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my morning jacket

thru the eyes of badassOk, #1- girls who send mat CDs are way more cooler than girls who dont. #2- girls who send mat GOOD CDs are even that much more cooler. I am really noticing how much cooler girls become when they listen to cool music. It’s like a whole new way to look at girls. Good music=good hair=good personality=good smell=good girl! What an equation. But seriously, it’s really seeming to work that way. I mean there has been one other girl in my past who really opened me up to new music. Or music that was new to me. OK, maybe 1.5- I guess the difference being that this 1.5 made the effort to make me a CD or cassette. I guess most other girls would be intimidated. And for the most part I would already have that CD of the songs they’d put on the mix. So any girl who gets the balls or ovaries to make me a mix is cool. I am in awe these days. And when fate and irony cross paths it sure can be a funny thing.

Today was pretty cool. I woke up and got to work. 10.45 rolls around and I head to 1801 in rockville. There i met with the guy from LA who helped with the site. Very cool guy. Big talker. So it’s good for me, cos i am a wonderful listener. We did lunch with the other people like me for the other stations. My boss opened the idea of having all the people like me for all the stations be in one room. I didnt like that idea until i saw the view of ROCKVILLE and the huge balcony I’d get. Now that is what i am talking about. I dont get paid enough to have an office like that. Swanky man. Swank factor is running high.

I also got Zaireeka on one disc. Jacqueline made me it from all four discs on to one. It was awesome and my mother even liked it. Not that she likes bad music, but it’s very awesome when my mother picks out bands she likes. So it was interesting listening to that. Not as cool as setting up 4 cd players and doing that whole shebang. But regardless. And today I pulled out THE JOSHUA TREE to get ready for the U2 show this thursday. I cant believe how great a guitarist the EDGE is. fucking incredible. That man has rhythm like it’s no bodies bidness. And listening to the vocoded drums on MOTHER’S OF THE DISAPEARED makes me happy like no other can. I think it’s neat how on MONS III there is only one noticable VOCODED part. The vocoder is all over the CD, but not in the traditional sense where you use the vox and a keyboard. I used it a lot on drums. Anyways…go out not to CHIPOTLE. It rocks.

maxell ex elle too

It was only a few years ago when the staple of my life was making mix tapes. Un-wrapping those high bias cassette tapes was the dopest feeling ever. There was something about that gold cellophane and that gray enclosure for the tape that did it for me. Has this become exstinct from the revolution (or so they say) with digital media?

The irony here is that back then, I’d make a mix tape for someone (typically a girl, cos we all know and love the poon) and typically if all went well, you’d get one in return. There were the girls that didn’t know better. The girls that learned. And the girls that can’t even fathom knowing better. Luckily I never dated the later. I forget where the irony comes in…if it comes to me i will keep you posted.

Anyways. The girl that didn’t know better was the girl that put stickers all over the cassette tape so it would look pretty. They typically used one of those blank tapes that was just laying around. Maybe had the inserts (to us of the cassette-tape elite: j-cards) and maybe had the label stickers as well. Boohoo. She should have known better. But don’t they all! It’s ok, cos it only gets worse.

Girl two is the one that learned or will learn. There is nothing better than a girl who learns, or better yet, enjoys learning. Luckily most of my girlfriends in the past were quick learners. I have no patience for ladies who don’t respect their music with high bias (quality tapes). So yeah, these girls are the girls that are willing to trying something new and perhaps learn something new in the process. Oh, the days…

The final girl is the one that found her tape for your mix in the back seat of her car (ie. the girl that can’t even fathom knowing better). It has probably been sun-tainted and drenched in water or beer or whatever beverage of choice she drank. Yes, that message about it being bad for a video tape to be left in the sunlight means it could be just as bad for a cassette tape too!

Basically my quam is if you are spending the time to make a mix tape for someone you care about or even if you don’t care about them, at least make sure you use quality media. Buy a TYPE II (or a chrome) tape. Basically there are two kinds of tapes for consumers. Typie I and Type II. Type I are normal bias and are basically your KMart special. 3 for 99cents. Don’t ever buy these tapes….CRAP! Like badly recorded CD-Rs, these are called “coasters.” TYPE II’s are nicer and respected for cassettes…MAXELL XLII’s and TDK SA’s are my flavor or choice. Basically cassette tapes do have limitations. Type I’s have a lot of limitations and are generally poorly made and Type II have fewer limitations and are generally made better. Better meaning, better physical tape, shell and transport. Hence the reason why Type II’s are better. Do yourself and flavor and the one you choose to make the musical mix of love. Remember sometimes it’s not about the music, but it’s more about the quality of the reproduced sound. Ok, maybe it’s not, but hell, it damn well better sound good when you listen to it at least to me.