Midwinter Mixtapes #1

Here’s a little thing I’m doing for fun in December 2017.

Every Sunday, I’ll craft a tiny 7-song mixtape for the week ahead. Each song will be tied to an emotion. The songs will be from all genres, the emotions from all spectra.

Follow along if you like, comment if you like, send me recommendations for songs or emotions you think I’ll like, if you like. 

Midwinter Mixtapes #1: 


Spotify Playlist Link:




Artist = Tomahawk

Song = God Hates A Coward

Emotion = When you know you have to get off the damn couch and do something. Scream if you need to. But you still need to put your warpaint on and achieve something - anything - before noon. Go on, scream.



Artist = Puscifer

Song = Queen B

Emotion = Mbuki-mvuki (Swahili) - “To dance wildly; to shed clothes in order to dance."



Artist = The Builders & The Butchers

Song = Bottom Of The Lake

Emotion = Things aren’t so bad, are they? I mean, think of the alternative. I could be dead. Dead - murdered, no less, by a loanshark - and buried underwater with concrete blocks holding me down. Hmmm. Bet that water is nice and cool though. Hmmmmm.



Artist = The Cramps

Song = Human Fly

Feeling = Altschmerz (Dictonary of Obscure Sorrows) - “Weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had — the same boring flaws and anxieties you’ve been gnawing on for years, which leaves them soggy and tasteless and inert, with nothing interesting left to think about, nothing left to do but spit them out and wander off to the backyard, ready to dig up some fresher pain you might have buried long ago."



Artist = Diiv

Song = Doused

Emotion = When you listen to a summer song on a cold winter’s day and can just about, aaaaaaaalmost, feel the warmth of the sun deep inside. Allow me to misuse the words of Albert Camus: “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.



Artist = Hol Baumann

Song = Radio Bombay

Emotion = Queasy cyberpunk reverse-nostalgia. We know the future will destroy us. But we also know that there will be some dilapidated beauty in the entropy of humankind. Feel it bloom within you from 2:49 onwards...



Artist = Carpathian Forest

Song = A Forest

Emotion = Yuputka (Ulwa) - "A word made for walking in the woods at night, it’s the phantom sensation of something crawling on your skin."