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 CALLED IT AN EP, YOU GUYS. Also, my friends and I referred to people as countries because we thought it was cool. (Wasn’t.) (I have nothing against real Russians.) (I like their hats.) I know this mix was a pretty jerk move. I knew that back then and I kind of regret it now. But he decided “Feel Good, Inc.” was our song, my high school self howls, grabbing present me by the collar. And he wanted to be a wrestler.
Well played, high school me. Well played.
Tracklisting, downloads, and bonus confession after the jump.
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.