Category Archives: mid-week mixtape

Mid-Week Mixtape: Summer Driving


The wifey and I are driving up the coast this weekend and it got me thinking about Summer driving mixes.

I absolutely hate driving and I wouldn’t be able to handle it without some good tunes.  If you’re anything like me, you make mixes for all of your driving adventures and even though our wallets are getting raped at the pump, i’m sure this Summer includes a couple of road trips worthy of their own soundtrack.

I usually don’t think too hard when it comes to putting together a driving mix — it’s usually a bunch of new songs I enjoy, with some old reliables sprinkled in.  Other than that, I follow two simple rules.  (1) The songs can’t put me to sleep and (2) the mix should be long enough that you don’t get tired of the songs too quickly, but short enough that you hear every song at least once on the trip.

I’m still putting together my mix for this weekend’s trip, but here are some tracks that will definitely make an appearance.

Au Revoir Simone – Tell Me (Clock Opera Remix)
[More: Au Revoir Simone//More: Clock Opera]

Austra – Lose It
[More: Austra]

Bikini – American Mourning (Win Win Remix)
[More: Bikini//More: Win Win]

Chiddy Bang – Too Much Soul
[More: Chiddy Bang]

Cults – Abducted
[More: Cults]

El Obo – Vrgn Evl
[More: El Obo]

Gang Gang Dance – Mindkilla
[More: Gang Gang Dance]

Germany Germany – Take Me Home
[More: Germany Germany]

Handsome Furs – What About Us
[More: Handsome Furs]

Holy Ghost! – Wait & See
[More: Holy Ghost!]

Maximum Balloon – Groove Me (feat. Theophilus London)
[More: Maximum Balloon//More: Theophilus London]

The Naked And Famous – Young Blood
[More: The Naked And Famous]

Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
[More: Of Monsters And Men]

Parenthetical Girls – Evelyn McHale
[More: Parenthetical Girls]

unouomedude – Frequency
[More: unouomedude]

Listen to the entire mix on 8tracks.

Mid-Week Mixtape: Post-Coachella Edition

Coachella 2011 has passed and it was amazing…or at least that’s what i’ve been told.  You see, while all my friends and the music outlets I pay attention to were enjoying the abundant musical offerings, while melting in the desert, they were also constantly updating their facebook, twitters, blogs, etc. and letting everybody else know how much fun they were having.

I really wanted to go this year and there were handful of bands that I was really looking forward to experiencing live — Animal Collective, Phantogram, Duck Sauce, Crystal Castles, The New Pornographers…just to name a few.

Now I can’t complain too much.  The reason I was unable to attend Coachella was because I was in New Orleans for work, but it still stung being constantly reminded of the good times and tunes I was missing out on.  So, I decided to dedicate this weeks mixtape to the bands I wanted to see most at Coachella 2011.
(Disclaimer: I’m only including bands/artists I have never seen live, hence the absence of Arcade Fire and others)

Animal Collective – For Reverend Green
More Animal Collective.

Crystal Castles – Violent Dreams
More Crystal Castles.

Cut Copy – Lights and Music (Moullinex Remix)
More Cut Copy.  More Moullinex.

Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand
More Duck Sauce.

The New Pornographers – Moves (video)
More New Pornographers.

Phantogram – When I’m Small (RAC Mix)
More Phantogram.  More RAC.

Robyn – Dancing On My Own (Fred Falke Remix)
More Robyn.  More Fred Falke.