Monday, November 27, 2006

Your Old Cassettes Become Folk Singer’s New Album

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Think nobody listens to old cassettes or 8-tracks anymore? Guess again.

There’s one folk singer from Las Vegas who combs through thrift stores and flea markets looking for discarded recordings made by average people.

Jacob Smigel started his auditory eavesdropping four years ago after paying 10 cents for a cassette that featured an elderly woman telling her son how she feared she was going to die in a fire.

After that, Smigel was hooked and started buying up used tapes everywhere he could in hopes of finding other masterpieces of “found sound.”

Some of them are doozies, such as the recording of a mentally- handicapped girl’s love letter to her boyfriend that includes a rendition of “Country Roads,” and two socialites dishing about how a once-favorite hamburger restaurant has declined because the owner is now a lesbian.

There’s another tape from the 1970s where a female art student eats fast food while masturbating about Mick Jagger.

Smigel has released albums of his original music but he is so enthusiastic about the “found recordings” that he has released the best of them on a new CD called Eavesdrop and even features some of his cuts in concert.

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