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This is a farewell letter. I am closing the mixblog down. It’ll be up for one or two more months while I archive it but it’s happening. I decided at the end of 2014 that I no longer had the love nor desire to post mixes up. It was a passion project without the passion.

Part of the passion had fizzled out because I have new interests and new avenues to explore. One of those is developing a podcast. I am now currently putting the little bit of free time I used to put mixes together to publish original content. I had grown to absolutely love podcasts in 2012. Two years later and a fire was burning inside of me to develop my own. I’ll be releasing that in the next few months. I am not sure my audience here will carry over, but who knows.

The thing I’ve learned about the internet is that if you give things away people will flock. I had been giving away not only free music but my own creative services for well on 5 years. The mixes take a lot more out of me than you’d think. As I got more and more into doing it I was crafting more focused concepts behind them and taking more and more time with the cover art. Each mix would average about 10 to 15 hours to put together. That includes finding the right tracks with the right tone, tracking down as many free mp3s I could via all kinds of sites, designing the cover art, writing up the post, creating the post, preparing the files in iTunes with the right information and then merging the tracks into one track for the on the site preview, then uploading to the ftp on my server, then another hour or so sharing it around the world wide web. When I sat down and calculated this time I was putting in I was surprised how many hours I put into this thing. Five years and well over 200 mixes later… well you can do the math. That’s a ton of time.

Another contributing factor is the literal cost I pocket to run the site. My hosting runs about $16 a month, multiply that by 12 months in a year, times 5 years and that is close to $1000. Then I calculated the tracks. Many of the tracks I find for free from—well wherever. But out of the 20 to 30 tracks in a mix, around 10 of those I have to purchase. So if I estimated 10 songs purchased for the 200 mixes, that’s another $2000. Then there is the Cargo service I use for building and maintaining my site. They give me a good deal, considering I was one of their beta users, which comes out to about $85 a year. Multiply that by 5 and we are at $420 for the site maintenance. Adding all of that up and it comes out to $3420 or $684 a year. Wow, that’s a lot of scratch. Here is the kicker, my server is close to maxing out on space. I would have to pay more a month to keep the archives up of all the old mixes up.

I thought about the idea of putting up a kickstarter to drum up $6,000 for the last five years and the upcoming five. I don’t think I have the fan base to do that. I would probably, or I should say realistically, to drum up about $500, maybe a $1000. Maybe. But the thing is, this is not MY content. I did not record this music. I am simply curating and sharing. To make money, even if it is just to cover my costs and not make a profit, I would have to essentially charge for it. This would be a “subscriber supported” model which some radio stations, such as KCRW, do to fund the cause. I also thought about putting a tip bucket on the page that would open up the option of listeners / visitors to hook me up with some scratch for my troubles. The issue of that is, I’d still have to keep this thing up and running while hoping enough tips would come in to support me.

So, unless I get a flood of emails and tweets that say they’ll donate enough to keep the site running I am going to shut it down. Consider this last month from the day of this posting the deadline. If I do get enough I will then consider a Kickstarter. I honestly don’t think there will be enough ready to support the cause. This takes me to the big problem I am having keeping this thing alive. It’s the fact that, minus a few kind emails or tweets every week that my followers share, I don’t get much more out of the site. The passion is gone and the audience seems to be either bored or nonexistent.

Ok, I’m wrapping this up. It’s been a fun ride. I am proud of my dedication over the years and thanks to everyone who has supported it for the last 5 years but alas all good things must come to an end.

You can follow me on Rdio here or Soundcloud here. I create mixes on Rdio and plan to on Soundcloud but that will be it for now. Also, follow me on Twitter for the upcoming podcast news. Thanks again everyone!

Brian

♫ CITR.mp3


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Sorry it’s been a while for this next mix but I assure you it’s worth it. This mix has been in the works for a very long time. I started it in 2012, in the NYC winter. I continued to tool around for a while until finally mixing it recently. It’s my first sort of actually mixed mix. The concept behind it is simple, I reread my favorite book of all time, The Catcher in the Rye, and a movie played in my mind. This was of a modern day take of Holden Caulfield’s NYC adventure. I spent a ton of time outlining the book into 3 acts and broke down scenes. Each song fits with a specific scene and flows chronologically through the entire narrative.

It’s something I am quite proud of. If you’re interested you can email me to get the outline with related song but I’ll leave it up to those curious souls. Consider this my spec scoring of a film that should be or maybe should NEVER be made. I am sure it would never live up to my expectations.

All in all, it’s a perfect melancholy mix for our transition to winter and all the angst that comes with the upcoming holidays.

Also, a side note. The original art I was using for the mix was of the original hardback. As this was a modern take on the story I found the need to find a new piece of art. I stumbled on the wonderful series of Kate Bee. Be sure to pick up a print at her shop.

Enjoy!
Bri

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I recently discovered a sub genre of Chill Wave called Vapor Wave. To me, it is a mashup of 90s elevator music, a.m. easy listening radio, modern chill wave, and smooth jazz. It’s like the music equivalent of the Norm Core fashion trends as of late. There are supposedly plenty of speculation that the genre arose from electronic musicians penchant for early to mid 90s video game midi music—specifically the Pilot Wings and Donkey Kong Country scores from the SNES.

Whatever the case may be, this mix is something I found strangely nostalgic even though it’s all theoretically “new music.”

Enjoy!
Bri

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As you’d expect, I made an eerie mix to enjoy over the next week for this year’s Halloween. Enjoy others here. The theme of this year’s mix is to continue down the Southern Gothic route that True Detective went yet make it even grimier.

It’s definitely a slog through the mire of mud and dirt and it feels downright filthy. Yet there are some softer, more somber moments to break things up.

Enjoy!
Bri

♫ SomeTimeAgo.mp3


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It’s late on a Saturday night and I realized I was supposed to post this mix up on Monday of this week. And then Monday became Friday. What can I say, I am a busy man. My son is turning one year old tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited.

This mix fits a late night posting though. The songs are downtempo and chill. There really wasn’t too much thought behind this one other than a collection of tracks I put together for working to. Just straight up zone out jams.

Also, stay tuned next week for this year’s Halloween mix!

Enjoy!
Bri


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My good pal Mario Sader put together what he’s calling a transitional mix to usher in the fall as we close this year’s summer out.

Mario mixed it himself so this guest mix comes in a single track intended for you to listen from start to finish. It starts with some disco fun, then moves into italo disco, then into electro. As he puts it, “it’s like going from summer to winter—or New York to Austin.” Ha! Maybe if you’re John Travolta : P

Thanks Mario, it’s a fun one to get up and dance to! Also, be sure to go look at all the amazingly beautiful photos Mario takes. I am a huge fan of them and you should be too!

Enjoy the mix!

♫ SummerCrush.mp3


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I stumbled, more like tumbld, onto some beautiful paintings by Gérard Schlosser that depict cropped vignettes of women scantily clad sun bathing. The images provoked a slow building mix that I started in the beginning of summer that I just wrapped up a couple nights ago. I am very happy with this mix as it has a very free spirited, nipple poking out vibe about it. There are a lot of bands that I also just discovered recently that I am obsessed with. Dick Diver that kicks off the mix, Twerps which I am loving, Millieu which reminds me of early Boards of Canada, Sinkane who is like a mix of Toro y Moi, Prince, and Paul Simon, and Dirty Art Club—love that instrumental.

Anyways, I am rambling. Just listen and enjoy as we say goodbye to summer and our summer crush’s (I’m looking at you Lizzy Caplan)

Enjoy!
Bri


♫ IslandintheSun.mp3


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Mark Yamamoto, aka Kube, was kind enough to share this awesome mix this week. It’s been a bit since Mark’s been a guest, honestly since the blog has had any guest mixer, so it’s exciting to once again share someone’s hard work crafting a listening experience.

Mark says it’s still hot in LA so he wanted to create a later summer mix to vibe off of. The songs, like the weather, have warmth, soul, and are generally fun and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Also, this is a continuous mix file so please refrain from asking for individual mp3 tracks for the songs.

Thanks Mark!

Enjoy the mix!

♫ RoadTrippin.mp3


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I have always been a fan of classic psychedelic prog rock from the 60s and 70s. It’s exciting to see and hear a new slew of bands of the last few years to start to break back into the classic sound while simultaneously modernizing it. Bands such as Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Ariel Pink really started to push the sound to the limits bringing a bit of garage rock and new wave into the mix. Other, more slightly, traditionalists are also on my repeat listening list such as Mac Demarco, Broadcast, and King Krule. I’ve thrown in some other niche weirdo artists to spice it up such as Connan Mockasin, Ducktails, Timbre Timbre, and MGMT to name a few. It should be a nice trippy mix to listen to on your next trip.

Enjoy!
Bri

♫ NightHeat.mp3


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It’s been scorching in Austin the last few days, even into the evening it’s been pretty hot. This mix is perfect for those hot nights. Sticky, sweaty, sultry beats to bump and hump to. It’s sure to at least make you want to go for a night drive with the windows down to let that warm wind blow while you lose yourself in the evening. Enjoy!

Bri