S2E28 - Justin Lee & Jeff Woo (Best of 2018)

On the season closer, S2E28, Jeff and Justin discuss the year in music, including the top news stories, concerts, singles and albums. 

The guys also share some of their personal insights and memories related to music throughout the year.

This Broken Mixtape will return with Season 3 on January 10, 2019, in an all-new bi-weekly format.

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S2E27 - Wild Nothing (Dream Pop Band)

Wild Nothing frontman Jack Tatum started his then-solo dream pop project making low-fi recordings in his college dorm room at Virginia Tech.

The band's fourth record, Indigo, leans more into Tatum's new wave influences. Thematically, the album explores how love and relationships have shifted in the digital age.

We sat down with Tatum before their packed Opera House show to talk about how Indigo took its cue from the pop sensibilities of Roxy Music and The Cure, writing songs with Mitski and Japanese Breakfast, and why he prefers New Order over Joy Division.

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S2E26 - Julian Finkel (Model Citizen)

For nearly 15 years, Model Citizen in Toronto's Kensington Market has been a popular menswear boutique for the cool and sophisticated gentleman.

With an assortment of Canadian labels and hip graphic T's, the store certainly lives up to its motto 'You Deserve a Better (Dressed) Boyfriend)'

We sat down with owner Julian Finkel to discuss the rock n' roll aesthetic of Model Citizen, silk-screening t-shirts for his various bands during his youth, and occasionally bestowing some fashion and music knowledge on his children.

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S2E25 - Heightfiveseven (Record Collector)

Record collector fanatic Logan Melissa is perhaps best known by her Instagram handle HeightFiveSeven.

It all started on Thanksgiving 2012 when Logan posted a photo of herself recreating the album cover of Minnie Riperton's Adventures In Paradise.

Six years later, her Instagram page has managed to build an impressive following of nearly 55,000 fans.

We spoke to Logan Melissa via phone the day after the US Midterm Election to discuss her DIY approach to recreating classic album covers, her life-long crate-digging obsession, and how she misses the days when she used to be picked on my Internet trolls.

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S2E24 - BlackPowerBarbie (Illustrator & Animator)

Toronto animator and illustrator Amika Cooper, better known as BlackPowerBarbie, creates art that celebrates feminism and Afrocentrism in a playful way.

She's earned several notable commissions this year, including the Gardiner Museum's Yoko Ono-inspired installation, an animated spot for TIFF's Black Star programme, and a trailer for Shad's A Short Story About a War.

We sat down with Amika to talk about the politics and cultural significance of black women's hair, how her music taste ranged from neo-soul to emo-pop, and the low-key racism of the California Raisins.

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S2E23 - Turquoise Jeep (Hip Hop Group)

Almost a decade ago, rappers Flynt Flossy and Whatchyamacallit founded Turquoise Jeep Records, an independent hip hop label and group.

Carving out a genre they self-describe as "Existing Musical Beings", the Jeep is known for viral music videos like "Lemme Smang It", "Fried Or Fertilized", and "Sex Syrup".

We sat down with the homies -- Flynt Flossy, Whatchyamacallit, Pierre Cashmere -- to talk about how No Limit and Cash Money Records inspired them to start the label, the blaxploitation classic The Last Dragon, and how their music stands out in the current mumble-rap scene.

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S2E22 - Sam Evian (Singer-Songwriter/Producer)

Sam Owens is a New York-based singer-songwriter, musician and producer who records under the moniker Sam Evian.

His sophomore album, “You, Forever”, was just released in June.  Recorded in a small house in the woods in Woodstock, New York, the album was inspired by a life-altering road trip across America.

We sat down with Sam Evian to talk about how finding various multi-track recordings of classic Motown albums helped change his approach to production, how his jazz musician parents influenced his early music taste, and his dream of writing and recording a song with Ringo Starr.

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S2E21 - Dr. Chayim Newman (Psychologist)

Dr. Chayim Newman is a clinical psychologist that uses various therapeutic methods to treat difficulties with anxiety and stress, mood and depression, relationships, chronic or stress-related medical illness, and other psychological/emotional issues.

With over two decades of experience as a touring performer, event producer, and artist liaison, he has a first-hand understanding of the unique challenges and stresses facing musicians and high-profile individuals.

We sat down with the Dr. Newman to discuss the series of events that led him to counsel musicians, why we tend to listen to depressing music when we're "in our feelings", and what's really going inside Kanye's head.

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S2E20 - Dudebox (Said Yassin & Ahmad Talib)

When Dudebox co-founders Said Yassin and Ahmad Taib first began throwing parties at their Chinatown loft in 2007, they had no idea that they would grow into a social enterprise.

Over the past decade, they've raised nearly $200,000 for various charities by throwing a series of legendary parties in unconventional Toronto spaces.

We sat down with the dudes to talk about using Google Street View to scout party locations, being introduced to the Afrocentric hip hop of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, and that time when eight-time NBA All-Star Steve Nash snuck a bottle of Hennessy into one of their parties. 

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S2E19 - Anupa Mistry Pt. 2 (Music Journalist/Digital Producer)

Music journalist-turned-digital producer, Anupa Mistry has been writing about music and culture for over a decade.

Her work has appeared in Pitchfork, VICE, Rolling Stone, NYMag/Vulture, The Guardian, and The Globe & Mail.  

In part 2 of our interview, we talk to Anupa about the cultural impact of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, recording songs off the radio throughout her adolescence, and when she first fell in love with hip hop (seriously).

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S2E18 - Anupa Mistry (Music Journalist/Digital Producer)

Music journalist-turned-digital producer, Anupa Mistry has been writing about music and culture for over a decade.

Her work has appeared in Pitchfork, VICE, Rolling Stone, NYMag/Vulture, The Guardian, and The Globe & Mail.  

In part 1 of our interview, we talk to Anupa about how she first got into music journalism, the infamous Pitchfork rating system, and going down a never-ending ASMR YouTube spiral.

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S2E17 - Aerin Fogel (Venus Fest Founder)

Musician Aerin Fogel decided to create Venus Fest after recognizing an inherent need for a safe space where women and non-binary musical artists as well as music fans could thrive in.

Now in its second year, the Toronto music festival and concert series will be held September 20-22 with headliners Moor Mother, Zola Jesus, Bully and Partner.

We sat down with Aerin to talk about navigating through the many pialls of launching and sustaining a music festival, breaking the long history of sexual assault and microaggressions at music festivals, and how Courtney Love and the music of Hole inspired her to pick up the guitar.

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S2E16 - Okay Kaya (Singer-songwriter/Model)

Model/singer-songwriter Kaya Wilkins, aka Okay Kaya, recorded the majority of her debut record in her Brooklyn apartment.

The ethereal, melancholic bedroom-pop album delves into themes of racial identity, sexuality, insecurity, and mental health. 

We talked to Kaya over the phone about the benefits of recording in her own home, playing White Stripes covers with her older brother, and her most favourite and least favorite condiments.

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S2E15 - Greatest Hits Vol.3

In celebration of their 1st year anniversary and the 50th milestone episode, Justin and Jeff recount some of their favourite mixtape stories from the interviews over the past year.

In the third volume of our retrospective episodes, we share clips from guests Moon Eyed, CATL, Bodega, Shilpa Ray, Tammy Yiu, Simone Ferkul, Big Norm, Snail Mail, Moscow Apartment, In Vintage We Trust, Maylee Todd, Sugar Brown, Richard Cureton, and Aisha Brown.

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S2E14 - Greatest Hits Vol.2

In celebration of their 1st year anniversary and the 50th milestone episode, Justin and Jeff recount some of their favourite mixtape stories from the interviews over the past year.

In the second volume of our retrospective episodes, we share clips from guests Eric Spitznagel, The Gillespie Brothers, Aisha Brown, Wafia, Lauren Pirie, Tanika Charles, Jonas Bonnetta, Shad, Maya Killtron, Big Norm, Snail Mail, and Priya Panda.

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S2E13 - Greatest Hits Vol.1

In celebration of their 1st year anniversary and the 50th milestone episode, Justin and Jeff recount some of their favourite mixtape stories from the interviews over the past year.

In the first volume of our retrospective episodes, we share clips from guests Common Holly, David Hayman, Rhiannon Archer, Kip Berman, Kohji Nagata, Blue Sky Miners, Japanese Breakfast, Malin Johnson, Lilla Drömland, and Trevor LaRocque.

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S2E12 - Richard Cureton (Music Video Producer)

As one of the Executive Producers at Revolver Films, Richard Cureton has produced some of the most innovative works in the world of music video, advertising and digital.  

For the past 25 years, he has worked on over 1,000 videos for artists like Drake, Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Stereolab, DJ Shadow, Spoon, and Belle and Sebastian, to name a few.

We sat down with Richard to talk about creating live visuals Daft Punk in the mid-'90s, tracking down an orange Honda ATV for DMX to crash through a suburban home, and his top five music videos of all time. 

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S2E11 - Simone Ferkul (Interior/Industrial Designer)

Simone Ferkul is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary designer who specializes in interior and industrial design.  

In her own words, Simone combines "traditional means of production with modern day processes to create a progressive design approach that is responsive to contemporary culture."

We spoke to Simone about winning Best-in-Show at Umbra's 2017 Compact Living Exhibition for her Sling Planter project, being a superfan of The National, and secretly seeking validation from music snob clerks at local record shops. 

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S2E10 - BODEGA (Art Punk Band)

The buzz for New York art-punk band Bodega began brewing months before their debut album was even announced.

Signed to acclaimed independent punk label What's Yr Rupture?, much of the hype surrounding the band can be attributed to their phenomenal live show.

We sat down with Benji Hozie and Nikki Belfiglio of Bodega to discuss how the debut album explores their love/hate relationship with technology, the hypocrisy of cinephilia, and how Nikki's public masturbation as a child inspired the song "Gyrate". 

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S2E09 - Snail Mail (Indie Rock Band)

Snail Mail began as a solo project of teenage singer and guitarist Lindsey Jordan.  

Her outstanding debut album, Lush, contains 10 deeply confessional tales anchored by 90s-inspired lo-fi indie riffs.

Joined by guest host Jennifer Buchanan of Indie Shuffle, we talked to Lindsey about finding a "soul-sister" in Liz Phair, reenacting Say Anything's iconic boombox scene, and why Kristen Stewart is her #1 celeb crush.   

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