I’ve made a few mixtapes for my friend Amy over the years, usually when she’s about to take a road trip. Though they were certainly put together with a consideration of music she might like, I’ve always treated them as an opportunity to consolidate the music and species of sound that were affecting and influencing me at the time. Many of the songs came from internet streaming sources, from artists with whom I wasn’t necessarily familiar but didn’t want to forget, albums I wanted to pick up, or songs that just had what I was looking for but couldn’t listen to any other way, and the mixtape was a convenient way to pull all of those disparate elements together for future reference. I also really like how the slightly degraded, bass-heavy tape distortion gives the songs a unifying coloration, so all of the files below are digital transfers from the actual cassette tapes. Each tape comes as three files, a “side A” and “side B”, along with a .rtf file with the track list.
Analogue Anagogue - (Summer 2013, 90mins)
Mostly 70’s stuff pulled from youtube of bands I want to hear more of or from albums I want to keep an eye out for.
2 Sides 2 Every Summer - (Fall 2011, 90mins)
60’s and 70’s rock, country, folk, soul, etc.; mostly albums I had recently acquired and hadn’t fully explored yet.
Overnight Sensation - (Spring 2009, 120mins)
This one feels like a real time capsule and is entirely constructed from relatively unknown bands I was friends with on Myspace whose music I couldn’t readily access in any other format. I was clearly digging on the beach-y, surf-y, garage noise pop thing that was taking off in Brooklyn that year. I didn’t think to make a copy of the tape after I sent it to Amy, so when I got back from the post office I ended up reconstructing it from memory on a new tape that was half an hour longer in length, which allowed me to add some tracks back that I had been forced to cut out of Amy’s copy.
Sub Cities - (Summer 2009, 60mins)
And yet, even after the extra half hour to cram in more tracks, I found a bunch more and just threw them onto another tape.
Since the completion of Good As Gone, I’ve taken a step back from the Archipelago catalogue and concluded there’s a significant number of songs pre-Have Here that simply never found a proper home or had been otherwise haphazardly scattered around several EPs and informal releases over the years which, though making some sense chronologically, just seemed a bit unfocused and arbitrarily organized. So at the risk of George Lucas-ing myself, I pulled out the original tapes and files to put together a remastered collection of personal and fan favorites in the hopes of offering something a little more sensible and representative of this project’s trajectory over the years, especially for new fans. And here you have it: