Mixtape Swap Spring/Summer 2011


Fall, winter, and spring music is not like summer music. I dare you to think of a roadtrip or family vacation and not have at least one song you’d consider part of the soundtrack of your memories. It’s impossible. The music is somehow better, the words mean more, and the beat more likely to get stuck in your head for days on end. And all of those reasons together are why I decided it’s high time to throw a little mixtape swap party. I’m constantly on the hunt for new ear candy, maybe because I spend a good ten hours a day listening to it. And I can’t imagine anything better than some new (or quintessentially summer) tunes blasting in my car, windows down, hair blowing in the wind. So what do you say, want to know the deets?



1. First off, I use the term “mixtape” in reverence for what it was when mixes first emerged in the 80s, your mix will most definitely be on a CD.

2. Email me at designcrushing@gmail.com to sign up by Sunday, May 1st.

3. Tell me what genre (i.e. indie, pop/rock, classic, etc) you usually listen to as well as your mailing address.

4. Choose 15 to 20 songs that scream summer to you and burn away.

5. Go all out with the disk and case art. Graphic design, markers and colored pencils, whatever. It’s all up to you, just make sure it’s not plain and that you include the songs and artists’ names somewhere, somehow.

6. Everyone will be paired off and notified via email by Wednesday, May 4th.

7. Your mix is due in the mail to your swapmate no later than Saturday, May 14th.


Tough Love

Please, please, please get your mix together and mailed on time. It will break my hearts to hear of someone waiting well June, even worse, not receiving one at all. If you don’t think you can get your mix together in time please refrain from signing up, I’m hoping there will be more mixtape swaps in the future for you to take part in.

  • Emily M

    April 11, 2011 at 10:19 am Reply

    How sad is it that I haven’t made a mix CD in about a decade?! I think this may be a challenge I will have to accept!

  • souzapalooza

    April 11, 2011 at 10:36 am Reply

    What a great idea! This sounds like a lot of fun!

  • Gabrielle Beretta

    April 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm Reply

    Yup. Best idea ever.

  • Amy@OldSweetSong

    April 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm Reply

    So. You’re awesome.

  • JM

    April 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm Reply

    Genius idea!! Can’t wait ;0

  • Sarah

    April 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm Reply

    Hiya, I’m in the UK – am I allowed to enter, or would it be unfair making someone pay the postage?!

    • Kelly

      April 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm Reply

      sure thing! I’ll just pair you up with someone else who’s also international.

  • Claire

    April 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm Reply

    wow! what a great idea. I did the calendar swap you organized last year and much enjoyed sending a beautiful calendar. Unfortunately, even after many emails I never received my own.

  • Sarah

    April 12, 2011 at 3:33 am Reply

    Wow – I’ve never considered myself ‘international’ before. I’m going to go outside and saunter exotically down the street. thanks 🙂

  • Sam

    April 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm Reply

    Best idea ever. Can we do a craft material swap next? 🙂

  • Stevie

    April 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm Reply

    Just sent off my info! Quite excited!

  • anne

    April 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm Reply

    submitting my info now! i love mix swaps! if anyone wants an actual cassette, i would be more than happy to oblige!

  • lizzie

    April 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm Reply

    we’re in for sure.

  • Anna

    April 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm Reply

    L-O-V-E this idea. i’ll sign up for sure. and now i’m going to have sublime in my head for the rest of the day while i think about the one summer when i was 14…

  • Renee @ eatliveshop.com

    April 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm Reply

    This is an amazing idea!! I’m so in!

  • Jamillah

    April 17, 2011 at 10:25 am Reply

    OH MY GAWSH!!! BEST IDEA EVER! Ahhhh, I would love to join. I’m going to try to burn somethings on the bf’s computer and try try try.

  • Jordan

    April 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm Reply

    This is a lovely idea. I’m currently in the process of trying to throw together an in-person mixtape swap with a local cafe, so it’s great to see the amount of passion for such a project on here.

    I’ll most certainly be joining in… whoever gets my ‘tape’ can expect great summer music and rubbish artwork (I was never an art student!).

    Have fun everyone!

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