Adventures in Mixtapeland, Part I

So as you may recall, I take the task of creating mixtapes very seriously. My most recent mix was an exchange with my friend Matt. This exchange presented a unique challenge, since our musical tastes are incredibly similar, and he keeps pretty good tabs on my profile. Despite these hurdles, I’m pretty happy with how the mix came out.

I started assembling the mixtape by comparing our profiles, which keep track of every song we listen to. Out of the 100 artists I listen to most frequently, Matt had zero listens logged for 20 of them. I was able to toss out many of them based on what I know about his taste in music. Out of the 20 artists, I wound up putting five on the mix.

Then I did the same comparison, but looking at my top 100 artists over only the past six months. There were about 35 artists that Matt hadn’t heard, which I found to be surprisingly high. Seven artists from the short-term list (but not in my overall top 100) made it to the mix. The remaining five songs either came from artists that I don’t listen to very frequently, or artists that Matt had listened to once or twice, but not recently.

Enough analysis, here’s the tracklist:

01. Electrelane - To The East
02. Holy Fuck - Korock
03. The Sea and Cake - a Fuller Moon +
04. Cornelius - New Music Machine *+
05. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Melt Me *
06. Annuals - Springtime +
07. PAS/CAL - O Honey We’re Ridiculous +
08. Marnie Stern - Shea Stadium +
09. Ponytail - 7 Souls +
10. Mice Parade - Steady As She Goes *
11. Secret Machines - The Road Leads Where It’s Led
12. Why? - The Vowels Pt. 2 +
13. Chairlift - Planet Health +
14. José González - How Low *
15. Sparks - Hasta Mañana Monsieur *+
16. The War on Drugs - Taking The Farm
17. Water Bears - Esophagus

* My all-time top 100
+ My 6-month top 100