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Nadya, you’re not reading this, are you?

DON’T LOOK. You go ‘way now.




Gawdangit, are you still reading this?





Ooo, look! An animated cat gif!























(Is she gone?)

Okay. So…

The Bambinator‘s birthday is coming up quick!  In five days, on 11/28, my beloved surrogate baby sis and Coilboss finally turns 29 years old. 28 was a crazy fucking year for Nadya. As she puts it, “a year of leveling up and unlocking all sorts of achievements”. Very true. The girl’s on fire. Although, frankly, Mister Shankly, it’s been a year of profound loss, stress, and hardship for her, too. (Not that she’s dwelling on it. But… yeah.)

One simple comfort that’s helped her battle through da poopz: listening to music.

Mix Tapes by Jo James. Be sure to visit her wonderful shop!

This year, Nadya has just one birthday wish: to expand her sonic horizons. She just sent out an email asking a bunch of her friends –old and new, all of whom have an excellent taste in music– for one simple birthday present: a virtual mix tape. “Music has always been hugely important to me, and there’s something special about music bestowed upon you by friends.”

As soon as I got that email, I knew I needed to extend the invitation to our core readership. Y’all have badass taste in tunes, and we’re all friends here.

Want to aurally pleasure da’ Lev? Post your Coilbus Driver playlists here. You can go one further and upload actual mixes to Soundcloud / 8Tracks / Libsyn / wherever, and tell us where to find ’em. Links to .zip files would work just fine, too. There are some basic parameters in place: she has specifically requesting mix tape-length playlists: 8-12 songs. “No less than 7, no more than 14.”

Nadya Lev: Too Hot For Pants™ since 1982. Photo by Audrey Penven.

She loves all kinds of music. Stompy stuff and grrrly stuff, danceypants and ambient, acoustic and electronica, goofy or goth or emo, melancholy or jubilant. You really can’t go wrong. So let ‘er rip!

Be sure to type out your full lists of songs below, so we can all enjoy each other’s mixes!

I’m gonna blog all of your playlists here on 11/28. YAY.

16 Responses to “LEV NEEDS MUSIC.”

  1. aldo Says:

    My contribution: http://www.mediafire.com/?13c2v9y62tbbly3

  2. Анна Says:

    Oh, this is such a great idea!

    I already have an idea for a mixtape, but how does the whole copyright thingie work?
    Some of the songs I’d like to mix are free for download, but not all of them – can I upload them as a zip/on Soundcloud?

  3. Jack Says:

    Pretty in Black Knows What to Do
    1. Coil – Love’s Secret Domain
    2. Timber Timbre – Lonesome Hunter
    3. The Raveonettes – Sleepwalking
    4. Cowboy Junkies – Dragging Hooks
    5. Tom Waits – Hell Broke Luce
    6. Sxip Shirey – Asleep on the Subway
    7. Mazzy Star – All Your Sisters
    8. Neko Case – Look For Me (I’ll Be Around)
    9. Chelsea Wolfe – Moses
    10. Charlotte Gainsbourg – In the End
    11. Tasseomancy – The Darkness of Things
    12. Roy Orbison – In Dreams

    8tracks link: http://8tracks.com/misterguignol/pretty-in-black-knows-what-to-do

  4. J. Says:

    happy birthday, lev! http://8tracks.com/dochdasmesser/soft-gray-quiet

  5. Brian Says:


    Happy Birthday!

    also I just wanted to say that issue 6 is amazing!

  6. Infamous Amos Says:

    Birth-tacular greetings to you and yours. I named this mix Minty Fresh Disaster Ballads. Enjoy.


    01. Sparks – Something for the Girl With Everything (feat. Faith No More)
    02. Rocky Porter – The World is a Monster
    03. Messer Chups – Intro Monstro Crescendo
    04. Cardiacs – Dog-Like Sparky
    05. Tipsy – Hey!
    06. Man Man – Black Mission Goggles
    07. Doo Rag – Trudge and Kick Walking (live)
    08. Carl Stalling – Anxiety Montage [Medley]
    09. Coasters – Loop De Loop Mambo
    10. Hard ‘N Phirm – Rodeohead
    11. Larry ‘Wild Man’ Fischer – Monkeys Versus Donkeys
    12. NOmeansNO – Forward to Death (accapella Dead Kennedys cover)

  7. Meredith Yayanos Says:

    Yay, this is great! And thanks for listing the tracks!

  8. Daniel Says:

    I’ll play:


    1. Antonymes – The womb of the great mother (6:34)
    2. Jasper TX – Weight Of Days (7:39)
    3. Johann Johannsson – City Building (2:52)
    4. Jacaszek – Dare-gale (5:49)
    5. Dakota Suite – All The Love I Had Was Not Enough (Elegi Remix) (6:37)
    6. Tim Hecker – In The Fog III (5:00)
    7. Arms And Sleepers – Lovers Arctic (1:35)
    8. Donato Wharton – Breath Held (3:16)
    9. A Winged Victory For The Sullen – All Farewells Are Sudden (7:35)

  9. Angela Says:

    Signed up just to play this. Hope she likes it! :)


    1. Curve – Horror Head
    2. Garmarna – Gamen (Vulture)
    3. Ruby – Salt Water Fish
    4. Tweaker – Linoleum (feat. David Sylvian)
    5. Recoil – Chrome (feat. Nicole Blackman)
    6. Curve – Missing Link
    7. Hector Zazou – I’ll Strangle You (feat. Anneli Drecker & Gerard Depardieu)
    8. Echobelly – Insomniac
    9. Jorane – Pour Ton Sourire
    10. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Heartbeat (feat. David Sylvian & Ingrid Chavez)
    11. Recoil – Don’t Look Back (feat. Sonya Madan)

  10. Filipe Russo Says:


    Carnafolia 4 Nadya

    1) Maria Rita – Cara valente
    2) Quinto Andar – A lenda
    3) Cabocrioulo – percuteriaeletroacustica
    4) Marcelo d2 e seu Jorge – pode acreditar
    5) Itamar Assumpcao – venha ate Sao Paulo
    6) Apanhador so – predio
    7) Filipe Catto – saga
    8) O Rappa – reza a vela
    9) Caravana do delirio – baiao do apocalipse
    10) Moveis coloniais de Acaju – sem palavras
    11) Cassia Eller – va morar com o diabo
    12) Monobloco – baile da pesada

  11. J. Says:

    Here’s the track list for the mix I posted above:

    1. AK-Momo – Boys And Girls
    2. Orion Rigel Dommisse – Ashes from Your Burning Wood
    3. Mia Doi Todd – Bound Feet and Feathered
    4. Maple Bee – Moth Touch
    5. Esben and the Witch – Warpath
    6. Cake Bake Betty – Gigantomicy
    7. Stiffed – Hold Tight
    8. Warpaint – Baby

  12. selizabeth Says:

    Happiest of birthdays, dearest Nadya!
    May the day be full of wondrous curiosities, with delights and amazements the whole year through.

    • Rafael Anton Irisarri – Für Alina
    • Cliffdweller – Rain
    • Paper Relics – Fading
    • Adam Hurst – Unseen
    • Ben Frost & Daníel Bjarnason – Simulacra II
    • Nest – Stillness
    • Olivier Z’Berg – Interludes and Lullabies 2
    • The Caretaker – All you are going to want to do is get back there
    • M. Ostermeier – Recollection
    • Nachtreich – Forlorn
    • Nihil – In the Ghastly Gloaming

  13. Ben Says:


    Categorized as Hip Hop, Funk, Punk, Rackety, Meditative

    1. Dessa – The Bullpen
    2. STNNNG! – George Washington
    3. Colourmusic – Yes!
    4. Kings Go Forth – One Day
    5. Thundercat – For Love I Come
    6. Fantastic Plastic Machine – Black Dada
    7. Kentucky Gag Order – Pistols. Dawn. It’s On.
    8. Cornelius – Omstart
    9. Flying Lotus feat. Laura Darlington – Auntie’s Lock / Infinitum
    10. Lady Dottie & The Diamonds – Wang Dang Doodle

  14. Joe Moran Says:

    Happy Birthday!

  15. Анна Says:

    I thought about making this kind of mix and that, but figured you’d already know pretty much everything on there, so why not offer something new? Some of the (mostly) Serbian electronic music songs I like over the past decade. From a harder opening, through vocal pieces, to something a down-tempo:

    1. Wikluh Sky – Pazi šta radišt
    2. SevdahBABY – Oktopus 80
    3. Mistakemistake – Produži
    4. Lollobrigida – Pillow Boy Baby Girl (Croatian electropop, love them)
    5. Hide & Sick – Simpaty Chan
    6. Gramophonedzie – Why Don’t You
    7. Wolfgang S. – Goodbye
    8. Speed Limit – R U ready?
    9. Nipplepeople – Sutra
    10. Inje – Skrivenosemenica

  16. F'kir Eldercake.com Says:

    Happy birthday!*
    Here are a couple eclectic electronic mid/downtempo mixes, from live shows…