02/09/2013 01:11 pm ET

Elephant Mixtapes Hides Musical Treasures Around Chicago

We get it—you’re tired of hearing about mixtapes and cassette culture and all that hipster fluff, but we have something a little different for you: Elephant Mixtapes is a new project that plants handmade mixtapes around the city and relies on participation from the people who find them.

Here’s how it work: The project’s creator (he prefers to keep his identity undisclosed and the project itself in the spotlight) assembles a mixtape and makes ten copies every month then hides them around the city. You can find them in environments fitting for an audience that might actually own a tape deck, like bars and record stores—you won’t have to go lifting manhole covers or running your hands along the gummy undersides of bus seats.

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