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.
Mon Jul 15 2013
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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