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80 minutes - 700MB - 5 discs - 6 swappers
Let's swap mixes. Sign up for the 2013-1 MeFiSwap inside!

80 minutes - 700MB - 5 discs - 6 swappers

The constraints of MeFiSwap are perhaps old-fashioned. Trading music. Physical media. (Remember tapes? We're not that old-fashioned.) The post, ha! But the thrill of 5 mixes from 5 fellow MeFites is still just as good. It's in the appreciation of careful track order, the wonder at a beautiful package, and the thrill of envelopes addressed to you (or just your username ;) showing up in your mailbox. This is why we swap.

Ahem, so anyway, here's what's going on:

Basics

1. Sign up to swap! (see below)
2. Make a mix of music you'd like to share and burn 5 copies of it to CD-R
3. Go to the post office and mail those mixes to your swapset.
4. Collect awesome mixes from your mailbox, and listen to them!

Guidelines (pretty important)

- You must be a MetaFilter member to participate.

- If you sign up to participate in this swap (see below) you agree to participate in good faith and mail out 5 mix CDs to your swapmates by the mailing deadline.

- If you have signed up to participate in a previous swap and then neglected to participate aside from collecting mixes from your swapmates, then you are not invited to participate again and go into the 'Damned Mooch' column of my list. Yes, I keep a list. And I check it all the damn time*.

- Swapsets consist of 6 people (you + the five recipients of your mix).

- We swap audio CD-Rs. As I've hinted, this is old-fashioned. The modern Internets have made sharing music with the people in your social circles very easy. Doing it with the post and physical media is not as easy. But this is how we do.

- The swap is international. You will likely have to mail at least one of your mixes overseas. This comes with a financial burden, so please take that into consideration before you sign up (see below).

Deadlines

- I'm closing sign-ups in about 2 weeks, on Sunday, January 27th. Please sign up by then (see below). Swapset assignments will go out shortly thereafter.

- The mailing deadline is the end of February, 2013. That's Thursday the 28th.

FAQ

- I am very happy with how much smaller this block of text is. I should rewrite more often. For lots of frequently asked questions and their oft-given answers, please see previous sign-up threads.

So, you'd still like to sign up? OK! It's easy! See below:
1. Send me an email at my email address, please. Put 'MeFiSwap' or 'Swap Me Maybe' somewhere in the subject line.
My email is in my profile, visible to members only. DO NOT MEMAIL, I will just write back saying that I asked nice the first time, in so many words.
2. Include in your email two pieces of information: One, your MetaFilter username. Two, your postal mailing address.
3. Start making your mix!

When you've signed-up properly (see above) you will receive an email in reply that says as much.

* If you participated in good faith in a previous swap and did not receive a mix from one of your swapmates, please email me at my email address and we can talk about it. The last swap had some bumps along the way, but I do believe that the participation rate was very good. If you and I and maybe the other person involved can talk about it, usually something good comes of it.**

** If you are the mooch who didn't mail out, please also email me. I can probably send you again the old swapset assignment email I sent during that swap, and you can get in touch with your neglected swapmates (to see if mailing addresses are still valid) and get mixes out to them. Late, sure, but the circle is complete. Once that happens, you are welcome to participate again.
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter-Related at 1:56 PM (165 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

OK that took forever to write. I'm stepping outside for a minute, but I'll be around again soon, emailing replies. =D
posted by carsonb at 2:02 PM on January 10, 2013


YAY!
posted by ocherdraco at 2:05 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I've had my next mix done for like two months... that's wrong, right?
posted by koucha at 2:17 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Excellent! I know that everyone will love my extensive collection of dubstep remixes of yakherder's laments, originally scored for contrabassoon & goat bone udu & field-recorded on Edison cylinders.
posted by Devils Rancher at 2:18 PM on January 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


I participated in the last round and it was really, really great. Each mix seemed like a special little peek into another MeFites world, and that part of it kind of became more important than whether or not I actually liked some of the songs they chose to include.

I'm signing up again!
posted by smirkyfodder at 2:21 PM on January 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


I skipped last round but I am ready! Also, I just noticed a note below the live preview which is telling me, "Everyone needs a hug."

Hey, everyone! {{{hug}}}

Seriously, has that been there forever?
posted by Glinn at 3:09 PM on January 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yeah, for quite some time.

Dang, I need a hug. I ALWAYS forget to ask people to include their COUNTRY in their mailing address.
posted by carsonb at 3:12 PM on January 10, 2013


Seriously, has that been there forever?

I hear it only appears to those who need hugs the most.
posted by phunniemee at 3:13 PM on January 10, 2013 [5 favorites]


Weird. Mine says "Everyone Needs a Scotch." How did they know?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:28 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yeah.. too old fashioned for me, I don't even have a working CD drive any more. But if anyone would like to swap digital mixtapes using that newfangled internet mail technology, memail me.
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 3:45 PM on January 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


I for one can't wait for a peek into Devils Rancher's world.

(And apparently I need a hug. SO TRUE. [I have a cold, and a dozen errands staring me in the face, since I've just returned from that epic road trip that I AskMe'd about.])
posted by wintersweet at 3:47 PM on January 10, 2013


Yes, I am doing this.

Carson: assuming people should also include their ACTUAL name in the info they send you, yes? I'd just like to spare someone having their mail carrier look at them funny because they're sending a package to someone who's essentially named "Empress Awesome-Ass" in Brooklyn.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:48 PM on January 10, 2013


assuming people should also include their ACTUAL name in the info they send you, yes? I'd just like to spare someone having their mail carrier look at them funny

That's entirely up to the individual. If you want to only include your username with your mailing address, that's fine. Mail sent to that address will be addressed to the username. Swapset assignment emails will include username and mailing address; whether or not that mailing address starts with an actual name is, again, up to the individual.
posted by carsonb at 3:54 PM on January 10, 2013


Fuck Yeah! I missed the summer swap, first time missing one since I started doing these 3 years ago, so I've been anticipating this for way too long. By now I have, like, 10 different theme ideas, but as usual I'll probably scrap them all and just improv as I go.
posted by mannequito at 3:58 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Can the CD just be 80 minutes of Call Me Maybe covers?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:01 PM on January 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Can the CD just be 80 minutes of Call Me Maybe covers?

This is crazy.
posted by jaduncan at 4:28 PM on January 10, 2013 [12 favorites]


Excellent! I know that everyone will love my extensive collection of dubstep remixes of Devils Rancher's dubstep remixes of yakherder's laments.
posted by OmieWise at 4:36 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I've changed my mind, as it happens that I've just lucked upon a single 79:53-long cover of Call Me Maybe.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:39 PM on January 10, 2013


I'm going to sleep on the idea, but I'm fairly sure I'm in!
posted by iamkimiam at 4:46 PM on January 10, 2013


I don't feel like my music selection is nearly cool enough for this. But I'm in anyway.
posted by FirstMateKate at 5:20 PM on January 10, 2013


I don't feel like my music selection is nearly cool enough for this. But I'm in anyway.


Don't worry! The reason you're supposed to get 5 mixes is to make up for getting mine, which can't compete with the remixed dubstep yakherders. Lamenting.
posted by wintersweet at 5:40 PM on January 10, 2013


I'm in. Carson did you end up having to use any "pinch-hitters" last time around? Do you need volunteers for that this time around?
posted by .kobayashi. at 5:51 PM on January 10, 2013


I didn't!

Or if I did I don't recall. =O
Every time an issue came up it got resolved... eventually. Most of them were my mistakes. There were some people who missed the deadline. But I'm 1% short of sure that the problems that cropped up got dealt with to (my) satisfaction. There was the one ornery fellow who excused himself in the face of my problem-solving attempts, harumph. He was fucking ornery anyway, admittedly so.

There may have been other issues, but I can't do anything about the ones I don't know about. It was really awesome of the several people who volunteered to be 'pinch swappers' to do so, and the good will they provided the swap went a long way towards keeping me sane. But anymore it's generally not a malicious issue when someone doesn't mail out (my mooch deterrent is effective!) so as long as the communication thing happens we can usually attain a resolution acceptable to everyone.

I'll consider cashing in some of that good will if worse comes to worse, and so maintain a list of people nice enough to volunteer. But generally problems resolved themselves with some time and communication.
posted by carsonb at 6:10 PM on January 10, 2013


I don't even have a working CD drive any more

On the last swap not only did i find out that the drive on my laptop stopped working sometime in the last three years, but that it scratches the shit out of any cd you put in it! (Also, i couldn't remember the last time i used it).

I actually put another cd in a few days later, forgetting about this, and was again reminded of that Last Boy Scout scene with the tape player.
posted by palbo at 6:57 PM on January 10, 2013


I can honestly say I've never consciously heard Call Me Maybe.
Maybe this would explain my back pain.
posted by philip-random at 7:09 PM on January 10, 2013


Signed up! I would like to apologise to those think they will receive my music on time; I'm afraid you will. May the fates have mercy on your souls.
posted by jaduncan at 7:11 PM on January 10, 2013


I am IN. I love these swaps!
posted by immlass at 7:21 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: To crush your mix-mates, to see them driven before you, and to hear the dubstep-remixed lamentation of the yakherders.
posted by koucha at 7:23 PM on January 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Tempted, but wish to hell this was a local/regional beer swap instead. Lemme know when that's happening (and legal, of course).
posted by FlamingBore at 7:40 PM on January 10, 2013


I am SO EXCITED to be able to participate in this again!
posted by so_gracefully at 7:56 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm in. Never done this before - so do you guys use jewel cases - better for the cover art maybe?
posted by carter at 8:46 PM on January 10, 2013


carson, seriously, thanks for running this so many times. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I just manage to get my CDs in the mail before the deadline, but it sort of pales logistically compared to keeping this whole damn thing running on the rails.
posted by strangely stunted trees at 8:49 PM on January 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Cheers! This is maybe the one logistical challenge I take on in life, and I usually just sort of feel my way through it. Seems to've worked, mostly, so far. And I learn something every single time.

However, as usual and ever, it really is everyone mailing mixes and sharing in these threads that makes this swap awesome. It would just be me and an empty spreadsheet, sitting here listening to covers of Call Me Maybe, without all of you. So thanks right back!
posted by carsonb at 9:12 PM on January 10, 2013


carter: do you guys use jewel cases - better for the cover art maybe?

Totally up to you. The range of packaging I've received around mixes is huge and widely varied.
posted by carsonb at 9:14 PM on January 10, 2013


Yesssssss.
posted by snorkmaiden at 9:45 PM on January 10, 2013


I missed the deadline by quite a lot last time, but I sent 2 CDs to make up for it. Hopefully that made up for it, at least. And one of them did include a Call Me Maybe cover. Still deciding if I need to take a swap off this time.

I wanted to encourage people to provide something resembling a real name - your international swap mates will probably have to fill out Customs forms are mailing an international package to a fake name feels really sketchy.

Also also, I need to digitally send kreedstar those songs since the post crushed her CDs. If I write it out here in front of everyone, maybe I'll remember to do that tomorrow.
posted by maryr at 9:49 PM on January 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


OK, I'm in. I haven't swapped in.... wow. 10 years. My last swap was the Q1 2003 swap.
posted by zsazsa at 10:03 PM on January 10, 2013


This is the best thing. I inflict my musical tastes on strangers in other places, and they send me great mixes of awesome tunes in return. These swaps are better than any other thing, is what I'm saying.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 10:59 PM on January 10, 2013


carsonb is actually just a very very cunning copyright troll lawyer.
posted by jaduncan at 12:20 AM on January 11, 2013 [5 favorites]


I don't feel like my music selection is nearly cool enough for this. But I'm in anyway.
posted by FirstMateKate at 7:20 PM on January 10 [+][!]


Are you serious? Just record the contents of that thread and you've got a stellar mix.
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 1:05 AM on January 11, 2013


Count me in. Again. Oh yes.
posted by Sonny Jim at 2:15 AM on January 11, 2013


cout me in \o/ email sent.
Oh yesh.
posted by Faintdreams at 6:10 AM on January 11, 2013


I'm in, although mostly because I love getting and sending mail, and getting fun mixes, not because I think I have anything lovely to offer in the way of music. I'll raid my husband's collection!
posted by needlegrrl at 6:19 AM on January 11, 2013


Can I get a HELL YEAH!

Devils Rancher - 'dubstep remixes of yakherder's laments, originally scored for contrabassoon & goat bone udu & field-recorded on Edison cylinders'

Goddamnit. It's back to the drawing board for me then.
posted by asok at 6:41 AM on January 11, 2013


Swap Me Definitely!

It's one of my two favorite times of the year!
posted by jillithd at 6:59 AM on January 11, 2013


Just emailed. Working on my mix. It's my first time.
posted by gauche at 7:15 AM on January 11, 2013


It's one of my two favorite times of the year!

I actually make up playlists for myself all the damn time around all sorts of themes, so this always turns into a fun exercise. (The one I think I'm going with this year turned into a double-album set.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:16 AM on January 11, 2013


I got 2 years of radio show mixes just begging to be sent off.. woo hoo
posted by edgeways at 8:45 AM on January 11, 2013


I'm in! Time to drop the 14th C. virelai bomb on some fools.
posted by zamboni at 8:51 AM on January 11, 2013


I would like to participate for the first two reasons stated by needlegrrl. However, all of my music is perfect for everything forever.
posted by Going To Maine at 8:56 AM on January 11, 2013


Says the cheating cheater whose day is coming! Going to Maine? Going to Hell more like.
posted by OmieWise at 9:11 AM on January 11, 2013


Of course, on the off chance you aren't a Mtn. Goats fan, I just look like an asshole.
posted by OmieWise at 9:41 AM on January 11, 2013


I started planning my next mix after I sent out my last mix, and was just checking metatalk today wondering when the MEFI CD SWAP would be happening. HOORAY! banjo music for everyone in my swapset!
posted by garlic at 10:11 AM on January 11, 2013


No, you broke the code. That song does, in fact, really make me want to go to Maine. But I'm not certain what I'll do when I get there.
posted by Going To Maine at 10:16 AM on January 11, 2013


I'm in again! It's always a lot of fun to get to listen to such a wide variety of music.
posted by burnmp3s at 10:44 AM on January 11, 2013


We're over 50 participants at this point! If you've signed up but not received a response from me saying "You're signed up to swap!" then some wires crossed somewhere and please try again.
posted by carsonb at 12:15 PM on January 11, 2013


I always miss the sign-up deadlines because I never think to check MeTa often enough. BUT NOT THIS TIME
posted by General Malaise at 12:38 PM on January 11, 2013


Whoops, was about to say I haven't had the email back but realised I hadn't pressed send.

carsonb, you are forgiven. :)
posted by jaduncan at 12:55 PM on January 11, 2013


Oh, and I haven't done this before. Just so I know, is it the done thing to do art on the CD cases and such?
posted by jaduncan at 12:57 PM on January 11, 2013


jaduncan: It is, and it also isn't. Your prerogative.
posted by carsonb at 1:04 PM on January 11, 2013


Well, consider me feeling vaguely incompetently crafty then.
posted by jaduncan at 1:06 PM on January 11, 2013


I'm not certain what I'll do when I get there.

BLUEBERRIES. Seriously, Maine is terrific.

I have not been doing this for a while, but I am in this time.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:24 PM on January 11, 2013


I am in just as soon as I get home from work and confirm that my CD burner still works. It's been a while.
posted by jessypie at 1:29 PM on January 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


♪ I'm just a lonesome yakpunch ♫
♩Alooone one the tundra ♫
♬ Lamenting the day I shook my yurt flap ♪
♪ And some other man came out from undra ♬
posted by Devils Rancher at 2:18 PM on January 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


*womp*womp*womp*womp*womp*
posted by Devils Rancher at 2:23 PM on January 11, 2013


Someone rolls a cigarette
While riding on a yak
Some ol' guy takes a swig
And passes the wine sack
But where they were last night
No-one can remember
Somebody got murdered
I blame the yakherder

Somebody got murdered
I blame the yakherder

And you're minding your own business
Brushing out the yaks
They're carpeted like Berber
You're breakin' your damn back
I've been very tempted
To rustle up a bull
I've been very hungry
But wouldn't crush your skull

Somebody got murdered
I blame the yakherder

A small stain on the Plateau
They'll scrub it off the grass
As the herd disperses
Headed for the pass
Somebody got murdered
The only life he has

Somebody got murdered
I blame the yakherder

Sounds like murder!
Those shouts!
Are they drunk down below?
It's late, and my yak fell asleep
In front of the doorway again
Sounds like murder!
Those screams!
Seriously, can somebody help
Me move this damn yak?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:53 PM on January 11, 2013 [7 favorites]


Impressive. Yak murder ballads are a whole nuther genre, though.
posted by Devils Rancher at 3:21 PM on January 11, 2013


All righty, I've been in a mixtape mood recently and this is just what I need to get me thinking. I'm in!
posted by PussKillian at 6:32 PM on January 11, 2013


♪ I'm just/just/just/just a lonesome yakpunch mpda mpda mpda ♫
♩Aloo*mdpa*one on on on on the tundra ♫
♬ Lamenting the DAY I SHOOK my YURT flap ♪
BBBBBRRRRR And BBBBBBRRRR some BBBBBRRRR other BBBBBRRRR man BBBBBRRRR came BBBBBRRRR out BBBBBBRRRR from BBBBBBRRRRR undra BBBBBBRRRRR

Can't wait!
posted by OmieWise at 6:43 PM on January 11, 2013


I'll do it again, I guess, and try to be more focused this time.

It's very strange to send out music fearing you're going to annoy someone, but hoping someone else will hear at least one new thing that they'll enjoy.
posted by Red Loop at 7:37 PM on January 11, 2013


Oh, man. You lot had better be ready for spoken-word pieces about hamsters and filmmaking. Boy howdy.
posted by Nomyte at 12:22 AM on January 12, 2013


I'm in. Stampybleep and melodrama ahoy! This is one of my favourite times of the year too (I've only done it once myself, but when my account was deactivated last year I forced Mr daisyk to participate in my stead).

Thanks for organising this every time, carsonb!
posted by daisyk at 5:57 AM on January 12, 2013


I'm caught up again as of right this second, so if you've emailed me and haven't heard back or piped up in here saying "I'm in" and haven't emailed me... then let's try this again. Please see above.
posted by carsonb at 10:15 AM on January 12, 2013


Sorry for the long break, those of you who emailed me yesterday afternoon. Work got busy, and last night was fun.
posted by carsonb at 10:16 AM on January 12, 2013


I'm so in. I just bought an external drive so I could make a mix cd for a lady, so it's probably good to find another use for it.

15 versions of Pokarekare Ana coming your way, peeps.
posted by roobot at 12:18 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Okay, I've been looking to get into MeFi a little bit more lately and I've actually been reading MeTa. So this seems as good of a time as any to make more connections!

Can I use a 79:53 version of the three little Gronks singing "This is the song that never ends"?
posted by Gronk at 5:22 PM on January 12, 2013


Only if you're willing to endure Metal Machine Music as retribution. Granted it is only ~64 mins long, but by god you'll swear you've aged a decade if you make it all the way though. DON'T MAKE ME PULL OUT THE LIMITED EDITION, it's a mere 6 feet away!

MMM, the nuclear option. Swear to dog recalcitrant members of cogress should have to endure it anytime they want to filibuster something, hey Harry I got a Senate rule change or ya.
posted by edgeways at 10:44 PM on January 12, 2013


Okay so can someone link to all of those awesome photo galleries of some of the awesome jewel-case inserts that MeFites have made over the years for the swap? I love looking at those galleries and I wish MOAR participants would share their artwork with the rest of us who weren't lucky enough to be in their swapset.

ALSO

I hope my swapsetters like The Avengers. Or at least like the actors in The Avengers. Because all of them sing and dance in other movies/tv shows they've done, and you're getting AVENGERS: THE MUSICAL!
posted by tzikeh at 10:55 AM on January 13, 2013 [7 favorites]


Tzikeh, I can only hope I end up in your swap group if that is your plan!

...I just went through my library and said "Oh, that would be awesome on my mix." And then I realized it was 4 hours worth of music. So I'll need the rest of the month to narrow down my selections.
posted by firei at 2:40 PM on January 13, 2013


The last swap really made me enjoy a couple of normally painfully long and boring road trips.

I'll sign up!
posted by DigDoug at 5:19 PM on January 13, 2013


I've been trying to beef up on my soundclip making skills so I can put movie quotes between the tracks like all good Tarantino soundtracks.
posted by Gronk at 5:39 PM on January 13, 2013


I've never done this before, but I'm so totally in!

Stoked.
posted by mrhaydel at 7:00 PM on January 13, 2013


Caught up again! If you've said you're in or you think you're signed up and you don't have a reply email from me that says "You're signed up to swap!" then let's try again.
posted by carsonb at 9:33 PM on January 13, 2013


Im in. What a great thing.
posted by professor plum with a rope at 1:09 AM on January 14, 2013


In like Errol Flynn.
posted by THAT William Mize at 6:42 AM on January 14, 2013


Ok, here's a stupid question. When I go into Itunes to burn the mix I will eventually have finalized, should I be burning it as an audio CD, MP3 CD, or data CD? I vaguely recollect that with an MP3 CD you can put a crapload of songs on there, but not everybody's cd players can read them.
posted by PussKillian at 2:23 PM on January 14, 2013


should I be burning it as an audio CD, MP3 CD, or data CD

My ca. 1996 boom box and I would appreciate it in audio CD form, please.

I took said boom box to a Girl Scout meeting back in December (I have a Daisy/Brownie troop) and I told them excitedly that we could do [thing they were looking forward to that required music] today because I brought my boom box. They stared at me blankly and when I said, "come on, you were looking forward to this!" one little girl said, "um, what's a boom box?" Whippersnappers.
posted by phunniemee at 2:29 PM on January 14, 2013 [5 favorites]


Audio CD.

As the post suggests 80 mins of music. not 423 bazillion
posted by edgeways at 2:30 PM on January 14, 2013


not 423 bazillion

But but but

I have so much love to give.

Thanks for the answer, though.
posted by PussKillian at 3:07 PM on January 14, 2013


Innity in! But man, I better get my printer fixed. It's not printing well at all and the cover art is a thing for me. I don't care if others don't do it, but it's definitely a thing.

And wow, bonus -- no one's dying this time! Maybe I can try some other music for a change instead of automatically going for the songs that reflect my grief state.
posted by emcat8 at 4:31 PM on January 14, 2013


I'm in. Ya'll better get ready for 80 mins of The Best of: Drunken Banjos.
posted by FirstMateKate at 8:57 PM on January 14, 2013


Please to be putting me in FirstMateKate's swapset.
posted by mannequito at 2:20 AM on January 15, 2013


Dammit, this always happens - I sign up for the swap with an idea for a theme all in my head and ready to go, and often it's even already on my computer and ready to just go ahead and burn: but then three days later I suddenly get an even more awesomeandcool idea and I'm so torn.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:21 AM on January 15, 2013


I was wondering when this post would come! (Seems a little later than last year, no?). Not sure I have time, but will think about it! I still love sorting my music collections by "mefi" and rediscovering old metafilter mixes from past swaps. :)
posted by likeatoaster at 1:24 PM on January 15, 2013


likeatoaster: Last year I had my shit together before the holidays. This year I was moving, traveling, and breaking up so I kept postponing. Sorry! Come play!
posted by carsonb at 2:20 PM on January 15, 2013


Just signed up for the first time! So excited!
It's possible that this will be the first mix cd I ever make, so we'll see how that goes...
posted by Karmeliet at 2:29 PM on January 15, 2013


*blows a layer of dust off the small stash of burnable CDs* I've just emailed to sign up; first metafilter swap! Exciting!
posted by halcyonday at 8:15 AM on January 16, 2013


Okay - I signed up.

Fear me.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:14 AM on January 16, 2013


Well - fear my mix tape, anyway.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:14 AM on January 16, 2013


Drunken Banjos.

How can you tell the difference?
[ba dum ba]
posted by edgeways at 9:53 AM on January 16, 2013


Sober banjos have the good grace not to be heard.

/mix likely to contain at least on song on banjo
posted by OmieWise at 11:13 AM on January 16, 2013


Ban jo? I don't even know jo!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:18 AM on January 16, 2013


To hell with the drunken banjos, bring on the porno banjo!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:56 AM on January 16, 2013


(I suppose this is the point I should say I actually do like plenty of banjo music and mean no actually ill will towards the instrument... only the jokes are so damn easy)
posted by edgeways at 12:35 PM on January 16, 2013


Oh, I know.
posted by OmieWise at 1:39 PM on January 16, 2013


I'm in again. Thanks for organising this.
posted by salmacis at 3:30 AM on January 17, 2013


Oh jeez I'm backed up on emails. If you've emailed me today or yesterday, don't fret that you haven't heard back. I've just haven't had two minutes in front of my computer since then. ETA for sign up confirmations is tonight. Thanks!
posted by carsonb at 10:32 AM on January 17, 2013


I'm seriously considering this, but have to ask: what's a ballpark figure for shipping a CD out of the US?
posted by Gygesringtone at 10:37 AM on January 17, 2013


A couple of bucks, last time I did it. Under $5.
posted by OmieWise at 10:38 AM on January 17, 2013


$2-8, depending where you send it and as long as you keep it under or around 10oz.
posted by carsonb at 10:41 AM on January 17, 2013


Thanks
posted by Gygesringtone at 10:50 AM on January 17, 2013


MEFI SWAPSET COVER ART FLICKR POOL as requested by tzikeh.
posted by garlic at 12:32 PM on January 17, 2013


Email emailed. Licking chops to get home and start delving. Which sounds vaguely nasty when taken as a sentence.
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:35 PM on January 17, 2013


Very excited. I hope people like soul music!
posted by SounderCoo at 8:02 PM on January 17, 2013


Ooh, I want to be in your swapset. I love soul music.
posted by ocherdraco at 9:22 AM on January 18, 2013


I'm in and have the album halfway done. I hope you like puzzling through codes, unknown swapmates!
posted by bfranklin at 6:43 PM on January 18, 2013


My cover art will involve a glue stick. Most likely. :|
posted by wintersweet at 11:41 PM on January 18, 2013


Ok, I thought about it for two weeks and decided I would sit out due to financial, time and guilt-of-being-outside-of-the-US reasons. Then I changed my mind, whee!
posted by iamkimiam at 11:46 PM on January 18, 2013


I'm in and tzikeh, I hope I get your mix!
posted by nicebookrack at 12:09 AM on January 19, 2013


tzikeh: "Okay so can someone link to all of those awesome photo galleries of some of the awesome jewel-case inserts that MeFites have made over the years for the swap? I love looking at those galleries and I wish MOAR participants would share their artwork with the rest of us who weren't lucky enough to be in their swapset.


I didn't read your post until now, but here's a flickr group that I created a couple years back for this purpose:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/mefiswapcoverpool/
posted by fizzix at 5:26 PM on January 19, 2013


oh hey garlic, thanks for linking to it !
posted by fizzix at 5:28 PM on January 19, 2013


SounderCoo, do you think you can throw in some soul food, too? I'll be your swapset huckleberry.
posted by emcat8 at 12:38 AM on January 21, 2013


Sorry emcat, not quite as knowledgeable on soul food. I can make some good greens, but thats about it...
posted by SounderCoo at 6:29 PM on January 21, 2013


Please consult postal regulations before mailing anything drippy to each other.
posted by carsonb at 7:05 PM on January 21, 2013


Signed up! Hope every likes scratchy old stuff!
posted by bjgeiger at 2:28 AM on January 22, 2013


Are you kidding? I am scratchy old stuff!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:39 PM on January 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Do people prefer wholesome mix CDs - as in all the songs are from the same genre? My tastes are all over the map and it is likely my CD is going to be really random as well...
posted by cyml at 12:07 PM on January 23, 2013


cyml, I have made CDs that spanned genres and received the same. I have both made and received CDs that were united by random themes (the "all Bo-Diddley riff mix" I made one year was well received, the "all the songs mention colors" mix I got one year was cool), but I've been equally pleased to get mixes that were just "here's all the songs I just happen to dig right now."
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:11 PM on January 23, 2013


I have already mixed mine, although I still need to tweak a bit of clipping out and normalize the volume. (And finish the art.) It is very mixed genre and has no obvious thematic hook, but the flow feels very natural (at least to me).

This is my first mix swap, but speaking for myself, I hope that the CDs I receive consist of whatever music the Mixer really wants to share, for whatever reason they feel like sharing it.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:26 PM on January 23, 2013


Do people prefer wholesome mix CDs - as in all the songs are from the same genre? My tastes are all over the map and it is likely my CD is going to be really random as well...

I think it's more fun to try to juggle a lot of different types of songs in one mix. There's a risk that it will end up sounding like you just put your iPod on shuffle or whatever, but as long as you put some thought into the ordering you can plan it out so that tracks next to each other in the mix go well together. Usually I start with a longer list of songs than I'm going to be able to fit on the mix, and cull it down to the best ones, that makes it easier to just throw out a song that doesn't fit.
posted by burnmp3s at 1:35 PM on January 23, 2013


Yeah - that's exactly the process I followed, too.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:00 PM on January 23, 2013


Sign-ups close today, by the end of the (my) day.

If you've been in this thread and expressed interest in participating, but have not actually received an email from me saying "You're signed up to swap!" then you are not signed up to swap. As of this minute I am caught up in replying to sign-up inquiries. (If you are confused at this point, please read the entirety of the post above for instructions on how to sign up.)

Keep an eye out for your swapset assignment, coming to your email inbox soon!
posted by carsonb at 10:05 AM on January 27, 2013


Thanks for all your hard work on this carsonb!
posted by iamkimiam at 1:47 PM on January 27, 2013


I just joined MetaFilter for the express purpose of participating in this swap. I can't wait to hear what I get!
posted by mr. manager at 4:19 PM on January 27, 2013 [4 favorites]


Signed up, so excited to hear what everyone else has mixed, so hopeful that my swap partners enjoy both sad bastard music and Minnesota hip hop.
posted by divined by radio at 8:35 AM on January 28, 2013


swap partners enjoy both sad bastard music

Ah, bastard pop finally moves into the realm of goths.
posted by jaduncan at 10:42 AM on January 28, 2013


If there's anyone who missed the sign-up deadline, I have one slot open.
posted by carsonb at 2:37 PM on January 29, 2013


No slots open! Swapset assignments soon!
posted by carsonb at 6:07 PM on January 30, 2013


Ha ha, suckers!
posted by maryr at 8:22 PM on January 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Cordwood on the Potomac

Tracklist:
1) Jandek Track 1
2) Jandek Track 2
3) Jandek Track 3
4) Jandek Track 4
5) Jandek Track 5
6) Jandek Track 6
7) Jandek Track 7
8) Jandek Track 8
9) Jandek Track 9
10) Jandek Track 10
11) Jandek Track 11
12) Jandek Track 12
13) Jandek Track 13
14) Jandek Track 14
15) Jandek Track 15
16) Jandek Track 16
17) Jandek Track 17
18) Jandek Track 18

Am I doing it wrong?
posted by OmieWise at 6:05 AM on January 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


At this point, I've rearranged my tracklist more times than a nervous highschooler changes his shirt before the big date. Can't wait to get my swap assignment!
posted by catch as catch can at 6:31 AM on January 31, 2013


Would it be a terrible breach to mail out two-disc sets if my framing device lends itself to the double-album motif?
posted by chazlarson at 8:42 AM on January 31, 2013


Yeah, never mind that. I'd recollected the guidelines as being more specific. First-time swapper.
posted by chazlarson at 10:18 AM on January 31, 2013


Just to be clear, nobody's missed anything so far. I'm just being slow in the face of the rest of life being fast. Life assures me it will slow down enough for me to finish swapset assignments this evening. Sorry for the delay!
posted by carsonb at 10:37 AM on January 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


I hope everyone can tolerate the fact that I don't know what the hell I'm doing (normalize sound volumes? clipping? what?) and am just going to burn a bunch of CD tracks to a CD. Probably low sound quality too. If you can't tolerate the sound quality, you can always microwave it.*

*Do not actually microwave it.
posted by wintersweet at 9:19 PM on January 31, 2013


Swapsets are Odd Instruments, from the Odd Music Gallery, and chosen for the euphoniousness of their names (not necessarily their sounds). But if you want to hear them, most of the links below feature audio and/or video of the oddities in action.

The Amazing Pencilinas
The Aquaggaswacks
The Bazantars
The Bikelophones
The Clackamores
The Cymbaloms
The Daxophones
The Elementos
The Fiddle-dee-doos
The Flubas
The Hank Drums
The Harpouditars
The Huacas
The Kaisatsukos
The Koralimbas
The Lumberhorns
The Moodswingers
The Nondos
The Octavators
The Rumitones
The Surba-Halfs
The Tamburitzas
The Trongos
The Trylons
The Uberorgans


Yay! Yah! Bloop beep POW zonk! Go forth and swap!
posted by carsonb at 11:15 PM on January 31, 2013 [5 favorites]


I just got my assignment and am at once chuffed and suddenly intimidated by this whole business.

Then I listened to the instrument my swapset is named after and it reminded me that everything is going to be fine.

Thank you for all your work on this, carsonb! Now off to make a playlist.
posted by gauche at 6:01 AM on February 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Swapsets are Odd Instruments, from the Odd Music Gallery, and chosen for the euphoniousness of their names

I'm in The Moodswingers. Not too sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
posted by FirstMateKate at 6:48 AM on February 1, 2013


BTW, would people who know more about sound engineering than me give me a recommendation - if I am burning a CD in iTunes, should I use "VolumeCheck" or whatever it is called, or no? I can never tell if it's working or not - it seems like using it makes songs that start quietly and get loud inaudible at first, but not using it results in me changing the volume all the time?
posted by maryr at 8:01 AM on February 1, 2013


I'm in the Moodswingers, too! Perfectly apt, for me. I love that it looks like a keytar from Star Trek, or something.
posted by emcat8 at 10:41 AM on February 1, 2013


should I use "VolumeCheck" or whatever it is called, or no? I can never tell if it's working or not - it seems like using it makes songs that start quietly and get loud inaudible at first, but not using it results in me changing the volume all the time?

Yeah Sound Check will automatically apply volume normalization to your tracks, which means it will either increase or decrease the volume ("gain" in audio terms) of each track on your list so that they are all at the save volume level. Basically it's like iTunes is either turning the volume knob down or up by a certain amount between songs (but never during songs) to try to keep everything at a consistent volume level. It's not perfect as you say but it's probably better than nothing if you have tracks from a lot of different sources with different levels of loudness. Personally I use a program that gives you more detailed control over the loudness adjustments for each track but normal volume normalization is probably good enough.
posted by burnmp3s at 11:12 AM on February 1, 2013


I am very slightly worried that nobody has emailed me with any problems yet. It simply cannot be that an extra once-over before hitting 'send' caught everything!? Still holding my breath.
posted by carsonb at 5:57 PM on February 1, 2013


Watch out, The Bantazars! I think I've got my mix basically figured out, and it's a doozy. Hope you like free-jazz Merle Haggard covers -- but I've said too much already.
posted by .kobayashi. at 6:05 PM on February 1, 2013


carsonb, you put on a slick production here. Don't worry until you need to! We're all busy shuffling tracks and listening for perfect (or jarring, depending on your mix-making habitus) transitions.

(This is so fun already. Elementos, a small package of strange will be on its way shortly!)
posted by iamkimiam at 11:30 PM on February 1, 2013


Go Harpouditars!
posted by Gronk at 7:26 AM on February 2, 2013


AAAAAAAand the second Bantazars' mix is at least selected - now is just the burning and then the making-of-a-fancy-cover.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:41 PM on February 2, 2013


I've got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell in my mix.
posted by jaduncan at 10:57 PM on February 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sent!
posted by Going To Maine at 8:41 AM on February 4, 2013


Sent this morning, oh Amazing Pencilinas.
posted by zamboni at 6:15 AM on February 5, 2013


I should add a "Go Fiddle-dee-doos!" to my previous "Sent!" in orderly to properly advocate for the swap team from my area.
posted by Going To Maine at 6:53 AM on February 5, 2013


Just got back from the post office. Cymbaloms, your mixes are winging their ways toward your respective abodes! Royal Mail says 7-10 days.
posted by catch as catch can at 7:57 AM on February 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Going to Maine's CD showed up yesterday. Now I feel the pressure...
posted by garlic at 7:17 AM on February 7, 2013


WELP NOT SURE THAT MUSICAL AVENGERS THING IS HAPPENING ANYMORE, SINCE DECENT RECORDINGS OF THOSE SHAWARMA-EATING MOTHERFUCKERS SINGING ARE HARDER TO COME BY THAN PREVIOUSLY BELIEVED.

Possible new theme: Songs What Remind Me of Some TV Shows I Done Watched in the '90s. Plus Muppets (because who the fuck doesn't like Muppets)
posted by tzikeh at 10:16 PM on February 9, 2013


Hey, Carson, what do we have, participant-wise this time around? About 150?
posted by tzikeh at 10:25 PM on February 9, 2013


tzikeh, a couple swaps ago my mix was inspired by how happy the soundtrack to The Muppets made me.
posted by maryr at 1:00 PM on February 10, 2013


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