We surveyed a panel of music bloggers to narrow down the best albums, songs and videos from 2014. Now it’s your turn to bring this home and create the final list. Please go here and take a few minutes to pick your favs. If you don’t see yours in the drop-down, just write it in.
You have until Thursday, December 18, to make a difference before 3000 closes the poll and goes back to wearing normal clothes.
1. When making a mixtape you should know what the
person likes. i.e musical interests, art interests, interests in school.
(Joshua Hayward is partly influence by physics when creating sounds for The
2. Please, for the love of god do us all a favor
and leave out The Smiths/Morrissey. (Johnny Marr is fine.)
3. Make it fluid and have it tell a story. Be
dynamic when positioning songs. No one enjoys a scatter brained playlist. Think
of it this way, bands put songs in the order they think flows well as well as
in a manner which tells a story. i.e Deerhunter
4. Don’t forget to include songs you enjoy but don’t
overwhelm the playlist with your taste.
5. Expose them to new music within the genres they
enjoy. Expose yourself to new music.
6. Make sure that whatever you make you enjoy.
Because, if you don’t enjoy it, why are you making it?
7. Do not make the mistake of not listening to it
before you hand it off.
8. If you’re going to use Spotify, YouTube, etc.,
make sure that you use specific versions of the track you want to include and
that the manner in which you are making this playlist has those songs. i.e
Pavement’s “Here” from Slanted and
Enchanted is very different from the version of “Here” on their Peel
9. If you are introducing them to a genre, DO NOT
START WITH DEEP CUTS, NO MATTER HOW GOOD THEY ARE. DON’T YOU DARE. DON’T. Entry
level stuff, but interesting stuff. Go from McIntosh Plus to Lux Elite to James
Ferraro. Shoegaze: MBV to Swirlies to Drop Nineteens to This Scarlet Train to
Should. Country: Johnny Cash or Dolly Parton to Tom Paxton. Etc. Work up to it.
10. Have good cover art and a good title. Some
previous titles I have used, please feel free to use them: Requiem of a
Wedding, Fuck Brooklyn (I love Brooklyn. This is a Captured Tracks playlist.
Kind of.), Sessions of a Cowboy Killer, Phunk,
Songs that Have Saved the Minds of Many, We All Hate Each Other (It was a noise
and hardcore mixtape. Do not judge Me.), I Love You (And so does this tape),
and, lastly, Hello.