Finding new music is hard & sucky work, so let other people do it for you. The Mix Institute, a DC music exchange group, throws parties every couple months to bring people together to share music. Founders Alex Westerfield and Drew Gardner, two twenty-something music lovers, used to attend similar exchange parties in college, and thought, "Hey, why not do this in DC?"
The premise is simple. You sign up to a Mix Institute party, make a playlist of songs, find out how many people are showing up and make a CD copy for each of them. Burning the CDs is a bit time consuming, but it's worth it -- you end up walking away with 25 different mixes.
You can put whatever you want on your CDs (Mix Institute co-founder Westerfield had Erykah Badu, The Liars, De La Soul and The Boredoms on one of his past mixes), and you get a chance to talk about your favorite music.
The next Mix Institute party is on March 28, at Westerfield's house. [Mix Institute]