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Thursday, May 8, 2008


Thanks to all the participants of the first muxtape competition! We had six outstanding entries. A number of people had trouble when they found out muxtape doesn’t support mp4s. Try selecting “import using mp3 encoder” in your itunes preferences under the advanced and importing tabs for now, but we’ll try to have a nerd explain more about this later. Also, feel free to use www.mixwit.com (thanks Chad!) to circumvent this problem (or use a combination of the two sites so we can at least listen to your examples). Of course, you still need to use songs you also have in your personal collection to abide by the rules!

On to the judging. This week we had four judges for a total of 40 points – no one selected any of the bonus songs. Again, while this is totally subjective, the judges were basically in agreement on a list-to-list basis while ranging in our appreciation of individual selections.

The Funky Bunch’s Master List: found here and here: (a million bajillion points)
1) The Four Seasons - Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright
2) Klaus Nomi – Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead
3) Toby Keith – Courtesy of the Red White & Blue
4) Enrique Iglesias – Be With You
5) Pearl Jam – Better Man
6) Creed – With Arms Wide Open
7) Peter Frampton –Show Me the Way
8) William Shatner – Rocket Man
9) Glen Yarbrough – Baby the Rain Must Fall
10) 4 Non Blondes – What’s Up

Unbeatable. A variety of pop pulls and more random picks to allow for a possibility of extra points while still educating about how to whoop b in mixtaping. Listen, learn, laugh. Some close contenders were: Kate Bush -Wuthering Heights; Barry McGuire -Eve of Destruction; and Junior - Mama Used to Say.

Winner: Tripper (33 points)
1) X-Ray Spex – Oh Bondage! Up Yours!
2) Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You
3) McLusky – Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues
4) Lil’ Jon – I’m a J (ft. Gucci Mane, Fabo)
5) Shooby Taylor – Stout-Hearted Man

I expected great things from Tripper and I imagine he will consistently be a top competitor. We appreciated the diversity of his list and his “getting” the topic. While one judge scored all punk submissions rather low, we all agreed this was the top list. While some judges were very impressed with the Shooby selection, I’ve been a big Shooby fan for a while because he is, of course, the human horn. If you dig on it, you can check out more of the like from this gem. Nice start Tripper, you’ve set the bar pretty high.

Second Place: Christie (28 points)
1) Jawbreaker – Kiss the Bottle
2) Rapider Than Horsepower – Mike Bell (A.K.A. Tanklin $ Anti Ago)
3) Joanna Newsom – Peach, Plum, Pear
4) Future Of the Left – adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood
5) Le Tigre – Deceptacon

This list was very solid, as well. Loving the “we’re hungry” line that extends for way too long in the Jawbreaker tune. Two judges disagreed drastically on the Joanna Newsom pick with one giving extra points for its inclusion and one stating “Joanna Newsom may have been a case of confusing ‘non-understated’ vocals with ‘horrible’ vocals.” Anyways, fantastic all-around list!

Third Place: James (27 points)
1) The Avett Brothers – Talk on Indolence
2) Protest the Hero – Turn Soonest to the Sea
3) Yes – We Have Heaven
4) The Police - Roxanne
5) Tinariwen – Mano Dayak

James submits a great list. While one of our judges has a physiological condition that prevents him from listening to more than 30 seconds of any Yes song, we felt this was a solid list. Roxanne, while a very well known song, was a great inclusion! One judge did point out that the clear weakness of this list was the inclusion of Mano Dayak that wouldn’t even win the "Least Understated Malian Vocals Styling Mixtape."

The Rest:
Good lists, in general – the Mystikal inclusion by Langston was fantastic, it would be a tragedy for him not to be mentioned on a least understated vocal stylings list. One judge simply stated, “There's no reason for him to be going to the extremes he is. He's out of control.”

The Funky Bunch has spoken. I hope you enjoyed the kick-off contest and I hope you’ve enjoyed listening to some very specifically non-understated vocal stylings! Don’t forget to vote for the next theme at the bottom!

1 comment:

Greg said...

Congratulations to Tripper & I enjoyed listening to all the mixes. For the record, Toby Keith and Enrique were my choices, and I was a little disappointed that I was the only person who seemed to go for the vocals being emotionally overstated and not sonically overstated. But still, good all around!