The art of mixtape making has sadly been lost in our transition to a digital era of on-demand music, but there are still places where you can practice this lost skill, and one of them is YouTube. Here are the steps to assemble your group of songs and share them with a special someone or the world at large.
There's something a little bit magical about putting together a mixtape, a carefully curated list of songs designed to impress your musical taste on others, to showcase some of the hidden gems you've uncovered, or perhaps just impress a girl you like. You don't get the same kind of magic with a Spotify playlist, but…
I have absolutely no idea how I'm going to explain to my future kids what life was like before the Internet. Those stories of a pre-YouTube, pre-Wikipedia, pre-Google, pre-iPhone, pre-iPad day will be the modern day equivalent of my parents' stories about walking a mile to school barefoot in the snow with two barrels…
A decade ago, even after CD burners were ubiquitous, mixtapes were still the jam. It really mattered what kind of tapes you used. If you went cheap, it meant you didn't care about what was recorded on them. Shame on you.
I don't hate iTunes as much as a lot of people I know, but I will admit that it's pretty damn ugly. Audio equipment used to be beautiful, but where there were once chunky knobs and mesmerizing VU-needles now all we have is a dense block text and tiny, cursor-sized playback buttons. Stereolizer brings the pretty back.
Armed with stacks of blank CDs and the original outlaw Napster, I spent my college years giving and receiving mixes. As a member of the post-mixtape pre-playlist generation, I'd like to say a word in defense of the mix CD.
I'm listening to "Boys Don't Cry," released by The Cure in June 1979. Next is "Comfortably Numb." Before playlists, we had mixtapes, thanks to the Walkman. What's on your 1979 mixtape? Remember, you've got 45 minutes per side.
In 1994, I painstakingly crafted the greatest hip-hop mixtape cassette I would ever make, comprised solely of songs on the radio at the time. I was 9.
Sandwiched between the reel-to-reel tape and the rise of the cassette as we used to know it, there was, for a brief moment in 1958, what RCA Victor called “A Revolutionary New Triumph in Tape.” Looking for all the world like a mix tape accidentally irradiated in an atomic blast, RCA’s invention “never really caught…