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Greetings From…: RIP The Mixtape, 198(?)-2008

November 10, 2008


Though I’d hardly describe this post as having anything to do with the Big Apple, Mr. Cedric Cheung-Lau is indeed a proud New Yorker and someone ever embracing the city’s cultural opportunities. He catches secret shows. Knows the back entrances to bars you’ve never heard of. He watches foreign films. Without subtitles. Whether in film or music (television is mine), I can always count on him for fresh, sincerely cool recommendations. I mean, he writes for the Columbia Spectator’s Arts section!

About a month ago, when Lifting Fog was locked in a death roll, I asked Cedric to write something for the site. He e-mailed me the little ditty below, a heartfelt ode to the mixtape and a lament for its passing. Morbid, right? While slightly out of date, I’ve included his original introduction to set the tone and remind our readers of the preciousness of life, electronic or otherwise. Hug the person next to you if you can. ANYWAY:

The fog, my fellow readers, seems to have fallen after the initial excitement of having formed an actual blog. For weeks I have hoped that our dear blogger, Mr. Fog, would return to the task at hand. But it seems that the mountains of work that an assistant swim coach has are draining our friend of all inspiration to maintain a daily post. With this in mind, I have taken it upon myself to perform a rescue operation and resuscitate the glory of this blog. If this goes well, perhaps I’ll make future appearances. If not, well, then at least I can say that I tried.

The mixtape is dead.

This has to do, of course, with what we have begun to call the “iPod generation.” Apple’s ubiquitous gadget has single-handedly crushed a cultural, no, artistic phenomenon. Sure, you can argue that the mix is very much alive and thriving, but the concept behind it – the very purpose of it – has been woefully shattered. Cedric attempts to make sense of the pieces after the jump.