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About Me

Founder, owner, and proprietor of this here joint. Music takes up a lot of my time in the very best possible way. I live in San Francisco but listen in space. God bless the IMP and all my beloved IMPers.

Favorite Songs

"Quicksand" - Dinosaur Jr. (Bowie cover)

"The Art of Easing" by Digable Planets

"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John

"Too Young" by Phoenix

"Payback" by James Brown

"Common People" by Pulp

"Dirty Water" by The Standells

"Heartbeats" by The Knife

"Band of Gold" by Freda Payne

"Leader of the Pack" by The Shangri-Las

"Solitary Man" by Neil Diamond

"Poptones" by Public Image Ltd.

"Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell

"The Weight" by The Band

"The Jungle Line" by Joni Mitchell

Favorite Artists

Wilco, Prince, Bjork, Johnny Cash, R.E.M., A Tribe Called Quest, Blondie, Mission of Burma, Marvin Gaye, Sleater-Kinney, The Roots, Pixies, Daft Punk, AC/DC, Pavement, Belle & Sebastian, Roy Orbison, The Dismemberment Plan, Talking Heads, Animal Collective, Ghostface Killah, David Bowie, The Allman Brothers Band, Ween, The Smiths, Neil Young

Favorite Albums

"Meat Puppets II" by Meat Puppets

"Psychocandy" by The Jesus and Mary Chain

"I Am a Bird Now" by Antony and the Johnsons

"Astral Weeks" by Van Morrison

"Lifted..." by Bright Eyes

"Pet Sounds" by The Beach Boys

"Mass Romantic" by The New Pornographers

"It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" by Public Enemy

"Exile on Main Street" by The Rolling Stones

"The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place" by Explosions in the Sky

"Highway 61 Revisited" by Bob Dylan

"Loveless" by My Bloody Valentine

"Red Headed Stranger" by Willie Nelson

"In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel

"I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One" by Yo La Tengo

"Heart of The Congos" by The Congos

Recent Concerts

Girls @ Bimbo's 365 (SF)

Of Montreal & Deerhoof @ Slim's (SF)

Ty Segall & White Fence @ Great American Music Hall (SF)

Wolves in the Throne Room @ Slim's (SF)

Ty Segall & Shannon and the Clams @ Mezzanine (SF)

Jay-Z & Kanye West @ HP Pavilion (San Jose)

"Weird" Al Yankovic @ Fox Theater (Oakland)

The Walkmen & Fleet Foxes @ Greek Theatre (Berkeley)


Ryan Mixtape's Top 21 Singles of 2009

2010-09-09 10:43:45

Ryan Mixtape's Top 21 Albums of 2009

2010-09-09 10:43:15

Ryan Mixtape's Top 20 Albums of 2008

2008-12-18 10:43:11

Ryan Mixtape's Top 20 Albums of 2007

2008-01-28 20:02:50

Jonathan Richman and the Legacy of Geek Pop

2007-02-25 15:34:38

The Best Music Ever

2007-01-24 14:26:09


Gretzky Pretzel Quetzal

My first truly new mix in ages, and my first sweet, psychadelic summer in San Francisco.

Dear Junior, I Miss You. <3 Senior (SXSW 2007)

18 songs by 18 bands I saw this year in Austin.

That Amish Beat

My favorite IMP mix I've made. Besides it being a great collection of songs, I made it after one of my first dates with my special somebody so it kinda has that feeling of simultaneous vulnerability and invincibility.

Welcome to Massachusetts: The Bay State!

All I can say is I'm glad I'm not actually writing twenty songs about each of the fifty states. Making a mix about one was hard enough. And, let me assure you, there's not Augustana on this joint.

Jealous of Youth Mix

I may be too old for emo, but I can still get down with the twee and hippie sets. Exploring the progeny of XTC, the Kinks, and Donavan.

Themesongs from the Black Eye Googolplex

This is about as weird as I get. I love noise and cacophony, but I tend to stick with easier melodies on my mixes. Here, Washington, D.C.'s Apes score high on the wildometer, but most of the songs stick with darkness and mood over nastiness and ear-murder.

The Taxman Cometh

Songs to complete your 1040 by. Collaboration with DJ Mouse.

Mix for a Free Abyssinia

An artifact of the early IMP era. This mix has a few songs by pop artists that I hoped would be a little better known by 2007, but are sadly still pretty obscure: Jim Guthrie, Virgil Shaw, +/-, Menomena, Phoenix.

Jesus at the Buzzer Mix

A nice pop mix with some recent and older gems. "Bread" by On! Air! Library!, which ends this mix, might be one of my favorite indie pop songs of the past five years. Too bad the band broke up so soon after the first album. I guess the same could be said for Canyon, Gorky's Zygotic Myncie, and Elastica. OK, so maybe it should be called "The Bands Breaking Down Mix."

Cat in a Bow Tie Mix

I've been sending out variations of this mix (usually with different cover art and title) for more than a year. I made it just before I left on a work trip to Brazil during the summer of 2005. I wanted something that would get me back in the mood to enjoy the warm weather months in D.C., which, like most of these songs, are best at dusk.

Into the Blue: Kerry Country Mix

A missive on political disillusionment and frustration. Twenty songs from the nineteen states and the District that voted for John Kerry in the 2004 U.S. Presidential election. I don't make a lot of concept mixes -- I generally prefer mixes that capture a feeling or tone over a theme or agenda -- but this one goes to show that even the most structured mix can still communicate a message through the texture and sound of its songs.

Freej Colv

This is a pretty dark affair, by my standards. Lots of mid-tempo and minor-key pop songs. The cover art, "Reflection with Two Children" by Lucian Freud, pretty much sums it up. This was also the mix that I sent to about 50 IMP members who reported donations to charitable relief efforts after the Asian earthquake and tsunami.

Missing Ms. Moz (20 from SXSW XX)

Twenty songs from twenty artists I saw at my first SXSW experience in Austin, TX. The Art Brut and Spank Rock sets sorta changed my life. It's nice to see some real entertainers breathe life back into the stale music industry. I'll surely be back in 2007!


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Hey Ryan, many thanks for the replacement mix. It was unashamedly romantic and all the better for it!


chief... sorry your Jan mix is late 'tis now completed and will be winging it's way to you v. soon


Your August 2010 mix-cd is on its way. Sorry for not being on time ... I've sent it express post so you should get it soon!


Replacement mix received. It looks to be a great listen. Starting off with Funkadelic is always a damned good sign. Thanks for this site and the mix.


Ryan! got the mix that you sent! Fantastic! a bunch of great stuff that i had never heard before...wonderful way to start off IMP! thank you so much


Hi Ryan I posted a blog about IMP on art of the mix so if folks tell you they read about you on aotm well yep im to blame..or credit.However you want to look at it. Rock on! Trish


Hi Ryan My latest blog is an encouraging word to all mixtape and CD mixers.I invite you to read it and perhaps feature it so all mixtapers may read it.Especially those who need a reason to keep on keeping on in the mixtape /CD culture! Trish


Have a good idea for a mix theme....I created a 'Hell' mix that I was kind of lukewarm about. I sent an unmixed copy to IMPer Sean, who's got a knack for dropping bits of dialogue into mixes - a touch that this mix needed. Just got the version he sent back, and it's way better. If artists can farm out finished tracks to be remixed, why not IMP members to other IMP members?


Hi Ryan, I've been away from IMP a while, so I just read your article The Mixtape as Disruptive Technology. I whole heartly agree with you. Thank you for stating your case perfectly. However, I would argue that the mixtape invasion began, actually, in the 1970's. As early as 1972, my sisters' boyfriend was making homemade 8track compilations. I myself recieved my first mixtape in August 1975 - the most romantic gift I ever got. When I got my first car, in 1976, I immediately added the standard accessory of the day - a shoebox full of homemade cassettes. Just saying. Cheers!


Hi Ryan Kudos on the sxsw concert footage.Im know its hard with folks jump up and down in from of you etc.I have a little experiance with concert taping myself ..OK school concerts but still I can relate. IMP is the best!A few of my mix CD exchange partners stay in touch my email and continue to exchange mixes.So Im exchanges mixes and making new friends too.Double kudos to you! Peace and Love Trish


Forgot to ask you - how does a mixtape make it into the 'featured mixtape' rotation on the home page?


Hi Ryan - Thanks again for your work getting replacement mixes out to me! As a way of expressing my ongoing gratitude for your help, and for creating the site in the first place, I want to send you several of my best mixes. Leave a comment or email me at hdtrip@comcast.net with your info.


Thank you so much for the 2(!) replacement mixes you made for me. Some great new stuff to listen to! I appreciate it!


I just want to thank you for sending me not one but TWO mix replacements for August. You are too kind. They are both fantastic; "Freej Colv" is definitely are great ride of many styles. Thanks again.


Maybe I should hear it. I actually only heard ABOUT it after it got knocked off the number one spot in the UK! Thailand was amazing yeah. I understand how people can stay there for months and years, we'll definitely be going back at some point. Didn't do much ravelling around - stayed on Koh Lanta for a couple of weeks then spent a few days in Bangkok. Wasn't impressed with Bangkok at all, mainly because we were too distracted by the dirty old Western men to notice much else. A pre-formed impression of the place we were sad to see manifested so thoroughly. I shit you not, guys were taking photos of little boys bums on the trains. That's by the by/par for the course I guess. Thai people are beautiful, lovely and i wouldn't want to corss them. A perfect combination in my book!


Hi Ryan, how's it going? I just finished December's Not For Resale mix and thought you might like it. Here's the link to download it: http://www.sendspace.com/file/6h3r3v. Let the demo mayhem commence!!!!! happy holidays. MxBx


I have never heard Rhianna's Umbrella. Did I miss anything? MxBx


Hey Ryan, Christmas is a time of giving. If I made some IMP banners that were up to par, would they make it into the rotation?


illinois is playing at schubas in mid january. i am 90% sure i am going, you should check them out if you are in town that day. jan 18, i believe


Ryan. I just signed up for IMP in October 2007 and did a lovely mixtape for Thomas Carlson but never got my own mix!! Pity but oh well thats life. What can I do about it? Cheers. PS "Umi says" is an excellent song...! Vinny, Ireland.


Say Ryan~ D'you know what Amy Winehouse's fave London Underground station is? *********************************High Barnet************


Hey, Mr. Mixtape, question...here it is, July 19th and I still have not received my June mix. What's a gal to do?


Hey, did you get the June mix I sent? It went to the DC adress I was given but you said recently you were moving. Let me konw. Thanks.


Hi Ryan. Thanks for all your support on this BBC thing. I'm getting so totally utterly beat at the moment, it's funny. Can't a guy even scrape a commiseratory(?!) 10%? Should have put some Turbowolf in the mix! I'm telling people: TURBOWOLF!!! MxBx


vielen dank for the warm welcome and the info. i am glad to a part of this lovely community and look forward to receiving and sending out audio journeys. why i didn't discover this earlier is beyond me! july 2007 is my imp mixtrade debut...i cannot wait! thanx!


Hey Ryan, thanks for the compliments. I love music and I put a lot of thought into my mixes and test them out of my wife and anyone who will listen before sending them off. I admit I was still nervous about my mini mixes, but I just got another comment on my page about the power of the mini mix. Rock on! I'm so glad that this site exists and that it's run by someone who really understands. Thanks.


Thanks for your kind note, Ryan, and, umm, thanks for publishing me. Now I'm praying that someone wants those Pitchfork Fest tickets enough to knock me off the frickin' homepage already!


This might be quite a generalisation, but I always seem to find American bands much more choreographed than British ones. Not always in an especially rehearsed way, but at least as if they all know what they are doing onstage, taher than just chucking themselves about and bashing out tunes like Brits seem to. The video for Gronlandic Edit was cool as, so if the show is like that I want to see it.


Hey Ryan. Were Of Montreal as good as I'd hope?


wORD!! I would love too since your calling me out. Email me and let me know what to do bbrownorleans@hotmail.com also go check out my myspace.com/douglasmasters to see my band, read more of my writing, and just see me in action!! Peace B


Wichita Lineman is the most amazing song Daniel,I'm sad to report that when I got into the punk stuff I hid my love of it under a bushel.Plus Being young I couldn't understand how I could be a punk and yet still love this song. That's the best thing about being older,making sense of that.In my last job I was a lockkeeper on the canals here.Part of it involved driving around in times of flooding protecting the navigation and the people,animals and buildings along it.Listening to Wichita Lineman made the deepest, perfect sense.Are you an artist? Stay cool Daniel. Take care & Have fun Jon*


"Heartbeats" by The Knife is totally my jam right now! Perfect nice weather song... :)


The only time I get to communicate with Ry is when I have to go cryin' to him B- cuz some lame ass didn't send me a friggin' mix disc!!!


Hey man, thanks for providing a substitute for whoever dropped out on Feb's mix. Looking forward to hearing it. Turned up yesterday, all I need now is an uninterrupted hour to let it soak in.


oh yeah, and i'm incredibly jealous about the three most recent concerts on your list! no fair.


man, now i'm super excited that the meat puppets might actually be worth seeing if they tour the midwest this year! the last time i saw them was 2000, i think (no cris) and they were terrible, old hippies trying to update to post rock or something, nothing like the real puppets in any of their stages. i agree about the buzzcocks; i've seen 'em twice and they're superfun reliable poppunk. and while i love seeing iggy, i doubt you missed much with the stooges; one of the more pointless and uninspired reunions in a year full of 'em.


ryan mixtape i have recieved many e-mails from you but never knew you were cute. do you have a ladyfriend?


Yeah I like Wally Pleasant a lot. I even had him play at my high school..twice!. "Alternateen" is still my all time favorite song: "The Day Kurt Cobain died, we held each other and cried. But you made me feel a lot better; when you said 'Thank God, it wasn't Eddie Vedder".


hi ryan, yeah primal scream are from glasgow originally, however think nowadays its only bobby gillespie(singer) who is left,rest of band members are english,mani the bass player was originally in the stone roses!i see from your favourite albums that you like jesus and mary chain, well bobby g was original drummer with jesus and mary chain before forming primal scream. agree sons and daughters are great, they're also an offshoot of arab strap!bit incestuous i know but scotlands just a "wee" country. cheers for comments.


Thanks for the comment about John Taylor, you made my day! Does your girlfriend want a copy of the mix?


Thanks for the replacement mix Ryan.


Ha! Well it certainly keeps my 7 month old on the edge of her seat....that is if she had enough muscle control to sit in a seat. Enjoy your time pre-bonusness, because soon you will never be the same...(hyping it up and setting myself up for failure! yea!)


Ryan Ryan! Bo Byan! Banana fana fo Fyan! Mee mi mo Myan! RYAN! Enjoyed your commentary on SXSW...the only thing better is if I would have been there myself...sigh...but I agree about missing The Gossip. They're a helluva good time...and they're from Arkansas!! As we all know, anything from Arkansas is a little piece of Heaven.


hey ry, diggin' the sxsw chronicle so far; i've noted a few acts that sound like they need further investigating...hey, just like when i receive a new imp mix! you sly devil. i'm happy to tell you that "weird al" definitely went downhill after UHF (the first item of music i ever bought was DARE TO BE STUPID on cassette). i have to say beirut strikes me as a total phony, and girl talk (although talented) ain't my thang either, but personal preferences aside, you bring the heady festival atmosphere to life palpably with your descriptions. i've never been to sxsw, but the heat, alcohol, and exhaustion come standard with all of 'em, i think. oh, almost forgot: how exciting that you're moving to the windy city! schuba's is a great room in a city full of 'em; i foresee lots of rendezvouseses...


I'm sorry to inform you that your bypassing of the SXSW Emo's The Gossip gig has robbed you of a stellar performance. It could possibly be the best show i've ever been to (or at least tying Modest Mouse at The Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR). Beth was so super amazing that I still get chills thinking of her and her heart crackling voice! Besides rocking the joint and having every female, male, transie, black, white, emo or other music lover jumping up and down, in amazing unison to her Standing In the Way of Control (and her bit of Nirvana's Teen Spirit was also inspiring), the girl stripped naked and shared every bodacious roll with her adoring fans. What a star!!


* I saw Beirut at Emos', too! I waited in line for 3 hours... and zach condon let me take a polaroid of him in front of his Chevy! which is entirely beside the point- wasn't it amazing?? my favorite show! Did you see any cool surprises with your coveted badge?


Francis Bacon is a great artist, "I Am A Bird Now" is a great album, and you my friend, are a great person. Thanks for being the vehicle for such a fun thing we're in. Much <3 -- Andy


just got the jealous of youth mix. dig the devendra banhart song and pb&j! i love the kinks but didn't know 'monica'....slowly absorbing the rest. letting it grow on me like a fine moss - thanks for the mix!


Hey, I sent a contact message and I thought I'd leave a message here. I've some professional photoshop experience and I'd be willing to spiff up the page banners if someone wants to send me the source images. Cool, wicked and swanky.

Son of Ravyn

Yeah, NAP is actually a cloak-and-dagger operation bent on (musical) world domination. Be forewarned. Looking at your recent mixes, I thought you'd be interested: a blog called Trees Lounge was posting 50 states mixes. One for each. He got about 1/4 through, then somthing happened and he disappeared. He's back, though I don't think he started the project again, yet. The one's he finished are still out there in cyberspace, though.


thanks for the replacement mix cd. it is great. i enjoy all of it; especially the 12 Rods song.


Hey Ryan! I'm flattered and psyched that you used my February mix idea for the March assignment! So....I guess I need a different assignment now, since it would be lame to do the same thing twice in a row. Any ideas? I was thinking maybe Days of the Week, or Songs About Answering or Not Answering Telephones.


Hi Thanks for all the hard work you have put into this. It looks great. EM


Wow, thanks, that is high praise coming from the originator. Believe me, when I saw the request for articles there I thought about it, and I'd love to do something at some point, but it may have to wait until July (when I'm done my thesis). I've been enjoying what's up there so far, though (just reading the Richman article right now - good work!), and you never know - something could pop into my brain and need to be let out sooner rather than later. I do have a bit of a request - when you click on a mixtape to see the track listing, is there any way the description from the main page could be in there too, maybe between the image and the tracks? And as you can tell from my mixes, I'd kill for a time column...


I already have a twin! But thanks for the comment....


Hey, a while back in an IMP email you gave a shout-out to a Canadian member who sent you some hip-hop that month. I can officially tell now thanks to this crazy website that it was me - glad to know you liked it, especially since I know virtually nothing about rap. Oh, and thanks for starting this crazy thing of course - this site is an awesome step forward!


Howdy. Do you know a book called; "mix tape: the art of cassette culture" edited by thurston moore? If not check it out,if for no other reason than to get some ideas for tape decoration. By the way, I'm really liking this thing you've started Ryan. It's got everything good going for it. Got my first mix the other day from Valerie in Colorado and it put a smile on my face to see it in the mailbox. Of course the first mix I sent out was to a guy who lives not an hour and a half away from me here in Ontario, but it was still good to start the chain.


What month is your birthday? I'll make you one, fill it with goodies, and mail it to you. Do you think a pinata would survive the trip? Bubblewrap? Strap it on the back of a well-trained pony?


Awwwwwww shucks... *blush* I'm super duper mad stupid wicked dope hella excited about this adventure into mixtaping (Wait...is "hella" considered profane?). I feel like I should give you my firstborn to appease the mixtape gods...hmph...good thing I have no children. I offer them to complete strangers WAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much.


IMP has quickly become the sweet, sugary filling in the Oreo of my life. You complete me, Ryan Mixtape. OK, maybe not but seriously, IMP enlightens and brightens my days. I wait with bated breath monthly to receive my new mix in the mail; and creating a mix for my new friends across the globe is probably one of the most scintillating activities in which I take part month by month. I bow in my most humble genuflect to you, sir. Genuflecting while simultaneously typing is really hard.


Sorry about the potentially profane word. I just read the 'rules.' I was referring to the action of "damming it." You know, I'm sure there's a shade of color that provokes dam building. Maybe its one of the only colors beavers see...why am I still typing? You know what I mean. Haha.


Ok. I agree with Meatbreak. That big red button screams "push." Maybe make it another, less enticing, color....? Though I can't think of any color that doesn't induce some sort of emotion. Or any emotion that doesn't induce some sort of action...Dammit, nevermind.


Big Ups to you my man for starting this crazy thing up. I noticed you saw Sufjan at the Kennedy Center...you now are my official hero.


greetings, fellow imp, and thanks for the props. we'll have to shoot for pitchfork again this year; i doubt i'll make it to sxsw unless i win the lottery. i'm very excited; the project is just getting warmed up! WOO HOO!


I bet you have a miniature pet llama. Everyone knows llamas are the proverbial s*it. Anyway - how does one get to do an article? I'd like to do something about Canadian music if possible. Let me know. And say hi to the llama for me.

The Jeremiest

Ha! Public Enema. Nice House Party 1 reference.


Yay Mixtapes!

L.A. in N.Y.C.

Well you have done, young Jedi Mixtape. It'll be interesting to see how this online community thing happens.


Here we go. Weeeeeee!


mazel tov brah, the site was well worth the wait. gotta go upload a mix - share the music, share the love.


Gee whiz, this is WAY better than myspace. Peachy. Peachy Keen. IMP is like Pecan Pie for my ears. That sounds gross, but it's delicious.

Thomas J

Can we play a laud for Ryan MIXTAPE? Great site and great community!


A big SHOUT out to Ryan and all his little helpers (or Big) for getting the IMP site up and running. U da man!


Ryan MIXTAPE! I'm one of your biggest fanboys! You are the ONE the funky ONE!


You've got to make that 'deactivate' button smaller man - I just want to press the big red button! It's too tempting. Nu-rave is about to be totally undermined, as of tomorrow. People look out. The Four Horsemen of 2012 are coming.


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