February 9, 2010

V-Day Mixtape | I and Like and You

S&S fully endorses Nate's corny Valentine's Day mix because let's face it, I once burned "Sara Smile" to a mixtape (in addition to making heart-shaped PB&J sandwiches), and Nate simply has a way with song selection. His notes:
On last year’s I and Love and You The Avett Brothers mused upon those three words that became hard to say. This mix reflects long before that point, when it’s all unknown and exciting and the three hardest words to say are I and like and you. Luckily, Valentine’s Day comes around every year and Cupid gives those apprehensive ones a gentle push to revealing their true feelings.

Since there have been crushes, there’s been tools out there to report the crush. Flowers, cards, and chocolates have been staples for generations. But, since the birth of cassette tape, there’s been the mix tape and it’s trumped all sweets as the best way to capture one’s heart. Us mortals may not possess the skill set to verbalize eloquently just how far our passions reach, but luckily our favorite artists are our mediums that put into words what we feel. As fun as it is to give a mix to your crush, it’s doubly as exciting to get a mix from your crush. You become instantly transformed in to a crazy haired conspiracy theorist, dissecting each lyric, looking for any sort of sign that this song, this verse, is about you. When you do make that transcendent connection between lyrics, to truth, to you, it’s one of the more visceral musical moments. All of a sudden it’s no longer just a song, it’s a secret between you and your mix maker.

This mix has a bunch of new, sweet, fun and moving love songs (there’s also a lot of covers for some reason). Please send it to whomever your crush is, whether they know you like them or you’re a secret admirer. If there’s no one special in your life don’t fret, just listen to this mix over and over again until your confidence builds so much that when you do find someone, those three words will be easy to say: I and like and you.
Download | V-Day Mixtape | I and Like and You

Meaningful enough to count, tasteful/relevant enough to live past the holiday (or even bypass it entirely); it's not easy what he just pulled off with this.

View tracklist here. Ladies, Nate's contact information can be provided upon request.


And Beach House's "Real Love" might be the song of the year, just saying.

1 comment:

Sean Glass said...

no magnetic fields cover of "book of love"? just came out.