Happy birthday to us! It’s officially our one year birthday and we couldn’t be happier with how things have transpired over the last year, especially the past few months. While straining my brain trying to come up with the perfect way to celebrate, it came to me almost by accident. Since we’ve never done any sort of mixtape, we asked a bunch of our favorite blogs to each submit a track that reminds them of summer. Then, I mixed them all together (sort of, having never done any sort of audio editing in mah life) and the end result is the “Blogwave Summer” mixtape! It was an interesting project because everyone has a different definition of the perfect summer tune, but there’s a great mix of upbeat and chill that all flows together in the end. The mere fact that I was able to do this is a testament to how far we’ve come this past year , so I’m really happy with how it all came together. I mean it’s no Mondo Boys Weird Summer mixtape, but it holds its own. Oh, and thanks to j-town, whose FANTASTIC image I borrowed for the mixtape artwork.
Here’s the full track list, as well as which blog contributed which track in [brackets]. My eternal thanks to all of the blogs who participated, you are all super rad. And make sure to check them out too if you are not already a reader. Thanks to the ON (Original Ninja) The Music Ninja, you can click on any blog names in the image below to get to their respective sites, so do it! Oh yeah, and since this is our anniversary, I took the liberty to throw not one but two fantastic tracks into the mix.
I’ve provided the file in a couple of different ways. You can download it below as one continuous mp3 file, or you can download it as separate tracks (which will sound exactly the same as the single file when played in succession). You can also stream the whole thing right here in the audio player below if you want a sneak preview, but your best bet is probably to download the zip file. Plus the zip file includes a front and back cover which lists all the songs and blogs that contribute them, so that is nice to have. The whole thing runs at about 1:18, so press play and let the summer tunes take you away.
Thanks again to everyone for reading this past year, and let’s see if we can’t make the next year even better.
And here’s a bonus tune that I’ve posted before that JUST missed the cut for this mixtape, but that I listen to almost daily because it’s just SO farking happy. I’m sure it will only get even more play as the days get warmer. I also chose this song because, to quote Mr. Shooter McGavin, “Even though only one of you will become my colleague, all of you…are now my friends.”
1. Sia – Buttons (CSS Remix) [via Sheena Beaston]
2. Badly Drawn Boy – My Friend Cubilas [via Tympanogram]
3. Database vs. French Horn Rebellion – Beaches and Friends (Hey Champ Remix) [via Music Is My Sunshine]
4. Javelin – Vibrationz [via Creamteam]
5. Len – Steal My Sunshine [via Tsururadio]
6. Friendly Fires – Jump in the Pool (Thin White Duke Remix) [via Tastes Like Caramel]
7. Telepopmusik – Breathe [via Wild Tonic]
8. Galaxie 500 – Strange [via We All Want Someone To Shout For]
9. Delphic – Doubt (Build Remix) [via dailybeatz]
10. Free Energy – Bang Pop [via Pretty Much Amazing]
11. Delorean – Stay Close [via Nashville Nights]
12. Tunng – Hustle [via The Music Ninja]
13. Fergus & Geronimo – Turning Blue [via the needle drop]
14. The Teenagers – Love No (Delorean Remix) [via dailybeatz]
15. The Pass – Crosswalk Stereo [via We Listen For You]
16. Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars [via umstrum]
17. Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Remix) [via Strangers in Stereo]
18. Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks [via Pigeons and Planes]
19. Manu Chao – Bongo Bongo/Je Ne T’aime Plus [via indie shuffle]
20. Rapdragons – She Got Me (Moss of Aura Remix) [via Pasta Primavera]
21. Pictureplane – Cyclical Cyclical (Atlantis) [via forthebeat]