THE LIFE, WORK AND CHRONICLES OF JEFF KOYEN: REFORMED ITINERANT, OCCASIONAL WRITER AND FRIEND TO ALMOST ALL DOGS

Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture
Edited by Thurston Moore
Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, the downtown doyen of noise rock, edited this love note to the lost art of the cassette mix tape. Such celebrity projects run the risk of playing to the inside; in this case, Moore's pals sent in their favorites. But Mix Tape is actually quite charming.
The offerings run from the mix tape as mentor ("these tapes were my schoolbooks") to romantic midwife ("Listen to...track three on your balcony this morning, I am there with you"). If there's any flaw, it's Moore's own writing. His introduction is overlong and peppered with embarrassing examples of fumbled contemporary language (a certain mix was "sweet"; Fila "kicks" were on sale; his first boombox had "sick lights"). Skip his intros, and instead concentrate on the lovely bits from several dozen of his friends.
After a few minutes with Mix Tape, you'll mourn the tape decks lost to an iPod age.