Mixtape Masters

mixtape masters: loving darlene love

by lizzie & isaiah on February 18, 2011 · 5 comments

I don’t want to tell you the story of Darlene Love and her three-legged race with the ever-sheisty Phil Spector. I want you to read her interview with NPR instead. She’s being inducted into the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame in March with four other iconic stars from over the years. NPR’s Morning Edition is doing a series of interviews with each of the inductees between now and the ceremony. I suggest you follow along, it’s fascinating.

You know her music, so sing along. It’s about time she get recognized for the music she’s given the world. Is “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” not one of your favorite Christmas songs of all time?

Photo One: Darlene Love with Phil Spector from Hip Teens Photo Two: Darlene Love and Phil Spector in 1963 from WWD Eyescoop


For actual mixtape master madness, check out these peops: Hi-Fi WeddingsOne Cat Per PersonTylreMy SF Budget WeddingFashion Under 100Dead FlowersJo RootingCraft My LifeAnother Damn LifeCasa de KaloiBunnies’n BeaglesSomething DifferentSavoir WeddingsExisting Between Reality and Dreams and Fancy Notion.

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mixtape masters: profound lack of sound

by lizzie & isaiah on February 11, 2011 · 13 comments

We stayed over at my mom’s house overnight to be closer to work for the last day of the week. We forgot that she doesn’t have anything even remotely close to the Adobe Creative Suite and after a moment of what will we do?!, we settled in and watched a movie.

We’ve come to depend quite a bit on Mixtape Masters every week – we sit together at the computer and put together our playlist and crack up at all of the memories we have for each song.

So instead of sharing some new music: A brief history of our band days and some of our music.

Isaiah was in a rock band for years called Radial Bloom. They were awesome. Someday, he wants to talk really in depth about the dynamics of guys in a band together, how there’s an unbreakable bond, almost, when it works. How he’s had the same friends for more than 10 years and most of them are once-upon-a-time bandmates of his.

Every time I ran into Isaiah at Ernie’s, he was passing out flyers for his band. I wasn’t 21, or even 18 yet, and I didn’t want to tell him that I couldn’t make it past the door to see him play. He sent me tracks online and I, kind of like a groupie, freaked out a bit that “Isaiah from Radial Bloom sent me some tracks from the cd!” Yeah. HUGE nerd.

They weren’t a nationwide known band, no. But they were well known around Aurora and he was always promoting. They toured. Bands that are famous now opened for them. They rocked. I dug it.

I was in a small music project at the time as well. I’ve played classical piano for 18 years, but wanted to venture out into jazz and indie music. I played around the Aurora-land area at coffee shops and bars until I landed at (what used to be) One East Wilson. I played an open mic night at One East once and the organizer, Dana, part out of potentially creepy attention paid to the only (yet underage) female in the bar at the time…offered me a weekly spot and eventually a showcase at the bar. It was becoming a hot spot in Batavia soon enough – not because of me, jeez, because of the music scene there in general. They got a new chef and people sucked down oysters and mussels in a city bar in the ‘burbs.

When I left for college 2 hours away, I played a few coffee shops and one wildly controversial night at a Christian coffee shop. Some friends from high school came down and we started jamming together and practicing. We only got to lay down two tracks together and I only semi-professionally recorded anything, but it was a blast while it lasted. Of course being two hours away from each other doesn’t make for awesome practice times.

Anyways, if you want to listen, use some serious discretion that these were recorded five years ago and with nothing but a Mac and Garage Band. My recordings are much messier than Isaiah’s and his band’s, which we still listen to together on a regular basis.

For my birthday this year, Isaiah got me a USB-powered keystation and I love it. We’ve been playing again, recording, playing with sound…I couldn’t be happier that we can play together and, moreso, that he wants to play with me. Him, Isaiah, of Radial Bloom. And then I feel like such a nerd.


For actual mixtape master madness, check out these peops: Hi-Fi WeddingsOne Cat Per PersonTylreMy SF Budget WeddingFashion Under 100Dead FlowersJo RootingCraft My LifeAnother Damn LifeCasa de KaloiBunnies’n BeaglesSomething DifferentSavoir WeddingsExisting Between Reality and Dreams and Fancy Notion.

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mixtape: oh, snow

by lizzie & isaiah on February 4, 2011 · 13 comments

mixtape masters - music handpicked for the week

When we moved to Texas four years ago, it snowed that first Christmas. Everyone swears up and down that it doesn’t snow here…yet every year, snow. And everyone’s flabbergasted! “What?! It never snows here!” Hey, guys! It snows here! Get over it. I miss the Chicago snow…I’d give anything to be in this weather again. You can’t build snowmen out of this. You can’t build forts. You might be able to ice skate somewhere…if they had salt trucks and plows to clear the roads…Instead, it just melts…refreezes…melts into mush…refreezes into treacherous ice islands in the streets…upon which, they throw some sand at it and hope it does some damage.

snow in texas

snowy texas

So here’s to going stir crazy. To having cabin fever. To being locked inside your apartment for FOUR days. Every time we leave to get food, cigarettes, booze (for the nights, you see…instead of a fireplace)…we’re risking our lives on the ice-laden streets of Denton.

So to keep you entertained on your many hours inside, if you’re snowed in, an ode to snow to help keep you warm, wherever you are.

snow day mixtape

Image via We Heart It

One of our favorite things about Mixtape Masters, if you haven’t guessed, is being spurred into looking for new music or old music that has somehow gone undiscovered to us. We discovered the ultra rad Phoebe Snow and Zoot Woman as well as Electric Presidentthis week, which are all definitely worth a listen.


For more mixtape master madness, check out these peops: Hi-Fi Weddings, One Cat Per Person, Tylre, My SF Budget WeddingFashion Under 100, Dead Flowers, Jo Rooting, Craft My Life, Another Damn Life, Casa de Kaloi, Bunnies’n Beagles, Something Different, Savoir Weddings, Existing Between Reality and Dreams and Fancy Notion.

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mixtape masters: iconic tv intros

by lizzie & isaiah on January 28, 2011 · 17 comments

mixtape masters - music handpicked for the week

We love TV. Sometimes, we feel like a conjoined version of “Kenneth” from 30 Rock. We’ve already determined that our first born child will be named after our favorite show the moment the little peanut is born. Well, not that. Hopefully I won’t carry a “Cops” Maldonado for nine months.

We have this theory about the success of TV shows. Keep in mind, we’re not RTVF gurus or anything of the sort. But at some point, hours of exposure has to qualify you as some sort of specialist, right? This theory may or may not already exist. But we are unaware, nonetheless.

Our theory: The success of a TV show is directly dependent upon how interesting, memorable and fitting its intro is. Great shows have fallen to awful, in-cohesive and forgettable intros.

Usually, we find: Good shows = good intros.

Great intros will forever associate a song with a show. Even though Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” came out six years before the first episode of House, every time we hear that song, we think of House and vise versa. The Office theme song (embarrassingly) has Isaiah and I up and celebrating with a 30-second-dance-party in our living room with every episode we watch. Dexter’s eerie theme song has me grabbing my throat for protection…and haven’t we all written our own lyrics to the Law & Order theme song? The theme for 30 Rock may rival some of the most iconic intros of all time. Despite our growing hatred for the show soap opera Grey’s Anatomy, it’s the reason I dug into Psapp.

After an episode of HBO’s risque cartoon The Life & Times of Tim, we sing Hank Williams’ “I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive” loudly, out of tune and in each other’s faces for the remainder of the evening…well, after the stitches in our sides heal (ha). We had never heard the song before the show.

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What are your favorite TV show intros?


For more mixtape master madness, check out these peops: Hi-Fi Weddings, One Cat Per Person, Tylre, My SF Budget WeddingFashion Under 100, Dead Flowers, Jo Rooting, Craft My Life, Another Damn Life, Casa de Kaloi, Bunnies’n Beagles, Something Different, Savoir Weddings, Existing Between Reality and Dreams and Fancy Notion.

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mixtape masters: my disaffected youth

January 21, 2011

If you haven’t gathered, we f*cking love Mixtape Masters. Cannot thank Angie and Ashley enough for getting this tradition off the ground, it’s our favorite. Every week, Isaiah and I sit down together and dig for music that shares how we feel that week. Every week, I make a ridiculously taste-less suggestion, such as “Creed” [...]

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mixtape masters: hallelujah

January 14, 2011

Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is one of our all-time favorite songs, although we both have different versions we prefer. On the very top of our list is Jeff Buckley’s – beautiful and eerie…it might be the first or only song you’ve heard him play (if that’s the case, rectify it, immediately). There have been dozens of [...]

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mixtape masters: our year in photos and music

January 7, 2011

I absolutely loved the idea from Kathleen of A Wedding Runs Through It to post a year in Facebook photos. I have a hard time separating experiences into when they happened and that seemed like a pretty good way to do it. I had 21 albums from 2010 on Facebook and here are my favorites [...]

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mixtape masters: psychetude and number 200

December 31, 2010

We had quite the day yesterday. We spent four hours waiting for a tow-truck…after we decided that my car has been a decoration for far too long (long story), haggled at pep boys over coupons and then took a couple of holiday gift cards out for a treat of a day. You should know this [...]

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mixtape masters: chickmas

December 17, 2010

It’s hard to get in the spirit of Christmas at home. I’ve been handmaking gifts for the last six weeks or so and we have a medium sized tree and some decorations up…but the 50+ degree weather isn’t helping in the slightest bit. Everyone seems panicky…saying that there is just over a week left and [...]

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mixtape masters: jazz

December 10, 2010

Today we venture simultaneously into two of our favorite worlds. Film photography and jazz. Francis Wolff’s iconic photography during the hayday of jazz are of my all time favorites and Isaiah even bought me a book, Blue Note Jazz Photography of Francis Wolff at Half Priced Books which sits prominently placed in our bookshelf. Miles [...]

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