Friday, August 17, 2012


Mix Show (1999)

'Cassette heaven' photo by Kleegirl
It's always great to find old mixes and listen to them. And quite interesting when you notice how your musical tastes have somewhat altered; in my case, having become far more vast. 
This mix, I made several years ago for no special reason. My Sister and I drove down the Columbia Gorge to visit relatives in a red '86 Toyota Celica which only had a cassette player. We needed music. I obliged of course. 
To be honest, I fear for the future of the tape cassette. You see, I love the tape cassette, I always will. But recently I have found great difficulty finding any variety of recording cassettes. It used to be that I could go into certain stores and purchase four or five 120 Minute High Bias SONY tape cassettes, which were my personal preference. Now I have found this simple task to be almost impossible ('almost' as I have on rare occasions been able to find these only individually though.) I suppose I can understand why this is happening, nonetheless, I am saddened by this because some of us still do love the cassette tape.
"The Cassette Is (perhaps soon?) Dead. Long Live The Cassette Tape!"
On another note... After my sister married, I inherited that Red `86 Toyota Celica. It now has a CD player while the cassette deck is no longer in commission... Kismet?
-Keisha Duncan (2003) 

After nearly ten years... 

I've recently sold my old Celica as my Husband and I now drive a much newer Toyota. 
Farewell little red car.

And interesting developments have taken place as well regarding cassette tape culture.
In the past couple of years or so cassette tapes have made a sort of comeback with some independent record labels who have turned to the format to distribute releases more quickly and inexpensively.

Take for example A Thousand Steps Recordsout of Spokane, Washington, an exclusively all cassette label.
The brainchild of Jason Campbell who is in one of our favorites bands Mirror Mirror, features local area artists RamblechildBBBBandits, Space Movies, Bev Coyo, 66Beat, Jack Sabbath and of course Mirror Mirror.  
Plasticstatic -Ryan and myself, are very pleased to be part of this as well with our latest EP 'Anchors' to eventually be released on A Thousand Steps on cassette tape!

So, I suppose that I need not have worried so much about my beloved cassette tape after all... 

it has not been forgotten, it is still loved and it is doing quite well for itself.

'ECLECTICISM' Air date 17th of August '12

Side A
Jesus and Mary Chain ‘April Skies’ 
The Church ‘Antenna’
Modern English ‘Someone’s Calling’
The Smiths ‘This Charming Man’
The Cure ‘Gone!’
The Clash  ‘Train In Vain’
Elvis Costello ‘Kinder Murder’
Talking Heads ‘Memories Can’t Wait’
The Damned ‘Plan 9, Channel 7’
Cocteau Twins ‘The Tinderbox (Of A Heart)’ 
Siouxsie And The Banshees ‘Swimming Horses’
Joy Division ‘Digital’
New Order ‘The Him’
Side B
Tortoise ‘As You Said’
Depeche Mode ‘Halo’
The Smiths ‘Handsome Devil’
Cure ‘The Upstairs Room’
A Flock Of Seagulls ‘Wishing’
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark ‘Souvenir’
New Order ‘Salvation Theme’
Cocteau Twins ‘The Itchy Globo-Blow’
Talking Heads ‘Warning Sign’
The Clash ‘Straight To Hell’
Sugarcubes ‘Birthday’
Depeche Mode ‘The Things You Said’
The Cure ‘The Big Hand’
The Glove ‘Opened The Box (A Waltz)’

Mirror Mirror 'A Thousand Steps'
Ramblechild 'Opened Doors'
Jack Sabbath 'Sunshine'
Bev Coyo 'Less Town'
Space Movies 'Kevin Spacey Movies'
Mirror Mirror 'Kiss Me Lonely'