Mixmas 2010 – the embarrassing version

If you're keeping up here, you might be aware that there are two parts to this year's Fawcett/Honeycups mixmas. Part one, released last week, was an expansive showcase of our unassailable impeccably exquisitely awesome taste.

Part two is quite the opposite. Here we open up and let you see the underside. No pretense. No holding back. It's hard to do this. It's…really embarrassing. So, with a sideways glance of “you sure you wanna do this?” we present to you our most head-shaking eye-averting wince-producing songs. And laugh all you want, we will still love them.

We don't care what you think. (Actually we do).

Oh, wait. There's one more thing. We thought it would be fun to make this mix a bit more interactive*. We slipped in five beloved songs that do not cause any embarrassment in the slightest. They just sound great. They should've been included on last week's awesomeness collection. We challenge you to figure em out. Go ahead. Pick one out, say it, win a prize**. It's that easy.

The Embarrassing Mix:

1.) Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are
2.) Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
3.) Annemarie – ABC on TV
4.) The Sound of Arrows – M.A.G.I.C.
5.) Sambassadeur – Subtle Changes
6.) Diamond Rings – All Yr Songs (Gobble Gobble's Wings for Eyeliner)
7.) Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber – Eenie Meenie
8.) She and Him – In the Sun
9.) Free Energy – Dream City
10.) Catherine Feeny – Mr. Blue
11.) Jonsi – Go Do
12.) Vampire Weekend – Giving Up The Gun
13.) Lali Puna – Remember
14.) Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
15.) Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend
16.) Flo Rida – Club Can't Handle Me (feat. David Guetta) [From “Step Up 3D”]
17.) Kesha – Your Love Is My Drug
18.) A-Trak – Trizzy Turnt Up
19.) Jay Sean – Down (Feat Lil Wayne)
20.) Katy Perry – Firework
21.) Robyn – Hang With Me
22.) Peter Gordon – Another Heartbreak/Don't Don't Redux
23.) Underworld – Moon in Water
24.) Hot Chip – Take It In (Osborne Remix)
25.) Broken Social Scene – All to All

PS. Saxophones and flute flourishes were our favorite song details of the year. And as the hilarious musician John Wood once said long ago, “sometimes a good song just isn't great until it's had a hungry sax solo.”

*This may be a thinly veiled attempt at eliciting the same self conscious, awkward, doubting, embarrassed assessment of one's taste that we were plagued with, no, tortured by, with whips and chains, while compiling this mix. We hope that you now understand our pain. Merry Christmas, because Jesus understood it. Obviously.

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**Prize = a feeling of fleeting bliss and pure awesomeness

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28 responses to “Mixmas 2010 – the embarrassing version”

  1. lane says:

    3 pm

    I never really got into the downloading scene, i’m sure all this shit is great.

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS TGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OXOXOX! . . . k-]

  2. trixie says:

    i don’t even hear crickets chirping!

    is anyone home? i can not even believe that this fawcett post has not already generated 20 comments like his posts usually do.

    does everyone feel embarrassed for us? THAT’S IT, ISN’T IT!!! this awkward silence is due to the fact that we have finally revealed ourselves to be total losers?

    nuts. oh well. i guess it had to happen eventually.

    and lane, happy holidays to you and yours too!!

  3. KS says:

    Now this makes me sad…cool people feeling losers due to a low comment count. And I am partly to blame as I looked at this yesterday and did/said nothing.

    Like Lane, I’m just not really into the whole downloading thing, but given my years of random visits to this site, I think it is safe to assume the FF/Trixie “mixmas” is always legendary. Oh, I’m feeling old.

    If only I knew the answers to a few embarrassing questions such as, what the heck do I do once I download it? Where does it go on my mac? How do I direct it to a place where I can then add it to my mobile music device? And will I feel more in tune and hip among 20-ish=year-olds if I go to the trouble to learn answers to these questions?

    Oh shucks…happy holidays, and try not to feel bad. I am positive you are way cooler than I am.

  4. Dave says:

    Am downloading now. That Arcade Fire song is really embarrassing. I admit I don’t know the other ones.

  5. Rachel says:

    Oh, I have wanted to comment all day. You know, it’s just a crazy week. Props for posting!

    Farrell & Trixie love runs mad deep right now.

    So…the She & Him song is a gem. Plus, Zooey is adorable in the video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ3cTwI9bIw

    (sorry, too lazy to embed the link)

    And I would never, ever be embarrassed about listening to Robyn! (But you’re on your own with Justin Bieber.)

  6. trixie says:

    Yeah, Rachel, two points! Bask in it! Justin Beiber is one of the four most embarrassing songs on this mix (followed very closely by Flo Rida, Jay Sean, and Catherine Feeny). And yes, Robyn is (so far) never never embarrassing! We can’t stop playing her. And Dave, it pains me to say this, but I’m sorry, dear cousin, the Arcade Fire song is awesome. This may not be clear to crimson-constricted Harvard students, but well-done Blondie rip-offs are totally excellent. You’ll figure it out once you’ve trained away from Boston. I’m sure you did massively better on your law school finals. All is forgiven. And Lane and KS, it’s really not that hard to click on that link and then click on the word “download” and then move the downloaded songs into a new itunes folder (this often happens automatically.) Fwiw, it works for my mom. But then again she’s only 68 and has already been texting successfully for 8 months now. Best of luck joining the generation born after 1942. Routing for you in the new year! (ouch, was that rude?) Please don’t take it the wrong way, I’m just having fun, being a little obnoxious, the truth is I really appreciate you for your lovely and very kind we-took-a-moment-to-say-something-nice comments. Thank you! Thank you! I wish the happiest holidays to youse!! And everyone who reads TGW!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOX!!!…..

  7. farrell fawcett says:

    Wait that was me. Hate me!!! Not Honeycups! Or love us both! Anyway, just wanted to be clear. No sock-puppeting going on here! Well-meaning love to all!

  8. trixie says:

    yeah! that wasn’t me! still love/feel sorry for me after today’s post! ok love/feel sorry for farrell too…

    also, downloading. if my grandparents were alive they would totally download our mixes.

    happy new year!!!

  9. swells says:

    no disrespect intended! it’s just that, my finals aren’t graded, my house guests arrived, i’m leaving town tomorrow, my front yard is flooding, i’ve only bought like one christmas gift . . . that kind of thing. plus which, i am hoping to have every song played to me in person with a directorial overdub of comments in my ears, one of you on each side, in like, eight days. so i don’t want to ruin it by listening first.

  10. Literacy H. Dogfight says:

    Are there still Whatsit awards on TGW? Cause if so, #6 is totally my favorite comment of the year.

  11. Literacy H. Dogfight says:

    By the way, that Peter Gordon song is one of the best songs of the year, so that’s certainly not one of the embarrassing numbers.

  12. lane says:

    yeah yeah, ok, my slight technophobia has been kicked in the ass. downloading now . . .

    what i meant by that was there are all these new sources of sonic entertainment, and . . . i just don’t follow music as much anymore, no smoking at shows. no cool packaging anymore, or even physical objects. blah blah blah . . .

  13. lane says:

    yeah and see this is what happens, so they aren’t all labeled the same, and now i can’t find them as songs, or artist, or whatever according to their MP3 lables. so now I have all these new songs that don’t fall into any “folder” anywhere and just end up floating around my i-tunes library. . . . so YEAH 1942! WHAT EVER!

    : – )

    embarrasing? hardly. you’ve done far more embarrassing shit in your life than this! . . . :-)

    peace.

  14. lane says:

    ok, god SORRY! i got the first one clicked and dragged and all that oraganzation shit. but now this . . .

    “Dancing on my own is on the UNEMBARRASING version! WTF!

    have i mixed these up. this shitty disco song is on the regular version? right? u aren’t embarrassed by this . .. Robyn? song.

    WHAT is going on? 9/11. the war, ? bush? facebook, the end of dadt? the world has truly turned upside down!

  15. lane says:

    this is the problem.

    the “mix tape” as a curatorial form is dead.

    it’s a new age. mp3 mixes should be selections of 3 to 5 songs by selected artists. even 5-7 songs.

    the album is dead. in the same way the mix tape took one back to a 1950’s “singles” based listening experience, today’s mix tape should return us to something. not “an album” so much, but something other than a collection of singles. i really can’t detect anyone’s personality in their down loaded mix taping anymore.

    Dave, as someone that has dabbled in the sonic arts. what about incorporating original instrumentation? digital snippets of life from ones i-phone.

    Mix tapes in the DL era need to be reinvented. That’s my two cents.

  16. lane says:

    blah blah blah, you still have FABULOUS taste in music. But you are only as good as DJ Trent who’s show, Sound and Safe on WFMU, is the one remnant of that period of my life (the WFMU period)

    I listen to Trent’s shows endlessly. They are PERFECT mixes every single week.

    and again, he has faultless taste, for me, but that’s just me . . .

  17. KS says:

    Okay, I’m schooled. I CAN do it, I just don’t like to fiddle with things, which is why a large portion of my CDs are still not copied to my external hard drive that is exclusively for music. See, people like me need techno-geek friends like you, FF, to do all the hard work and then share it. (Wait, was that rude? I’m just having fun.)

    I can’t wait to listen to this collection. Even though I don’t know you-know you, I will think of you when I listen to “mixmas 2010.” Thanks!

  18. Rachel says:

    Can’t let Mr. Grouchypants, I mean Lane, get you up to 20 comments all by his lonesome.

    Also, I don’t know whether to be more jealous of Trixie or Swells in anticipation of the “directorial overdub” listening party. :)

    Love to you all.

  19. lane says:

    oh hey i’m not trying to be grouchy. just an intense engage-r. i really do love it, in the past farrell has liked specifics about certain songs and things, and thats where i’m stubbling in my feedback. and i’m trying to locate what it is. and since ive just listened to it for 45 min, (while in motion in city traffic,) i can give you the “ride” analysis.

    this kind of music exists at the perfect edge of pop confectionary. a style ff has always had a pitch perfect ear for. but as it’s so perfect it’s also kind of the same. each song into the next. thus these perfect mixes.

    so that comment about that one song, i was just trying to engage in a more specific way. but as these muscians are so great at what they do, and there seems to be an unlimited supply of these artist, i just let thier names and projects pass, my bad.

    so anyway, ff, that’s my feedback on this mix. it is a fuckin’ grand tradition, how many years now? at least 10?!?!!? : )

    remember the three volume cd set that one year? it touched off a wildfire of cd mixing and exchanges!

    thanks for keepin’ on . . .

  20. Rachel says:

    Hear, hear.

    And Lane, the “is the mixtape dead?” question is an incredibly interesting one. I think the mix is alive and well, not least because there’s just so freakin’ much sound out there that it helps to have it “curated” according to the taste guidelines of someone you trust.

    But you’re probably right that soon we will become more interactive and productive with such sounds, especially as recording software on our mobile devices gets more sophisticated. Bring on Mixtape 2.0!!! With 3-D Smell-O-Vision!!!

  21. lane says:

    thanks, and hey u hurt my feelings with that grouchy pants crack . . . ; [

    ok with THAT out of the way.

    Another 45 on the bike and these thoughts in. FF you must listen to Trent’s shows, and download his three summer mixes, the second one, “the sounds of relaxation” is . . . flawless, as far as a mixtape goes.

    and i’m just givin’ the masters so shiz so they can raise their game!

    “to criticize something is to show it respect.” – roberta smith

  22. lane says:

    some shiz, that’s SOME shiz, (GOD i’m such a stupid white boy fu**head!)

  23. farrell fawcett says:

    Lane, Yes!!! Downloading. I’m glad. And glad you seem to be enjoying it.

    And, fwiw, I love trent’s shows too. I don’t know the three summer mixes (unless those are the mixes that you linked to in a biscuit earlier this summer and i think I DL’d them, but there was a little too much classic rock for my taste). But I’ll go get “the sounds of relaxation.” I love Trent. And love Rachel, and like Rachel, I understand where you’re coming from, lamenting the loss of some special form of music as presented in “the mixtape”–all that opportunity for sequencing and splicing interesting sounds and dialogue and all the attention to the sequence and what song should go where. I hardly think of that anymore. What with “shuffle” and the way downloading a mix changes the whole order of songs. It’s made the classic “mixtape” so irrelevant. There’s no point in tending to those special details like we used to (tryptich = almost 15 years ago!). It’s a little sad. And I’m as adept at getting winsomely nostalgic as you are, Lane. But the upshot of the “mixtape’s” death is that there’s just so much much more awesome music you can discover these days. I’m OK with the trade-off. And it means no more of that over-self conscious attention to sequencing. What a blessing. Instead, you just upload a bunch of great songs you love. Maybe, if you’re doing a radio show you bother with some kind of aesthetic sequence. But, otw, just get the songs out there. Progress!!? Yes!

    And criticism is so so WELCOMED!!! I’d love to know what songs make people ache or puke or shit their pants. And, speaking of that, KS, I look forward to meeting you someday. You make terrific comments and much more. Glad you are still here and downloading. And dishing it right back at us. Please don’t go away. I love love talking about music.

    Fwiw, someday, i imagine that this site could host a music plug-in that doesn’t require divshare downloads and let’s you stream stuff directly from the body of a post. This would be a terrific technological step forward. I know it’s coming. I couldn’t listen to Tim’s mix until very late in the day today even though I read it this morning. Lame. And speaking of Tim…

  24. farrell fawcett says:

    Oh, and I’d be remiss, Lane, not to mention, that the whole reason I’m a fan of Trent is because our beloved-on-extended-TGW sabbatical Dr. Waterman has been forwarding me Trent’s shows for the past few years. He’s a good person. BW, that is. Can’t speak for Trent. But his shows are damn good. God bless WFMU!

  25. lane says:

    cool, Trent Wolbe. he’s on FB. he’s a good friend of Maria Lativitsky, also on FB. and as I recently commented on a FB chain, “I am WFMU DJ starstruck, I admit that!”

    and yes that BW is a good person . . . we miss him . . .

  26. lane says:

    yeah, trent has too much classic rock. not for my taste, i like that. but the other thing trent includes, that you don’t, is more hip-hop. that’s always been a failing of your taste, slightly too white.

  27. jeremy says:

    Sorry, I came to this way too late as well. That Arcade Fire song is one of my favorite songs of the year, fwiw… I didn’t have time to read all of the comments closely here–did you tell us the 5 “cool” songs that didn’t make it onto the original list? My guess: Arcade Fire (even though/because my grandma listens to them now), Broken Social Scene, Robyn, She and Him, and Lali Puna? With honorable mentions to Hot Chip, Jonsi, and Vampire Weekend, all of which are supposed to be cool but really aren’t so much…

  28. Cedric Cedarbrook says:

    Dear Farrell,

    I downloaded both the “straight” and the “gay” versions of your mixmas mixes. (BTW, was it illegal to download them? Aren’t I supposed to pay artists for their work? I can never remember when art is free and when it’s not.)

    The “embarrassing” version, was, of course, much better than the other. I loved it! The only thing that could have made it better was if you had substituted the Glee cast cover versions for the original songs. Have you experienced their “Teenage Dream”? If McCain had heard it, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell would have been gone years ago.

    Thanks for making my life happier!

    Love,
    Cedric