For Mix Tape Junkies Only

We recently stumbled upon this glorious site called Cassette From My Ex, and we’re beyond addicted.  First of all, let’s be honest, there’s just not much better than a great mix tape–whether you’re on the giving or receiving end of things.  As far as fun gifts go, there’s not much that can top it for a music lover, and who doesn’t love pouring over their music collection to find those perfect few dozen songs that say what your lips can’t?

This site tells the stories of lost loves hidden behind Sides A & B, and shares some pretty rad mixes as well.  Get ready to lose several hours of your life to these fascinating, sweet and deeply personal accounts.

While you’re thinking about it, feel free to leave a comment below with a great mix tape-related story from your own life.

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DJ/rupture On The Ethics Of Free Music

It’s always interesting to hear different perspectives on the evolution of music to its current state–especially when those perspectives are articulated by musicians themselves.  This recent essay by Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) posted on NPR’s website is well-worth a read:

“…I grew up in the ’90s. Toward the end of that decade, I upgraded to a PC with a CD burner — amazing! But, as a DJ, I still coveted vinyl LPs, not because they sounded “warmer” or “better” to my ears, but because I could literally get hands-on with them and use the slabs of wax as raw material in a mix session. Pre-MP3 smorgasbord, I would haunt the record shops and tape the radio, getting cassettes via mail order. I learned obscure paths through music — pre-Google, pre-Blogosphere, before Ms. Internet and Mr. MP3 got married and made us all their children…”

Check out the full legth article here.

Can you relate?  What do you think about what DJ/rupture had to say?  Let’s start some discussion…post your comments below.

Brother Ali Ticket Giveaway Inspires Deep Thoughts

It’s no secret that some of the most intelligent, discerning music fans in the area routinely read and comment on our blog, and for this, we feel incredibly fortunate.  One of our goals in creating this blog was to provide a forum for discussion of a variety of topics that resonate with music lovers.  Naturally, it’s very exciting when such discussion breaks out.  This has been most recently evident when reading the comments posted in response to our recent Brother Ali ticket contest.

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Music News Recap: Live To Tell

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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Wanna rock out for a good cause?  Of course you do!  Come out to raise some funds (for Bitch magazine) and raise some hell while you’re at it.  The GRRRL Rock Party is at Woof’s tonight.

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Calling Music Lovers: Write, Shoot, Post!

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True Endeavors is searching for a few good men and women to contribute to our growing music blog. Everything from album reviews to artist interviews to editorial rants and raves on music–we want it all! Have other ideas about how to we can improve the blog? Yup, we want to hear from you too. If you have a unique way with words, passion for music, and can meet deadlines, send examples of your writing for consideration to mj@trueendeavors.com with the subject line: “Blog Writing Samples.” If your work is a good fit for the site, you’ll have access to an insider’s perspective on the music industry.

Rather spend your time behind the camera lens than in front of the computer? We need your creative talents as well! Photographers looking to document the chaos, beauty and bliss of the True Endeavors live concert experience for blog viewers should send a few of their best pieces to mj@trueendeavors.com with the subject line: “Blog Photography Samples.” Beyond having your shots featured on the blog, you’ll also get the benefit of seeing some amazing shows for free!

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