Tag: Ultimate mixtape

Funeral songs

It could be my last act of musical education, the one no one really wants to be confronted with. It would definitely address my annoyance with the way most funerals are being run. I don’t expect happiness and joy, but a bit more tasteful and unusual music would be nice, if nice can ever be…


Unknown pleasures – never thought that song was so great

Did you know that almost all music players and online streaming services don’t really offer a randomiser? Do you also know why? It is because people can’t deal with randomisation and start sending complaints when the randomiser ‘decides’ to play the same artist twice in a short period of time. I love my randomiser, even…


Mixtape – Faust

I was just driving. It was dark and warm outside, one of the first hot nights of spring. Suddenly my sound system decided to play a song I never heard before. It sounded cool, a bit weird and nerdy, just the way I like it. Turned out to be ‘Krautrock’ by Faust, the song that…


Mixtape – Around the world in 20 songs

A bit of fun. Playlist based on the notion of travelling around the world, using only songs with the name of a city as title. Nothing more than just that.


Mixtape – Ultimate moody mixtape for family days

If freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose, then boredom and moodiness must be other words for having nothing left to desire. Think about it, if you are always struggling for survival I don’t think you ever experience a boring day. You might be depressed, like me on days like this. Truly…


Mixtape – My own favourite 80’s list (or at least one possible version)

I’m a kid of the 80’s. I can probably compile 20 different playlists with 80’s music, all thoroughly enjoyable and all equally plausible as the ultimate 80’s playlist. This is just a version. It contains old favourites like ‘All lined up’ (Shriekback), ‘Road to Nowhere’ (Talking Heads), ‘A song from under the floorboards’ and ‘Repetition’…


Mixtape – Desolate women

My second playlist in this new-found reality of sharing musical combinations and permutations with potentially everyone. I called it ‘Desolate women’ because women are better at getting across feelings of desolation and because we hear too much music created and produced by men anyway. Side A of this mixtape ends with Neko Case. Side B…


Mixtape – Tough love

It suddenly struck me. I used to have a lot of fun compiling mixtapes. I wasn’t one of those guys who only created mixtapes to impress potential lovers. Granted, I didn’t do it for purely altruistic reasons. It was ultimately a means to and end. The end being: demonstrate how much I knew about music….


The Mixtape – Part II

Continuing the quest for the ultimate mixtape, here is the final set of guidelines. 7. Find a balance between optimistic and pessimistic (bleeding heart type of) songs. Longing is good, depression is definitely bad. Again, you want to send a positive message, not encourage suicide. 8. Understand the lyrics of the songs you select, and…


The Mixtape – Part I

After reading Cassette from my Ex, I started thinking about the lost art of creating mixtapes. When I was young the mixtape was a way to declare love without actually doing or saying so. It was a gesture of liking beyond liking. It allowed you to translate love (or desire) into song titles, lyrics or…


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