New MFT Mixtape takes '90s Bloomington angle

Old Pike's Video Saloon album

  • Old Pike's Video Saloon album

There's an extra-good reason to check out the August version of the monthly Musical Family Tree Mixtape, a fave of Rob's, provided by Indiana-centric website of great music. It's a winner again this month because they enlisted regular contributor John P. Strohm to assemble a mighty fine personal overview of music from 1990-96, from the perspective of someone (Strohm) living in Bloomington at the time.

Strohm's own intelligently written backstory makes it worth hitting the link, as is his credibility for understanding what it takes to be in a band. Strohm was a Bloomington native who migrated to Boston as that scene was hitting in the '80s, and formed the Blake Babies before returning to Indiana.

My favorite cuts on the August offering include tunes from the Mysteries of Life's "Southdowns" from 1998, Dale Lawrence's Vulgar Boatmen track "Mary Jane" from 1990, and a track by "how the hell did they implode?" band Old Pike ("The Color" from their 1997 Video Saloon EP).

Plenty of other good stuff, with a nicely written overview of each track to enlighten before, during or after a listen. Not yet made it a habit to check out the MFT offering each month? You should.

go to MFT Mixtape webpage

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