CD Swap Reminder - Jan. 20! January 12, 2009 7:55 AM   Subscribe

MeFi Winter CD Swap reminder!
Hey swappers, the deadline to mail your mixes is one week from today, January 20th.

If you can't mail out by next Monday, please let the rest of your swapset know. I am willing to pass on any messages as well.

My own mix is just about finished; as soon as it's unleashed upon my fakebandmates I'll post a link here to a digital copy (for anyone who didn't/couldn't participate but still sorta wants to).
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:55 AM (102 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Well, one week from tomorrow. Couldn't hurt to do it a day early, right?
posted by carsonb at 7:59 AM on January 12, 2009

My mix (Callout from God) is done, discs are burned, mailing enevelopes bought, now I just have to print up covers and then get the damn things in the mail. Can't wait to see what goodness awaits others.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 10:13 AM on January 12, 2009

I sent mine out on Friday. Anyone know of a cute way to post either the songs or samples or a track order online now that Muxtape is gone? (Don't worry swapmates, it wasn't this, you're safe from witchcraft.)
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:15 AM on January 12, 2009

Oh, crap. I didn't even know about this round. Ah well, there's always summertime (or whenever)...
posted by mykescipark at 11:49 AM on January 12, 2009

I've already received one! Thank you blindcarboncopy.

I'm narrowing down tracks (iTunes says the mix currently has 1.5 hours) but should be done in a day or two, and then there will be burning and mailing.
posted by immlass at 12:26 PM on January 12, 2009

Oh yeah and I got mine from The Ardship of Cambry already, but I haven't translated any of the Japanese songs on there yet 'cuz I prefer to assume they're singing about poop.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:45 PM on January 12, 2009

They'll be in the mail by lunchtime, I swear! I just better check that I'm not sending anyone a blank CD. And I apologise in advance for the poor job trimming the inserts.
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets at 2:03 PM on January 12, 2009

Mine's been done for a while. As for the mailing... you can bet your ass it's going to be at the last minute. Perhaps even a day late.

What it is with me and the Post Office, I'm not sure, but there's definitely some kind of "disturbance in the force" issue. I don't know why I always put it off until the last minute, but I do. It's like I'm going to walk in and someone's going to, oh, I don't know... go postal.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 2:20 PM on January 12, 2009

I've received one as well (and it was quite a lot of good stuff). Mine is ready to go, I just need to get them in the mail.

**WARNING** Recipients of the quin MeFi mix may suffer from headaches, speeding-tickets, and loss of consciousness. Do not listen to when provoked. Wash hands after using. Apply only as directed. Use caution when mixing with alcohol. All stunts performed by professionals. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME**
posted by quin at 3:22 PM on January 12, 2009

Got two CDs already, from The Ardship of Cambry and Potomac Avenue, and mailed mine out Saturday. This is fun, but man, does it make me feel old. If I do this again, I may just embrace my advanced age and rip some of my thirty year old vinyl in all it's snap, crackle, and popping glory.
posted by hoppytoad at 3:47 PM on January 12, 2009


yes, yes.

I made the envelopes almost immediately, but I haven't managed to go get any blank cds due to incompetence.

Now if only I had a theme in mind for the actual songs...
posted by Acari at 3:52 PM on January 12, 2009

Pfft, themes...

A whole lotta you better prepare yourselves for a randomly selected yet carefully arranged assortment of songs that I like for the most embarassingly emotional and completely inexplicable reasons.
posted by carsonb at 4:07 PM on January 12, 2009

Mine was mailed out today, actually. I hope you all enjoy.
posted by thivaia at 5:50 PM on January 12, 2009

Mine's been copied, I'm trying to work on a fancy-ass liner notes sheet.

But if I have to just make it plain-basic copy if I put it off too long, I will. This will go in the mail. Oh yes.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:49 PM on January 12, 2009

Yeah, mine are copied and even addressed, but I'm procrastinating on the liner/tracklist, for whatever reason.
posted by Bigfoot Mandala at 8:09 PM on January 12, 2009

My mix is sitting in iTunes, the cover/track list is complete. I must purchase envelopes, burn/assemble the CDs, then pack and mail. Saturday is my goal date for mailing.

I hope the recipients enjoy my effort. I went beyond theme, and attempted to make mine loosely narrative.
posted by owtytrof at 9:08 AM on January 13, 2009

I got one in the mail already.

Hey Carson, you wanna get together this weekend so I can give 'em to you? I got Friday off, too.

Also, I'm totally in that weird-ass moment where you start to second-guess every goddamn song you put on there, thinking "Is this pretentious, is this common, will this blow them away, will they hate me?"

It's usually one of those things that I assume is just part of the relationship process, but that it's happening now too is disconcerting.


I think the problem is that the Monkeyfilter mix I sent out a couple years ago was perfect, so perfect that everything else has seemed like ham-handed attempts to recreate the perfect mix, but since I can't use the same songs (that would be cheating, admitting defeat, sadness), something's always wrong. Like the second Monkeyfilter mix I made, which drifts too much into mid-tempo rock in the last third, because I didn't know how to break out of it.

And I made another mix that's got the best of 2008 on it, but it's too long for a CD. Maybe I'll be insane and steal DVDs from work and burn it to that. But then, the DVD would be mostly empty and wouldn't play in most players.

At least I made a pretty kickass gangster rap mix (though it could use some fiddling too, as I tried to make it too edifying, since I was giving it to my mother, who's recently decided that she likes rap music).

posted by klangklangston at 11:37 AM on January 13, 2009

Chill bro. Nobody's judging you. (Unless you listen to vampire weekend in which case you are pure evil)

I just got mine from Hoppytoad--DC represent! I really love that Chuck Brown song...I was lucky enough to interview him last year and asked him about it. Apparently he has always wanted to play that tune, and not just cuz he's the Godfather. Cool beans.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:58 AM on January 13, 2009


I realized early on that my music tastes are so deleterious that the closest I would ever come to perfect is 'perfectly awful'. So I embraced my suck and just put on some stuff I found fun.

Though I had to seriously debate about whether or not to include the Meow Mix theme.
posted by quin at 12:11 PM on January 13, 2009

"Unless you listen to vampire weekend in which case you are pure evil"

No, though one of my favorite new bands this year was Vampire Hands, a band that also has some funky Afro-pop instrumentation underpinning their indie rock. But they're awesome and Vampire Weekend is bland, and I think people might write them off due to the vampire name.

And my mix has to be perfect otherwise I can't mercilessly critique everyone else's. JEEZ

By the way, this is my best of '08 mix tapish thing (it'd fit on a 100 minute tape, but then the side swap would be weird, like those damn factory tapes that had like 20 minutes of silence on one end.)
posted by klangklangston at 2:41 PM on January 13, 2009

FUCK. My mix is PERFECT, aside from the 53 seconds I'm over the 80 minute limit.
posted by carsonb at 9:24 AM on January 14, 2009

Time to cut the interstitial gaps, then open up Amadeus and see if you can shave a couple seconds off of intros and outros to make "radio edits."

With tapes it was easier to do your own fade ins and outs.
posted by klangklangston at 11:19 AM on January 14, 2009

You know, it normally wouldn't be a problem for me up to about 3 months ago when I switched to Linux. Now Audacity only sort of works for me—it'll shave and fade tracks OK, but the exported mp3s (while in actuality retaining the correct length) show up with hugely expanded runtimes. So even though they're actually 3 or 4 seconds shorter than before, my burning software thinks they're 3 or 4 minutes longer and won't run the disk write.
posted by carsonb at 11:54 AM on January 14, 2009

I've never had good luck with Audacity. Were you on a Mac before?

I do like Amadeus, though it's pretty user unfriendly (and doesn't appear to work for Linux, hrm…)
posted by klangklangston at 12:00 PM on January 14, 2009

No, I was a Windows user before, and utterly broke when that machine crapped out on me. So I went with the cheapest (free!) option on a homebuilt box. It's done me right so far, for the most part. I think part of my problem is that I keep trying to run KDE applications in a normal Ubuntu (opposed to Kubuntu) environment, and just don't have everything set up/downloaded/installed correctly.
posted by carsonb at 12:27 PM on January 14, 2009

I just wanted to interrupt to say that I just saved a buttload on my car insurance.

(And I'm looking forward to your CD: 80 minutes on the mark, I will expect! 79:59 will not do!!)

(Now watch me have one of those CD players that won't recognize it)
posted by not_on_display at 2:23 PM on January 14, 2009

I waked to the post office today to get the last 11 cents or so worth of stamps needed, but I realized at the last minute that I left my wallet at home.


Tomorrow, though. Mail will happen!
It's even warming up!
posted by Acari at 12:33 AM on January 15, 2009

I hope that mine made it to everyone in my groups. I have received one.
posted by bjgeiger at 7:37 PM on January 15, 2009

Burned, packed, sealed(with a pre-applied adhesive; no kisses, sorry), addressed and mailed. Hope it's not too horrible.
posted by owtytrof at 10:29 AM on January 17, 2009

Mine are wending their way out today (one of y'all's in New Jersey and I'm in Brooklyn, so you should get it pretty soon). Whee!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:33 PM on January 17, 2009

Burned, printed, cut-and-pasted, and I have the address labels ready to go on repurposed envelopes as soon as I get home. Hope nobody hates it because it went a bit more country-tinged than it began - I realised while making it that my music-listening has been split evenly between that and rap recently, which hurt my ears when combined.

The address I gave was my parents' because I wasn't sure which part of the country I'd be in by now, so I'm going to have to wait patiently until my mum visits in a few weeks to get mine, but she tells me there's a few waiting. Excitement!
posted by carbide at 12:22 PM on January 18, 2009

OK, mailed! Well, mostly. klang and Ambrosia, I'm gonna wait until I see you again before you get a piece of me. The VERY NICE WOMAN at the Post Office just now refused to count my 'packages' as 'large envelopes' so I went way over budget. Let's do it soon.

US recipients keep an eye out the next 1 to 3 days. Past the edges of our coasts the USPS gives 'Varies' as the delivery time, so you, Swede, Kiwi, and Phillipino, might have to wait a while. Sorry! Also apologies for the Frankenvelope situation many of you will encounter. I usually reuse the envelopes from the previous swap, but this time there weren't enough to go around and I had to make some, uh, adjustments.

Meanwhile, I've received mixes from Katullus, Miss Otis' Egrets, thivaia, and not_on_display, which I can finally put on and enjoy.

80 minutes on the mark, I will expect! 79:59 will not do!!

It was classic last night. I'd spent hours tweaking the tracks (in a pretty good program I finally tracked down called ReZound) so that my music library told me the mix was at 1h20mins, but when I loaded everything into the burning software (after a six round bout with my old burning software) I was still 28 seconds over. At that point I was so fed up I just lopped the whole coda of one of the instrumental songs right off, didn't give it a second look (heh) and set to burning. So I don't know exactly how long it is, but it's pretty damn close to 80 even. Which WILL do, TYVM.

Of course, now that they're safely in the mail and out of my control I realize that the entire second half of the mix is totally misguided (whereas before I was convinced it was salvaged and actually pretty good) and I'm prepared for the lambasting I deserve.
posted by carsonb at 4:57 PM on January 20, 2009

I mailed mine while listening to the radio playing a speech from the Inauguration at my local post office, which made me smile. I've been waiting to mail mine to listen to the mix I already received--I'll be doing that tomorrow because tonight is Inauguration with my man.

One of my recipients is local to me, so he should get his tomorrow. My Italian swap-partner should get his in 5-10 business days.
posted by immlass at 5:20 PM on January 20, 2009

I got one!

Mine are going out... on Thursday.

posted by grapefruitmoon at 5:22 PM on January 20, 2009

I sent out mine on the 17th...

So far, I received one from owtytrof (thanks !) on the 20th, it was a great surprise and helped make my day.
posted by fizzix at 2:27 PM on January 22, 2009

I took have received owtytrof's mix, so I guess you're a Wyld Stallyn too, fizzix!

Mine are going out first thing tomorrow morning. Yes, I suck. In my defense, my mix covers are all handmade and kissed by kittens.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 2:57 PM on January 22, 2009

ATTENTION: grapefruitmoon does *not* suck for sending her CDs out late. I only mention this because mine are also going to slightly late-ish. And since she is awesome, and we can all agree that this minor infraction in no way reflects on her suckiness, I think we can all accept that by extension the fact that mine are also going to be a little bit behind the deadline should not reflect poorly on me...

Ok, she doesn't suck, but I do. Mine are in the mail tomorrow. I swear.
posted by quin at 3:33 PM on January 22, 2009

bjgeiger, I received your CD- thank you!
posted by Dr-Baa at 10:04 AM on January 23, 2009

Awww, thanks for sticking up for my alleged awesomeness, quin.

To make up for the tardiness, I used awesome envelopes. The Post Office didn't even eat me! Though man, those ladies sure are rude.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 10:31 AM on January 23, 2009

I'm glad to hear my mixes are arriving safely. I got your MeMail, fizzix, but I was hoping to get your mix before I replied. The USPS are either really dragging their feet, or the unthinkable has happened. Or maybe you sent them MediaMail?
posted by owtytrof at 12:40 PM on January 23, 2009

EmpressCallipygos's arrived Tuesday (when mine went out), and is way cool. Themed, even!
posted by Bigfoot Mandala at 5:58 PM on January 23, 2009

I got three all at once today out of my group -- a little too disorganized right now to be able to tell whose; will report back to let y'all know. Whee!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:37 PM on January 23, 2009

I've received 6 so far and will put them into the player tonight for listening. I'm loving the diversity of selections and cover designs.

I'm aware of one person receiving from my batch. Crossing my fingers they all arrive safely, as I took a few risks in packaging and had assistance in getting them sent out.
posted by batmonkey at 10:42 AM on January 26, 2009

I wound up with pneumonia during the weeklong slot on the calendar marked "make CD this week" so people in my group, I am late but reliable.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:04 AM on January 26, 2009

I've received not_on_display's and sent out mine. Mine were actually ready in December but I forget them at home when leaving for the airport (where I was going to pop them in the mailbox). Then I forgot to mail them out for days and days after coming back to the US.
posted by Kattullus at 11:05 AM on January 26, 2009

I'm sorry to be lagging, but I had the flu and then finally faced the daunting task of getting Vista off my machine, so you will all JUST HAVE TO WAIT. But I'm almost done, promise.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:42 AM on January 26, 2009

I've received two a couple of weeks ago (keeners) and sent mine a day late (slacker).
posted by arcticwoman at 12:12 PM on January 26, 2009

I love that I am part of a community in which I am not the one who sticks out as tardy! Slackers: unite and take over--in a few minutes, maybe tomorrow!

Yay Honesty in Motion!
posted by not_on_display at 12:14 PM on January 26, 2009

omg misteraitch sent me Plopp x2!!!!

Q. What could be more awesome?
A. Plopp x3.

THANK YOU om nom nom
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 5:18 PM on January 26, 2009

Woohoo! Finally got one!

Thanks, grapefruitmoon, it looks like a pretty eclectic mix. I look forward to having a listen.
posted by owtytrof at 5:33 PM on January 26, 2009

Urp, that was frickin' delicious. Thank you, misteraitch! Now, let's see about that mix...
posted by carsonb at 5:36 PM on January 26, 2009

Right -- I got jacquilynne, bigfoot mandala, and defenestration's all a couple days ago all at once -- kudos for the timing, y'all!

Then I got batmonkey's today -- and my god, bat, you went completely all out with the packaging!

Not had a listen yet -- that'll come this weekend. But thanks to all!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:18 PM on January 26, 2009

posted by Kattullus at 9:02 PM on January 26, 2009

OK, since a couple of you have already copped to listening to the punishment I mailed out, I'll go ahead with the plan. I felt bad for not including this in the notes, but it was important that names and stuff didn't get in the way of the tunes.

A Mid-Tempo Rock Song Glut (download!)
01. Doug Sahm - Rock-Tick-Tock
02. Self - I Am a Little Explostion
03. Late of the Pier - Random Firl
04. Harvey Danger - Carlotta Valdez
05. The Walkmen - The Rat
06. Reggie & the Full Effect - Good Times, Good Tunes, Good Buds
07. Gil Mantera's Party Dream - Alligator Missions
08. Women - Sag Harbor Bridge
09. Pitty Sing - Anyway
10. Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time
11. Mink Deville - Let Me Dream If I Want To
12. Ezra Furman & the Harpoons - Take Off Your Sunglasses
13. Arif Sag - Osman Pehlivan
14. The Sea & Cake - Weekend
15. The Small Faces - I Feel Much Better
16. Nobody - Tori Oshi
17. The Mooney Suzuki - The Broken Heart
18. Prince - Crimson & Clover
19. Mount Eerie & Julie Dorion - Lost Wisdom
20. Lambchop - Your Fucking Sunny Day
21. The Jazz Butcher - Mr. Odd
22. Headset - Breath Contrails
23. Sixto Rodriguez - Crucify Your Mind
24. Danielson - Five Stars & Two Thumbs Up

Additional commentary: There wasn't a tracklist in the liner notes, just a long ramble commenting on how much I regretted burning the discs already and a bit about each track that I wrote as I listened the thing through. You can read it for yourself (not recommended) if you download the mix. Anyway, of all the frickin' artists to get pinged on a repeat, someone sent me an excellent mix that also featured a groovy Prince track. I mentioned upthread that I had to lop the end of a track (Tori Oshi) off to get everything to fit on the disc. Well, I guess I deleted that hacked file so the full track is included here. That brings this version to 1:20:28, not_on_display, so there! The more I look at this track list the more I realize that this is an insane jumble of songs with little to nothing in the coherence category save the mid-temposity and an uncanny self-awareness of how bad it is, but the more I listen to it the more I like it. I hope you like it too.
posted by carsonb at 12:11 AM on January 27, 2009

Wow. That got there fast.

owtytrof: MeMail me if you want to know which of the songs are MeFi related and the threads that they came from. Some might be more obvious than others.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 4:12 AM on January 27, 2009

Today I got fantastic Cd's by Thivaia and Carbide. Much Obliged.

For reasons I cannot articulate properly, I did not send the track list nor made beautiful cd sleeves. What I did, was to make my cd a 1:01:15 long non-stop-mix of mainly instrumental tracks, which I really hope my bandmates enjoy.

The tracks are:

Toshack Highway -Harlem
One Dove - There Goes The Cure
William Orbit - Harry Flowers
David Bowie - Art Decade
Primal Scream - Inner Flight
KLF- The Lights Of Baton Rouge Pass By
Christian Kleine - H-Y
Opiate - Late
Slowdive - Erik's Song
Eric Satie - Deuxieme Gymnopedie
Aphex Twin - [z twig] aka [b+w stripes]
Sam Rosenthal - Jane
Skylab - Six Nine
Boards Of Canada - One Very Important Thought
Kraftwerk -Ohm Sweet Ohm

You can download the mix here.
posted by elmono at 6:35 PM on January 27, 2009

Oh. my. god. Not only did misteraitch send us Cloetta Plopp x2 (om nom nom)*, but also his CD looks and feels like an LP, and furthermore it includes one song which I happened to be watching the Youtubevideo for over and over today before receiving the CD. WOO!

Thanks for the tracklist, carsonb. I smiled when I heard the Cher mixed in there with everything. Great music to drive to. And I knew barely any of the bands, but liked all of the songs.

Kattullus: I've only heard the first two songs on yours, and somehow they work well together and point to yours being a great rollercoaster ride.

*We should have a MeFi Candy Exchange!
posted by not_on_display at 8:46 PM on January 27, 2009

Ooh! Ooh! Plopp! Yay!

I can't wait to receive misteraitch's mix.

Also can't wait to receive kerning's and Ambrosia Voyeur's mixes.

Oh, and one thing I should mention. The weeks' delay in sending out the finished mixes did allow me time to make nice covers.
posted by Kattullus at 9:07 PM on January 27, 2009

You know, for all that I've written in this thread and elsewhere, there's been one important message I've failed to convey regarding my mix:

Fuck Rod Stewart.

The Faces were never the same.
posted by carsonb at 11:24 PM on January 27, 2009

I don't know, man... by the time The Small Faces turned into The Faces there was a lot wrong with the band. Not that I'm claiming that The Small Faces aren't miles better than The Faces, but Rod Stewart had very little to do with it.
posted by Kattullus at 5:51 AM on January 28, 2009

Yeah, but still... Fuck Rod Stewart. You standin' up for the man?
posted by carsonb at 6:42 AM on January 28, 2009

woohoo !

I received a couple more (from grapefruitmoon and acari). I haven't listened to them yet.

Has any wyld stallions received mine yet ? I sent them first class or media, but sent them on the 16th, so they should have arrived by now or very soon.

I plan on listening to them before even reading the track lists for more surprise.
posted by fizzix at 6:52 AM on January 28, 2009

Just got mine from Batmonkey. Mad crafty cover + THE GOATS. The freakin GOATS? Spirit of '96 for real. Awesome.

I also got a request from Indiebass for my mix when I mentioned it in an askme, and he linked me his friend's site the International Mixtape Project, which is just awesome and makes me want to do this year-round.

I also have an extra one if anyone wants it. Warning: it is as weird as the cover indicates.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:43 AM on January 28, 2009

Also fucking Rod Stewart fucking rocks my socks.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:00 AM on January 28, 2009

I'll take your mix, Potomac Avenue, if someone else hasn't claimed it.
posted by Kattullus at 9:23 AM on January 28, 2009

Any argument against Rod Stewart's takeover of the Faces can be silenced by blasting Pool Hall Richard at appropriate volume.

And hey, I've only gotten two mixes in the mail. What's up, Midnighters? Was mine so bad that y'all were like, fuck it, he ain't worth the postage? Or so good that you can't compete? (More likely the former than the latter.)
posted by klangklangston at 1:45 PM on January 28, 2009 [1 favorite]

klang, your mix was incredible. Mailing it out with mine took the sting offa subjecting our other swapset members to my abomination. How about a track list, though? Some of that stuff is so obscure Google doesn't even know about it (or I'm just kissing this guy). Frinstance, that Dudley Moore/Bedazzled track had me stumped for quite some time, and I can't place anything with no/low lyrics.
posted by carsonb at 1:53 PM on January 28, 2009

Oh, and are you going tomorrow night? I can give you a third disc then.
posted by carsonb at 1:55 PM on January 28, 2009

Ok Stallyns:
I've received two cds and so far nobody is winning.
[ok, I really like the music on the discs, and everything, but you guys know the criteria on which you are being judged]

fizzix's's alarmed popsicle and owtytrof's 60.28 cm2 tracklist on scrap paper were both grin-inducing. [thanks, guys!]

I'm in tooth-removal-mushy-food-only-blah-land, so the rest of these discs had better hurry up and get here soon. I'm excited for more mail.
posted by Acari at 2:26 PM on January 28, 2009

OK, this is the easiest (for me, at the moment) way to do this: I'll do a better job when I'm at home and can access this for real. For the moment, though:

Name Artist Composer Album Grouping Genre Size Time Disc Number Disc Count Track Number Track Count Year Date Modified Date Added Bit Rate Sample Rate Volume Adjustment Kind Equalizer Comments Play Count Last Played Skip Count Last Skipped My Rating Location
Struktur X Karlheinz Stockhausen Elektronische Musik 1952-1960 Electronic 8620624 269 14 1992 8/19/06 7:13 AM 5/1/08 7:36 PM 256 44100 MPEG audio file 7 1/15/09 7:09 PM 80 Second drive:music:Karlheinz Stockhausen:Elektronische Musik 1952-1960:14 Struktur X.mp3
I Wanna Be Your Lover Prince Prince Purple 5619840 351 1 1979 7/15/08 6:36 PM 5/1/08 7:31 PM 128 44100 105 MPEG audio file 9 1/15/09 7:15 PM 80 Second drive:music:Prince:Prince:01 I Wanna Be Your Lover.mp3
I Get Lifted George McCrae W. Casey/R. Finch Miami Sound R&B 4134238 162 1 1 3 17 2003 7/4/08 1:11 PM 7/4/08 1:10 PM 203 44100 MPEG audio file 17 1/15/09 7:18 PM 80 Second drive:music:Compilations:Miami Sound:03 I Get Lifted.mp3
Wells Fargo Babe Ruth Alan Shacklock First Base Rock 9150196 374 1 1972 11/7/08 5:52 PM 11/7/08 5:50 PM 193 44100 MPEG audio file 12 1/15/09 7:24 PM 80 Second drive:music:Babe Ruth:First Base:01 Wells Fargo.mp3
In the Woods Raccoo-oo-oon The Cave of Forest Spirits Forever noise 8197070 249 7 2005 9/20/06 7:59 AM 5/1/08 7:38 PM 262 44100 MPEG audio file 7 1/15/09 7:28 PM Second drive:music:Raccoo-oo-oon:The Cave of Forest Spirits Forever:07 In the Woods.mp3
Look Out! Soul Is Back Nation of Ulysses 13-Point Program To Destroy America Rock 3729418 97 2 1991 4/19/07 6:48 PM 5/1/08 7:43 PM 304 44100 MPEG audio file EAC 0.95b3/LAME 3.93 HQ 13 1/15/09 7:30 PM Second drive:music:Nation of Ulysses:13-Point Program To Destroy America:02 Look Out! Soul Is Back.mp3
Rock 'n' Roll Submarine The Submarines The Submarines EP Local Rock 4368192 181 3 4 2003 12/26/05 2:46 PM 5/1/08 7:34 PM 192 44100 MPEG audio file 6 1/15/09 7:33 PM Second drive:music:The Submarines:The Submarines EP:03 Rock 'n' Roll Submarine.mp3
My Shadow Jay Reatard Blood Visions Punk 7931975 198 4 2006 5/6/08 8:46 PM 5/6/08 8:45 PM 320 44100 MPEG audio file 11 1/15/09 7:36 PM 80 Second drive:music:Jay Reatard:Blood Visions:04 My Shadow.mp3
Lesser Snake Indian Jewelry Indian Jewelry Invasive Exotics Alternative & Punk 8600094 259 1 1 1 10 2006 4/26/08 4:09 AM 5/3/08 8:42 AM 256 44100 MPEG audio file 10 1/15/09 7:40 PM 80 Second drive:music:Indian Jewelry:Invasive Exotics:01 Lesser Snake.mp3
I Wanna Know If It's Good To You Funkadelic Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow Psychedelic-Funk 11573248 361 4 1970 8/2/06 6:41 AM 5/1/08 7:28 PM 256 44100 MPEG audio file 5 1/15/09 7:46 PM Second drive:music:Funkadelic:Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow:04 I Wanna Know If It's Good To You.mp3
Pauline Love The Natty Big Joe (King Tubby dub mix) African Princess 16 3823568 238 1978 11/18/07 10:49 AM 5/1/08 7:50 PM 128 44100 MPEG audio file 4 1/15/09 7:50 PM 80 Second drive:music:Big Joe (King Tubby dub mix):African Princess:Pauline Love The Natty.mp3
Me And You Cherry Red Vampire Hands Me And You Cherry Red Alternative & Punk 4139875 152 8 8 2008 6/27/08 9:00 PM 5/31/08 4:00 PM 216 44100 MPEG audio file 8 1/15/09 7:53 PM Second drive:music:Vampire Hands:Me And You Cherry Red:08 Me And You Cherry Red.mp3
Cathedral Blues Two Vampire Hands Me And You Cherry Red Alternative & Punk 7496030 279 7 8 2008 6/27/08 9:00 PM 5/31/08 3:57 PM 214 44100 MPEG audio file 14 1/16/09 12:21 PM Second drive:music:Vampire Hands:Me And You Cherry Red:07 Cathedral Blues Two.mp3
Independence Day The Comsat Angels The Comsat Angels Waiting For A Miracle Post-Punk 5433178 226 3 1980 8/2/06 6:52 AM 5/1/08 7:29 PM 192 44100 MPEG audio file 8 1/16/09 12:25 PM 80 Second drive:music:The Comsat Angels:Waiting For A Miracle:03 Independence Day.mp3
Caramba Cluster Moebius Zuckerzeit Rock 3788672 236 5 1974 8/2/06 7:05 AM 5/1/08 7:30 PM 128 44100 MPEG audio file 9 1/16/09 12:26 PM 80 Second drive:music:Cluster:Zuckerzeit:05 Caramba.mp3
08.Bedazzled Bedazzled Bedazzled From Vinyl 2280440 142 9/6/05 1:19 PM 5/1/08 7:33 PM 128 44100 MPEG audio file 7 1/16/09 12:46 PM Second drive:music:Bedazzled:Bedazzled From Vinyl:08.Bedazzled.mp3
Mickey Mouse Sparks Angst In My Pants Pop 6911799 199 1 1 6 1982 11/23/08 1:17 PM 11/23/08 1:04 PM 256 44100 Purchased AAC audio file 7 1/16/09 1:01 PM Second drive:music:Sparks:Angst In My Pants:06 Mickey Mouse.m4a
Honeymoon With B Troop 10cc Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman Deceptive Bends 5435569 169 6 12/11/05 8:12 AM 5/1/08 7:32 PM 256 44100 MPEG audio file 7 1/16/09 1:02 PM 80 Second drive:music:10cc:Deceptive Bends:06 Honeymoon With B Troop.mp3
Finders Keepers Chairmen Of The Board Bittersweet/Skin I'm In Unclassifiable 5936194 247 1 1 20 20 1999 6/2/05 8:42 AM 5/1/08 7:33 PM 192 44100 MPEG audio file 3 1/16/09 1:06 PM Second drive:music:Chairmen Of The Board:Bittersweet_Skin I'm In:20 Finders Keepers.mp3

That's the text file of the playlist export.
posted by klangklangston at 5:50 PM on January 28, 2009

Future Villain band: Are mine getting out? i was a little nervous about how much postage I put on everyone's. I've seen Bigfoot Mandala's got there, how about the rest?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:07 PM on January 28, 2009

Ok, in human-readable format:

Struktur X Karlheinz Stockhausen Elektronische Musik 1952-1960
I Wanna Be Your Lover Prince Prince
I Get Lifted George McCrae Miami Sound
Wells Fargo Babe Ruth First Base
In the Woods Raccoo-oo-oon The Cave of Forest Spirits Forever
Look Out! Soul Is Back Nation of Ulysses 13-Point Program To Destroy America
Rock 'n' Roll Submarine The Submarines The Submarines EP
My Shadow Jay Reatard Blood Visions
Lesser Snake Indian Jewelry Invasive Exotics
I Wanna Know If It's Good To You Funkadelic Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow
Pauline Love The Natty Big Joe (King Tubby dub mix) African Princess
Me And You Cherry Red Vampire Hands Me And You Cherry Red
Cathedral Blues Two Vampire Hands Me And You Cherry Red
Independence Day The Comsat Angels Waiting For A Miracle
Caramba Cluster Zuckerzeit
08.Bedazzled Bedazzled Bedazzled From Vinyl
Mickey Mouse Sparks Angst In My Pants
Honeymoon With B Troop 10cc Deceptive Bends
Finders Keepers Chairmen Of The Board Bittersweet/Skin I'm In
posted by klangklangston at 8:46 PM on January 28, 2009

Grr. Well, obviously tabs are stripped too.
posted by klangklangston at 8:48 PM on January 28, 2009

I got one today (Callout from GOD) from Slack-a-gogo with awesome cover art, and based on some common artists I see in the setlist, what looks like some fantastic new music for me to listen to.
posted by immlass at 9:11 PM on January 28, 2009

hey klang - I got your mix a couple of days ago. In the same package as carson's. Are you guys comparing notes or something? Haven't listened to it yet, in fact, I only barely managed to get into the envelope there was so much tape securing it. Carson mentions he received mine upthread, so hopefully you got your copy too.
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets at 11:33 PM on January 28, 2009

It was an envelope only in the sense that what wasn't tape used to be envelope.
posted by carsonb at 11:51 PM on January 28, 2009

I'm glad you liked the cover art, Acari, but you got mine and fizzix's backwards. I finally got to listen to yours this morning(no commute yesterday due to North Texas' complete inability to deal with ice of any kind), and while it's quite different than most of my collection, I like what I heard. Thanks!
posted by owtytrof at 7:00 AM on January 29, 2009

Acari: I used the weirdest envelopes I could find JUST FOR YOU. If I don't win, I hope I at least get honorable mention.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 7:50 AM on January 29, 2009

Yeah, Miss Otis, I got yours and dug it. I had always been curious about Garageland after getting their final album to review (it was mostly meh with a couple great singles, I thought), but now you've rekindled my interest.
posted by klangklangston at 9:20 AM on January 29, 2009

PDF of liner from iTunes export.
posted by klangklangston at 9:26 AM on January 29, 2009

Are you guys comparing notes or something?

I offered to mail his with mine after klang expressed an interest in participating but only if he didn't have to go to the post office. So yeah, Starlighters, you get a twofer when mine shows up.
posted by carsonb at 12:42 PM on January 29, 2009

you got mine and fizzix's backwards
I noticed that just after I posted, but I hoped that maybe you guys would forget which one was yours, too.

I used the weirdest envelopes I could find JUST FOR YOU
This is clearly cheating. On-time-sender-outers did not have the advantage of even knowing there was a competition, let alone what the criteria were.
I haven't received your cd yet, but before I do I should make it clear that you get a dishonourable mention, and that I like the cut of your jib.
posted by Acari at 6:39 PM on January 29, 2009

I'll take your mix, Potomac Avenue, if someone else hasn't claimed it.
posted by Kattullus at 9:23 AM

rofl did you expect me to just address it to Kattullus c/o ICELAND and stick it in the mail? MeMail me your address yo.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:21 PM on January 29, 2009

In the event anyone got my compilation and couldn't discern the liner notes, due to poor print quality, the tracklist is as follows:

( I sent both, honestly, because January is a long, cold month and I couldn't figure out which one I liked better)

Secos E Molhados--Amor
Robert Pollard--She Saw The Shadow
Cougars--I Wish It Would Rain
The Easybeats--All Gone Boy
Patrik Fitzgerald--Babysitter
The Deadly Snakes--There Goes Your Corpse Again
Amral's Trinidad Cavaliers Steel Orchestra--90% of Me Is You
Cut Copy--Strangers In The Wind
Bill Withers--Better Off Dead
Doc Watson--Blue Smoke
Bowerbirds--In Our Talons
Left Banke--Pretty Ballerina
Hoagy Carmichael--Stardust
Cardinal--Dream Figure
Mable John--Your Good Thing (Is About To End)
The Delgados--All Rise
CAN--She Brings The Rain
Versus--True Believer
Hotel Lights--Stumblin Home Winter Blues
Pearls Before Swine--Love/Sex
Love as Laughter--Idol Worship! Idol Worship
Frightened Rabbit--The Twist


Jessi Colter--Why You Been Gone So Long
King Khan & The Shrines--Outta Harm's Way
Aretha Franklin--Don't Let Me Lose This Dream
Chris Knox--A Song To Welcome The Onset of Maturity
Marion Black--Who Knows
Howling Hex--Activity Risks
Bo Dillis & The Wild Magnolias--Handa Wanda
Jane Birkin--Apocalypstick
New York Dolls--Bad Girl
Jay Reatard--Always Wanting More
Kingsbury Manx--Plez Komet
Kevin Ayers--Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes
Josef K--The Missionary
The Fucking Champs--Abide With Me
Jolie Holland--Poor Girl
Jim Ford--Long Road Ahead
Pylon--Stop It
The Broken West--Gwen Now Or Then
Sparks--Angst in My Pants
Mary Hopkin--Those Were The Days
Nick Cave &The Bad Seeds--Breathless
posted by thivaia at 7:41 AM on January 30, 2009

carsonb : It was an envelope only in the sense that what wasn't tape used to be envelope.

Yes. You clearly have the same love for red electric tape that I do.
posted by quin at 8:05 AM on January 30, 2009

I've been listening to misteraitch's mix at work all day. It's made a slow, quiet Friday a little faster and louder. I especially enjoy the last 3 songs (great sequencing!).
posted by Kattullus at 9:29 AM on January 30, 2009

klang - glad you liked it. Check out Garageland's first album or their first few ep's from the early 90s. That's probably their best stuff - I think they kind of went downhill from there.
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets at 12:30 AM on January 31, 2009

I've just managed to listen to the last of the 7 CDs I received.

These are the ones I know I have:
hoppytoad - Capitol mix! Heh. My favourite of the entire set was "Bullet and a Target". It's just short of earworm, which is perfect. I know I've heard it before but never had a chance to listen to it, say, five times in a row as I pleased. Must. Buy. Album.
Bigfoot Mandala - Plushly global, genre-busting mix that makes me want to find a soft-floored forest, where I would be inspired to alternately dance and ponder...and rock out. Intensely percussive. The Sandy Bull track nearly broke me. If I'd had any idea I was going to be dancing for damned near thirty minutes, I would have prepared more; some stretching, perhaps. Whew.
Empress Callipygos - Cleverly & joyously wrought. The axis of the theme is excellently cohesive without sounding same-y. Lots of timewarping, singing along, and finger-snapping. Great CD for the car.
defenestration - This mix had my brain traveling the gamut from California sunshine to the land of the midnight sun. Thoughtful while unexpectedly "boppy" in places, I think this is going to be a favourite wind-down disc from now on out.
Potomac Avenue - Somehow, I expected this to be more discordant than it was, which was a pleasant surprise (I say this as a fan of discordant music). Quirkily upbeat, exuberantly raw. It'll probably get abused as a house-cleaning CD again, but I'm also thinking it'll make a fine psych-up CD for going out.
The Ardship of Cambry - Insane mix. Seriously mad. Barmy. Bezoomny. In case I'm not making this clear, I mean as in "crazy". Japanese, cacophony, moodiness...don't take this the wrong way, but I think this is a great CD for activities involving floggers and thuddy things. Or encouraging a schizophrenic break. Either way. It made cleaning house unforgettable, that's for damned sure. Will play again!
Jacquilynne - okay, pretty sure I put the right name in the case ("Everything new is old again"), but let me know if I'm wrong. I love this mix. Wry and playful. Another one I'll definitely be playing again and again.

...I had to reconstruct a couple of those because I was a little too fast to recycle the envelopes. Please be gentle in correcting me if I got you mixed up with someone else.

I do not have CDs from the following, as far as I know:

I'm deeply digging that so many of you enjoyed the packaging. After getting them all designed and printed, I had major help on construction from the fella (saintcynr). If anyone wants official follow-through instructions, I'll be posting 'em later this week. I think it's pretty easy to reconstruct, but I'm going to do it anyway and will link back here when I'm done. One of the most fun comp packages ever. I hope the mix held up to the promise of the packaging.

Potomac Avenue: !!! beyond delightful to have someone as excited to hear the Goats as I always am. There was a radio station in Dallas which played "Do the Digs Dug?" over and over in the summer of '92 and you can imagine how gratifying it was to buy the album and find out it was so much deeper than the single had promised.
posted by batmonkey at 12:51 AM on February 2, 2009

I got kerning's mix in the mail and am listening to it right now. Very enjoyable.
posted by Kattullus at 11:17 AM on February 2, 2009

I'm, um slightly late.... The mix is done, but I still need to finish the covers. I should be sending them off in a week or so. Sorry about the delay.
posted by klausness at 12:02 PM on February 2, 2009

Listening to the collections that others sent me (all very good by the way), I had this sudden realization that most of my music was comparatively very angry and hostile.

So, uh... sorry about that. If it helps, there is a pretty good story behind most of the songs I chose.

Though in some cases, the story isn't much more than someone getting into my vehicle when one of the songs is playing, having them listen for a second or two, and then turn to me and cautiously reply: "Wow, your car must really hate you to shout at you like that."
posted by quin at 12:46 PM on February 2, 2009 [1 favorite]

Heh. Yeah, yours was pretty aggro, and between it and The Ardship's, I was totally taken back to my late-high-school, post-high-school time as an industrial fan (though yours had more nu-metal). I was, like, oh, shit, I think I drove, like, 200 miles to hear Hansel Und Gretyl around '99 or so! I met a chick there who I had sex with later!
posted by klangklangston at 1:11 PM on February 2, 2009

Dear Swanky Modes, I am burning mine right now, in the mail tomorrow. Thank you for your patience with my relentless flu-and-travel schedule.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:23 PM on February 2, 2009

quin - I think your mix scared my cat. He's been hiding under a bush and refuses to come in unless I turn the music off. It rocks pretty hard. Although I haven't finished listening to it yet, so maybe it ends up with Enya. Who knows?

batmonkey - I'm very curious to see your packaging. Can you put some pictures up somewhere?
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets at 2:14 AM on February 3, 2009


klang, you gave me an extra copy of your mix, so I brought it to the meetup last week and gave it to the first grabby-hands who wanted it. Today I wanted to rip it to the ipod (and totally recycle that Sparks tune for a friend) so I got out the other copy I had...which turned out to be blank! Ah, well, it shouldn't be too hard to reconstruct it, and I've been meaning to acquire a bunch of those albums anyway.

kerning, I got your mix and it looks great except for the big ass crack running out from the center hole of the disc. Another reconstruction project, yay!

Aside from these piddling troubles, this has been a great swap for me. Thank you all for participating, you're wonderful people with terrible taste in music. Muah!

PS -> If you haven't heard from someone in your swapset, and would like to report them as a low-life cod-swallowing moocher, shoot me an email. There's not a lot I can do except out them as such the next time we swap.
posted by carsonb at 3:05 PM on February 4, 2009

Guess what? I'm burning them now. Almost a month late!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 2:29 PM on February 13, 2009

Yay! Looking forward to the mix, Ambrosia V.
posted by Kattullus at 2:44 PM on February 13, 2009

CDs burned, covers printed.... should be sending them off Real Soon Now...
posted by klausness at 10:39 AM on February 20, 2009

If anybody in my group got a bum CD, please let me know. Apparently my burner has gone on the fritz and I'm having it replaced. It may have been on the fritz for a while, so if I burned a bad one and sent it out, I'll be happy to replace it after the new burner comes in.
posted by immlass at 1:28 PM on February 23, 2009

Thanks for the mix, Ambrosia Voyeur, and the pop rocks (pun based candy gift yay!)

I've had a very long day and coming home to find that it arrived in the mail was very nice. I've started listening to it and will go to bed listening.
posted by Kattullus at 8:10 PM on February 23, 2009

I've finally sent mine out. Sorry about the delay...
posted by klausness at 2:05 PM on March 3, 2009

I got mine, klausness! Looks delicious. Haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, though.

For those who requested it: (bad) Pics of the packaging in process - I'm sure you've seen this style a million times before, but it was my first time giving it a go. Fun to make, fun to fill, fun to send. They were put into black envelopes which were just big enough to hold the CDs.
posted by batmonkey at 12:54 AM on March 13, 2009 [1 favorite]

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