31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Twenty-Seven:
Celebrity Pet Projects
Sometimes, it must be rough being a professional actor. They get paid ridiculous amounts of money to portray original characters as well as real-life counterparts. Once you get past the fame and fortune, that’s got to get a bit stifling creatively when they’re not given the appropriate avenues to work on side projects. Some celebrities have figured out a way to break the mold. They’ve done so by joining and/or creating bands. For every bad DogStar and 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, there a handful of decent bands that should get a fair shot. This mixtape will help you change your mind about which celebrities should hang it up and keeping acting or not!
31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Twenty-Six:
Tony Hawk Pro Skater
As a kid, one of the video games that I played that really helped shape my musical tastes was Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Before discovering it, there was an arcade skateboarding simulator that played nothing but Pennywise and The Offspring, but weren’t as developed when that game was around. I started to listen to ska and punk in 1996, but didn’t really get into it heavily until ’97 or ’98. If I remember correctly, Pro Skater came out in 1999. To pay homage to that game, here’s a mixtape of the soundtrack to the original game, plus a few songs from the sequel. Enjoy.
31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Twenty-Five:
I mentioned zombies being the spook du jour when I posted my werewolf mixtape, vaguely implying that I wasn’t going to make a mixtape of zombie songs during my 31 Day Challenge. I had every intention of keeping that internal promise until I realized it was probably the only chance I had to legitimately include a GWAR song on one of my mixes (don’t worry, it’s first on the list, so you can listen to it and get it over or skip). Zombies may be cliche these days, but they’re still pretty fun in their own played out way. I tried to stay away from songs like “Thriller” and “The Gonk” on this mix and stick with songs about zombies (although I take liberties on two occasions because I like the songs so much). Take a listen to my favorite zombie songs and let me know what I missed!
31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Twenty-Four:
The Waiting Game
I’ve been a terrible host lately. It’s been hard for me to get these mixes up on time for the past week or so. Since I’ve been keeping you all waiting lately, this mixtape seems appropriate.
31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Twenty-Two:
Essential Sounds of The Slackers
How could I be creating 31 mixtapes this month and not include one that is filled with songs from my favorite band? The answer is, “I couldn’t.” That mixtape is finally upon us. I’ve been listening to The Slackers for 15 years and they just keep getting better. My first experience with the band was at the 1998 Warped Tour and I’ve been hooked ever since. They play ska music the way it should be played, which is why it drives me crazy when they get lumped into the more ska-punk bands usually associated with Third Wave Ska.
The tricky thing with narrowing 15 years of fandom into a ten song mixtape is how you decide to approach it. First, I decided to incorporate my favorite songs. Makes sense right? It does, but it didn’t evoke the mood I was looking for. Instead, I went for songs that are representative of their work, as well as songs that jog my memory about how much fun I have when I see them live in Ann Arbor almost every year. There’s a song for this band that covers every single emotion I could have, and for that I thank them.
For the folks reading these mixtapes, I implore you: check out The Slackers. You won’t be disappointed.
31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Twenty-Three:
In Defense of the Written Word
’tis the season for books right now. The Fall and Winter Major Book Releases are starting to hit bookstores, NaNoWriMo is a week away, and the 2014 World Book Night selections just got announced. All in all, it’s a great time to get inspired to do some writing. This mix is filled with songs about writing, books, and the act of writing. Hopefully, it helps ignite a passion inside you to pick up the pen (or open up the laptop lid). What other songs should be considered?
31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Twenty-One:
Howl at the Moon
It’s that time of year where people start to think about things that go bump in the night. While I tend to lean towards more realistic horror for my monthly scares, I can’t help that creatures and monsters are just so fun to read about and watch. Zombies are the spooks du jour lately, but I recommend taking a listen to this mix and giving werewolves a chance this Halloween. They’re the coolest song inspirations at least.