The Great American Mixtape Exchange: 2015 Favorites (Roundup Edition)

2993_tape1 copyEvery once in a while I like to see who’s up for exchanging a little music. I mean, after all, who doesn’t like hearing new music? And music mixes can often tell a lot about the person who made them.

I also love year-end music lists. It’s the most wonderful time of year. I like seeing not only what music different authors loved but I love seeing which albums receive more attention than others. So this year, I’ve asked you, my fine friends, to share mixes of your favorite music of 2015. Five of my friends took me up on the offer. Here’s the delio on each mix (including my own) for this year. Enjoy.

  • See Paz Galusha-Luna’s 2015 mix.
  • See Danny Lopez’ 2015 mix.
  • See Chris Martin’s mix.
  • See my mix.
  • See Mark Whiten’s mix.
  • See Jonathan Wolfinger’s 2015 mix.

The Great American Mixtape Exchange: 2015 Favorites (Mark Whiten Edition)

Eldons 2015 mix coverAnd now, the one we’ve all been waiting for . . . well, I’ve been waiting for . . . the one, the only, sometimes he goes by Eldon, sometimes not . . . Mark the “White N” Whiten!!

A man of Mark’s stature is far too busy to elaborate much on a mix. But here’s what I could get out of him:

“My collection of songs for a 2015 mix comes mainly from my attraction to the structure of a song…. And in some cases not the lyrics. Although the style or genre of music goes from noise rock to no wave to chamber folk to Brit rock the theme may be fluid structure. So, much like the historical Tacoma Narrows Bridge or an aneurysm, this mix in its sum and its parts has movable or deformable structure with an internal or surrounding fluid flow. Most of these songs are included in albums that themselves are picks for favorites of the year.”

Here’s the tracklist:

  • What Went Down by Foals
  • I Saw A Ghost by The Slow Readers Club
  • Eyes Peeled by METZ
  • A Heroine by Holy Holy
  • Snow by The Lonely Wild
  • Lawman by Girl Band
  • Suicide Girl by Clark and the Himselfs
  • Exeunt by The Oh Hellos
  • Alligator Years by Twinsmith
  • Acne/Ears by Roadside Graves
  • Miss You by Alabama Shakes
  • Breaker by Dalton
  • Baby What’s Wrong by Whitehorse
  • Sedona by Houndmouth
  • Odell by Lowland Hum
  • The Wind That Shakes The Barley by Black Rivers

Download Mark’s mix at Zippyshare.

The Great American Mixtape Exchange: 2015 Favorites (Chris Martin Edition)

2993_tape1 copyAnd now, it our friend Chris Martin’s turn!

Here’s what he has to say about his mix:

“Here are some of my favorite songs from 2015. There’s no real theme here, aside from the fact that I’ve danced to most of these songs with my one year old son over the past year.

I tried to at least put the songs in an order that isn’t too jarring. The exception is the two songs at the end: The Valley Maker track is by a friend of mine and it was just too good to leave off even though it’s totally different than everything else on the list. The other exception is the Vince Staples song. It has some serious profanity in it, so I put it at the end so people can skip it if they want.

Finally, there’s some great music videos on this list. I especially love the Thundercat and Courtney Barnett videos.

Enjoy!”

Chris chose to make a Youtube playlist of his picks. Here is the traklisting:

  • Kamikaze by MØ
  • Gold by Kiiara
  • Fela by nvdes
  • Standard by Empress Of
  • Blue & Green by Loyal
  • Them Changes by Thundercat
  • Hotline Bling by Donna Missal
  • Home by Islandis
  • Heroes by Callers
  • Desire by Dilly Dally
  • Dead Fox by Courtney Barnett
  • Book of Right On by Foxtails Brigade
  • Pretty Little Life Form by Valley Maker
  • Norf Norf by Vince Staples
Stream the mix right here:

Or find it on Youtube here.

The Great American Mixtape Exchange: 2015 Favorites (Paz Galusha-Luna Edition)

12316193_10153858383752754_7717533797205349982_nLight>darkness.

“I’ve been mulling this idea for the past couple of months. There is no darkness physically or spiritually that can overcome Light. God is light and in him there is no darkness. We will go through highs and lows during our lifetime, but there is one constant. The Light and love of Jesus will always be greater than our darkness.”

 

 

Tracklisting:

1. o come o come emmanuel- gungor

2. there’s something dark- dustin kensrue

3. dear wormwood- the oh hellos

4. anti-summersong- the decemberists

5. the wolf-mumford & sons

6. waiting for love- avicii

7. gentle folks- hunter hunted

8. us for them- gungor

9. god hates flags- five iron frenzy

10. i am the antichrist to you- kishi bashi

11. beat the devil’s tattoo (live)- black rebel motorcycle club

12. meet me in the woods- lord huron

13. sisters and brothers- the vespers

14. don’t wanna fight- alabama shakes

15. (what’s so funny ’bout) peace, love, and understanding- shovels and ropes

16. ritual- other lives

17. dressing a daydream- young oceans

18. on your side- david ramirez

19. should have known better- sufjan stevens

20. wake up! go! go! forward! (j.m. bergoglio, homily during closing mass for the vi asian youth day at the haemi castle, south korea, 17th august 2014)- damiano affinito, pope francis

21. in its infancy (the waterfall)- my morning jacket

22. the rain keeps falling- andrew peterson

23. softly and tenderly- audrey assad

24. benediction- josh garrels

  • Listen to Paz’ mix: Light>darkness on Spotify.

Or, there’s really no need to leave when you can listen right here: