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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
(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:
- What are the sounds of Rage in Highland Park?
- Share a protest song from the barrio.
- Take a chord from the transportation blues.
- They're always glad you came, where everybody knows your name....
Contest Rules & Guidelines:
- 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!