The Mixtape Guy takes his responsibility as Mixtape Guy very seriously, and attempting to skip a track on his list, or (god forbid!) suggesting you turn this off and play Madonna's greatest hits will only win you dirty glances. Furthermore, insisting that The Mixtape Guy "hurry up!" when he is hunched on the couch making a playlist and ignoring the rest of the party will ensure that the process takes even longer. Each gathering must have its own, distinct soundtrack -- suggesting you play the playlist from last Thursday's event on a Friday is like drinking a PBR at your cubicle -- tempting, but ultimately inappropriate.
Provided you give him a couple of days notice, The Mixtape Guy will always come through. But, for some reason, if The Mixtape Guy falls sick, or passes out watching School of Rock again and sleeps through the party, my back-up plan for the season is The Rapture's The !K7 Tapes.
The !K7 Tapes are a DJ mix released by the band, containing an awesomely eclectic combination of rap, funk, folk, soul and more, strung together "like roller skating on Saturday night" (to quote Jezebel Music, who review the album quite beautifully.)
The most interesting track is the seemingly random "I'm an Indian too" by Don Armando's Second Avenue Rumba Band from the musical Annie Get Your Gun -- this song was originally included in the musical in 1946 but later removed in 1999 because it was too offensive -- nowadays, it seems like something that could be on Saturday Night Live. I couldn't find an actual video, but enjoy the track:
Although hopefully, The Mixtape Guy will come through.