Old mixtapes and stories

I’m going to steal Ben‘s job for a minute. I can’t resist a good web-based nostalgia site, especially one that elevates analog. CASSETTE FROM MY EX takes old mixtapes, streams them, and posts the interesting stories from interesting people to go along with them:

They were into you, so they made you a tape. Today you dont have a cassette player, but you still cant toss that mix. We share the stories and the soundtrack to your earliest loves.

There are some really great stories and some interesting mixes to be heard. I love the sound of a needle scratching vinyl. This one’s going in my feeds.

Lessons in modern music history

I wanted to help announce the long-overdue opening of a friend’s blog, Sound or Vision. Whether Ben’s drawing connections between artists of the last several decades or critiquing videos, I guarantee you’ll learn something. It’s a good one to add to your rss reader and blogroll. One of the things I really like is that he isn’t completely focused on being a hype machine:

I’m not too keen on most of the blogosphere’s fascination with the newest, hottest thing.  Don’t get me wrong – I occasionally stop into blogs like Brooklyn Vegan, Aquarium Drunkard, or Gorilla vs Bear(or Pitchfork’s new music section once it gets filtered to them) to check out the newest bands and rarities, but the pressure of breaking the newest acts every day also means that a lot of crap makes those blogs while many great artists get lost in the daily shuffle of the next big thing.  In a way they do themselves a disservice.  I much prefer quality over quantity or newness.  To that end, this blog will be all over the place from some new band I heard walking down the street in the Live Music Capitol of the World(Austin made me capitalize that) or maybe some old Sister Rosetta Tharpe footage that I spent forever trying to track down after seeing the brief clip in Amelie or maybe some Kid Creole just because I dig him.  My blog, no rules.

It’s a refreshing attitude towards music, in an era where the internet can cause information overload, and music is chewed up and spit out at a breakneck pace.  Keep up the good work, Ben!

Journey Finds New Lead Singer on YouTube

Just a city boy; born and raised in south Manila. How crazy would it be to be covering Journey songs in Hard Rock Cafes, and then getting a call from the band to be their new lead singer:

Neal called Arnel, Arnel called bullshit followed by promptly losing his shit when Schon confirmed it all via email: Arnel had received a formal invitation to be the new lead singer of Journey.

And he’s actually really good:


David Horvitz thinks of things to do. You pay him to do them. He sends you something. A couple of my favorites:


If you give me $1,626 I will go to the small Okinawan island called Iriomote and send you an envelope filled with star-sand (don’t worry, I’ve been there before, I know where to go). I will send it from there.

If you give me $400 I will take a train to a desolate area with a packed lunch and sit down and read Anna Karenina. I will do this for 6-10 hours. I will repeat the same thing the following days until I have finally read the entire book. Finally! I am only going to do this once, so this is an edition of one only. I will send you documentation of this from the closest mailbox to where I do this. I’ll also write the location of the mailbox on the envelope if you ever wish to go to where I will have sent it to you from.

If you give me $5 i will write down a secret and mail it to you. NOTE: I am not one to keep secrets. If you buy this, you may receive something that is really serious and may be upsetting, so please keep that in mind.

  • Nick Ripley owns a secret of mine.

If you give me $2,500 I will hire a skywriting jet in Los Angeles in the summer on a sunday to write “I’m Bored” in the sky. I will make a video of it and send you a DVD.

[Found via the always-awesome Heading East.]