Muxtape.com was an awesome site that existed in its original form only briefly in 2008. It consisted of a simple, colorful grid of usernames which you would click to reveal a large-font playlist of about 5-25 songs… like a mix tape (hence the cute name). Each song would play in order, or you could skip ahead, or you could just go look for a new mixtape either by clicking “next,” which would deliver you to a random user’s page, or by browsing the random grid of usernames on the homepage. In August, just five months after its launch, the site was taken offline and replaced with a short message: “Muxtape will be unavailable for a brief period while we sort out a problem with the RIAA.”
I was wondering what had happened since muxtape died, so I checked. It looks like they’re now trying to leverage their technology in a way that doesn’t perturb the RIAA quite so directly, but they’re not ready with the redesign yet. However, while in development, muxtape invited a few of their favorite bands to start using the site for testing. One of these is Dan Deacon.
Maybe you’re so 3008 and I’m so 2000 and late that Dan Deacon is totally old news to you, but I’d never heard of him before. Anyway, now I’m caught up having learned all about him by reading his myspace, his wikipedia, his own site, as well as several blog articles reporting recent reviews of his live shows as he tours with a 15-member “electronic assuault orchestra” across the country in support of his newest album, Bromst. (Of course I missed the LA show at the Troubadour in April).
The youtube video is a live performance from last weekend in Kansas City of “Get Older” from Bromst, but my favorite track so far is “Snake Mistakes” from his 2007 album, Spiderman of the Rings.
My final discovery from this particular web-surfing tangent is that some developers who, like me, were disappointed in muxtape’s early demise have rewritten its interface and released it as opentape, a package you can use to add muxtape functionality to your own site.