sex. & candy. & violence. the _ronitape

new 90-minute all vinyl mixtape loosely exploring a theme.

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"i smell sex and... vio-lence heeere"

new 90-minute _ronitape vinyl-to-cassette mixtape is here for yr listening pleasure! stream or download it with the Soundcloud link above. after completing that last theme-mix which i did the extensive blog about on here, Originals vs. Covers vol. 1, i wanted to ride that focused-mix wave a little bit for the next tape i made. a loose concept evolved organically thanks to my Record Store Day 2017 purchases. got up with mi brethren Esh on RSD & hit our local Jamaica Plain record store Tres Gatos; more than most spots in the city, Phil & the gatos go super hard with their Record Store Day event, its always really well done. there were way less RSD-exclusive releases i wanted this year, which i was relieved about since i drop enough loot on vinyl on the regular! they didn't get in the Pure Hell 7" i was looking for but i got the Danny Brown 10" & couldn't resist copping the nineties alt-rock band Marcy Playground's 1997 debut which was just pressed on wax for the first time; haha i hadn't heard any other song on it but the track "Sex and Candy" is just, well, too damn sexy & catchy & hypnotizing & haunting and i had to have it.

after Tres Gatos we hit up Do617's annual record store day event at Brighton Music Hall which features a good variety of local indie vendors & labels slinging records, tapes, tees and more. The Coathangers performed and totally kicked ass, we'll have to revisit them later since i copped all their vinyl there. i was trying to go light but a barrage of bloody marys on an empty stomach later and i was coming home with another huge haul of vinyl. the homie Tall Matt from Traffic/ Get on Down was there & i copped a bunch of gems with bent corners he laced me with for cheap (biggups!) including Boogie Down Productions' banger, Sex and Violence. so within my RSD2017 vinyl haul the new _ronitape was born, linking those two records' titles into the loose concept/subject/aesthetic/attitudes the mix would follow...

sex. & candy. & violence.

i wanted a loose concept to explore without having to put in too much thought, slowing down the process - that Covers vs Originals mix took a long time to plot out selection-wise, which was awesome, but i like to stay cranking out these vinyl mixes on the regular as i play records, much of the time while working on my art, so the notions of Sex & Candy & Violence were a perfect parameter to stay in abstractly adding a vague theme. physical emotion, love, hate, aggression, sexuality, drugs, affection, isolation, brutality, sensuality, anxiety... i think in some way all the tracks embody one, two, or all three auras associated with the 3 words, though not necessarily in a super literal way. little thought was put into the selection, just picked them based on the feelings or words or sounds associated with that sex candy violence feel.

i don't even know anyone else who makes mixtape cassettes like myself, but if they're out there, they know that the best part of the mixtape-making process is first listen! after completing the mix, listening to how it all ended up flowing together is super fun & rewarding; i typically notice connections between songs i hadn't consciously intended which is a great feeling, like when an observer sees something in your art you had never noticed before. i digitize these mixes in real time before uploading them to Soundcloud, so while doing that on my first listen i decided to add a further visual element to the experience, and towards the end of the b-side after soaking in the general aesthetic of the tape, i made this quick piece of inky expressive art, attempting to abstractly illustrate the feeling. the focus of this site (and my life in general, you could say) is exploring the connections between art & music, creation & inspiration, so it felt the only thing to do! while the art looks similar to my Witches Brew ink work, it is actually Marsh T-Grade black ink, though mixed with a little Witches Brew & applied with its dauber, on Arches Huile/Oil cold pressed, extra deluxe textured paper. i've been experimenting with that specific combination for a little while now but it's the first time i've debuted it! whereas the Witches Brew work is more about the strokes, the Marsh/Arches style is more about the blackness of the ink, if that makes sense. more to come, soon enough! if you dig the mix, share it with friends! i appreciate ya!