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Miss Bianca’s Digital Mixtape Numero Uno

Art by SilentAwakening

“To me, making a tape is like writing a letter — there’s a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again. A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do.” ~High Fidelity.

As a teen I’d sit in my bedroom at night and listen to the radio. I’d sit beside my mum and dad’s cassette player, fingers on the play and record buttons, ready to capture a song I like the sound of. I’d then take them (along with my meagre CD collection) and compile them into mixtapes for myself. On the weekends you could often find me holed up in my bedroom making them. I’d make a mixtape for ANY occasion! I was (and still am) the biggest music dork. I liked to make themed mixes or mixes that were perfect for different emotions. I even made cover art for them.

Once I started going to all ages shows I made friends that shared my enthusiasm and love for the art. When I started making zines and corresponding (by post—this was way before internet became a household thing) with other zine makers we used to send each other mixes of our favourite tunes—still to this day one of my favourite mixtapes was sent to me by Cade who did a hardcore punk zine from Australia called Circle One. The man has great taste!

I have always enjoyed receiving mixtapes from others. It’s one of the best ways to discover awesome new (to you) music. More often than not if someone has gone to the trouble to make you a mix they’ve put a lot of time and effort into it, they’ve taken care to choose some of the best material from artists they love (you’re getting a personal introduction to the act). It’s always been refreshing to be exposed to music I wouldn’t necessarily seek out myself.

Mixtapes have been made and celebrated in both the punk rock and hip hop communities for years. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Herc were all mix tape creators ‘back in the day’. DJ Roofeeo the drummer for one of my favourite bands the MFDS has recently made a rockin’ mixtape for download here. Another of my favourites Kanye West made the Can’t Tell Me Nothing.

For more info on mixtapes click out the Wikipedia entry.

Now without further ado, I give you the very first (there will be many, many more! I’m going to make it a regular thing!) Mixtape with beautiful art by my partner in crime Jhonny Hobo (among many things Jhonny is one half of Hobo DJs you can peep a sample of their work here)…


Messer Chups – Flash Of The Night

Hobo Obituaries – Sad Trumpet

The Bronx – False Alarm

The Death Set – Around The World

Operation Ivy – Sound System

Uffie – Pop The Glock

The Roots – Don’t Feel Right

Moby featuring Gwen Stefani

Santigold – Creator

Deltron 3030 – Positive Contact

Gogol Bordello – Start Wearing Purple

Shmoe – Knees Up

Rancid – Red Hot Moon

M.I.A – Jimmy

Death On Wednesday – Stranded

Felinedown – Devil’s Playground

The Bouncing Souls – Anchors Away

N*E*R*D – Wonderful Place

You’ve heard them now learn more about them (click on the link)…
Messer Chups
Hobo Obituaries
The Bronx
The Death Set
Operation Ivy
The Roots
Moby & Gwen Stefani
Deltron 3030
Gogol Bordello
Death On Wednesday
The Bouncing Souls

What are you guys listening to? Send me mixtapes & new music! Hope you’ve found something new (to you) in my mix. Please support the artists do see them live, buy some merch and music… as I’ve said many times before “we have too much to lose as a society, economy & culture if we do not ensure Creators’ efforts are rewarded” your mission if you choose to accept: really & truly support the music you ♥ & artists that create it!

Hugs & hearts,



  1. Gally Lines
    April 17, 2010

    Way cool, Bink! I’m a sucker for band merch at concerts, especially patches! :3

    When I need a jump-start to my day, I like to listen to this mix:

    Adam Nickey – In Motion (Andy Blueman remix)

    Above & Beyond – Anjunabeach

    Lange (ft Tracey Carmen) – Happiness Happening 2009

    Above and Beyond pres Oceanlab – I Am What I Am (Lange Remix)

    Alt+F4 – Alt+F4

    — Gally

  2. Bianca
    April 17, 2010

    Gally – So glad you like it! I’m going to try and figure out a better way to deliver the digital mixtape in a radder format, but for know the embedded YouTube clips will have to do! Check out your links, the tunes make me want to go out and go for the biggest run to chase rainbows or something ha ha… thanks for the new music Gally, you’re the best! Hugs.

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  4. Bianca
    April 17, 2010

    I forgot how awesome that Moby/Gwen Stefani song was! Awesome mix :)

  5. Bianca
    April 17, 2010

    Bianca – first up, awesome name! he he ;) I love both Gwen & Moby I think the work they do is really interesting–plus they’re both really nice people! Checked out your blog, it’s cool lady! Just peeped the front page but will look forward to checking it out more in-depth soon. Thanks for the love.

  6. Shmoe
    April 17, 2010

    So awesome to be included in your 1st mixtape! And you go and choose an old school track! Thanks. Also gotta love The Bronx, Bouncing Souls, The Hobos, and Felinedown. Killer tunes all around!

  7. Bianca
    April 17, 2010

    Shmoe – Hey! How could I not include you guys! Shmoe rules!! :) And all the bands you mentioned I just love, love, super love!

  8. Bianca
    April 19, 2010

    Ant – that clip is awesome! thanks for the heads up! I can always rely on you to give me brain food & new music! :)

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