Listening to: Zandee's AWESOME mixes
Believe me, being the blogger who runs this little soiree we all call mixmania! has it's advantages. Some players are gracious enough to send me copies for the troops over in the sandbox which gives me the opportunity to send those CDs along so we can all say "it's a stupid war but we're behind you." That should be enough but a few even include a copy for lil' ol' me for organizing this thing. It's win-win, as far as I'm concerned.
The hassle is dealing with the emails of those who haven't received a mix. "Be patient," I tell them and hope that the emotional adolescent who was matched to them will finally get it together and do what they were supposed to do weeks earlier. When hope plays out, I end up sending the screwed a copy of one of my sorry-ass mixes. A half dozen trips to the post office gets old when I don't really have to go had folks fulfilled what they promised.
Another thing that pisses me off is the lack of graciousness of the few (very few, thankfully) of those who get a mix and get all snotty about the mix they've received, either by not saying shit one way or the other or saying, "well, it's not what *I* would listen to...".
Getting a mix of something you wouldn't normally listen to is THE FUCKING POINT - if you wanted to get a mix of something you would listen to, you'd already have it on your hard drive, right? Isn't this, after all, an intellectual exercise, an opportunity to expand horizons?
I point to Sterfish as a positive example. Ster's a hip-hop fan (although if you get his 3-CD set as I suggested in my previous post, you'll see he's so much beyond that) but when he got a mix composed largely composed of country, he kept an open mind. Sure, he said, it's not what I'd usually listen to but man, it opened my mind to some good music I would not have normally sought out.
For myself, I was fortunate enough to have Zandee matched to me (although she's always been one of the gracious to send me disks), so I get to hear what rock/pop/altenative/hip-hop sounds like south of the border. Some of the selections on her DISKS (yes, she had to do two CDs like Mamacita, Hank, among others...) was stuff I'd heard before but oh, so much, stuff I've never heard - wouldn't seek out, normally - but so glad I have it now. How the fuck is that a problem?
My only problem with Zandee's disks are that they are not as they are as she lists them on her site... grrrrrr. AS far as I can tell with Disk 1, anyway. The entire Second disk is all in Spanish and rocks my balls off. Those of us up El Norte think that the music from south of the border is the cartoon music blasting from cherry-red pick-ups with Our Lady of Guadelupe stickers etched onto the rear window.
The tunes Zandee beats the shit out of all the stuff I usually listen to. THEY OPEN MY MIND AND MY EARS, which, IMHO, this country needs a lot more of because, after Katrina, it should be obvious we, as a country, do not have it going on in the way we figured. Time to give the rest of the rest of the world, third or not, some credit, eh?
Having given Zandee her props, and all other snark aside, I'm taking requests for the next mixmania! (including those that suggest I'm too much of an asshole to run this thing), which I will entertain until October 10 - and then, all bets are off. I'll put up another polling thing and then by October 15, we'll have our theme and then I'll keep the entries open until November 15. Lists will be due a month later. Fuck, everyone should be able to do that.
I'm going to extend the participation into November because I'm thinking we ought to go with a Holiday theme. Not "Ho ho ho" bullshit but what "the holidays" mean to you. As Bonnie would tell you - Charles Ives' "Holidays Symphony" is not about stupid nostalgia but about experience, feeling, memory - something real. Sure, I may include The Crystals version of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" but I may be more inclined to put on some Skinny Puppy. This next mixmania! will have a holdiay-extended deadline to allow all of you to come up with a theme and righteous mixes. And give me a damn rest.
My idea is a "Twisted Holiday Mix" but you can weigh in with your own idea... until October 10. One idea per day, please, don't fucking overwhelm me. This shit really is a lot of work.
And if you still haven't made a disk or posted your songlist from THIS mixmania, then please, grow the fuck up. Everyone else has played like an adult - why can't you?
Don't make me add you to the "List of Shame", you don't want that...