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Captain of Outer Space's Ye Olde Mixtape Threade
« on: February 06, 2013, 03:46:13 PM »
So after learning the power of apps such as Shazam and Soundhound, I thought I'd test them out on my old mixtapes from around 1995-2002, back in the days where I used to prolifically record off the radio to tape. After all, you never know when you're ever going to hear a song again, and CBC had these great programs such as "Brave New Waves," "Radiosonic," "Nightlines with David Wisdom" that played stuff you'd never hear anywhere all. Plus I had an addiction to the French-language program "Quatre Chemins" which played some really funky world and new age stuff between a babbling Quebecois lunatic who laughed at his own jokes.

Enough yakkin'! Let's pop open some cassettes and get playing!

So remember that "New Age" thing? Yeah, this is one of those. I thought it was a cool tune, so I managed to tape about the last 45 seconds. Now that I hear the whole track, it's... really not that good. Got kind of an awful Kenny G quality to it. Ah well; moving on.

I was really into Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet in my teen years, partly because of their affiliation with Kids in the Hall, and partly because there was a great deal of appeal to my geeky DIY style. I never got into Man or Astro-man?, probably to my loss, since I feel like I've outgrown that style of music.

"Brave New Waves" lasted from around midnight to 4 or 5 in the morning, 5 nights a week, and in 1996, it usually closed with this. Certainly I couldn't listen to the whole thing every night, or barely any night, but the few times I couldn't sleep and listened to the show throughout trying to find some new tune to latch on to, this would greet me at the end. If catharsis had a sound, this is what it would sound like to me.

Now *this* is proper new age shit; not comforting, but actually creepy and menacing, like trip-hop. I was right pissed at the Babbling Quebecois Who Laughed At His Own Jokes for babbling over half the awesome song I heard in the background. Thankfully sixteen years later I identified and caught up with it.

Remember what I said about "Brave New Waves" and catharsis? This is the other kind. This was probably the most brutally aggressive thing I ever heard in 1996, and I heard BNW play track from Nick Cave's "Murder Ballads. This is the musical equivalent of wandering into the wrong part of town and getting mugged after midnight: surly, in-your-face, probably shitfaced, and beating you down with you having no idea what's going on. I had no idea who even recorded it until a couple of days ago (originally thought it was a Jesus Lizard B-side) and now I want to know everything there is to know about Big'n.

To be continued.