06 July 2007

Mix Tape Friday

I’ve loved mix tapes since college — making them, getting them, marveling over their brilliance. I still listen to several mix tapes Simeon made for me; he’s a brilliant mix-tapologist. I closed the cover of Love Is a Mix Tape MT-inspired once again. This time, though, I‘m not using TDKs, but my blog page. Click and groove, my friends. And check in every Friday for another mix tape special.



  • War: Summer

  • Chad & Jeremy: A Summer Song

  • Wilco: Summer Teeth

  • Style Council: Long Hot Summer

  • R.E.M.: Summer Turns to High

  • Brunettes: Summer Love

  • B-52’s: Summer of Love

  • Honeyrider: Endless Summer

  • Flaming Lips: Summertime Blues

  • Pavement: Summer Babe (Winter Version

  • Young Fresh Fellows:

  • Yo La Tengo: The Summer

  • Sly & The Family Stone: Hot Fun in the Summertime

  • Mungo Jerry: In the Summertime

  • G. Love & Special Sauce: Rhyme for the Summertime

  • Decemberists: Summersong

  • Belle & Sebastian: I Know Where the Summer Goes

  • Dean Wareham + Britta Phillips: Indian Summer

  • Death Cab for Cutie: Summer Skin

  • Twilight Singers: Summertime


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    31 Comments:

    At 7/06/2007 07:40:00 AM, Blogger DJ Cayenne said...

    Nice mix. They may not be your thing, but I'd also recommend "Summertime Rolls" by Jane's Addiction. It rawks.

     
    At 7/06/2007 10:39:00 AM, Blogger kfluff said...

    No "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama? Beth, you disappoint me.

     
    At 7/06/2007 10:43:00 AM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

    Whew, I need a wine spritzer, lots of ice, just looking at that list! Isn't it funny how the Twilight Singers can take a song like Summertime and turn it into a winter song?

     
    At 7/06/2007 10:45:00 AM, Blogger Splotchy said...

    Nice mix tape!

    I agree with dj cayenne that "Summertime Rolls" is a great song, but hey, there are oodles of fantastic summer songs, and many, many mix tapes to be made.

    I was just thinking about the importance of mix tapes in my own life, prolly will post about it some point.

    Thanks for the tunage.

     
    At 7/06/2007 11:02:00 AM, Blogger blog Portland said...

    Awesome mix; I especially enjoyed the DCFC track. I will, however, be adding some Fresh Prince to this bad boy.

     
    At 7/06/2007 11:08:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

    DJ CAYENNE: I don't think I have that Jane's Addiction tune; I'll get it from the ex this weekend.

    KFLUFF: Banarama made it to the semi-finals, but I decided to go mellow and indie, with a bit of R&B. Next time they're in ... because I chair-danced a lot listening to those girls.

    BARBARA: That's why I picked Twilight Singers to close it out. I have tons of "Summertime" covers — from R.E.M. and Peter Gabrial, to Janis Joplin and Stereophonics, and so on — but Greg Dulli gave the tune a different feel.

    SPLOTCHY: I have something like 73 MP3s with "Summer" in the title. It took two days to get it down to twenty ... and I still feel bad for cutting Moonbabies.

    BLOG PORTLAND: Fresh Prince also made it to the semi-finals, but it just didn't work well with this mix. Let me know what you put on your mix tape!

     
    At 7/06/2007 11:42:00 AM, Blogger Bubs said...

    Great summertime playlist. Ah, mixtapes. Our girls are awed by the fact that we used to make tapes by sitting with stacks of records, obsessively lifting the needle up and down...

    Ah Christ, I'm a dinosaur.

     
    At 7/06/2007 01:48:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

    Beth, you're SO SWEET to do this. I just noticed now that these are all links to MP3s. Cool! Thanks!!

    Great list! So electic. You know you're very ecletic? I like that word. It's fun to say and type.

     
    At 7/06/2007 01:58:00 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

    That would make a great mix tape. I love mix tapes like no one else.

     
    At 7/06/2007 02:24:00 PM, Blogger mellowlee said...

    Oooooooooooooh I love mixed tapes! I love making them. CDs just aren't quite the same, but they will do ;O) That's a great Summer Mix!

     
    At 7/06/2007 04:29:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

    It just occurred to me that I misspelled the word TWICE!!

    Eclectic. Eclectic. Eclectic.

    There! :) Now I'm ahead 3-2.

     
    At 7/06/2007 05:59:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

    BUBS: CDs made it easier to put together a mix tape, but I liked being in control of dropping the needle. It was pure bliss when you could fade from one song to another, with nary a hiss o' dead air.

    DAN: You'll have to let me know which tracks you like. I'm eclectic ... and I work for an electric utility. How lovely is that for someone who loves words as much as I?

    GRANT MILLER: Then you're gonna love me every Friday. That Pavement track's for you, BTW.

    MELLOWLEE: Enjoy, lovely Mel! Let me know what I should have added.

    DAN: As an obsessive editor, I'm thrilled that you came back to repair that misspell.

     
    At 7/06/2007 06:05:00 PM, Blogger Zed said...

    Thanks so much for the great list, Beth!

    When I attempted to play the first one, I got a message that iTunes is missing from my computer. What, did it get up and walk away?

    Anyway, I'm going right now to download it again and start listening to the summertime playlist. Thanks again!

     
    At 7/06/2007 07:31:00 PM, Blogger blueblanket said...

    You ROCK! How did you get them where I could download them?? Do tell!

     
    At 7/06/2007 10:05:00 PM, Blogger chelene said...

    Do the B-52's have a bad song? Man, I love them. Good mix, Beth.

     
    At 7/06/2007 10:46:00 PM, Blogger lulu said...

    That is SO sweet of you to post all these as mp3s. I love getting new music!

     
    At 7/06/2007 11:18:00 PM, Blogger jewgirl said...

    love mix tapes. that's a good one! one of my bff's throws a mix like nobody's bizola. they are such a treat, aren't they? I've always mixed shit that makes no sense. wish I could spin a good mix. but, I do appreciate one :)

     
    At 7/06/2007 11:22:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

    ZED: Maybe your iTunes went looking for an iPhone? Download and play away!

    BLUE BLANKET: MyDataBus.com. Dale (from Passion of the) turned me on to it. You can upload files, then get the code to put on your site. I'm addicted, so you'll see lots o' links on this page in the coming weeks.

    CHELENE: No, dammit, they do not. I've love my B-52's since 1979, and they have yet to bore me.

    LULU: That's the idea: Share the wealth.

    JEWGIRL: I spent two days putting this one together, and I'm already at work on the next three. I am Nerd, hear me roar.

     
    At 7/06/2007 11:42:00 PM, Blogger BeckEye said...

    Me lovey mix tapes, too.

    For some reason, it never seems like summer to me until I hear Y&T's "Summertime Girls." I know that's cheesy, but that's just how I roll.

     
    At 7/07/2007 01:20:00 AM, Blogger Allison said...

    I love mixed tapes too. I just received one the other day in fact, its owning my stereo at the moment, but this is a pretty fine tracklist you have here! I shall return.

     
    At 7/07/2007 03:33:00 AM, Blogger bigshoulders said...

    Beth, nice tracklist!
    I might add a touch of fire, as in The Fiery Furnaces with "Here Comes the Summer." I just posted a longish post of their show from Raleigh tonight. You are in for a treat tomorrow, err later today!

    I need to pick up that book... I think I'm a place where I could devour that kind of memoir.

    cheers,
    b.s.

     
    At 7/08/2007 07:32:00 PM, Blogger Mountjoy said...

    Don Henley ~ Boys of Summer? "I can see you, you brown skin shining in the sun. You got your hair slicked back and those Wayfarers on, Ba-by!"

    It was the inflection on the word baby that did it for me... The song I listened to as a kid who had just got his drivers licence, with every window in the car rolled down, which was a close to feeling like I was in a convertible as I was gonna get...

     
    At 7/08/2007 10:22:00 PM, Blogger Sean Wraight said...

    Mix tapes are truly divine. Your theme even moreso.

    Well done!

     
    At 7/08/2007 11:26:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

    BECKEYE: Maybe I'm a square, but I'd never heard of Y&T until I checked YouTube. I was into new wave during the hair-band craze, so I missed that beauty.

    ALLISON: What's on your new mix tape?

    BIG SHOULDERS: You'll love the book; can't wait to hear what you think. We didn't make it to Fiery Furnaces; got too tipsy at the early Swimming Pool Qs show. Feel free to mock me.

    MOUNTJOY: Mr. Henley's summer classic got knocked out during the second round; it didn't quite fit with the vibe I went with. But now I can't quit singing it.

    SEAN WRAIGHT: Welcome! I loved your summer mix tape, too!

     
    At 7/09/2007 10:18:00 AM, Blogger DJ Cayenne said...

    Have you listened to JA's Summertime Rolls yet?

    "Me and MY girrrrrrrrrlfrieeeeeeend....

     
    At 7/09/2007 12:29:00 PM, Blogger Tenacious S said...

    Thanks! Best idea ever! Ask Lulu, I was a mix tape addict. I only have a few that I mixed in our production studio at the station, which were much easier with two turntables and a bunch of faders. The rest were OCD masterpieces. Wow, I sure had more time then.

     
    At 7/09/2007 04:12:00 PM, Blogger Artful Dodger said...

    Gasp!! I love this. Oh..soo.cool!! ^_^ It's time or summer!!

     
    At 7/09/2007 04:31:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

    DJ CAYENNE: No, sir, I haven't listened yet. *hangs head in shame* I haven't tracked down an MP3 yet ...

    TENACIOUS S: I have no doubt you were as OCD about mix tapes as I was. I hope we appreciated all that free time back then.

    ARTFUL DODGER: You're the inspiration, doll. You got me thinking about mix tapes, thanks to MTG, and your Love Is a Mix Tape recommendation sealed the deal.

     
    At 7/09/2007 10:37:00 PM, Blogger DJ Cayenne said...

    Geez. OK. Check your e-mail shortly.

     
    At 7/11/2007 09:30:00 PM, Blogger bigshoulders said...

    Beth, you should re-prioritize the next time that the FF are in your town. :) That said, safe is better than sorry... tipsy *is* tipsy...

    cheers!
    b.s.

     
    At 7/26/2007 11:17:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

    Jeez, thanks you, I have
    I'm in love with your love, love,love
    stuck in my head (Live 105 doesn't play it anymore, like the used to every summer).

     

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