I believe in love. Maybe not the love-is-all-you-need schtick, but, whether it’s romantic or platonic love, the humans (and animals) in our lives make a sometimes harsh and inhospitable world infinitely more bearable. Even when our hearts inevitably get broken, these patched-together metaphorical organs often function more wisely and, sometimes, even more fully. Love is the drug and—even with its troublesome side effects—it comes highly recommended. Meditate on the many-splendored thing while listening to my Valentine’s Day playlist, Heart Set, below. Heart-hug.
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The Nuclear Option
Stream our uranium-soaked mixtape
We made y’all a mixtape of tunes in the key of Uranium 235.
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Five Christmas Tunes that Don’t Nauseate Us
Our Top 5 holiday tunes come courtesy of The Kinks, Greg Lake, The Who, Bob Dylan and The Flaming Lips.
V.23 No.7 | 2/13/2014
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Such Stuff As (Sweet) Dreams Are Made On
Heartbroken in a Hallmark world? Draw the shades, light some candles, apply eyeliner liberally and queue up our Kohl Heart mixtape.
V.22 No.51 | 12/19/2013
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Stoned Soul Christmas
Gifting funk, soul, R&B, doo-wop and classic jazz
DJ and noise artist Tahnee Udero celebrates TAHNZZ listmas accolades by wrapping up the funkiest and most soulful Xmas mixtape you’ve never heard.
V.22 No.50 | 12/12/2013
A bleak Xmas mixtape
Old blues, fire-and-brimstone, spoken word and calypso work as a powerful antidote to seasonal muzak and related depression.
V.22 No.48 | 11/28/2013
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Grace Before Meat
Tracks in the key of gratitude
Soundtrack some thankfulness with our überTHXGVNG playlist, feat. Big Star, Magazine, Laurie Anderson and more.
V.22 No.46 | 11/14/2013
From Ballard to Wilde
An existentialist/post-punk odyssey
Wherein post-punk imitates fiction.
V.22 No.44 | 10/31/2013
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Jazz, doo-wop and funk for haunted house parties
DJ Mello scares up a spooky jazz mix to soundtrack your costume/cocktail party.
V.22 No.41 | 10/10/2013
Black Eyed Dog and Yellow Wallpaper
Songs in the key of blue
In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, our managing editor shares her acronyms and an eclectic playlist themed on mental illness.
V.22 No.38 | 9/19/2013
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Songs in the key of Uranium-235
Distract yourself from any number of nuclear disaster scenarios with our atomic playlist.
V.22 No.37 | 9/12/2013
Soundtracking the Heebie-jeebies
A Voodoo ritual mixtape
Specters of old blues, Voodoo ritual and superstition haunt our decidely anti-triskaidekaphobic mixtape.
V.22 No.36 | 9/5/2013
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Cold Wave Prayer
Songs for dreaming of winter
If you’re over summer, this cold wave and minimal synth-infused icy playlist may serve as cold comfort.
V.22 No.32 | 8/8/2013
The Candy Lady
My Breaking (Bad) Heart
We really did have great chemistry together, “Breaking Bad.” Stream our BrBa OST Spotify “mixtape” as you prep for your watch party.
V.22 No.30 | 7/25/2013
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I Scream, You Scream
Stream our summery ice cream playlist while savoring your favorite quiescently frozen treat.