Yes, I’m Still Making Mixtapes. What Songs Should I Add?

Since basically everything else went topsy turvy this past year+, at least we can all take respite in music. And as long as my mom’s Bose system doesn’t crap out, I’mma keep making her mix cd’s as part of her christmas gift.

I’ve been making my mom and sister mix cd’s for christmas since I was in college, which sorry to say, was like thirteen years ago. They tell me they still appreciate this retro wrapped good, and since I’ve been blogging (very sporadically) for approximately the same number of years, y’all have helped

It’s that time again! The time where I put out the call for your favorite songs and songsters!

woman shouting into a megaphone

The guidelines are pretty open. I make 1.) a phenomenal woman mix, which features only female artists (bonus if you recommend diverse performers and styles) and 2.) a cafe mix, open to all genders and nonbinary artists that play tunes more on the mellow side, like you’re chilling at home enjoying a cuppa or fixing dinner with a glass of wine.

Type your favorite recommendations into the comments and I’ll share the final playlists in January (after I’ve gifted the new albums)! Will your picks make the playlist? Find out!

Plus, I give away copies to one lucky participant!

What are you waiting for? There’s new tunes to check out! Thanks so much for helping me put together the perfect playlist.

Here’s a few examples from what made the cut last year:

Phenomenal Woman Mix

Pasttime ~ Samantha Crain

No Roots ~ Alice Merton

Underdog ~ Alicia Keys

Remind Me ~ Emily King

Cafe Mix

If the World was Ending ~ JP Saxe and Julia Michaels

Home Again ~ Michael Kiwanuka

May I Have This Dance? ~ Francis and the Lights

Bridges ~ Johnnyswim

6 responses

  1. Hey, I’m an old school Netflix DVD guy, so I love that you’re still doing this! Time for my annual bombardment.

    Phenomenal Women:

    1. “Broken Horses” – Brandi Carlile
    2. “Write a List of Things to Look Forward To” – Courtney Barnett
    3. “we fell in love in october” – girl in red
    4. “The Walls are Way too Thin” – Holly Humberstone
    5. “Paprika” – Japanese Breakfast
    6. “Please Don’t Tell Me” – Julia Bardo
    7. “First Time” – Lucy Dacus
    8. “Couldn’t Have Done the Killing” – Marissa Nadler
    9. “Holiday Destination” – Nadine Shah
    10. “Thats Where the Trouble Started” – Rose Elinor Dougall

    Cafe Mix:

    1. “Interstellar Love” – The Avalanches, Leon Bridges
    2. “Lost in the Light” – Bahamas
    3. “Long Long Way” – Boy & Bear
    4. “Officer of Love” – Caamp
    5. “Before You Gotta Go” – Courtney Barnett
    6. “’74-75” – The Connells
    7. “This House is on Fire” – Dead Man Winter
    8. “Cautionary Tale” – Dylan LeBlanc
    9. “The Balcony” – Fruit Bats
    10. “Sanctuary” – Hiss Golden Messenger
    11. “Wild Blue” – John Mayer
    12. “Head On” – Jose Gonzalez
    13. “Mavis” – Nathaniel Rateliff
    14. “We Wait” – Other Lives
    15. “Midwestern” – Quiet Hollers
    16. “The Roundabout” – Ryley Walker
    17. “Galacticana” – Strand of Oaks
    18. “Golden Autumn Day” – Van Morrison

    1. Oooh these are fabulous, Mark, thank you! Lots of new songs to check out. But Lost in the Light made it on a prior mix and that song is *chef’s kiss* 👌🏻

      1. Ahh, well…at least you know I’ve got great taste then! 🙂

  2. Here’s a couple I’ve been listening to on repeat lately:
    Cheap Queen – King Princess
    The Bends – Saint Mela

  3. “Coming to Get You Nowhere” – This is the Kit
    “Black Myself” – Amythyst Kiah
    “Magnolia Blues” – Aida Victoria
    “hold yourself.” Tune-Yards
    “Slow Motion Detonation” – Deerhoof /w Juana Molina
    “Somebody Was Watching Over Me” – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

    1. Oooooh I can’t wait to check these out! You always give good suggestions and find me bands I haven’t heard of!

      Hope you had a spectacular birthday, friend!!! 🎉🎉🎉

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