Friday, October 16

The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade #6 Wrap Party (Part 10).

Today's Mix-Tape Review - Caitlin.

The Skinny - Deep, happy, emotional, sultry, bouncy, moody, perfect for Autumn and overall beautiful, Caitlin classes up the joint and brings me a batch of songs and artists I've more or less never heard before, and I love it.

The Presentation - Tiny little liner notes, a sleek design and a pretty little logo. Minimalist and cute.

The Breakdown
- Every time I do a Mix-Tape Trade, there's always that one Mix that takes me completely by surprise and thoroughly takes me for a ride. Caitlin's Mix did just that, as I was largely unfamiliar with the bulk of the artists showcased here. Her tastes are wonderful, and featured bands like 1997, Mika and Madcon are now on my 'must find out more about' list. Furthermore, thanks for giving me the title song for True Blood, because that track is just badass. And any woman who finds Flight Of The Conchords funny will get along with me just fine.

We Are Golden - Mika
The Winner Is - DeVotchKa
I Want That - Psapp
Rockferry - Duffy
We Used To Vacation - Cold War Kids
Born To Be Wild - Fanfare Ciocarlia
The Wind - Cat Stevens
Be OK - Ingrid Michaelson
Tennessee Song Pt. 2 - 1997
Chelsea Dagger - The Fratellis
Beggin' - Madcon
Blue Eyes - Mika
Bad Things - Jace Everett
Just Wanna Be With You - High School Musical
Disturbia - Rihanna
Don't Stop Believin' - Cast Of Glee
Robots - Flight Of The Conchords
Call It Off - Tegan & Sara
Break The Sky - The Hush Sound
You Are The Rake - Sufjan Stevens

Thanks for the Mix, Caitlin; it's discs like this that remind me why the Trade was started in the first place. Sound off in the comments section, enjoy your weekend and tell us about the band or artist you discovered because of a Mix-Tape.

Thursday, October 15

The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade #6 Wrap Party (Part 9).

Today's Mix-Tape Review - Sherry.

The Skinny - Punk, ska, acoustic, emo, alt-country and singer-songwriters combine for a solid Mix that shines a light on some popular bands' less-than-popular tracks. And I like that.

The Presentation - Purty! Black card stock with the artwork slapped over the top. Worthy of presentation, conversation or setting an Old Fashioned on.

The Breakdown - Sherry's taste in music has been described as many things. 'Eclectic.' ' Specific.' 'Terrible (usually by me).' One thing's for sure, though; she definitely knows what she likes. Either that, or she couldn't care less what she buys and listens to. Jury's still out to me. I always have a hard time figuring out if she's really into mediocre music, or just likes to have something playing in the background when she drives to work. Of course, I'm only kidding Sherry, as our tastes overlap in a lot of regards, and she's currently shaping the minds of hundreds of Wisconsin youngsters as a music teacher in Oconomowoc.

Demon Rock - Letters To Cleo
Now We Can See - The Thermals
Wasted - L.P.
I'm Confused - The Muffs
The Corner - Smoking Popes
February Stars - Foo Fighters
Life Is Shit - The Dead Milkmen
Bigger Than My Body - John Mayer
Good Day - The Dilletantes
The Light And The Sound - Rocky Votolato
Your Summer Baby - Kay Hanley
Enough - Dance Hall Crashers
Hard As F**k - Against All Authority
Go F**k Yourself - Goodbye Harry
Old Man - Drag The River
I'm No Angel - Dido
A Lack Of Color - Death Cab For Cutie
The Humpty Dumpty Love Song - Travis

90% of this Mix is awesome. It's the singer-songwriter'y, acoustic, masturbatory noodling and catterwalling I could do without. Just because you want to sleep with someone, doesn't necessarily mean that they write good music, you know what I mean? If that were the case, I'd be listening to a lot more Regina Spektor and Shakira.

Thanks for the Mix, Sherry. I love you and your convictions. Sound off in the comments section, enjoy your day, and let us know the artist you're attracted to the most, but whos' music you absolutely cannot stand.

Wednesday, October 14

The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade #6 Wrap Party (Part 8).

Today's Mix-Tape Review - Celia.

The Skinny - Possibly her best Mix yet, and a true peek into her honest listening habits, Celia's Mix is the be-all-to-end-all of 'What CD should we listen to in the car?' arguments.

The Presentation - She did the 'iTunes template' thing, which I have to admit, looks better and better with each new version they release. Also, her liner notes (or what little I eavesdropped on before she mailed them out) were solid and heartfelt as always.

The Breakdown - Celia listens to two types of music. One, the bands from her teen years that she clings to, and the bands from her adult years that she clings to. Nowhere close to a 'passive listener,' she's passionate about everything she takes the time to seek and welcome into her earholes. With this Mix, we see a who's who of some of her favorite bands and tracks from the last 15 years.

Armatage Shanks - Green Day
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) - The Arcade Fire
Demon Rock - Letters To Cleo
What's Another Day - Maria Mena
Claire - Matt Pond PA
Radio Radio - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Princess And The Pony - Sean Na Na
My Heart Is Breaking Down - The Caesars
Great Divide - Hanson
The Love You Save - The Jackson 5
Strange Disease - Prozzäk
Washin' + Wonderin' - Stroke 9
Awake - Kay Hanley
Kung Fu - Ash
I'll Make It Clear - Teenage Fanclub
Sixty Years On (Live) - Brandi Carlile
Imaginary Friends - Nada Surf
Don't Tell Your Mother - The Sundays
Gyzmkid - The Velvet Teen
Lullaby - All Star United

True story. The Missus went to see Hanson and Hellogoodbye play in Milwaukee last week (I did not attend). When the show was over, she told me that we had to pay her friend back, as she was the one that had ordered the tickets. The cost for one Hanson ticket? $47. In 2009. Goddamn.

Thanks for playing along, hun; you always make the best Mixes. Sound off in the comments section, enjoy your day, and let us know what was the most money you paid to see the least-deserving band.

Tuesday, October 13

The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade #6 Wrap Party (Part 7).

Today's Mix-Tape Review - Brian.

The Skinny - In just a little over a dozen mainstream, hard-rocking tracks, Brian manages to confuse and entertain the hell out of me.

The Presentation - The CD had 'Celia's Mix' written on it (it was made for my wife), with a subtext reading 'Best Title Ever,' leading to an arrow pointing back up to 'Celia's Mix.' And you know something? It was.

The Breakdown - I don't know Brian personally, but I'm beginning to surmise that he has a wickedly bizarre sense of humor. After all, this is the same guy that created such an awesome '90's Flashback' Mix-Tape the last time around, despite being incredibly young for the better part of said decade. Surely, that Mix was done with at least a certain amount of guilty pleasure-fueled irony, right? Well, tongue-in-cheek or otherwise, it became the Mix I listened to the most from Trade #5.

Dead Star - Muse
Welcome To The Jungle - Guns 'N Roses
Around The World - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Zero - Smashing Pumpkins
Alive And Amplified - The Mooney Suzuki
I'm A Loner, Dottie, A Rebel - The Get Up Kids
Shake That - Eminem
Something In Your Mouth - Nickelback
Siva - The Smashing Pumpkins
Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Love Me Electric
Hella Nervous - Gravy Train!!!
Everlong (Live) - Foo Fighters

(Note: The last two songs were unable to be burned onto iTunes due to a disc error.)

I also love the inability to predict the direction of this Mix. After mainstream favorites Muse, Guns & Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, you're sent 180 degrees with The Get Up Kids, The Mooney Suzuki and Love Me Electric. After I gave it a chance, I dug it.

Thanks so much for your Mix, Brian. Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day; more reviews tomorrow. What is your current favorite 'mainstream' song as of right now?

Monday, October 12

The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade #6 Wrap Party (Part 6).

Today's Mix-Tape Review - Wallrock.

The Skinny - A late 90's explosion of punk, ska, emo and badassery that is as close to a CDP-created Mix than anything I've ever seen before. The perfect soundtrack for a nostalgic evening of wreckless drinking with friends and future loved ones.

The Presentation - Wallrock included a novel of liner notes, penning a personal anecdote for every track on the album. This was amazing, and made me sort of wish that everyone did something like this. It gave each track a personal touch; Wallrock should consider getting into the business of humor-themed nostalgic essays.

The Breakdown - No breakdown here; it's full-blown awesome from start-to-finish:

Doublewhiskeycokenoice - Dillinger Four
Are You There Margaret? It's Me, God - The Lawrence Arms
Where The Devil Don't Stay - The Drive-By Truckers
Me And Mia - Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
My Music At Work - The Tragically Hip
Constructive Summer - The Hold Steady
Barbie Girl - Aqua
Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Nicki French
Free - DJ Quicksilver
20jake - The Gusto
Jen Doesn't Like Me Anymore - Less Than Jake
F**ked Again - The Drunk Drivers
(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais - The Clash
Barstool Boys - Marah
Custom Van - The Junkers
Take Me Home (Piss Off) - Snuff
Lawyers, Guns and Money - Warren Zevon
One Last Cigarette - Less Than Jake

I almost didn't need to upload this album to iTunes, as I already have (and adore) nearly everything on this Mix. Sometimes this is a bad thing; in this case it was great. Even more so was reading along with Wallrock's liner notes, parallelling his experiences with Less Than Jake, The Hold Steady and D4 with my own. Thanks much, man; great job.

Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day. Autumn is already in full swing. What is the first album you throw on when the leaves start to change?