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2008 mix: a horrible thought

1. Most people downloaded the mix rather than asking for CDs this year. It appears the long-foretold mainstreaming of digital music is finally upon us. (Of course, now I’m stuck with a stack of CDs.)

2. Most people seem to use the execrable iTunes.

3. When you import the mix into the execrable iTunes, it completely scrambles it — won’t play it in order. And of course, song order is crucial.

Damn you iTunes.

2008 mix

The 2008 mix is here, a bit late but no worse for wear. You can see the set list here.

As always, the easiest way to get it is to download the torrent. It’s a two-step process:

1. Install this program.
2. Click this link.


(Previous years’ mixes can be found here.)

If you prefer, you can download the mix directly via Dropbox.

And finally, as always, if you’d like a CD send me your address and I’ll mail you one. (Really, even you.) I’ve got a stack of CDs and a stack of padded envelopes — don’t let them go to waste. I need the good karma.

Meanwhile, this is how to fight with a lightsaber:

2007 mix

It’s a few weeks late, but the Realish Mix 2007 is here. I’d love to give you a copy.

If you want to download it via bittorrent, you can here. You’ll need a bittorrent client (like this one).

If you don’t feel comfortable using bittorrent (which is, I promise, fast, easy, and free), you can download the mix directly from Dropbox.

If you’re old-fashioned and want a CD, just send me your address and I’ll drop one in the mail. “Even me?” you ask. “But I barely know you.” Yeah, you too. Think of it as me paying general karmic debts accrued during my unfortunate 15-30 years. I have a stack of CDs, a stack of envelopes, and a book of stamps. Just say the word.

Contact me at realish ]at[ gmail ]dot[ com.


2006 mix

The 2006 mix is here! It’s good. You want a copy. I want to give you a copy. Let’s work together.

Here are some ways you can get it:

1. The Old-Fashioned Way: Snail Mail

If you still enjoy listening to actual, physical CDs — say, in your car or home stereo system — I will happily mail you one. As always, I spent quite a bit of time putting it together, and my heart swells with pride at the thought of you carrying it with you through the years, showing it to your children, having it placed in your coffin next to you, that sort of thing.

Just email me your physical address — realish [at] — with the subject line, “Dave, man, you rule. Really.”

However. If you’re a modern sort, and listen to music only on your iPod or other mp3 player, and intend to rip the CD immediately to your computer, let me urge you: don’t. The music will then have been encoded and compressed and re-encoded and re-compressed, leaving you with crappy, low-quality files.

You deserve better. You deserve high-quality mp3s. If you just want mp3s, please see delivery methods 2-5, below.

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2005 mix

The 2005 year-end music mix is here. Wo0t!

If you would like a copy of it on CD, for yourself or a friend, email me at realish [at]

If you only plan to rip the CD onto your iPod, don’t. Some of the songs were encoded from mp3, and if you re-encode them to mp3, they will sound like crap. You can get the high-quality mp3s directly.

To download the entire mix as one big zip file, go here. [UPDATE: this link no longer works.]

To download the mix via bittorrent (encouraged), you’ll need a bittorrent client. A very easy-to-use, easy-to-set-up client can be found here.

Once your client is set up, just go here, click “download the torrent,” and tell it where to save the mix.

If you happen to be a member of the Oink bittorrent community, you can also download the mix here. [UPDATE: This link no longer works either.]

[UPDATE: You can now download the mix directly via Dropbox.]

If you run into problems or have any questions, email me. And of course I’d love to hear your feedback about the music.