Off the Farm 2012: Once Again, Old is New, and New, Old.

Cover art for Off the Farm 2012
Cover art for Off the Farm 2012

Off the Farm 2012 is the latest incarnation of Dell Little’s annual mixtape-nee-CD-nee-mp3 collection, which continues with the series’ down-home, upbeat groove. I love this year’s cover: a conductor of what seems to be a radio orchestra, of course from the 30s or 40s or 50s. There’s a funny kind of irony to Dell’s choice of such old-tymie, small-town imagery mixed with his often-electro-techno, progressive-pop choice of usually-bleeding edge current/new musical artists. I love that irony: it adds to the earnest, heartfelt feeling of all his Off the Farm mixtapes, and makes me appreciate even the songs that I may not otherwise even give a glancing moment of attention. Good stuff.

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