I've got a bunch of good mixes just waiting to be made. April 14, 2008 3:42 PM   Subscribe

So it's mid-April already, and I haven't yet heard anything about MefiSwap 2008. So who's in?

The MeFiSwap webpage from last year is no longer up, and I got no response when I MeFiMailed Dreama, so I just don't know what's going on.

I had a good time sending/receiving mixes last year, and it seems like I'm not the only one. So, I'm willing to administer the whole thing - I'll make the swapsets, and send out the emails. I'd also be interested in having a few theme swapsets, if people are interested - 2-disc mixes, covers-only mixes, mixes with track names that spell out embarrassing 4th-grade style acrostic poems, etc. I'm open to suggestions.

If people are interested, we can decide on a timeline in-thread, and get started on making some mixes.

Dreama, if you're there, and I'm stepping on your toes or anything, let me know.
posted by god hates math to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:42 PM (211 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

I'm in. You can use some wikispace for general organizing if you'd like to.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:43 PM on April 14, 2008


I'm in.
posted by OmieWise at 3:58 PM on April 14, 2008


Me too.
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 3:59 PM on April 14, 2008


They should be muxtapes from now on.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 4:00 PM on April 14, 2008


Matt, my inner hoarder needs atoms, not bits.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:17 PM on April 14, 2008


I just prefer tcp/ip over usps
posted by mathowie (staff) at 4:19 PM on April 14, 2008


Sounds really cool (this is the first I've heard of this)

I'm in!
posted by Planet F at 4:31 PM on April 14, 2008


They should be muxtapes from now on.

Having never (until now) heard of muxtapes I simply assumed you were adopting a kiwi accent.
posted by nomis at 4:31 PM on April 14, 2008


USPSIST
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:32 PM on April 14, 2008


If it's actual physical objects, I'm in.
posted by box at 4:32 PM on April 14, 2008


Oh hells yes. I have some bomb diggity music queued up.
And by bomb diggity, I mean stuff you've probably heard and discarded already as lame.
posted by Plutor at 4:33 PM on April 14, 2008


Dreama always seemed like she was barely keeping afloat, so I'm pretty sure she'd be happy to let someone else paddle for a while. She captained the ship very well, you have a large.. uh.. dinghy.. to fill?

Stupid metaphors.
posted by Plutor at 4:35 PM on April 14, 2008


In.

The last one, the 2007-only theme, was a bit -too- limiting. So let's not do that again, or worse a first-half-of-2008-only theme.
posted by anotherpanacea at 4:38 PM on April 14, 2008


I'll never pass up an opportunity to make a mix disc, so I'm in!!!
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 4:39 PM on April 14, 2008


Ooh pick me! Pick me!!
posted by pompomtom at 4:41 PM on April 14, 2008


Alright - any interested parties should send an email to mefiswap[at](my username without the spaces).com. Alternatively, an email to the account listed in my profile with the subject "mefiswap2008" should do nicely. Please include your username, real name, and real address. I'll send all pertinent information to the email address you use, so make sure it's one you check on a regular basis.

I'm thinking three weeks for the signup period, and another three weeks to make mixes. Too long? Too short?

As for specialty/theme groups, I'd agree that narrow themes should be avoided - the only themes I've got my heart set on are a double-disc swap (I sent out 2 discs to everyone last year, just for grins), and a cassette swap (my wife's car, which we take on trips, still doesn't have a CD player. I've got a load of tapes from 1996-1998 as listening material in there now).

I think I'm looking at a similar group size to last year - 5 or 6 people, with some tweaking as needed. Sound good?

Oh, and yeah - physical mixes. I think sites like Muxtape are cool and all, but I'm a total sucker for handmade stuff.
posted by god hates math at 4:47 PM on April 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


I sent out 2 discs to everyone last year, just for grins

Wait, you were "Please Enjoy" ?!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:52 PM on April 14, 2008


Wait, you were "Please Enjoy" ?!

Nah, I was in swapset Gavotte. By "everyone," I meant the other folk in my swapset.
posted by god hates math at 4:56 PM on April 14, 2008


In!!
posted by fire&wings at 4:58 PM on April 14, 2008


Just as a note, the one time I was involved in this, the MefiSwap site had a page which linked people's usernames with their names and mailing addresses. Obviously, this is necessary for people to actually send each other CD's. What was less necessary, however, was the fact that this page didn't block robots. I found this out by googling myself (admit it-- you do it to).

Some people prefer keep their username from being linked to their actual name, whether for personal or professional reasons. It would be desirable if whoever sets it up this time were to endeavor to keep whatever page that was from being indexed by the google.
posted by dersins at 5:07 PM on April 14, 2008


I'm a joiner. Prepare to be underwhelmed.

Nice addendum, dersins. BOTIST.
posted by bonobo at 5:09 PM on April 14, 2008


Count me in.
posted by Dave Faris at 5:11 PM on April 14, 2008


I'm in.

No cassette swap please. I don't have a working tape deck.

I'm all for themes, though, and I don't mind a challenge.
posted by hydrophonic at 5:15 PM on April 14, 2008


Some people prefer keep their username from being linked to their actual name, whether for personal or professional reasons. It would be desirable if whoever sets it up this time were to endeavor to keep whatever page that was from being indexed by the google.

Yeah, I'm actually one of those people, and I'm aware of the 2006 flap with the potential exposure of information. My plan to get around that is to avoid the web, mostly. I'll make the swapsets, and then send the swapset details to only the people in that swapset. As long as everyone's comfortable with email, I don't really see a drawback. I think the whole webpage/password setup is over-engineering it a bit.

I think the word swapset is starting to lose any meaning for me. Swapset. Swapset. Swapset!
posted by god hates math at 5:16 PM on April 14, 2008


Also in!
posted by PercussivePaul at 5:24 PM on April 14, 2008


I'm with mathowie. Either that or the mixes get made, with artwork, etc. zipped up and uploaded to MeFi [if mathowie's willing to provide the space] and distributed from there. I'm in for a hard copy swap too, of course. If someone could MeFiMail me once a consensus is reached, I'd appreciate it. I'm not very good at keeping up with old threads.
posted by sciurus at 5:26 PM on April 14, 2008


Oh man, I'd love a digital MefiSwap.
posted by flibbertigibbet at 5:40 PM on April 14, 2008


In.
posted by Bookhouse at 5:47 PM on April 14, 2008


I'm in. This will be my first. Is artwork expected or will a simple track list do?
posted by Sailormom at 5:51 PM on April 14, 2008


Hmm, what with last year's page being down, and nothing (that I could find, at least) out on the wiki to explain what this is, I'd say I'm tentatively in - I mean, in reading through this thread and the one from last year I gather that the idea is to make a mix CD and send out copies to (5?) people who will in turn send you CDs - which sounds like a really neat thing to do - but is there anything more I ought to know before I go tossing my hat in? I really like my hat, after all, I'd hate for it to get all chewed up and slobbery just 'coz I didn't know what I was throwing it into ...
posted by zeph at 5:57 PM on April 14, 2008


Oh man, I'd love a digital MefiSwap.

*pushes glasses up onto nose*

mmmmmmm, I believe that you'll find the Compact Disc to already be a digital medium. With 44,100 samples per second (each with 16 bits of dynamic range!), the compact disc has excellent fidelity, wrapped in a wonderfully portable package!

/nerd voice

Okay, I'm done. But really, since I'm organizing, I'm going to declare that this swap requires the trading of physical media. If anybody is interested in a separate (dare I say rival?) internerd-only swap, I certainly won't stop them. Indeed, I'll likely participate. I should point out, however, that it has been attempted before.

Also, a note - expressing interest in-thread isn't going to get you signed up. If you're interested, please send me an email as described here.
posted by god hates math at 6:05 PM on April 14, 2008


Seconding zeph. I'm interested, but not really sure what I'll be signing up for.
posted by theiconoclast31 at 6:09 PM on April 14, 2008


IIRC, this is how these things go.

god hates math gets people's info, sorts them into groups. alerts people who are in their group sends addresses.
You make a CD, of music.
You send it to the people in your group [5? 6 people?].
They send you the CDs they made.
Some people flake out.
Most people don't.
You listen to a lot of great music and some crappy music.
You learn about other people's taste in music.
Everyone's life is enriched except the people who didn't send their mixes who all get poxes (except the ones you found out later had some horrible trauma and you feel bad for ever calling them out over not sending you a homemade CD).

art is nice but not mission-critical
usually someone is international, usually postage runs me like $5-12 total if I'm not buying envelopes
dreama's rule was that CDs had to be music CDs not stuffed full of MP3s and not something that would only play in a computer or that had random data element that sounded like someone murdering a robot

anything else anyone have to add?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:17 PM on April 14, 2008 [3 favorites]


but is there anything more I ought to know before I go tossing my hat in?

No, that pretty much covers it. The goal is to make a mix and send it out to everyone else in the group, thus ensuring that everyone gets a lot of new music.

on preview, Jessamyn beat me to it, with a lot more panache.
posted by god hates math at 6:20 PM on April 14, 2008


Does the music have to be awesome?
posted by robinpME at 6:28 PM on April 14, 2008


Will I be mocked mercilessly for my hopelessly cheesy 70s & 80s music?
*flings in hat, sends email*
posted by pointystick at 6:38 PM on April 14, 2008


This sounds fun. I'd especially like a theme!
posted by Biblio at 6:44 PM on April 14, 2008


Does the music have to be awesome?

No but the music quality has to be decent. Like play on my stereo decent.

I haven't ben participating because of the securtiy issues but something done over email negates those worries really so I'm in (I just don't want my details published on the web where they're open or easily hackable like in the past). Six is probably the absolute max I can manage in a group though, I have to pay international postage for all of them.
posted by shelleycat at 6:44 PM on April 14, 2008


Alright, so I'm going to set some dates:

April 14th - May 5th - Signup period!
May 5th - May 26th - Make your mixes!
May 26th - June 2nd - Send your mixes!

I think that's a fairly reasonable timeline.

Also, a note about the theme swapsets - these are totally optional. If there are >=5 interested in a double-disc swapset, I'll make it. If not, no dice. The same goes for a cassette swapset, or any other theme swapset that may be discussed in this thread.
posted by god hates math at 7:15 PM on April 14, 2008 [2 favorites]


This was fun whenever I did it last. Yes.
posted by 23skidoo at 7:18 PM on April 14, 2008


I'm totes in.
posted by sperose at 7:23 PM on April 14, 2008


I've done a bunch of these over at Monkeyfilter, it'll be fun to do one here.
In!
posted by dirtdirt at 7:29 PM on April 14, 2008


Sounds fun! In, please.
posted by owhydididoit at 7:37 PM on April 14, 2008


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posted by waraw at 7:47 PM on April 14, 2008


I'm in.
posted by jadepearl at 8:05 PM on April 14, 2008


/me watches you all in recent activity
posted by mosessis at 8:12 PM on April 14, 2008


I would do this if it were electronic. Can we have groups that are physical CDs and ones for digital transfer?
posted by DonnieSticks at 8:25 PM on April 14, 2008


I'm in as I ever have been, though be warned: I make terrible, messy, mainly unlistenable mixes. Case in point.
posted by carsonb at 8:35 PM on April 14, 2008


I'm in for a double disc swap, pleaseorz! ktxbi.
posted by SlyBevel at 9:04 PM on April 14, 2008


Some people flake out.
Most people don't.


Note that a benefit of the swap is that you still get something even if half the people flake out. Unlike the Christmas debacle.
posted by smackfu at 9:23 PM on April 14, 2008


I'm in.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:37 PM on April 14, 2008


I've spent the last few weeks tagging my music in Amarok. Can't wait to make my "accordian," "dorkfest," and "throat-singing" compilations. Count me in as well.
posted by ikahime at 9:44 PM on April 14, 2008


Count me in. woo.
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 10:06 PM on April 14, 2008


Oh, this sounds fun. Count me in, as well!
posted by blithely at 10:53 PM on April 14, 2008


I think I'll give this a try, and expose some people to my horrible mix-making skills. :P Don't worry, I'll make the artwork extra pretty to compensate!
posted by kosher_jenny at 10:55 PM on April 14, 2008


I'm in, though I really really completely hope that I get more than two this time round. Maybe the North American address will help better this year, maybe not. I remain optimistic.
posted by myopicman at 11:58 PM on April 14, 2008


in and just sent my email
posted by ShawnString at 4:13 AM on April 15, 2008


So in. Will send e-mail now.
posted by Kattullus at 6:27 AM on April 15, 2008


In!
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] at 6:35 AM on April 15, 2008


I'm in!
posted by ugf at 8:13 AM on April 15, 2008


Wasn't dreama keeping track of the people who didn't send out their mixes? Maybe she still has that info....
posted by yodelingisfun at 8:28 AM on April 15, 2008


BRAND NEW DAY!!

Also, I will reiterate a promise I made in an earlier set. If anyone truly can't particpate because they are stone cold broke, I'll chip in $20 (or equivalent) for postage for them, international users especially.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:08 AM on April 15, 2008


Mad love to jessamyn for explaining to the n00bs. I'll be sending my e-mail shortly!
posted by bettafish at 10:27 AM on April 15, 2008


Let me take this opportunity to apologize to my group from last year. Around the same time I was supposed to send my (almost completed) mix CD, I got laid off from my job and had various personal dramas pop up like whack-a-moles. I've thought about finishing the CD three or four times per day for the past year, but somehow it hasn't happened yet

If I am allowed to participate this year, I will make a blow-your-mind double CD and send it to both last year's group and this year's group.

Feels good to get that out in the open.
posted by roll truck roll at 1:13 PM on April 15, 2008


I am in again this year, despite getting a disappointing 2/5 back last year. Please mail me cds! Especially you international folk who I am going to spend money on!
posted by rmless at 1:51 PM on April 15, 2008


I think you're confused. We're not international... it's you that are international. I'm right here.
posted by pompomtom at 6:34 PM on April 15, 2008


Roll Truck Roll, I'm not sure if I've got the power to, but I'll grant you forgiveness for your transgressions, as long as you truly have the resolve for repentance. I'd love to have you as a participant, and I'm sure your former swapset members would love to randomly get some discs in the mail as well.

We've got a pretty good group so - about 50 people have signed up so far. There are however, a good number of people (11 if I count right) who have expressed interest in-thread, but haven't emailed me. It would be good if you would do so, folks. We here at MeFiSwap2008 would love to have you.
posted by god hates math at 6:37 PM on April 15, 2008


I'm down again.

Swapset Forte totally pulled through last year.
posted by defenestration at 7:36 PM on April 15, 2008


Was Forte the one I was in? If so, then yes, yes indeed it was fabulous.
posted by yodelingisfun at 9:18 PM on April 15, 2008


Yeah! Go Swapset Forte! The strongest swapset of all!
posted by Kattullus at 9:44 PM on April 15, 2008


I've already emailed GHM with this, but I thought I'd comment here to see if I can build a little support...

My car CD player speaks MP3, and I strongly prefer a disc full of tracks with lovely, beautiful ID3 data already there.

In short, I'd like to be part of a group where the members will swap a single CD with MP3 tracks on it...as many/few of them as you like.


That way, us digi-music junkies won't have to re-rip tracks we like...which were probably burned from MP3 anyway, making the whole process a lot more lossy than it should be.

Also, plain vanilla MP3 only, please. No WMA, AAC, DRM'd formats, etc.
posted by SlyBevel at 10:12 PM on April 15, 2008


Heh, whereas I went old school and offered to send cassette tapes as well as CDs. I'd prefer to receive CDs and would like to be part of a 'normal' CD group, but if there are other takers for tapes I can do that too.
posted by shelleycat at 11:13 PM on April 15, 2008


Huh. Like the idea, but will be having exams (boo) and then will be out of the country (yay) during most of the time period delineated by god hates math. Don't think I can participate. Crud.

Also, you know what I meant by digital. Cheeky bastard. :P:P:P
posted by flibbertigibbet at 1:33 AM on April 16, 2008


I'm in, but I'm in with SlyBevel - I'd far prefer a disc of mp3s. This doesn't mean the CD needs to be filled with mp3s, but I wouldn't listen to tracks on anything other than my iPod or PC anyway.
posted by sascha at 3:16 AM on April 16, 2008


I'm going to come down against the disc full of mp3s. It's how things have been done in the past, and I think that's been with good reason. For me, the swap is just as much about the art of the mix (I know, I that term is embarrassing) as much as it is the music that comes on those discs. Dropping a bunch of MP3s on a disc and sending it along seems much more like filesharing, and much less like sharing music, at least to me. And I know, that's a pretty slim distinction, but I think it's an important one.
posted by god hates math at 8:58 AM on April 16, 2008


the swap is just as much about the art of the mix

You and I share this sentiment.

Please understand that I'm not asking for more music, or an abandonment of artful sensibility.

All I'm lobbying for is a change of format for those who wish it. My music collection weighs in the hundreds of GBs. If I like a track, I'm loathe to 1.) rip it individually 2.) Try to track down the meta data that may not be included in the packaging (and certainly isn't in a CD WAV file) and 3.) further degrade a file that was likely in a compressed digital format already, converted to CD WAV for this project, and then converted back to MP3 for my own purposes.

If you take a step back, you'll see that my request is no different in tone or timbre than the requests of others to trade cassette tapes. I prefer a different format for my own reasons. And by the look of it, I'm not alone.
posted by SlyBevel at 9:11 AM on April 16, 2008


Howbout this? As an opt-in, people can put mp3s of their mix CDs on yousendit or on their own webspaces. Along with the CD, let people know how they can get the mp3s if they want. I'd be more than happy to do that, and I'm sure other people would too.
posted by roll truck roll at 9:25 AM on April 16, 2008


As an opt-in, people can put mp3s of their mix CDs on yousendit or on their own webspaces.

Well, sure. I mean, I couldn't stop people from doing that anyway. I don't think it needs to be a sanctioned part of the process, though. There's usually a followup thread where people post their favorite mixes, among other things. That would be a good place for posting links to mixes.
posted by god hates math at 10:05 AM on April 16, 2008


I'm also for "real" CDs instead of a collection of files. I'm for trading real objects. If I had a record lathe my group would get acetate LPs.

But is there a way to include ID3 data on a mix CD? I'd be happy to do so if someone explains it to me slowly.
posted by hydrophonic at 10:33 AM on April 16, 2008


Hydrophonic speaks my mind.

The CD's I like best are the ones that are carefully, linearly constructed. Nice covers are a plus. Thus, these are the kind that I try to make and send. A disc of MP3's, or a download link is convenient but, to my reckoning, not as potentially artful.

My music collection weighs in the hundreds of GBs(...)
I feel your pain. For me, the mix CD is a welcome respite from that. It's a curatorial tool that bypasses, temporarily, the need to try to deal with an amount of data that literally can't be dealt with.
posted by dirtdirt at 10:50 AM on April 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Is there any good way to import a mix CD into something like iTunes so that I don't need to manually type in all the track listings? That was a drag last time, and one huge advantages of also including the MP3s.
posted by smackfu at 11:56 AM on April 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


The CD's I like best are the ones that are carefully, linearly constructed. Nice covers are a plus.

The processes of creating each kind of disc are the same:

1. Pick the works from your collection you wish to feature.
2. Organize them in a meaningful way.
3. Fire up your disc burning utility.
4. Manage cover art however you please.

Where is the difference? Is there magic pixie dust in the classic CD WAV format?

The only difference I can see is the method of ordering the songs. It's easily done in the case of an MP3 disc by deciding the order, and putting a number prefix on the file name of each track.

None of the comments supporting MP3 discs in this thread so far have touted the ability to put more songs on the disc as a feature. No one wants a raw dump of files. We all want meaningful, individually created, purpose-made sharing of music. What do you care if some choose a different format than others?
posted by SlyBevel at 12:14 PM on April 16, 2008


Look, I am just a participant in this. I have no administrative function. But I say make the CD you want to make. If I'm in your group I'll be happy to get your CD, happy to listen to the music, happy to see how the whole thing goes together, and annoyed that it isn't a music CD. Maybe it is the magic pixie dust, I don't know.

My intention is not to be difficult, nor to knock you for what you want and want to make, just to state that for me a music CD is a music CD, and a data CD is a different thing. Could be I'd feel differently if I had a CD player that played MP3 discs, but I don't, so who knows?

At any rate, the notion of sending physical CD's instead of 1's and 0's over the net is already a technique with some ludditealicious aspects, and I like that. That's why they make different flavors of ice cream, though. Different people like different things.

Your data CD's will neither pick my pocket nor break my leg.
posted by dirtdirt at 12:28 PM on April 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Well said, sir.
posted by SlyBevel at 12:29 PM on April 16, 2008


If you call me, I will sing my mix cd over the phone to you and then huck it out the window in your general direction and take a photo of its trajectory which I will photocopy and send to you in the mail. dirtdirt and I are in the same general camp about this scenario.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:55 PM on April 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


jessamyn typed "If you call me, I will sing my mix cd over the phone to you and then huck it out the window in your general direction and take a photo of its trajectory which I will photocopy and send to you in the mail."

Why are mods allowed to promote their personal projects in MetaTalk? THIS IS WHAT PROJECTS IS FOR!
posted by roll truck roll at 1:01 PM on April 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


Well in the end if I'm going to send a bunch of stuff away without being paid then I'm going to send it however I like. So I assume the same goes for everyone else in the end.

But this particularly swap is for swapping music CDs, not digital files or cassette tapes or data CDs. So send music CDs and keep in mind that better quality music is much more likely to please. If you want to send something different then that's cool, set up a separate swap and do so.

Personally I want CDs I can play on my stereo. The low tech one I bought in 1989 (got the CD part in 1994) which still sounds ten times better than my shitty laptop speakers. So mp3 only discs sent to me probably won't get played. Also personally I'll be re-ripping to wavs where I can to make my discs because it really does sound better. That's the magic pixie dust, sound quality. I'm not an audiophile in any way but I want my mix to sound the best it can.
posted by shelleycat at 2:49 PM on April 16, 2008


Easy, shelleycat. What I'm asking for is that the folks who want MP3 discs be put in a group together.

Just like the cassette folks would be in their own group. And the vinyl folks in theirs, presumably.

I'm not looking to force the idea on anyone, I just don't want it shut down so quickly that nobody gets a chance to say they'd like to be in such a group.
posted by SlyBevel at 3:30 PM on April 16, 2008


But... but... my favourite band sucks!

I mean, I'm in.
posted by eponymouse at 3:48 PM on April 16, 2008


As soon as I figure out where I'm going to be living from May onwards, I'm in.
posted by plant at 6:51 PM on April 16, 2008


Um hang on. Where's the bit with someone getting upset? Or even caring much at all? Take what I write at face value and don't read into (there are no angry words anywhere up there), I'm really not that deep or interested.

If god hates math doesn't want to set up specific or different swaps then he doesn't have to, and he's said a few times already that he's only interested in swapping music CDs. So this swap is music CDs of whatever kind you want to send. But what he's doing looks pretty easy so there's no reason others can't do the same if they want something more specific.
posted by shelleycat at 7:06 PM on April 16, 2008


Wow. I'm late, but I'm in. Now... how the hell do you make a mix?
posted by Vavuzi at 8:39 PM on April 22, 2008


There are all kinds of ways to make a mix, Vavuzi, and with personal aesthetics being as varied as they are, I say it's best to figure things out by yourself. The only recommendations I'd give is that you listen to the transitions between songs and judge whether it feels right to you or not. You can use most mp3 players to make mixes. I like iTunes the best, but if you're used to winamp or something else, just go with what feels natural. Other than that, the best way to learn is to listen to mixtapes or mixCDs others have made. You can ask your friends but a lot of people are loath to share mixes because they often have personal significance. Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth edited a book about mixtapes called Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture that has a lot of examples and stories about the featured mixtapes (note: no music is included with the book). You should be able to pick up the book at your local library or bookstore.
posted by Kattullus at 10:14 AM on April 23, 2008


I was kinda kidding.

The music? Hell's yeah, I've got some aural bliss for ya'll, but believe it or not, I've actually made it to 36 without ever burning a CD. Now's my chance!

posted by Vavuzi at 9:15 PM on April 23, 2008


Dang!

There was supposed to be a wink after "I was kinda kidding." Blasted-lack-of-preview-button-pushing!!!

I swear I'm not that rude.
posted by Vavuzi at 9:17 PM on April 23, 2008


Alright, for anyone following this thread in Recent Activity, we're getting close to the May 5th deadline. Last call for registrations!
posted by god hates math at 12:23 PM on May 3, 2008


for anyone following this thread in Recent Activity...

Hey! That's me!
posted by SlyBevel at 4:08 PM on May 3, 2008


Alright, registration is officially over.

I'll be making up the swapsets and sending them out over the next few days. If you emailed me and didn't get any response, or confirmation, let me know.
posted by god hates math at 12:27 PM on May 5, 2008


OK, I'm done.

(yeah yeah, no-one likes a smartarse... I got that...)
posted by pompomtom at 6:18 AM on May 7, 2008


Yeah yeah whatever, I've already made 1037 individual mixes, each appropriate for every possible different swapset configuration. And I had to walk uphill to make it. Both directions. While carrying a pregnant mule on my back. That kicked my repeatedly in the balls. Ouch, I said, ouch.
posted by Kattullus at 7:22 AM on May 7, 2008


Does anyone have any examples of artwork from past swaps?
posted by Sailormom at 6:15 AM on May 8, 2008


I haven't gotten an email yet.
posted by sciurus at 12:55 PM on May 9, 2008


I haven't gotten an email yet either. I emailed god hates math to see what's up.
posted by gemmy at 11:50 AM on May 11, 2008


I was going to harass ghm, but I'll watch this thread instead... my mix is ready to launch!
posted by mykescipark at 2:32 PM on May 12, 2008


ghm said that he has been bogged down with RL stuff, but that the swapsets are incoming shortly!
posted by gemmy at 5:47 PM on May 12, 2008


Cool.
posted by sciurus at 6:23 PM on May 12, 2008


Does anyone have any examples of artwork from past swaps?

I don't have anything scanned, but I have about 40 swap mixes laying about with original artwork intact, yes.
posted by carsonb at 10:04 PM on May 12, 2008


I got my swap list this morning!
posted by sciurus at 6:13 AM on May 13, 2008


I have not gotten mine yet....
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:43 AM on May 13, 2008


I haven't gotten any swapset info either.
posted by sperose at 9:50 AM on May 13, 2008


I got my swapset info this morning! Yay!


But I'm curious, does our mix have to be related to the swap title thingy? Or can it be something random and weird from within our own music collections?
posted by sperose at 6:06 AM on May 14, 2008


Alright, finally, all the swapsets are out.

The last two weeks have been totally insane for me, I'm really sorry for the delay in getting the sets out.

For the record, the swapset names are just pulled from an alphabetical list of names of record labels. They are by no means any type of guideline for the content of your mixes.

And again, any concerns, if I screwed up any addresses (likely) or anything else, just email/MeFimail me.
posted by god hates math at 6:23 AM on May 14, 2008


A note to anyone who uses Gmail, my swapset email got flagged as spam. If you do a search for "in:spam hello swapset", it should show up and you can unflag it.
posted by Plutor at 11:15 AM on May 14, 2008


The e-mail got through to me just fine, and I use gmail.
posted by Kattullus at 12:04 PM on May 14, 2008


I sent out my mixes yesterday!
posted by sciurus at 4:22 PM on May 20, 2008


I sent my mixes out today. $1.68 per in postage.
posted by Dave Faris at 2:43 PM on May 21, 2008


Mine was the same price.
posted by sciurus at 6:09 PM on May 23, 2008


I got my first mix today. Thanks, 23skidoo, that's some really fun music! I'm enjoying it a lot but also feeling increasingly unsure about my own...
posted by gemmy at 5:04 PM on May 27, 2008


Sweet. Glad you liked it.
posted by 23skidoo at 8:01 PM on May 27, 2008


Sending mine today. Oh I am late. Sorry Swapset FACTORY!
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 10:08 AM on May 28, 2008


Mine going out tomorrow!
posted by fire&wings at 11:36 AM on May 28, 2008


BrodieShadeTree, you're not late. The sending window is open until 6/2, next Monday. Myself, I hope to drop mine off at the post office at 4:58 that afternoon.
posted by Plutor at 12:34 PM on May 28, 2008


Whew! I've been seeing this post pop up in Recent Activity lately, and ignoring it....while frantically reordering about a zillion songs in the hopes that I wouldn't be too late.
posted by carsonb at 1:11 PM on May 28, 2008


Oh thank god. I totes thought the deadline was much earlier than that.


(I also meant to send them out before I went on vacation, but that didn't happen. Here's to hoping they'll go out this weekend! Which means I'll be doing them at work on Sunday. And dragging my ass to the 24 hour post office to mail them. I wonder if I can do the international ones that way...)


But I did come home to a mix today, which made me very happy!
posted by sperose at 5:42 PM on May 28, 2008


I put mine in the mail yesterday and they each cost a dollar except for the one to Canada which cost 98¢ for reasons unknown.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:30 AM on May 30, 2008


I mailed mine out. I'll be emailing out the track lists in the next couple of days.

Enjoy, NinjaTune!
posted by SlyBevel at 4:33 PM on May 31, 2008


Everyone should have gotten mine by now. I've not gotten any yet.
posted by sciurus at 6:45 PM on June 1, 2008


Datapoints a la Jessamyn:

All of mine were $1.17, except the one to Australia, which was $2.80.

The lady at the USPS counter told me that they'd be cheaper if they didn't have something solid in the middle.
posted by SlyBevel at 5:40 AM on June 2, 2008


I am running quite late (on disc 2)... but will be ready shortly, and I felt I should point out that inkjet printers SUCK ARSE.

(and not in a good way)
posted by pompomtom at 5:45 AM on June 2, 2008


I sent mine First Class. Did y'all do Media Mail or something? Mine was just a disc in a slimline case with one piece of cardstock for the cover. I used a bubble mailer as well. I don't see how one could go less than $1.68, unless the delivery options were less.
posted by sciurus at 7:57 AM on June 2, 2008


I felt I should point out that inkjet printers SUCK ARSE.

Mine do as well, so I just handwrote the track lists, fuck it. I have no idea why mine were so cheap but I assume it's because I live in the 1950s.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:00 AM on June 2, 2008


jessamyn: "I put mine in the mail yesterday and they each cost a dollar except for the one to Canada which cost 98¢ for reasons unknown."

I feel the need to point out that Vermont is suspiciously close to Canada.

Mine are on the way to my co-Hush-ers. They cost exactly the same amount as sciurus's to send, which is to say that it wasn't enough that I felt comfortable using my credit card, but it was more than the amount of cash I had on hand. Dear fellow swappers, please take pleasure in my discomfort. I did it for you.
posted by Plutor at 9:28 AM on June 2, 2008


The three of mine that were in the US were $2.02 each (bubble mailers) and the two that had to go overseas were $5.40 each.
posted by sperose at 10:10 AM on June 2, 2008


I'm on my way to the Post Office now (only 40 minutes before it closes!), and I'll say only this - Cortex's flickr page has never been so useful as last night, when I was looking for good cover art.
posted by god hates math at 1:22 PM on June 2, 2008


Mine were $1.68 First Class, as well.

Your Polaroid covers are brilliant, Plutor. I can't wait to see which one comes to me. I've really enjoyed the mix Dave Faris sent out--his selections have turned me on to another genre. I'm looking forward to the rest of the mixes, as well.

I'll come back later and post the art and track list for my compilation.
posted by bonobo at 4:18 PM on June 2, 2008


!! Spoiler Alert !! for the HUSH denizens who haven't received my disc yet and want to be surprised.

Here's the track list:

The Intro and the Outro - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft - Klaatu
Let's Be Natural - The Rutles
Vertical Man - Ringo Starr
Darkroom - Paul McCartney
Dearg Doom - Horslips
Circle Sky (Alt Version) - The Monkees
Stomp Box - They Might Be Giants
Giant Robot-Birdhead - The Aquabats!
Come-On-A My House - Rosemary Clooney
Itchy & Scratchy - Boss Hog
Goin' Out West - Tom Waits
Swamp - Talking Heads
Tropical Hot Dog Night - Captain Beefheart
The Humid Press of Days - Camper Van Beethoven
Tiny Apocalypse - David Byrne
Know Your Chicken - Cibo Matto
Massive Cure - Smoosh
Tiny Paintings - Architecture in Helsinki
Metaphysical - Handsome Boy Modeling School
Lead a Normal Life - Peter Gabriel

The cover art can be seen at my Flickr Photostream.
posted by bonobo at 5:49 PM on June 2, 2008


Edit: Since I've just uploaded a bunch of other crap to Flickr, here's a more direct link to the CD images: tagged with compilation.
posted by bonobo at 11:00 PM on June 2, 2008


Swapset: factory I got mine in the post yesterday, so fire&wings should be getting it today, the rest of you ... well, it depends on the postal system and whether the customs believe it's a data disk that cost 10p (although that's actually true, perhaps printing a picture on it added value, I don't know).

It's a fairly downbeat collection of tunes, called Desperate Women, although several of the artists don't appear to be that desperate, and a couple of them aren't even women (though they're sort of representing women). I just thought it was a cool title.

The cover didn't come out as well as I'd hoped, but I thought I'd rather not be a perfectionist who fails to deliver again and sent it anyway.

I forgot to put a tracklist on. Let's make it a surprise. I'll send out tracklists in due course. I hope that's not too crappy of me. I don't have mad DJ skillz, but it's nice to pretend occasionally.
posted by Grangousier at 12:45 AM on June 3, 2008


I just uploaded my mix to DivShare. You can get it here. Organized and with album art.

They're all Cleveland bands. I hope you dig it.

\m/
posted by sciurus at 5:23 AM on June 3, 2008


Also, having been a past recipient of a Plutor mix, I must say y'all in his swapset are in for a treat.
posted by sciurus at 5:26 AM on June 3, 2008


Well, shucks. *kicks the dirt*

Following your lead, here is my mix on DivShare.
posted by Plutor at 6:51 AM on June 3, 2008


(So, why didn't we all just upload our mixes, and suspend with the cost and folderol of making mix cds?)
posted by Dave Faris at 8:59 AM on June 3, 2008


There was a bit of discussion up-thread about doing an all-electronic-distribution, but I think bonobo's cover art alone is as strong a counter-argument as is necessary.
posted by Plutor at 10:45 AM on June 3, 2008


(So, why didn't we all just upload our mixes, and suspend with the cost and folderol of making mix cds?)

Some of us actually like making and getting mix CDs.
posted by 23skidoo at 11:55 AM on June 3, 2008


Received from: Fire&Wings and brodieshadetree, though I've not listened to them yet.

Fire&Wings - this is a beautiful piece of work, packaging-wise. Is it a real letter, and where did you get it from?
posted by Grangousier at 12:20 PM on June 3, 2008


I got the mix from ikahime, accompanied by a nice letter. I'll send mine out Friday.
posted by Kattullus at 2:59 PM on June 3, 2008


I just mailed mine today, sorry swapset: factory... I had to wait to get payed :(

I haven't received from fire&wings OR brodieshade tree yet though! I'm kind of jealous. Not really surprised, however, since Canada post sucks mega balls (sorry any canada post workers who I might offend...)

I'm really excited to see what I get!
posted by Planet F at 6:15 PM on June 3, 2008


Planet F - yours is definitely on the way!

I received from grangousier and Brodieshadetree yesterday, both beautifully designed! I've not had a chance to listen to Brodie's (tonight hopefully) but grangousier yours was highly enjoyable, I am definitely feeling that theme. Got most of the tracks (knew a few, google for the others) so it's just the foreign ones I need!

As for the letter, yes it's real. I buy and sell books for a living and often deal with estate clearances. Boxes of papers, photos and ephemera come my way now and again - the photo and letter are from the estate of a society girl from the 1930's who travelled the world (including motoring tours to Transylvania, no less) frittering away money on the high life. I had a ton of their papers but they are really of no value so most of it went in the bin. I kept back the photos and some of the best letters because I couldn't bring myself to trash them, and I thought I'd put them to good use and make a little package. Glad you liked it.
posted by fire&wings at 4:30 AM on June 4, 2008


I sent out my mixes this morning, and to make up for the lateness ONE of you lucky folks is going to get a nice surprise - a crisp, new $20 bill in the CD case along with your CD! Really!

Not really. But I did send them out this morning, and I am sorry, although not surprised, that they are late.
posted by dirtdirt at 8:06 AM on June 4, 2008


I've received a mix from dubold, but no one else in my group, yet.
posted by sciurus at 8:57 AM on June 4, 2008


For the official record: dubold's mix is so seriously awesome. I'm feeling a little inadequate, I wish I had taken the time to develop all-new-and-all-awesome musical tastes for you guys.

Sciurus - I mailed mine on Monday, so you should have it today or tomorrow I would guess.
posted by robinpME at 9:17 AM on June 4, 2008


I've spent the morning caressing and cooing the last few discs out of my dying burner, and gathering old mailers that have snuck to the odd corners of this room. Now all I need is a decent printer and a mailbox. I've received SlyBevel's mix so far, but haven't listened to it yet.
posted by carsonb at 1:30 PM on June 4, 2008


I am taking a long weekend trip during which I will visit five of the six New England states and these mixes will be my companions. I did all the art on mine with a dremel. Did I mention I don't have a printer?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:24 PM on June 4, 2008


Well I am in the two-disc mix group, and I'll have you know that it's for the second disc that I need the printer. For the first disc's cover art, I block printed sword-sculpted debris collected from the site of the 2001 Pentagon terrorist attack with stamps made from cross-sections of deserted-colony honeycomb, using emu blood dust bouillabaisse ink, so nyah miss drillbit bragger. I don't even need a drill. I use a hammer!
posted by carsonb at 3:38 PM on June 4, 2008


Ahem. I'm sorry; almost none of that was true. If you'll excuse me, I need to go to the post office now.
posted by carsonb at 3:39 PM on June 4, 2008


Almost none?

Emu blood won't get through customs here.
posted by pompomtom at 4:46 PM on June 4, 2008


** Scree-e-e! RAWR! **

[Translation: Thanks for the kind words, Plutor. I dig making things and subjecting folks to the magnificence of toy dinosaurs.]
posted by bonobo at 4:56 PM on June 4, 2008


pompomtom, I hope customs doesn't choke on the $0.00 value I declared. My local post office said it's ok, so I went ahead and put that on.

Didn't mention the rattlesnake eggs, though.
posted by SlyBevel at 9:42 AM on June 5, 2008


I got Fire & Wings here today in Az. Lovely! Whee, and a nice mix!
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 6:07 PM on June 5, 2008


Swapset Level Plane, you guys are awesome! Four CDs have already arrived and I can't wait to listen to them.

Unfortunately, due to some unexpected moving etc this past month, mine aren't quite finished yet. But they should be going out sometime next week.
posted by mosessis at 10:50 AM on June 6, 2008


My bubble mailers cost $1.51 each to mail First Class to sundry points around the US. I would not have thought that postal pricing was so indeterminate.
posted by smackfu at 10:08 AM on June 9, 2008


I just got Grandgousier's in the mail, to add to Fire & Wings' and Brodieshadetree's. All amazing! I have to appologize slightly for not paying much (read: any) attention to the packaging... I was busy with the music selection... anyways! Thanks so much for a great mefiswap!
posted by Planet F at 2:43 PM on June 9, 2008


Elephant 6, yours will be out the door on Wednesday.

I don't feel too bad, since I'm apparently not the only late person in my group.
posted by roll truck roll at 4:45 PM on June 9, 2008


I want to congratulate Swapset Hush. I've participated in quite a few mefi cd swaps, and this is the first time everyone in the swapset actually produced and sent out a CD. I look forward to listening to them in the coming days.
posted by Dave Faris at 1:49 PM on June 10, 2008


I've now gotten all the CDs for Swapset Greyskull as of today, and listened to all but one of them. Maybe mine were cheaper because I opted for "will never get delivered" service on accident? Special thanks to god hates math for taking this on. Woo!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:06 PM on June 10, 2008


Yes, I finally sat down and opened all my packages tonight as well. I only bother to check my mail about once a week, so they were all pretty much crammed in there together. Thanks everyone (and my apologies to the Canadian, as I am extremely lazy about going to the post office and filling out customs forms - it should arrive soon). Piling on to Jessamyn's thanks to GHM and my fellow Grey Gulls.
posted by mykescipark at 9:31 PM on June 10, 2008


I'm still waiting for [NOT-HERMITOSIS-IST] and pointystick to send out their discs.
posted by sciurus at 8:03 AM on June 11, 2008


I had a bit of trouble getting mine out the door. I taught the songs to my parrot alright, but he had some real trouble training the parakeets to carry the tunes (to be fair, it was only two of the six parakeets), and then my supplier was all out of carrier pigeons. But, I finally strapped the last of the whistlers to its pigeon, and released them all into the air at lunch today. If they can make it out of Baltimore without incident (by no means guaranteed), then folks in Swapset Ninja Tune should have my mixes soon. (I've only gotten two of six myself.)

Thanks to god hates math for setting it all up. Sorry to be so slack.
posted by OmieWise at 10:09 AM on June 11, 2008


Hectic happened last week so mine went out yesterday. Apologies for the delay, Ninja Tune.
posted by carsonb at 1:39 PM on June 11, 2008


While we're doing Ninja Tune updates: mine went out last weekend.... Though, as I have no idea how long post to the US takes, I don't know what that really means.

Also: due to aforementioned printer issues, some of the titles on a couple of covers aren't the best. If anyone wants the image files for the covers to reprint locally, just ask.

And yes, further thanks to godhatesmath for sorting this all out!
posted by pompomtom at 5:23 PM on June 11, 2008


Omiewise, you obviously need a copy of this. After that, the only hard part is teaching your parrot how to turn it over without scratching it.

From my own swapset, I have only received Slybevel's discs. I'm going to guess, Omie, that you've received mine and Slybevel's? Good to hear that at least 2 more are coming down line.

As for all the organization, it was my pleasure. Despite a lot of crap going on in real life, everything went well. How's the same time next year sound?
posted by god hates math at 5:42 PM on June 11, 2008


That's right, yours and Slybevel's. I've only listened to yours, driving back and forth to Catoctin Mtn last weekend, and I liked both discs quite well.
posted by OmieWise at 7:58 PM on June 11, 2008


I've got Slybevel's (ta!), and 'er indoors just emailed to say there's a package from the US waiting for me when I get home.

Yay!

How's the same time next year sound?

Absolutely... I've already started making a themed mix...
posted by pompomtom at 8:33 PM on June 11, 2008


Hey sports fans, here's the missing third disc, a sort of companion to one of the ones en route to my swapset. Something to tide you over, you know?
posted by carsonb at 8:48 PM on June 11, 2008


Let me second Dave Faris' sentiments about Swapset Hush. Well-played, folks! I really appreciate it and look forward to participating again.
posted by bonobo at 9:11 PM on June 11, 2008


carsonb, the missing third disc is awesome. Disc 2 Track 2 of mine goes with Disc 3 Track 1 of yours. If this presages your discs at all, I can't wait. Thanks.

pompomtim-I gave you the benefit of the doubt, figuring yours were out on the great ocean.

god hates math-My parrot made that record! But, you're right, he does have trouble turning it over.
posted by OmieWise at 4:15 AM on June 12, 2008


Swapset Ace-Fu, my mix goes out today. Sorry for the delay, I had to wait for the rattlesnake hides to get back from the tanner, but then I ended up changing the cover design anyway. (Now what am I going to do with 47 miles of barbed wire?)

Anyway, if you can't wait, it's also up on DivShare. It's a collection of some of my favorite Música Popular Brasileira. There's a lot of hand-clapping, some flutes, an accordian, and my poor attempts to translate the song titles.
posted by hydrophonic at 8:34 AM on June 13, 2008


I just got Omie's and carson's yesterday - they both look excellent, and Omiewise gets serious points for presentation.
posted by god hates math at 8:44 AM on June 13, 2008


Team Barsuk -- I failed to mail mine out before leaving town for a week. I'm back and burning as we speak.
posted by Bookhouse at 3:19 PM on June 13, 2008


I'm pretty sure I got zero points for presentation. I hope my tunes make up for that.
posted by SlyBevel at 8:22 AM on June 16, 2008


I still haven't gotten mixes from pointystick or [NOT-HERMITOSIS-IST].
posted by sciurus at 5:10 PM on June 19, 2008


I just want to point out that sciurius and robinpME both made awesome mixes; the all-cleveland disc makes me want to visit the city. some people there are making good music.

and before robin's disc, I had never heard the Be Good Tanyas version of "Lakes of Pontchartrain". I've been playing it daily. sometimes twice in a row. thanks guys!

uh, pointystick and [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST], did you send out your mixes yet?
posted by dubold at 4:32 PM on June 20, 2008


I've finally sent off my mixes. My organizing principle was that I wanted to get across what it was like to listen for an hour and a quarter minutes to my music collection on random.

Actually, how I made it is that I listened to my iPod on shuffle and noted interesting transitions and then puzzled together a mix from those happenstance connections.
posted by Kattullus at 7:39 PM on June 20, 2008


Yay! I'm excited, Kattullus, to hear it. The Plane group had such a wild mix of genres. Let's do this again!
posted by ikahime at 9:39 AM on June 24, 2008


Ok swapset dangerbird, what gives? Life at Boulton and jontyjago sent theirs out and they are over seas!!I really liked both of the mixes by the way, thanks. Now for you other two....
posted by yodelingisfun at 1:23 PM on June 24, 2008


Um, are there two swapset dangerbirds? Because this is dangerbird according to the email I got:
Greg Nog
Shepherd
Brandon Blatcher
PhatLobley
PercussivePaul

By the way I have still only received Shepherd's mix. Mine went out already.
posted by PercussivePaul at 3:03 PM on June 24, 2008


ohhh right sorry he sent out the email with the wrong title, I think we are actually Elephant 6. My original complaint still stands though.
posted by yodelingisfun at 3:35 PM on June 24, 2008


My very late but totally awesome Double CD will be going out to Elephant 6 this very day. I've also sent an email to my swapset from last year, humbly apologizing and asking for their addresses.

I'll upload the mp3s to my web space tonight.
posted by roll truck roll at 11:40 AM on June 25, 2008


Anyone got mine yet? I'm getting paranoid!
posted by pompomtom at 7:15 PM on June 25, 2008


Here are the liner notes for mine.

If you'd like to listen to it, mefimail me and I'll send you a link.
posted by roll truck roll at 8:34 PM on June 25, 2008


Anyone got mine yet? I'm getting paranoid!

Hey pompomtom, I got yours, and it's great. Thanks a bunch.

I've had it for about two weeks now.
posted by SlyBevel at 6:33 AM on June 26, 2008


Yeah, I've received pompomtom's, SlyBevel's, and god hates math's. Hooray Ninja Tune! Am worried because word was weeks ago that OmieWise put his to post, but I haven't seen it yet. Anyone have word from EarBucket or zeph?
posted by carsonb at 2:12 PM on June 26, 2008


I've gotten all the mixes I should've gotten from SwapSet Plane... and what an enjoyable bunch, too!
posted by Kattullus at 8:47 PM on June 26, 2008


OmieWise's has made it to Aus, carsonb... (sorry, that's probably bad news...) Quite an eye-opener for me...
posted by pompomtom at 4:02 PM on June 28, 2008


I've gotten pompomtom's. carsonb, have you still not received mine?
posted by OmieWise at 3:58 AM on July 3, 2008


I haven't gotten yours either, Omiewise. They're in my car right now, so it's hard to be sure, but I think I've gotten Slybevel's, pompomtom's, and carsonb's mixes. No word at all from Earbucket or Zeph.
posted by god hates math at 9:28 AM on July 3, 2008


Wait, you said you had rec'd it (and you commented on the packaging) above.
posted by OmieWise at 12:38 PM on July 3, 2008


Was waiting for the mail today before responding, but it didn't come. Still haven't seen it, OmieWise. =\
posted by carsonb at 2:20 PM on July 3, 2008


Ahh, yes. That's right!

It's in a stack (I'm embarassed to say), waiting to be listened to. I'm clearly a dirty liar, and this comment should be stricken from the record. Except for that part about Earbucket and Zeph.
posted by god hates math at 2:29 PM on July 3, 2008


carsonb-I'll try to put together some cds for you and get them out to you before too long. Unfortunately I've had some trouble with my music backups and stuff, so it'll take longer than it should.
posted by OmieWise at 3:58 AM on July 7, 2008


pointystick? [NOT-HERMITOSIS-IST]? have you sent your cds yet?
posted by robinpME at 10:11 AM on July 7, 2008


I don't think we're ever going to get CDs from them.
posted by sciurus at 12:19 PM on July 10, 2008


So do we have an official list of deadbeats for public shunning? Because I only got two from swapset Barsuk.
posted by smackfu at 12:39 PM on July 10, 2008


I think we've safely passed the point at which any more mixes will be made/sent, and at which point certain individuals can safely be called deadbeats.

As for reporting said deadbeats, I'd suggest replying-all to the swapset email I sent out. That'll allow me to easily make a dataset of the slackers, and allow for a vigorous defense/apology.

While I'm all for public shaming in general, I think I'm going to pass on it this time around - I'll simply decline to allow them to participate in future swaps.
posted by god hates math at 1:05 PM on July 10, 2008


Swapset Level Plane rocks! I got mixes from everyone. And they rock.

You guys got mine, right?
posted by mosessis at 3:02 PM on July 10, 2008


Got yours! Yeah, Swapset Level Plane was a doozy! Any other swapsets have everyone send out mixes?
posted by Kattullus at 3:07 PM on July 10, 2008


Yes! Pretty sure I got 100% from Swapset Greyskull.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:12 PM on July 10, 2008


I got everything from Jade Tree.
posted by 23skidoo at 3:21 PM on July 10, 2008


I'm still missing whir's from swapset Factory...

Did the other factory swapsetters get mine? I know they weren't pretty at all, but I hope they made it on time and actually play music...
posted by Planet F at 8:33 PM on July 10, 2008


I got all of mine a while ago (swapset Ace-Fu), but I have reason to believe that other members of my group were not so lucky. That is to say, I was (as usual, unfortunately) very late sending mine out. Sorry folks, but I did just send them out, and I included a bonus disc (with a mix from a previous swap) in an attempt to make up for my extreme lateness.
posted by klausness at 8:01 AM on July 22, 2008


To follow up. I got all but whir's in swapset factory.
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 10:13 PM on September 28, 2008


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