Pretty Much Amazing
This mix is about how school is over and it’s summertime!
Why It’s Pretentious: Yeah, I could get you a frame or stationary set for your grad present, OR I COULD MAKE YOU A REALLY AWESOME MIXTAPE. As you can tell from the title, this mix was obviously about me and some of the pop songs I liked throughout my high school career, though I did stick some terrible songs on there to appease the masses (I’m looking at you, “Welcome 2 The World”). Also, I was horrified that “Don’t Stop Believing” was our senior song — this was in the pre-Glee days — but I compromised by adding a really low-quality electro remix.
Tracklisting and downloads after the jump.
Total Fosdick Move
This mix is about tribal patterns, those triangles that hipsters really like, and a thinly veiled tribute to Beyonce.
Why It’s Pretentious: Lately, I’ve been really into making mixes about genres that I don’t really listen to or know anything about. This one came about at two in the morning the other night, when I was editing papers on Harry Emerson Fosdick and decided I wanted to listen to tribal pop to get myself pumped up. Even though I may or may not have just made that genre up, I can tell the mix is a success because it includes two songs by Beyonce. I am a firm believer in the Rectangle Rule of Pop Music. That is, not all good mixes include songs by Beyonce, but all mixes that include songs by Beyonce are good.
Think about it.
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Tracklisting and more downloads after the jump.
This mix is about my jams of 2011.
Why It’s Pretentious: Internet, I have few flaws— but my one fatal flaw is being bad at making end of year lists. In my mind, “the end of the year” is just the short way of saying “the most anxious and nerve-wracking time of the year.” First, everyone’s birthday is coming up (Jesus, my old roommate, my current roommate, my future roommate, my honorary roommate…) so I’m plummeting headfirst into holiday-induced poverty. Second, my grasp on the length of a year is loose at best. I still operate on school years; to me, 2011 starts sometime around late August 2010. At the same time, August 2010 - July 2011 is a little fuzzy. Therefore, most of my end of year list-making is actually me consulting Wikipedia before yelling “that album didn’t come out this year?!”
To make things easier on me, here are 11 songs I was really into in 2011 that also came out in 2011. Full disclosure: there’s probably a disproportionate amount of Infinity Cat bands. However, there’s also Beyonce, so…
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Tracklisting after the jump. OH AND HEY, happy new year and stuff.
This mix is about da ladiez.
Why It’s Pretentious: Yo, there’s a half an hour left for International Ladies Day. Here is a mix featuring a lot of Beyonce but no Spice Girls (sorry) that you can stream on Spotify. WHO RUN THE WORLD? GIRLS. WOMEN. LADIES. FEMALES. TAKE YOUR PICK.
international ladies day
Real post tomorrow.
This mix is about California and Christmas and Champions.
Why It’s Pretentious: Three months ago, I lost a very dear person in my life. My roommate, Sarah “The Champ” Champion, may she rest in peace, moved to LA for a semester. Before we all parted for Christmas break, we threw an Honors party to bid her adieu. (In case you’re wondering, Honors parties are just like regular parties except that we’re more likely to make jokes about ancient and medieval philosophy.) Obviously, I made her a California/Christmas-themed mixtape— but I have to preface this with, I made it during finals week, so the first four-ish songs are mixed really well and then it kind of goes downhill and it is approximately 40 minutes shorter than I originally intended. Nevertheless, it is still FULLY DANCE-ABLE AND AWESOME, in that strange way that only mixing Frank Sinatra into LMFAO can be. It’s also a little more dubstep-heavy than I prefer, especially towards the end. I’m more of the electro-disco girl myself — case in point: an upcoming mash up of Gayle Adams and Beyonce called “Girl, I Need Your Loving.” You’re welcome, Internet! — but you gotta cater to your audience, you know?
As is our nature, we’re throwing an Honors party to mourn the return of our lame (okay, okay— yet lovable) Hufflepuff. It’s also in celebration of Morgan, everyone’s favorite Jewish-hipster-obsessed ginger and one of our replacement roommates.
The party is called Gin and Jews.
Again, you’re welcome, Internet.
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Tracklisting after the jump.