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Nate Wagner
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Tapes are popular because they’re cheap for DIY labels to assemble at home, produce, and ship, easily playable, even on the go, less fragile than records, infinitely customizable, and, when played in a good setup, quite satisfactory in audio quality. They can be stored compactly, broken cases can be replaced easily (no uniquely-printed jacket to moan over), and they also appeal to the limited-run/rarity factor that drives a lot of vinyl interest. Tapes also make weird/wonky/ambient/treated loops music sound delightful! I just got my copies from a limited run of C50s my German friend did, and they sound much better than any Crosley through my $15 thrift-store deck!

Excited for Cassette Store Day :D

 0Posted on Sep 16th | re: Win The Beatles In Mono 14-LP Vinyl Box Set (1451 comments)

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, just for the sheer vision.

 +32Posted on Sep 15th | re: Sun Kil Moon: "The War On Drugs Can Suck My Fucking Dick" (67 comments)

When can we preorder this t-shirt?

good that the headline has been fixed, then

 -2Posted on Sep 13th | re: Kanye Halts Sydney Show Until Seated Fans Prove They're Disabled (62 comments)

“wheelchair-bound fan proves they’re disabled” [sic] or seated fans prove they’re sitting in wheelchairs?

guess who’s blowing it out of proportion, stereogum.

 0Posted on Sep 10th | re: Portishead's Geoff Barrow Says Phantogram Ripped Him Off, Too (50 comments)

oblivion: sure, but add together near-identical guitar tone (probably both strats, knowing both gutiarists), reverb, rhythmic feel, etc, and you’ve got more than just coincidence. out of tens of thousands of songs in my music library, rarely do i find such definite correlation except between a band’s demo and final product.

 +1Posted on Sep 9th | re: Hungry Cloud Darkening - "Blue Green" (Stereogum Premiere) (2 comments)

great group – reminds of groups like early His Name is Alive, Summer Hours, and Slowdive at times. afraid Holy Page sold out of the tapes a while ago, but other distros might have a copy. they’ve got another LP out as well, also worth peeping.

 0Posted on Sep 9th | re: The Radio Dept. - "Death To Fascism" (6 comments)

not exactly the style of music that inspires me to political protest. hoping the radio dept. do drop a killer new album after this half-handed wank of a track

 -1Posted on Sep 8th | re: Portishead's Geoff Barrow Says Phantogram Ripped Him Off, Too (50 comments)

not to mention the main guitar riff rips off Hand Me Up to Dry by Cold War Kids

 0Posted on Aug 26th | re: Savages' Jehnny Beth Rails Against Rock Festivals' Class System (26 comments)

hmm perhaps better clarified: “delightful… to see any given performer whilst standing at the front of the crowd