The first mix tapes I made involved little to no thinking. My sisters and I would throw together tapes for car trips right after my parents got their first CD player. Our pickins’ were limited to whatever my dad had ordered from the Colombia House CD club, so they involved a lot of Rush, Frank Zappa. MP3s have obviously simplified the art of making mixes, you just click and drag instead of having to synchronize your button pushing. But back when cassette was king, mix tapes were just as important as they were in High Fidelity. And who better to put together a book of authors, artists and musicians reflecting on and sharing the playlist of mix tapes given to them by past loves than the creator of Found Magazine?
The answer is no one (probably) because Jason Bitner did it, and tonight is the launch party for the book of Cassette From My Ex at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Contributors Joe Levy from Maxium, One Ring Zero’s Michael Hearst, illustrator/designer Arthur Jones, Claudia Gonson from the Magnetic Fields and Bitner will be there. And if you’ve never been to the Housing Works Bookstore, that should be double incentive to go. You can’t go wrong with a used bookstore that donates money to AIDs causes.
Cassette From My Ex launch
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street, between Prince and Houston [Soho]
Wednesday, October 28, 7pm