Free MP3 Download From The Fun Cartel

Enjoy this free “Hollarday” mix courtesy of Matt Forrest, member of Madison’s own Fun Cartel!

DOWNLOAD:  Hollarday – Matt Forrest

You can catch The Fun Cartel on New Years Eve at the Orpheum.  They’ll be performing for TEN, the all-night dance party featuring Kid Sister.  Get tix here.

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.

CD Review: The Dandy Warhols ARE Sound

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Six years ago, The Dandy Warhols glammed up their trademark psycho art rock sound with a little help on the production end from Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes and released Welcome To The Monkey House. The resulting record was a polished, modern, electro-flavored dance popgasm including the unforgettable “We Used To Be Friends” (Veronica Mars, anyone?).

Despite the band’s success after the album’s release, it was actually an alternative mix that they had hoped would make the final pressing. Capitol Records, however, did not share their vision. The Dandys’ preferred version was pushed aside in favor of the more commercially acceptable Monkey House mix and that was that—until now.

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