Eyes Towards Summer
This mix is by Tommie Sunshine and is about the oncoming Summer and the “musical representation of what that looks and feels like inside my mind.”
Why It’s Pretentious: I mean, did you read the description? I didn’t even include the part about “audio celebrations.” Nonetheless, if you’re not already pumped for spring break, this should do the trick. My favorite glitter-covered unicorn-licking laser-shooting trashy princess makes an appearance around the 26:30 mark and makes my heart skip a beat. Basically every song on here is solid gold and designed to make you dance ‘til you’re dead via the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
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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.
Spring Break Heartache: The Musical
This mix is about spring break heartaches.
Why It’s Pretentious: Guys, I am REALLY EXCITED about this mix. I’ve been working on it for forever and it’s finally where I want it to be. I started it as a tribute to one of the greatest songs in the history of the world: Spring Break Heartache by Blown Stag. According to their bio, band members Tommy Thrust, Bitch Romney, Chris, and the Squish, form “a timeless musical justice that echoes down into the tubes of the music industry.” I went to their single release show a few weeks ago and 95% of ladies there left pregnant, simply due to the cacophony of sexual energy unleashed by their songs. One girl just immediately had triplets, right there on the dance floor. True story.
What you’ll find here is a series of vignettes about love and loss in early to mid March of 1985, of trysts on the beach and prostitutes in back alleyways. There are some really great surprises in here that I think exquisitely sum up the spring break experience, sort of like a musical roofie in your Mai Tai Mix Tape. (Now is as good a time as any to mention that the extended title of this mix is GIRL$ GIRL$ GIRL$: Spring Break Heartache: The Musical.) I hope this mix finds you wearing track suits and ray-bans and gold chain medallion necklaces, or neon booty shorts and bikinis. Double-fisting cheap beer and fruity drinks. Unsuccessfully hitting on someone foxy and nursing that spring break heartache with rock and roll.
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Tracklisting, bonus video, and bonus analysis of Bobby V’s “Stilettos & T-Shirt” after the jump.
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.