pretentiousmixtapes said: To keep with the pretentious theme of my blog, I usually find that when this happens, it’s someone else who didn’t like what I suggested, then changed their mind and became obsessed. If I change my mind, it’s from “meh” to “yeah, they’re alright.”
I understand this completely, though I’ll totally understand it if I get evangelical about an artist and other people don’t get it. Maybe that’s my own pretentiousness, or maybe it’s the fact that these conversations usually involve phrases like, “You have to look past ‘Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.’”
Personally, my interest in Lady Gaga was catalyzed by my interest in doing karaoke with French people when I studied abroad in 2009. With these past few songs, I’m starting to go back to the “meh” side, though I thought “Judas” had some killer production.
This mix is by Katie Chow and is about Q1, 2011.
Why It’s Pretentious: Because I feel the need to obsessively catalog and track my interests (I’ve had the same last.fm account for six years), here is a mix of fifteen favorite songs from the first quarter of 2011. It features comeback tracks from the Kills, Architecture in Helsinki, and MSTRKRFT, as well as clever pop culture-referencing raps from future collaborators Das Racist and Childish Gambino. I know that all of this is pretty pretentious, because I’m a music journalist who trades having a real social life for spending too much time on the internet, thus living in a weird digital cavern of mp3s and arguments about microgenres. However, you should listen to this anyways; “Love & Lust” by Arveene & Misk is a great electro banger and Oberhofer is one of the best live acts I’ve seen so far this year. Also, I’m just going to confess now that I wish there was a mash-up of both songs called “Hot Mess” from Chromeo and Cobra Starship. Does that make me sound any less pretentious? No? Fine. Just go listen to all of Zonoscope by Cut Copy, because it is phenomenal.
Tracklisting after the jump.
Check it out, friends!