Inaugural Cassette Store Day Announced

Modeling the event on the annual Record Store Day, the organizers created something, that can please the true lovers of vintage formats.

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September 7th will see the first ever International Cassette Store Day, NME reports. The event, which is modeled on the annual Record Store Day, will see a number of limited edition albums released on cassette as well as modern classic albums re-released on the format for the first time.

A statement from the organizers reads as follows:

"No longer the inadequate, younger sibling of 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 mixtapes 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."

Amongst already confirmed releases are records from the Flaming Lips, Deerhunter and At the Drive in.

Events will be taking place at Rough Trade East in London, Burger Records in California and Silent Barn in Brooklyn, with a Tokyo event to be confirmed.

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    Do I have nostalgia for cassettes? Sure. Do I have any desire to buy or use them again? Not one bit.
    Yes. I have fond memories of cranking up my older brother's Satriani "Surfing with the Alien" cassette when I was 6 or 7 years old. I especially like the song Crushing Day and had the tape counter number memorized so I could find it quick from the beginning of the tape. Nonetheless, I don't have a desire to listen to shitty ass tapes anymore.
    Epic fail. Vinyl is resurging as a reaction to compressed digital mhsic with no tanglible conection,between the artist and consumer. Cassettes are in every way imaginable compketely obsolete.
    I'm saving up all my cash for VHS day, so I'm afraid I'm going to have to sit this one out.
    excluding low grade mp3, probably the lowest quality of playback but like they said, cheap and fun. I have a lot of memories of trying to make a compilation tape by recording off of the radio (waiting in the mean time, hoping a certain track would get played). I bet Lars Ulrich was angry when he realised that people could buy his cd's then tape them off for all their mates.
    The advantage that releases on cassettes had over vinyl back in the day was their portability and convenience. You could bring your music along with you via your car stereo, your Walkman, your boom box, etc, but that was pretty much it. However once CDs came along and became affordable it was "bye, bye cassettes". There is no real nostalgia with cassettes like there is with vinyl... that's a no-brainier. Just look at the market for classic vinyl vs classic cassettes. I mean seriously... I can't even give my cassettes away! Nice try music industry (or to whoever is behind this), this is a dumb idea that will NOT catch on no matter how hard you try to hype it!
    Why don't they just call it Hipster Store Day, and only sell copies of Neutral Milk Hotel's "In The Aeroplane Over the Sea", on Vinyl, 8-track and Cassette. In fact to make it super hipster put it out on phonograph cylinder too.
    There are reasons why some dead formats are dead. Vinyl has great sound, and because of its physical size it also displays album artwork beautifully which has led to ensuring its constant survival and eventual revival. Cassettes, however, became what VHS became in comparison to DVDs; obsolete. Cassettes are fine as collector's pieces, but as a practical day-to-day format they offer no great substitution for CDs or Vinyl. As an example, would you seriously use VHS to play films if you had the choice of having the same content and more on a better quality format? Can't say I would.
    Cassettes are cool, especially because you had the ability to mix things onto tape by play/pause during transfer recordings. I remember hearing a cassette where the entire B-side was the outro from "Hey Jude", just "Naaaaa na na nana na naaaaa, nana na naaaaa, heyyy Jude" looped over and over again! It's not particularily cool, but the fact that a kid could do that, THAT was cool. But other than that, there's no way cassette tapes are worthy of a something similar to Record Store Day.