A couple of personalized covers I was into doing for some of my mixtapes for awhile... didnt we all? (if you can remember analogue tapes that is)
"Greatest Hits" tapes were a favorite of mine. This is one for AC/DC that still rocks. Many of these track I have in no other format at the moment.
This walkman is BROKEN! why have i convinced myself it will be necessary and useful to hang onto it "just in case"?
The Dead Milkmen:
memory: Road tripping down the california coast en route to mexico. Coastal cliffs. VW bussin. Okanagan house parties.
MC 900 ft. Jesus:
My first trip hop, (and everybody elses). High school basement parties. Eddie Murphy sasquatch sample. The realization that Truth is Outta Style.
Beck Mellow Gold.
Beck broke on the scene while I was in Montreal. Snowstorms on the way to Quebec City. Amazing we made it, not to mention back alive. Ima Loser Baby. so why dont ya kill me?
Turn it OFF!
The break up tape. Dont need to say much about this. Alot of punk, aggresive, metal and ben harper. Driving across the country with 400$, 10 packs of smokes, and my cat riding shotgun.
For many years i ONLY listened to KISS. well maybe a little BOC and Sabbath. Then came Mtv.
Huge PHISH phase in New Brunswick. Garnered two complete cassetes of "hits". Driving the N.B country. Smoking and poker. Smoking and Quake. Smoking and Smoking.
Sonic Youth is sprinkled throughout these boxes. They have withstood the test of time. Most of these I do not have in digital format.
The other PHISH tape
The Tragically Hip were another mainstay for many a year. Too many memories to mention. Although as the sound track for the coast to coast canadian experience of my life this tape did a fine job.
Los Lobos - KIKO and the Lavendar Moon
K, this album STILL has not been replaced in digital format and I am missing it like crazy!. Played it over and over and over for years in kelowna and montreal. Just the best!
Some actual country has crept its way into my music library over the years, mostly via my family, specifically my uncle and sister.
Hip hop has figured prominantly in my library from its early days. I tried getting it on Vinyl mostly therefore have very little in these boxes.
Faith No More - Angel Dust
Not too many seemed to get this album. For me it was the perfect blend of hard rock and elctronic experimentation, not to mention deadly vocals and guitar.
So its not a huge collection or anything, but I have been dragging
these shoeboxes around for years now and I may have had the chance to
play any of them twice in all that time. The walkman doesn't even work
fer cryin out loud, but I just know, "someday I'll be able to get
it fixed".... AS IF !!!
Recently a friend of mine was dealing with this issue for themselves,
and decided to basically discard them out right. Most of the music
had been converted to CD or aquired through friends. The signifigance
of personal associations the mixtapes and home made artefacts
provided, was compared to the cost of storage and frequency of use,
and found to come up lacking.
I should mention, this is the remnants of my entire tape cassette history. Many, many others did not make
the many cullings over the years. As I could be approaching my FINAL
cull, I'd really like to capture this content in some interesting and
useful ways. Beyond the simple aquisition of these tracks in digital