Episode Guide

Each episode of This Is Your Mixtape finds host Michael Collins asking a guest to make a mixtape of five songs they were listening to at different stages of their life, and then talk about their music, their life, and the resonances between them.

1.The Sublime in the Everyday. [Chris Piuma.]

Musician and podcaster Chris Piuma on the Beatles, Ed’s Redeeming Qualities, John Cage, Celesteville, and Julius Eastman.

2.Dramatic Fantasies. [Nadia Halim.]

Community organizer Nadia Halim on Pete Seeger, Duran Duran, Matthew Sweet, Andrew Bird, and Alvvays.

3.Lush, Vivid, and Strange. [Anna Wilson.]

Anna Wilson, medievalist and fan theorist, on Paul Simon, The Doors, Sufjan Stevens, Regina Spektor, and Hamilton.

4.Mustachioed Persona. [Paul Fowler.]

Paul Fowler on Willie Nelson and Ray Charles, Savage Garden, Metallica, Captain Beefheart, and The Mystery Lights.

5.Queer Curation. [Michael Lee Richardson.]

Michael Lee Richardson on The Little Mermaid, the Spice Girls, Patrick Wolf, Girls Aloud, and Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj.

6.Not Like Me. [Ned Raggett.]

Ned Raggett on Kermit the Frog, Madonna, The Veldt, Marc Almond, and Tracey Thorn.

7.Music is Sublimated Desire. [Drew Brown.]

Drew Brown on The Irish Descendants, Rush, Vampire Weekend, Austra, and Sturgill Simpson.

8.The Precarity is the World. [Beth Martin.]

Beth Martin on Enya, Björk, Animal Collective, Philip Glass, and Anohni.

9.I Am Still Here. [Kari Bentley-Quinn.]

Kari Bentley-Quinn on The Monkees, Tori Amos, Britney Spears, Joanna Newsom, and St. Vincent.

10.The Romantic from the Cove. [Juanita Critch.]

Juanita Critch on Dick Nolan, Limp Bizkit, The Killers, Jimmy Buffett, and Kanye West.

11.Spacey Polyrhythms. [Alison Dennis.]

Alison Dennis on the Drifters, Francis Poulenc, dios (malos), Janelle Monáe, and Counterfeit Madison.

12.A Really Happy Time. [Austin Wong.]

Austin Wong on Frankie Valli, New Order, Oasis, Lady Gaga, and Madonna.

13.Queen of the Dandom. [Libby Cudmore.]

Novelist Libby Cudmore on Men at Work, The Smiths, Tom Waits, Warren Zevon, and Steely Dan.

14.Jane Goodall and a Marshmallow. [Vivian Kotila.]

Vivian Withnail on Red Hot Chili Peppers, Howlin' Wolf, Dawes, Andrew Jackson Jihad, and Tom Lehrer.

15.My Love Is Better Than Your Love. [Anthony Oliveira.]

Anthony Oliveira on Jim Henson [as Ernie], Bonnie Tyler, Beck, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Estelle [as Garnet].

16.I’m Not Allowed to Be Mad. [Mikaela Dyke.]

Mikaela Dyke on Ray Charles, Céline Dion, Nirvana, Weezer, and Solange.

17.Euchre for the Leathery Crowd. [David Demchuk.]

Writer David Demchuk on The Carpenters, Thelma Houston, This Mortal Coil, Nina Simone, and Florence and the Machine.

18.The Nobility of Failure. [Angelo Muredda.]

Angelo Muredda on The Cranberries, Radiohead, Joanna Newsom, Pixies, and Talking Heads.

19.More Than I Have Words For. [Peter Coviello.]

Author Peter Coviello on the Jackson 5, the Mountain Goats, Sam Cooke, Los Campesinos!, and Sylvan Esso.

20.A Kind Sea Witch. [Catherine.]

Michael’s friend Catherine on Depeche Mode, Frédéric Chopin, Jimi Hendrix, Fever Ray, and The Night Terrors.

21.It Doesn’t Make Any Sense At All (And I Love That). [John Allison.]

Comics artist John Allison on Scritti Politti, Aimee Mann, The Beach Boys, The Microphones, and Tenement.

22.Horror is a Comfort to Me. [Adam Clarke.]

Podcaster Adam Clarke on Akira Ifukube, John Carpenter, Devo, Stereolab, and Goblin.

23.Fantasy Potential. [Lochin Brouillard.]

Medievalist Lochin Brouillard on Peter Gabriel, Bruno Pelletier, Malajube, Kate Bush, and Iggy Pop.

24.Invisible Shackles. [Brad Dunne.]

Novelist Brad Dunne talks about Red Hot Chili Peppers, NOFX, Joe Pass, The Beastie Boys, and Metallica.

25.Cast That Magic Circle Around You. [Melissa Beaupré.]

Melissa Beaupré, former academic, talks about Stompin’ Tom Connors, Nine Inch Nails, VNV Nation, Current 93, and A Tribe Called Red.

26.A Christmas Story. [Holiday Special.]

This Is Your Mixtape takes a little holiday break from its usual format. Michael, your steadfast host, tells the story of Christmas when he was twelve through the lens of some carols that are important to him.

27.One Song Can Reduce You. [Pete Gresser.]

Composer Pete Gresser joins Michael to discuss songs by Yazoo, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Masanori Adachi and Taro Kudo, Björk, and Anaïs Mitchell.

28.Future Nostalgia. [Dan Kois.]

Dan Kois, editor at Slate and author of several books, talks with Michael about R.E.M., Liz Phair, Yo La Tengo, Kacey Musgraves, and Lorde.

29.Millennial Microwave. [Victoria Williams.]

Soprano Victoria Williams on Mint Condition, Alanis Morissette, Giacomo Puccini, The Clark Sisters, and Anita Baker.

30.Loud in Your Head. [Claire Biddles.]

Author Claire Biddles talks about A1, Manic Street Preachers, Rufus Wainwright, The 1975, and Troye Sivan.

31.Morbid but Cool. [Sara.]

Sara (professional beer wrangler and host of the Xena: Warrior Princess podcast Warriors Bards 'n Brews) on The Rankin Family, Tori Amos, Sleater Kinney, Janelle Monáe, and Dessa.

32.Boys on a Screen or a Page. [Ryan Vance.]

Writer Ryan Vance on Talking Heads, Fiona Apple, Death Cab for Cutie, Final Fantasy/Owen Pallett, and tUnE-yArDs.

33.My Heart Beats at the Rhythm of a Double Bass. [Sarah Chamberlain.]

Canadian horror movie podcaster Sarah Chamberlain on Ursula the Sea Witch, Malice Mizer, Lamb of God, Bauhaus, and Rivers of Nihil.

34.I Want That Freedom. [Andrés N. Ordorica.]

Writer and educator Andrés N. Ordorica on Selena, Death Cab for Cutie, Beyoncé, Disclosure ft. Sam Smith, and Julia Michaels.

35.Hey Jupiter. [Pride Special.]

In this special episode, host Michael Collins takes you back to his preteen and early teen years, and talks about what it was like growing up a lonely closeted gay boy in rural Newfoundland, and how Tori Amos and the piano helped him make a sort of sense of it all.

36.One Glorious Anthem. [Derek Bolt.]

Architect, body builder, and gay porn star Derek Bolt on Annie Lennox, John Mayer, Pink, Fall Out Boy, and Röyksopp ft. Robyn.

37.A Horizon of Freedom. [Suzanne Akbari.]

Medievalist Suzanne Akbari on Cat Stevens, Blondie, David Sylvian with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Missy Elliott, and MIA.

38.The Idea of Yearning. [Ian Mathers.]

Music writer Ian Mathers on R.E.M., Mogwai, Low, SubRosa, and Bella.

39.This Infinite Chain. [Paul Dean.]

Paul Dean (writer, journalist, and co-founder of Shut Up & Sit Down) on The Pet Shop Boys, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Sandy Denny, and Jason Isbell.

40.Love Letters to Friends. [Melissa Brizuela.]

Melissa Brizuela, food enthusiast and feeler of feelings, on Ewert and the Two Dragons, NEFE, Leif Vollebekk, Rachel Sermanni, and Ewert and the Two Dragons (again).

41.A Secret Code Carved. [Michael’s Bodybuilding Song.]

Your host, Michael Collins, on the the song he chose to pose to for his bodybuilding competition.

42.A Megaphonic Holiday Special.

’Tis the season for a Mixtape special! This time, hosts and friends of the Megaphonic podcast network gather together for a Holiday party! Michael asks five of them about a song they associate with this time of year. Enjoy, and have a happy holiday! See you next year!

43.The Gwynneth That Lives. [Sam Branman.]

Sam Branman, otherwise known as Ten Yards, is a fashion designer and occasional DJ living and working in Brooklyn. He discusses Malice Mizer, Sleater Kinney, The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Bright Light Bright Light, and Carly Rae Jepsen.

44.Talk About Another World. [Marnie Breckenridge.]

Marnie Breckenridge, operatic soprano, talks about her life—and Barbra Streisand, The Call, Annie Lennox, Richard Strauss, and Philip Glass.

45.Kick It out of the Park. [Lauren O’Neal and Niko Bakulich.]

Lauren O’Neal and Niko Bakulich, hosts of the podcast Sunday School Dropouts, join Michael for a Valentine's Day special. They talk about their lives—and about King Brothers, Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, The Neighbourhood, and Niko's own music.

46.Maps Won’t Show Us Where We’re Going. [Chris Ross.]

Chris Ross, EMT and chorister, on Donna Lewis, Hawksley Workman, Immaculate Machine, Jack Ü, and Robyn.

47.A Sentient Guitar Wearing One Platform Sneaker. [Sarah Walsh.]

Sarah Walsh is a comedian, visual artist, and creator from Newfoundland who hosts The Odd Ends.

48.The Idea of a Centre. [Oriana Schwindt.]

Journalist and pocaster Oriana Schwindt on the Spice Girls, Dispatch, Radical Face, Stephen Sondheim, and Billy Bragg and Wilco.

49.All Those Lives At The Same Time. [Gary Barwin.]

Author, musician, and multimedia artist Gary Barwin [Yiddish for Pirates; Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted] on Vivaldi, Coltrane, Donkey Lopez, John Cage, and Ryan Barwin.

50.I Am Cringe But I Am Free. [Michael Collins.]

Your host, Michael Collins, gets interviewed! Michael talks about Ace of Base, Tori Amos, Massive Attack, Joanna Newsom, and Amanda Palmer.