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MeFiSwap 2013-2 - THE SWAP BATTLE
August 5, 2013 1:36 PM   Subscribe

SWAP BATTLE!
Remember physical media? Remember how you can put music on it? Remember snail mail? Remember how you can sent physical media via snail mail?
No?
Well, let me remind you how it's done with the second round of the bi-annual MeFiSwap!

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 (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. It costs a little bit of money. It takes some of your time. 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
  • Sign-ups close hard and fast in about 2 weeks, on Sunday, August 18th. Please sign up by then (see below). Swapset assignments will go out shortly thereafter.
  • The mailing deadline is about 3 weeks after that, let's say Monday, September 9th.
FAQ

I am very happy with how much smaller this block of text is. I should rewrite more often. (Not taking my own advice this time, a huge percentage of what we're seeing today is cut'n'paste. I'm a slacker.) For lots of frequently asked questions and their oft-given answers, please see previous sign-up threads. You can get to them through my profile page.

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 2013-2' or 'Swap Battle 2013-2' somewhere in the subject line so I don't just spam-folder you like 99% of the rest of the email I get.
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 an incredible participation rate, to my knowledge. If you and I and maybe the other person involved can talk about it, suss things out, 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.

MIC DROP
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter-Related at 1:36 PM (181 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite

I want to sign up for this... but I haven't even finished listening to all the CDs from the LAST time! Shouldn't have signed up for two swap sets...
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:40 PM on August 5, 2013


OH also here's a story for you all: last year I mentioned to a guy I was seeing that I sometimes swapped mix CDs with people from the internet. His response? "Wow, I bet you hear a lot of bad music that way."

I'm not gonna say that's the reason we broke up, but it so perfectly encapsulated the irreconcilable differences between us that I still remember it.
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:42 PM on August 5, 2013 [25 favorites]


Yay!! My first swap! I'm gonna give it to you guys. And by "it", I mean music.
posted by tkappleton at 1:43 PM on August 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


I can't even think about getting started until next week, but I'm in. This is has become my must-do bi-yearly project, even if most of the time I have no idea how my mixes are being received. I'm never distributing to the same group twice, so I guess it doesn't matter!

ANYWAYS

BRING ON THE TUVAN THROAT SINGING Y'ALL
posted by koucha at 1:44 PM on August 5, 2013


I'm in! Can't wait!
posted by mac56 at 2:01 PM on August 5, 2013


I'm in!
posted by iamkimiam at 2:16 PM on August 5, 2013


Oh, don't you usually have us specify something like whether we're doing US only, Non-US, or World swap? Are you not bothering with that this time around? (No worries either way, I'm just curious)
posted by iamkimiam at 2:17 PM on August 5, 2013


Please include any special requests regarding one's limits or excesses to participation in your sign-up email. I can't make any guarantees about them, but I will make every effort to honor requests made.
posted by carsonb at 2:30 PM on August 5, 2013


Is it necessary to have a "theme" for these discs? Newbie question.
posted by mac56 at 3:00 PM on August 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


My "21-Song Salute To Power Pop" has been champing at the bit for this.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 3:10 PM on August 5, 2013 [6 favorites]


I not only made my mix months ago, I also made up the album covers already. Yeah, I'm in.

No need for theme, mac56 - I've gotten plenty of "this is just the cool stuff I'm listening to now" mixes.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:54 PM on August 5, 2013


I was just thinking about swap time a few days ago and wondering when it was coming up next. Here we are! In as usual!
posted by mykescipark at 4:22 PM on August 5, 2013


YES! MeFiSwap is the best!

mac56, you don't need a theme. Themes are awesome, but entirely optional.
posted by topoisomerase at 4:23 PM on August 5, 2013


My "21-Song Salute To Power Pop" has been champing at the bit for this.

KARLOS THE JACKAL, YOU COME SIT RIGHT BY ME.
posted by scody at 4:53 PM on August 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


Damn how do I forget to request this every time?

Please include your country in your mailing address.
If you have already sent it, no need to send again.
Thanks.
posted by carsonb at 5:29 PM on August 5, 2013


Just a reminder, since I'm seeing some favorites and comments here without the accompanying emails:

Please follow the instructions to sign up.

I'm caught up on email confirmations at the moment, so if you're thinking you're swapping but don't have an email from me that says "You're signed up to swap!" then you're not signed up to swap.
posted by carsonb at 5:55 PM on August 5, 2013


Yesssss. Just sent off my email and am looking forward to my confirmation.
posted by immlass at 6:14 PM on August 5, 2013


Yay yay in in!

Oh but I can't email yet because I am switching addresses between now and September 9th. But when I have a new place (before the deadline), I will email it out! I am excite!
posted by likeatoaster at 6:15 PM on August 5, 2013


Scody, if we don't end up in the same group let's swap anyway!
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 6:21 PM on August 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yes! That's a deal! woooooooooo power pop
posted by scody at 6:25 PM on August 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


My "21-Song Salute To Power Pop" has been champing at the bit for this.

It's just the Utopia 'suits' album, isn't it?
posted by mintcake! at 6:30 PM on August 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


Damn how do I forget to request this every time?

Please include your country in your mailing address.


And can I request that people include their real names? I'm always afraid that it would cause a problem with customs if I tried to mail something overseas addressed to "Pig Slop Makes Me Tingly" or whatever.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:32 PM on August 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


It's just the Utopia 'suits' album, isn't it?

Oh, such a great album. I had "Hammer in My Heart" on the mix for a while but it just wasn't sitting right. Something about the New Wave-ish drums, maybe.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 6:39 PM on August 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


And can I request that people include their real names?

Handy, but not strictly necessary. My sister is named Pig Slop Makes Me Tingly and she's never had any issue with the USPS.
posted by carsonb at 6:47 PM on August 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


Do you have to be cool to participate? I would love to trade music but I fear being judged for my pedestrian tastes.
posted by not that girl at 6:53 PM on August 5, 2013 [13 favorites]


I want to sign up for this... but I haven't even finished listening to all the CDs from the LAST time! Shouldn't have signed up for two swap sets...

I have this problem too. But BOOM. I am in.
posted by Going To Maine at 7:13 PM on August 5, 2013


Coolness is in the eye of the fedora'd beholder. Trade away.
posted by Paragon at 7:14 PM on August 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


EmpressCallipygos: "Pig Slop Makes Me Tingly" "

cool, already got my theme
posted by mannequito at 7:25 PM on August 5, 2013


Mine is just going to be 80minutes of random 45 seconds clips of Welcome to Night Vale.
posted by FirstMateKate at 9:36 PM on August 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


Oh yay! I was just wondering if this was gonna happen this summer. Very exciting! In!
posted by gemmy at 10:10 PM on August 5, 2013


I still owe on the last round so I'm out - but swap mates, please don't think I've forgotten you. I remember. I am just awful.
posted by maryr at 10:13 PM on August 5, 2013


Awesome! In again. Now I can work out all my Pacific Rim FEEEEEEELS in musical form.

karlos the jackal, you used champing correctly...I...I think I love you. (Also I hope I am in your group 'cause that sounds like a righteous mix.)
posted by emcat8 at 11:17 PM on August 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Signed up! The MeFiSwap is one of the highlights of my year, seriously.
posted by daisyk at 11:57 PM on August 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I have never done this before but after making lots of music recommendations on AskMe, I am sure I can put together something ... whether anyone but me thinks it's awesome will be entirely up to personal opinion, but it will be awesome. This will be fun!
posted by Athanassiel at 1:25 AM on August 6, 2013


Man, ya'll, it takes you more than 15 minutes to put a playlist together? I feel like the Randy fuckin' Newman of MeFi Swap. Hope you all like popular 90s techno.
posted by Nomyte at 1:28 AM on August 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


With each swap that goes past the notion of using a CD becomes more quaint. I am considering including a version of my mix on pianola roll - or as plainsong in an illuminated manuscript. Perhaps I shall send out minstrels.

But - I am in.
posted by rongorongo at 3:42 AM on August 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm doing a rock en espanol mix. Enjoy.
posted by pxe2000 at 5:09 AM on August 6, 2013


Email sent, now onward to the mixing.
posted by ghharr at 6:42 AM on August 6, 2013


I think I'll do another mix that will get the NSA's attention.
posted by charred husk at 6:50 AM on August 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Do you have to be cool to participate? I would love to trade music but I fear being judged for my pedestrian tastes.

Pedestrians are delicious!

No way I'll have time to do this right this time (I'm drowning in all the good/bad/ridiculous that comes with a five week-old kiddo), but seriously - if anyone wants a CD-length Utopia playlist just send me a MeMail. They are so awesome I can't even stand it.
posted by mintcake! at 6:53 AM on August 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm in and sending you an email. I got such awesome music last time. Thanks for running this, carsonb.
posted by gauche at 6:54 AM on August 6, 2013


I'm so excited to finally have an excuse to use my imitation vinyl CD-Rs again!
posted by Paper rabies at 7:05 AM on August 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Hope you all like popular 90s techno.

Dude, I _so_ want this mix for the nostalgia.

*wanders off to listen to Orbital's good albums, which fall squarely in this range*
posted by bfranklin at 7:21 AM on August 6, 2013


'In Sides' rules.
posted by mintcake! at 8:08 AM on August 6, 2013


I am in and sent an email. First time!
posted by ssri at 8:50 AM on August 6, 2013


Every time I swap, I tell myself "I won't be late this time!" and every time I am late anyway.

But this time... I have already begun the mix! I won't be late this time! (Hopefully.)
posted by snorkmaiden at 9:44 AM on August 6, 2013


I'm in! I hope you guys like Celtic music. ;)
posted by LN at 9:50 AM on August 6, 2013


You guys like Kanye West right?
posted by Ad hominem at 10:08 AM on August 6, 2013 [4 favorites]


Newbie question, do I need to make 5 different mixes so each person will receive a different mix, or will each person receive the same mix?

also, second question, are you ready for my super-shameful mix of terrible pop songs I secretly enjoy?
posted by inertia at 10:40 AM on August 6, 2013


Newbie question, do I need to make 5 different mixes so each person will receive a different mix, or will each person receive the same mix?

Each gets the same mix.

also, second question, are you ready for my super-shameful mix of terrible pop songs I secretly enjoy?

_YES_.
posted by bfranklin at 10:44 AM on August 6, 2013


Thinking of signing up, but I have a serious question; am I allowed to make actual tapes? Is that completely outside of the rules? I love making tapes, and am happy to receive them as well. Is that a possibility?
posted by Bohemia Mountain at 10:47 AM on August 6, 2013


I would be miffed if I received a cassette tape since I haven't owned anything on which a cassette tape could be played in ... I don't know, a decade? Maybe longer?
posted by komara at 10:49 AM on August 6, 2013


Bohemia Mountain, komara brings up the big logistical sticking point with cassettes.* I have the original radio for my truck sitting in a box way up in the top of my closet that plays cassettes.... when it's plugged into a vehicle, and that's it. No other devices can do the magnetic tape anymore. The other thing is that there's usually only one person who brings it up (and then maaaaaaybe one person cheering them on) and that's not enough to do a separate swapset.

I don't mean to discourage tape swapping, please feel free to make arrangements as you see fit, but I don't have the resources or inclination to facilitate it so you're on your own.
posted by carsonb at 10:56 AM on August 6, 2013


* We're getting to this point with CDs too, I realize.
posted by carsonb at 10:56 AM on August 6, 2013


(I'm behind on email, haven't even looked at it yet today, but I'll start sending out confirmations in a coupla hours.)
posted by carsonb at 10:58 AM on August 6, 2013


Signed up and happy to swap again. Watch out for my Dystopian Swing mix!
posted by expialidocious at 11:18 AM on August 6, 2013



Hmm. I recently visited my sister who live in my old house and brought home a whole bunch of records from my teen years that were gathering dust in a closet. That set me off on a 80's and some 90s nostalgia kick. It's all I currently have on this computer as I haven't got around to porting over my collection from my old comp.

So. I hope swappers will be happy with a 'Jalliah's Teen Years' mix. I'm to old now to be embarrassed.
Well maybe I'm a little embarrassed.
posted by Jalliah at 11:36 AM on August 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


... it would cause a problem with customs if I tried to mail something overseas addressed to "Pig Slop Makes Me Tingly" or whatever.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:32 PM on August 5 [1 favorite +] [!]


Is "Pig Slop Makes Me Tingly" an anagram for your username? Or was that just off the cuff? Never mind, carry on.
posted by wenestvedt at 12:19 PM on August 6, 2013


The real off-the-cuff ones were more blatantly obscene. I basically did what Douglas Afams did when he was naming Slartibartfast.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:27 PM on August 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


I kind of want to confirm I have the ability (mostly mental, somewhat technological) to make these CDs before I sign up to do so...
posted by RainyJay at 12:45 PM on August 6, 2013


* We're getting to this point with CDs too, I realize.

Thumbdrive Swap.
posted by Going To Maine at 1:16 PM on August 6, 2013 [3 favorites]


koucha: BRING ON THE TUVAN THROAT SINGING Y'ALL

DONE! (Don't worry, it's cool)
posted by filthy light thief at 2:18 PM on August 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Thumbdrive Swap.

That's a fun idea, except thumbdrives are significantly more expensive than CDrs, and I don't trust cheap thumbdrives too much. A 5-pack of 1GB thumbdrives are between $15 and $20 USD on eBay, and that's even with free shipping.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:46 PM on August 6, 2013


oh shoot. its on like a... like a.... like a damn thing that can be turned from off to on. ~BOOM~
posted by chasles at 3:03 PM on August 6, 2013


Oh, this sounds fantastic.
posted by jenlovesponies at 3:41 PM on August 6, 2013


Nobody but nobody puts together ninety minutes of dogs barking to Ethel Merman like me! I'm in!
posted by GatorDavid at 4:25 PM on August 6, 2013


Ooh ooh I wanna do one!

I've been slowly digitizing my older mixtapes from friends, and it's amazing how much of my taste now comes from those accidental collisions and convolutions of stuff that appealed to people I think are neat.
posted by sonascope at 4:34 PM on August 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


BRING ON THE TUVAN THROAT SINGING Y'ALL

Too soon.
posted by mahershalal at 4:47 PM on August 6, 2013


[Throws hats into ring.] Y'all screwed now. My taste is awful.

And by awful I mean alternating between melancholia, smarty-pants and metal-noise.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 5:36 PM on August 6, 2013


Please put me in the same group as sonascope. That is all.
posted by pxe2000 at 6:12 PM on August 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


What if I skip the CD part and send a drowsy Axl Rose to each member's house to sing 70 minutes of a capella hair metal? He's probably bored right now anyways.
posted by Turkey Glue at 6:41 PM on August 6, 2013


I'd join, but I already put all 20 songs I enjoy on my last mix.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 6:46 PM on August 6, 2013


Just to alleviate any concerns; Tuesdays are my shit day at work and I haven't had much time to catch up. I've answered lots of emails today but the number I still have to answer is what it was when I woke up this morning. Sorry I haven't been as instantaneous today as I've been in the past.

Your patience is appreciated.
posted by carsonb at 7:00 PM on August 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yay! I participated in the last go-round (or perhaps it was the one before...) and it was fun! I'm in.
posted by aka burlap at 8:50 PM on August 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh, you guys! I just found an absolute treasure trove of those one-off vanity records that you could make just by walking into a recording studio back in the 50's. They're still covered in bits of fiberglass & wood shavings from the rat's nests, and some small amount of dust, and they're a bit warped from being so near the chimney all those years, but I'm just sure you're going to love them!
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:26 PM on August 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Well that rounds out my swapset!
posted by carsonb at 9:49 PM on August 6, 2013


I've got some ideas for my mix...
posted by amapolaroja at 10:02 PM on August 6, 2013


That's a fun idea, except thumbdrives are significantly more expensive than CDrs, and I don't trust cheap thumbdrives too much. A 5-pack of 1GB thumbdrives are between $15 and $20 USD on eBay, and that's even with free shipping.

Also, thumb drives from unknown sources can compromise your computer's security. Don't accept thumb drives from strangers, you don't know where their computers have been!

I actually think that CDs are the most appropriate medium for this. The alternative is uploading files to one of those big online file hosts or a site like 8 Tracks. That can run into file format issues, uploads can get taken down, and some of us may be sharing stuff whose creators may not want it publicly exhibited online.
posted by Nomyte at 10:38 PM on August 6, 2013


can we do tapes? i don't have a tape player, but my drummer is issuing our first demo on a tape 'cause apparantly all the cool bands are doing it
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 10:49 PM on August 6, 2013


Oh, you guys! I just found an absolute treasure trove of those one-off vanity records that you could make just by walking into a recording studio back in the 50's. They're still covered in bits of fiberglass & wood shavings from the rat's nests, and some small amount of dust, and they're a bit warped from being so near the chimney all those years, but I'm just sure you're going to love them!

That sounds amazing! After the swap I hope you share with all of us.
posted by naju at 12:28 AM on August 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'd like to do this, but I honestly can't remember if I did this before or if I accidentally dropped out once or what.

So, um, if I didn't fail y'all once, I would like to do this. Yes.
posted by Katemonkey at 4:05 AM on August 7, 2013


I will never take the "Songs to Eat Spaghetti By" swapmix CD of western movie theme music from my car.

Never.

I can't even remember who sent it. But it's provided me tons of entertainment on road trips.
posted by DigDoug at 5:49 AM on August 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Guilty pleasures" would be a great theme if you have the spine to confess to them (I don't know if I would have...)
posted by Harald74 at 5:57 AM on August 7, 2013


Based on yesterday's Mumford thread, I suspect I am nowhere near cool enough to sign up for this.
posted by jferg at 6:28 AM on August 7, 2013


Based on yesterday's Mumford thread, I am just cool enough to sign up for this and send my All Mumford All The Time mix!
posted by Secretariat at 8:03 AM on August 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


So very in. I'm contemplating a mix of the most shameful songs I secretly love but I'm probably not cruel enough to actually mail those out to unsuspecting Mefites.
posted by Go Banana at 8:11 AM on August 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Count me in, please.
posted by phubbard at 8:39 AM on August 7, 2013


Just realized that after I traded in my Macbook Pro for an Air a couple weeks ago that I no longer even own a CD player. If there's ever been a reason to pick up a $10 CD player this certainly seems like it. Hopefully there's a CD burner somewhere in my office (of course we're all outfitted with Airs too).
posted by General Malaise at 8:54 AM on August 7, 2013


Go Banana, do it!

Mine is just Werewolf Bar Mitzvah on repeat. You're welcome, metafilter.
posted by inertia at 11:47 AM on August 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


also, second question, are you ready for my super-shameful mix of terrible pop songs I secretly enjoy?

inertia, I'd love to receive that. I unabashedly love P!nk, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga. Though I did wonder if people had already heard the best music from them and so I'm trying to send less well known stuff, like Hilary Duff from the Lizzie McGuire film. Yeah, I'm classy like that.
posted by Margalo Epps at 2:38 PM on August 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


OK! As of this timestamp I am caught up on email. That means if you think you've signed up for this swap but haven't received an email reply from me saying "You're signed up to swap!" then you are not in fact signed up to swap. Please try again.
posted by carsonb at 3:44 PM on August 7, 2013


What the heck, I'm in.
posted by The Card Cheat at 8:58 PM on August 7, 2013


Now I'm paranoid. No email before, emailed you again, still nothing. I have this mix CD half-planned and no one to inflict it on? Too cruel!
posted by Athanassiel at 9:56 PM on August 7, 2013


Of course, you probably have a life! See how small mine has now become?
posted by Athanassiel at 9:57 PM on August 7, 2013


I am in.

First time making a mixtape. Any tips? What have you liked/not liked from previous swaps?

I have enough music I'd like to share, everything from the Latin American folk music from when I was a kid to the Rock en Español from high school to all the weird stuff that I have been listening to since the mp3 became a thing. How does one turn this blob of music into a coherent thing?
posted by Doroteo Arango II at 11:58 PM on August 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


YES!

This legitimises my behaviour in so many ways.

1. I have been spending too much time reading the grey while waiting for the Mefiswap announcement, and here it is so VINDICATION!

2. I have just set about upgrading my stereo system, replacing my amplifier (bought around 1985) with one almost three times as powerful, looking for a CD player which can play CDs (which my current one doesn't seem to like doing any more) and fixing my speakers so that the new amp can be used.

3. Listening to loads of new music and loads of music from 1990, for SCIENCE! Mefiswap!

So to celebrate here is Atom™ Insulting the DJ, which is unlikely to make it onto the mix.
posted by asok at 4:00 AM on August 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm in; I got my Yeezy/Amanda Palmer mix ready to go!

Actually, my theme idea will probably have a song from both.
posted by Fig at 5:30 AM on August 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Fig: my mix CD is titled after a Dresden Dolls lyric, but does not contain any Dresden Dolls.

...this seemed important to share.
posted by RainyJay at 6:56 AM on August 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


I just signed up. Banjos ahoy!

Mwahahahaha
posted by 1066 at 1:57 PM on August 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Is there a preferred format? MP3, WAV, OGG, FLAC?
posted by zinon at 2:33 PM on August 8, 2013


I'm in! And we're saving the post office!
posted by mmmbacon at 5:27 PM on August 8, 2013


Is there a preferred format? MP3, WAV, OGG, FLAC?

The format, as I understand it, is "must be playable on any old CD player, just like mix CDs of yore."

(I'm willing to be corrected by carsonb.)
posted by mykescipark at 9:13 PM on August 8, 2013


Yep, you've gotta be able to put it in any CD player and have it work.

Also, I'm caught up on email again (after a day of rest) so if you think you're 'in' but haven't received an email from me that says "You're signed up to swap!" then you're not 'in' and you haven't been signed up to swap.
posted by carsonb at 8:32 AM on August 9, 2013


I'm in. MOAR BANJOS!
posted by sculpin at 5:30 PM on August 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was thinking I wouldn't do this but then I unearthed a stack of cassettes from high school including mix tapes from my friends and my high school girlfriend, my old Weird Al In 3D tape, some Dr. Demento dubs, and various teenage cortex songwriter demo tapes, and my wife borrowed a cassette deck from her mom so I could pull all this onto my computer through the sound card, and, well, basically I apologize in advance to my swapset but this shit just got real.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:56 PM on August 9, 2013 [8 favorites]


I will pay cash money for that mix if you are not in my swapset, cortex. CASH. MONEY.
posted by scody at 7:12 PM on August 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Make Em Say UHH, UHH, Cortex-Na-Na, Cortex-Na-Na
posted by mannequito at 7:36 PM on August 9, 2013


AURHG! I thought I was done with physical media!

DAMN YOU CARSONB!

*shakes fist, signs up anyway*
posted by aubilenon at 12:30 AM on August 10, 2013


I hardly contribute anything else to MeFi, but damn do I love these swaps.
posted by pianoblack at 10:49 AM on August 10, 2013


Please remember, friends, MeMail is not a valid sign-up communications vector.
posted by carsonb at 11:41 AM on August 10, 2013


I've made mine and I can't wait to find out who gets 'em! (I'm usually not this on the ball, but I'm moving house and very excited to get rid of these disks, jewel cases and bubble packs!)
posted by iamkimiam at 11:43 AM on August 10, 2013


I'd love to sign up, but I'd need to buy a CD burner first! The last two laptops I've bought don't have any built-in optical drives.

*hides in a corner*
posted by Carmine Red at 6:00 AM on August 12, 2013


I've made my mixes. And also a possible different mix.

I had to buy CDs for this and the blank ones are just sitting there, asking for me to make different playlists in iTunes.

Also, iTunes gets super-judgmental after the sixth CD you burn.
posted by RainyJay at 8:06 AM on August 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


"What do you think you are, some sort of music pirate? Why don't you just post this shit online, like the rest of you thieving jerks? Fire up your Napster or your Hotline and have a field day, why don't you?"

(I am now envisioning an Easter egg in iTunes that features a snobby aqua apple with a beret or something silly that says such things. It'd be an aqua apple because the programmers added the feature a decade ago when they first wrote iTunes and hadn't revisited it since.)
posted by filthy light thief at 9:28 AM on August 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Alright, I'm in. I do soundtracks to novels, and this time around I'm thinking of doing Dorothy Hughes's The Expendable Man, which lets me dig into some mid-60's Phoenix R&B, latin soul, gospel jazz etc. I'm feeling all irrationally optimistic about this one.
posted by .kobayashi. at 5:20 PM on August 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


I've got my mix burnt but I am, of course, having last-minute second thoughts about how maybe I should switch out one of the songs for another one by the same band. I probably won't, since they're already burnt and all, but MAN it's eating at me.

I guess instead I'll just talk about it in my accompanying essay, which I'm about two-and-a-half pages into right now.

We are all writing essays, right?
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 5:39 PM on August 12, 2013 [5 favorites]


What I find weird about these swaps, now that I've been doing them for a few years, is how quickly the mixes come together now. It's like this shapes my whole listening experience during the non-swap months. I'm thinking about tracks & how they could come together for a MeFi disc. I think it takes me longer to figure out the artwork now than it does to determine the general contours of the playlist.

In any case, I've got the thing put together now. I'm burning & printing, and am going to live with the thing for a few days during my commute. If I'm not tired of it by the end of the week, then it'll be good to go as soon as the groups are together. I'm cautiously optimistic that this will be a good one.
posted by .kobayashi. at 6:18 AM on August 13, 2013


Ugh. All this talk of essays, and I'm suffering from "you can't get there from here" even trying to get all the stuff I want to put in to flow together in some logical way.
posted by jferg at 2:13 PM on August 13, 2013


dammit this always happens i have a mix in mind and ready to go and then I get another idea right before the emails start going out and now i have to decide
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 2:30 PM on August 13, 2013


Okay, my other idea wouldn't have filled a single CD, all is well.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 2:53 PM on August 13, 2013


I'm fairly certain Weird Al's "Alternative Polka" is going to make it onto my actual mix of weird highschool-era cassette contents, but I was tempted for a moment to make a mix cd that was just all the songs featured in that medley, in order, preceded by the polka as a sort of overture for the whole thing, just as a kind of weird no-effort stunt.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:01 PM on August 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


Anyone who wants 'out' of cortex' swapset at this point can just speak up here.
posted by carsonb at 5:57 PM on August 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Carsonb, you may end up having more people who ask to be IN Cortex's swapset.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:34 PM on August 13, 2013


You're probably joking, but as his spouse, I'd prefer to not be in cortex' swapset. I already have more than enough opportunity to listen to amazing stuff like this!
posted by Secretariat at 9:41 AM on August 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Heh.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:58 AM on August 14, 2013


This is hilarious.
posted by iamkimiam at 5:24 AM on August 15, 2013


Just checking in real quick to apologize to the ten or so folks who've been waiting for email replies the past few days. My phone tells me your messages are there, but my life says 'wait until the drugs wear off.'
posted by carsonb at 5:03 PM on August 15, 2013


I am going to make a weird mix of European indie, US pop, American Idol tracks, YouTube artists, opera, and Linkin Park piano covers.

So, basically, what I secretly listen to on a daily basis.

Apologies in advance to my swapset. :D
posted by Xany at 6:06 PM on August 15, 2013


One day left! If you were intending to sign up for this swap but haven't yet, NOW IS THE TIME.

As of right now there are roughly 135 swappers split up into 23 swapsets. A few people indicated they'd be willing to swap in two sets, if anyone else who is already signed up would like to do that go ahead and let me know.

There's a Canada-only swapset and one USA-only swapset, both by request. If either of those appeals to you especially, feel free to let me know.

The swapsets are mostly divvied up already, but there's the usual and inevitable post-sign-ups re-jiggering to be done so I expect assignments will go out at the very latest Thursday next week. I'm hoping for much sooner than that, but leaving myself some breathing room.

In case you were wondering, swapsets are filled as sign-ups are received, so it's semi- or mostly-random. The exceptions to that being all the Special Snowflake Requests.

How is your mix coming along?
posted by carsonb at 4:48 PM on August 17, 2013


Mine's all electronic music released in 2013 except not Daft Punk or Boards of Canada (I love them too, but y'all have heard them plenty already). Anyone who doesn't like music without guitars and people singing should probably special-snowflake-request not being in my swapset. I was having a hard time getting it down to < 74 minutes, but then I found out that Shapeshifter Blues already had been on a 2012 EP prior to this year's album.

So now I'm in the review phase where I listen to it through a few times, and fix up the transitions and stuff. I'm not completely decided on packaging - I have one photo that might work as cover art, but I also have other stupider ideas that of course I like a lot. We'll see.

Except I just bought a bunch more music today so that could still throw a monkey in the works.
posted by aubilenon at 6:27 PM on August 17, 2013


I was going to do a clever mix with a particular theme and even managed to whittle it down to 18 songs that would fit on a CD (after much angst) but I think I have chucked it in favour of something really fun instead. This has been awesomely cool fun, thank you!
posted by Athanassiel at 5:32 AM on August 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


last time around I didn't get my mixes out until a day after the deadline, the packaging was horrible, there was no real theme (except awesome songs, but they didn't really flow), and they didn't have covers or a track listing.

this time around, I've got my mix ready and waiting, my covers are printed, and my theme is fantastic. I'm really excited!
posted by firei at 5:54 AM on August 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


Wow! I thought I was getting too excited about this. It's my first time and I hope you all are ready to listen to some weird Indian music. I had a really tough time whittling the list down to fit into 1 CD.
posted by ssri at 10:11 PM on August 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yes! Weird Indian music sounds fabulous. :)
posted by daisyk at 10:22 PM on August 18, 2013


OK, sign-ups are officially closed. Sorry future latecomers!

Send me an email anyway if you'd like to be notified when sign-ups open for the next swap.
posted by carsonb at 8:49 PM on August 19, 2013


yacht goth. It's now a thing.
posted by deadbilly at 7:55 PM on August 22, 2013


Del tha Funkee Swapset
The 2Swaps
The Beastie Swaps
The Boogie Down Swapset
The Busta Swaps
The Digable Swapsets
The Dr. Swaps
The Foxy Swaps
The Ghostface Swappers
The Grandmaster Swaps
The Kid 'n Swaps
The Kool G Swaps
The KRS Swaps
The MF Swaps
The Odd Swapset Wolf Gang KTAs
The Puff Swappys
The Schoolly Swaps
The Soulja Boy Swap 'Ems
The Swap N Pepas
The Swap Doggy Dogg
The Swappy By Natures
The Swapset Enemy
The Too $waps
The Wu-Swap Clan
posted by carsonb at 8:31 PM on August 22, 2013 [9 favorites]


When I double-check before hitting send, only the really fucked-up problems remain. Email me if you notice one of those.
posted by carsonb at 8:39 PM on August 22, 2013


Love these swapset names.
posted by iamkimiam at 6:19 AM on August 23, 2013


We have a tight deadline this time! Good thing I have mixes almost ready anyway.
posted by immlass at 6:42 AM on August 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


omg I am in cortex's swapset and suddenly have a huge anxiety that my mix IS NOT WORTHY and I am going to find my account unexpectedly banned
posted by jermsplan at 7:41 AM on August 23, 2013


Heh, the pettiest of vengences, that'd be. "Why, send me free music, will you!"
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:08 AM on August 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Candidate #1 had some pops between tracks. #2 was with different software and had double-length pre-gaps. #3 had better pre-gaps but I swapped the order in a couple places, and pruned the pre-gaps down further. #4 I found out that in two places, I actually did need those extra 2 seconds.

5th try's a charm, right?
posted by aubilenon at 8:42 AM on August 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


I know they were only just the most brilliant purveyors of British psychedelia, urban soul, chart pop, and delightfully dippy rap, but I really wish there was a P.M. Swap set.
posted by mykescipark at 10:01 AM on August 23, 2013


Are other people attempting to use their swapset names as themes somehow?
posted by aka burlap at 10:21 AM on August 23, 2013


God I hope not!
posted by carsonb at 10:22 AM on August 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


jermsplan: "omg I am in cortex's swapset and suddenly have a huge anxiety that my mix IS NOT WORTHY and I am going to find my account unexpectedly banned"

You think you have it bad, I'm in burnmp3's swapset. That guy was born for this shit!
posted by mannequito at 11:56 AM on August 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Are other people attempting to use their swapset names as themes somehow?

I considered/am considering it. :P California Love......
posted by tkappleton at 1:21 PM on August 23, 2013


mannequito, I found out I'm in your swapset, like, an hour after I got back from where you're living now. If I had known a few days earlier I could've just brought it by your house.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 3:03 PM on August 23, 2013


Well, I'm in the Busta Rhymes swapset, and it's very, very safe to say that I will not be adhering to this theme name.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 8:07 PM on August 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Karlos, my CDs are sitting here ready to go, so on the downside you missed out on a complimentary beer and we both could have saved ourselves a bit of postage cash, but on the upside this way you'll get the deliriously stoned collage I intend to make as artwork but have yet to get around to.
posted by mannequito at 8:24 PM on August 23, 2013


Well, I'm in the Busta Rhymes swapset, and it's very, very safe to say that I will not be adhering to this theme name.

As am I, and I'll say I'm relieved. I mean, hey, I like Busta but there's no reason to go overboard. We're not in the Business of Being Busta.

...

hold on, I'm thinking.

...

Being Busta Malkovich
The Unbearable Lightness of Busta
Bustahouse-Five
Eternal Busta of the Spotless Rhymes
O Busta Where Art Thou?
Rosemary's Busta

... dangit, it's just not coming to me. I g-

OH! There it is: A Confederacy of Bustas.

Now I can get to work.
posted by komara at 8:35 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


So, um, I'm thinking of doing something that's a bit more performance artsy than just a normal mix CD. Is there anything wrong with that? It is still a mix CD, just with... special features.
posted by charred husk at 11:55 AM on August 26, 2013


Perform that art, man.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:20 PM on August 26, 2013


charred_husk, that sounds awesome. I hope you'll share with the rest of us later!
posted by firei at 1:02 PM on August 26, 2013


So, um, I'm thinking of doing something that's a bit more performance artsy than just a normal mix CD. Is there anything wrong with that? It is still a mix CD, just with... special features.

My last mix featured a hidden message in the liner notes, a hidden and encrypted track on the CD, and components of the key written in UV invisible ink. I say go for it.
posted by bfranklin at 7:26 PM on August 26, 2013


Oh gosh. My mix is solid, but liner notes and flair? Sorry in advance to my Grandmaster Swaps…I'm in the middle of moving and travelling and various other things. However, I was able to print the the track titles in Comic Sans (just before I packed the printer). What? I ALREADY SAID I WAS SORRY.)
posted by iamkimiam at 12:52 AM on August 27, 2013


Comic Sans? It's not too late to include an eight-page single-spaced, narrow-margined treatise on the deep and meaningful reasons why each song on my mix is there and what it means in the context of the mix, music as a whole, medieval migrations, the implicit nature of fame, and the notion of individuality in a society comprised exclusively of people who use mayo on the outside of their grilled cheese sandwiches instead of butter in your envelope. Also, there could be gratuitous references to Zsa Zsa Gabor.
posted by julen at 1:41 PM on August 27, 2013


...society comprised exclusively of people who use mayo on the outside of their grilled cheese sandwiches...

Wait, does this actually happen? Because, ew. Ew ew ew.
posted by .kobayashi. at 2:06 PM on August 27, 2013


.kobayashi.: "...society comprised exclusively of people who use mayo on the outside of their grilled cheese sandwiches...

Wait, does this actually happen? Because, ew. Ew ew ew.
"

It happens and it is delicious.
posted by julen at 2:32 PM on August 27, 2013


Is the mayo put on before you fry the sandwich or after?
posted by Area Man at 6:50 AM on August 28, 2013


Oh before. Definitely before.
posted by julen at 7:11 AM on August 28, 2013


Huh, my wife likes to put strawberry jam on the top of the sandwich after it is fried, so I thought maybe it was like that.
posted by Area Man at 7:27 AM on August 28, 2013


It happens and it is delicious

Also remarkably good on chicken - mix mayo and grated cheese, cover chicken breasts in it, roast, devour!
posted by titus-g at 2:21 PM on August 29, 2013


It is a very good thing that I have already sent my mix out, because I believe I could put together a Mayonnaise-focused mix that would both appall and astound.

Also, Mrs. Area Man (Area Woman?) is a culinary genius.
posted by julen at 7:49 PM on August 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


Does anybody know if LibreOffice offers a template for CD liner notes? I have been poking around online, and can't seem to find anything.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 10:24 AM on August 30, 2013


My mix is mostly done, except for one of the bands I always like to try to include has a new release coming out on Sept. 3, so I have to wait to see if there's a track off their new album that works better than the one I have from them now.

I'm still debating whether or not to do liner notes.
posted by scody at 10:56 AM on August 30, 2013


Does anybody know if LibreOffice offers a template for CD liner notes? I have been poking around online, and can't seem to find anything.

Hello, fellow Busta Swaps member! I myself went looking for a .pdf, thinking that this is the kind of thing that requires physical dimension and so I'd need that kind of thing, you know? I downloaded CDF120 from that there linked list and dragged it into Photoshop and put stuff inside the borders. I printed it, cut just inside the lines, and it fit like a charm.

I don't know if LibreOffice will handle a .pdf like that but you should be able to find a free solution that will.
posted by komara at 11:03 AM on August 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


For the last swap I used this cd/dvd label maker the unregisterd version puts watermarks on all but the folded paper case templates (i.e. the paper is the case). Fortunately they're probably the best (with some heavy weight photo paper) for sending through the post.
posted by titus-g at 2:22 PM on August 30, 2013


Well, I already have the cover & the theme totally planned, in my head. This is going well!
posted by Devils Rancher at 2:49 PM on August 30, 2013


I'm still debating whether or not to do liner notes.

Dooooooo iiiiiiiiiittt
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 3:21 PM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


woo i'm starting to get swaps already!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:11 PM on September 3, 2013


I'm still debating whether or not to do liner notes.

Only providing the track listing on the cd itself means a listener must stop listening whenever they want to find out what's playing, which is the worst.
posted by aubilenon at 4:51 PM on September 3, 2013


For the last swap I used this cd/dvd label maker the unregisterd version puts watermarks on all but the folded paper case templates (i.e. the paper is the case). Fortunately they're probably the best (with some heavy weight photo paper) for sending through the post.

I wish I had known about this before. Oh well... All the people on my list, you can expect a booklet clumsily put together with Elmer's glue!
posted by ssri at 6:00 PM on September 3, 2013


Already received 3 mixes! So exciting!
posted by Jacob G at 6:44 PM on September 3, 2013


Only providing the track listing on the cd itself means a listener must stop listening whenever they want to find out what's playing,

oh, I agree, I always supply a separate track listing. By liner notes, I mean an additional discussion of each song, or of the mix itself in general.
posted by scody at 7:42 PM on September 3, 2013


dooooooo iiiiiiiiiitt
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 9:31 PM on September 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


scody:
I'm still debating whether or not to do liner notes.
I'm debating whether to smear the CDs with red paint or my own blood.
posted by charred husk at 8:19 AM on September 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


My mixes are out (and should have been received by all of my swap-mates), and I've gotten 3 in return so far! Haven't had a chance to listen yet, but, I'm super excited!
posted by firei at 12:05 PM on September 4, 2013


I am unusually behind on my mix this time, but I just saw The World's End and it suitably inspired the form and content of my mix (which is now 2xCDs).
posted by mykescipark at 7:23 PM on September 4, 2013


I had really good intentions of getting my mix out promptly given that I'm in Australia and my swapset are in the US and Canada but... I didn't, and will be posting them tomorrow instead. So apologies, my fellow Digable Swapsets!
posted by fever-trees at 11:12 PM on September 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


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