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Recording songs off of the radio—so I could later use them to escape the repetitiveness of 90s on-air programming with my own custom-sequenced tapes—well, I've looked into it, and I'm 99% sure this is where my obsession with making mixes comes from.

Probably also why mix tapes and radios have always been linked in my head.

Actual picture of an actual mix tape radio player (not actual size).

Actual picture of an actual mix tape radio player (not actual size).

Eventually, compact discs would arrive and I'd move into more of a ‘CD-to-Tape via multiple Columbia House memberships’ recording operation (burning Mix CDs on a "computer" was still many moons away; moons being the main form of telling the passage of time in the 80s/90s before internet). But it was those formative early days of trying to catch rare FM lightning bugs in an analog mason jar that really started my obsession with not being fine listening to what the mainstream was pushing on repeat; an obsession that would eventually lead me down the self-destructive path of having a music blog (“self-destructive” career wise, personal wise its been pretty “self-structive”).

So it is really no surprise that I’d be a sucker for the idea of having a “radio” programmed entirely by “mix tapes”— which is why I've been messing about with some form of this MIX TAPE RADIO idea for years.

Here's the latest evolvement…

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MIX TAPE RADIO // SIDE A

To fire up Side A, press play on the player below or pop over to Mixcloud to listen.

* press UP NEXT to chose a different tape ↑  

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MIX TAPE RADIO // SIDE B

To fire up Side B, press play on the player below or pop over to Mixcloud to listen.

* press UP NEXT to chose a different tape ↑   


The way it works on the listeners end is easy.

You press play on either Side A or Side B and then you get a bunch of tasty mix tapes to listen to. That’s it. You can tune in anytime you like, and you can get the Mixcloud app on your phone / Apple TV / et cetera for even more listening options and I will continue adding new mix tapes to the playlists and shuffle up the order on the regular.

You can also find/listen to individual episodes over on this here blahg

There was a very long stretch where I was doing a new episode every 2nd week, but I've long since fallen off that pace. I do plan on getting back to something similar, it's just that hand-crafted mix tapes take a lot more time and effort to put together than your modern Spotify playlist, so sometimes there’s a lull.

Luckily, there's over 100 previous tapes to pop in the headphones any time the production of new episodes goes into a time/life unbalance…

So, I guess if you like listening to proper mix tapes, have a poke around on this page and start clicking on a bunch of things you see above (or scroll through every tape over on the blahg)—I have a sneaking suspicion you'll probably like what you hear.

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Jeremy // @HI54LOFI