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Mixtapes! Mixtapes! Mixtapes!

This is an interesting idea by a blogger and former Drake University student, brought to my attention by a Facebook post from a radio friend of mine, Matt Perrault at KXNO in Des Moines. Now, since we don’t know the student in question and don’t know if she really wants a lot of participants who she doesn’t know, and since there’s short notice, I don’t know that we want to swamp her with entries. No endorsement, either, just reporting here.  But if you’re game for it, contact her, and if not, read to the end of this post anyway. First, here’s the concept:

It’s a Mixtape Exchange. You sign up by e-mailing her by January 8th. You put together your favorite tunes of 2010, one song per artist, trying for 60 minutes of music. You burn a CD with the music. She matches you with a mixtape buddy and sends you their address (and yours to them). You ship the CD by January 27th, trading with your buddy. That’s it.

Interesting, huh? But you don’t need to participate in the actual mixtape exchange process to put together your list of what would be on your mixtape. You can just post the lists right here in the comments. And while if you do participate in her exchange, you’ll need to stick to 2010, we don’t have to have that rule here, since it’s not a contest or exchange and you’re not actually making the tape (unless you want to); it’s just for fun.

So… you get to fill one hour with the best music you know for a friend. What would be on your Ultimate Mixtape? Post it right here.

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  1. nolan says:

    This is a fantastic idea. It’s been a personal project of mine to compile some songs into mixtapes every season this past year. They’re not curated into “Best Of” mentality, but a celebration of a spectrum of music at a given time.

    My most recent mixtape features jj, keren ann, iron and wine, keri hilson, the go! team, j. nolan, the suzan and asobi seksu. You can download a zip of it via mediafire here: — If you haven’t heard of some of them, give it a download.

    But if I were to include a Best of 2010, Sleigh Bells, Arcade Fire, of Montreal, The New Pornographers, The Hundred in the Hands, Tennis, and The Hood Internet would all have spots somewhere.

  2. awkwardboner says:

    1.bambi-tokyo police club 2.mourning in america-ted leo & the pharmacists camera-wintersleep 4.texico bitches-broken social scene 5.never listen to me-thermals 6.hard times-john legend & thre roots 7.the suburbs-arcade fire 8.hustle and cuss-dead weather 9.tighten up-black keys gap feels weird-superchunk 11.the empty glass-melvins 12.out of our minds-melissa auf du maur 13.high road-broken bells 14.let spirits ride-black mountain 15.the end-kings of leon 16.mama said knock you out-street sweeper social club 17.right on-roots & joanna newsome
    18.planting seeds-built to spill

  3. jEff says:

    KID CUDI “Erase Me”
    GOGOL BORDELLO “Last One Goes The Hope”
    ATMOSPHERE “Shotgun”
    J RODDY WALSTON & The BUSINESS “Don’t Break The Needle”
    STREET DOGS “Punk Rock & Roll”
    SONNY & The SUNSETS “Too Young To Burn”
    The BLACK KEYS “Sinister Kid”
    JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE “Harlem River Blues”
    SUZANNE VEGA “Gypsy”
    FUN. “At Least I’m Not As Sad”
    STEEL PANTHER “Fat Girl”
    STRUNG OUT “Analog”
    VIZA “Viktor”
    IO PERRY “Don’t Blame The Moon”
    MAGNETIC FIELDS “You Must Be Out Of Your Mind”
    The YOUNG EVILS “One Way Route”
    LYRICS BORN “I Like It, I Love It”
    DAWES “When My Time Comes”
    10 YEARS “Now Is The Time”
    MUSHROOMHEAD “I’ll Be Here”
    HELMET “And Your Bird Can Sing”
    VINNIE PAZ “End Of Days”
    ATMOSPHERE “Shotgun”
    PUSCIFER “The Humbling River”

  4. My comment needs moderating because it has two links, however the important bit (the list) is

    Moderator’s note: Fixed. The proper link’s above.

  5. hey, i love love love this idea! i already signed up on the website (good looking out) but if anyone here is interested in my best of 2010 mixtape, let me know. my tracks are:

    “lights” – interpol
    “sprawl II” – arcade fire
    “the gaudy side of town” – gayngs
    “one touch” – lcd soundsystem
    “not in love” – crystal castles featuring OFL
    “dilly” – band of horses
    “straight in at 101” – los campesinos!
    “i didn’t see it coming” – belle & sebastian
    “i l u” – school of seven bells
    “on melancholy hill” – gorillaz
    “sorrow” – the national
    “grizelda” – yeasayer
    “girl i love you / she is danger” – massive attack
    “world sick” – broken social scene
    “too afraid to love you” – the black keys

  6. Thank you, Matt- updated to fix the Drake issue. And welcome!

  7. This is an awesome idea. The person who started it wanted me to say that she doesn’t go to Drake right now but went there. Thanks for dropping my name – I love music

  8. DMack says:

    Word up, BigJB. I’m having a hard time picking it down to just one disc’s worth.

  9. barb says:

    Crap….that took up a lot of space. I really hope I was playing by the rules…otherwise that’s a super obnoxious post!!

  10. barb says:

    Ok, you said I don’t have to stick to this past year, so I went with some lifetime faves. Yeah, several may be painfully (to you) chiche, but they are the songs/artists that have influenced who I am today and I’d love to share them with all of you. 🙂
    Come As You Are Nirvana
    I’m Your Man Michael Buble
    Across the Universe Rufus Wainwright
    I Melt With You Jason Mraz
    Lemon U2
    Lincoln Avenue Train
    Head Over Heels Tears for Fears
    Sweet Surrender Sarah McLachlan
    Smooth Santana & Rob Thomas
    Some Guys Have All the Luck -Rod Stewart
    When Doves Cry Prince
    Gypsy Fleetwood Mac
    Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley
    Enjoy the Silence Depeche Mode
    Bittersweet Big Head Todd & The Monsters
    Don’t Worry Baby The Beach Boys
    I’m Your Man Wham!
    Rock With You Michael Jackson
    She Will Be Loved Maroon 5
    Lifesize A Fine Frenzy
    Honky Cat Elton John
    Dancing Queen ABBA
    Siitting, Waiting, Wishing-Jack Johnson
    Seven Year Ache Rosanne Cash
    Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)-Garth Brooks
    The Prayer Josh Groban & Charlotte Church
    The Future Teddy Thompson
    All I Want Toad The Wet Sprocket
    This Is The Last Time Keane
    Why Pt.2 Collective Soul
    Everlong Foo Fighters

  11. BigJB says:

    There was a lot of good music in 2010! If you didn’t listen to anything new, why comment?

  12. Doc says:

    Nuts. I didn’t buy enough 2010 releases to qualify for a 60 minute mix. Any chance I can do another year?

  13. Give me a few minutes, I’ll set one up and throw the list on dropbox for people to peruse

  14. Jon says:

    a friend of mine has organized one of these the last three years and it’s turned out to be a really fun thing to be a part of. every year a network of friends of friends (between 20 and 30) put together a mixtape that could be anything you want (fav new songs, themes, classics, original) and every year it’s gotten more creative with lots of original artwork and interesting packaging of the cds. mixtape swap = highly enjoyable.

  15. Trevor says:

    Was there even enough decent music in 2010 to fill a 60 minute mixtape?

  16. LP says:

    WOW. I made the nerdlist? Awesome.
    Mixtape exchange is open to ANYONE. So excited to get participants.
    A couple things:
    – You should consider endorsing the exchange? I know. I thought it was a good idea too.
    – I can link you to the playlists participants send me– that I hope will be received by Jan. 27th.
    Deadline for sign up is the 8th– email me with any questions!
    (THANK YOU for getting the word out!)