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Thursday, March 15, 2012

In Digital Age, Mixtapes Make A Comeback

Annie Lin's mixtape cover. (Courtesy of Annie Lin)

You might think that in the age of mp3 players and digital music, old-fashioned mixtapes would have disappeared.

But this weekend, the ultra-hip South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas is putting the spotlight on the decades-old medium.

The co-founders of the San Francisco Mixtape Society will be the guest speakers at a SXSW panel called “Side B: How the Internet Revived Mixtapes.”

The San Francisco group holds events every weekend, where people share their mixes with a live audience, exchange them with others and vie for prizes.

Annie Lin, the society’s co-founder, said their  events draw everyone from  old school record collectors  to young people who grew up on the Internet.

John Verrochi, another co-founder, said the events sparks some  intense rivalries between different generations of mixtape enthusiasts.

“Whether they didn’t grow up with mixtapes at all… or whether they’re these old record store people who’ve been around forever, it’s always back and forth between who has the best mix,” Verrochi said.

Mixtapes Mentioned In Our Segment

Language and content advisory:

There were a few song titles in the Booty Mix list that we couldn’t bear to print, though that is not a comment on the quality of the song! If you see a “…” that means Google it– but brace yourself first!

Booty Mix (personal favorite sfmts mixtape)
1. Professor Booty – Beastie Boys
2. Booty – Erykah Badu
3. Booty Man – Tim Wilson
4. Ms. Fat Booty – Mos Def
5. (Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty – KC & the Sunshine Band
6. 1st Booty On Duty – Ying Yang Twins
7. Big Booty Bitches – Big Booty Bitches
8. Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child
9. Fat Bottomed Girls – Queen
10. Honky Tonk Badonkadonk – Trace Adkins (70’s Groove Mix)
11. Do You… – Wet Spots
12. Back That Azz Up – Juvenile
13. Shake Ya Ass – Mystikal
14. Shake Your Rump – Beastie Boys
15. Rump Shaker – Wreckx-N-Effect
16. Bonita Applebum – A Tribe Called Quest
17. Money Maker – Ludacris (Feat. Pharrell Williams)
18. Da Butt – Experience Unlimited
19. Big Ole Butt – LL Cool J
20. Bootie… – Eddie Murphy
21. What What… – Samwell (The Bloody Beetroots Remix)

John Verrochi’s Personal Mix (Here and Now Mix)

1. I Might – Wilco
2. How Deep Is Your Love – The Rapture
3. Into Black – Blouse
4. Dinner – Blood Orange
5. Cool Cat – Queen
6. I’ll Try Anything Once – The Strokes
7. Birthday Suit – The Weeknd
8. Wildfire RMX (Feat. Little Dragon & Drake) – SBTRKT
9. Nasty – Nas
10. Gucci Gucci – Kreayshawn

Chicks Covering Dudes–Kelly Robinson’s list (Music Mix – CCD)
1. You’re Lost Little Girl – Siouxsie And The Banshees
2. It Ain’t Me Babe – Nancy Sinatra
3. Hot Burrito #1 – Belly
4. Gloria – Patti Smith
5. Hollow Hills – Faith and the Muse
6. Pennyroyal Tea – Kristin Hersh
7. Hang Down Your Head – Lucinda Williams
8. I Only Have Eyes For You – Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers
9. Helter Skelter – Dana Fuchs
10. Crimson & Clover – Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
11. Raining Blood – Tori Amos
12. No Surprises – Regina Spektor
13. Highway 61 Revisited – PJ Harvey
14. Candy Says – Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man

When I Lived There– Annie Lin’s list

1. Does Your Hometown Care? – Superchunk
2. Daysleeper – REM
3. Richard Nixon: 2 Under Par Off The Coast of Africa – Christian Kiefer
4. Kicking Stars – Annie Lin
5. Texas – Scout Niblett
6. London In February – Coastal
7. Wrecking Ball – Larry Lewis Moon
8. Getting Even With Austin – The Shy Trafficker
9. New York – Cat Power
10. 14th Street – Laura Cantrell
11. Are You Sensation – tigercity
12. Train – Son Volt
13. Brooklyn – Grand Hallway
14. A Lovestory – Thomas Dybdahl
15. Strangest Places – Abra Moore
16. San Francisco – scrabbel
17. Western Union Depeserate – Mary Lou Lord
18. San Francisco – Steve Tannen
19. When You Come Back To Me – World Party

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  • Geoff

    Am I missing something? Cassette tapes are making a come back? They sound quality is terrible and so is their durability, both of which are worse than CDs. I haven’t put in my new stereo in my car and it currently has a cassette player and I forgot bad they sound. They are cheap and can be recorded over, but so are mini-disc’s and hard drives. Nostalgia is one thing,  but when you are nostalgic about items of poor quality, even when they were popular, is something I don’t understand. Maybe it’s just me. Records, on the other hand, still sound  better than digital recordings.

  • D. Platinum

    I am from a small town in Northeastern PA. I joined the Navy at 18. As you know Northeast PA is a long way from any Navy Base and I used my own car to get back and forth from base to home when on leave etc. I made my own “mix tapes” because I could never keep a radio station clear for very long as I drove along so these tapes were essential for clear uninterrupted pleasure while making these frequent trips back and forth. I called the tapes Drivin Platinum and to this day my friends and I still enjoy them. My first set of tapes was actually made by a friend who had a proper stereo to do it but I provided all the titles and the order in which they came.
    Now I am slowly and carefully moving these mix tapes to playlists for my digital music device.
    Here is the list of songs and artists for Drivin Platinum One.
     Radar RiderRiggsSatisfactionThe Rolling StonesWalk this WayAreosmithHungry HeartBruce SpringsteinLegsZZ TopTom SawyerRushZiggy StardustDavid BowieIntruder/Pretty WomanVan HalenA World of FantasyTriumphAllentownBilly JoelLoverboyBilly OceanBlackoutThe ScorpionsBad to the BoneGeorge Thorogood and the DestroyersBilly Bones and the White BirdElton JohnLocomotive BreathJethro TullMy Kinda LoverBilly SquierTNTAC/DCFootlooseKenny LogginsYou’re my Best FriendQueenExciteable BoyWarren ZevonForeplay/LongtimeBostonHotel CaliforniaThe Eagles

    See if that mix doesn’t get you down the road.

  • Jim Beaver

    8tracks.com is the place to go for online mixtapes. I have made some really cool friendships here as well. Enjoy…

    me: http://8tracks.com/cactusdoink

    • http://www.facebook.com/alexander.frey.779 Alexander Frey

      http://re-caught.com/tape/3q  is a beautiful and hassle free mixtape service. Its absolutely non commercial and you dont need to sign up !!

  • J Frog

     My “The Mike Douglas Show” mix….

    “Taxi” – Harry Chapin
    “Not Fade Away” – the Rolling Stones
    “McArthur Park” – Richard Harris
    “Summer Breeze” – Seals & Crofts
    “It’s Getting Better” – Mama Cass
    “Jean” – Rod McKuen
    “Imagine” – John Lennon.
    Still can’t believe John & Yoko co-hosted that show for a week.

  • Connie J. Andrews

    Loved this..my 38 yr old daughter has been giving me mixed tapes ( and now mixed CD”S ) for my birthday since she was in college. I listen to everything from Etta James to Janis Joplin…from Crimson and Clover to Ella and Duke. Only bad thing is that I have only one source left for playing the tapes and the CD’s will not transfer to my iPod. They are historical gems that give me hours of pleasure She knows what I like and introduces me to things I never knew.

    thanx, Connie J. Andrews….Defiance, OH

  • Connie J. Andrews

    As to the comment about quality of sound on tapes , yeah, I get it but I call it character. When we listened to “Young Chris” out of Ft Wayne..WOWO back in the 60′s, there was nothing cooler than to listen when he brought in his own old 45′s. They were scratchy and wonderful! It identifies the era.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alexander.frey.779 Alexander Frey

      http://re-caught.com/tape/3q  is a beautiful and hassle free mixtape service. Its absolutely non commercial and you dont need to sign up !!

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