Highland Park Mixtape Contest

This contest is closed. Thank you to all who submitted; we received a great mix of songs inspired by Highland Park that reflect the eclectic neighborhood. Click here to check out the winners on the final mixtape.

Musicians have always written about place, and Highland Park-based band Artichoke is no different - they devoted an entire album to "Historic Highland Park." The album covers Highland Park's history and unique characters with songs about Charles Lummis, gentrification, and even trash day.

Inspired by their charming ode to place, Departures is creating a Highland Park mixtape—and we need tracks from you. Send us the name of a song (with URL from YouTube, if it exists) that reminds you of Highland Park, or even better, an original song. Include a 1-2 sentence explanation for a chance to win a copy of Artichoke's "Historic Highland Park" album, or the grand prize-- a $50 gift certificate to Wombleton Records in Highland Park. To sweeten the pot, Wombleton is offering a $5 off coupon (good for purchases $20 & up) to anyone who submits!

After the deadline seven winners will be selected with the grand prize decided at random to complete our 10-track mixtape, see below for contest details. Deadline: January 15, 2012

To Enter, submit via email to departures@kcet.org, as a comment on our Facebook page, or through Twitter including hashtag #HPMixtape with your explanation. We've started the playlist below with three tracks to give you some ideas. These songs either loosely refer to Highland Park as with Eleanor Friedberger's "Inn of the Seventh Ray," or explicitly dedicate its verses to the neighborhood.


  1. Roland Alphonso's "Lawless Street" submitted by @PonchoHipster
  2. Violent Femmes' "Waiting For A Bus" submitted by Kevin Kleinhans
  3. The Strokes' "I'll Try Anything Once" submitted by @PonchoHipster
  4. Season's "Eagle Fighting Zebra" submitted by Maryam Hosseinzdeh
  5. Arthur Lee's "Be Thankful for What You've Got" submitted by Melissa Castellano
  6. Rage Against the Machine's 1st Public Performance submitted by Suzette Brillantes
  7. Kid Frost's "La Raza (Remix - Instrumental" submitted by Jonathan Maghen
  8. YACHT's "Psychic City (Voodoo City)" submitted by Steffen Schlactenhaufen
  9. Matthewdavid's "Noche y Dia / San Raphael" submitted by Gabriel Reyes
  10. The Minutemen's "Corona" submitted by Kevin Kleinhans
  11. Frank Fairfield's  "Sweet Milky Peaches" submitted by Gabriel Chabran
  12. Jackson Browne's "Lawless Avenues" submitted by Departures & Kevin Kleinhans
  13. Original Poem w/ Malo's "Just Say Goodbye" submitted by Amir Terrazas
  14. Chicago's "Saturday In The Park" submitted by Gabriel Reyes
  15. Rosie and the Originals' "Angel Baby" submitted by Alberto Brian Vega
  16. X's "See How We Are" submitted by Kevin Kleinhans
  17. War's "Lowrider" submitted by Linda Graveline
  18. 8-bit's "HLP" submitted by @chimalti & Maryam Hosseinzdeh
  19. 4 Non Blonde's "What's Up" submitted by @Kathy_Writer
  20. Cypress Hill's "Latin Lingo" submitted by Kevin Kleinhans
  21. Pete Brown & Piblokto's "Highland Song" submitted by Gabriel Reyes

(Click here for direct playlist page to see list of submissions)

For those who have never been or heard of Highland Park, check out our Departures: Highland Park series. Below are a list of prompts based on our Highland Park hotspots to help motivate your song submission:

"Historic Highland Park" by Artichoke

Contest Rules & Guidelines:

  • Submissions must adhere to KCET.org's Terms of Use. No excess cussing, verbal abuse, settling of old neighborhood scores, etc.
  • All submissions must include a 1-2 sentence explanation for their entry.
  • If you are submitting an original song, please use either MP3, AIFF, or WAV formats.
  • Non-original submissions must include artist name, proper song title, and album.
  • One submission per person only. Do not include more than one track.
  • KCET employees are not eligible, nor are members of their families.
  • If you have questions about this contest, leave them in the comments field below.

Make sure to share this contest page with your friends and come back to find out which tracks made the cut. Best of luck!


December 10th: En Plein Air in El Segundo


Announcing the Winners of the Highland Park Mixtape Contest