Spring break recovery mixtape

As students, we are naturally inclined to want to relax or blow off a little steam after weeks of hellish midterms. Some of us like to party, while others prefer to stay in watching entire seasons of their favourite television shows with hot mugs of tea. Although we wish we could do anything but look at a textbook, we are faced with the ominous reality that we have mountains of readings to get through before the week’s end.

Couldn’t decide whether to dance the night away or bury your face in books? To acknowledge the Party Patty you’ve recently been, Side A is filled with happy fun-time tracks that are sure to make you forget about school for the week. Now that you’re back to being a Studious Sam, flip over to Side B for a calming selection of tracks that will help you get back on that study grind. Enjoy!


SIDE A: Party hardy on Spring Break

  1. Beastie Boys – “Fight For Your Right” – Licensed to Ill 
  2. The Kooks – “Always Where I Need to Be” – Konk
  3. Chromeo – “Bonafied Lovin’” – Fancy Footwork
  4. Franz Ferdinand – “Do You Want To” – You Could Have It So Much Better
  5. The Strokes – “You Only Live Once” – First Impressions of Earth
  6. The Vaccines – “Norgaard”- What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
  7. Missy Elliot – “Pass That Dutch”- This Is Not A Test!
  8. Arctic Monkeys – “Dancing Shoes”- Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
  9. Julian Casablancas, Santogold, Pharrell Williams – “My Drive Thru” – Welcome To Converse
  10. The Rolling Stones – “Get Off Of My Cloud” – December’s Children (And Everybody’s) 


SIDE B: The study grind

  1. The Beatles – “Mother Nature’s Son” – The White Album 
  2. Trevor Hall – “Well I Say…” – This Is Blue
  3. Pink Floyd – “Us and Them” – The Dark Side of the Moon
  4. Benjamin Francis Leftwich – “Atlas Hands” – Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm
  5. Fleetwood Mac – “Never Going Back Again” – Rumours
  6. Jack Johnson – “Belle” – In Between Dreams
  7. Modest Mouse – “Perfect Disguise” – The Moon & Antarctica
  8. Andre 3000 – “Vibrate” – The Love Below
  9. Timber Timbre – “We’ll Find Out” – Timber Timbre
  10. The Fray – “Ungodly Hour” – The Fray   

Weekly Mixtape: Valentine’s Day

It happens once a year. Shops and public places are draped in hues of pinks and reds. Chocolates shaped like hearts and roses adorn shelves. Happy couples hang onto each other, while florists rake in the profits. Some people’s hearts swoon at the thought of St. Valentine’s Day, while others feel sick at the very mention of Cupid’s shenanigans.

This mixtape has a little something for everyone. Are you a lover? Side A is filled with some pretty little gems sure to feed your emotional appetite.
Bad break up? Bitterly or happily single? Just hate Valentine’s Day? Side B may be the better place for you to chill, and maybe fill the void left by the flying man in the diaper who didn’t visit you this year.
So unwrap those chocolates and chalky message hearts, pour some wine, and enjoy the sweet sounds of love, anger, and emotional heartbreak.

Side A – For all the lovers

1. Maroon 5 – “She Will Be Loved” – Songs About Jane
2. U2 – “Sweetest Thing” – Where The Streets Have No Name
3. Ed Sheeran – “Wake me up”- +
4. Coldplay – “Green Eyes” – A Rush of Blood To The Head
5. The Temper Trap – “Sweet Disposition” – Conditions
6. Iron & Wine – “Such Great Heights” – Single
7. Aqualung – “Brighter than Sunshine” – Still Life
8. The Fray – “You Found Me” – The Fray
9. Jason Mraz – “I Won’t Give Up” – Love is a Four Letter Word
10. Lana Del Rey – “Video Games” – Born to Die

Side B – Anti-Valentine

1. Adele – “Someone Like You” – 21
2. Gavin Degraw – “Not Over You” – Sweeter
3. Of Monsters and Men – “Love, Love, Love” – My Head is an Animal
4. Maroon 5 – “Misery” – Hands All Over
5. John Mayer – “Dreaming With a Broken Heart” – Continuum
6. Alanis Morissette – “You Oughta Know” – Jagged Little Pill
7. Lily Allen – “Smile” – Alright, Still
8. Justin Timberlake – “Cry Me a River”- Justified
9. Big Brother and the Holding Company – “Take Another Little Piece of My Heart”- Cheap Thrills
10. Sara Bareilles – “King of Anything” – Kaleidoscope Heart


Weekly Mixtape: Handling the cold

Normally, the weather is a topic of conversation reserved for old ladies and cashiers. These days, however, it seems to be all anyone knows how to talk about; and with good reason. Last week our city was hit with some of its coldest days in nearly three years. Cars weren’t starting, people were getting frostbite, trains were stalled and there were complaints aplenty. This week’s mix aims to acknowledge the fact that, yes, we’re all freezing our butts off. On the other hand, it also helps to remind us that nothing is stopping us from pretending that it’s summer. Once you make it through Side A’s songs that evoke the biting cold, either lyrically or musically, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy Side B’s feel-good summer warmth. Continuous above-zero temperatures may be months away, but if you imagine hard enough, this freeze is already on its way out the door.


Side A: Okay, It’s Cold as #$*% Outside

1. Walk the Moon – “Shiver Shiver” – Walk the Moon

2. Robot Koch ft. John LaMonica – “Nitesky” – The Other Side

3. Half Moon Run – “Full Circle” – Dark Eyes

4. Mumford and Sons – “Ghosts that We Knew” – Babel

5. Snow Patrol – “Those Distant Bells” – Fallen Empires

6. Switchfoot – “Twenty-Four” – Beautiful Letdown

7. Freelance Whales – “Kilojoules” – Weathervanes

8. Miike Snow – “Silvia” – Miike Snow

9. Breaking Benjamin – “So Cold” – We’re Not Alone Here

10. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – “Hand Covers Bruise” – The Social Network


Side B: The Musical Equivalent of Hot Cocoa

1. The Go! Team – “Huddle Formation” – Thunder, Lightning, Strike

2. MGMT – “Kids” – We (Don’t) Care

3. The Kooks – “Seaside” – Inside In/Inside Out

4. Empire of the Sun – “Walking on a Dream” – Walking on a Dream

5. The Zutons – “Always Right Behind You” – You Can Do Anything

6. fun. – “All The Pretty Girls” – Aim and Ignite

7. Hot Hot Heat – “Middle of Nowhere” – Elevator

8. OK Go – “You’re So Damn Hot” – OK Go

9. Beck – “Gamma Ray” – Modern Guilt

10. Ed Sheeran – “Gold Rush” – +


Mixtape: The Oscars Through the Ages

With the 2013 Oscar nominations having just been announced, tabloids, movie enthusiasts, and all-of-a-sudden film lovers everywhere are making bets on who will take home the most prestigious golden statue of a little man this planet has to offer. While the legitimacy of the fairness and objectiveness of the proceedings is disputed each and every year, one thing holds true despite all the flak: the Academy Awards acknowledge some really, really, really incredible movies. And what is bound to accompany said noteworthy films? Some equally noteworthy music, of course. Whether it’s our beloved Pinocchio’s “When You Wish Upon a Star” or the more recent “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” a classic is born each year with the crowning of “Best Song.”

SIDE A: Oldies but goodies: pre-2000

1. “Over the Rainbow” – The Wizard of Oz – 1939

2. “When You Wish Upon A Star” – Pinocchio – 1940

3. “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” – Song of the South – 1947

4. “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – 1969

6. “Fame” – Fame – 1980

7. “Flashdance … What A Feeling” – Flashdance – 1983

8. “(I’ve Had) The Time of my Life” – Dirty Dancing – 1987

9. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – The Lion King – 1994

10. “My Heart Will Go On” – Titanic – 1997


SIDE B: The millennials

11. “If I Didn’t Have You” – Monsters, Inc. – 2001

12. “Lose Yourself” – 8 Mile – 2002

13. “Into the West” – Lord of the Rings: Return of the King – 2003

14. “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” – Hustle & Flow – 2005

15. “I Need to Wake Up” – An Inconvenient Truth – 2006

16. “Falling Slowly” – Once – 2007

17. “Jai Ho” – Slumdog Millionaire – 2008

18. “The Weary Kind” – Crazy Heart – 2009

19. “We Belong Together” – Toy Story 3 – 2010

20. “Man or Muppet” – The Muppets – 2011



Weekly mixtape: back to school

The beginning of a new year means resolutions, nightly parties, endless drinking and most importantly, great music to highlight all the moments you never want to forget. Unfortunately, we are now back to the gruesome grind that is school. Our moments of festivities are few and far between as we contemplate our impending future filled with work and study. Thankfully, there’s always music out there to help you cope with the newfound loss of your sweet freedom. Side A of this mixtape includes songs to help you embrace and celebrate the excitement of the new year and Side B includes mellow songs to lessen the blow of going back to school.


SIDE A: Celebrating


1. “Cassius” – Foals – Antidote

2. “Wraith” – Peace – Single

3. “Set It Off” – Girl Talk – Feed the Animals

4. “All Black (White Tie Affair Remix)” – Good Charlotte feat. Mat Devine – Greatest Remixes

5. “Free” – Graffiti6 – Colours

6. “Young Americans” – The Cure – Single

7. “Empathy” – Crystal Castles – (II)

8. “20 Dollar” – M.I.A. – Kala

9. “Machine Gun” – Portishead – Third

10. “Tighten Up” – Black Keys – Brothers



SIDE B: Mellowing out


11. “Between Two Points” – The Glitch Mob feat. Swan – Single

12. “Lay Your Cards Out” – POLIÇA – Give You The Ghost

13. “Heroes” – David Bowie – Low

14. “Tessellate” – Alt-J – An Awesome Wave

15. “Never Fade Away” – Spector – Enjoy It While It Lasts

16. “Sometimes” – My Bloody Valentine – Loveless

17. ”Music To Walk Home By” – Tame Impala – Lonerism

18. “Tangled Up In Blue” – Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks

19. “You and Whose Army?” – Radiohead – Amnesiac

20. “Girls Like You” – The Naked and Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You  


Weekly Mixtape: Gettin’ jolly with it

‘Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the malls, the same old songs played, driving us up the walls.

It’s that time of year again. Old Saint Nick’s music is filling up the airwaves. You hear it anywhere speakers can be installed, and your uncle probably has a Bing Crosby holiday CD on repeat. While many look forward to the nostalgic pa-rum-pum-pum-pum of the holiday drums, others find themselves irate with the repetitiveness. Luckily, there is such a thing as an original and enjoyable Christmas tune.

On Side A you’ll find songs you may not always think of as holiday songs. Having topped the Christmas charts, many are slowly making their way into the books as classics. Side B features songs from popular Christmas movies. It’s a mix of the old and the new. So grab a blanket, some hot cocoa and let the holiday spirit smother you.


Side A: Non-traditional Christmas songs

1. The Killer – “Boots” – (RED) Christmas EP 

2. Coldplay – “Christmas Lights” – Single

3. Goo Goo Dolls – “Better Days” – Let Love In

4. Shakin’ Stevens – “Merry Christmas, Everyone” – Single

5. John & Yoko with Harlem Community Choir – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”- Single

6. Wham! – “Last Christmas” – Music From the Edge of Heaven

7. Band-Aid – “Do They Know its Christmas?” – Single

8. U2 – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – A Very Special Christmas 

9. She & Him – “The Christmas Waltz” – A Very She & Him Christmas

10. Train – “Shake Up Christmas” – Save Me, San Francisco

Side B: Christmas at the Movies

11. Judy Garland – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Meet Me in St. Louis

12. Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell – “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – ELF

13. Children’s Chorus – “Somewhere in My Memory/O Holy Night” – Home Alone

14. Danny Elfman – “What’s This?” – Nightmare Before Christmas

15. Bing Cosby – “White Christmas” – Holiday Inn

16. Taylor Momsen – “Where Are You Christmas?” – The Grinch

17. Olivia Olson – “All I Want for Christmas is You” – Love Actually

18. Various artists – “Auld Lang Syne” – It’s a Wonderful Life 

19. Josh Groban – “Believe” – Polar Express

20. Misfit Toys – “Island of Misfit Toys” – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 


Weekly Mixtape: M for Montreal festival preview

It might be called M for Montreal, but besides the main event running from Nov. 14 -17 and hosted on home ground, this local festival’s influence extends around the world – with musical showcases from Toronto, Austin, Brighton, Paris, and Reykjavik, among others. This week, homegrown artists are getting some seriously well-deserved international recognition.

Although the festival reels in artists from all corners of the globe (such as France’s Danger and Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men) festival goers will still experience a heavily Montreal/Canadian-centric scene.

On side A you’ll find an amalgamation of M for Montreal artists from outside Canada, from Bliss’s smooth ambience to Death Grip’s thrashing weapon of a street vibe. Side B features musicians hailing from Canada, including French tracks, electronic sounds, a Latin appearance and some local rap. Kick back, grab a poutine and have a listen.


SIDE A: From afar

1. “11:30” – Danger – 09/14/2007 EP

2. “You Are the One” – A Place To Bury Strangers – Worship

3. “Pink Ruff” – Bleeding Rainbow – Yeah Right

4. “Guillotine (It Goes Yah) – Death Grips – Exmilitary

5. “Mountain Sound” – Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is An Animal

6. “Breathe” – Bliss – Buddha Bar

7. “Wavvy” – Mykki Blanco – Single

8. “Waiting On You” – Sun Airway – Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier

9. “We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat” – We Are the Union – Who We Are

10. “Pretty Face” – Sóley – We sink


SIDE B: Homegrown

11. “Light Show” – Plants and Animals – The End of That

12. “You Are Never Alone” – Socalled – Single

13. “Armed for Peace” – SUUNS – Zeroes QC

14. “Plus qu’il en faut” – Alexandre Desilets – La garde

15. “I Don’t Lie” – Chic Gamine – Chic Gamine

16. “Astounded” – Bran Van 3000 – Discosis

17. “Conditioning” – Cadence Weapon – Hope In Dirt City

18. “Full Circle” – Half Moon Run – Dark Eyes

19. “Don’t Leave It To Me” – Mozart’s Sister – Dear Fear

20. “Que Voy Hacer” – Heavy Soundz – Tumba Parlantes


Weekly Mixtape: C’est l’Halloween

Halloween: the only night of the year when just about anything goes. Dracula rides the metro with Superman, people spoil themselves with an abundance of candy (or booze) and babies are invariably cute, dressed as little pumpkins or ghosts.

As the weather gets gloomier, everyone needs the excitement that comes from being scared (or drunk) out of their wits, and what better a time for that than Halloween? Side A of this mixtape includes songs that will give trick or treaters the heebie-jeebies. Side B is for you and your friends as you plan an evening of dressing up or down, whether you’re going to a friend’s party or a midnight showing of Rocky Horror.


SIDE A: Haunted House Horrors 

1. “Bleed The Freak” – Alice in Chains – Facelift

2. “… And We All Have A Hell” – From First To Last – Heroine

3. “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” – Bauhaus – Single

4. “Forty Six & 2” – Tool –  Aenima 

5. “Pray For Plagues” – Bring Me The Horizon – Count Your Blessings

6. “Scream” – Avenged Sevenfold – Avenged Sevenfold 

7. “Head Like A Hole” – Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine

8. “The Beautiful People” – Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar

9. “Seven Devils” – Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials 

10. “Spellbound” – Siouxsie and the Banshees – Juju 


SIDE B: Monster Ball

11. “Meet Me On The Dark Side” – Melissa Auf der Maur – Out of Our Minds 

12. “Monster” – Kanye West ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver & Nicki Minaj – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 

13. “Gold Lion” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Show Your Bones 

14. “Switchblade Smiles” – Kasabian – Velociraptor!

15. “Tear You Apart” – She Wants Revenge – She Wants Revenge

16. “Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT Remix)” – Metric – Single

17. “Boys Wanna Be Her” – Peaches – Impeach My Bush 

18. “Get Some” – Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes 

19. “Zombie” – Natalia Kills – Perfectionist 

20. “Intimate” – Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles II


Weekly Mixtape: Mid-semester slump

So we all know that at least one of us is going to start finding white hairs this midterm exam season. May as well find a way to rock those stressed tresses with a mixtape made to unwind, focus and get to work!


SIDE A: Pumped up kids

1. Biggie Smalls – “Hypnotize” – Life After Death

2. Third Wave (Work Drugs Cover) – “ Summer Heart” – Work Drugs

3. JJ – “Still” – Kills

4.  XXXY – “ I Know This (Can’t Be Love)” – Single

5. K-OS – “Sunday Morning” – Atlantis: Hymns for Disco

6. Darius – “Maliblue” – Velour

7. Ween – “The Fucked Jam” – Quebec

8. Daft Punk – “Robot Rock” – Human After All

9. Ben Browning – “I Can’t Stay” – I Can’t Stay

10. The Cat Empire – “Two Shoes” – Two Shoes


SIDE B: Take a break, have a Kit-Kat

11. Charles Aznavour – “La Boheme” – Monsieur Carnaval

12. Alex Clare – “Damn Your Eyes” – Single

13. Chet Faker – “I’m Into You” – Thinking In Textures

14. Andrew Bird – “Desperation Breeds” – Break It Yourself

15. Blood Orange – “Sutphin Boulevard” – Single

16. Brother Ali – “Tight Rope” – Us

17. Radiohead – “Lotus Flower (Jacques Greene Remix) – Single

18. Clams Casino – “I’m God” – Single

19. Left Boy – “I Want To” – Single

20. Trentemøller – “Shades Of Marble” – Into the Great Wide Yonder


Weekly mixtape : Goosebumps

Autumn is so good. You can optimistically sip coffee on the terrace, ride your bike to school and invite your friends to impromptu picnics. Deep down you know that winter is quickly approaching. And who doesn’t love to sit by the window, drink herbal tea, covered in a pink wool blanket and take in a book?

This mixtape is for those days when it’s still summer in your head but the weather’s really not with you. Don’t give up — turn on ‘Side A’ of this playlist and sweat it out. You’ll be fine. When the homebody inside you awakes, ‘Side B’ will let snowflakes fall all over your living room.


Side A: Songs that warm your bones 

1. “Hard Twelve/The Ante” – Beat Assailant – Hard Twelve

2. “Sunlight” – Harlem Shakes – Technicolor Health

3. “Holidays” – Miami Horror – Illuminations

4. “Going Up The Country” – Kitty, Daisy and Lewis – Kitty, Daisy and Lewis

5. “We Are Here” – The Procussions – Up All Night

6. “Tamacun” – Rodrigo y Gabriela – Rodrigo y Gabriela

7. “Just Don’t Open Your Eyes Yet” – Polarsets – Single

8. “Tan Man” – Is Tropical – Single

9. “Household Goods” – Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Single

10. “Hold Tight” – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich


Side B: Songs that give you the chills

11. “Frozen World” – Emilie Simon – La Marche de l’Empereur 

12. “Famous Blue Raincoat” – Leonard Cohen – Songs of Love and Hate

13. “Gallows” – CocoRosie – Grey Oceans

14. “Les métamorphoses du vide” – Chapelier Fou – 613

15. “Fantasy” – DyE – Taki 183

16.  “Older Chests” – Damien Rice – O

17. “Mend (To Fix, To Repair)” – Elsiane – Hybrid

18. “The Wolves (Act I and II)” – Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

19. “Aldgate Patterns” – Little People – We Are But Hunks Of Wood

20. “Return to Oz” – Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters


Mixtape: SKA 101

Take out your dancing shoes and get ready to dance the weekend away to the sound and rhythm of flying trumpets. The 4th annual Montreal Ska Festival drops on Thursday, Oct. 11 and will stir up the city until Oct. 14. The festival offers an amazing program with must-see performers from the local and international scene. Check out the Launch Party, the NYC Showcase or All-Skanadian Night and you’ll have no choice but to “dance your butt away,” as the organizers put it. And why not end the weekend with a delicious Sunday ska-brunch at Ye Olde Orchard with Mitch Girio’s acoustic show. Your eggs and ska-con will never have tasted so good!

Let this compilation serve as your festival appetizer, for it features many of the artists playing this week.


SIDE A: Chill out, rock out

1. “Autumn Day” – Victor Rice and Chris Murray – Single

2. “Worth The Height” – The Harmonauts – Single

3. “Get Alright” – The Fundamentals – Get Alright

4. “Center City” – The Dropsteppers – Get Up In It!

5. “Blinding Light” – The Forthrights – The Forthrights

6. “In This Time” – King Django – Roots Tonic

7. “Desert Storm” – Treble Warriors – Single

8. “Salvation” – Westbound Train – Single

9. “Do It Right” – Mr. T-Bone feat. King Django – Single

10. “At the Smiling Buddha” – Mitch Girio – King Kong Girio


SIDE B: Fetch your dancing shoes

11. “Freddy Don’t Blow It” – Vinny Savage & The Wild Side – Demo

12. “Messing Around” – Deals Gone Bad – The Ramblers

13. “Kitchen Floor”- The Fundamentals – Leaving Me Behind

14. “Montréal brûle” – PL Mafia – Le Kid

15. “Firecracker” – The Aggrolites – IV

16. “Kenshin” – Sound One – The All Skanadian Club Vol. 5

17. “Streetlight” – Thundermonks – GET FED

18. “Kissing Hands and Shaking Babies” – Stepper – Single

19. “One Night” – The Beatdown – Single

20. “Home” – Chris Murray –  Raw


Mixtape: Waking up vs. Winding down

With exciting new music releases and a slew of upcoming concerts, Montreal in the autumn is  the best place to experience music. As you walk to school on leaf-covered streets or study in your favorite café, music can add that extra spice to your day. As the days get shorter, waking up in the morning becomes an increasingly greater challenge. The right music can give you that extra push you need to face the cold of tomorrow.

Lucky for you, we have the remedy for the morning blues. Side A of this mixtape features music that will get you going in the morning.  As your grueling day comes to an end and you curl up at home with a cup of tea, Side B will help you unwind and expel thoughts of assignments and papers.

SIDE A: Get up, get on up


  1. “Wake Up” – Arcade Fire – Funeral
  2. “Time to Pretend” – MGMT – Oracular Spectacular 
  3. “Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now)” – Portugal. The Man – In The Mountain in the Cloud
  4. “She’s In Parties” – Bauhaus – Burning From The Inside 
  5. “Baptism” – Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles 
  6. “Shake It Out” – Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials
  7. “1957” – Milo Greene – Milo Greene
  8. “Sexy Results” – Death from Above 1979 – You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine 
  9. “Go Outside” – Cults – Cults 
  10. “Solitude is Bliss” – Tame Impala – Innerspeaker  


SIDE B: Auf wiedersehen, goodnight


  1. “How To Disappear Completely” – Radiohead – Kid A 
  2. “A Strange Day” – The Cure – Pornography
  3. “Henry Lee” – PJ Harvey & Nick Cave – Murder Ballads 
  4. “Destination” – The Church – Starfish
  5. “I Wanna Be Adored” – The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
  6. “Shift” – Grizzly Bear – Horn Of Plenty
  7. “A Case of You” – Joni Mitchell – Blue
  8. “Woods” – Bon Iver – Blood Bank
  9. “Bookends Theme” – Simon and Garfunkel – Bookends
  10. “Lay Lady Lay” – Bob Dylan – Nashville Skyline 
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