9 episodes

We’re Kendra and Kenya, twin sisters and music fangirls. Our podcast tells the story of ‘The Tapes’, a ten-part series of specially curated mixes recorded to cassette. Join us on a journey through genres and memories as we discuss the lost art of making mixtapes.

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    • Music Commentary
    • 4.6 • 7 Ratings

We’re Kendra and Kenya, twin sisters and music fangirls. Our podcast tells the story of ‘The Tapes’, a ten-part series of specially curated mixes recorded to cassette. Join us on a journey through genres and memories as we discuss the lost art of making mixtapes.

    Detour – The Revolution Tapes

    Detour – The Revolution Tapes

    In this episode, the twins take a further detour from the main road trip to talk about the idea of Revolution: peaceful protest; good trouble; participation in the democratic process, and the music behind a movement in motion since the Jim Crow era. They dive into a special, curated set of mixes entitled The Revolution Vols. 1-4, spanning generations of protest music from the 60s to the early aughts, up to now, the volatile year 2020. And, later in the show, they ask what does the future of protest, and protest music even look like? They’ll attempt to read the tea leaves both in the music itself, and from the words of the leader of the movement.


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Driving Through Back Woods - The Hour of Power

    Driving Through Back Woods - The Hour of Power

    In this episode, the twins ask “What do white and non-black artists that benefit from the historical contribution and influence of Black artists on popular music owe to Black people?” And we answer: “Nothing less than to pay forward what they have reaped from their success.” We’ll discuss Hozier’s role as a white activist artist, go through the music of and highlight the black artists on Driving Through Back Woods: The Hour of Power mixtape, and, later in the show, we discuss growing up on gospel, blues, and jazz in the South. 


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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Detour - Aloud On Sprezzatura

    Detour - Aloud On Sprezzatura

    In this episode, the twins talk with good friends, married couple, and charismatic co-leads of the Boston-raised rock band Aloud, Jen and Henry!
    Aloud’s fifth studio album, Sprezzatura, is out now and we’ll be listening to some tracks off the new release, plus talking about the making of the album and what it’s like to promote yourself as a rock band during a pandemic.
    NOTE: This episode was recorded and edited before the events of George Floyd’s murder and the ensuing Black Lives Matter protest movements all across the nation. As Black women, we have a lot to say about it. All of it. Stay tuned for a special two-part episode where we lay it all out there.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Detour - The Lost Tapes (Part Two: Brendan)

    Detour - The Lost Tapes (Part Two: Brendan)

    The twins take a detour from the main trip to interview a few of our closest friends from Philly and New York City -- Ellen, Elisa, and Jennie. Together we’ll laugh, cry, and virtual hug as we remember our dear lost friends, Antonio and Brendan. Enjoy Part Two.

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    • 45 min
    Detour - The Lost Tapes (Part One: Antonio)

    Detour - The Lost Tapes (Part One: Antonio)

    In this episode, the twins take a detour from the main trip to interview a few of our closest friends from Philly and New York City -- Ellen, Elisa, and Jennie. Together we’ll laugh, cry, and virtual hug as we remember our dear lost friends, Antonio and Brendan. Our brothers. The best young men we know, gone too soon. Join us as we take a look back at some of our strongest memories of the guys, from how we met to how we bonded with each of them over music. Plus later in the show, we’ll scroll through the mixes we made in their honor, “Antonio, Love” and “Brendan’s Musical Quilt”.

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    • 52 min
    Grow Up and Blow Away

    Grow Up and Blow Away

    This episode finds the twins gushing on … and ON about witnessing Hozier live for the first time at the Greek Theatre in LA last October. Kenya explains how that particular immersive musical experience injected new life back into The Tapes project. They also reminisce about their first brushes with going to see live music during their sheltered adolescence. Later in the show, the twins dive into tracks from the third tape in the set - the referentially titled "Grow Up and Blow Away", and dissect its theme and song arrangement. Let's bring back #musicmonday!


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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

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Must-listen for Music Lovers, 80’s babies, and Audiophiles

The premise of this podcast is that it details a fangirl’s labor of love: creating mixtapes for her fave artist, Hozier. But this podcast is so much more.

Underneath the fangirl premise is a profound respect and love for the power of music as a soundtrack to our lives. To document our personal and collective history, to be our therapist in tough times, and to introduce us to worlds previously unknown. The twins’ ability to deftly describe the subtle nuances and meaning of the music they include on the mixtapes creates a deeper appreciation of not only the music, but the creative process of making mixtapes as well. This is a must- listen podcast for audiophiles, 80’s babies, and music lovers alike.

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