This mix is about Lord of the Flies, everyone’s favorite novel from Freshmen English.
Why it’s pretentious: Aside from the meaning and title? I know it’s hard to believe, but there was once a time when Snow Patrol was too cool for school. I made this right before I dumped them for becoming too commercial. “Chasing Cars? Pfft. I prefer the lo-fi drugged-out sounds of Velocity Girl.”
This mix is about Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities.
Why It’s Pretentious: I adored Tale of Two Cities because I like really long drawn out stories with overindulgent characterizations and little, if any, distinguishable plot. And also moody misunderstood criminals who sacrifice themselves for the one they love. The title comes from the scene in which Carton tells Lucie that he’s hopelessly in love with her: “Since I knew you… I have had unformed ideas of striving afresh, beginning anew, shaking off sloth and sensuality, and fighting out the abandoned fight. A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it.” I mean, SWOON.
Tracklisting, downloads, and bonus weekend pretension after the jump.
Why It’s Pretentious: This is part three of a five-part trilogy about Christianity that I made for my friend for Christmas the year she came out of the atheist closet. There was a lot of pretension in that sentence, so I understand if you need to take a breather. But wait, there’s more: its actual title is something along the lines of “The On A Sunday She Thought It Through Series: Part Two - The Ten Commandments (They are Commandments! And there are Ten of them! COUNT THEM AND REPENT, YOU HELLBOUND SINNER!!!)”. YOU GUYS. WHY?
Commandments, tracklisting, and downloads after the jump.
The Rise and Fall of Vaguely Radical Behavior (Side One: The Night Bleeds Into Day)
This mix is about the end of the world.
Why It’s Pretentious: Since I’ve been posting a lot of middle school tapes lately, I thought I would overcompensate with another convoluted epic. This one has a ridiculously long title that I obviously stole from David Bowie and is based off Foals’ “Electric Bloom.” Basically, this kid keeps having nightmares about the end of the world, so he tries to warn people, but no one listens to him. He’s waiting and waiting for a sign to show people that his visions are real, but he just gets angrier and angrier until he snaps, goes on a rampage, and single-handedly destroys the world as we know it. Self-fulfilling apocalyptic prophecies, you guys!