Bring back your Walkman: Cassette Store Day arrives

With a new holiday in September and a documentary coming in early 2014, cassette tapes are vying for a continued spot in your music collection.

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Cassette Store Day

Cassette Store Day

With the wildly popular Record Store Day coming up on its seventh year, it's safe to say that vinyl fetishism is at an all-time high (look at these folks queuing up). Yet in certain circles—garage rock, noise and drone music, come to mind—cassette tapes have become the thing, catering to the demand for a low-cost, analog physical recording. So it was only a matter of time before those two trends spawned Cassette Store Day, a consumer event that will bring exclusive tapes to record stores around the world.


The inaugural event happens September 7; locations and live-set details are still TBA, but the list of bands contributing releases includes Fucked Up, Deerhunter, the Birthday Party, At the Drive-In, the Flaming Lips, the Pastels, Efterklang and the Blow, and labels such as Bella Union, 4AD, Kanine and Burger Records.


Concurrently, there's also a crowd-funded documentary in production about the pocket-sized tapes, titled Cassette. As you can see by the trailer, Henry Rollins, Mike Watt, Ian MacKaye and Daniel Johnston are some of the notable tape-loving musicians featured in the film, which is set to come out in 2014.



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Volcanic Tongue
Volcanic Tongue

Cassette Store Day was invented by the Glasgow based record - and cassette - store Volcanic Tongue (www.volcanictongue.com) in 2012. The first Cassette Store Day took place there in May 2012. the 1st cassette store day: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=433026253392649&set=pb.141631625865448.-2207520000.1373988997.&type=3&theater the 1st cassette store day release: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=432447053450569&set=pb.141631625865448.-2207520000.1373988997.&type=3&theater

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