In my teen years, if we were friends, you probably received a mixtape from me. I probably spent hours pouring over cassette after cassette trying to find the most perfect song that I thought you might just love. More often than not, it was indie music. Something obscure you’d never heard before, and my hopes were that you’d love a certain band just as much as I did. Growing up in a small rural town in Wisconsin made it difficult to find anything that wasn’t Top 40 or Country. But I lived close enough to Madison, and State Street had great college record stores that fed my need for something different.
H I T P L A Y T O L I S T E N
I must tell you that track 13 is very near and dear to my heart. It’s by a band called PHOX. They are from my hometown of Baraboo, and I’ve seen them a few times this past year. They played Lollapalooza a couple of years ago. Earlier this year they played SXSW and most recently they play the Conan O’Brian show. If you like that one, then play this song/video on YouTube. I had a tie between 1936 and Slow Motion. I love them both. So here’s my big shout-out to PHOX!