Member Since: 3/18/2003
Total Mixes: 50
Total Feedback: 3625

Other Mixes By Mixxer

MP3 Playlist | Alternative - College Rock
CD | Alternative - Indie Rock

The Mysteries of Art-of-the-Mix (information for new members)

Artist Song
Mendoza Line  It's a Long Line
[Fortune, 2004]  
Wipers  Way of Love
[Land of the Lost, 1986] 
Speaker Speaker  Statues/Shadows
[Again & Again & Again, 2005] 
Dictators  The Minnesota Strip
[Bloodbrothers, 1978] 
Cure  The Perfect Girl
[Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, 1987] 
Richard Thompson  Crawl Back (Under My Stone)
[Mock Tudor, 1999] 
Lou Reed  Romeo Had Juliette
[New York, 1989] 
R.E.M.  (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
[Reckoning, 1984] 
Rough Bunnies  Dance With Your Shadow
[OkSnt, 2005] 
P. J. Harvey  The Dancer
[To Bring You My Love, 1994] 
Smiths  Bigmouth Strikes Again
[The Queen Is Dead, 1986] 
Indigo Girls  Trouble
[Come On Now Social, 1999] 
Makers  Hot Kiss
[Stripped, 2004] 
Stepbrothers  You Get Nothing
[Baby It's Over, 2004]  
Dresden Dolls  Bad Habit
[The Dresden Dolls, 2004] 
Scientists  Frantic Romantic
[The Sweet Corn Sessions, 1979] 
New Pornographers  Mass Romantic
[Mass Romantic, 2000] 
Damone  Just What I Needed
[Substitution Mass Confusion, 2004] 
Cars  Tonight She Comes
[Greatest Hits, 1985] 
Come  In / Out
[Don't Ask Don't Tell, 1999] 
Sleater-Kinney  Entertain
[The Woods, 2005] 



This information is unofficial, and solely represents the personal opinion of

Where do AOTMers live? How old are they? Are they musicians?

Predominantly USA, Canada, UK, and Northern Europe,
but some from all over the place.
High school through their fifties.
Several performers, DJs, music bloggers, etc,
mainly just enthusiastic mixmakers.

Why do my liner notes look like a big block of text?

The page interprets input text as HTML. When you want to start a new
paragraph, put <p>. So if you typed in

Write some. <p>Then take a breath.

It will display as

Write some.Then take a breath.

You can practice your new-found knowledge by finding a mix you like
and posting a comment with
a paragraph break in it.

What should I say in my liner notes?

Most readers prefer something that is
little illuminating
about the music or theme of the mix.
You don't have to go overboard like summ peepul,
but try to do better than
"I made this for a girl in algebra class."

How come my mix got no comments?

That's a pretty common result.
The feedbacks you see on the site are mostly written
by a small percentage of the community.
Most members scarcely bother to write any, and as a result
the supply never equals the desire.

New visitors instinctively grasp the excitement of posting their
awesome creations and reading the feedback.
They do not always immediately realize (or perhaps don't even agree)
that it can be fun and worthwhile to
read and enjoy
and learn from and comment on the awesome creations of others.

Where do AOTMers get the songs for their mixes?

From their CD collections, or from online music services such as emusic or iTunes.
Also, many artist websites make selected tracks available,
so that they can be included in mixes and achieve exposure without
baksheesh to the radio industry.

Does the Mix-of-the-Week Editor really look at all 300 mixes?

That is up to the MOTW Editor, who by the way is
simply a member who volunteered to do it that week.

Why is there so much indie rock here?

Well I suppose you could try the same thing with Top 40, but you would run
out of material after 2 mixes.
The basic artist+title format does not work all that satisfactorily for classical,
because it has insufficient data,
nor for dance/electronic, since it does not capture the
loops and effects that mixers often use in that genre.
(In fact, the D/E crowd would call what we do a "compilation," not a "mix,"
since we typically do not alter the music.)
The format works fine for country and hip-hop,
but those fans have shown little interest.
The format can and does work fine for folk, blues, ambient, jazz, etc,
which all have devoted but
relatively small
communities here.
Only for rock, in its many variations,
do all the AOTM elements come together in a big way.
And since the ethos, and a large part of the fun, around here
is to explore far and wide for good material,
you'll want to consider independents as well as major labels.

Besides, indie rock is really hip and cool.

Welcome to Art of the Mix!


Date: 1/13/2006
Very ammusing and informative look at life on AOTM.
As yet i've never posted a mix that recieved the dreaded "no comments" but there's always the worry and dread that the next one might.
Your mix by the way contanins some fine tracks, not least 5, 7, 8, 11 and 15.
A great piece of work.
Date: 1/13/2006
Hey, the paragraph thing works!! Oh and i spelt amusing wrong.
Mr. Mirage
Date: 1/13/2006
Doooode! I always wondered about this...thanks!
Mr. Mirage
Date: 1/13/2006
oh, and by the way... excellent mix kinda the reason we are here!
Date: 1/13/2006
good job all round. I especially like the PJ Harvey pick.
Date: 1/14/2006
Date: 1/14/2006
Nice mix, especially 5-8, and thanks for the info.
DJ Karen Adams
Date: 1/14/2006
good fookin' job.
nice concept.
i have posted quite a few mixes here at AOTM. it is interesting to note. that I do alter music as well as beatmatch, scratch, etc. on some of my earlier entries. y'know, the full-on dj thing. at times, i have witnessed an anti-hip hop sentiment. people have resorted to commented on my CD covers --instead of the song selection-- while others have attacked my tastes and me personally.
Most AOTMers have been very supportive, on the whole, and usually like to shout-out or bigup the massive when I get a chance.I just think folks who like other types of music should not be made to feel unwelcomed. Perhaps, why my entries are limited.
Date: 1/14/2006
thanx for the tip !
Date: 1/14/2006
yep it works !
Date: 1/14/2006
Love the songs here and of course the info, nice insight.
From the Beaches of Elba
Date: 1/14/2006
FYI: There is also a cabal here who call themselves AotM_Splitters (http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/AotM_Splitters). They mostly comment on other members' mixes, which is the main reason some mixes have a lot more comments than others. It's an invite-only club, so don't expect to be picked if you like anything mainstream. They're music snobs and like on their site to make fun of "lame" mixes. Keep postin' DJ Karen. Don't be discouraged.
Date: 1/14/2006
Beaches o' Elba - it's not really a cabal, it's more like a clique. Anyway, you're not supposed to look behind the curtain, the place is a mess.
lo-fi jr.
Date: 1/14/2006
Yeah, but how do I download these songs? GreatScientists track plus my favorites from the Wipers' worst LP & The Dictator's best.
g.a.b. l@bs
Date: 1/14/2006
a great mix and
L&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; tutorial as well!
Date: 1/14/2006
Good to know there's a cabal out there; that's quite comforting to hear. Hmm... if you don't mind, actually, i'd like to Frequently Ask a question myself: "how does everyone seem to know the songs everyone else picks"? (this is definitely one of the reasons why i write so much about my mixes: i very much appreciate it when other people write explanations of theirs, otherwise i'd usually never be able to react to them at all.) Hmm... maybe it also doesn't help that indie rock is generally one of my *least* favorite types of music....
Date: 1/14/2006
Top Knotch!
Pop Kulcher
Date: 1/14/2006
Cool mix, clever FAQ... though I may never forgive you for letting people know that they can use html coding in their comments, as we'll no doubt be assaulted with flashing, scrolling text and animated .gifs for the next few weeks.
As for "how does everyone seem to know the songs everyone else picks"? Easy -- we fake it. If I see a mix with 20 songs, and I know (and like) 3 of them, am I going to admit my musical naivete and confess I've never heard them? Of course not. (Though if the songs I recognize indicate supremely good taste on the part of the mixer, I'll often go seek out some of the other songs, which is probably my favorite part of the AOTM experience.

For the record, while I like to think of myself as something of a snob (and have posted many of the messages on the Yahoo board mocking lame mixes -- better there than as a comment on someone's mix), it's not necessarily accurate to infer a hostility to "mainstream" music. Personally, I think a lot of "mainstream" music is great (from the Beatles to the Monkees to the Who), though that seems to be less and less the case these days. That said, that one Kelly Clarkson song "Since You've Been Gone" kicks ass.
Date: 1/14/2006
Your compilation and comments supply much fodder for ingesting later, and that REM pick is superb!
Date: 1/15/2006
Great notes and mix (you made it for a girl in your algebra class, didn't you?).
Date: 1/15/2006
Hehe, I like Moe's comment..the scrolling only adds to it. Good idea on this one - well executed as well, and very thoughtful, it must be said! Always appreciate detail in the mix info too.
Date: 1/15/2006
Nice tunes and notes, Mixxer. As for the debate this has stirred up, I must say I too like to big up the massive when I get a chance.
Date: 1/15/2006
Now you tell me ;-)
French Connection
Date: 1/15/2006
Is there a Splitters group?
Rob Conroy
Date: 1/15/2006
Cool mix and notes. What's with this newfangled "Splitters" group that everyone's talking about?
Date: 1/15/2006
Although my music knowledge pales in comparison to many of the mixers on this site, I've always felt a kinship with my fellow "music nerds". It's funny to see the enlightening feedback your mix has illicited. A splinter group spying on mixes and then commenting on another forum...sounds like the Bush Administration is involved.
Date: 1/15/2006
I have been on this website for like five years and I have NEVER KNOWN how to insert paragraph breaks. Wow. Thank you.
Now I want to know how to use bold font. That's always puzzled me, too.
Date: 1/15/2006

p.s.- what the fuck is html?
Date: 1/16/2006
I gotta Split!
Dead Man
Date: 1/17/2006
Hey, this is really cool, Mixxer! It took me a while to figure out much of what you've revealed here. Great job, and a good looking mix, too!

By the way, for those of us who like to go overboard with long liner notes, the limit is 4000 characters.
DJ Karen Adams
Date: 1/20/2006
very clever, Mr Mixxer!
Date: 1/24/2006
Thanks Mixer -especially for the tip on how to break up the text blocks. I've been trying to do that for ages!
Date: 1/25/2006
hehe. thanks. ;)
Date: 1/25/2006
hey ed,

you sure know how to draw attention to your mixes :)

(well-deserved, of course !). there is no such thing as too much neko !
Date: 2/5/2006
I don't understand why there has to be liner notes. Do artists have to write an expose about what inspired them every single time? I actually appreciate if people don't just spit out information just because it's expected.
Date: 3/4/2006
Great mix, good info, keep on mixing it up!
Date: 6/5/2006
wow... we must be friends...dresden dolls/the cure/the smiths/pj harvey, all in one mixx- special.
Sister ZoT Jarvis
Date: 7/16/2006
this is interesting incite insight and tutorial. is there a secret passage to the cabal? must we relax? could we check in at anytime? can we ever leave?
Date: 10/13/2006
A "splinter" group? "By invitation only"? Surely not? Oh, the inevitability...I failed to comment upon this mix at the time of its release. It's really rather good; and the "explanatory" notes are brilliant. Thank you Mixxer.
Date: 11/19/2006
Thanks for directing me to this mix. I know (and love) about half the songs so I'm excited to hear the rest and learn some new good ones.
joker und thief
Date: 6/25/2007
Good! We are not alone!
Date: 8/3/2007
Ooops... saw this wonderful intro to aotm over a year ago and thought I had commented, but apparently that was a false memory. This is great for anyone new to the site and it's great for people like me who could use a refresher on that key html command. (I started using it right after I saw this mix!)
Date: 10/19/2007
Just beautiful, man.
Date: 12/21/2007

Merry Christams, Ed
p.s - I learnt all my HtmL skills from you :)
Date: 12/21/2007
shame you nnever tort me how too spel thoug