Sunset in the Rearview mixtape

Sunset in the Rearview Presents: Hoodie Allen, Anthem, Eddy B & Tim Gunter Promo Pack

Less than two weeks until Sunset in the Rearview’s second-ever concert featuring Hoodie Allen, Anthem, and Eddy B & Tim Gunter! To get everybody excited for the show, I’ve put together a little promo pack with 4 songs from each artist/group. I can go ahead and say right now that even if you can’t make it to the show, you’re going to want to download this little mixtape.

If you’re in North Carolina (heck, if you’re in the United States!), details for the show are as follows:

February 24th, 8:00 PM at Motorco Music Hall
723 Rigsbee Avenue
Durham, NC 27701
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door


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A Sunset in the Rearview Mixtape: Tangled in the Covers

After taking a few days off from blogging this weekend because my mom and sister were in town, I felt this feeling of guilt inside me. It’s crazy how blogging works – ask just about any music blogger and they will tell you that they feel it’s a constant challenge to post songs quickly so that people will see a new song on their site first. While I try not to worry about being the first to post a song on my site, because I think that’s just getting my panties in a wad for no reason, I will admit that I feel as though taking a day or two off is nearly unacceptable. Here’s the real question, though: Do fans stop visiting a blog that they were considering because the blogger took a day or two off, or do bloggers put all of this pressure on themselves for no reason? (For real, I’d love to know what yall think…leave comments!) A lot of the time, I think we put this pressure on ourselves for no reason. But, I will add, it’s fun this way. It’s a constant hustle, and there’s something exhilarating about that. I have a true passion for sharing music, for discovering bands, and for helping small-scale artists reach large-scale audiences. It’s why I do this. I’ve made a lot of new friends in the process, and despite stress it may bring me at times, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. (Though I wouldn’t mind getting Kid Cudi’s number…)

Anyway, that whole spiel came out because, after feeling guilty for taking a few days off, I thought it might be nice to post a mixtape. I haven’t done this in a while, mainly because I started making podcasts…which takes a lot of time in itself and serves a similar purpose…but I haven’t forgotten about mixtapes completely! I have to give credit for this one to a dedicated fan who goes by the name of OA. He requested a mixtape or podcast full of covers a while back, and though it took me a while to get around to making it, I did it, all thanks to him.

One more thing. I feel like every time I post a cover, I bring up the same topic, but I’m going to do it again because it’s important to me.

A part of me hates covers. That part of me thinks it’s cheating the original creator of the song and stealing their material. Often times the cover is not nearly as good as the original, and in fact it’s a disgrace. Some artist was too lazy to write their own song, so they jack another person’s? I’m not for that. Now, the other part of loves covers. I think it brings a new perspective to a song and looks at it in a new way. I think the real deciding factor of whether a cover is worth your time to listen to or not is whether it’s original. Put a new spin on the song. Make it your own without attempting to own it. Make people do a double-take before realizing that they’re listening to a song that they already knew in another form. That’s the key to making covers, in my opinion. Each of the artists on this mixtape did just that, and for that reason, I believe their work is worthy of your time. I hope you agree. Enjoy!


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