Listening to: Kick-ass mix sent to me by Hank from Hank's Place
Hank's mix is incredible and I love how he did a variation on the Summer Mix. Go to Hank's Place to see what he did - Hank's a great guy, a loving dad & husband, a heart of gold. He's been a supporter since before this blog started (he was a frequent commenter at my late lamented political blog) and his blog deserves much more traffic than it gets. Anyway, he sent me his mix in appreciation for me hosting this little party and he sent another disk for the troops.
This little game has been the source of overwhelming joy for me. I'm amazed at how well people have stepped up and really put their hearts into their mixes. Considering how the motive for mixmania! is to introduce us to bloggers we might not normally read, I've found some excellent new places to visit.
Here's the players - go check out their blogs. This list is kind of random but I think everyone will be included.
You got the low down on Hank; go there -
whoever gets his mix will love the disk, as will the troops.
Sarah at My Minutae http://sarah1rene.blogspot.com/ not only posted her songlist but also an alternate songlist representing a different state of mind. A very entertaining read, as always, Sarah's blog is great fun, a new daily stop for me.
Betsy from My Whim is Law -
gives us a decade-by-decade breakdown to explain her choices. She's about the same age as me (I think) and from her choices, it sounds like we were hanging out in the same crowd ("Dude!").
The ever delectable Zandee from So-Then-What - http://so-then-what.diaryland.com/index.html - promises her songlist is going up tomorrow, she's too tired at the moment. We'll give her the benefit of the doubt, for now, but throw her into the list below if she's still dragging ass this time tomorrow.
Vicki (O! Vicki!) from Outside/In -
has sent her match TWO DISKS, her mix plus a performance by her jazz-sax son. I don't know who was lucky enough to get Vicki's package (Vicki says the blogger is pretty music savvy) but I'm bummed it's not me.
Sterling from Sterfish's Place - http://sterfish.blogspot.com/ - does another wonderfully eclectic mix that leans more into hip-hop and electronica but also has some cool summer pop. Ster adds his informed slant on his picks. The dude is awesome.
Genuine's list - http://www.genuineblog.com/ - is up but he only gripes about not having his 18-year old body.
Taamar - http://www.livejournal.com/users/taamar/ - gives a harrowing account of growing up and becoming an adult. Bittersweet memories of music, just the ticket. Taamar has a wonderful blog (with loads of pics of food!) and she's another newfound pleasure.
Mamacita - http://weeklyscheiss.blogspot.com/ - got so busy with her mixes she made TWO. Whoever gets Mamacita's disks had better be bygod grateful (and post a nice review of the disks) cuz' she's The Queen of Everything That's Right With the Blogosphere.
Silly Old Bear - http://sillyoldbear.blogspot.com/ - has a list of songs I had considered including on my disk.
Kathy from Out in the Woods -
http://outinthewoods.typepad.com/ - provides a very sweet explanation of her choices (and provides links to download the cuts!). She's also a wonderful recent discovery and I need to reciprocate the linkage love!
Lu - http://www.threekidcircus.com/skiptomylu/ - reveals a very cool mix. Of course, I'll get to hear it... :-)
Chuck - http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~smith60 - mixes it up with some laid-back country-ish stuff (PERFECT summer picnic groove!) and tells you why. Another crazy liberal dude like me and glad he signed on so I have another excellent blog to read.
Elizabeth - http://www.thompsonclan6.typepad.com/thompsonclan6/ - does what I was initially going to do: go to the way-back and recall echoes from a much younger time.
Nat - http://natsthename.blogspot.com/ - Dammit, I wasn't even a third into her list when I was thinking, "Shit! I should have thought of that one!" Considering her blog is a mostly music-oriented blog, you know she'd make a killer mix...
Amy - http://www.psychobabbleblog.com/
Like so many of the lists I've seen, there's so many songs that made me think, "Yeah, I should have put that one on my list!" Her list is good reading, too, it's always fun to read what feelings and memories are aroused by the songs on the mix.
Just Heather - http://heather.sokols.us/
Also a fun read and she asks an excellent question of her female readers (it went *whoosh!* on me...). Heather claims she's a "non-music" person and yet, has managed to make a great mix.
Heather - http://www.happy-heathen.com/
The Happy Heathen takes issue to the public spanking I gave the tardy and, in true form, gets over it to reveal another excellent mix. She mixed a wonderful (and DARK) disk back in April and does not disappoint because this is a completely different mix.
Chasmyn - http://purplegoddessinfrogpyjamas.net/
Wow. What a GREAT mix! And I was wondering who would include the essential "Summertime Rolls" by Jane's Addiction on their mix... well, it's here folks! She also asks, "How could a summertime mix NOT include the Grateful Dead?" Indeed.
A True Jersey Girl - http://truejerseygirl.blogspot.com/
I'm blown away by how good all the mixes have been. Anyone who includes Fugazi, Sonic Youth, AND Bruuuuuuuuuce on their mix earns my admiration!
Jen - http://www.jenorama.com/
Delivers well - and who would doubt otherwise? Jen's always a fun read and he brief explanation for her mix is worth you clicking over there to check her out.
Panthergirl - http://thedogsbreakfast.blogspot.com/
Panthergirl sent me a copy of her April mix and I hope I'm so lucky this time around. Like her, it's a delicious mix (with her inclusion of The Turtles and my inclusion of The Raspberries, you know we were twins seperated at birth!).
Homer Jay - http://eccentricfather.blogspot.com/
Puts a lot of kids songs on his disk - very cool!
Grace - http://gracedavis.typepad.com/
FINALLY makes good on posting her list but it was worth the wait. Wonderfully funny commentary and a tremendous mix.
Lauren - http://feministe.us/blog/
Again creates a wonderfully diverse and obscure mix as she did back in April. And again, I'm hoping she drew my name.
The Zero Boss - http://www.thezeroboss.com/
Mixes another strangely eclectic mix with explanations for why he's strangely eclectic. I'm giving him righteous props here (for FINALLY posting his list) although anyone who reads me KNOWS he has his list up). Not that I've never been accused of redundancy, hmmm?!?
Autumn - http://www.perfectiononacurve.com/
Also FINALLY gets her songlist posted (along with some splendid commentary) and it's well worth the wait. Very cool mix for hot summer days.
Busy Me - http://www.livejournal.com/users/busyme/
Finally posts her list, a few explanations of why her selections mean "summer" to her and a promise to provide further explanantions in the near future.
Matt - http://coffeejedi.darkimage.net/
Finally gets his list posted (via his fiance) but with a couple Gorilaz tunes and a couple of Disney classics, the tardiness is almost excused.
For fuck's sake,
Sarah - http://antisunshine.blogspot.com/
This dude has not posted his song list yet, so go harrass him... WTF?!?
Jamie - http://gloriousleader.blogspot.com/
Until then, think about what theme you'd like to see for August. So far the miniscule concensus has leaned towards a "sing-out-loud" mix but that seems a bit redundant after the Summer mix (most people who participated for the summer mix made it clear their songs were "sing-out-loud"). The other suggestions were "Work out mix" and "Party mix". My suggestion is a "Driving Late at Night" mix. I'll be taking suggestions until July 15 and voting for themes will end July 31.