Cassettes are as old as time itself — right? I was born in the ’90s — and the culture of the tape has not gone away, even after the rise and fall of CDs. Because of their cheap manufacturing costs and how easy they are to give out at shows, cassettes are experiencing something of a revival, if you will, and Cassette Store Day started in 2013 to draw attention to that niche, much in the same way that Record Store Day did a few years earlier. And since the biggest seller of RSD ’15 was in fact a cassette tape, it feels like the event is poised to have its biggest year yet.
The initial release list offers a lot to be excited about. There’s some reissues from older bands like Green Day, Sebadoh, and Bratmobile, who came up during a time when the format was still thriving. And then there’s some releases from artists who feel like they would have been popular on tape: Alex G, Beach Slang, Car Seat Headrest, Girl Band, Keep Shelly In Athens. Some bigger names are getting in on the fun, too: Foals, Autre Ne Veut, Method Man, Chris Walla, and Surfer Blood. And then there’s some exciting new releases from newer artists who almost exclusively have put things out on tape so far, namely 100% (project of Elaiza Santos of Crying & Whatever, Dad) and Fraternal Twin.
So, yeah, get pumped! Cassette Store Day takes place on 10/17– view the full list of releases here.