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mconboy

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« on: 24 Dec 2004, 08:19 »

Hi guys, and happy almost christmas. Since this is my first post, I also wanted to say thank you to Jeph for drawing a great comic, I think the risk you are taking is very admirable.

Now down to the question. I got the idea to make a mix tape for someone I don't know for christmas (friend of a friend) and I wanted to get some advice for what songs to put on. Her taste in music has been described to me as follows:

1. She prefers upbeat, poppy guitar music to slowy slowy whatever.
2. Her favorite band is Hanson.

Help? This is somewhat beyond my area of expertise.
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mookers

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« Reply #1 on: 24 Dec 2004, 12:07 »

excuse me but *barf*.

that said, i don't think anyone on this forum can or is willing to be an accomplice to the creation of such a thing. also *barf*.

this isn't the right forum for that kind of stuff, dude. sorry.
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jhum101

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« Reply #2 on: 24 Dec 2004, 13:03 »

I disagree with that last post. I mean, just because this individual's favorite band is hanson, does not mean that they will be totally opposed to being introduced to good, happy pop music.
On that note, I'd like to make some suggestions of music that may fit in well with this mix.
Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.1
Cake - Opera Singer
New Pornographers - All For Swinging You Around
Junior Senior - Rythem Bandits
Postal Service - Such Great Heights
Belle & Sebastian - I'm A Cuckoo
Neutral Milk Hotel - Holland, 1945
Polyphonic Spree - Light & Day
They Might Be Giants - Twisting or Doctor Worm

And that Old-timey Pop Music would fit in too. Like:
Beatles - Drive My Car (but they have A LOT of good pop songs, so anything goes)
Beach Boys - Good Vibrations (and the same statement above applies here)

I guess if you want some mainstreamy stuff, you could throw in these songs:
Modest Mouse - Float On
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Green Day - American Idiot (Would prob make a good Track 1 song to kick the mix into gear)

I think I'm done, I started losing focus near the end anyways. Good Luck making that mix tape!
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mconboy

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« Reply #3 on: 24 Dec 2004, 13:37 »

Perhaps I should elaborate a bit.

First, please don't assume that I'm completely ignorant about this forum or about music. I've been reading QC for about a year on and off so I do have some idea about the music that's generally accepted/talked about here.

Second, I appreciate the second poster's sentiment. Like I said originally, this is not a person I know or have ever met, but I've been told that she's very open to music of all different sorts. For example, she is into B+S, White Stripes, and some other similarly popular/indie bands.

I guess I could open this up a little bit more by asking what different kinds of "poppy" music people are in to. To my knowledge (having only heard that one song) Hanson is an upbeat, sunshiny guitar-oriented pop band, so I'm going to include a New Pornographers track. In the twee category I'm planning on Camera Obscura, since she's already into B+S. Well, so on and so forth. For vocal-oriented electro-pop, Postal Service or maybe Annie...?

Other examples of bands in either of these (or different) categories would be much appreciated. If you have negative comments, please don't bother. I have plenty of reasons to avoid posting in online forums, so I'd appreciate it if you didn't go out of your way to reinforce them.
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« Reply #4 on: 24 Dec 2004, 13:41 »

Postal Service can never go wrong :P
As to selecting stuff for a mix tape I would be the wrong person to ask. I suck at those things.

But check out some "Dogs Die In Hot Cars" songs. Think you might be able to find a song that fits well enough into any mix.
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« Reply #5 on: 24 Dec 2004, 13:52 »

Hanson isn't too shameful. They sound like the friggin' Beatles compared to other bands in their genre. She sounds like the power-pop type. In addition to the New Pornographers, consider...

Sloan - The Lines You Amend
Big Star - Thirteen
Teenage Fanclub - Star Sign
The Posies - Going, Going, Gone

And some Stevie Wonder probably wouldn't be out of place. Living For the City, maybe. Definitely some 60s pop too.

The Kinks - David Watts
The Zombies - Care of Cell 44
The Ronettes - Be My Baby
The Crystals - Uptown
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BlueCoatKarma

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« Reply #6 on: 24 Dec 2004, 16:16 »

AC Newman?
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jhum101

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« Reply #7 on: 24 Dec 2004, 17:22 »

Well, AC Newman goes hand-in-hand with the New Pornographers, who have already been mentioned several times.

On a side note, Mconboy, are you going to post the finished mix tape list? Cause that would be interesting to see.
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Korlin

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« Reply #8 on: 24 Dec 2004, 18:21 »

Just as a side note, Delgados - Everybody Come Down is also excellent, in the vein of New Pornographers
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« Reply #9 on: 24 Dec 2004, 19:53 »

Quote from: Johnny C
I think if you include some Broken Social Scene in there, especially "Looks Just Like The Sun" or "Stars & Sons," and maybe some of the poppier Wilco stuff like "Pot Kettle Black" or "Hummingbird," you should be fine.


what are you smoking, man, the girl's favorite band is hanson.

stay as far away as possible from this guy's suggestions!

anyway, Piebald - "Still We Let It Choke Us", or more likely "Karate Chops For Everyone But Us", something like that.

Plastic Constellations - "Davico" might make a good closer
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« Reply #10 on: 28 Dec 2004, 15:01 »

the unicorns
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« Reply #11 on: 28 Dec 2004, 16:59 »

Yeah, definatly The Unicorns.

Dogs Die In Hot Cars too.

-The Zutons
-Le Tigre
-The Shins
-The Crimea
-Neutral Milk Hotel
-Apples In Stereo

If you want some just fun and quirky music, The Aquabats are where it's at.
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« Reply #12 on: 29 Dec 2004, 11:43 »

dogs die in hot cars is pretty upbeat then?  i had contemplated purchasing something by them last week and didn't as i hadn't heard them or really heard much about them.

deerhoof is really damn catchy, same with shonen knife.
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