Sleeping is Giving In
This mix is by Sarah and is about falling asleep uncontrollably.
Why It’s Pretentious: So my friend had this sleep study done last week because we’re 99% sure she has narcolepsy (which, if you were unaware, is the 3rd most pretentious disorder you can have), so she obviously made a killer mix about it. Please note the use of both 2Pac and Grammy sellouts Arcade Fire. Also, my roommate keeps playing Sleepyhead on repeat because she didn’t know it existed and now she’s obsessed with it. Meanwhile, I’m like, pfft, who doesn’t know who Passion Pit is? #peoplewhohavenobusinesslisteningtomusic
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March to a Different Backbeat
This mix is by Kyle and is about holy crap March is over already?!
Why It’s Pretentious: First off, sorry for the long time, no pretentiously mock your taste in music. As it turns out, starting your own mobile milkshake truck takes up all of your time and energy, though in a very very rad way. So today I bring you a mix featuring the best songs from March because, what, April is upon us TOMORROW. This is not a fool’s joke. This is real life. Featuring some Generationals, The Strokes, TV on the Radio, and, oh yeah, Belmont band Apache Relay. Get it, Belmont!
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New York, New York
This mix is about New York, sans Elton John, plus various shades of punk.
Why It’s Pretentious: I am obviously very good at mixtapes, so I frequently get mix requests. I’m talking, beautifully unraveling scroll of parchment that details requests in small, shining black quill pen ink. You catch my drift? Well, last week, one of my favorite people in the entire world, Morgan Swank, asked me to make one about New York. Here is the request verbitim:
Anything and everything New York. I’m not a fan of cliche NY songs unless they’re remixed. Unless of course it’s Elton John’s “Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters” because I cry every time I hear it.
This mix does not include Elton John because I was not in the mood to cry. I was in the mood to ROCK. So I have for you a lot of songs with “New York” in the title and/or by New York bands. It’s fairly heavy on CBGB’s-era punk and the 2000s post-punk/garage rock revival, with a little side of dance-punk. (At a quick glance, the most recent song may be a 30-second in-your-face jam by Heavy Cream.) In true high school fashion, the mix ends with a remix coming out of left field— but I dare you not to like it. Nay, double dog dare you.
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Tracklisting after the jump.