mixtape universe

For Joanie 

Joanie - I know you and I know you’ve probably spent the past five years working your ass off and doing nothing else. Which I appreciate of course, because, you know, here I am, but based on your CD collection (CDs Joan!!! CDs!!! What are you doing!?!? iTunes has existed for nearly 20 years), you haven’t been buying new music. I checked your computer too. You don’t have Spotify or anything (it’s this new streaming service that I don’t understand).

Just so you don’t think I’ve been sitting at home watching Netflix all day, I’ve also been catching up on the last five years of music. Sam and the boys have tried to get me up to speed on all things pop culture but there’s just so much. It’s been a big undertaking and I’m making this a family project now. You and I are both going to start listening to music that’s been released since 2011 (spoiler alert: pop music got gooooood). You need to know what’s going on in the zeitgeist, Joanie. You can’t just listen to Radiohead and The Beach Boys on repeat forever. (don’t worry, I got you an actual Christmas present, this is just a bonus)

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I love Maria Reynolds, protect her at all costs. She of all people deserves happiness. 

In some Alternate Universe she would meet the 19 year old Phillip and they would fall in love and live happily ever after and King George III and Maria would be best friends and throw shade 24/7

Some of the good things from 2016:

Pokemon go
DiCaprio’s oscar
The deadpool film
Supergirl’s Sanvers
Stranger things
Hamilton the musical (and mixtape)
Steven universe/the summer of Steven
Finding dory
Moana
Yuri on ice
Fnaf sister location
Beyoncé’s lemonade
Fantastic beasts film
Grease live!
Tatiana Maslany’s emmy
Rouge one
Black mirror season 3
Ilvermorny was revealed/we got sorted
The Gilmore girls revival
“Baby groot”
Captain America: civil war
VR is finally here HTC VIVE/oculus rift etc
Robbie rotten memes
Overwatch
Tracer is officially LGBT+
Dat boi
Dodie Clark’s EP
Dan and Phil go outside
Mario run
Miitomo
High school musical 4 announced

The tiger population rose for the first time in years
Physicists found gravitational waves to be real
The priminister of Japan jumping out of a mario pipe to commemorate the olympics
The Juno spacecraft reached jupiter’s orbit
Money raised by the ASL ice bucket challenge may have found a breakthrough
A plane went around the entire world without a drop of fuel
Leicester city football club beat 1 in 5000 odds and won the premier league
A man was cured of HIV, world wide cure is just on the horizon
Child mortality is at a all time low
There’s an Ebola vaccine now
The FBI now labels animal abuse a class A felony

from Caleb

we move like the ocean bad suns; jinx dnce; clocks go forward james bay; where you go the young romans; bloom the paper kites; satellite guster; dreaming smallpools; little hell city and colour; kid in love shawn mendes; living louder the cab; meaning gavin degraw; young forever the ready set

from Adam 

CAN’T FEEL MY FACE - THE WEEKND (I don’t know if you even realize you’re doing it, but you mouth along with the words every time this song comes on the radio) 
HARD OUT HERE - LILY ALLEN (yeah, yeah, it’s a girly song but Lily speaks true)
HERE - ALESSIA CARA (I don’t think anyone has ever described so well what it’s like to party with our classmates. At least, I assume, I don’t know, you’re the one who actually gets invited, you tell me)
STRAWBERRY SWING - FRANK OCEAN (I know you love Coldplay, but trust me - one you hear this, you’ll never go back to the original)
GRADE 8 - ED SHEERAN (idk, this song just reminds me of you)
WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE - ADELE (all hail Adele - this is my favorite off her new album) 
YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE - JAMIE CULLUM (words to live by)
SUPER TROUPER - ABBA (I’ll be in the crowd in spirt. Have a good game)

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.

FOR THE GIRLFRIEND:

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

FOR THE BOYFRIEND:

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

FOR THE BEST FRIEND:

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

FOR THE PARENT/GUARDIAN:

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

FOR WHEN THE RELATIONSHIP GETS COMPLICATED TO DEFINE:

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

FOR THE PERSON WHO KNOWS MUSIC SO WELL YOU FEEL INTIMIDATED GIVING THEM YOUR OWN:

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

FOR THE DOUCHEBAG/B*TCH THAT BROKE YOUR HEART:

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

FOR THE PERSON WHO NEEDS CHEERING UP:

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

Congratulations
You have invented a new kind of stupid
A ‘damage you can never undo’ kind of stupid
An 'open all the cages in the zoo’ kind of stupid
'Truly, you didn’t think this through?’ kind of stupid

- Congratulations; Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renee Elise Goldsberry (x)

mixtape: painkiller

frazey ford // september fields
the strokes // last nite
liv dawson // painkiller
exes // dear, home
feist // i feel it all
børns // fool
phoenix // lisztomania
the coronas // look at all the lovers
scotch mist // big red button
noah cyrus // i’m stuck
eagles // take it easy
aretha franklin // don’t play that song
jenny lewis // completely not me
muna // winterbreak
queen // under pressure (feat. david bowie)

listen in apple music / spotify

Music for Loki

aka Transgender Transplanetary Dysphoria Blues

Calling Loki a villain, despite his many transgressions upon the people of earth, feels much too simple. We all understand Loki so much better than me understand most heroes. Loki is brooding, Loki is vain, Loki is depressed, Loki is flamboyant, Loki is a narcissist, Loki is pitiful, Loki is lonely, Loki is charming, Loki is magical, Loki is untrustworthy, Loki loves his mother, Loki doesn’t feel loved. These are songs about strutting and dancing and dressing for success, they’re also songs about the deep well of sadness that all of us hold inside ourselves and hide with all the tricks we’ve learned along the way. 

Tracklist: 

  1. The Faint, “Posed To Death” 
  2. Drake, “Know Yourself”
  3. Hot Hot Heat, “Naked In The City Again” 
  4. Against Me!, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”
  5. Sia, “Elastic Heart” 
  6. Ke$ha, “Cannibal”
  7. Lana Del Rey, “Young and Beautiful”
  8. The Smiths, “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” 
  9. Earl Sweatshirt, “Faucet” 
  10. T. Rex, “Cosmic Dancer”

Follow the playlist on Spotify.

All fusion dances and songs from Season 1. The beautiful artwork of Opal was drawn by storyboard artist Joe Johnston​!

★ FUSION MIXTAPE ★
1. Amalgam (Giant Woman)
2. Opal (Giant Woman)
3. Synchronize/Sugilite (Coach Steven)
4. Alexandrite (Fusion Cuisine)
5. Alone Together (Alone Together)
6. Twilight Run (Alone Together)
7. Reunion (Jailbreak)
8. Stronger Than You (Jailbreak)
9. Collusion (Jailbreak)
10. Malachite (Jailbreak)

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study mixtape

lily & madeleine // devil we know
oliver daldry // howling wind
grace mitchell // come back for you
charles like the prince // vérone
vacay // the other side
blair // wake up shake up
maisie peters // place we were made
hedley // better days
feist // 1234
leo stannard & frances // gravity
little big town // happy people
april // paris
the lumineers // ophelia
emma taylor // new found sound
sjowgren // seventeen

listen in apple music / spotify

melt this curse // a playlist for a lapis that keeps isolating themself and pushing others away // requested by anonymous

silver droplets // made in heights
i won’t fade out until you feel my power

echo // jason walker
i don’t really know where the world is but i miss it now

fresh static snow // porter robinson
although i know we’ll never meet you’re ever part of me

dancing with tears in my eyes // kesha
a lost cause, nobody can save my soul

the outsider // marina and the diamonds
just because you know my name