MeFiSwap 2014-1 - The Songbird Swap Mailing Reminder! May 24, 2014 4:46 PM   Subscribe

Hey there MeFiSwappers! This is just your friendly reminder that the mailing deadline for the Songbird Swap is a week from today on Saturday, May 31ST. Get those mixes burned, packaged, and posted ASAP! Then come inside and tell everyone about your mix, or about the mixes you've received.

Did you miss another swap? Drat! NEVER MISS ANOTHER SWAP! Shoot me an email with your MeFi username and some indication that you'd like to know when the next swap starts, and I'll add you to the notification list. Conversely, if you're on the notification list and don't care anymore to hear from me, send that email and I will confirm your removal.

OK with this out of the way I can go bind those liners and package those mailers! Word up Tanagers!
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter-Related at 4:46 PM (57 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

The mixes I've gotten thus far are phenomenal and make mine pale in comparison! Well done, Cisticolas. :)
posted by firei at 5:52 PM on May 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


I got mine sent out a while ago, with liner notes by the quidnunc kid. I think this is my favorite mix I've done yet for a Mefi Swap! Thanks for organizing, carsonb!
posted by ocherdraco at 6:33 PM on May 24, 2014 [7 favorites]


Best. Liners. Ever.
posted by carsonb at 8:15 PM on May 24, 2014


Oh, god, now I feel like I have to do extensive, Grammy-nominated liner notes.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 8:16 PM on May 24, 2014


I've got my mix ready and my cover ready. I need to make sure I have all the bits required for packaging and sit down and make the packages now!
posted by immlass at 9:28 PM on May 24, 2014


I sent out my mixes on Friday and just now added my cover art to the MefiSwap Cover Pool on Flickr.

I note that my mix shares two songs with ocherdraco's, the only other playlist posted here so far, which which I assume means we're all a having a dance party! *excitement*
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 12:11 AM on May 25, 2014 [3 favorites]


Mine went out awhile ago and have three from others. All are great!
posted by bjgeiger at 2:26 AM on May 25, 2014


Finished sequencing mine last night, and jessamyn's designing a cover for me, so it'll go out soon. My CD does what it says on the tin, so be alert, Cisticolae.
posted by not_on_display at 10:42 AM on May 25, 2014


My mix is in the flickr group now, but it's on M. Brubeck's account. (I don't have a flickr account.) I'm really looking forward to getting mixes from my groups -- I've gotten Firei's so far and it's amazing.
posted by Margalo Epps at 1:37 PM on May 25, 2014 [1 favorite]


I sent mine out a little while ago, and have received one (zinon’s Bollywood extravaganza) in return so far. I’m looking forward to getting Karlos’s mix and the others from my fellow Hirundininæ.
posted by misteraitch at 1:54 PM on May 25, 2014 [1 favorite]


I've been making the booklets for my mix today. I've got two of them finished so far, and my place is a wreck.
posted by carsonb at 4:15 PM on May 25, 2014


I'm getting mine ready to send out on Tuesday, but fair warning: my liner notes are really plain compared to those in the Flickr pool. The message, however, is the same.
posted by bookwibble at 6:53 PM on May 25, 2014


I am a slacker - no real liner notes, no cover. Hopefully the music will speak (sing?) for itself.
Mine went out awhile ago, but I am living in Europe. I know one recipient has theirs already.
posted by Megami at 10:23 PM on May 25, 2014 [2 favorites]


Mine went out a while ago (did you get it carsonb?) and have gotten one back so far - which is an awesome foray into 80s nostalgia thanks to curious_jp. Next time will have to remember to take a picture of them before sending - all the covers were different.
posted by Athanassiel at 1:34 AM on May 26, 2014 [1 favorite]


Yes! I got yours Athanassiel, thank you! I am so close to being finished putting mine together, and I'm looking forward to opening the packages I've received as soon as they're completely done. (I need the motivation to get mine finished, so I wait to listen to the ones I've received until after I mail mine out.) Three more discs to test-listen, four more envelopes to seal up, then they're ready to mail and I get to listen to new music, woo!
posted by carsonb at 7:06 AM on May 26, 2014


I'm mailing mine out tomorrow. I just have to do a few final things: Print out track lists, buy cases, put finishing touches on art. I'm still making my mind up about liner notes.

However it turns out, I've had a blast doing this.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 9:27 AM on May 26, 2014


I've got two of them finished so far, and my place is a wreck.

I see the cat is helping.

Once I've confirmed receipt with all my Cisticolas, I'll be posting a download link. I've been promising myself that I'd set up a section of my Web site to download all prior mixes (which go back to Spring 2009) ... perhaps I'll get to that once I've finished prepping for an interview on Wednesday.
posted by mykescipark at 11:00 AM on May 26, 2014


Shipped mine a couple of weeks ago and have received two so far. Interesting selections thus far - many of which I will be adding to my regular listening collection. Can't wait to see what's next!
posted by moonphases at 11:29 AM on May 26, 2014


I'm not a Flickrer, but you can see the track list here. Feel free to add it to the pool.

The mixes should've reached most everyone by now, so (spoilers!) it's a concept album about time travel, reincarnation, a "flat circle" universe, or whichever of these kinds of things you might subscribe to.
posted by Johann Georg Faust at 12:05 PM on May 26, 2014 [2 favorites]


Excellent! Hope you enjoy when you get to it.
posted by Athanassiel at 5:09 PM on May 26, 2014


My discs are mailt!
I will post photos after I've slept.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 9:14 AM on May 27, 2014


I've received three and sent mine out last Thursday. The three I have so far are:

1. Fantastic
2. Providing me much enjoyment in the car when I am overdosing on NPR
3. Have me feeling distinctly un-hip. Like, massively, tragically so. I have the un-hippest taste in music. I hope my mixes do not disappoint in comparison...

But on the plus side now I've been introduced to hipper music! Win all around! I hope.

Can't wait for the rest! This is awesome and I'm glad I finally got up the nerve to participate this year.
posted by thereemix at 9:45 AM on May 27, 2014 [3 favorites]


Since my mix has arrived at places hither and yon, here's my cover & listing:

Eat Me. A Vaguely Culinary Mix. (Crud! I just noticed the typo/misspelling/error. Gah!)

I've been listening to Pulposus' Australian Music mix all day, and it's been awesome. Seriously, these mix swaps are the best things ever.
posted by julen at 11:31 AM on May 27, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'm in the middle of packing to move and taking an intensive summer class, so no fancy covers and liner notes from me, but discs should be mailed out tomorrow.
posted by ActionPopulated at 11:42 AM on May 27, 2014


Just put my track list and art up on the cover pool.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 7:17 AM on May 28, 2014


Just got a lovely mix from bookwibble!
posted by ocherdraco at 10:18 AM on May 28, 2014


Johann Georg Faust - I put your cover art in the Flickr pool.

I didn't take any pictures of the final result of the mess I posted before (you lucky recipients are getting something wholly [er, sort of] original!), but I made a little image with the track list on it to slip into the books alongside the CDs and put that in the pool. Nobody's received my mix yet as it just mailed out yesterday, so consider this link spoilery.

Myke - Yes, the cats 'helped' a bunch. Fair warning to all recipients of my mix: There is a non-trivial amount of cat hair incorporated into the packaging—allergics beware!

Can I just say that I really love being a part of everyone's conversations over email. It's damn cool watching y'all chat it up and express gratitude and enjoy music. Thanks for being a part of it all!
posted by carsonb at 11:01 AM on May 28, 2014


Well, it's been nine days since my mixes were mailed, so here's a handy link ... to all of my MeFi mixes since 2009!

Recommended for folks with a taste for indie-dance, nu-disco, space disco, electro, house, and related musical genres, with an assortment of anomalies mixed in.
posted by mykescipark at 8:14 PM on May 28, 2014 [2 favorites]


Just got back from the post office. CDs are on their way!
posted by atropos at 11:06 AM on May 29, 2014


CDs are being sent tomorrow morning! Here are my covers; the track list is the picture caption (sorry, google+ link).
posted by ChuraChura at 9:10 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


Does anyone have their mixes on spotify?
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 12:22 PM on May 30, 2014


I fought with computers all morning and not_on_display's cover art is done and mine is done and my mixes are In The Mail. I included a little letter in with them because I was afraid I was just not going to be able to do cover art at all. And while I was putting them together I realized that I just have one computer now (the movie watching one in my bedroom) that will even play CDs so I am going to have to have a Pajama'ed Listening Party when they all get here.

mine is all a personal improvement project to learn more about Africa which i know embarrassingly little about for a grown-up lady
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 12:26 PM on May 30, 2014 [3 favorites]


Got my mixes in the mail to the Larks today!
posted by ghharr at 1:01 PM on May 31, 2014


I discovered this afternoon that the spindle of blanks I thought were CDs were actually DVDs. A quick trip to the office supplies store later, my CDs are burning, hopefully in time to make it to the post office.
posted by hades at 4:06 PM on May 31, 2014


Everybody I sent mixes to has either the physical copy delivered or a digital download while they wait for the mail to arrive so far afar, so I can go ahead and put the YT version here now. There's a playlist with most of the songs, but some of my favorite tracks just aren't on the youbetubes so here's a breakdown:

01 - Moondog - Oasis
02 - Roma 79 - The Map Is Not The Terrain (stream free on bandcamp)
03 - Future Islands - A Dream of You and Me
04 - Courtney Barnett - Avant Gardener
05 - Jib Kidder - Zombie Flack
06 - Jookabox - Zombie Teardrops
07 - The Sea & Cake - Sound & Vision
08 - Matmos - For the Trees
09 - Moondog - Oasis
10 - Ashkenazy - Rachmaninoff Prelude in G Minor
11 - SJ Esau - Frustrating (I found a live version.)
12 - Destroyer - El Rito
13 - mndsgn - Deerghalabati (Zeroh remix) (beatport)
14 - The Microphones - Instrumental
15 - Karena Youtz /The True Wheel - 9 minutes & 36 seconds-long poetry song (Evening Will Come poetry magazine)
16 - Matmos - For the Trees (Return)

I called it 'Vultures' just to be ironic. =D
& I totally misspelled 'Rachmaninoff' and 'Youtz' on the liners image, doh!
posted by carsonb at 4:55 PM on May 31, 2014 [4 favorites]


Hooray, I got mine in the mail just before the post office closed!

Here's a look-see at one side, and the second image is the other side and the liner notes -- which I just now realized are completely illegible in the picture, ah well.
posted by Pwoink at 7:05 PM on May 31, 2014


Oh crap that beatport link for track 13 doesn't play the whole thing for me (I was operating blind from behind a work firewall earlier). Here's a better link to the bandcamp track for free streaming:

mndsgn - Deerghalabati (Zeroh remix)
posted by carsonb at 7:22 PM on May 31, 2014


So You're Saying These Are Pants?: Does anyone have their mixes on spotify?

o< -
posted by curious.jp at 5:13 PM on June 1, 2014


My liner was exceptionally crude, sorry. I do plan (plan!) to write up a little something about why I chose each song - what exactly about it I like and email that out separately.

Shipped today.
posted by ctmf at 5:54 PM on June 2, 2014


I've received one, and already made myself sick playing one song I'd never heard of on repeat every morning the whole way to work. (Which is exactly what I was hoping for)
posted by ctmf at 5:58 PM on June 2, 2014 [3 favorites]


I didn't take pictures of mine before mailing it out. Whoops. If anyone else wants a copy, MeMail me and I can provide a dropbox link.

My Mix was titled "Modern Roots: Foreign and Domestic" and was generally a blend of Americana and Reggae.

Track Listing:
Bird Song - The Wailin' Jennys
Smile Jamaica - Chronixx
Gracefully Facedown - The Devil Makes Three
Maybeline - Della Mae
Hail Rastafari (feat. Half Pint) - Azania Band and Friends
Rasta Got Soul - Fantan Mojah
Long Hot Summer Days - Sara Watkins
Courage to Grow - Rebelution
Cornbread and Butternbeans - Carolina Chocolate Drops
I Wanna Yell - Elan
Put Your Hands Together When You Spin The Wheel - Spirit Family Reunion
Love Is a Smile - Lutan Fyah
Mexican Cowboy - Willie Watson
Who Knows (feat. Chronixx) - Protoje
Salvation Song - The Avett Brothers
Too Experienced - Barrington Levy
Midnight Hour - SDIB
I Want You Back - Lake Street Dive
posted by Arbac at 2:13 AM on June 3, 2014 [4 favorites]


I have three awesome Quails mixes so far and mine are now in the mail winging their way. I have a decent cover but no cool liner notes. My mix ended up being a surprise to me -- I'd started putting something together and noticed that three of the songs, oddly, had a mention of bells in them. So I thought, huh, I wonder how many songs I have access to that mention bells in one way or another? Turns out, quite a few. Thus my Ring Them Bells mix.
posted by emcat8 at 4:42 PM on June 3, 2014


Hello. My collection is titled NSFW 2 and is available as a .zip file here. The playlist is as follows:

1 : Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals : Gilda Radner
2 : The Scotsman : Bryan Bowers
3 : Balls! : Listen With Mother
4 : Punch 'em In The Dick : Juicy Karkass
5 : The Penis Song : Monty Python
6 : Peace & Love (A Blind Man's Penis) : John Trubee (sung by Ramsey Kearney)
7 : Sit On My Face : Monty Python
8 : Boobs A Lot : The Holy Modal Rounders
9 : I Like : Heathen Dan
10 : Wet Dream : Kip Addotta
11 : Telephone Man : Merl Wilson
12 : Happy Boy : The Beat Farmers
13 : Shaving Cream : Benny Bell
14 : The Renaissance of Smut : Mrs. Miller
15 : Bong : Paul Harvey
16 : Bowie : CassetteBoy
17 : The Fucking Moon : The Evolution Control Committee
18 : Moose Turd Pie : Utah Phillips
19 : The Clean Song : Oscar Brand
20 : The Rodeo Song : Gary Lee and the Showdown
21 : Do It Like A Dog : Dean Milan
22 : My Girl's Pussy : R. Crumb And His Cheap Suit Serenaders
23 : Twat : John Cooper Clarke
24 : From this day on : CassetteBoy
25 : Laugh/Love/Fuck : The Coup
26 : Incredibad : The Lonely Island
27 : Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television : George Carlin
28 : I Bet You They Won't Play This Song On The Radio : Monty Python
29 : Do you : Wayne Butane
30 : Good Morning! How Are You! Shut Up! : Ivor Cutler


Please distribute wildly! If you have any objections or complaints, direct them to the nearest hole in the ground; please remember to yell loudly. Thank you for your time.
posted by not_on_display at 7:28 PM on June 3, 2014 [3 favorites]


My mix (8tracks) consists of live music (I) recorded here in Tucson.
posted by unmake at 12:41 AM on June 4, 2014 [1 favorite]


I got two of the Honeyeaters mixes yesterday, from ActionPopulated and puritycontrol, and I hope to throw 'em in the CD player this weekend, by which time I may have more.
I enjoyed this so much, I'm already planning my mix for next time!
posted by Mister Moofoo at 2:05 AM on June 4, 2014


not_on_display:
6 : Peace & Love (A Blind Man's Penis) : John Trubee (sung by Ramsey Kearney)
I am so glad this was included.
posted by curious.jp at 4:22 PM on June 4, 2014


The cover and a copy of my mix on mixcloud. It's a kernel of 80s funk/disco/boogie surrounded by not-80s-music.
posted by t3h933k at 5:22 PM on June 4, 2014 [1 favorite]


Hey unmake I was gonna be done swapping but if you wanna trade for that Tucson mix this strayed Tucsonan would be so down.
posted by carsonb at 6:49 PM on June 4, 2014 [1 favorite]


No Godhunter though, hm.
posted by carsonb at 6:49 PM on June 4, 2014


I made a mix of music from my town. You can see the cover here.

I was uploading that, and I got a bit carried away, and made a website version of the mix. There's embeds of the music and videos where I could find them.

Also, I made a couple extra hard copies, if anyone would like them, let me know I'm happy to send them out.
posted by goHermGO at 12:40 PM on June 5, 2014 [3 favorites]


Thanks to all the members of the Bulbul group who sent me mixes. My mix was based on the 20 spiritual animals, or nahuals, of the Mayan tzolkin calendar. I added cover shots - and a scan of the nerdy notes trying to explain all this - to the Flickr cover pool. If you want to find out your own Nahual - which is based on the day you were born - you can do so here. MeMail me if you'd like a copy of the music uploaded to Drobox.
posted by rongorongo at 4:59 AM on June 9, 2014


OK - I've put the above mentioned mix here for anybody interested.
posted by rongorongo at 9:49 AM on June 9, 2014


Let us see if this works. bjgeiger playlist.

So try it to see if worked. I called it Turn It Up Loud.
posted by bjgeiger at 9:49 PM on June 13, 2014


Also YouTube Playlist.
posted by bjgeiger at 1:22 AM on June 14, 2014


The Saw Wings should all have my mix by now: MeFi Mix 2014-1 LA Traffic
posted by amapolaroja at 12:41 AM on June 15, 2014


Thanks to the Blue Tits for all the great mixes! I was so excited to send my mix out that I never even gave it a name. I made a YouTube playlist that has 14/16 of the songs on [Insert Name Here]. The list itself is:

01. Oh Bučanada -- Bučan Bučan
02. Your Work Is Magic -- King of Prussia
03. For You -- Gold-Bears
04. Kokopelli Face Tattoo -- Andrew Jackson Jihad
05. Why Can't This Be Canada? -- Blunt Mechanic
06. Prom Night (2K14 Radio Edit) [feat. Bianca Raquel] -- Anamanaguchi
07. Sex Karma -- of Montreal
08. Friends Win -- Bill Doss
09. 5 Bit Blues -- Kid Koala
10. Just Be Simple -- Songs: Ohia
11. Baby You're My Light -- Richard Hawley
12. The Nothing, Pt. 2 -- Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
13. Into Giants -- Patrick Watson
14. Mistakes of My Youth -- Eels
15. First of the Gang -- Zee Avi
16. Spare the Dark Streets -- The Music Tapes
posted by atropos at 10:42 AM on June 19, 2014


I got so much good stuff - thanks, quails!

Here's my mix, Lost in Translation, on youtube...

1. Intro/Tokyo – Lost in Translation – Soundtrack
2. Matofotofo – Pitch Back Afro – Tsotsi Soundtrack
3. Somos Pacifico – Choc Quib Town – Eso Es Lo Que Hay
4. A Dios le Pido – Juanes – Un Día Normal
5. Malaika – Miriam Makeba – Malaika/Malcom X
6. Reflechir un Peu – ? – Zouglou from Côte d’Ivoire [It's actually You - Yabongo Lova - unknown album]
7. Saca la Mano – Eva Ayllon – En Concierto Criollo Sinfónico
8. Typewriter Tip Tip Tip – Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle - Bombay Talkie/ Darjeeling Limited Soundtrack
9. Kukere – Inyanya – Desire
10. Paper Planes – M. I. A. – Kala
11. Revolution Rock – Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – El Ritmo Mundial
12. Comme un Manouche Sans Guitar – Thomas Dutronc – Comme un Manouche Sans Guitar
13. Hombre Secreto – The Plugz – Repo Man Soundtrack
14. Los Ochentas – Los Prisonieros – Grandes Exitos
15. Cent’anni di solitudine – Modena City Ramblers – Cent’anni di Solitudine
16. Batonga – Angelique Kidjo – Keep On Moving
17. Glupi Stamos – Groovski - Groovski
18. Lijepa Mare – Balkan Beat Box – Blue Eyed Black Boys
19. Fel Del Av Gården – Movits! - Äppelknyckarjazz
20. Train Across Ukraine – Golem – Citizen Boris
21. We Rise Again – Gogol Bordello – Pura Vida Conspiracy
posted by ChuraChura at 12:16 PM on June 19, 2014


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