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This chapter considers indie rock culture's ritualization of mix taping. It argues that the indie mix tape tapped into an emerging understanding of popular music as a communicative resource whose creators made their feelings available to be deployed on listeners' behalf. In contrast to use of the term mixtape within hip-hop for DJ-created works of turntable artistry, creators and consumers of indie music constructed the mix tape as a gift that symbolically rescued music from the profane world of commodities. The mix tape's routines of announcing one's music tastes as a bid for connection outlived its heyday, as online vendors continued to deploy it as a metaphor to ground the daunting flow of digital music.

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