First impressions aren't everything. I know, that may not seem quite right, but I can promise you it's true. When I first saw this tape I had no idea what it was. Jeffertitti's Nile? What the hell is that? Based on the album art I expected to hear something far out, similar to Funkadelic. I could at … Continue reading The Electric Hour: Time Well Spent
The Beatles are the most prolific and inescapable band of the 20th century. Their influence is unsurpassed by nearly anyone in the music world. (I'll maybe give you The Stones) The Beatles' catalog has been heard, analyzed, interpreted, and meditated upon for over fifty years. Many of my peers would consider The Beatles to be … Continue reading Magical Mystery Tour
We're in the full swing of Fall! As we have entered another season, we welcome another tape to the CTEP! Autumn is a time of introspection as the world slows down to squeeze the remaining sweetness out of the golden days before winter. I have compiled what I believe to be a mixtape that perfectly … Continue reading Mix Just In: Fall 2017
You've found something cool, something so rad that you knew you were going to buy it the moment you saw it. You excitedly threw the tape into your deck and as the sound waves first washed over your ears, you realized that something was wrong! "What the hell is this?" For me, it was the … Continue reading What the Hell is This? Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds
This one is particularly exciting! This is an album I have enjoyed throughout my life; Ace Frehley's Trouble Walkin'. I have never owned this album in any format and I was thrilled to have found it. Unfortunately, side A is fairly worn but is still listenable. Luckily, side B is alive and well, which includes the title … Continue reading The Space Ace Delivers!
Johnny Mainstream's 2016 EP Basement Trash is actually a gem! This four track release employs themes of sun soaked struggle, drinks with friends, drinks alone, and sarcastic honesty. The songs blend elements of folk, indie, punk, and Americana to create a sound both intimately genuine and infectiously catchy. The EP kicks off with a bang from … Continue reading Basement Trash: Worth Looking Through
I had a very specific idea for this tape; construct a mix of sounds I found to be pleasant without overthinking. I was looking for themes of simplicity, ease, introspection, relaxation, and beauty. I'm well aware that none of these songs embody each quality and I failed at not overthinking. However, I believe this is … Continue reading 3 Tapes Grace: Pretty Simple Mix
Here we are, celebrating a month of sharing good music! I would like to thank everyone that has taken the time to stop by and check out what's going on! Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty! Cassettes, I will admit (as should anyone) are vintage/retro/out-dated technology. They don't make cars with tape decks … Continue reading The Oldest Cassette I Own
One challenge I face when making a mixtape is the limitation of my own collection. I make mixtapes by transferring CDs and tapes (and potentially vinyl!) to tape. My taste is somewhat wide in overall scope but ultimately not extremely deep. I specialize in "Classic Rock" with an appreciation for most ALL genres. Obviously, there … Continue reading Challenges of a Limited Collection
The second tape is here!