Can you remember the last time you bought a cassette? Probably a real long time ago, right? That’s because cassettes are dead, man. Not as dead as MiniDiscs, or Zip disks, sure, but they’re still totally dead. And what do you do with dead things? You got three choices; eat ‘em, bury ‘em or revive ‘em.
Well a trio of East London hepcats have gone for the third option and organised the world’s first Cassette Store Day on September 7. Sort of like the annual Record Store Day, but for cassettes. Don’t scoff though – this is a serious business. The folks behind this project have enlisted some great independent labels and have managed to snare some awesome releases from big name rockers.
The Flaming Lips, Fucked Up, At The Drive In, Haim, Fair Ohs, Deerhunter, and many many more are releasing or re-releasing music to celebrate this super cool format. There are also events all over the world, including a full day of shenanigans at Rough Trade East with a live set from The Proper Ornaments and an exclusive playback of the new Omar Souleyman record (on tape, natch).
All in all, it looks set to be an awesome day of analogue action. As long as someone remembers to bring a pencil.
We’ve got a great list of tape puns going here (tape on me? Cassettes and drugs and rock n roll?), but you should probably just head over to cassettestoreday.com and get ready to dust off your Walkman.