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Every couple of weeks I I used to put together a radio show for CFUR called Almost Mainstream, which is a mix of my favourite new songs at the moment. But every once in a while I like to put together a mixtape, too. Here’s a post I wrote about it. And here are the mixes I’ve made.


Almost Mainstream Episode 0: The Original Pilot Mixtape
Created in spring/summer 2010 as a pilot episode of Almost Mainstream for CFUR Radio. The idea was to make a mix that would represent the sort of stuff I would play if I had a radio show. Now I have a radio show, and this is the sort of stuff I play.




Almost Mainstream: The End of the World Mixtape

Almost Mainstream End of the World Mixtape

Episode 45 of Almost Mainstream fell on December 21, 2012, which a bunch of people decided they would turn into the end of the world, or at least a reason to have end of the world parties.

For those, here’s an all-music, DJ-free version of the show that doesn’t contain the obvious choices of Prince, R.E.M. or even David Bowie. Instead, enjoy the best end-of-world celebrations from the likes of Crystal Castles, Japandroids, Metric, Death From Above 1979 and more- perfect for your post-Apocalyptic parties.





Almost Mainstream: 20 Favourite Albums of 2012 Mixtape Sampler

Almost Mainstream Best of 2012
Songs from twenty of my favourite albums of 2012. Quality stuff. Read more about them here.





Almost Mainstream: The Class of ’03 Mixtape Volume One

Almost Mainstream Class of '03 Mixtape Cover

Songs from 1998 to 2003. Not my favourites, not the most popular, but ones I hope capture the time. Read more here.





The Breaking Bad Mixtape Series

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Five mixtapes, one for each season of Breaking Bad, featuring music and dialogue exclusively from that season.

season 1 | season 2 | season 3 | season 4 | season 5 | all seasons playlist 




Almost Mainstream: The 2013 Mixtape

Almost Mainstream: The 2013 Mixtape


A sampling of my favourite albums, songs and artists of 2013.

The write-ups are here.

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Almost Mainstream: Ghost Mix

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Originally from 2010, updated in 2014, a collection of songs with “ghost” in the title, only better.

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