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full name brendan
age 36
location au
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despite what John Cusack says, if you have a lot of rules you'll get formulaic mixtapes. these are mine.

1. try to keep songs under 5mins apiece, just in case you pick a song you end up hating.
2. build the mix in blocks of three or four (because if all the songs are of one style, there's no contrast, and if they're all different there's too much contrast)
3. be very picky about song transitions, they're what makes a mix coherent.
4. make a B-side (so you don't try to fit every song into one mix even though it doesn't fit)

practice is the best way to learn. an encyclopedic knowledge of music also helps. the titles of the mixes here refer to the old magnetic strip of cassette tapes.

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Level 21 Crosstalk!
Did I ever tell you about how I wrote a big paper on Crash after reading it, and then even got an excellent grade for it.

So what I'm saying is: where you at?
2/03/10 02:12pm
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Lolita! You should read Lolita!
8/07/09 12:23pm
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Hey! Good to see a new mix from you, how's everything?
6/11/09 03:21am
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It's been 103 days, where you at?
4/15/09 10:24am
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Oh. Well, that's a shame. But if you have Queen in there it's bound to be rad. Who is the mix for?

Yes, The Shoemaker sounds really sick, but I heard about it when John Waters talked about it in his This Filthy World show, and now I have to read it!

PS. I love When It Started now thanks to you.
12/26/08 06:51pm
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I didn't realise strings meant guitar as well. Dude, I feel dumb.
12/23/08 05:36pm
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I just had a second look at the tracks I listed for you earlier... they are REALLY all over the place, haha. How are you getting along with the jigsaw that is your unpublished mix?
11/26/08 03:55pm
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Well, from what I've heard, "The Shoemaker" (by some Schreiber) is also a pretty strange ride, but I've yet to read it myself. Oh yes, Generation X is the bomb.

As for your mix... four songs came to mind when I read your message: 1) David Bowie - Life on Mars?, 2) Electric Light Orchestra - It's Over, 3) Lou Reed - Perfect Day, and 4) Hard-Fi - Tied Up Too Tight (this one is 4:49 though).

It's hard to come by a song that has both piano and strings.. I'm not sure if this is anything near what you were looking for, it's just a rough brainstorm. I didn't take into consideration whether they would work in a mix or not, but at least I think they - somewhat - correspond with your criteria:

The Smiths - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out, 4:05
Mew - Chinaberry Tree, 3:33
Wolfman & Pete Doherty - For Lovers, 3:34
Eskobar - Bring the Action, 3:47
Billy Paul - Me and Mrs. Jones, 4:39 (sorry, but it's my favourite song!)
The Beatles - She's Leaving Home, 3:35
Meat Puppets - Head, 4:18
The Whitlams - No Aphrodesiac, 4:20

PS. I think your mixtraping rules are awesome, breaking them would be too bad. But I'm sure you could make it rock as a 13 track tape just as smoothly.
11/26/08 06:50am
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I'm currently reading Crash! and you've made a new mix!
11/18/08 02:31am
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Happy one year and one week anniversary. Nice avatar.
2/12/08 02:46pm
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