There was this brilliant site a couple of years ago called Muxtape that was shut down because apparently it broke all sorts of laws and I guess in that respect it makes sense that the RIAA or whoever disabled it.
Basically you could upload all sorts of music to it and create playlists for your friends and listen to them, over & over. It was magical.
I love making mixes for people. It can be intensely personal and if it’s a mix for someone you don’t know very well but you have a desperate desire to impress them, every impression, look & word you’ve wanted to convey can be done through a mix if you do things right.
If it’s a mix for a friend of yours, you want to have the perfect combination of familiar and unfamiliar songs to evoke a sense of time & emotion. You also want to leave them gasping in awe of your taste in music.
If it’s a mix for the Internet, you want to stand out & combine things in ways that haven’t been seen before. When you’re making mixtapes Internet-ready, there’s a lot more urgency. You don’t want your mixes scooped.
I’m kind of excited.
Coming soon: my favorite tracks of 2010, a Jens Lekman preparatory course, & some covers of some songs.