Gotham Academy Mixtapes

I channelled the spirit of kierongillen and made some Gotham Academy-inspired mixtapes over on spotify! Feel free to check them out. *Puts on sunglasses*

Also thanks to olivesilverlocks from who I stole some of these really sweet character montages! Check em out, rad, huh?

OLIVE SILVERLOCK -A room without books is like a body without a soul



COLTON RIVERAAll I Wanted was a Pepsi

MAPS MIZOGUCHIAll your bass are belong to us

Underground shoegaze - Rummaging through some obscure shoegazing records from 1990-94, I made this mix on @8tracks.


Teenage Filmstars - Apple

Dreamscape - Cradle

Swirl - She Goes

The Charlottes - Liar

Aenone - I Remember Red

The Bardots - Pretty O

The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa - Honeyrain

Sun Dial - Easy for You

The Nightblooms - Blue Marble

Blanket - Picked Apart

Bleach - Push

Lorelei - Mostly I Sleep

Lovechild - Stumbling Block

Orange - Seahorse

Bark Psychosis - Nothing Feels

Music In Real Life presents: The Mixtape Gift Guide

Want to show someone how much you care, but don’t quite know how to say it? Create a mixtape for them, the universal symbol that says “hey, I really like you, hopefully these tunes will show it”. Figure out the person you’re going to give this magical mixtape to and scroll down to find our top recommendations. Of course, nothing is better than putting a personal spin on these things, so add an extra track that you guys have jammed to together, or perhaps a song you can’t stop referencing during your times together. Either way, they’re bound to enjoy.


Whether they classify themselves as realists or romantics, none of that matters here because music is universal to all ideals. Create something she can wake up to, something she can cry to, but more importantly, something she can find you in when she feels lonely:

  1. Avalanche - WALK THE MOON
  2. Luv, Hold Me Down - Drowners
  3. Let Your Heart Hold Fast - Fort Atlantic
  4. Never Stop - SafetySuit
  5. Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls
  6. You Are Mine - MuteMath
  7. The Girl - City And Colour
  8. Bloom - The Paper Kites
  9. The Modern Leper (Cutting Room Sessions) - Frank Turner
  10. Medicine - The 1975


Known for being notoriously hard to shop for during gift-giving times, boys can sometimes be a little bit harder to analyze. Scientists have yet to discover what they exactly do want, but that doesn’t matter here. Create a mixtape that blows his mind, that makes him believe he doesn’t really need that new Call of Duty game, and that surprises him with how awesome your music taste is:

  1. Fineshrine - Purity Ring
  2. Every Other Freckle - alt-J
  3. To Be Alone - Hozier
  4. You and Me - You+Me  
  5. She’s Got You High - Mumm-Ra
  6. Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
  7. I Wanna Be Yours - Arctic Monkeys
  8. Rainy Zurich - The Fray
  9. What I Needed - Erin McCarley
  10. The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson


Remember when you pulled that all-nighter which will go down in history as the time you ate every bad kind of food all at once? Remember when you laughed so hard you could feel your non-existent abs starting to bulge out of your body? Remember the time you felt like complete shit and they were the first person you called? Create a mixtape that’s just as completely wonderful as they are and a mixtape that tells not only all of your adventures together, but how much you appreciate them on a daily basis:

  1. Oath - Cher Lloyd feat. Becky G
  2. I Feel Like Dancin’ - All Time Low
  3. Best Day of My Life - American Authors
  4. Kids In The Street - All-American Rejects
  5. With A Little Help From My Friends - The Maine feat. Lydia and Arkells
  6. Laughter Lines - Bastille
  7. Agape - Bear’s Den
  8. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce
  9. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
  10. Breathe (2 AM) - Anna Nalick


If you’re running out of present ideas for your parents (no, your dad doesn’t need another tie and your mom is probably better off without another bath set), a personalized gift that they’re sure to love is a mixtape. What kind of weird, lame music did they love to listen to back in the day? Find out the answer to that question and you have a mixtape they’ll constantly leave in their old cassette player or “CD-ROM DiscMan”. Here are suggestions of some of the great hits of the “olden days”, and some songs that will tug at their heart strings:

  1. China Grove - The Doobie Brothers
  2. Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
  3. American Woman - The Guess Who
  4. Born On the Bayou - Creedance Clearwater Revival
  5. The Best Day - Taylor Swift
  6. Dancing Queen - ABBA
  7. Green Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf
  8. Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles
  9. Come on Eileen - Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  10. Hotel California - The Eagles


He (she) loves me, he (she) loves me not. If you’re still picking the petals off of flowers and you don’t know where you stand with someone, giving them a mixtape might be the perfect, yet subtle way of expressing your feelings. Pretty much any love/breakup song could fit on this one, but these are a few of our favourites. 

  1. The Only Way Out - Bush
  2. I Want to Belong to You - Katie Herzig
  3. Kathleen - Catfish and the Bottlemen
  4. I Will Posses Your Heart - Death Cab for Cutie
  5. 11:11 - Arkells
  6. If I Could Change Your Mind - Haim
  7. Closer Than This - St. Lucia
  8. Fallingforyou - The 1975
  9. Wonderful Unknown (feat. Greg Laswell) - Ingrid Michaelson 
  10. We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow - Soko


No matter what anyone says about country music, or the songs on the radio, or liking a band just because they’re “cool”, your music taste is awesome because it’s yours. However, if you feel a little self-conscious giving someone who loves music as much as you do a mixtape, here are our suggestions that we hope will blow them away. 

  1. You’ll Never Know - The Maine
  2. Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair - Arctic Monkeys
  3. Milk - The 1975
  4. Danny, Dakota, & the Wishing Well - A Silent Film
  5. Your New Beloved - Lovelife
  6. Make Me A Bird - Elektrik People
  7. Chelsea Dagger - The Fratellis
  8. Free (feat. Emeli Sandé) - Rudimental
  9. Ghost - Halsey
  10. Work Song - Hozier


While the title might be a little vulgar, we know that when someone breaks your heart, there’s no room for politeness or gentleness. You may not be as confident (or as cheesy) as some music videos/movies where you actually give this mixtape to your ex to show them that you’ve moved on, but think of this one as a gift to yourself. Sometimes channeling your anger or sadness into a beautiful creation can be therapeutic, so go ahead and waste a blank CD on this one. 

  1. According to You - Orianthi
  2. Drown - Front Porch Step
  3. My Song 5 - Haim
  4. Over It - Katharine McPhee
  5. Black Roses - Clare Bowen
  6. #Icanteven (feat. French Montana) - The Neighbourhood
  7. Walk Over Me - The All-American Rejects
  8. You - The 1975
  9. Satan - The Composure
  10. Over You (feat. A Great Big World) - Ingrid Michaelson


If someone you know is going through a rough patch, a mixtape of epic, inspirational songs might make life a little more bearable. As with the other mixtapes, this gift is perfect  is a great solution to not knowing how to put your feelings into words. Luckily, artists have already completed that task for you. It would make this mixtape even more meaningful and effective if you were to add some personal favourites. 

  1. You Won’t Feel a Thing - The Script
  2. Pocketful of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield
  3. Little Wonders - Rob Thomas
  4. Don’t Give Up On “Us” - The Maine
  5. Keep Your Eyes Open - NEEDTOBREATHE
  6. Parade - Matchbox Twenty
  7. Lifeline - Mat Kearney
  8. Face Up - Lights
  9. Lonesome Dreams - Lord Huron
  10. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall

It’s that time of year again; the time when all of the good little elves at Post-Twee HQ take the night off from reblogging dumb non-Christmasy shit to get totally hammered on eggnog and assemble the best mixtape of Christmas carols ever. Cop this holiday mixtape and play it really loud so you don’t have to talk to your family over the holiday season! Merry Christmas!!

  1. Intro / The First Noel by the Music Tapes
  2. Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses
  3. Step into Christmas by Elton John
  4. Sleigh Ride by Fun.
  5. It’s Christmas! Let’s Be Glad! by Sufjan Stevens
  6. I Saw Three Ships by Sting
  7. Just Like Christmas by Low
  8. Artificial Snow by Atlas Sound
  9. Auld Lang Syne by Andrew Bird
  10. Lumberjack Christmas by Sufjan Stevens
  11. Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas) by the Decemberists
  12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / We Three Kings by the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan
  13. Christmas Eve Can Kill You by Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
  14. River by Joni Mitchell
  15. Put the Lights on the Tree by Sufjan Stevens
  16. Christmas Wish by the Autumn Teen Sound
  17. Everything is One Big Christmas Tree by the Magnetic Fields
  18. I Took Some Time for Christmas by Belle and Sebastian
  19. O Tannenbaum by the Vince Guaraldi Trio
  20. Get Behind Me, Santa! by Sufjan Stevens
  21. Christmas in Harlem by Kanye West
  22. Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis by Tom Waits
  23. Christmas Lights by Paul Baribeau
  24. Hark, the Herald Angels Sing by the Vince Guaraldi Trio
  25. Do You Hear What I Hear? by Sufjan Stevens
  26. Christmas in Hollis by Run-DMC
  27. I Wish It Was Christmas Today by Julian Casablancas
  28. Don’t Believe in Christmas by the Sonics
  29. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight) by the Ramones
  30. Come on! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance! by Sufjan Stevens
  31. All I Want for Christmas is You by My Chemical Romance
  32. Yule Shoot Your Eye Out by Fall Out Boy
  33. A Great Big Sled by the Killers
  34. Merry Christmas (I Missed You So Muchby Taking Back Sunday
  35. The Friendly Beasts by Sufjan Stevens
  36. A Doe to a Deer by Los Campesinos!
  37. It’s Christmas Time by Yo La Tengo
  38. Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten
  39. The Christmas Waltz by She & Him
  40. We Need a Little Christmas by Sufjan Stevens
  41. Christmas Time is Here by the Vince Guaraldi Trio
  42. The 12 Days of Christmas by Reliant K
  43. Last Christmas by Wham!
  44. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Destroy All Vegans
  45. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing by Sufjan Stevens
  46. Joy to the World by the Butties
  47. Father Christmas by the Kinks
  48. Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
  49. I Wish It Was Christmas Every Day by Chris Farren
  50. Christmas Unicorn by Sufjan Stevens

Part 1: Christmas Spirit Will Tear Us Apart
Part 2: Christmas Spirit Will (NOT) Tear Us Apart

"I’m not giving up on you."

  • Celeste Buckingham - Walk Beside You | Don’t look away because you’re afraid / You’re never on your own
  • Phillip Phillips - Unpack Your Heart | I’m on your side / So shed your shadow / And watch it rise
  • Imagine Dragons - It’s Time | Right to the top / Don’t look back
  • Lenka - Everything’s Okay | Keep giving me hope for a better day / Keep giving me love to find a way
  • The Script ft. Will.I.Am - Hall of Fame | You can be the greatest / You can be the best
  • Toploader - Breathe | You gotta breathe in and out / You gotta spread a little love all around
  • Jack Johnson - Radiate | Take your time / Sun is yours to take
  • Priscilla Ahn - You’re A Star | Just remember who you are / And know you’re a star

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If any of yall care I made my list of top 10 (+ a few more I couldn’t leave out) albums/mixtapes of 2014! feel free to message me about music or any of your opinions or favorite works of the year!

2014 was the year I became real aware of the re-emergence of the DIY scene. These are my favourite bands from the lot. Most of these are UK based because well I live there lol. Hope these tunes mean as much to you as they do to me. Love you stay safe xxx

1.       Beach Day – All My Friends Were Punks (Kanine Records)
2.       Joanna Gruesome – Secret Surprise (Fortuna Pop!/Slumberland Records)
3.       Inevitable Daydream – Summer Song
4.       Playlounge – waves and waves and waves (Dog Knights Productions)
5.       Tashaki Miyaki – Keep Me In Mind (Burger Records)
6.       Aye Nako – Start Talking
7.       Cosmic Thoughts – No Youth (Fat Cat Records)
8.       Algernon Doll – Spilt Milk Perfume (Struggletown Records)
9.       All The Best Tapes – I’ve Been Bored Since 9/11 (FXD Records)
10.   Crows-An-Wra – Perseus (Barely Regal/Wolf Town DIY/Boslevan Records)
11.   We Came Out Like Tigers – Concrete Blocks of Empathy (Dog Knights Productions)
12.   Solanas – “This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time” (Dogs Waiting By Their Owners’ Graves Records)
13.   Pettybone – Pettybone
14.   Coke Bust – Iron Spiral
15.   lovechild – Run/Motion-Sickness (Mayfly Records)
16.   Bleed the Pigs – For This Defect, And For No Other Guilt, We Here Are Fucking Lost.
17.   +HIRS+ – kuato lives
18.   hate fuck – Real Punx Live With Their Parents
19.   Frau – Punk Is My Boyfriend (Static Shock Records)
20.   The Flaccids – Fuck Yr Macho White Boy Entitlement
21.   1981 – Discarded Remnants (Stonehenge Records/Profiteer)
22.   Daskinsey4 – Buttplug Horcrux
23.   Peeple Watchin’ – Dezlina
24.   High Dive – Tennessee
25.   Martha – Bubble In My Bloodstream (Fortuna Pop!/Salinas)
26.   Colour Me Wednesday – Purge Your Inner Tory (Discount Horse)
27.   Ace Bushy Striptease – Death By Autofill (Odd Box/Discount Horse)
28.   Surf Curse – Heathers
29.   Gum – Cherryade (Art Is Hard Records)
30.   Chain of Flowers – Death’s Got A Hold On Me (Swine Language)
31.   Tense Men – RNRFON (Faux Discx)
32.   LUVV – More
33.   Broken Arm – Guilty Conscience (Gringo Records/Art For Blind)
34.   Give – Electric Flower Cult
35.   Weak Nerves – Bedroom Rot (Weathered Collective)
36.   Fuoco – Fluoxetine (Sexx Tapes)
37.   Perfect Pussy – Driver (Captured Tracks)
38.   Plaids – twenty four (Art For Blind/Barely Regal)
39.   The Altered Hours – Dig Early (Art For Blind)
40.   Burning House – Souvenirs
41.   Darjeeling – Hay Fever
42.   Crywank – Song For A Guilty Sadist
43.   Kissing Fractures – PS you still do this to me
44.   The Middle Ones – Quite Something (Discount Horse/Stitch-Stitch)
45.   Best Friends Forever – I Can’t Make You Love Me (Discount Horse)
46.   king of may – anna you flow like sky
47.   Casino Hearts – The Unbearable Times of a Breaking Heart
48.   Butterfly Bandage – trees
49.   All There – Melt
50.   Trust Fund – the coolest guy (Reeks Of Effort)
51.   Get Inuit – Dress of Bubblewrap (Alcopop)
52.   Caves – Rubino (Bombed Out)
53.   Gnarwolves – Boneyard (BSM/Pure Noise Records/Tangled Talk)
54.   The Franklys – Puppet (Electric Wood Records)
55.   Shopping – In Other Words (Milk)
56.   Spoonboy – Free Yer Mind, Square (Nervous Nelly Records)
57.   Onsind – Dissatisfactions (Discount Horse)
58.   Apologies, I Have None – Coffee, Alcohol, Codeine, Repeat (Beach Community)
59.   Headroom – Please (Dog Knight Productions)
60.   healing powers – he did not live to see the realisation of his dream (Wolf Town DIY/ Get Into It Records)
61.   Human Hands – string (Strictly No Capital Letters)
62.   For Everest – Beyond the Brush (Broken World Media)
63.   Walleater – Just a Boy (Close To Home Records)
64.   Upcdowncleftcrightcabc+Start – End of Every Film

He has the cutest buns

She & Him – In The Sun
The Chordettes – Eddie My Love
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
Chuck Berry – Nadine
Commodores – Brick House
Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen
Pretenders – Brass In Pocket
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun
The Original Chin Chins – Hey Mickey You’re so Fine
Madonna – Like A Virgin
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth

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TRIPLE-A FUCKING AWESOME: the jonah ryan mixtape that nobody wants but everybody needs.

1. because i’m awesome | the dollyrots
2. digital witness | st. vincent
3. all i do is win | dj khaled
4. american zero | neon trees
5. million dollar bills | lorde
6. give it 2 u | robin thicke
7. mistaken for strangers | the national
8. fame < infamy | fall out boy
9. sorry bro | andrew jackson jihad
10. monster | kanye west

here @ 8tracks!!!! (also good for general pump-up vibes on days when you’re feeling like a total jonad.)