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Getting Cozy With Corey J Brewer by sledgbrainerd

Corey J Brewer's new solo album, “Denver International Airport”, is a difficult one to describe but not to listen to.

Many sounds and influences can be heard, It could definitely be described simply as “moody”, but it is the sort of album where the mood is different depending on the context. You could picture, say, a sort of dimly lit, Lynchian, old lounge that you have to walk DOWNstairs from the street to get to. You are not in danger, but you get a feeling of being present for something hidden and mysterious. At other times it sounds intimate, relaxing and dream-like. A version of the feeling you get when you have just come inside from the freezing rain to your warm living room.

Corey is a veteran of the Seattle-area music scene. He has been in several bands and musical projects going back to the mid-90's. He is known amongst fans of The Murder City Devils as “merchbot2000”, due to his usual presence behind their merch table. His longtime band, Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive To Death (Triumph of Lethargy or TOLSATD for short) has released 6 albums as well as numerous releases of the live/split/collaboration/7" variety. He started the band with his good friend and singer for The Murder City Devils, Spencer Moody (they later added Dann Gallucci, Andrea Zollo, and Joel Cuplin to the mix). Spencer explained the formation and concepts behind the band in their band bio:

“We are Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death, but you can call us triumph of lethargy. This is a project. But not a side project. We (Corey Brewer and Myself) started the band after the break-up of The Murder City Devils. So, I guess this was a couple of years back. I asked Corey after seeing his other band ”Bright Shiny Objects“. We were already friends from touring together in MCD. At that time Corey went by merchbot2000. Triumph of Lethargy is a true collaboration. Aside from the violin which is played exclusively by Corey we both make sounds and play whatever. Often after mixing is finished I have no idea who did what(thou it should be said Corey did most guitar on this record). For me Triumph of Lethargy is a reaction to the limitations of the traditional rock band. I had it up to my neck with verse chorus verse. I wanted to explore some less musical sounds, eliminate the producer, and acknowledge the disconnect between recording and live performance. Also I wanted some one to drink PBR with in my basement. The Neil Young cover is the heart and soul of this record. It is at the core of what I wanted to be the loneliest sounding record in the world. Corey designed the cover art to remind folks of books put out by Black Sparrow Press. Specifically John Fante. enjoy - Spencer E. Moody”

In addition to Triumph of Lethargy and his solo work, Corey is the vocalist in the underrated thrash/hardcore/punk band Cold Lake, and has an “Acoustic Deathdrone and remixes” project, Scorpio Scorpio Scorpio.

On a personal note, I have been pestering this guy for about a decade now for various reasons that mostly have to do with really being a fan his music. I was thrilled when he was enthusiastic about not only being interviewed, but in also making us a great Dinner mix. DOWNLOAD IT RIGHT HERE And TRACKLIST HERE. Check it out while you read the interview below.

: The main thing about you that appealed to us, as a good feature subject for TAPE, is that you seem to be involved in all sides of the musical process. Was music always a part of you growing up? Did anything in particular turn you on to music in a major way? When did you start making your own music?

CJB: My Parents have a great vinyl collection. Hendrix, Stones, Beatles, lots of early blues records and the 70's dudes that were influenced by those blues records. My Grandparents gave me their records and turntable when I was about 11 and those records cemented an appreciation for kitsch and schmaltz: Marty Robbins, Tony Bennett, The Platters etc. In my mid-teens I had a cassette label with some friends, we put out our own bands and noise projects and that got us in touch with all sorts of underground diy types who pointed us at shows, zines, and bands outside of our small town.

: How did someone get small town tape label releases into peoples hands back then? Did you utilize the 90's internet or some other means or was it mainly through selling tapes at shows? What, if anything, did you learn from doing that which helped you further down the line?

CJB: Check out this bit of “uphill both ways”, in 1994 the internet availability in Mount Vernon Washington was longdistance dialup. Also, no one I knew had a computer. We would send tapes to zines and other cassette labels or send letters with our catalog asking if anyone wanted to trade. Thats how I got in touch with Union Pole and they wound up putting out two of my solo noise cassettes in 1994/95 (Harpin' with Corey 1, 2).

: What do you like to do that may not be directly music related?

CJB: I am a movie nerd and am really into roses.

: What filmmakers/movements are you particularly fond of?

CJB: I am currently trying to watch everything Rainier Fassbinder directed, I also love the films of Micheal Haneke, Francois Ozon, and John Waters.

: I have tried to describe to friends what your recent solo albums sound like, but I never feel like I do them justice. How do you/would you describe the sound? Are you getting the opportunity to play the material live as much as you would like?

CJB: Sad to resort to “X meets Y” type descriptions but “Andy Williams karaoking Bjork” is an easy approximation. People have called it Trip-hop and I can't argue. I've been doing more and more solo shows all the time, I think in 2014 I'll probably do at least one solo tour and play around Western Washington a fair amount.

: There is a very intimate or personal feel to most of the music you have played on. Is that intentional, just part of how they were recorded, or something else?

CJB: Intentional I suppose. I like music that feels like a shared secret.

: You have had your music released on just about every format available. What are the pros and cons of releasing something on a specific format?

CJB: I don't really like doing cds, and while cassettes are fun, the ideal format is vinyl. But it is prohibitively expensive, so I've only released vinyl when someone else has been generous enough to offer.

: We are especially big fans of Cold Lake’s Better Living tape set which also includes The Red Tape as well as buttons, a poster, downloads, and even a fucking boxcutter (You can spot two copies of the set in the TAPE header on the front page). Triumph of Lethargy’s album “Some Of Us Are In This Together”’s vinyl release is quite extravagant as well. Seeing as how you are the common thread in both bands, are you the main one who gets super into the packaging ideas or does each respective band get deep into it?

CJB: Both of those were put out by M.l. Birdsall, the mastermind behind both Don't Stop Believin' and their current label Trench Art. Birdsall has a passion for great packaging and truly believes in the importance of making a tangible release special. Both bands had plenty of input into those records, but without Birdsalls faith and enthusiasm I sincerely doubt either release would have been as cool.

: One of my favorite aspects of Triumph of Lethargy was the willingness to record songs more than once and try different things with them (“Salt” for example - “Helpless” version, “Some Of Us Are In This Together” version). How do those ideas come about? Do they come from playing them live or because everyone in the band has a lot of things they can do?

CJB: So many of those early songs were Spencer and I improvising ideas and recording them either on the spot or quite early into a songs existence. These songs changed when we would play them live and even more so when Dann, Joel and Andrea got on board. We wanted the evolved elaborated versions of the songs to be preserved, and it was easier than writing new songs.

: How did songwriting work once more people were in the band? Did it involve a similar amount of improvising ideas?

CJB: Oh, yes definitely. Someone brings a riff or a melody and we jam it out for an hour and then lazer it down to five minutes.

: Has mixtaping ever been something you got into? Any notable ones from your life, either to you or from you?

CJB: I've made countless mixtapes, but I don't remember any really. I did make Jamie Byrum (drummer for Black Breath) a tape of alternating Mukilteo Fairies and Kraftwerk songs in the late 90s that was probably pretty obnoxious. He made me one of Los Crudos and Rudimentary Peni.

: In your opinion, if I was to spend a month in Seattle, what music-related happenings should I make sure to experience? What venues/record stores/creative spaces should I make sure not to miss?

CJB: Oooo, my best of Seattle list? Record Stores: Wall of Sound, Easy Street, Sonic Boom. Bar: Pony. Movie Theater: Grand Illusion. Video Store: Scarecrow & On 15th.Venue-wise the most reliable for great shows are Hrtlnd, Black Lodge, Barboza, and Cairo. Hollow Earth Radio is a free form online radio and they occasionally host shows that are always great.

: What lesser known Seattle bands/artists/labels should we check out? How about outside of Seattle?

CJB: In the PNW in general: Don't Talk to the Cops!, Monogamy Party, Dreamdecay, Key Nyata, ILLFIGHTYOU, Your Heart Breaks, Jordan O'Jordan, Hysterics, Atriarch, OCnotes, Theories, Cross, Lovers Without Borders, Gag, Earth Control. I could go on and on. There is a wealth of great stuff up here right now.

Outside PNW: Crazy Band, HOAX, Antwon, Xothist and Rvdxr Klvn.

: Do you guys have any recorded documentation of Triumph of Lethargy playing live when it was just you and Spencer? The first show I saw (opening for Modest Mouse at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland) blew my freaking mind. It was just you and a guitar, and Spencer and a sampler/looping thing, I think. I could talk about that set forever. I still think about you guys playing “I Made A List” to a hostile crowd with Spencer putting the mic in the face of especially hostile crowdmembers after each time he would say “You’re on my list!” and it pumps me up. Amazing. What are your memories of that incarnation of TOLSATD, and touring at the time that Modest Mouse was hitting the big time?

CJB: Those shows were really crazy and I have videotapes of some of those shows that I've been meaning to get to. Big or small you can tell when a crowd turns on you and when its that many people it is a tangible electricity. That hatred was a crazy thing to absorb/deflect, but we felt no need to win anyone over.

Our opinion was: if we played this town by ourselves we would play to 13 people and 10 would hate it. Why not play to 2000 and have 1800 people hate it? 200 people liking us is pretty good.

: Do you think you developed thicker skin(so to speak) because of those shows? If a similar opportunity arose now, would you do it again?

CJB: I think it absolutely made us a stronger band, and it kept us grounded. The week after playing the Paramount in Seattle (2500 seats) we played a basement for 6 people. The basement show was more fun, but I would absolutely do it again.

: How would you describe your taste in music?

CJB: Fluid

: It appears that you enjoy really getting into the spirit of Halloween and Christmas. Are there any other holidays that you get into?

CJB: Well, I don't love Christmas, but my Wife Jill does, the Xmas albums are a gift to her. Her enthusiasm for the Holiday Season is contagious.

: What are some of your favorite Christmas albums?

CJB: 3 Best ever: Andy Williams, Phil Spector and James Brown. Mary J Blige has one coming out I'm kinda psyched on. I should really mention Immortal here, they have great songs about snow and ice, “At The Heart of Winter” is a seasonal favorite.

: What movies should everyone watch around Halloween to really get into the spirit of it?

CJB: Here are five I watch every year: Suspiria, Halloween, The Shining, Trick R Treat, Rosemary's Baby

: You once wrote something that stuck with me on the old Murder City Devils blog about their first album being good dishwashing music, and how that was a good quality. What are some of your favorite “washing the dishes” albums?

CJB: Filth/Blatz - Shit Split is essential housecleaning music, Dillinger Four's Versus God as well.

: What are your favorite online resources for discovering stuff you might not have heard before?

CJB: The youtube related column is a surprisingly good spot to find new music, I follow some hip-hop and black metal tumblrs and those are a good resource.

: Do you have any podcasts you would like to recommend?

CJB: Dead Authors Podcast, Comedy Bang Bang, Doug Loves Movies, Thelema Now, How Did This Get Made, the Pod F Tompkast.

: What does the future hold for your various projects? Now that Spencer lives in Los Angeles, what is going to happen with TOLSATD?

CJB: Well, Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death will never break up as long as Spencer and I are alive and love each other, but performing live probably wont happen anytime soon. We do have some recording ideas though. Aside from that, Spencer and I are planning a split 7" of our solo stuff, and a tour for it. Probably in spring.

The new Corey J Brewer album, “Denver International Airport”, as well as his early noise tapes, are here:
Union Pole
Video for “Rider Slumps”

And TAPE highly recommends you check out his other work as well:

Video - “Jennifer”
Video - “Liberace's Phone”
Video - “Green Flashbulb in Grey Room”

Cold Lake
Live Video - “Concret Drugs”
Live Video - “Hex Exhaled”
Live Video - “Courage & Consequence”

Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death - Digital
Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death - Physical
Video - “RC & Whiskey”
Video - “Big Bed”
Video - “Isabella Roselini's Shoe/Salt” Live on KEXP

Scorpio Scorpio Scorpio
Video - “Boating with Clyde” Episode #9
Video - Nas & AZ - “Life's a Bitch” (Scorpio Scorpio Scorpio Remix)

Web Audio Kisses - 10/16/13 by sledgbrainerd

Whoah! A month between posts! Time slips away!

Featured TAPE Mixtape
Marajuca by Runner812

New Bandcamp Hunter Mixtape
October 2013
Bandcamp Hunter TAPE feature is immanent. Stay Tuned!

Best Album Announcement EVAR
Big Business - Battlefields Forever

Featured Label That You Should Give All Your Money To
Teenage Teardrops
You can't go wrong here, really. At least get the two releases from CRAZY BAND. You won't regret it

Featured Musician Internet Criticism
David Byrne

Featured Community Radio Show
Anika's Do Not Go Gentle

FactMag's Best Mixtapes and Free Mixes of the Week
Sept. 27th 2013

FactMag's Essential Cassette Releases of the Month
Caught on Tape - October 2013

Featured Cassette Tape Label Store
Ascetic House on Chondritic Sound

Mixtaping: A Habit of Supremely Happy People
According to Huffington Post

Featured DJ Set

Featured LCD Soundsystem-related Things
James Murphy's Kickass David Bowie Remix
Matt Thornley Guest Mix for FAR AWAY

Coming Up for TAPE:

- A feature on an awesome dude named Corey J Brewer. Likely going up this very weekend. He's made a mix!

- I'm still working on streaming listening parties for physical releases. Message me if you want to send me a mixtape to broadcast.

More soon…

Web Audio Kisses - 9/12/13 by sledgbrainerd

Featured TAPE Mix
kiss and ride. twist and shout. lights out. by natalye

Featured FactMag Mix
Zola Jesus

Featured Review Blog
Dead Formats

Featured Cheap Download Of Entire Weird Cassette Label Discography
Union Pole - a tape label from the 1990's

Featured Aquarium Drunkard Bootleg Download
The Velvet Underground - The Matrix Sampler

Featured Bandcamp Hunter Pick/Freebie of the Week
This One's For My Friends - Compilation

Featured Entertaining Guitar Conversation
Dean Ween on Vice's Guitar Moves

Featured Flickr Mixtape Artwork
User Johannes Gothager (again!)

Featured Tape Label
Ascetic House

Come across anything that should be featured in this column? Let us know in the forums!

Web Audio Kisses - 8/22/13 by sledgbrainerd

Featured TAPE Mix
Claims of Immortality (jan 2013) by noiseboy

Featured Music Site Mix
Le Turc Mecanique Mixtape on International Tapes

Featured Tape Review Site
Cassette Love
This site has the right idea. They discuss the music as well as the packaging and sound quality. You can tell it comes from a place of love for the format. Well done!

Featured Tape Label
Jehu and Chinaman

Featured Label Compilation
Wil-ru Digital

Featured Bandcamp Hunter Find
Barbiturates - Shades 10"

Looking Back at Bobby Brown's Don't Be Cruel
Coincidentally, I got this on tape for 25 cents last weekend.

Featured Internet Viral Thing Actually Worth Your Time
Dolly Parton's “Jolene” slowed down

Featured Crate Digger Video
Stones Throw Record's Egon
And speaking of Stones Throw…

Featured Podcast
Stones Throw Records Podcast
Amazing mixes that cover just about every genre.

Factmag Mix of the Week
Lee Bannon

Featured Freebie
After Dark 2 Instrumentals
Courtesy of Italians Do It Better.

Featured Time-Waster
The 10 Least Essential Albums of 1983

Featured Albums Available on Spotify
Mutazione: Italian Electronic & New Wave Underground 1980 - 1988
Destruction Unit - Deep Void
Artists get paid basically nothing from Spotify, so make sure to support them if you dig this stuff.

Join our group on Last.FM!

Web Audio Kisses - 8/9/13 by sledgbrainerd

Featured Tape User Mix
Thanks For The Songs, KEXP by CST003
Podcasts + Community Radio + Mixtape = <3

Featured Record Label
Baro Records
2 days ago, I was browsing through some cassette related subreddits when I cam across a post that linked to this. My initial interest was based on the inclusion of a new album by Odd Nosdam, who is responsible for some of my favorite music out of the legendary anticon label (he also just released an ambient mixtape). Everything looked beautiful and after listening to a few pieces on bandcamp, I decided $25 dollars was a steal for 4 tapes from this young label. 2 days later the tapes are playing in my house (shipped from Chicago to Portland) and they were worth every penny. Amazing sounds, beautiful artwork, and 4 tapes to add to my collection. After listening through their Record Label Comp, I might have to spring for their vinyl of that as well. If you are at all interested in beautiful ambient/experimental - types of sounds, give a few listens on bandcamp, buy some stuff and support these guys, eh? Baro Starter Batch

Featured Podcast
Tabs Out
This is easily one of the more interesting music-related podcasts we've heard in a long time, and their website has all sorts of cool things too. Do it.

Featured Mix Blog
Chances With Wolves
Something for everyone on here.

Featured Bandcamp Hunter Post
Repo Man - All Mind In The Cat House

Featured Free Label Sampler
Rok Lok Records
Another find on a cassette-related subreddit, Blast this with the windows open.

Featured Artist Mix
“Whether your life demands exercise or exorcise, this mix is for you.”
by Zackey Force Funk of Demon Queen

Featured Mid-Year Best-Of List
The Quietus

Assorted TAPE related biz:
  • If you scrobble to last.fm, join our group so we can see what our community listens to. TAPE on LAST.FM

  • Starting next week, we are going to start livestreaming a tape or a record every week. If anyone has anything they would like for me to stream, post the info in the blog suggestions thread in the forum and I will look into it. Ideally, I would like this to eventually be a forum for us to get together as a community and listen to a user mixtape or something from a featured guest.

  • The releases for Cassette Store Day have been announced if you are into that sort of thing. Here is hoping this doesn't turn into what Record Store Day has. There looks to be some good stuff being made available.

Web Audio Kisses - 7/31/13 by sledgbrainerd

Hi all.

Working hard on getting things rolling around here. First up is something I would like to have as a regular reoccurring part of this front page: A sort of list of the notable mix and mixtape related things from around the web. If at any time, any of you have a recommendation for something to include, leave a link in the recommendations/suggestions thread in the forum and we will be stoked to check it out.

Tape Recommends: Ducktails' The Flower Lane & Fact Magazine Mix by sledgbrainerd

The recent entry in the outstanding FactMag mix series by Ducktails is not the sort of mix that you are likely to blast out of the windows of your car or at a party. Not all mixes are or should be. What this mix pulls off beautifully is a balance of electro background jams, soft-rock, funky stuff, and the oddities that fit perfectly between which perfectly suits keeping your brain nimble and engaged while carrying out tasks such as working on the computer or making tuna casserole or getting intoxicated while trying on edgy new outfits or building a fancy birdhouse in your garage.

What you get is an engaging mix filled with some insight into an artists listening habits, along with the likelihood of discovering music you might not have heard otherwise. You also get to download the mix for free for 3 weeks after it is published. You can't beat free y'allz. It's already been a couple weeks for this one, HURRY!

We would like to recommend listening to this mix as a supplement to Ducktails' great recent release, The Flower Lane. Listen on spotify or buy.

And while you are it, download the Soundcloud mobile app and follow Factmag, so you can listen to their mixes whenever you want.

Factmag link for the mix details. Soundcloud link to listen and download.

FactMag Twitter

Matt Mondanile Twitter
Ducktails Bandcamp
Ducktails Facebook
Ducktails Myspace

Tepsic Magazine: Music, Pictures, and Morgy by sledgbrainerd

At first glance, there's something obviously different about Tepsic Magazine. You get the feeling you are seeing something new. Like you might be looking through some strangers' personal photo albums. Strangers who happen to perform music for a living. This is Tepsic Magazine: simple, raw, gorgeous.

Tepsic Magazine is the labor of love for one Morgan Tepsic, of Oklahoma City. Morgy, as he is known to his growing legion of “Tepsicheads”, has an idea that is interesting, expressive and personal, yet so simple, you wonder how it hasn't been done before.

Simply: he sends a disposable camera to an artist, they snap some photos and send it back. He then publishes the photos on giant (11x17 - “Poster Size”) pages that contain no articles, reviews, or writing outside of some titles. “A music magazine without the bullshit” as he has described it. What you get is a candid peek into the behind the scenes antics of each artist, from their own point of view, a style which Morgy calls ”all natural photo vérité".

Morgy takes the time to personally decorate the disposable camera for each artist because, as he told Portable.TV, he feels that it “…gets people excited to snap pictures on it.” He spends a lot of time on social networks interacting with other users and documenting his process. When he ships a magazine, he usually includes a signature doodle and maybe even a haiku written on the packaging. Every aspect of the magazine has his own personal touch.

While preparing for the impending release of the second issue of Tepsic (out as of the weekend of Friday, Oct. 26th), Morgy took some time out of his busy schedule to chat about his favorite music, inspirations, and some of the things in between.

One of the main aspects that appealed to us about your magazine besides it's beauty, and why we felt you would be a good feature for TAPE, was that everything seems so personal about it. From the pics the artists take to the presentation of the magazine itself, the way it is sold and marketed and even packaged and shipped. Does this reflect what you are attracted to in a product, whether it is art, music or otherwise?

It's a mixture of what I'm attracted to in a product and I like to put a part of myself in what I produce. When it comes to music these days, I think it's easy for people to forget that these artists are people like anyone else. I want to be that voice for them that unveils an artistic side you normally wouldn't have seen, just like the places they photograph. When I package up the magazine, I like doing my little MORGY guy to serve as sort of a reminder that TEPSIC is not some soulless magazine, but run by a dude that likes adding that last “touch”.

Are there any artists that directly inspire you and your art?

I'm guessing you're referring the magazine as my art, so I've been heavily inspired by fashion magazines coming out of Japan right now in terms of designs and layouts. The team over there at SUP' Mag really inspired me as a music magazine showing that it's possible to have a relationship with an artist and want to be interested in the music they make based on a conversation with them, rather than a rating scale or something like that. I think dudes like A$AP really inspire me as well, just for doing something and taking that shit as high as they want to.

How big of a role does music play in your daily life?

It plays a pretty big role in my life now. I have a job where I'm able to listen to tons of music and am being exposed to new music all the time from letters i get from artists all over. I'm constantly sending out cameras for artists to shoot on and deciding which new cameras to send out. It's all part of a selection process that's happening in my head, constantly deciding who I want to appear in the mag. At the end of the day though, I just want to listen to some cheesy pop music and chill out.

Is there a song/artist/genre that makes you feel nostalgic every time you hear it? Any memories you care to share?

Whenever I went on a road trip across the US with my girlfriend we listened to a lot of Francis and the Lights and this great mix tape that Jensen Sportag put out called “Rio's Night Out” which had Wham!, Chaka Khan, Kool & the gang, Sheila E and a lot of other great tunes. Whenever I listen to that I'm immediately taken back to being blazed in a jetta trekking all over the place.

A lot of electronic and japanese pop music can take me back to when I was living in Korea. i was being exposed to a lot of great music and spent hours and hours downloading music. Stuff like Capsule, Hazel Nuts Chocolate, Boredoms, Coltemonikha, the pancakes….the list goes on.

You come across as a pretty open-minded guy when it comes to music, how would you describe your taste?

I like a lot of pop music, mainly 80's and 90's pop. A lot of slow jamz. They don't make shit like that anymore! I love synthesizers and bass-lines, so that's where Zapp and The Human League, Com Truise and even Breakbot come in. I've got a VERY soft spot for disco, so I have a lot of Tiger & Woods, Cheryl Lynn, Surface, Heatwave, Mary Jane Girls, The Emotions in my library, and I still feel like I need more.

Are there any albums that you find yourself frequently returning to?

Donuts by J Dilla has and continues to blow my mind.
Forget by Twin Shadow, I still get chills.
Odelay! by Beck, one of the best albums of all time.
Doopee Time by The Doopees
Homework by Daft Punk

We are big fans of your PITCHFORK sticker, can you explain your feelings about the site?

I think numbering scales are dumb and inefficient in terms of letting people know if they will actually like the music or not. it just seems more like politics rather than being about the music, and I think that should raise concern with some people. Their job now is to create hundreds of headlines a week and post them to Facebook and Twitter all day long to remain relevant and constantly remind us of their presence by content farming. And it's not just Pitchfork doing that, it's practically every major music magazine. we now live in a point in time where we want all the latest news, NOW! If you take a look at NME's Twitter feed throughout the week, you'll notice that they tweet a story related to Oasis about every week, and multiple times throughout the week. It's hilarious.

I will be very happy when Pitchfork is no longer relevant to how and why people check out new music.

You reside in Oklahoma City, can you tell us about the musical environment in the city?

The music scene is rapidly developing with a lot bigger names rolling through the city. There's always local shows happening every week. It's a great place to be if you like all kinds of music.

If we were to come visit OKC, are there any particular record shops, venues or other musical related happenings/landmarks that we shouldn't miss? Any local bands we should look up?

If you were ever in the area, I would suggest hitting up the conservatory in oklahoma city if you wanted to see where the night would take you. There's always interesting bands rolling through there with cheap beer. Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips lives in the city and lives in a crazy weird house, and you almost always see him around the city doing something. Guest room records has a few shops throughout oklahoma city and norman and have a great selection of records. Their dollar bin is fun to browse through if you have the time.

I recently saw “My So-Called Band” a couple weeks ago, and they only play 90's music and all interchange instruments and singing. They play anything from TLC “waterfalls” to Rage Against the Machine's “bulls on parade”. I would suggest getting hammered and going to one of their shows. It's a lot of fun.

Have you ever been one to make mixtapes or have you ever been given one by someone? If so, what was it like and what were the circumstances around it?

When I was around 3rd or 4th grade i bought a stereo system for around $30 that had a tape deck and a 3-CD changer. I remember my older brother having a ton of CD's, and I would just take them and record the songs I liked onto a tape so I could play them later because he got mad when I took his albums and lost them.

When I would make mix tapes, it would usually be surrounded by a genre or I would try and expand on a friend's music taste by introducing them to some tunes they haven't heard of.

You recently asked people over various social networks to leave a message on a voicemail line for a mixtape you were making. How was the response? How much strange did you get?

Yeah that was really fun, I didn't really think people would call in but they did! I'm using those voicemails for an upcoming mix I'm putting out that sounds like a radio station. TEPSIC Radio! I got a lot of voicemails from Los Angeles requesting old school rap which was pretty hilarious, Hopefully you'll be able to hear some of them soon.

Do you make mixes regularly? If so, what is a typical Morgy mix like?

I regularly compile songs in iTunes that i really like and it kind of serves as my “go-to” mix when I want to get into the “MORGY ZONE”. I like to blend in a lot of different types of music and have it possess a “flow” so it naturally transitions into each song. Some weird tunes, some classics, some wild-cards.

Let's say you have a middle-school aged nephew/neice who has taken a strong liking to music, what albums would you give him/her as a birthday present?

I'd probably give him/her by Justice, Feels by Animal Collective, a greatest hits album of Sade, The Chonic by Dre, Bad by Michael Jackson, MM…Food by MF DOOM and probably some Zapp for good measure. I know they probably wouldn't give those albums a listen while they were in middle school, but over time they will probably go back to them and be like “Uncle MORGY is cool”.

Are you a collector of anything music related?

Other than collecting all these TEPSIC photos, which I hold very close to my heart, I collect vinyl and that's about it. Over the course of my life, I've been very accustomed to packing up and leaving and losing a lot of my stuff in random places. I collect my woman's love letters and a modest vinyl stack.

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to start their own magazine?

Don't expect anyone to like it. Don't expect anyone to buy it. Don't be influenced by what everyone else is doing.

Commit to your vision and a set of goals and do whatever it takes to accomplish those goals. Set the bar higher and higher as you progress and stay true to why you started a magazine in the first place.

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Further reading:
Portable.tv interview (and a source for some of the info in this piece) where Morgy talks more about the process of making the magazine: