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Old 12-14-03, 02:26 PM   #1
Cosmic Bus
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Mix CDs

Anyone else really like making mix CDs, either for personal use or for friends? A lot of the people I know stick pretty close to the music they're used to, so it's nice to help introduce new stuff once in a while with some mixes. This is a nice time of year, too, since they work well as inexpensive gifts for co-workers and acquaintances.

Working on good cover artwork is also something I've come to appreciate over the years, graduating from basic handwritten track listings to full-blown fancypants Photoshop jobs. Here's the latest pair I've made: disc one and disc two; and here are some other recent ones: 01, 02, 03, and 04.

You guys have any particular mixes you're proud of or want to share?
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Old 12-14-03, 03:08 PM   #2
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I love making mixtapes, but some of our requests get challenging. Some of them are pretty hilarious, too. Here's one I made a month or two ago.

Mix tape of "mourning" music? Too much of a downer? Not all of us are "shiny, happy people." So why not collecting tracks of betrayal, dishonesty and loss?

requested by: Sean C*****
compiled by: leah


Note from Leah: All-Around Sadness--Happy Wrist-Slitting!

Side 1)
01. Gary Jules-"Mad World" (Donnie Darko soundtrack)
02. Ed Harcourt-"Beneath the Heart of Darkness" (Here Be Monsters)
03. Pete Yorn-"Lose You" (musicforthemorningafter)
04. Red House Painters-"All Mixed Up" (Songs for a Blue Guitar)
05. Patty Griffin-"Long Ride Home" (1000 Kisses)
06. Eels-"Dead of Winter" (Electro-Shock Blues)
07. Elliott Smith-"Needle in the Hay" (Elliott Smith)
08. Handsome Family-"Poor, Poor Lenore" (In the Air)
09. Dixie Chicks-"Top of the World" (Home)
10. Whiskeytown-"Houses on the Hill" (Stranger's Almanac)
11. Ryan Adams-"Tomorrow" (Demolition)
12. The Verve-"Drugs Don't Work" (Urban Hymns)
13. Black Heart Procession-"Guess I'll Forget You" (3)

Side2)
01. Ben Folds-"Brick" (Whatever and Ever, Amen)
02. Rufus Wainwright-"Hallelujah" (Shrek soundtrack)
03. Rolling Stones-"Paint It Black" (Forty Licks)
04. Radiohead-"Exit Music (for a Film)" (OK Computer)
05. Counting Crows-"Colorblind" (Cruel Intentions soundtrack)
06. Carole King-"So Far Away" (Tapestry)
07. Dwight Yoakam-"Two Doors Down" (This Time)
08. Barenaked Ladies-"Break Your Heart" (Rock Spectacle)
09. Hootie and the Blowfish-"Tootie" (Fairweather Johnson)
10. Sarah Brightman-"Gloomy Sunday" (La Luna)
11. Stabbing Westward-"I Remember" (Stabbing Westward)
12. The Smiths-"There is a Light that Never Goes Out" (The Queen is Dead)
13. Pink Floyd-"Comfortably Numb" (The Wall)


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Old 12-14-03, 05:16 PM   #3
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I very much enjoy making mixes. However, the process is not nearly as much fun with CD burning as it was with tapes. In the early 90s/late 80s I'd sit down with a beer and actually get to listen to the songs I was recording to tape and enjoy the whole experience in one big go. Now, I gotta put each disc in the cd burner twice and can't listen while it records. The end product might be more desirable, but it's not as much fun.

Anyway, it's cool to be able to make CD mixes. No doubt.
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Old 12-14-03, 05:54 PM   #4
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my last mix, i generally make one formal mix every summer to give to friends, and a bunch during the year for personal use.

caring is creepy - the shins
twilight > nothing gives me pleasure - josh rouse
the way we get by - spoon
look at miss ohio - gillian welch
rebel rebel - david bowie
trani - kings of leon
martha's mantra - neal halstead
tom courtenay - ya la tengo
i need you - the beatles
rise - josh rouse
kissing the lipless - the shins
any day will be fine - mojave 3
wish you were here - ryan adams
billy oddity - mojave 3
car - built to spill
bob dylan's 49th beard - wilco
when the roses bloom again - jeff tweedy
bramble rose - tift merritt
turn it on - flaming lips
jesus don't touch my baby - ryan adams
love explosion - weezer


i used to make sure i didn't repeat artists, and had a good mix of genres. now i just put on what i like, and make sure it flows well.

Last edited by deadlax; 12-14-03 at 06:02 PM.
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Old 12-14-03, 06:01 PM   #5
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another recent mix made for a friend who really doesn't like indie or modern rock

romeo had juliette - lou reed
dark is rising - mojave 3
i've just seen a face - beatles
nobody does it better - travis
blackbird - sarah mcclachlan
anthem - phantom planet
police and thieves - the clash
murder of one - counting crows
flake - jack johnson
hallelujah - martin sexton
only the good die young - billy joel
don't stop - rolling stones
poprocks and coke - green day
i don't like mondays - tori amos
walk away - ben harper
falling - ben kweller
god only knows - beach boys
shine a light - rolling stones
oh sweet nuthin - velvet underground
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Old 12-14-03, 07:51 PM   #6
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I usually only make them for girls. Here's the last one that got me laid:

1. The Postal Service -- "Such Great Heights"
2. Sunny Day Real Estate -- "Roses in Water"
3. Clinic -- "Mr. Moonlight"
4. Teenage Fanclub -- "The Sun Shines From You"
5. The Flamin' Groovies -- "Babes in the Sky"
6. Sleater-Kinney -- "Funeral Song"
7. The Magnetic Fields -- "All My Little Words"
8. Damien Jurado/Rosie Thomas -- "Parking Lot"
9. De La Soul/Teenage Fanclub -- "Fallin'"
10. Slick Rick/OutKast -- "Street Talkin'"
11. The Delgados -- "Pull the Wires from the Wall"
12. Belle & Sebastian -- "A Summer Wasting"
13. David Bowie -- "What in the World"
14. The Jam -- "Absolute Beginners"
15. Pavement -- "And Carrot Rope"
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Old 12-14-03, 08:45 PM   #7
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Here's one I made for my friend Eliza. I guess it's kinda weird/goofy, but I made it to be dreamlike--first couple of tracks are actually fading into sleep, and then the dreams are celestial and, well, dreamy. Then with Morrissey it takes a disturbing turn into the land of nightmares. That part ends with the Jayhawks on a hopeful note. Then, waking up and realizing, as the quotes from Shakespeare cap off, dreams don't really matter because they're just that, good and bad. I got the clips at the end from Baz Luhrmann's movie.

I know it's stupid, but I thought it was really cool when I made it.

Sleeper’s journey through dreams mix (with a nihilistic twist):

Barenaked Ladies – “When you Dream”
Glenn Kotche – “Mask”
Spiritualized – “Ladies and Gentlemen we are Floating in Space”
Hem – “Sailor”
Sigur Ros – “Njosnavelin”
Rachel Loshak – “Rain”
Minus 5 – “Days of Wine and Booze”
Iron and Wine – “Southern Anthem”
Air – “Highschool Lover”
Ed Harcourt – “Beneath the Heart of Darkness”
Morrissey – “Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning”
Low – “Little Argument with Myself”
Radiohead – “Exit Music (For a Film)”
Wilco – “Via Chicago”
Jayhawks – “Will I See you in Heaven?”
Mogwai – “Radar Maker”
Handsome Family – “Drunk by Noon”
Romeo and Juliet – I.iv: 51-54, 96-100
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Old 12-14-03, 09:30 PM   #8
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I usually make party/dance mixes -more so last year than this one- but occasionally make tapes for friends when the mood hits me. My friend, Marie, is usually on the receiving end.

I have three on Art of the Mix: one for the above friend, a second for my art history professor, and another for the last party I went to.

I haven't really tried pushing my ideas too far; generally, I just shoot for flow. I'm working one out for my girlfriend that I want to be, naturally, very special and I'm also considering a 2k3 mix of my favorite singles and songs (which might span several tapes).
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Old 12-14-03, 11:29 PM   #9
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This is a little off topic, but...

fallow, what did you think of Jim O'Rourke's score on Love Liza?
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Old 12-15-03, 02:07 PM   #10
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Haven't heard it, I'm afraid. Does it get yr nod?
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Old 12-15-03, 02:50 PM   #11
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I'm not fallow, but O'Rourke's work on Love Liza was good enough to get me interested in his music.
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Old 12-15-03, 05:28 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally posted by Cosmic Bus
I'm not fallow, but O'Rourke's work on Love Liza was good enough to get me interested in his music.
Oh, I'm sorry. It was only an exclusive question because I don't recall anyone else mentioning him before.

I'm not sure it could've been better suited to the movie--it is gentle and unobtrusive, really nice. I was skeptical about it at first because Jim O'Rourke is generally hit or miss (with me).
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Old 12-17-03, 09:13 PM   #13
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Well I love love love love love love love Jim O'Rourke, so I'll definitely go looking for it (once I get some damn money, that is [re: after Christmas {re: never}]).
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