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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Mix CD Contest RESULTS are the new awesome

If you travel way way back in the archives of the new awesome you might remember Rebecca telling a little story about how she and her friend Brigham have been making mix cds for eachother since before there were even cds to make mixes on. So when Brigham came to SF for VD I decided to throw down the gauntlet and pose a little mix tape challenge to these two braggers who were both claiming to be the best mix tape makers of our day.

The rules of the challenge went like this:
1) Your mix needs to be apx. 15 songs in length give or take two.
2) Your mix needs to be in the hands of your competitor (and me) by Friday February 24th.
3) I will listen to the mixes and determine who captured the theme best. The winner will receive a prize via the US Postal Service (Brigham) or by me walking down the hallway (Rebecca).

The theme of the challenge went like this:
"Songs that rocked your world...until you played them 10,000 times too many"

Sidenote: While the meat of this challenge was the music, I made it perfectly clear that I could be swayed by stylish cd cover art.

OK, cd cover art.
Brigham - "i use to love you but it's all over now"

Rebecca - "my ears are bleeding"

While I appreciate the understated cool of Brigham's "art," mostly it left me feeling like he wasn't really trying to "wow" me. Someone who is about to graduate from NYU Law School should know the importance of wowing judges. So Rebecca wins for art!

Next I decided it was important to note my first impressions of these CD's. So I set myself up in my room w/my ipod and hit play for the first time. When I hit play on Rebecca's mix these are the faces I made because littering all in my ears was the Beach Boys. I hate everything that has to do with the Beach Boys. Including Wilson Phillips and Full House.

When I hit play on Brigham's mix this is the face I made because filling my ears with the sweet sounds of the dreams of all 16 year old girls across America was Sixpence None the Richer's "Kiss Me." I felt a little bit like "oh I LOVE this song!" and a little bit like "wtf?"

When I heard Paula Abdul I thought "uh oh...she's gonna lose because I LOVE this song and I will not get tired of it." No. I hated it after the third time I hit repeat. The Mr. Big song turned out to be a huge risk because I could listen to this song forever. It's so rad. I'm listening to it right now on repeat. James...literally took 10,000 plays but I can't stand it anymore. It needs to go away. Green Day? Annoying? Sorry Rebecca but you almost lose just for this. Green Day does not belong on this challenge. Your ska era did good things for your score because I never liked ska or any boys that liked ska (punk was a different story). Good job sticking Sufjan's Romulus in there at the end because you know I can't listen to that song again for at least three years.

The problem with your mix? I liked it. A lot. And in this particular challenge, like is a bad word. Even a Beach Boys song wasn't enough to make me dislike this mix. I've been listeing to it in my car for the past three weeks. I find myself playing Seven, Baby Baby, Kiss Me, Block Rockin Beats, Can I Have it Like That, and the sleeper hit I Luv U over and over again. Also, this mix has a lot of street flare and is very good for walking around San Francisco with your ipod thinking things like "i'm so rad!"

So...drumroll's time to announce the winner of the Mix Tape Challenge:
"Songs that rocked your world...until you played them 10,000 times too many"

REBECCA!!!!! because hers is the worst!!!!

Rebecca's prize (delivered by walking down the hallway):
A year subscription to her favorite magazine, US Weekly!!!

Brigham's prize (delivered by flying across the country for the weekend):
An authentic pirate eye patch so he can start recreating this look for Halloween 2006!!!

Great job to both contestants. You're both the new awesome. Duh.


  • At 9:41 PM, Blogger Brig said…

    One thing they do teach in law school is arguing a case. My first point to raise with you: Nowhere in the rules to the contest was it stated that CD cover art would factor into the contest. I don't know when or where you made it perfectly clear that you'd be swayed by cover art. It was probably when you walked in on Rebecca working on her cover art and you said "Oh, let me be perfectly clear: I could be swayed by that."

    More importantly, your judgment didn't reflect one very important factor: CDs were due on Friday, February 24th. My copy of My Ears Are Bleeding didn't arrive until Monday the 27th. This is what is called: breaking the rules and this breach wasn't even addressed in your judgment.

    Third: You hate everything that has to do with the Beach Boys? I don't like how knowing this makes me feel.

    Fourth: Rebecca's CD was better (worst) so none of this matters.

    Fifth: Just wait, you will hate those songs. You should see what happens when I make a mix of songs that I could listen to forever.

  • At 10:03 PM, Blogger aaron d.w. said…

    i don't know how you can hate the beach boys so much. is it because your dad never had a t-bird? i bet that's it. is that it? i bet it is. the beach boys are the old awesome and also the new awesome. they keep staying awesome. (except without brian wilson they're both un-awesome and non-awesome.) it's too hard to pick a favorite beach boys song, so i won't even try. here's what i'll do betsy: i'll make you a mix of my favorite beach boys songs. get excited.

  • At 12:28 AM, Blogger bets said…

    We're going to have to focus here. Rebecca's cd was horrible. Absolutely horrible. I don't even know where I put it. And yours sings us to sleep every night.

    But in response to your concerns:

    One, this is a direct quote from the "Mix This" email I sent to you on 2/16/06:
    "While the meat of this challenge is in the music, i can't say i'm not swayed by a stylish cd cover or a $70 Mexico City tshirt."

    Two, you're right. Rebecca should be disqualified for her CD not arriving to you on the 24th. But her CD is just so bad!

    Three, the Beach Boys. I'm working on this. And for those of you who were offended by my strong words regarding these "legends," I apologize.

    Four, yes, the worst.

    Five, I will keep you posted.

    Aaron, totally excited.

  • At 1:10 AM, Anonymous calvin said…


    I disagree.

    bex CD was amazing. It was a time machine through my youth (even that embarassing ska phase).

    Brigams cd was ok, but it lacked any real coherence or meaning. There were enough hits on Bex cd to make it a frequent listen and enough ghosts from my closet to remember where i came from.

    Bex wins, but because she won.

  • At 1:22 AM, Blogger bets said…

    Calvin, if in your mind Rebecca's CD was a great mix that doesn't annoy you then technically she loses. Get it?

  • At 1:28 AM, Anonymous Unclejunebug said…

    I would have given the eye patch to the winner.

  • At 10:14 AM, Blogger bex said…

    technically ... we were asked to make a cd of songs that we had listened to until they annoyed US. personally. which means that it shouldnt have too much to do with whether the songs annoy the judges. the creator of the cd can't help it if those were the songs that they had found annoying. i truthfully put songs that annoyed me at one point on my cd, and brigham did the same. you can't tell someone that the music that they say annoyed them doesn't annoy you in the same way, because that wasn't really the assignment. otherwise we would have gone to look at betsy's cd wall and picked out all the old cds that she had worn down, and made a mix of those.

    basically, i am just trying to say that we made it pretty tough to actually judge these cds.

    but i still totally won. (and betsy still totally did a good job judging)

  • At 11:21 AM, Blogger English said…

    Betsy, wow. You've never been more wrong than when you said those horrible things about the B-Boys. We really need to talk/pray about this.

    The rules on this thing seem unclear and I think the whole case should be thrown out.

    This brings me to a point. Brig, Bec, I could wax both of you in mix making. You have no idea. And you don't even wanna step ta this, cuz I already own 2 (count 'em) eye patches, and all the philly steaks you can eat.

    That last part is just to mess with your heads. Yeah I'll quote Motown Philly in this post. And yeah I probably would have put it on that mix, cuz you have to know your audience. And I know that Betsy used to cabbage patch to that song 7 days a week when it was on the radio.

    Lastly, Steve is right. The stakes need to be higher. There need to be consequences. Brig, remember what Aziz had to do? That's what I'm talking about.

  • At 11:41 AM, Blogger bex said…

    yeah, maybe the real point of this post should be that betsy hates the beach boys!

  • At 11:54 AM, Blogger bex said…

    and keith, i have seen the power of your mix abilites. and i am not even scared. i would take you in a cd mixing challenge any day. in fact, we have a blog-wide mix challenge in the works. so be prepared.

  • At 1:44 PM, Blogger English said…

    "Not even scared" my hind parts! I can hear your knees knocking fom here Bec. No one is fooled.

  • At 4:54 PM, Blogger bets said…

    Ahhh...I love this...all things are right in the blogosphere.

  • At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Unclejunebug said…

    I still would have given the eyepatch to the winner

  • At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Unclejunebug said…

    And by the way, what Keith says about his own mix making abilities is true. He'll wax all y'all like a porn-stache and won't even think twice about it. Nor should he. You've been warned.

  • At 1:32 PM, Blogger Cindy said…

    Bets, I have the same problem with the Beach Boys. If I hear them on the radio, sometimes I'm fooled into thinking maybe I like them, but then, after 1 minute of listening, I think violent homicidal thoughts involving razor blades and anyone in the car with me. It's really a problem. I'm starting to feel like finger cussing right now.

  • At 2:48 PM, Blogger bets said…

    Finally. Thank you Lou.

  • At 10:02 PM, Blogger Brig said…


    I just realized something. This whole competition was a plan Betsy cooked up to tear us apart and put resentment between us. Consider this: "So when Brigham came to SF for VD I decided to throw down the gauntlet and pose a little mix tape challenge to these two braggers who were both claiming to be the best mix tape makers of our day."

    Did we ever make such claims, of being the best mix tape makers of our day? No, I believe the only thing we ever claimed was that ours was a relationship built upon a tradition foundation of mixtapes exchanged with love and care for each other's enjoyment. What was good and pure has been contaminated and perverted and made unholy.

  • At 12:52 PM, Blogger bex said…

    that perverted and made unholy stuff makes me uncomfortable.

  • At 12:57 PM, Blogger English said…

    Brigham. Brother.

    You are right. I feel so ugly right now. Can I send you both a mix of a theme of both your (combined) choosing? I don't want to fight anymore. Some young punk always gunning for your title and eye-patches.

    I want it to be like the old days, when we used to mix tape for fun. For ourselves. For the sake of putting our favorites in one place, or serendaing from a far someone so cared for.

    I pick up the gauntlet, and wear it hoping it will aid me in my mouse clicking and playlist manipulation.

    Yours in Brian Wilson harmony,

    I stand by consequences however. Consequences make for comedy jokes.

  • At 12:22 PM, Blogger Brig said…

    What do you think of this offer?
    I like it because: free cd.

  • At 7:01 PM, Blogger k8 said…

    not liking the beach boys is like hating kittens or something.
    i'm not going to think less of you bets but seriously, hating on the beach boys? who's next? aerosmith?


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