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Mixtape of the Month: New Puff Boots

Updated: Nov 7, 2021

June 2021's mixtape of the month is this cassette that I found in a box of abandoned tapes on the side of the road in my hometown a few years ago, so the curator of the tape is unknown. There are a lot of tapes from that haul that I will end up sharing here, I think.

I started with this one because it's a pretty solid playlist and has cool custom-made art on the J-card.

The art on the J-card looks like it was made of magazine prints and glue, with the spine reading "New Puff Boots."

Side A on the tape is named "Aardvark," and Side B is named "Anteater," both written in pen. I love the idea of titling each side, though I don't know the significance of the name.

Here are some scans of the J-Card (front and back).

If you can't read the handwriting on the image, here is the full playlist:

Side A (Aardvark):

  1. Chromatic Death - Anthrax

  2. Steppin' Stone - Minor Threat

  3. Zero Day - Walt Mink

  4. Someday I Suppose - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

  5. Take Five - Northside

  6. Turn It On - The Flaming Lips

  7. Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson

  8. Funk #49 - Joe Walsh

  9. Celestial Terrestrial Commuters - Mahavishnu Orchestra

  10. Let's Go - The Cars

Side B (Anteater):

  1. Out on the Tiles - Led Zeppelin

  2. Mayonaise - Smashing Pumpkins

  3. Facet Squared - Fugazi

  4. Deity - Ministry

  5. Meth of a Rockette's Kick (Ding Dong the Bee is Dead) - Mercury Rev

  6. Crystal Clear - The Darling Buds

  7. Teenage Lobotomy - The Ramones

This was actually really fun to listen to on my computer with some decent headphones after I digitized it. I can't tell if what makes it good to listen to is the feeling of cassette nostalgia this mixtape gives me or if I just enjoy the lo-fi analogue sound. I now want to start running all my guitar recordings through a tape deck before mastering.

Listen to the digitized version here on Soundcloud (there may be some compression from Soundcloud, sorry!):

I'll also link the songs so you can download them here in full quality, if you'd like.

AND I made a Spotify playlist with all the songs, if you'd just like a curated playlist.

The only one that isn't on Spotify is "Zero Day" by Walt Mink, which I have linked to on YouTube.

This is probably more of a winter playlist, now that I think about it, but maybe it'll help you cool down this summer.

Let me know what you think!


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