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Saturday, October 08, 2005 

Waste of tape

So I'm going through boxes and I come upon two sets of tapes, nestled above my collection of Magic: The Gathering cards. They both date back to when I used to frequent the Rolling Stone boards under the name Yakomo (which for some reason made people think I was female, I guess - I took the name from a character in some anime I'd just seen then). The first set are tapes sent to me by a guy who went by Peewee, one of the nicer guys on the board, in an attempt to educate my ass (at my request). Unfortunately I got them just at the right time to never hear most of them (I believe going off to university accomplished this). There is still stuff on here that I haven't heard, although I'm amused to discover that, for example, the four Black Box Recorder songs he picked are among my favourites by that band.

In return I was going to send Peewee some tapes of my own, but I never got them out before losing touch with him and the board. He and a guy named Ken... something are the only ones I miss from that board, but my failure to hold up my end of the bargin still makes me feel guilty, not to mention seeming totally baffling to me now (why didn't I just send them out?).

Anyway, to get to the point, I'd hate to just throw these out. But I no longer own anything that plays tapes, which is why I still haven't some of the stuff that got sent to me, and they're literally no good to me.

So I'm hoping some kind/curious soul who still listens to tapes would be willing to take them. I'd be more than willing to pay postage to ship them out to whoever, all I ask is that they get a good home. It's also an all-or-nothing proposition - if a few of them sound uninteresting or you have stuff by that artist already, tough. Give those ones to someone else or something. Interested parties can email me or leave a comment.

And the listings are:

Peewee's batch:
Tape 1: Live From A Shark Cage - Papa M/Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada EP - Godspeed You Black Emperor!
Tape 2: The Sophtware Slump - Grandaddy/Animals, Suns + Atoms - Tarwater
Tape 3: Spiderland - Slint/Spacemen 3 (various cuts from The Perfect Prescription and Recurring
Tape 4: David Holmes/Spring Heel Jack/Low + Spring Heel Jack/Thee Madd Katt Courtship (Felix Tha Housekat, I believe)/Mirwais
Tape 5: Happy Mondays/Black Grape/Primal Scream
Tape 6: Hefner/Apples In Stereo/Black Box Recorder/Travis
Tape 7: Belle & Sebastian

My batch:
Tape 1: Pavement/Flaming Lips/Radiohead/Super Furry Animals
Tape 2: Mogwai/Weezer/Massive Attack/Thrush Hermit
Tape 3: Blur/Mercury Rev
Tape 4: Spiritualized/Pulp/Death In Vegas/The Beta Band
Tape 5: Portishead/Beck/My Bloody Valentine/The Verve

Actually, those five tapes probably contain the parameters within which pretty much everything I listened to back then (around 2000) existed. Except for stuff like Crowded House from my childhood.

I can't hold back any longer - I'd love 'em. Those tapes would certainly be worth digging out my old walkman for.

If nobody else has claimed them yet, let me know so I can give you my address.

You're the first; drop me a line at the email above and we'll sort things out.

I'm not sure what you mean about "the email above" but I sent a message to your @stylus mail listed on the staff page.

If you look at the top of the blog there's an email listed next to "contact me", but the stylus one works just fine.

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