Lucas Grubbs is the winner of The Record Exchange Record Store Day Mixtape Contest!

If you want a legitimate shot at winning the contest next year, look at the photo above and take notes. Lucas’ mix, titled “A Little Atomic Bomb,” is a museum-quality example of the mixtape as art. Lucas placed his CD in a recycled record sleeve (with the record still in it), wrapped it in yarn and filled the accompanying notebook with comprehensive musings on the track list, the art and craft of making a mix tape and his love of music in general.

And then there’s the mix itself: Bukowski reading his poetry, indie rock, hip-hop, country, good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, weird and wonderful randomness … This is the stuff of refined taste, studious listening and a deep record collection, meticulously mixed with continuity and listenability in mind.

You can hear “A Little Atomic Bomb,” along with runner-up Rachael Balstad‘s “The Melange-a-Trois,” this afternoon at The Record Exchange. Happy Record Store Day!

Thanks to everyone who entered a mix — the variety of music and themes far exceeded our expectations. And a special thank you to Boise Weekly A&E Editor Amy Atkins for helping us vote!

“A Little Atomic Bomb” track list:

1. “A Little Atomic Bomb,” Charles Bukowski
2. “30 Gallon Tank,” Spoon
3. “Liquid Swords,” Genius/GZA
4. “Bird Flu,” M.I.A.
5. “Grammar of Life,” Charles Bukowski
6. “When You Sleep,” My Bloody Valentine
7. “Your Ice Cream is Ready,” Mocket
8. “Disappearing Ink,” Deerhunter
9. Reading from Evelyn Waugh’s “Brideshead Revisited,” Mark Davidson
10. “Negative Creep,” Nirvana
11. “Rejoice and Asunder,” Charles Bukowski
12. “Hey Good Lookin’,” Hank Williams
13. “I See a Darkness,” Bonnie “Prince” Billy
14. “Southtown Girls,” The Hold Steady
15. “Bad,” Charles Bukowski
16. “VCR,” The xx
17. “Brakhage,” Stereolab
18. “Yeti,” Josh Mattoon
19. “We Followed Girls,” Old Crow Medicine Show
20. “Tougher Than the Rest,” Bruce Springsteen
21. “Narration #3,” Merle Haggard
22. “Rock Island Line,” Johnny Cash
23. “(New Wave) Polly,” Yacht
24. “Alala,” CSS
25. “R Coloring,” Benoit Pioulard
26. “Electronic Renaissance,” Belle and Sebastian
27. “Hallelujah,” Jeff Buckley
28. “The Final Sound,” The Cure

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