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 (Danny Lopez Edition)

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Hey I made a mix! And It’s really good!




Here’s a track listing:

1 – Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin
2 – Tame Impala – Yes I’m Changing
3 – Son Lux – You Don’t Know Me
4 – Von the Baptist – Graves
5 – Sufjan Stevens – Fourth of July
6 – Alabama Shakes – Gimme All Your Love
7 – Dustin Kensrue – Gallows
8 – Kendrick Lamar – How Much A Dollar Costs
9 – MUTEMATH – Stratosphere
10 – MewithoutYou – Red Cow
11 – My Morning Jacket – In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)
12 – Josh Garrels – A Long Way
13 – Foals – Lonely Hunter
14 – Andra Day – Rearview
15 – Noah Gundersen – Selfish Art

I didn’t follow any sort of theme, but I did try to pick songs that fit well together. For this reason, I left all of the metal and hip-hop albums that I was stoked on this year, but I assure you there were some good ones there too. The only hip hop song I left in there is one by Kendrick Lamar because his album this year was just too powerful and too significant to leave out of a 2015 mix. I put it right smack in the middle, which will either make it feel awkward or give you a good bookmark right in the middle. Either way, listen to the lyrics, they’re powerful and very relevant considering our current selfishness in trying to hoard everything while the rest of the world starves.

“Have you ever opened up Exodus 14? A humble man is all that we ever need. Tell me how much a dollar cost.”

The Great American Mixtape Exchange: 2015 Favorites (Jonathan Wolfinger Edition)

2993_tape1 copy“Since it was confined to 2015 here’s the jist of this list . . . Songs that stir – Either for musical quality/jamability or rich lyrical content.

The order of the list attempts to give a start a little “high” and then track through the valley before the light is seen again.”

Songs That Stir tracklisting:
  1. Then Came The Morning  by The Lone Bellow
  2. Gimme All Your Love by Alabama Shakes
  3. Brother by The Brilliance
  4. Love at the End (live) by John Mark McMillan
  5. Cold As It Is by The Lone Bellow
  6. Don’t Wanna Fight by Alabama Shakes
  7. Take My Love by The Lone Bellow
  8. Everything Is Yours by Liz Vice
  9. Does Your Heart Break by The Brilliance
  10. Still I Will Praise You by Daniel Bashta
  11. May You Find A Light (reprise) by The Brilliance
  12. There’s A Light (live) by Liz Vice
  13. What Beautiful Things by Dustin Kensrue
  14. Carbon Ribs (live) by John Mark McMillan
  • Listen to Jonathan’s mix at Spotify.

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