Most people like music. Some people love music. I am obsessed with music. I’ve been making mixes since 7th grade, and in 1999, Sensei dubbed these compilations “Baa Mixes.” Here are my latest mixes, along with a few soundcloud/youtube links for your enjoyment.
Spring/Summer 2017: Baa Mix 90
Spring is here, my allergies have taken over my face, my deadline is looming, WHAT BETTER TIME FOR A NEW BAA MIX???? If you listen to anything, listen to Kendrick Lamar, OBVIOUSLY.
AN AURAL ALTERNATIVE: BAA MIX 88
Ah, yes, fall in California, a time of endless raking, ridiculous drinks, and an overuse of sweaters in weather that doesn’t really merit it. And yet I still love it. Mostly because fall is when all the BEST albums come out.
Looking at this now, I realize that it’s a bit dude-heavy. Sorry. I also left off Glass Animals, tho I do like their new one. But you all know about that album, judging from the number of people who have mentioned it to me, so hopefully you don’t mind.
If you listen to one song–War, by Nas.
SUMMER ROADTRIP MIX: BAA MIX 87
There is nothing like listening to a new mix right as you set out on an adventure. If you’re going to listen to one song, then it’s a tie between Fiction and There Will Be Time (Live in South Africa version, plz) because both are incredible. In fact actually, the whole Kygo album is great so just get it. Oh and the new Grouplove is pretty great.
BAA MIX 86: WINTER/SPRING 2016
I was in the writing cave for the past 8 months or so, so while I was listening to music, I never had the time to put it all in one post. So this is a weird hybrid mix of stuff I’ve listened to during that time, divided into Winter and Spring.
If you’re going to listen to one song—Water by Ra Ra Riot. Favorite line is from “Shovels & Dirt” by the Strumbellas: “I gotta a head full of darkness and darkness is good.”
BAA MIX 85: FALL/WINTER 2015
Woo! Fall and Winter Mix! A lot of songs that build to magnificence on this one, including “Hello”, “Devil’s Whisper” and “Seven Hours”. And new Joanna Newsom, yes! I always learn new words when I listen to her.
Let’s see, if you listen to one song, it should definitely be Adele, but as most of the planet has listened to that song, my second choice would be “Male Gaze.” Wait…no, it would be “Sitcom.” Actually, no Magnets. STOP MAKING ME CHOOSE. Ok, ok, final answer…..Devil’s Whisper. B/c it’s different and awesome.
BAA MIX 84: FALL 2015
I threw this one together, so it’s not as well organized as usual. Reflects the chaos of life, I guess. This is what I’ve been listening to over the summer and what I’ll be listening to this fall. Comments in parentheses.
It’s killing me that I can’t listen to any of the new stuff off the Zolas EP yet, but sooooon, and at least there is Molotov Girls (which is on Mix 83, if you are interested, which you should be, b/c it is fantastic.)
BAA MIX 83: SUMMER 2015
I couldn’t sleep last night, so then this happened. No hip-hop on this one, I’m sad to say, but lots of very scrumptious indie, and, of course, a little Taylor on the side. I might have added some commentary this time.
Every mix has one song you MUST LISTEN TO. This time it’s This Wild Life’s cover of Sleepwalking, which is phenomenal, esp. if you know and love the original. Links attached, as usual.
Fav line from The Zolas (as usual): So tired of being told to keep polite, this is called being alive.
BAA MIX 82: SPRING 2015
Managed to squeeze this in before EMBER launches. It will be the last one until summer, I think, which is why it’s so massive. 😀 I love everything on here, of course, but favs are Vagabond, Hide, A Beginning Song and Prisoner 1&2.
Favorite line is from 10,000 Weight in Gold: And the nighttime was the worst/It shows you all the things you’ve lost.
Ain’t that the truth. Enjoy.
BAA MIX 81: WINTER 2015
Lots of people asking me for a new mix, but I’m suddenly short on time. 🙁 Boo, hiss! Anyway, I threw this one together based on the last few weeks/months of listening. Resilience, revolution and plenty of angst. Notes: George Ezra’s voice is SO UNFAIR. The way he delivers the hook on “Did you Hear the Rain”? Wow.
BAA MIX 80: FALL 2014 (PART II)
Julian! Lupe! Andrew! Cold War Kids! Theophilus! IT’S TOO MUCH GREATNESS. *Swoons*
Fav line of this mix is from the Zolas’ song Strange Girl. “I know you oh so well/since we were 15/so well I feel my joints/when your weather’s shifting.”
But if you’re going to listen to one song on here, let it be the spectacular musical chaos of “Where No Eagles Fly” because WOW. (Oh, and “Tribe”. For the love of God, listen to “Tribe.” That’s two. I know, I’m cheating.)
P.S. The video for “Where No Eagles Fly” is not so good, what with the fake blood and the creepy close-ups and the 80s effects. But the music is YES.
BAA MIX 79: FALL 2014 (PART I)
This should get me through the next couple months. My fav is Thousand Eyes (which I have listened to 1,000 times).
BAA MIX 78: SUMMER 2014
Au Revoir Simone, Cold War Kids, The Veils, Hozier, Portugal. The Man, Vance Joy, and more…
BAA MIX 77: LATE WINTER/SPRING 2014
Orthy, Florrie, Florrie, Manchester Orchestra, Phantogram, Chain Gang of 1974, and more…
BAA MIX 76: WINTER 2013
Twenty One Pilots, Emmy the Great, Daughter, The Naked and Famous, Radiohead, and more…
BAA MIX 75: FALL 2013
Morcheeba, Always, London Grammar, Nine Inch Nails, Birdy, and more…
BAA MIX 74: SUMMER 2013
The Joy Formidable, The Zolas, Hey Ocean!, Lana Del Rey, In the Valley Below, Mikky Ekko and more…