all due to the pussification of society that’s running wild."

hands_down

@yeah-elle Aside from "Sexual Healing," how on earth can Marvin Gaye be mortifying?

yeah-elle

@highfivesforall Ughhhhhhhhhhhh

@hands_down Now, I like Marvin Gaye as much as the next lady (he's great) but three! On one mix! And it was the specific Marvin Gaye songs he chose, too. One of them was "Sexual Healing," and then there was "Let's Get it On" and I think..."I Want You." And it was in a mixtape-swap that I assumed (oops) was going to be a friendly, platonic exchange of our favorite music. Nope.

werewolfbarmitzvah

@hands_down I'd say if it's either "Sexual Healing" or "Let's Get It On," you could categorize it as a little embarrassing to put on a mix for a love interest, but if it's pretty much anything else besides those two songs, you're good. My recommendation is to pluck your options from the "I Want You" album, partly because it's his best album (AND I WILL HEAR NO DISAGREEMENT ON THAT FACT), and partly because every track is pure lust and yet all of the songs are extremely underplayed and get very little attention for some odd reason. Choose "I Want You" songs and everything will sound simultaneously fresh and lovestruck.

Judith Slutler

@werewolfbarmitzvah I agree with this. "I Want You" is a great album.

Or if you are doing a mixtape about poverty, there's always "Inner City Blues" (best song in the world)

cuminafterall

"Songs that men are allowed to like"

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One time somebody put this on a mixtape for me. Reader, I moved in with him.

christonacracker

my best guy buddy in highschool made a 14-volume set of cassette mixes over the period of a year. It wasn't until later that I realized that this was the most tangible expression of love I would ever receive in my lifetime. Imma go lay on some train tracks now.

frigwiggin

Speaking of mixtapes, HOW Y'ALL DOIN'?

yeah-elle

@frigwiggin I finally sent mine earlier this week, and the lady at the post office said the estimated arrival date was Saturday!

frigwiggin

@yeah-elle Yay, good! I have at least two confirmations that mine got to their destinations correctly. Hopefully other people are making theirs and not being scrubs!

Emby

@frigwiggin Not being a scrub! Was waiting to get paid so I could afford postage! I's got the poors :(

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

I sent mine weeks agoooooo... no response :(

PistolPackinMama

@frigwiggin I got mine! They are in my car for Listening While Driving A Long Way. So I am saving them!

Also I sent mine out this week. So keep your eyes open.

VDRE

@frigwiggin I sent mine like 3 weeks ago and I've heard nothing :( I hope my mixtape partner doesn't secretly think that I have terrible taste and a mixtape would be wasted on me. That is probably what they think though.

frigwiggin

@Rock and Roll Ken Doll @VDRE

I just sent out a reminder to (I think) everybody who signed up. If it comes 'round a full month or more and you haven't heard anything, let me know at figwiggin[at]gmail[dot]com.

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

@frigwiggin
and now I feel like the kid who went and told mom...

meetapossum

@frigwiggin I just got your e-mail! I will do it this weekend.

I mean, I feel bad that I didn't send mine yet, but I also didn't get one yet, so...

frigwiggin

@Rock and Roll Ken Doll

Once I figure out how to put the non-responders in time out, it'll happen.

frigwiggin

@meetapossum When your partner gets yours, maybe it will jolt them into getting theirs out if they haven't already! I want as many people to be able to groove to new tunes as possible.

allifer

@frigwiggin I have mine all burned up and ready to send tomorro! your reminder email made the difference.

fondue with cheddar

In high school I used to make a mixtape for every party I went to, and it was always a hit. It was like DJ-ing, only I got to relax and enjoy the party too. Fun times.

My last boyfriend and I made mix CDs for each other. He liked mine but I didn't like his. The one I made was uplifting and his was kind of depressing. I actually had a visceral reaction to a couple songs because of their disturbingly gravelly voices, and the rest was such a downer that it didn't make up for it. I really only liked the first song, but that happened to be a remix of the song my ex husband used as a ringtone (probably in honor of his secret girl on the side). So yeah...bad mix.

werewolfbarmitzvah

I was no Helen of Troy back in high school, so guys were not making me mixtapes, but I always loooooooved making mixtapes for people and would make them at any opportunity. I miss the craftsmanship that used to go into these mixes and writing out the track list in teeny tiny letters on the side of the case, and giving the mixes hilarious names.

I didn't start receiving mixes in a romantic-type way until I got together with my college boyfriend, who was a jazz musician and made me mixes of himself serenading me with all sorts of languid lusty jazzy things. ZOMG ZOMG, like @christonacracker says above, this easily counted as "the most tangible expression of love I would ever receive in my lifetime." My husband, though, once gave me the surprise Valentine's Day gift of a FreshDirect delivery containing a million delicious things back when we were dating and I was so broke that I couldn't afford food very easily, and that was pretty excellent, too.

meetapossum

@werewolfbarmitzvah Yes, yes, yes. My college boyfriend and I exchanged mix CDs all 4 years and briefly after graduation, and I still listen to them. They are a perfect map of the ups and downs and track of our relationship. It might be cheesy, but I treasure them.

cd
cd

In high school I used to give/receive mixes from dudes I had weird friendship/crush-y things with and for the most part it was awesome. Then one xmas this guy and I decided we would exchange them as a little gift. I make a pretty standard, sweet mix for him. He gave me mine and when I open it, I saw he had printed out a cover and backcover for the case that was made up of photos OF HIS OWN FACE. I dont think I could even bring myself to listen to the music.

maybe partying will help

@cd

So can we assume that all the songs were literally about him?

cd
cd

@maybe partying will help yep, we can safely assume that. I later went to prom with the same dude. being 17 was a nightmare.

fondue with cheddar

@maybe partying will help He probably thinks so. Don't he, don't he, don't he?

Judith Slutler

@cd His own face? That.is.amazing

Reginal T. Squirge

A true DJ never gives away his/her secrets.

For the record, I have never received a personalized mixtape in my life, except once from my father. And it was fucking awesome.

meetapossum

We started a mixtape/playlist exchange at work, and it's been pretty awesome so far. We're doing different themes every month. This month was Economic Despair, and I think next month will be Songs About Death (though I voted for Songs About Having a Bad Time).

Anyone want to listen to my Economic Despair playlist?

frigwiggin

@meetapossum DO I???

meetapossum

@frigwiggin Enjoy!!*

*Spotify is needed for enjoyment purposes.

Judith Slutler

@meetapossum I just posted about a hypothetical "poverty mixtape" up above! I'll have to give "Economic Despair" a listen

maybe partying will help

@meetapossum

ugh I am totally spinning this when I get home.

meetapossum

@Emmanuelle Cunt Make one of your own! It's been awesome to see what other people come up with for their own personal Depression mixes.

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