This mix is about falling in and out of love with your imaginary friend.
Why it’s pretentious: Well, it starts with a FIVE MINUTE LONG SMITHS SONG. But wait, there’s more! This is a convoluted story about a lonely girl who falls in love with her imaginary friend because he’s so much nicer than real people, but then she gets too old for him, so he’s banished to this weird imaginary friends world to wait for a new kid, and he’s sad and she kind of regrets it, and apparently I had a lot of spare time in high school. #notbasedonatruestory
Tracklisting, downloads, and bonus song after the jump.
Why It’s Pretentious: I watched a lot of Skins and British indie films in high school. Therefore, I had a very skewed view of what life should be like. Namely, I was confused as to why everyone else didn’t frequently use British slang, wear cardigans, and fork over obscene amounts of cash for 7”s of then-obscure bands on eBay. Anyway, I made this mix for a friend’s birthday. She liked Foals, so she showed promise. It’s actually pretty good, except for when I end it with a random GRIME REMIX.
…But really, how am I supposed to resist a band named after a Street Fighter move?!
Why It’s Pretentious: In middle school, I had a very long playlist called “Theme Songs” that features songs that were CLEARLY WRITTEN ABOUT ME YOU GUYS. Since it’s from middle school, it a) doesn’t follow the theme of this blog and b) is even more angsty and bad than usual. (Please note how it starts with a song that is slightly sad and then jumps straight to a song about how I’m so much more awesome than you.) Obviously “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” makes an appearance, but strangely, there’s no Jenny Owen Youngs or Taking Back Sunday, which I find to be an incredibly inaccurate representation of middle school me.
Side Note:Moovers and Shakers has their Kickstarter up! If you read this blog and you’re like, wow, her taste is music is spectacular and I’d really love to help her dreams come true and maybe get one of her mixtapes mailed to me, THIS IS FOR YOU.
Why It’s Pretentious: Sometimes I look back at mixes that I made for people and notice little subconscious things. Like, I probably should have known that including a song with the line “What do you mean I don’t love you? I am standing here, aren’t I?” on an anniversary tape meant the relationship was a little strained. (Or that when he didn’t appreciate Klaxons covering Justin Timberlake, it was definitely not mean to be.) I don’t listen to this mix much because that incidental foreshadowing is a bit strange to hear, but I do think it’s a sweet little jumble of songs. Makes me smile.
Tracklisting, downloads, and bonus quote after the jump.
The Rise and Fall of Vaguely Radical Behavior (Side Two: Our Star-Wiped Pasts)
This mix is about the aftermath of the end of the world.
Why It’s Pretentious: In honor of the Rapture tomorrow, I’m posting the second side to my epic mixtape about a boy and his self-fulfilling apocalyptic prophecies. Basically, he wakes up, slowly realizes what he’s done, and ends up killing his freaked out girlfriend. Or the power of love redeems him. Depends on my mood and relationship status, you know? I really like this tape even though I’m not a psychopath. Anyway, I’ll see you on Monday… OR NOT. #saved