Monday, September 28, 2009

Too Big For My Skin

I was invited by Desdamona a few months ago to be part of her video "Too Big For My Skin." Desdamona is a local spoken word artist who travels on the regular spreading her words of wisdom. She is also one of the founders of the B-Girl Be event that happens annually in the Twin Cities at Intermedia Arts. With that said peep the video and pass it on if you like it!

Big ups to B-Fresh on the production tip.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Mixtape Club

"To me, making a tape is like writing a letter — there's a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again. A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do. You've got to kick off with a corker, to hold the attention (I started with "Got to Get You Off My Mind", but then realized that she might not get any further than track one, side one if I delivered what she wanted straightaway, so I buried it in the middle of side two), and then you've got to up it a notch, or cool it a notch, and you can't have white music and black music together, unless the white music sounds like black music, and you can't have two tracks by the same artist side by side, unless you've done the whole thing in pairs and...oh, there are loads of rules."--High Fidelity

Throughout the 80s into the early 90s mixtapes were huge within youth culture--making cassette tapes for your junior high sweetheart or best friend took time and lots of love. However, the increased availability of CD Burners and MP3 players made for a slow demise of the cassette-mixtape. The lost of art of the mixtape is being revived by The Mixtape Club that describes themselves as, "ten people, ten tracks, ten album covers." Although they are in a MP3 format these mixes are still follow the aesthetic pleasure that a traditional cassette mixtape would deliver to one's ear drums. The website launched today and below are links to the contributors of this amazing new project!

Micah Panama San Francisco, CA
Butter Queens, NY
Guilherme Falcao Sao Paulo, Brazil
Kayo Los Angeles, CA
Sadkids San Fransico, CA<
Steve Rura New York, NY
Jeff Staple New York, NY
Adam Garcia, Philadelphia, PA
Akiko da Silva Los Angeles, CA
Norman Ibarra Brooklyn, NY

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