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Yes, we have about a dozen Valentines mixtapes at your downloading disposal. And why not? There are two ways to go about this. Eff the V-day noise, or romance it without selling your soul to Russel Stover. Everyone knows the best way to stick it to Hallmark is a half-decent mixtape, but a truly gifted Valentines Mixtape takes taste, and who's got that? Luckily most of our friends, it turns out.

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For those of you with a scrolling impediment, all the goods are up top. If you're one for “tracklists” and knowing who wrote “The Longest Time” or “Abusua Nnye Asafo,” just click the linked name of the person who compiled the tape, and it'll transport you down the page like a magic love boat.

Future Islands’ Valentine’s Day Mix for Friends: “Dedicated to our friends!” Download it here.

John Atkinson of Big A little a's vdAay mix: “These songs have all given me a lot of pleasure, personal meaning, and general wisdom about the nature of love in recent months/years.” Download sides Aa and Bb.

Shawn Reed of Night People and Wet Hair's scorched vinyl-to-tape-to-mp3 mix:“For the Girl of the North Country and all lonesome winter days.” Download side A and B.

Bluebrain: Wrote us a full set! Download the mp3 here.

Cyrus Lubin of Famous Class and Boogie Boarder: “Dedicated to Clair Huxtable.” Download it here.

Visions of Trees mix: Dedicated “to Tina from Joni and to Jim from Sara with much love.” Download it here.

Pete Dinowalrus' V-Day sleaze-o-rama mix 2010: “In memory of Farrah Fawcett.” Download it here.

Pop Jew's mix: “Dedicated to the cute boy in my office that I'm too nervous to talk to.” Download it here.

Andrya Ambro of Talk Normal: Dedicated “to all those who've not 'known' love, or at least in the ways these songs crack it up to be. Hold on people. Love will find you.” Download it here.

Kaz of PWRFL Power and Half Yogurt Records: Dedicated to “Anthony-Kate”. Download it here.

Total Slacker: Download it here.

And why not some extra dedications:

Mark Denardo from Graffiti Monsters: Dedicates “Dead Dog” by Graffiti Monsters to Baybee Teeth.

O.J. from Xray Eyeballs: Dedicates “Meat Step Lively” by Thee Oh Sees to Carly Rab.

Tracklist info:

Future Islands’ Valentine’s Day Mix for Friends (Total Running Time 1hr. 32min.)

We decided to ask a bunch of friends what their favorite love song or Valentine's Day mix song was. The few songs that don't list a name next to them indicate songs that we chose. (Sorry to anyone who submitted songs that didn't show up on here!) Love, William, Gerrit, and Sam.

01 To Be Loved – Jackie Wilson (Chelsy West)
02 Bewitched – Beat Happening
03 Break Down – Mariah Carey & Bone Thugs N Harmony (Kymia Nawabi)
04 Light of Love – Bonnie Dobson (Corey Allender)
05 Can We Pretend – Bill Withers (Brett Yale)
06 May It Always Be – Bonnie “Prince” Billy (Matt Stone)
07 I Want You Around (Soundtrack version)- The Ramones (Leslie Evans)
08 No Substitutes – Shivvers (Jon Ehrens)
09 I Loves You Porgy – Sun Ra (Bettina Richards)
10 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (live) – Otis Redding (Stephany Dunstan, Mike Dillon & Shaun Flynn)
11 Right Down the Line – Gerry Rafferty
12 The Mayor of Simpleton – XTC (Chris Tipton)
13 Within Your Reach – The Replacements (Nathan Price)
14 Babe, You Turn Me On – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (Monique Crabb)
15 I’ll Come Running to Tie Your Shoes – Brian Eno (Ashley Jenkins)
16 Just Like Heaven – The Cure (Travis Egedy)
17 I’ve Just Seen a Face – The Beatles (John Jernigan)
18 Say Yes – Elliot Smith (Peter O’Connell)
19 They Can't Take That Away From Me – Peggy Lee (Kim Dupuis)
20 All I Have to Do is Dream – The Everly Brothers (Robin Moenich)
21 Stardust – Hoagy Carmichael (Vince Carmody)
22 The Dark Side of the Street – James Carr
23 Cigarettes and Coffee – Otis Redding
24 Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe – Barry White (Nancy McCann)
25 Dreams Come True Girl – Cass McCombs (Elena Johnston)
26 I’m Sticking With You – The Velvet Underground

John Atkinson of Big A little a's vdAay mix tracklist

Download sides Aa and Bb.

Side A:
01 Dedicated to the One I Love – The Shirelles
02 Hounds of Love – Kate Bush
03 Promise – Ciara ft. R. Kelly
04 Honey Hi – Fleetwood Mac
05 Fair Play – Van Morrison
06 Leave a Tender Moment Alone – Billy Joel
07 You, Baby – The Ronettes
08 Rockin That Shit – The Dream (Chopped & Screwed by OG Ron C)
09 Sketch for Summer – Durutti Column

Side B:
01 The Longest Time – Billy Joel
02 This Magic Moment – Lou Reed
03 Devotion – Electrik Red
04 Strangers When We Meet – David Bowie
05 Your Girl – Mariah Carey
06 In Love With You – Paradise
07 Better – Guns 'n Roses
08 Slave To Love – Little Jimmy Scott

Shawn Reed of Night People and Wet Hair's scorched vinyl to tape to mp3 mix

“This mixed is pretty torched as suspected. Laid out and blown out straight from the tape itself. Made from vinyl sources dubbed to used cassette transferred to digital.” Download side A and B.

Side A:
01 Psychic TV- the Orchids
02 Tall Dwarfs- the Slide
03 Tee Pee- Your Majesty
04 Pink Reason- Winona
05 The Chills- Pink Frost
06 The Byrds- For Me Again
07 Buddy Holly- Words of Love
08 The Vaselines- No Hope
09 Spacemen 3- These Blues
10 Lou Reed- Street Hassel
11 Sex Church- Dead End

Side B:
01 Strapping Fieldhands- Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)
02 Scrotum Poles- Put An End To It All
03 The Pheromoans- I'm Through With Wedgie Cubist
04 The Ooga Boogas- Fannie Mae
05 The Shop Assistants- Somewhere in China
06 My Bloody Valentine- She Loves You Less
07 Television Personalities- Magnificent Dreams
08 The Kinks- Waterloo Sunset
09 John Lennon- Jealous Guy
10 Michael Hurley- Light Green Fellow
11 Eat Skull- Oregon Dreaming
12 Pisces- Sam
13 The Terminals- Black Creek
14 Ela Orleans- Lost
15 Carl Simmons- I May Be Uncertain

Cyrus Lubin of Famous Class and Boogie Boarder tracklist. Download it here</a>.

01 El zacamandu – Los Camperos de Valles
02 Welfare Bread – King Khan and The Shrines
03 I Want To Hold Your Hand – Al Green
04 The Game Warden – Huxtables
05 Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World – The Ramones
06 I Don't Mind – The Who
07 Egyptian Shumba (Unrel. Version) – The Tammys
08 Fallow You – Future Islands
09 Abusua Nnye Asafo – African Brothers Dance Band
10 Dracula's Wedding (Featuring Kelis) – Outkast
11 Bad Bad Bad Feat. Keyshia Cole – Gucci Mane

Visions of Trees mix: Dedicated “to Tina from Joni and to Jim from Sara with much love.” Download the mp3 here.

01 Icarus – White Hinterland
02 Kissability – Sonic Youth
03 At A Glance (Toro Y Moi Remix) – Body Language
04 Sugar Hiccups – The Cocteau Twins
05 Alone Again Or – Love
06 We Want Your Things – Nite Jewel
07 Anna – Taken By Trees
08 Jealous Guy – John Lennon
09 Baby – jj
10 Hide Me – The Golden Filter
11 Luv Goon – Pearl Harbor
12 Bartender – Earthmen And Strangers

Pop Jew's mix: “Dedicated to the cute boy in my office that I'm too nervous to talk to.” Download it here.

01 For You – The Beets
02 Almost Ready – The Normals
03 Montreal – The Wedding Present
04 What You Do To Me – Teenage Fanclub
05 Lust For Life – Girls
06 Peacock and Wing – The Fresh & Onlys
07 If You Can Hold My Hand (you can be my man) – Rare Form
08 Don't Ask Me To Explain – Of Montreal
09 Back of my Hand – Jags
10 Any Time At All – The Beatles
11 Blackout Summer – Christmas Island
12 She's Got Everything – The Kinks
13 Ha Ha Holiday – White Wires
14 Atlantis – Box Elders
15 I Know I Know – Nobunny
16 Dirty Hands – Black Lips
17 Can't Say No – Thomas Function
18 Wild Weekend – German Measles
19 Bastard In Love – Black Flag
20 When U Love Somebody – Fruit Bats
21 Ping Pong Rock – So Cow
22 Basketball Kids – Makeout Videotape
23 Seeing Other People – Belle & Sebastian
24 The Flash – From Bubblegum To Sky
25 Everything With You – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
26 Good to Be – The Magic Kids

Andrya Ambro of Talk Normal: Dedicated “to all those who've not 'known' love, or at least in the ways these songs crack it up to be. Hold on people. Love will find you.” Download it here.

01 Come and Get This Stuff – Syreeta Wright
02 Take Me Home With You – Baby – Jessie Mae Hemphill
03 Cleo – Abner Jay
04 You Make Loving Fun – Fleetwood Mac
05 It's Raining – Irma Thomas
06 Nervous Guy – Icky Boyfriends
07 She Brings The Rain – CAN
08 You've Got My Mind Messed Up – James Carr
09 In Love – The Raincoats
10 I'm Your Man, Leonard Cohen
11 Be Real Black For Me – Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
12 I'll Come Running – Brian Eno
13 Hang On To Your Love – Sade
14 River Deep-Mountain High – Ike and Tina Turner
15 Medley: It's All Right / For Sentimental Reasons – Sam Cooke
16 Love Buzz – Shocking Blue
17 Love You Down – Me'Shell Ndegéocello

Kaz of PWRFL Power and Half Yogurt Records: Dedicated to “Anthony-Kate”. Download it here.

01 Ed Askew- All That Beauty There
02 Spencer Moody – Fake Blues
03 Dennis Driscoll – She's so Beautiful
04 Cap Lori – I wanna be a man
05 Generifus – Back Then So far

Total Slacker's mixtape tracklist: Download it here.

01 Sing Song Waitress – Sic Alps
02 Feel It All Around – Washed Out
03 He Hit Me – The Crystals
04 Moms Web Dating Again – Chat Room
05 – Yippy – Prints
06 Heart of Chambers – Beach House
07 Moon Pools – Chat Room
08 It Takes Two – Marvin Gaye

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