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For slightly longer than I've been keeping this blog, I've engaged in another time-honored tradition, the mix tape. Partly this has been inspired by iTunes--when I buy a new CD, or download some music, if I like a particular song, I'll go ahead and throw it into a date-based playlist, which has left me with playlists for the last three years. And then, usually in Feb or March, I'll winnow the list down so that I can fit it on a CD, and burn a copy or three--one for the car, a couple for friends, etc.

I'm not especially intense about cut-off dates--my primary rule of thumb is that I acquire the music during the year in question, even if I don't end up discovering it until a little later. But even that gets bent a bit: I got Transatlanticism for my birthday last year, but didn't really listen to it until 2004, which is why a couple of songs landed here. The songs don't always all fit together into any category other than the most important one: I like em.

I've been putting off my 2004 CD for no real reason, and so I thought it might be the kind of project to drive away some of the doldrums. We'll see if it works. In the meantime, though, here's my playlist and what you'll hear if I give you a ride anywhere for the next few months:

my 2004 playlist

I always feel somewhat compelled to apologize for my music tastes, so I'll resist that here. I suppose it comes from having friends who know TONS more about music than I do, and from the fact that, at one point in my life, I would have described myself as someone who knew much more than I do now. Mostly now I just read Pitchfork and rely on the listening stations.

That is all.

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Like Collin (and many, many others), I'm a big fan of the mix tape and its modern reincarnation in the mix CD. I hadn't ever thought to do a date-based version, though -- the stuff I tried to put together always either consisted of songs I thought a ce... Read More


It's a good list, Collin... And a good way of making a mix tape. If it helps, I consider myself relatively well-informed about current music, and there are more than a few songs on your list that I've never heard of.

I'm more of a nostalgic mix tape maker. I tend to make mix tapes of songs that I've heard 5-10 years ago.

I used to be a source for music. Then I stopped subscribing to Rolling Stone and Spin. Now, I'm stuck in the 80's as my iPod seems to find those songs the most. That said, I do adore both Rilo Kiley CDs.

Send me one of these!

Dylan, tracks 4, 12, & 20 come from the London Booted collection of Clash mashups, which should drive my "never heard of em" quotient down a little.

A copy's on its way, Douglas, just as soon as I dig up your address...


man your play list rocks the house. literally I bet.

Awesome mix. Thanks for sharing.

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