This photo reminds me of my youth. Elementary and middle school. Popping in cassette tapes and singing along. Rewinding and fast-forwarding to the best songs on the album. Flip it to the B side, and repeat. Album art that unfolded like an accordion. Twisting in a pencil, or your pinky finger to keep the ribbon on track. Recording music from the radio onto blank cassettes and calling them mixtapes. Amassing a proud collection of my favorite artists, just like my big brothers.

Which artists would be featured on a mixtape today?

I’m kinda feelin’ this new track from the D.C. band noon:30 (now a duo), featured here on Concrete Orchid back in the day. I appreciate how they scribble around with noise, beats, and structure. Makes for some interesting Thursday afternoon grooves. Check it out: