In like a lion, out like a lamb …

March has been a whirlwind. Life feels like it’s normalizing (everyone knock on wood), work has been super busy, and I’m getting back out into the world. The weather’s been wild – 80 degrees one day, barely above freezing and windy the next.

So, it only feels appropriate that the March Mix is also a little wild and topsy-turvy. Plenty of new music, lots of old friends. Lots of ups and downs. But I kinda love it. Hope you do, too.

I love all the songs on this, but here’s a few notes on some of the tracks worth maybe knowing about:

“Electrify My Love” / Mondo Cozmo – I owe Chris Gonzalez forever for introducing me to MC. This guy’s energy is EVERYTHING. This song is a little chaotic and there’s something about it that I love. Can’t wait to see him again this week (opening for The Airborne Toxic Event – what a lineup!).

“Kids” / Deaf Havana – This British band has been popping up on my mixes since 2014. Their back with some serious anthemic rock with “Kids” … and I can’t stop listening to it!

“If You Look Hard Enough” (Unplugged) / Fort Frances – Yes, I put the plugged version on February’s Mix. This song fills my heart with hope.

“Dumb Classic Love” / Margolnick – My fave Charlotte musician FINALLY released an album he’s been working on for a few years, and it does not disappoint. This is my current favorite, but y’all should just go listen to the whole thing.

“all hell broke loose” / The Gardner and the Tree – These Swedes popped onto Spotify one and the lead singer’s voice immediately got my attention. Reminds me of Mikel from Airborne Toxic.

“A Little Bit of Love” / Weezer – If this song doesn’t put you in a good mood, nothing will.

“Back Porch” / The Heavy Hours – This band has its little hooks in my heart. If you haven’t listened to their album Gardens yet, do yourself a favor and give it a spin.

“Surrender to Me” / FireCityFunk – Man, hate on social media all you want, but the story of this song is WHY social media exists. Kid (who is a musician) found a song his dad wrote and recorded in the 70s. Played it on TikTok for his followers. And they put it out on Spotify … (His Dad was a member of Boston back in the day). Watch Jimmy Kimmel interview them. It’s so awesome.

“Wild” / Spoon – I have never been a big Spoon fan, but this song is catchy as hell.

“Whose God Is This” / Will Hoge – Instant WGDH (Will God Damn Hoge) classic.

Happy listening! Also, if you’re an Apple Music person, no worries – find the March 2022 Mix here.

Two posts in one week? Crazy, I know.

Okay, so I inadvertently fibbed a bit in my post yesterday.

I didn’t totally stop making mixes in 2021. I threw songs onto playlists. I didn’t order them or write notes or really spend time on them, but they DO exist.

So, you can see what my soundtrack to Quarantine Year 2 was, if you’re interested.

There aren’t Apple versions of these…sorry.

2022. Time for a change.

Hi friends.

Yup, it’s been nearly a year since I’ve written anything here. I think about it … often. I probably have a dozen half-written, orphaned blogs sitting in draft. But like a lot of us, I’m suffering from a serious case of pandemic burn-out, malaise, and general blah.

Blog posts aren’t the only things that have suffered. I haven’t put out any mixes, either. Which I’m sure a handful of you have noticed.

From my best recollection, I’ve been making the Krissie Mix in some way, shape, or form since 2004. I’ve put them out mostly quarterly … Close to 1500 songs shared. For every one, I’ve written crazy “liner notes” to offer up information on the artists or stories about how I found the songs or why I love them. Back in the day, when I burned copies, I mailed them to dozens of people around the country, some of whom I didn’t even know who had just heard about the Mix through friends of friends. Sharing music with friends (and new friends) is something that I love doing.

Once I moved everything to Spotify, it should have gotten easier, but it just made it easier to find lots of new music. And the quarterly mixes started to get super-sized. 50 – 60 songs. But not everyone that listened was on Spotify, so started creating a Spotify and Apple Music version. Writing the liner notes took hours.

Besides, streaming has made it easy for people to discover new music on their own. And I love that! But I started to feel like there wasn’t a reason for me to make them anymore.

So last year…I just stopped.

Then I ran into Samantha and Wes last fall. Friends of a friend, I’ve known them for almost as long as I’ve been making the mix. Fifteen years ago, I would see them often when we were all running around seeing our mutual friend play 4 and 5 times a month. But I’d be lying if I said we were anything more than Facebook friends these days. So when I ran into them at a show in another city, it was a surprise that they even remembered me. As we stood talking and caught up, Wes said something to me about listening to my mixes. It genuinely surprised me.

And re-inspired me.

But, I needed to rethink how I was doing it. So … I’m trying something new in 2022. Monthly mixes. Smaller in size. No liner notes. Not obsessing over the order of the songs (because some people listen on shuffle, anyway… Warmack, I’m looking at you). Just music for the sake of sharing it.

Maybe you’ll find something new to love. Maybe you know all the songs already. No matter what, I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Happy January and happy 2022 (I can still officially say that in January, right?).

Listen on Spotify below. Or Apple Music here.

An overdue Krissie Mix: 2019 Summer/Fall

Oh, hey, it’s Fall.

You probably didn’t notice, but I missed a Summer Mix. Kind of weird for mess since summer is my favorite season, and usually makes for my best mixes.

I’m not going to lie to you, friends. I haven’t felt like myself for the past few months and I just haven’t felt inspired to make a Krissie Mix. So this one is long overdue, and I’m REALLY happy it’s finally done.

Fair warning: it’s a titch schizophrenic. There’s a lot of old friends on this edition, and maybe a few new finds for some of you. It might be a little too mellow for some folks’ tastes – so apologies if it’s not your bag.

If you’re into reading the notes, you can find the short novel I wrote for this Mix here.

If you’re an Apple Music person, you can find an Apple version of the mix here.

As usual, if you really dig something, please support the artist by purchasing an album, a ticket to a live show, or some merch. 

And of course, if you have pressing thoughts on ANY of the tracks, tell me whatcha think in the comments.

P.S. The above playlist is showing two songs that are no longer available on Spotify that I removed from the playlist, but I can’t get them to not show above, so sorry about that!

The worst timed Krissie Mix ever.

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It is currently 12:05 AM on Friday, January 25.

That means that The Rock Boat is officially one week away.

Which makes releasing a Krissie Mix now all kinds of silly because the bulk of people that listen to my Mix are Rock Boat friends… and we’re all in full-on Rock Boat mania right now.

However, if I don’t push publish on this thing, it’s just not going to happen. And it should happen, because it’s one of my favorite Mixes I’ve done in awhile.

So, without further adieu, I give you Krissie’s 2018/2019 Winter Mix…the worst timed Krissie Mix ever in the history of Krissie Mixes.

If you like the liner notes, read ’em here.
If you’re an Apple Music person, you can listen here.

Bundle up against the cold, pop in your earbuds, and snuggle up with these songs. Happy listening.