This Is Your Mixtape

This Is Your Mixtape
What five songs describe your life?

41. A Secret Code Carved. [Michael’s Bodybuilding Song.]
Dec 4 • 15 min
Your host, Michael Collins, on the the song he chose to pose to for his bodybuilding competition.
40. Love Letters to Friends. [Melissa Brizuela.]
Oct 29 • 70 min
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).
39. This Infinite Chain. [Paul Dean.]
Sep 23 • 79 min
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.
38. The Idea of Yearning. [Ian Mathers.]
Aug 20 • 78 min
Music writer Ian Mathers on R.E.M., Mogwai, Low, SubRosa, and Bella.
37. A Horizon of Freedom. [Suzanne Akbari.]
Jul 23 • 71 min
Medievalist Suzanne Akbari on Cat Stevens, Blondie, David Sylvian with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Missy Elliott, and MIA.
36. One Glorious Anthem. [Derek Bolt.]
Jul 11 • 71 min
Architect, body builder, and gay porn star Derek Bolt on Annie Lennox, John Mayer, Pink, Fall Out Boy, and Röyksopp ft. Robyn.
35. Hey Jupiter. [Pride Special.]
Jun 30 • 14 min
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…
34. I Want That Freedom. [Andrés N. Ordorica.]
Jun 13 • 75 min
Writer and educator Andrés N. Ordorica on Selena, Death Cab for Cutie, Beyoncé, Disclosure ft. Sam Smith, and Julia Michaels.
33. My Heart Beats at the Rhythm of a Double Bass. [Sarah Chamberlain.]
May 18 • 78 min
Canadian horror movie podcaster Sarah Chamberlain on Ursula the Sea Witch, Malice Mizer, Lamb of God, Bauhaus, and Rivers of Nihil.
32. Boys on a Screen or a Page. [Ryan Vance.]
Apr 25 • 75 min
Writer Ryan Vance on Talking Heads, Fiona Apple, Death Cab for Cutie, Final Fantasy/Owen Pallett, and tUnE-yArDs.3
31. Morbid but Cool. [Sara.]
Apr 8 • 66 min
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.
30. Loud in Your Head. [Claire Biddles.]
Mar 25 • 72 min
Author Claire Biddles talks about A1, Manic Street Preachers, Rufus Wainwright, The 1975, and Troye Sivan.
29. Millennial Microwave. [Victoria Williams.]
Mar 8 • 77 min
Soprano Victoria Williams on Mint Condition, Alanis Morissette, Giacomo Puccini, The Clark Sisters, and Anita Baker.
28. Future Nostalgia. [Dan Kois.]
Feb 15 • 77 min
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.
27. One Song Can Reduce You. [Pete Gresser.]
Jan 14 • 79 min
Composer Pete Gresser joins Michael to discuss songs by Yazoo, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Masanori Adachi and Taro Kudo, Björk, and Anaïs Mitchell.
26. A Christmas Story. [Holiday Special.]
Dec 23, 2018 • 15 min
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. It’s a story about encountering mortality,…
25. Cast That Magic Circle Around You. [Melissa Beaupré.]
Dec 12, 2018 • 79 min
Melissa Beaupré, former academic, talks about Stompin’ Tom Connors, Nine Inch Nails, VNV Nation, Current 93, and A Tribe Called Red.
24. Invisible Shackles. [Brad Dunne.]
Nov 28, 2018 • 73 min
Novelist Brad Dunne talks about Red Hot Chili Peppers, NOFX, Joe Pass, The Beastie Boys, and Metallica.
23. Fantasy Potential. [Lochin Brouillard.]
Nov 14, 2018 • 75 min
Medievalist Lochin Brouillard on Peter Gabriel, Bruno Pelletier, Malajube, Kate Bush, and Iggy Pop.
22. Horror is a Comfort to Me. [Adam Clarke.]
Oct 26, 2018 • 79 min
Podcaster Adam Clarke on Akira Ifukube, John Carpenter, Devo, Stereolab, and Goblin.
21. It Doesn’t Make Any Sense At All (And I Love That). [John Allison.]
Oct 10, 2018 • 74 min
Comics artist John Allison on Scritti Politti, Aimee Mann, The Beach Boys, The Microphones, and Tenement.
20. A Kind Sea Witch. [Catherine.]
Sep 30, 2018 • 64 min
Michael’s friend Catherine on Depeche Mode, Frédéric Chopin, Jimi Hendrix, Fever Ray, and The Night Terrors.
19. More Than I Have Words For. [Peter Coviello.]
Sep 7, 2018 • 73 min
Author Peter Coviello on the Jackson 5, the Mountain Goats, Sam Cooke, Los Campesinos!, and Sylvan Esso.
18. The Nobility of Failure. [Angelo Muredda.]
Aug 24, 2018 • 78 min
Angelo Muredda on The Cranberries, Radiohead, Joanna Newsom, Pixies, and Talking Heads.
17. Euchre for the Leathery Crowd. [David Demchuk.]
Aug 1, 2018 • 68 min
Writer David Demchuk on The Carpenters, Thelma Houston, This Mortal Coil, Nina Simone, and Florence and the Machine—and on monsters, gay Winnipeg in the 70s, AIDS, the relentless task of mourning, and playing euchre with leather daddies while the Hells…
16. I’m Not Allowed to Be Mad. [Mikaela Dyke.]
Jul 17, 2018 • 79 min
Mikaela Dyke is an actor and writer from St. John’s currently working as an artistic producer with Circlesnake Productions, a Toronto indie theatre company known for their experimental genre shows. Her solo shows, Dying Hard and Epic Pitch, have toured…
15. My Love Is Better Than Your Love. [Anthony Oliveira (@meakoopa).]
Jun 28, 2018 • 79 min
Anthony Oliveira is a writer, cultural commentator, and trash raccoon with a PhD. He can be found on Twitter at @meakoopa, where he tweets (incessantly) about the arts, politics, and LGBTQ culture, or on his podcast, The Devil’s Party, where he’s giving…
14. Jane Goodall and a Marshmallow. [Vivian Kotila.]
Jun 18, 2018 • 78 min
Vivian Withnail on Red Hot Chili Peppers, Howlin’ Wolf, Dawes, Andrew Jackson Jihad, and Tom Lehrer—and on discovering your identity, the joy of bad movies, dealing with grief, what makes humanity redeemable, and the fun side of nuclear holocaust.
13. Queen of the Dandom. [Libby Cudmore.]
Jun 1, 2018 • 74 min
Novelist Libby Cudmore joins Michael to discuss Men at Work, The Smiths, Tom Waits, Warren Zevon, and Steely Dan—and Star Wars, being a goth before Hot Topic, discovering crime fiction, friend breakups, and vinyl addiction.
12. A Really Happy Time. [Austin Wong.]
May 17, 2018 • 76 min
Austin Wong on Frankie Valli, New Order, Oasis, Lady Gaga, and Madonna.
11. Spacey Polyrhythms. [Alison Dennis.]
Apr 27, 2018 • 68 min
Alison Dennis on the Drifters, Francis Poulenc, dios (malos), Janelle Monáe, and Counterfeit Madison.
10. The Romantic from the Cove. [Juanita Critch.]
Apr 14, 2018 • 65 min
Juanita Critch on Dick Nolan, Limp Bizkit, The Killers, Jimmy Buffett, and Kanye West.
9. I Am Still Here. [Kari Bentley-Quinn.]
Apr 1, 2018 • 79 min
Kari Bentley-Quinn on The Monkees, Tori Amos, Britney Spears, Joanna Newsom, and St. Vincent.
8. The Precarity is the World. [Beth Martin.]
Mar 14, 2018 • 68 min
Beth Martin on Enya, Björk, Animal Collective, Philip Glass, and Anohni.
7. Music is Sublimated Desire. [Drew Brown.]
Feb 28, 2018 • 73 min
Drew Brown is a freelance writer living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He grew up in Grand Falls-Windsor, a small town in Central Newfoundland. Once upon a time he was a PhD candidate in political science, writing a dissertation about affect theory and the…
6. Not Like Me. [Ned Raggett.]
Feb 16, 2018 • 71 min
Ned Raggett on Kermit the Frog, Madonna, The Veldt, Marc Almond, and Tracey Thorn.
5. Queer Curation. [Michael Lee Richardson.]
Jan 15, 2018 • 74 min
Michael Lee Richardson on The Little Mermaid, the Spice Girls, Patrick Wolf, Girls Aloud, and Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj.
4. Mustachioed Persona. [Paul Fowler.]
Dec 8, 2017 • 57 min
Paul Fowler on Willie Nelson and Ray Charles, Savage Garden, Metallica, Captain Beefheart, and The Mystery Lights.
3. Lush, Vivid, and Strange. [Anna Wilson.]
Nov 20, 2017 • 75 min
Anna Wilson on Paul Simon, The Doors, Sufjan Stevens, Regina Spektor, and Hamilton.
2. Dramatic Fantasies. [Nadia Halim.]
Nov 7, 2017 • 73 min
Community organizer Nadia Halim on Pete Seeger, Duran Duran, Matthew Sweet, Andrew Bird, and Alvvays.
1. The Sublime in the Everyday. [Chris Piuma.]
Oct 31, 2017 • 80 min
Musician and podcaster Chris Piuma on the Beatles, Ed’s Redeeming Qualities, John Cage, Celesteville, and Julius Eastman.
0. Coming Soon.
Oct 11, 2017 • 2 min
What was your favourite song when you were a kid? a teen? a young adult? Each episode, Michael asks a guest to describe their lives through five songs.
This Is Your Mixtape Episode Guide.
Oct 1, 2017