Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Mixtape: Offbeat does Revision

Hello there esteemed readers, this is the first of what will hopefully be a fortnightly (or weekly if we're feeling generous!) series of themed mixtapes.

As most of us are in the midst of exam season, we thought it'd be best to start things off with a revision mixtape. Now opinion was divided about what classifies as "revision music" as for some of us, music may act as a distraction from the task at hand and make revision too difficult, yet others (myself included) need music to make the work bearable. Then there's the whole issue of whether it should be faster-tempoed to pump you for work or slower-paced to not make focusing difficult. So really, as this playlist is based on music I've been listened to during revision, it should be called "Music Rea listens to while revising", but I'm gonna open it up a bit and hope I'm not alone in my song choices :)

So I guess I should say first that while this is a mixtape, were it in CD format it would consist of three CDs. ALSO (should be obvious hopefully) but when listening the order is almost as important as the songs themselves so listening in order (at least the first time) would be appreciated.

Disc 1 - Getting into the swing of revision - aka Reading the Lecture Notes for the First Time

Lemonade - Braids
Tiger Eyes (Laid Back) - Peaking Lights
Jetlag Blue Version - Vondelpark
Problems With The Sun - Nicolas Jaar
Universal Traveller -  Air
Fokionos Negri Street - Keep Shelly in Athens
Divina - Toro Y Moi
Playground Love - Air
Yachts - Coco Steel & Love Bomb
Feral - Radiohead

Disc 2 - Testing what you've learn so far - aka Doing Past Papers with the Mark Schemes Open in Another Tab

Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller
Summer 78 (Instrumental) - Yann Tiersen
Louretta - Agnes Obel
Oh, Maker- Janelle MonĂ¡e
Granada - Emilio de Benito
Lovers' Carvings - Bibio
North - Phoenix
Nectarine - Twin Sister
The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out To Get Us!! - Sufjan Stevens
Men Together Today - British Sea Power

Disc 3 - Winding down after a long day of revision - aka It's 3am and You Can't Be Bothered to Pretend Anymore

Sleepwalkin' - Modest Mouse
Pale Blue Eyes - The Velvet Underground
Start A War - The National
Run That Body Down - Paul Simon
Somehow To Keep It Going - Cotton Jones
Too Little Too Late - Daniel Rossen
Riding for the Feeling - Bill Callahan
Basement Scene - Deerhunter
Face It - Beach Fossils
Holocene - Bon Iver

Well that's it for now I guess - just over 2 hours of listening to hopefully help you get through the monotony of revision. Happy revising and good luck for the exams (and remember to look out for the next installment very soon!) 

Rea xxx