The CDP’s Top 20 Albums Of The Decade.

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20. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2 (2011)

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19. Pinegrove – Cardinal (2016)

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18. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (2010)

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17. Foxing – Nearer My God (2018)

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16. The Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt (2010)

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15. Japandroids – Celebration Rock (2012)

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14. P.O.S – We Don’t Even Live Here (2012)

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13. CHVRCHES – The Bones Of What You Believe (2013)

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12. Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid (2016)

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11. Mitski – Be The Cowboy – (2018)

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10. Culture Abuse – Bay Dream (2018)

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9. Rozwell Kid – Precious Art (2017)

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8. Carly Rae Jepsen – E-MO-TION (2015)

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7. The Menzingers – On The Impossible Past (2012)

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6. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 (2014)

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5. PUP – The Dream Is Over (2016)

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4. Doomtree – No Kings (2011)

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3. Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again (2014)

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2. Masked Intruder – Masked Intruder (2012)

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1. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (2013)

The CDP’s Top 100 Albums Of 2019 (Pt.2).

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50. The Obsoletes – Is This Progress? (Reissue)
49. Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next
48. Much The Same – Everything Is Fine
47. Toro Y Moi – Outer Peace
46. Strung Out – Songs Of Armor And Devotion

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45. black midi – Schlagenheim
44. Pkew Pkew Pkew – Optimal Lifestyles
43. The Anti-Queens – The Anti-Queens
42. Tiger Army – Retrofuture
41. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fu*king Rockwell!

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40. Otoboke Beaver – Itekoma Hits (Compilation)
39. Angel Olsen – All Mirrors
38. Young Guv – GUV I
37. Carly Rae Jepsen – Dedicated
36. Mean Jeans – Gigantic Sike

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35. The Regrettes – How Do You Love?
34. Teenage Bottlerocket – Stay Rad!
33. Cheekface – Therapy Island
32. The Get Up Kids – Problems
31. Jenny Lewis – On The Line

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30. Saves the Day – Through Being Cool: TBC20 (Reissue)
29. Helms Alee – Noctiluca
28. Future Teens – Breakup Season
27. that dog. – Old LP
26. Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance

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25. QWAM – QWAM
24. Redd Kross – Beyond The Door
23. Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
22. Oso Oso – Basking In The Glow
21. Charly Bliss – Young Enough

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20. City Breeze – Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986 (Various Artists)
19. Better Off – Reap What You Sow
18. Bad Religion – Age Of Unreason
17. Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising
16. Hatchie – Keepsake

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15. Weatherstate – Born A Cynic
14. IfIHadAHiFi – We’re Never Going Home
13. Shredders – Great Hits
12. Good Riddance – Thoughts And Prayers
11. Radar State – Strays

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10. Billie Eilish – When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
9. Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains
8. Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
7. Bat For Lashes – Lost Girls
6. The Menzingers – Hello Exile

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5. The Muffs – No Holiday

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4. Vivian Girls – Memory

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3. Masked Intruder – III

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2. PUP – Morbid Stuff

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1. Martha – Love Keeps Kicking

The CDP’s Top 100 Albums Of 2019 (Pt.1).

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100. Blanck Mass – Animated Violence Mild
99. Refused – War Music
98. Outdoor Velour – Our Songs (Covers)
97. Com Truise – Persuasion System
96. M83 – DSVII

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95. Beck – Hyperspace
94. Fire-Toolz – Field Whispers (Into The Crystal Palace)
93. Silversun Pickups – Widow’s Weeds
92. Morrissey – California Son (Covers)
91. Origami Angel – Somewhere City

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90. New Found Glory – From Your Screen To Your Stereo III (Covers)
89. Captain Asshole – What An Awful Life
88. Weeping Icon – Weeping Icon
87. Tsunami Bomb – The Spine That Binds
86. Bayside – Interrobang

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85. Various Artists – One Great Tribute! A Love Letter To The Weakerthans
84. Taylor Swift – Lover
83. Weezer – Weezer (Teal) (Covers)
82. Proper. – I Spent The Winter Writing Songs About Getter Better
81. Indian Summer – Giving Birth To Thunder (Reissue)

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80. Boy Harsher – Careful
79. Tyler, The Creator – Igor
78. Infinity Crush – Virtual Heaven
77. Kevin Abstract – Arizona Baby
76. American Football – LP3

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75. Boris The Sprinkler – Vespa To Venus
74. Remember Sports – Sunchokes (Reissue)
73. Dumberger – Close Enough (EP)
72. Keane – Cause And Effect
71. The Hold Steady – Thrashing Through The Passion

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70. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana
69. Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind
68. The National – I Am Easy To Find
67. Rammstein – Rammstein
66. The Nervous Girls – Hunger (EP)

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65. Youth Fountain – Letters To Our Former Selves
64. SWMRS – Berkeley’s On Fire
63. Lagwagon – Railer
62. Two Door Cinema Club – False Alarm
61. The Faint – Egowerk

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60. The Coolies – Uh Oh! It’s…The Coolies (EP)
59. Sleeper – The Modern Age
58. Sleep On It – Pride & Disaster
57. Mini Meltdowns – Destined For Disaster (EP)
56. TsuShiMaMiRe – Mamire Mania 20 (Compilation)

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55. Jimmy Eat World – Surviving
54. Jeff Lynne’s ELO – From Out Of Nowhere
53. Benny Sings – City Pop
52. Juice WRLD – Death Race For Love
51. Vampire Weekend – Father Of The Bride

The CDP’s Top 40 Songs Of 2019.


40. “Empty Sidewalk” – The Obsoletes (REISSUE)
39. “Worse Than Death” – The Anti-Queens
38. “Born To Stay” – Future Teens
37. “Deutschland” – Rammstein
36. “Empty” – Juice WRLD


35. “Red Bull & Hennessy” – Jenny Lewis
34. “Everything I Know” – Benny Sings
33. “Everything To Me” – Teenage Bottlerocket
32. “Ordinary Pleasure” – Toro Y Moi
31. “Comeback Kid” – Sharon Van Etten


30. “Bubble” – Lagwagon
29. “(When We Wore The) Haircuts (We Were The Ones)” – Boris The Sprinkler
28. “Medicate” – Weatherstate
27. “Chatroom” – Charly Bliss
26. “Hot Take On Line One” – IfIHadAHiFi


25. “Gonna Miss You” – Mini Meltdowns
24. “From Out Of Nowhere” – Jeff Lynne’s ELO
23. “A Lot’s Gonna Change” – Weyes Blood
22. “I Dare You” – The Regrettes
21. “Edmund Pettus Bridge” – Good Riddance


20. “Party Line” – Mean Jeans
19. “Beyond The Veil” – Tiger Army
18. “Basking In The Glow” – Oso Oso
17. “Obsessed” – Hatchie
16. “What’s A Boy To Do?” – Redd Kross


15. “My Sanity” – Bad Religion
14. “Bad Habit” – Better Off
13. “I Only Say I’m Sorry When I’m Wrong Now” – Cheekface
12. “Kids In The Dark” – Bat For Lashes
11. “Everything He Needs” – Carly Rae Jepsen


10. “A Lovely Day Boo Hoo” – The Muffs
9. “Anywhere” – Radar State
8. “I’m Free (At Last)” – Masked Intruder
7. “Bad Guy” – Billie Eilish
6. “Juice” – Lizzo


5. “America (You’re Freaking Me Out)” – The Menzingers


4. “Mall” – QWAM


3. “WrestleMania VIII” – Martha


2. “Free At Last” – PUP


1. “Ayeyayaya” – Shredders

The CDP’s Top 13 Concerts Of 2019.

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13. 350 Fest: Day 1
(Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, The Suicide Machines, Direct Hit!)
8/23/19 – Tinley Park Convention Center – Tinley Park

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12. Bad Cop/Bad Cop (w/War on Women)
5/10/19 – X-Ray Arcade – Cudahy

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11. Showoff: Self-Titled Album 20th Anniversary (w/Avenues)
7/13/19 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago

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10. 350 Fest: Day 2
(Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Menzingers, Mustard Plug, Iron Chic, Buck ‘O Nine, Zebrahead)
8/24/19 – Tinley Park Convention Center – Tinley Park

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9. P.O.S: Never Better 10th Anniversary (w/Kitten Forever)
2/2/19 – First Avenue – Minneapolis

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8. Masked Intruder (w/The Bombpops & Tightwire)
10/18/19 – High Noon Saloon – Madison

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7. Joyce Manor & Saves the Day
8/2/19 – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee

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6. The Interrupters (w/Masked Intruder)
4/2/19 – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee

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5. The Menzingers (w/Tigers Jaw & Culture Abuse)
10/30/19 – Majestic Theater – Madison

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4. Teenage Bottlerocket (w/Mean Jeans, Clowns, JenPop)
9/11/19 – Lyric Room – Green Bay

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3. John K. Samson
11/25/19 – High Noon Saloon – Madison

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2. Paul McCartney
6/6/19 – Kohl Center – Madison

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1. Bad Religion
7/1/19 – The Sylvee – Madison

The CDP’s Top 20 Songs Of 2018.

20. DIRECT HIT! – ‘Perfect Black’
19. SNAIL MAIL – ‘Heat Wave’
18. THE LONGSHOT – ‘The Last Time’
17. DESSA – ‘5 out of 6’
16. SOCCER MOMMY – ‘Cool’

15. THE INTERRUPTERS – ‘She’s Kerosene’
14. ASH – ‘Annabel’
13. SMOKING POPES – ‘Amanda My Love’
12. EMINEM – ‘The Ringer’
11. THE PILLOWS – ‘Thank You, My Twilight’

10. LONGSHOT – ‘Just Dance’
9. CHROMEO – ‘Must’ve Been’
8. RUN THE JEWELS – ‘Let’s Go (The Royal We)’
7. PROF – ‘Andre the Giant’
6. JOYCE MANOR – ‘Think I’m Still in Love with You’

5. FOUR FISTS – ‘Dork Court’
4. MITSKI – ‘Nobody’
3. FOXING – ‘Slapstick’
2. SUPERCHUNK – ‘What a Time to Be Alive’
1. CULTURE ABUSE – ‘Dip’

A few notes about the Top 5:

‘Dork Court’ is my favorite Hip Hop track of 2018. It’s whimsical, winkingly boastful and jam-packed with quotable punchlines and banging production. Doomtree Collective stuff in a nutshell. Never miss P.O.S when he comes to your town.

‘Nobody’ is a mere snapshot from the outstanding mosaic that is Be The Cowboy. Perhaps the most accessible track on the latest offering from an endlessly talented musician. Mitski’s gonna be huge, right?

‘Slapstick’ was the track that floored me the most immediately upon listening. Foxing went for it this year; swung for the fences and connected. Like Mitski, 2019 is going to be bonkers for this band.

‘What a Time to Be Alive,’ for better or worse, feels like the most important track of the year. It sounds like it should be our National Anthem. If I’m lucky enough to be in a position to think back upon 2018 (and not foraging for gasoline in an irradiated wasteland), I will think of ‘What a Time to Be Alive.’ It’s a Big Song, and Superchunk will never do us wrong.

Which brings me to ‘Dip.’

‘Dip’ is a Small Song. Or at least that’s how it sounded the first few times I heard it. It’s kinda monotonous, cyclical, repetitive. I knew I liked it, but I couldn’t put my finger on exactly why. But with each lyric I absorbed, it started to resonate more and more emotionally.

‘What a Time to Be Alive’ is the collective representation of how we all are coping right now; an angry, raised fist screaming into a megaphone at the enemy. ‘Dip’ is more like a series of late-night text messages, checking in on a loved one to make sure they’re holding up. The message in ‘Alive’ is “Things are bad.” The message in ‘Dip’ is “Things are bad; are you okay?“:

This is my sorry, I’ve been all over the place
I know that you haven’t had much time to yourself
And I know you’re busy
But when you wake up, could you please call me?

I wish you’d take care of yourself first
Before you worry about the others
And when it feels like it’s piling over
Will you remember you got my number?

This is my sorry, it’s been a long year
And I’ve been trying to take it easy
It never slows down, it just keeps going
You gotta get back, I gotta listen

I’m sorry

When Culture Abuse singer Dave Kelling croons “it’s been a long year,” I don’t just think about the exhaustion of 2018 and the criminal enterprise of goddamn evil dumbshit morons inside the White House. I think about losing my paternal grandfather this year. I think about my wife and the old friend she lost to suicide this year. I think about my sister and the life of her soulmate that was violently cut short this year. In each instance, the sentiment among the living was similar: “I should have called. I should have stopped by. I should have checked on you. It’s been a long year. I’m sorry.

Indeed, it’s been a long year. But I’m okay. And I hope you are, too.

But hey, we’re not leaving on a sad note. Check out the ‘Dip’ video above, then check this out:

This is a live performance from the Bay Dream release show earlier this year. It’s one of the most joyous, sloppy and cathartic clips I think I’ve ever seen. I love how it becomes an anthemic song when performed live. I love how celebratory everyone is. The fact that Kelling is a touring musician and punk rock frontman with cerebral palsy is a kick-ass triumph in its own separate right. The whole thing is just super touching and awesome to me, and it makes me like this song (and the entirety of Bay Dream) all the more.

Thanks for hanging out; take care and have a good weekend.

The CDP’s Top 50 Albums Of 2018.

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50. SKYLAR SPENCE
– Carousel/Cry Wolf (Single)

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49. SAVES THE DAY
– 9

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48. TURNSTILE
– Time & Space

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47. ALKALINE TRIO
– Is This Thing Cursed?

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46. ASH
– Islands

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45. THE WONDER YEARS – Sister Cities

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44. MAMMOTH GRINDER
– Cosmic Crypt

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43. SLEEP
– The Sciences

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42. LONGSHOT
– Parades

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41. PAUL McCARTNEY
– Egypt Station

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40. INTERPOL
– Marauder

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39. THE SAMPS
– Breakfast

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38. DAUGHTERS
– You Won’t Get What You Want

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37. EMINEM
– Kamikaze

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36. SHAME
– Songs of Praise

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35. MATT POND PA
– Free Fall

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34. PORTRAYAL OF GUILT
– Let Pain Be Your Guide

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33. PUSHA T
– Daytona

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32. THE PILLOWS
– FooL on CooL Generation

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31. AIR CREDITS/SIMS/ICETEP
– Arteria Verite

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30. PINEGROVE
– Skylight

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29. BEACH HOUSE
– 7

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28. THE 1975
– A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships

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27. THE LONGSHOT
– Love Is for Losers

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26. SOCCER MOMMY
– Clean

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25. ARIANA GRANDE
– Sweetener

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24. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
– Thank You for Today

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23. CAR SEAT HEADREST
– Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)

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22. FATHER JOHN MISTY
– God’s Favorite Customer

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21. DESSA
– Chime

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20. DRUG CHURCH
– Cheer

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19. RETIREMENT PARTY
– Somewhat Literate

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18. DEAFHEAVEN
– Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

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17. CHVRCHES
– Love is Dead

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16. SNAIL MAIL
– Lush

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15. SMOKING POPES
– Into the Agony

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14. IDLES
– Joy as an Act of Resistance

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13. PALE WAVES
– My Mind Makes Noises

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12. SPANISH LOVE SONGS
– Schmaltz

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11. JEFF ROSENSTOCK
– POST-

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10. LET’S EAT GRANDMA
– I’m All Ears

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9. FOUR FISTS
– 6666

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8. CHROMEO
– Head Over Heels

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7. THE INTERRUPTERS
– Fight the Good Fight

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6. DIRECT HIT!
– Crown of Nothing

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5. SUPERCHUNK
– What a Time to Be Alive

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4. JOYCE MANOR
– Million Dollars to Kill Me

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3. MITSKI
– Be the Cowboy

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2. FOXING
– Nearer My God
(‘Slapstick’ is also my #1 Music Video of 2018. Give it a click.)

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1. CULTURE ABUSE
– Bay Dream

Thank you. The CDP’s Top 20 Songs Of 2018 arrives later in the week.

The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade Retrospectivus.

Today marks the halfway point in the CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade 11, and to celebrate, I wanted to take a quick, fun, selfish, borderline-masturbatory look back at the previous 10 Trades over the last 11 years. If you ever participated in a Trade and sent something my way, you’ll probably be included too.

And that includes a lot of people. Over 100, actually. And of those 100-some people, over 200 unique Mix-Tapes have been created and sent off to readers around the globe. Don’t believe me? Check this out:

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I had to climb a stepladder to take this picture. Here is nearly every Mix I’ve been sent since we started doing this in 2007. It’s a library onto itself. A vast collection down every mainstream and obscure rabbit hole of music from every corner of the globe since the advent of recording. Rarities. Entire discographies. K-Pop supergroups. It’s all here.

Just as importantly, what’s also in these Mixes are the personalities of their creators. With each Mix comes pages of explanation: What specific tracks mean to specific people, how they showed up in certain landmark moments of their lives, and what they hope the listener gets out of their carefully-curated playlists.

Most of the time, there is a theme assigned to Mix-Tape Trades. These have included:

Trade 2 (February ’08) – Love & Sex
Self-explanatory. It was for Valentine’s Day!

Trade 3 (June ’08) – Cover Songs
Self-explanatory.

Trade 4 (October ’08) – Catchphrase
Each person involved in the Trade also got to submit a phrase that would be the personal theme of a random participant. Some catchphrases include ‘Superman isn’t brave,’ ‘Misery loves company,’ and ‘That’s why I don’t drink gin.’

Trade 5 (March ’09) – The Top 10…Of Everything
Each participant got to turn their Mix into a countdown of whatever songs and whatever theme they wanted. I, for example, counted down the saddest songs I’ve ever heard. In tune, I only listened to it once, because it was the most depressing shit that has ever been digitally encoded.

Trade 6 (September ’09) – Six Degrees
This was a collection of six ‘mini-themes,’ including ‘Guilty Pleasure’ and ‘Parental Advisory.’ Each participant got to pick any theme (or combination thereof) they wanted.

Trade 7 (March ’10) – Your New Favorite Band
This was a chance for each participant to introduce someone to their ‘New Favorite Band.’ I usually give away prizes for every Mix-Tape Trade by random draw, but for this one I went with whatever Mix convinced me that I was listening to my ‘New Favorite Band.’

Trade 8 (August ’10) – Three Little Words
Any three little words will do.

Trade 9 (November ’11) – The End
It’s over. Or, at least I thought it was over.

And the artwork! A ridiculous landscape of creativity. Hand-drawn covers. Original photographs. Scrapbooks. I’ve seen it all. Here are just a few of my favorites:

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Ben (Killer Sandbox) does a fantastic job every time. Literally every time (more on that later). The combination of original artwork, photography, design and great songs make me envious whenever a new Mix shows up in my mailbox.

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Speaking of ridiculously talented, Levi Greenacres is another rare combination of art, music and love (the man is a phenomenal tattoo artist and author after all). In addition to hand-drawn, laminated covers, we also get copious autobiographical liner notes. Anyone who gets Levi in the Trade is guaranteed to get something great.

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Mix-Tape Trade OG Emily Mills not only sends out great albums with great artwork, but she’ll also send you her traditional end-of-year playlist if you’re really lucky.

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Heather and Fiona, another pair of Trade OG’s, once sent out scrapbook-influenced liner notes to lucky recipients.

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And I couldn’t forget Carly’s Lost-inspired ‘Man of Science/Man of Faith’ Mixes from 2010. We…were a little Lost obsessed around here back in the day.

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And no CD collection is complete without a watercolor squid/octopus thing drawn by Caitlin. It’s so cute!

So, out of 11 Trades, we have had dozens of people participate in just one or two, never to be seen again. And that’s awesome. But right now I want to focus on the lifers. The people whom, without them, the Mix-Tape Trade could not have existed for this long. Allow me to introduce you to…The 5-Timer’s Club.

5 Trades – Levi G. (Levi will become a 5-Timer following Trade 11. The crested jacket is in the mail.)

5 Trades – Bruce K.
5 Trades – Nicole H.
5 Trades – Heather N.

6 Trades – Jesse R. (Jesse will become a 6-Timer following Trade 11.)
6 Trades – Rissa D. (Rissa will become a 6-Timer following Trade 11.)
6 Trades – Caitlin R.
6 Trades – Brian I.

7 Trades – Mike I. (Mike will become a 7-Timer following Trade 11.)
7 Trades – Josh T.
7 Trades – Fiona N.

8 Trades – Scott F.
8 Trades – Emily M.

And finally, here are the people who have participated in every Mix-Tape Trade in CDP history. They are the very adequately-named 11-Timer’s Club:

Ben J.
Carly C.
Celia Z.
Mike H.
Sherry J.

Thank you.

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So, here’s me and my Mix this time around. I’m going the digital route this year (Spotify in particular), but I’m also sending out a physical copy to my recipient. Why? See everything above. Getting this stuff in the mail rules. It’s the whole point.

Again, the deadline is Monday, June 25. Any Mixes sent my way are included in a drawing to win a free, signed copy of my latest book, Neon Pines Mall. Yeah, I got a new book out!

Alright, have a good week. Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day.

 

The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade 11 Drawing.

It’s go time, kids!

After extensive laboring and building one of those spinny-wheels with the Bingo balls in them, we have drawn the 15 pairings for the CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade 11. Everyone who signed up has someone that they will create a Mix-Tape for, and in tune, they have someone who will make one for them.

The pairings are as follows:

Ryan Z will be making a Mix for Carly C.
Mike H will be making a Mix for Jessi H.
Mike I will be making a Mix for Nilajah H.
Ben J will be making a Mix for Sam W.
Levi G will be making a Mix for Alissa O.
Corbin U will be making a Mix for Ryan Z.
Celia Z will be making a Mix for Levi G.
Sam W will be making a Mix for Rissa D.
Alissa O will be making a Mix for Jesse R.
Sherry J will be making a Mix for Corbin U.
Carly C will be making a Mix for Mike I.
Nilajah H will be making a Mix for Sherry J.
Rissa D will be making a Mix for Mike H.
Jessi H will be making a Mix for Ben J.
Jesse R will be making a Mix for Celia Z.

Wonderful. Here’s what we all do next:

1. I will be sending a Facebook message out to everyone today (6/11) in a group (you’re all friends with me already or on Messenger), reminding them who’s creating a Mix-Tape for whom. We’re doing this step through Messenger this time around; it’s quicker and cleaner than e-mail. If you have an issue with this for some reason or are having issues, just let me know and I’ll take care of it.

2. It will then be up to the recipient of the Mix-Tape to contact the creator and give them their physical mailing address or best destination (depending on if you plan on physically mailing them a Mix or sending a streaming one). You can do this right in the FB group message I create, or you can contact them separately if you wish.

3. Once you get the mailing address (or relevant contact info) of the person you’re sending a Mix-Tape to, MAKE IT AND SEND IT!

I cannot stress this part enough: It’s an intimate group and everyone has a buddy; it would really suck if someone gets left out because you decided to go deadbeat on them. The deadline is to have ALL MIX-TAPES MAILED OUT BY MONDAY, JUNE 25. If someone gets left out I’ll feel personally responsible, so please don’t make an ass out of me or I’ll publicly shame you here on the CDP.

4. Once you receive your Mix-Tape, sound off in the comments section or share on social media so we all know the status of everyone’s packages (if you’d like). Half the fun is sharing the experience with everyone involved. I’ve been blown away time and time again by the amount of work and creativity that has gone into so many of the Mixes I’ve received over the years.

5. If you’re having a problem contacting anyone, have a question or anything else goes wrong, contact me any way you’d like and I’ll sort it out. I’m pretty neat like that. Remember though that people are busy, so give them a day or two to answer you back, but let me know if it’s taking a ludicrous amount of time.

6.
I always mention this (and I’ll mention it again when I contact you), but if you’re looking for an easy way to thank me for inventing something as awesome as the CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade, I would love a copy of your Mix. My mailing address is as follows:

theCDP
PO Box 865
Sun Prairie, WI
53590

Any mixes that make it to CDP Headquarters will get a public thank you and are eligible for a SUPER SECRET AWESOME PRIZE THAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE A SIGNED COPY OF MY NEW BOOK, NEON PINES MALL. Simple as that! Send one my way!

You should be receiving your instructional information by the end of the day today (Monday). So get out there, create a rad Mix-Tape and send it off to your partner by MONDAY, JUNE 25!

The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade 11.

Get hyped.

For the first time in over two years, the CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade has returned for the eleventh time!

Since it’s been a while, here’s a reset on how this works:

1. If you want to participate in the CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade, just let me know by Friday, June 8 at 10pm Central Time. No exceptions. You can do this in the comments below, my Facebook page, Instagram or through Twitter or E-mail. Just tell me you’re in, that’s it!

2. On Monday June 11, right here on the CDP, everyone will be randomly assigned a participant who they will create a Mix-Tape for. I function as the middleman if you need any help contacting your recipient or have any questions.

3. Make a Mix-Tape and send it to your recipient by Monday, June 25. Pow.

Now, times have changed since the first time we did this, so you’re more than welcome to go the Streaming/Spotify/Google/iTunes route with your Mix if your recipient is able to receive it that way. HOWEVER, the spirit of the CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade is to create a physical piece of media (usually a CD with artwork) and mail it out to your recipient. That’s the whole point of this thing. But again, whatever works best for you.

4. Just like last time, there is no theme for the CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade 11. Make whatever you want, go whatever direction you want. It’s your call.

Okay, let’s do this. Sign up ASAP and enjoy your week. Names will be drawn and you will get further notification on Monday, June 11.