The Mad Peck and Mix Tapes
If you are of a certain (analog era) age chances are you made a mix tape for someone sometime. A lover, a friend or maybe yourself. Recorded in real time, the mix tape was a labor of love. The digital kids. Mix tape? Mix cd? “Hey sweetheart, I made a playlist of 5 star tracks on your iPOD for you!”
In honor of the long gone golden glory days of cassettes and true mix tapes check out these recipes from the underground cartoonist, DJ and music critic the Mad Peck. Here are two examples of what you’ll find:
These and much more can be found in Mad Peck Studios-A Twenty-Year Retrospective.
It is out of print but you might be able to pick up a used copy here.
Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) wrote a book dedicated to the mix tape: Mix Tape: The Art Of Cassette Culture .
Eighty home tapers, including artists, musicians, actors, writers, record store employees and others tell the stories behind their mixes.
Power popster Jonathan Rundman wrote a great song “Tape” dedicated to the cassette (you can hear it on my NoDepression playlist).
“You make me a tape
to play in my car
when i’m out in rush hour
and i can’t escape
i don’t mind the traffic
when i play your tape”
What’s your mix tape story?