Libby’s First Mixtape//God’s time of the month

Libby’s First Mixtape is an ongoing series of music mixes I make for my younger sister. Her name is Libby. Listen along via Spotify using the playlist at the bottom of the post. Enjoy.

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Last week I went on a binge. I’ve spent the last month or so in a kind of limbo, staying with co-workers and now my girlfriend, temporarily jobless, ostensibly homeless, slowly making my way back to Northern Michigan for the summer. Despite the circumstance, I’ve mostly been able to treat this time as vacation, offsetting vague feelings of anxiety with bursts of self-motivated productivity. But I’d been out of touch with music for nearly four weeks and I needed to do something about that. So I spent hours reading reviews, listening to new tracks and putting together a daunting collection of music to dig into this summer. Before heading boldly off into this promising future, I felt the need to tie up some loose ends. So here’s a mix of tracks, some of them from last year, that I gave to my sister over two months ago. I hope the quality of these twelve independently excellent tracks more than makes up for this mix’s lack of timeliness. Continue reading

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Libby’s First Mixtape//a perfectly split wishbone//November 2013

Libby’s First Mixtape is an ongoing series of music mixes I make for my younger sister. Her name is Libby. The genesis of this series dates back to roughly 2005. Since then I’ve been putting these mixes together on a 4-6 week basis, give or take. Listen along via Spotify through the link at the bottom of the post.

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As an act of reconciliation for the timeless symbol of sibling rivalry I present for your consideration: a perfectly split wishbone. Last time, I was in full blown nostalgia mode, sorting through a season’s worth of musical discoveries that dovetailed nicely with my experience of falling in love during the picturesque beauty and intolerable humidity of the western Vermont summer. This time around I’m (relatively) all caught up with the late fall releases many of which straddle the boundaries of pop and experiment.  Continue reading

Libby’s First Mixtape//mexican train & other non-sequitur boardgames//October 2013

Libby’s First Mixtape is an ongoing series of music mixes I make for my younger sister. Her name is Libby. The genesis of the series dates back to roughly 2005. Since then I’ve been putting these mixes together on a 4-6 week basis, give or take. Listen along via Spotify through the link at the bottom of the post.

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So it’s been a while. For the most part, this new mix is a collection of tracks I had on repeat this past summer and has been in my sister’s possession for a little while. I wanted to throw them up here because I regularly return to this mix. Though these tracks range in tone and message they each uniquely possess a kind of hazy, engorged quality. Alternatingly exuberant, longing, fun and fresh these songs collectively feel like summer. They range from the revelatory to the Top 40 and all the way back. Continue reading

Libby’s First Mixtape//streets & deserts//May 2013

Libby’s First Mixtape is an ongoing series of music mixes I make for my younger sister, Libby. The genesis of the series dates back to roughly 2005. Since then I’ve been putting these mixes together on a 4-6 week basis, give or take. Listen along via Spotify through the link at the bottom of the post.

I’d been sitting on this one for a little while waiting for Libby to digest play::pause::stop. Unlike that mix, the sequencing here happened quite effortlessly. I’d been collecting some older gems to break up the ceaseless flow of 2013 tracks and the result is an inverse of how I normally like to structure my mixes. This one starts at a crawl and builds up to mid tempo Southern rock before exploding in the second half with electric cuts from CHVRCHES, Marnie Stern and David Bowie. It is one of those happy coincidences that “streets & deserts” plays like a quick overview of late 60s and early 70s  musical textures and their post millennial proteges with an outlier or two thrown in for good measure. This ain’t chemistry class after all.

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Libby’s First Mixtape//play::pause::stop

Libby’s First Mixtape is an ongoing series of music mixes I make for my younger sister, Libby. The genesis of the series dates back to roughly 2005. Since then I’ve been putting these mixes together on a 4-6 week basis, give or take. In effort to circumvent the tyranny of media conglomerates, I will be putting links to these mixes online via Spotify. 

“play::pause::stop” was a labor of love. There were at least three alternative versions of this mix that didn’t make the cut. Mixes are a wildly unpredictable art form for me. At their most basic, they require an attention to thematic and musical sequencing. At any given time I’m drawing on a selection of songs either just long enough to fill the LP length runtime that I’ve pretty much ingrained as “correct” in myself (my mixes rarely top over 45 minutes) while at other times my cup runneth over with a wide range of musical choices. Either way, I try to curate my selections for overall listening pleasure and surprise. This installment is mostly culled from 2013 releases. Some are singles from forthcoming albums (Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Majical Cloudz “Childhood’s End”) while others are exciting cuts from bands whose full length debuts I’m terribly excited about (in particular “Husbands” from UK post-punk and all female quartet Savages) and still others are just infectious little gems from some of my favorite artists (“Millions ft. Rick Ross” by Pusha-T and “Electric” by The Men).

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