Monday, February 22, 2010
Remember tapes? You had to rewind and fast forward to reach a favorite song. You recorded homemade mixtapes for all your friends and lovers. My friend Lori and I have a load of priceless tapes that we recorded on her Emerson stereo. Yes, you can still make mixtapes (on CD's), but it's doesn't have the same feeling of catching the exact right moment and pushing the record button.
Pitchfork has a great article on an emerging cassette culture among indie musicians. With artists like Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors, Beck, Oneida and others releasing tape versions of their songs, cassettes are making a resurgence.