After the success of Record Store Day comes…Cassette Store Day

After the success of Record Store Day comes…Cassette Store Day

Cassette Store Day
September 7th, 2013
Rough Trade East, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Live bands & DJ’s, 4pm – 8pm

No longer the inadequate, younger sibling of both vinyl and CD; the humble cassette has been making a resurgence of late.

Proving that cassette tapes are not just for those of us who remember buying Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ with birthday money, or making lovingly compiled mix-tapes for the object of our teenage affections; International Cassette Store Day 2013 is a celebration of a physical product that is accessible, fun, cheap and still going strong in the turbulent current musical climate.

This event sees limited releases from it’s organisers – SEXBEAT (Fucked Up), Kissability (Los Campesinos!) and Suplex Cassettes (Fair Ohs, Proper Ornaments); as well as classic albums reissued in this fun format by Transgressive (At The Drive-In, Pulled Apart By Horses), Bella Union (The Flaming Lips), Domino (The Pastels), 4AD (Deerhunter), Wichita Recordings (Hard Skin), Burger Records and many more. Other labels involved spreading the cassette love with limited releases are Night School, Jade Tree, Mirror Universe, Reeks of Effort, Art is Hard, Faux Discx, Tye Die Tapes and more to be confirmed.

In addition to it’s London launch (which features live performances and DJ sets instore), there will also be similar events run in record stores in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo amongst other UK, US and EU cities.

For further information head to the Cassette Store Day website – a list of confirmed releases will be updated as and when available. In addition a Facebook Page has been created.

We here at LTW fully support this initiative, though wonder quite how many people still have a cassette player?

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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