Teh Internets Like Muxtape, Only on Cassette
posted by May 20 at 12:25 PMon
I’m fascinated with Cassette From My Ex. It’s a blog where people—a lot of writers and musicians, yes, but then there are some actual human beings, too—describe the mix tapes that were given to them by then-lovers who are now-exes. And then you can actually listen to the tape, split up by side.
The blog just started, so there’s not a lot of selection at the moment. A lot of Diggable Planets and Leonard Cohen and, oddly, Winnie-The-Pooh-related audio content. But this is the kind of voyeuristic thrill that will keep me checking back every single damn day.
I wish I had a mix tape to send in to the blog, but I’ve always been dreadfully disappointed with the mix tapes I received from girlfriends, to the point where I don’t keep them. I seem to only date women with painfully different tastes in music—the aforementioned Tori Amos girlfriend, yes, but also a girlfriend (who is still a very dear friend) who followed Aerosmith, and another one who loved Ani DiFranco and Sweet Honey On the Rock, or whatever they call themselves. I don’t think a relationship has ever introduced a lasting adoration of a new musician into my life.
One thing I’ve learned: Some of the people on this blog, at least, dated people with interesting musical tastes. Of course, the painful sincerity of other selections make me very glad that I don’t date heterosexual men.