It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas…
Whether you’re Team Humbug or you’ve already covered your entire house in glitter and fake snow, you can’t fail to avoid the yearly onslaught of aural festivities that you’re destined to hear from now until January.
With that in mind, the theme for the 12th #13for2013 mixtape (just one more left!) is a simple one:
Don’t celebrate Christmas or just plain hate it? Share your favourite songs that remind you of December instead. Not a fan of Christmas songs? Go for a list of Christmas songs that aren’t about Christmas, or a list of songs that should have been Christmas songs that aren’t. There’s loads of fun to be had with this one, go crackers! (Sorry).
Usual rules apply: make a playlist with 12 songs via Spotify/YouTube/your blog/etc. and share this on Twitter, using hashtag #13for2013 or tagging @13for2013. Deadline for this one is 24th December, as we have our final mixtape of the year to fit in before we hit 2014…
Happy festive mixtaping!
Now, where’s the port and cheese?
Like Michael Palin, Phileas Fogg and that chap off of the Gap Yah videos, many people have been around the world. Now, it’s your turn to load up your backpack, pay attention to the safety demonstration and take us on your own musical journey around the globe. Rather than focus on songs about travelling, the idea is to broaden our musical horizons beyond the acts most of us would normally listen to by featuring bands and artists that aren’t from round ‘ere.
So, without further ado…
… This month’s mixtape theme (theme number 11 would you believe – there are just two left!) is based around an idea from Gav Hutchinson, one of the mixtapers from the #13for2013 challenge. Gav’s idea is to put together a compilation of songs that come from artists that are not from England or America. Call it the Tony and George Dubya clause, or the Maggie And Ronald, if you will (that’s courtesy of Tom).
I’m excited to discover some new music instead of defaulting to my favourite (predominantly English and American) artists and also looking forward to seeking out some foreign language songs. This is a broad brief, any genre and any song/piece of music goes. It’s time to spread your musical wings…
Up for the challenge? Simply create a 12-song Spotify playlist/blogpost/mixtape/CD/YouTube playlist and share this via Twitter using #13for2013 before 30th November 2013. Follow @13for2013 to see your fellow mixtapers’ mixes – this month’s theme is sure to uncover some undiscovered gems.
Okay, so you might have noticed I’ve been frantically updating my late mixtapes. I’ve always shared them via Twitter but due to various (boring) reasons, I’ve been a bit slack on the old blogging front of late. ANYWAY, I’m back!
September’s mixtape challenge, which was set in one of my favourite posts of the #13for2013 challenge so far, was ‘Back to school’. So, here’s my offering:
Most of the songs on there are chosen because they’re about school. I really enjoyed this challenge; not least because I discovered a few songs I hadn’t heard before or in a while from bands I love, like Modest Mouse, The Lawrence Arms and Perfume Genius; but I also got to discover a few songs that I ended up really enjoying – yes, I’m talking about ‘Bikeshed’ by Let Loose (sorry).
There are a couple of curve balls in there – namely Gangster’s Paradise (it was on that film about school – Dangerous Minds? – and was basically played non-stop when I first started secondary school) and Song for Whoever, by the Beautiful South, which references the humble pencil case – one of the things that always sticks in my mind when I think about school. Many a lesson was spent scratching the coating off my pencil tin with a compass or declaring my latest crush via the medium of permanent marker on a pen holder cleverly disguised as a crisp packet.
A*s all round to the mixtapes I’ve heard so far!
So, we’re on to the 10th mixtape challenge of the year – where does time go?
The theme for this month’s mixtape is going solo, and was an idea from Tom, which came from a suggestion by Paul, one of our long-running mixtapers, which I’m now blogging for your mixtape briefing pleasure (we do like to collaborate, don’t we?). Paul suggested going down a singer/songwriter route, so to open that up a bit, we thought of going it alone with the solo theme.
Not to be confused with popular life philosophy of going YOLO, this is a nice, open topic – feel free to interpret it in whichever way you like. Your mix could feature solo artists, band members who’ve gone solo, songs with awesome guitar solos… You get the idea.
This month’s mixtape theme: your flexible friend
Usual rules apply, one playlist in any format you like (Spotify, YouTube, a basic list, an actual tape or CD, whatever you like), with 12 songs, shared via Twitter; tagging @13for2013 or hashtagging #13for2013.
If you’ve never done a mixtape with us before, give it a go!
Styling it out for mixtape 8 – fash life!
Life is full of questions… Just like the 7th mixtape of the #13for2013 challenge.
The #13for2013 mixtape challenge for June is the movies. I chose to go with Danny Boyle films for my take on the brief – his films are always full of magic and the music is as important as what’s happening on screen in his work.
The theme for June’s #13for2013 mixtape comes courtesy of Nico Adams, one of the participants of the mixtape challenge and friend of #13for2013 co-founder, Tom.
June’s theme is: The Movies.
Here’s the (rather eloquent) inspiration behind Nico’s idea:
“The relationship between Film and Music is inescapable. Picking the right song or composition that can capture a moment, a feeling, a place, can be a magical thing. Whether it’s comedy, tragedy, scene setting or the opening/closing credits, a film soundtrack takes us on a journey through a directors own personal collection and imagination.
Classic exponents of this are Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Cameron Crowe and Baz Luhrmann to name a few. This is a particularly good article on Tarantino.
Like previous playlists this months challenge can be interpreted in many ways so whether you decide to choose songs from your favourite films, terrible examples of music used in film or become your own director and create a fantasy soundtrack to your own perfect film citing specific songs for key narrative points, just run wild with it and see where it takes you!”
The rules are the same as always, make a mixtape in whichever format you choose; Spotify playlist, YouTube playlist, blog post, the choice is yours. Your playlist should be 12 tracks long and once you’ve done it, share it on Twitter by tweeting @13for2013 and using the #13for2013 hashtag. We even have a logo for the challenge now, courtesy of Danny Sturgess.
Mixtape number 5 is based around opposites. Find ourt more about the theme for this month’s challenge on Tom’s blog.
So, I’ve been slacking this month and have only just managed to get my mixtape done in time for us to start a new mixtape challenge afresh in May. We don’t have a theme yet, but watch this space and we’ll come up with one shortly. If you have any ideas, let me know on Twitter. This month’s theme for the #13for2013 mixtape challenge was Holiday Destinations.
Since the theme was set, I’ve been lucky enough to book a holiday to Seville and Malaga in sunny Spain, so I decided, quite simply, to base my holiday around those places, with a few general references to holidays/spain in general. Enjoy!
Final call for the playlist at gate 8…
Recycled Air by The Postal Service
Sunny Seville by Super Furry Animals
3am Spanish by Hockey
Spanish Sahara by Foals
From Africa to Malaga by JJ
I’m going to Spain by The Fall
Seville by Pinback
Mañana by Desaparecidos
Holiday by The Get Up Kids
Spanish Bombs by The Clash
Spanish Harlem by The Drifters
Jump in the Pool by Friendly Fires
Phew! It’s almost time for May’s mixtape, looks like I just made it…