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from Caleb

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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

Northern Wind // City and Colour

Atlas Hands // Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Steal Back // Aunt Martha

The Woods // Daughter

Bloom // The Paper Kites

Sweater Weather // The Neighbourhood

Old Pine // Ben Howard

Holocene // Bon Iver

Hold me Down // Mansionair

Twice // Little Dragon

Hunger of the Pine // alt-J

Cavalier // James Vincent McMorrow

1904 // Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Home // Phillip Phillips

Little Brother // Grizzly Bear

Me // The 1975

Dinners on You // Sticky Fingers

Sad Dream // Sky Ferreira

The Moon Song // Karen O, Ezra Koenig

July // Youth Lagoon

Baby Blue // King Krule

Blush // Wolf Alice

Down in the Valley // The Head and The Heart

Tenenbaum // The Paper Kites

Autumn Leaves // Ed Sheeran

And If My Heart Should Somehow Stop // James Vincent McMorrow

Shine // Benjamin Francis Leftwich

She Changes the Weather // Swim Deep

Big Jet Plane // Angus & Julia Stone

Slow It Down // The Lumineers

Featherstone // The Paper Kites

Another Story // The Head and The Heart

The Girl // City and Colour

Taking You There // Broods

Tessellate // alt-J

Ghost // Folly and the Hunter

You Swan, Go On // Fred Squire

Rivers and Roads // The Head and The heart


Mexico City  - Universidad Nacionla Autonoma de Mexico

Full Album:

A few shots from my visit to UNAM this weekend, had the chance to relax for our puente due to Mexico holiday. 

The Rainy Days Playlist

As we enter the rainy months, (at least in my country) I feel that it is high time I created another playlist.The songs on this playlist are those soft, peaceful songs that goes well with: warm sweaters, hot chocolate, a good book, comfortable nooks (an armchair, couch or bed with lots of blankets), and cold, wet days.

Shoutout to my kyoot friend Ayla who inspired me to make this playlist.

1. Paint - The Paper Kites

2. Promise - Ben Howard

3. So Cold - Ben Cocks

4. Broadripple is Burning - Margot and the Nuclear So So’s

5. Colorblind - Counting Crows

5. Skinny Love - Bon Iver

6. Hurts Like Hell - Fleurie

7. Light - Sleeping At Last

8. Neptune - Sleeping At Last

9. Ink - Coldplay

10. Midnight - Coldplay

11. Scarborough Fair - Simon and Garfunkel

12. Vanilla Twilight - Owl City

13. Waitin’ on the Day - John Mayer

14. On the Way Home - John Mayer

15. fallingforyou - The 1975

16. Don’t Know Why - Norah Jones

17. Tears Are in Your Eyes - Yo La Tengo

18. Boats and Birds - Gregory and the Hawk

19. A Century is All We Need - Gregory and the Hawk

20. Home - AURORA

21. Stone Walls - We the Kings

22. Youth - Daughter

23. Medicine - Daughter

24. To Build a Home - The Cinematic Orchestra

25. Featherstone - The Paper Kites

26. Leopold Street - The Paper Kites

27. Drawn to the Blood - Sufjan Stevens

28. Eavesdrop - The Civil Wars

29. Disarm - The Civil Wars

30. I’ll Keep You Safe - Sleeping At Last

31. Pray - Kodaline

32. Latch - Kodaline

33. Brooklyn Baby - Lana Del Rey

34. Sad Girl - Lana Del Rey

35. The A Team - Ed Sheeran

36. Fireflies - Ed Sheeran

37. Sofa - Ed Sheeran

38. Drunk - Ed Sheeran

39. New York - Ed Sheeran

40. U.N.I. - Ed Sheeran

No one told me about the aftershocks / The sudden eruption of the windows inward where there were but curtains before / You jump out of bed to inspect the damage, wrinkled leaves still cling to your hair from the fallen tree / when a bored god shook the world like a snow globe except no one went back to who they were even when everything returned to blue skies and city kites / We became fidgeting hands / wary hearts as we waited for the world to end a second time / We never knew that it is when we feel safe and unsuspecting would the universe decide to cave in on itself again / Like the walk back home, like reaching for a can of something at the top shelf, like rousing from a dreamless sleep, like maybe the middle of a conversation with a stranger lost and asking for directions / when suddenly the world knocks on your door and you don’t get up to open it so a pebble is thrown at your window / and something inside you awakens from a death-like sleep because something about the way this stranger looks at you / as though you were a compass that points to a place that’s undiscovered and filled with treasure / reminds you of memories you will never have because the funeral was held many broken moons ago / I tiptoe but my feet bleed anyway / Among the broken glass, I find no stone / no child’s misguided baseball / It was as if you never died at all and so as the water is heated, I’ll wait for a door to creak open and you’ll walk out of it, you’ll go to the bathroom, check on your favorite black cat, I’ll move a couple of steps to my left so you can reach for a glass off the rack, the fridge is opened, liquid is poured into glass, the fridge is shut, feet shuffle against the floor, a door creaks shut as the water begins to boil over but among the ashes, we find no candlestick / no cigarette butts and so we sit here staring at our feet, wondering how we ended up in the wake of a house fire.
—  MJL
Pisces Playlist

1. Ship to Wreck // Florence + The Machine 
2. Bloom // The Paper Kites
3. Sleeping Sickness // City and Colour 
4. Bridges // Broods
5. Misguided Ghosts // Paramore 
6. The Ocean // Tegan and Sara
7. Wonderland // Taylor Swift

the one that was alone

“And so I took fixing our mistake into my own hands… And I made you all forget, I made the world forget what we did.”

Warning Call | CHVRCHES / Holy Branches | Radical Face  
Another Story | The Head and the Heart  / The Hands that Thieve | Toh Kay
A Maker of My Time | The Paper Kites /  Offering | Black City Lights / Blame | Bastille
Thousand Eyes | Of Monsters and Men / Stand By Me | Mona  / Sound the Bells | Dessa

A requested playlist: “A mix of minimalist songs?” Here you go!

Listen Here: Simplicity.


Bloom // The Paper Kites

A Comet Appears // The Shins

Slow It Down // The Lumineers

5 Years Time // Noah And The Whale

Yellow Brick Road // Angus & Julia Stone

Poison & Wine // The Civil Wars

Jade // Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Stars // Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

Be // Daley

The Girl // City And Colour

a little bit of happy spotify playlist

I’ve made another playlist that I’m really proud of!! (1st playlist, 2nd playlist)

1. Bad Intentions - Niykee Heaton

2. Chocolate - The 1975

3. Restart - Sam Smith

4. Oh My Love - The Score

5. Weak - Wet

6. Love Myself - Hailee Steinfeld

7. The Gates - Young Empires

8. Jaigantic (Galimatias Remix) - Tora

9. I Hate U I Love U (feat. Olivia O’Brien) - Gnash

10. Technicolour Beat - Oh Wonder

11. Try to Sleep - Low

12. Homeless - Ed Sheeran

13. Dreamers - Hopium

14. Prime - Allie X

15. Sensual - TVA

16. It’s In Her Eyes - Manicanparty

17. Arcadia - The Kite String Tangle

18. Midnight City - M83

19. Cecilia And The Satellite - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

20. Still Life - Dawn Golden

21. Slacks - St. South

22. Talk Slow - Chase Atlantic

23. Landslide - Oh Wonder

24. Fireproof - One Direction

25. Dreaming About You - Betty Who

26. You’re in Love - Betty Who

27. Sofa - Ed Sheeran

28. Like Real People Do - Hozier

29. You Are In Love - Travis-Atreo

30. Clouds - One Direction

31. Dreamer - Isbells

32. Things That Stop You Dreaming - Passenger

33. Dreams - Wet

34. Missing You - Betty Who

35. Pills N Potions - Nicki Minaj

36. Drive - Miley Cyrus

37. Autumn Leaves - Ed Sheeran

38. Youth - Daughter

39. A Lack Of Understanding - The Vaccines

40. Monsters - Timeflies

41. The Last Unicorn - Passenger

42.  Do It - Selena Gomez

43. Boogie Shoes - KC & The Sunshine Band

44. Marvin Gaye (feat. Meghan Trainor) - Charlie Puth

45. Mess Is Mine - Vance Joy

46. Fix You - Coldplay

47. Electric Love - BORNS

This Will Probably Be Added To In The Future…