wendex.net http://www.wendex.net Wendex Records, a non-distributed CD custom label Wed, 08 Nov 2017 03:40:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9 13198256 Supposedly it’s mine http://www.wendex.net/2017/11/07/supposedly-its-mine/ http://www.wendex.net/2017/11/07/supposedly-its-mine/#respond Wed, 08 Nov 2017 03:40:39 +0000 http://www.wendex.net/?p=375 Last time I wandered over to YouTube, I found a playlist labeled as “My Mix.” Surely not my mix?

Of the 50-odd tracks, I’d actually played about two-thirds before. The others — well, I assume they thought I’d be interested, based on other videos viewed. Interestingly, four were by Sly and the Family Stone.

This was the eleventh track proffered, a Robyn Adele Anderson cover of a System of a Down tune:

I’ll have to watch this list in case anything else weird shows up.

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Urgently down the stream http://www.wendex.net/2017/08/06/urgently-down-the-stream/ http://www.wendex.net/2017/08/06/urgently-down-the-stream/#respond Sun, 06 Aug 2017 05:22:13 +0000 http://www.wendex.net/?p=369 Spotify has been compiling a list of the Top 100 Most Streamed Songs of All Time, and updating it on a monthly basis. Here’s the August 2017 list, which will take about 20 minutes of your life:

Even the least popular of these has been streamed over 400 million times.

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Not to be seen http://www.wendex.net/2017/04/09/not-to-be-seen/ Mon, 10 Apr 2017 02:55:33 +0000 http://www.wendex.net/?p=362 “Songs for the invisible girl” is a YouTube playlist of 12 songs. (Well, some have been pulled for Stateside consumption.) It begins, almost inevitably, with the Zombies’ immortal “She’s Not There.”

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Sheerest Hamiltonia http://www.wendex.net/2016/11/26/sheerest-hamiltonia/ Sun, 27 Nov 2016 04:05:59 +0000 http://www.wendex.net/?p=353 Inevitably, there is a Hamilton “mixtape” already being hawked at the iTunes Store, though formal release will not be until Friday, December 2. A few tracks are already being sold. $14.99 for the whole thing.

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Playlist in action http://www.wendex.net/2016/02/27/playlist-in-action/ Sun, 28 Feb 2016 01:11:14 +0000 http://www.wendex.net/?p=336 Now this seems ingenious. Rebecca Black (yes, that Rebecca Black) has regularly released her Spotify playlists to her not-inconsiderable fanbase; this week, she’s actually put together a video in which she features some of her faves.

The complete playlist, if you’re a Spotify user, is here.

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Accounting for much http://www.wendex.net/2016/01/15/accounting-for-much/ Sat, 16 Jan 2016 04:02:59 +0000 http://www.wendex.net/?p=333 This exercise sounds familiar:

Lots of songs have numbers in their titles: from “5-4-3-2-1” to “99 Luftballons.” But what makes a great “number song”? Music journalist and self-appointed rock numerologist David Klein has spent years researching this very question for his new book If 6 was 9.

It’s a perfectly reasonable list. You may, or may not, want to compare it to the two compilations I’ve already done.

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Neil before all http://www.wendex.net/2015/12/23/neil-before-all/ Thu, 24 Dec 2015 01:55:48 +0000 http://www.wendex.net/?p=328 The Lost Ogle, an obscure local social blog in Oklahoma City with approximately 376,000 times as many readers as this place, has put up some ideas for The Ultimate Neil Diamond Mixtape. We of course approve, because (1) we’re Neil Diamond fans of long standing and (2) they didn’t mention “Sweet Caroline.”

That said, we put up a Diamond mix of our own about eight years ago, and we even put “Sweet Caroline” on it, for reasons perhaps best left buried.

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Coming soon, maybe http://www.wendex.net/2015/12/12/coming-soon-maybe/ Sat, 12 Dec 2015 22:34:05 +0000 http://www.wendex.net/?p=325 This film, I’m hoping, might finally be going into production after several years in limbo:

Mixtape is a music-driven coming of age comedy about a 12-year-old girl, raised by her aunt, who never knew her mother. Finding a mixtape that once belonged to her mom, she accidentally destroys it. Since the music on the tape is the only link she has to her deceased parents, the girl sets out to track down each of the obscure songs listed on the tape’s case, finding out something about her parents, or herself, along the way. In 2009 the script won the American Zoetrope screenwriting contest and it appeared on the Black List that same year.

The “Black List” is a film-industry recognition of the best unproduced scripts, generally intended to impel someone actually to produce them. IMDb lists the film as “pre-production” as of the first of September, which may or may not mean anything.

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It’s a lost art http://www.wendex.net/2015/03/31/its-a-lost-art/ Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:17:17 +0000 http://www.wendex.net/?p=316 I can’t even argue with this:

The art — and make no mistake about it, it is an art — of making a mixtape is one lost on a generation that only has to drag and drop to complete a mix. There’s no love or passion involved in moving digital songs from one folder to another. Those “mixes” are just playlists held prison inside a device. There’s no blood, sweat and tears involved in making them.

And furthermore:

For the beauty of the mix tape alone, I’d love to see the cassette make a comeback, for everyone to have a chance to learn the art of the mix. I know, they can easily do that on a computer. But there’s something about the finished product, the feel of the cassette in your hand, the hand-written track list, that fine string of tape you can pull out of the cassette in a fit of emotion when the relationship sours and your boyfriend returns the tape with all your other stuff, that makes this artifact of another era so much more than just a playlist.

Preach it, Sister Christian.

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Those 70s tunes http://www.wendex.net/2014/08/04/those-70s-tunes/ Tue, 05 Aug 2014 02:19:41 +0000 http://www.wendex.net/?p=308 This is a task one takes very seriously indeed:

Dear Husband took it upon himself to create the perfect 70s playlist. He worked on this bad boy for weeks, possibly months. All the music had to be from 1974 or earlier and was a perfect mixture of soul, funk, rock and very early punk.

He had 4 hours of music plus an alternate list for the late night guests.

And he was wise enough to kick it off with the party-starter of the age: Carl Douglas’ immortal “Kung Fu Fighting.”

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And it’s not even Friday http://www.wendex.net/2013/11/27/and-its-not-even-friday/ Thu, 28 Nov 2013 04:15:54 +0000 http://www.wendex.net/?p=299 My introduction to 8tracks.com came from, of all people, Rebecca Black. Then again, the young lady who turned “Friday” into an earworm has been known to surprise people. (See, for instance, her cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.”)

RB’s ten-track November ’13 mix opens with Heavy English’s debut single “21 Flights” and continues with “Come a Little Closer” from Cage the Elephant’s Melophobia album. That should give you enough reason to check out the rest of it.

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The young folks, they’ll never believe this http://www.wendex.net/2013/11/19/the-young-folks-theyll-never-believe-this/ Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:32:32 +0000 http://www.wendex.net/?p=296 I did over 300 of these, some of which eventually were updated to CDs, which is why this site is here in the first place.

And yes, they were all something like this:

Weirdly, it now takes me longer to assemble an 80-minute CD than it did a 90-minute tape.

(Via Outside the Beltway.)

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He knows what he’s doing http://www.wendex.net/2013/11/11/he-knows-what-hes-doing/ http://www.wendex.net/2013/11/11/he-knows-what-hes-doing/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:17:58 +0000 http://www.wendex.net/?p=292 Delusional Thomas is to Mac Miller what Chris Gaines is to Garth Brooks: new ideas, same fingerprints. Miller — er, Thomas — has unleashed a new mix, produced by Larry Fisherman (also Miller), with special appearances by Miller as Miller and by the wonderfully-named Earl Sweatshirt.

Give it a listen at Potholes In My Blog.

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More songs about food, but not buildings http://www.wendex.net/2013/08/18/more-songs-about-food-but-not-buildings/ Mon, 19 Aug 2013 01:25:06 +0000 http://www.wendex.net/?p=287 Bon Appétit comes up with 25 songs that ought to fit into your diet somewhere. How many of these selections match up with my Fewer Songs About Buildings and Food compilation? Three.

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Meanwhile, back in the concrete jungle http://www.wendex.net/2013/04/29/meanwhile-back-in-the-concrete-jungle/ Tue, 30 Apr 2013 01:36:57 +0000 http://www.wendex.net/?p=279 The deliberately lower-case magazine inconnu offers a 90s mix of fourteen tracks, described thusly:

For all you 21st century cowboys and cowgirls out there who would rather be listening to 90s radio, anyway. A little bit of Marcy Playground, Beck, Rilo Kiley, and 3EB to get you through those hot summer evenings in the #concretejungle.

Who knew that Rilo Kiley made any recordings in the 90s? Obviously not me.

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State of the lost art http://www.wendex.net/2012/12/23/state-of-the-lost-art/ Sun, 23 Dec 2012 18:02:50 +0000 http://www.wendex.net/?p=271 As of about ten years ago, I’d done 333 mixtapes. (As you can see, I’m not making a whole lot of progress converting them to CD.) Michele Catalano writes in Forbes that the comparative technological ease of making one’s own CDs has cost us something:

The art — and make no mistake about it, it is an art — of making a mix tape is one lost on a generation that only has to drag and drop to complete a mix. There’s no love or passion involved in moving digital songs from one folder to another. Those “mixes” are just playlists held prison inside a device. There’s no blood, sweat and tears involved in making them.

There was a certain ritual to making a perfect mix tape, one that could take hours to finish. Maybe even days, depending on how much you wanted to impress the recipient. While the songs had to have a common theme (“I hate you and hope you die” was as common a theme as “I would like to get to first base with you”), it wasn’t good enough to just take a bunch of love songs and throw them on a tape. It was about so much more than grouping some tunes together. They had to segue. They had to flow into one another. Each song needed to be a continuation of the one before it, as if all these disparate bands got together and recorded a concept album based solely on your feelings for the guy who sits in front of you in English class.

I do actually put that amount of work into a CD, mostly to improve the flow, although the fact that I haven’t done one all year should tell you something right there. And earlier this week I found in a box a fairly late tape (#326) labeled “Nothing in Common,” which turned out to be a random collection of Seventies stuff — though I will happily defend its production, if only for exploiting the sheer variety of Seventies tunes: where else will you hear the Bee Gees’ “Love You Inside Out” and T. Rex’s “Metal Guru”?

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