A magazine for the music hobbyist in all of us

mxtape2.jpgWho hasn’t made a mixtape? (Or, with the newfangled technology that the kids are using these days, a mix-CD.) It’s been referred to as “the most widely practiced American art form” by essayist and music-lover Geoffrey O’Brien (but anyone who’s ever ripped their guts out over a CD for their ex would know that), and in the hip-hop world, it’s a big deal. The mixtape has been the gateway for many a scrappy street producer to mix up his favorite artists, bust some rhymes and pass out the result as promos, leading to exposure, street cred and the chance to mix it up for real (read: for money).

Enter Mixtape Magazine, launching tomorrow, which will cover the mixtape industry (which actually is significant enough to warrant its own magazine; per publisher Kimberly Wilson, big business has sprouted from this grassroots industry, especially when rappers like Snoop Dog stop in to throw down an exclusive few bars “to keep them close to the people and close to the street”).

We are personally the furthest thing from the street, but we love making mixtapes (and now CDs) and secretly know that Snoop would love ours.

But would we love yours? If you think so, haul out your inner music geek and prove it: send us your favorite mixtape songlist with a brief explanation of how the recipient mangled your heart your inspiration. Show off your musical mavenry and sky-high hip quotient; we’ll pass judgment on your selections and publish the good ones. I’ll start after the jump, when my convulsive sobbing subsides.


The last CD I made was for a girl. Bullet dodged!

Violent Femmes – American Music
Scissor Sisters – Laura
Metric – Dead Disco
Hole – Awful
Franz Ferdinand – Matinee
The Pretenders – Brass In Pocket
The Beautiful South – Don’t Marry Her
Cake – Short Skirt, Long Jacket
Sublime – Santeria
The Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
Aisler’s Set – Hey Lover
Erasure – A Little Respect
Dinah Washington – Is You Or Is You Ain’t My Baby (Remix)
Nancy Sinatra – Wishin’ and Hopin’
Yo La Tengo – Here Comes My Baby
Juan Luis Guerra – Ojala Que Llueva Cafe
Rosemary Clooney – Mambo Italiano
The Go – Go’s – Our Lips Are Sealed
The Sundays – Summertime
White Stripes – Apple Blossom
Tegan And Sara – Fix You Up
Blur – Tender
Petula Clark – Downtown