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Blank Cassette is the podcast that revisits your mixtapes (or CDs, or playlists, or whatever) song-by-song and block-by-block to get the stories behind them.

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    • 4.9 • 9 Ratings

Blank Cassette is the podcast that revisits your mixtapes (or CDs, or playlists, or whatever) song-by-song and block-by-block to get the stories behind them.

    DJ Snakedish's Holidays (Dance Dance Party Party)

    DJ Snakedish's Holidays (Dance Dance Party Party)

    This week we're spotlight Dance Dance Party Party, an international freestyle dance session where women of all backgrounds can refresh and embrace themselves! We welcome Chicago chapter den mothers Catherine Carrigan and Danielle Holtz, who bring their co-curated 2016 holiday party playlist (only two Christmas songs though!) and share what participation in DDPP has meant to them - and to many of the women who take part.
    For complete songs, enjoy Danielle's Spotify playlist!
    DJ Snakedish's Holidays includes:
    1. Otis Redding - Merry Christmas Baby
    2. Carly Rae Jepsen - Run Away with Me
    3. Justin Timberlake - CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!
    4. Girl Talk - Bounce That
    5. The Strokes- Someday
    6. Prince - Kiss
    7. Bomba Estereo - Soy Yo
    8. Meghan Trainor - Me Too
    9. Drake - One Dance
    10. Chance the Rapper - All Night
    11. Lizzo - Good as Hell
    12. The Isley Brothers - Shout, Pts. 1 & 2
    13. The B-52's - Strobe Light
    14. Beyonce - Daddy Lessons
    15. Jill Scott - Run Run Run
    16. Selena Gomez - Hands to Myself
    17. Icona Pop - Someone Who Can Dance
    18. Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly
    19. The Chemical Brothers - Galvanize
    20. Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
    21. Ciara - One, Two Step
    22. JD McPherson - North Side Gal
    23. Jidenna - Classic Man
    24. David Bowie & Queen - Under Pressure
    25. Poi Dog Pondering - Complicated
    26. John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

    • 45 min
    Episode 0: Katie's Super Bowl Mix

    Episode 0: Katie's Super Bowl Mix

    The Nerdologues' new podcast mentoring program got me thinking about my own process for piloting shows -- which inspired me to unearth the never-before-released pilot episode for Blank Cassette, featuring fellow Nerdologues member Katie sharing a really, ah, focused mix CD she was given in 2001. Hope you like Hanson. There are a handful of reasons this was never released, but as proof-of-concept for the show Blank Cassette became, I think it's pretty interesting. Hope you enjoy!
    Also, of course, you should definitely apply to the Nerdologues podcast mentoring program if you've got a show you want to make! Apply by next Friday, April 20! Just please don't record your interviews outside!
    For complete songs (where available), check out this Spotify playlist for the episode.
    Katie's Super Bowl Mix includes:
    1. Aerosmith - Walk This Way
    2. Aerosmith, Britney Spears, NSYNC - Walk This Way (live)
    3. Super Bowl 2001 Halftime Show 
    4. Hanson - A Song to Sing
    5. Hanson - Lonely Again
    6. Hanson - If Only
    7. Hanson - Save Me
    8. Hanson - Smile
    9. Hanson - This Time Around

    • 22 min
    Ben's Volume 3

    Ben's Volume 3

    Show favorite Ben Rathert is back again with a look back to pretty much the very beginning of his ever-growing series of volumes. This week, we join a high school-aged Ben looking for anything in the world he can call his own -- and finding music to be that thing. There's not much a teenager can claim with certainty, but for Ben, the process of putting together these songs and feelings became an important, even transformative experience. Let's talk about it.
    For complete songs where available, enjoy our Spotify playlist for the episode.
    Ben's Volume 3 includes:
    1. New Radicals - You Get What You Give
    2. The Beatles - All You Need Is Love
    3. Frank Sinatra - That's Life
    4. Jars of Clay - Like a Child
    5. The Dave Clark Five - Catch Us If You Can
    6. The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black
    7. The Temptations - My Girl
    8. Martina McBride - Independence Day
    9. Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' with Disaster
    10. West Side Story - Jet Song
    11. They Might Be Giants - Particle Man
    12. Vonda Shepard - This Is Crazy Now
    13. The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)
    14. Eagles - Tequila Sunrise
    15. Simon & Garfunkel - Save the Life of My Child
    16. John Lennon - Imagine
    17. Pure Prairie League - Falling In and Out of Love/Amie
    18. Stevie Wonder - You Are the Sunshine of My Life
    19. Paula Cole - I Don't Want to Wait
    20. Supertramp - Take the Long Way Home
    21. Monty Python - Penis Song

    • 37 min
    Sam and Laura's Mouthstruments

    Sam and Laura's Mouthstruments

    When Sam Begich and Laura Marsh played a lot of Rock Band together on the road, they liked to joke about how fun it would be to have a Rock Band-style game where every part had to be vocalized. With the help of VStheUNIVERSE productions, that bit's turned into a fully realized card game that as of yesterday is live on Kickstarter! This is the story of Earworm and two of the folks behind it. Warm up your mouthstruments.
    For complete songs, enjoy our Spotify playlist for the episode!
    Sam and Laura's Mouthstruments includes:
    1. George Michael - Careless Whisper
    2. Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight
    3. Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone
    4. Styx - Come Sale Away
    5. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
    6. Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer
    7. Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
    8. Heart - Crazy on You
    9. The Eagles - Hotel California
    10. The B-52's - Rock Lobster
    11. Rush - Tom Sawyer
    12. Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
    13. Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle

    • 30 min
    Madison's Clare Wallace

    Madison's Clare Wallace

    In the two years this show's been a thing, we've explored all sorts of reasons to make playlists, but here's a first for us: a mix made for an actor to better understand and inhabit her character. This set of songs comes from performer Madison Boan, who put this together a couple years ago to better dive into the character of Clare Wallace from Conor McPherson's play The Veil. In exploring the creation of this list, we talked with Madison about the creative process, healthy artistic behaviors, and kind of just the experience of feeling. 
    For complete songs (where available), enjoy our Spotify playlist for the episode!
    Madison's Clare Wallace includes:
    1. Marina and the Diamonds - Lonely Hearts Club
    2. Eisley - I Could Be There for You
    3. Esperanza Spalding - Cuerpo y Alma (Body & Soul)
    4. Halsey - Haunting
    5. The Chieftains & Punch Brothers - The Frost Is All Over
    6. B.B. King - How Blue Can You Get?
    7. Eisley - I Wish
    8. Dessa - I'm Going Down
    9. Daughter - Medicine
    10. Olafur Arnalds - Undan hulu
    11. Olafur Arnalds - Tunglio
    12. Halsey - Colors pt. II
    13. Lana Del Rey - Pretty When You Cry
    14. Greg Laswell - This Woman's Work
    15. Hozier - Work Song
    16. Planxty - As I Roved Out

    • 32 min
    Jillian's BAPS Church

    Jillian's BAPS Church

    It's playlist-as-communion on this week's Blank Cassette, as we feature what originally was a soundtrack for an Easter show but ends up digging into some deep religious questions. We're stoked to feature Jillian Ebanks from BAPS Comedy, an awesome group of Chicago performers with sick playlist-making abilities. Jillian tackles some major religious topics here through some incredibly spiritual pieces by some of today's top artists.
    For complete songs (where available), enjoy our Spotify playlist for the episode.
    Jillian's BAPS Church includes:
    1. Beyonce - Pray You Catch Me
    2. Frank Ocean - Bad Religion
    3. Jay Z - No Church in the Wild
    4. T.O.K. - Footprints
    5. Kanye West - Low Lights
    6. BJ the Chicago Kid - Church
    7. Kanye West - Devil in a New Dress
    8. Chance the Rapper - Blessings
    9. Mr. Vegas - I Am Blessed
    10. DAY26 - If It Wasn't for You
    11. Drake - Lord Knows
    12. Mary Mary - God in Me
    13. Kirk Franklin - Revolution
    14. J. Cole - God's Gift
    15. Meek Mill - Amen
    16. Kendrick Lamar - Alright
    17. Marvin Sapp - The Best in Me
    18. Kanye West - Jesus Walks
    19. Big Sean - Blessings
    20. Kanye West - Ultralight Beam

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

KJ_Crucial ,

Smart and Insightful

If you’re into music podcasts, definitely add this one to your repertoire.

Dangerous Addict ,

Charming af

So much fun. Submit your mix! Talk about that old sharpie-on-jewel-case playlist that you'd scream along to in your car.

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I love this podcast because it gives insight on just everyday people you may walk past at any moment. It tells people’s stories of life, love, and loss with music you may or may not have heard before. For me it is a great way to learn about humanity and also find new music to listen too. I love it because these are real people with real things to say. Well produced and well thought out as a concept. It is in my regular rotation of podcast I listen to weekly.

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