Monday, June 30, 2008

Let's Trade Mixtapes!

You should have heard me, strolling along the overpass, twirling my paper parasol, singing an obscure, Olivia Newton John song, at the top of my lungs. And then a little something by Prince. And then of course, The Bee Gees. And . . . Lola Falana? GOD, how I miss the power of the mixtape. The good old cassette, or as the French say, K7.

Sigh, times, they do change . . . digital music compilations. Whoopee. Mixtapes were better-- just not the same as “shuffle.” It’s not the same as a“playlist,”is it? Mixtapes were tactile. Remember how the ribbon would get caught in your sister’s player, and it was like the end of your world? Winding the tape back, feeling the little white plastic teeth around your finger?Ahh, those were the days. . . if you’re looking for a place to listen to loads of “mixtapes,” and maybe upload one of your own, check out muxtape.com.


Yeah, they had some problems earlier in the year with clever hackers giving them the slip, but Muxtape is back up and bringing you a smörgåsbord of streaming MP3s. Before you upload your own mixtape du jour, why not check out these great, old-school jams?


CBT’s Closet
This etsy store has “Square Pegs” written all over it! Resin-e-goodness in every bite! Pretty, killer pills, talismans with She Ra embedded in them, and these great mixtape earrings!



Beta 2.0

Now, THIS is what I’m talking about. This Mixed Tape Ninja T-shirt could make me revert to the days when I slept with the things I loved. Wait. I still do that. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. Wear it to bed, to work, to play pinball, let your beau or your lady wake up in it the morning after. Hmm. . . why did Devendra Banhart just streak across my mind? Because he’s delicious. Devendra, let's trade mixtapes!



Beta from Victoria, BC makes great silkscreen t-shirts that remind me of my high school years. These tees look like the ones the senior boys wore during band practice, slightly too tight with a rip, imperceptibly forming under a brazen, silken armpit. TMI. Sorry. . .


Once you go vinyl, it’s FINAL. . .

Maybe you’re into the groove, shielding your priceless record collection in a climate-controlled cellar, next to your vintage wines. Then represent with Gossip Gossip’s record messenger bags. Gossip Gossip's original design is made from recycled records and canvas. From Beijing to Utica, New York, where the magic happens, Gossip Gossip is like the shot heard round the world.



Speaking of that, have a GREAT, safe Fourth of July, and don’t forget to storm the Bastille on July 14th!

8 comments:

Cbt's Closet said...

i like that tshirt! hilarious! thanks for including the mixtape earrings in your blog! :)

MizKatie said...

a couple weeks ago my little town had a yard sale. we got about 500 records for FREEEEE!!! can you believe it? mint condition and FREEEEEE!!! did i say about 500? record albums. yup! i am a lucky girl.

ps: thank you sooo much for the linky love. i love the ( ). heh!

The Empire Revue said...

The Empire Revue LOVES the muxtape!

We were just discussing how cool that site is as we waited 25 minutes for a table at this hipster hangout we weren't cool enough to eat in, apparently. They weren't even that busy. What do you have to do, grow an ironic mustache and wear ladies skinny pants or something?? Dang!

etherealwear said...

cbt, your avatar is pretty fantastic!

Stuck in my head said...

Mixtapes!!! I used to love them. Used to rush over to friends' houses to dub songs, used to sit by the radio to wait for a song to play so I could record it... awesome.

etherealwear said...

Me toooooo!!!
The mixtape was like your signature-- a piece of you, made out of recording ribbon. Seems so long ago, doesn't it??

Wonder Man said...

great stuff

etherealwear said...

Thanks, Wonder Man! I need to add you to my blogroll-- you've made me laugh and think. . .