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 Last.fm profile. Despite these hurdles, I’m pretty happy with how the mix came out.

I started assembling the mixtape by comparing our Last.fm 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

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