I am a prolific maker of mixes. Always have been. I was that kid, back in 1994, with her ear glued to the boombox speaker, pressing “record” when those special songs came on the radio. Those mixes were fantastic – complete with choppy interjections from radio DJs. If I caught a song already halfway over? No problem! I recorded it anyway – I never knew when I’d be able to catch it again.

As technology improved, so did the mixing skills. CDs helped, Auido Galaxy helped even more. (Remember Audio Galaxy?) These days I make mixes all over the place, and give them out to friends like I was tossing out candy at a Memorial Day Parade.

Here’s a very special mix I am working on right now:

Today is my very-great-friend Cassie’s birthday, and I am perfecting a CD to send her for the occasion. We have a regular mix exchange, which I love – getting a CD from Cassie in the mail is like stepping through that elusive wardrobe to another world. She’s got excellent taste in tunes.

So, in the grand tradition of some of my favorite sites, like PikaLand and LesDouDoux, I will now present you with this groundbreaking glimpse into the world of a mix master.

1. Ingrid Michaelson – You and I

2. The Mae Shi – Run to Your Grave

Run to Your Grave from the mae shi on Vimeo.

3. Mirah – The Garden

4. The Kooks – She Moves in Her Own Way

5. Little Joy – Unattainable

6. Ok Go – This Too Shall Pass

7. Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata

8. Broken Bells – The High Road

9. Blitzen Trapper – Furr

10. Hockey – Too Fake

11. The Finches – Last Favor

12. Silversun Pickups – Well Thoughtout Twinkles

13. Late of the Pier – Blueberry

14. The Velvet Underground – Oh Sweet Nuthin’

15. Jason Derulo – Whatcha Say?

16. Edith Frost – Mirage

17. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Home

18. Okkervil River – Unless It’s Kicks

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