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Mid-Week Mixtape: Summer Driving


The wifey and I are driving up the coast this weekend and it got me thinking about Summer driving mixes.

I absolutely hate driving and I wouldn’t be able to handle it without some good tunes.  If you’re anything like me, you make mixes for all of your driving adventures and even though our wallets are getting raped at the pump, i’m sure this Summer includes a couple of road trips worthy of their own soundtrack.

I usually don’t think too hard when it comes to putting together a driving mix — it’s usually a bunch of new songs I enjoy, with some old reliables sprinkled in.  Other than that, I follow two simple rules.  (1) The songs can’t put me to sleep and (2) the mix should be long enough that you don’t get tired of the songs too quickly, but short enough that you hear every song at least once on the trip.

I’m still putting together my mix for this weekend’s trip, but here are some tracks that will definitely make an appearance.

Au Revoir Simone – Tell Me (Clock Opera Remix)
[More: Au Revoir Simone//More: Clock Opera]

Austra – Lose It
[More: Austra]

Bikini – American Mourning (Win Win Remix)
[More: Bikini//More: Win Win]

Chiddy Bang – Too Much Soul
[More: Chiddy Bang]

Cults – Abducted
[More: Cults]

El Obo – Vrgn Evl
[More: El Obo]

Gang Gang Dance – Mindkilla
[More: Gang Gang Dance]

Germany Germany – Take Me Home
[More: Germany Germany]

Handsome Furs – What About Us
[More: Handsome Furs]

Holy Ghost! – Wait & See
[More: Holy Ghost!]

Maximum Balloon – Groove Me (feat. Theophilus London)
[More: Maximum Balloon//More: Theophilus London]

The Naked And Famous – Young Blood
[More: The Naked And Famous]

Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
[More: Of Monsters And Men]

Parenthetical Girls – Evelyn McHale
[More: Parenthetical Girls]

unouomedude – Frequency
[More: unouomedude]

Listen to the entire mix on 8tracks.

8tracks

8tracks is an online site for user generated mixtapes.  I hadn’t heard of it until the Hype Machine gave it a nod in one of their recent newsletters, but then I immediately downloaded the free iPhone app and started searching through thousands of free mixtapes.

The app is great.  You can easily find and listen to thousands of free mixes, but to really get the full effect of 8tracks, you need to start creating your own mixes.  I just completed my first one and I’m already thinking about my future mixes.  [Update: The app was great.  Since posting this last week, I haven’t been able to make it through one entire song without the app crashing.  Until they fix this, the app is pretty much useless.  At least the app was free, so I can’t bitch too much, and I still love the site.]

Check out my first mix, Boy Meets Girl, Volume 1, (let me know what you think), then start creating your own.

Cheers!