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Brace yourselves... we've got a special post courtesy of Susannah George, who's been working with all our tape for the past couple weeks. She's got a few words on mix tapes — which was her story pitch. Take it away, Susannah!
I am obsessed with making playlists (or mix tapes as the retro cool like to call them) and I will openly admit that over the years mix tapes have made and broken many of my relationships. I still have (and listened to just last night) the mix tape that first introduced me to Mr Bungle (the lyrics to Vanity Fair swing from the sappily romantic to the downright odd, but have you swooning the whole way), while the "32-song-long-here-is-my-entire-itunes-library" (i.e. I didn't make one thoughtful decision) mix tape has been conveniently misplaced.
So when I sat down to make a Valentine's mix tape for TOTN I kept a few tried and true rules in mind, and set a few new ones: keep it short (our guest Jessica Tylkowski recommends keeping it to seven songs, yes, I agree its drastic, but I'm gonna try it), the first three songs should act as a crescendo, and no more than one song with love in the title. That said I'm a sucker for ambivalent love songs and heartbreak songs, I think they are terribly romantic, and I never get to put them on Valentine's mix tapes because some people seem to think they send an odd message.
Looking for Gold by the Tough Alliance
Romeo had Juliette by Lou Reed
Maple Leaves by Jens Lekman
New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down by LCD Soundsystem
I'll Be Seeing You by Francoise Hardy and Iggy Pop
Don't Think Twice, It's Alright by Bob Dylan
Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol