volume 1 of the new _ronitape mixtape series is here!
covers vs. originals. all vinyl from the a_ronious collecsch.
throw on the A Side as i tell you about the mix:
proud to present you with my newest _ronitape mixtape cassette, Singer Or The Song?, a collection of original songs pitted against subsequent cover versions; all vinyl from the a_ronious collection! while i'm typically dropping at least one of these mixes on my Soundcloud page weekly, this one is special so it gets its own blog post. my style for these mixes is usually what i refer to as the skitzomix - i have a blank cassette in my tapedeck, and as i listen to LPs through, i record a track i'm especially feeling or think will fit the mix after the album has played through. so they're basically some kind of documentation of the music i've been listening to, buying or pulling back out of my crates and am most likely making my art to. once in a while i like to make a more focused mix, however, which brings us to my newest series, Originals vs. Covers. for many months i've been slowly compiling a list of originals vs. covers which i own on vinyl; i was finally ready to begin the series so yesterday i made the actual mix in one session; though i had a pre-selected list of tracks to pool from, like usual i freestyled the actual mix rather than thinking out the order in a premeditated way. pictured below are all of the records used to make the A-side of the mix:
the title of the mix comes from an Afghan Whigs song in which Greg Dulli declared "it's the singer, not the song" - while that track isn't on here since it's not a cover, i thought it was a prime embodiment of the thoughts the mix is meant to provoke - what makes a song great, the singer or the song? the lyrics or the performance? the thought or the attitude, intention or execution? a rhetorical question of course but an eternal musing for any artist or appreciator of their work! since the mix is a collection of pairings, i made images of the originals & their coupled covers, check 'em out: