Thank goodness you hung on to that cassette player.
You may need it this weekend: Saturday is Cassette Store Day.
The first-ever event has received an incredible response. Stores are participating from the U.K. (where the event is based), Europe, North America and South America.
My cassette player is part of my old stereo, which was very fancy back in the day with its three-CD changer, FM radio and surround sound speakers. I have only used the cassette player a few times because by the time I bought the thing, new music was rarely released on cassette any more.
A lot of very indie labels and bands still release cassettes. Rainy Road Records here in Omaha puts out most of its releases on tape. Area bands such as Snake Island!, Brimstone Howl and Baby Tears have released items on the label.
Homer’s Music in the Old Market is the only local participating store. It will have a sale on all used cassettes as well as some of the exclusive releases.
Most releases are only available in the U.K., and though Homer’s ordered copies, anything it gets will be in limited quantities — and some may arrive later than Saturday.
“I don’t think the organizers expected the response they got, as they have had trouble keeping up communication with those wishing to participate,” said Eric Ziegler, manager at Homer’s. “Hopefully next year it will be a little smoother.”
Rainy Road Records will have some exclusive releases including tapes from area bands Touch People and Lurk Late.
Hand-made copies of local guitarist/songwriter Matt Whipkey’s “Penny Park” will also be available.
Of the 55 releases available, I’m looking forward to popping at least a few into my system.
The Flaming Lips, “The Terror” — The weirdoes’ latest, the trippy “The Terror,” is probably the hottest item on the list.
Suicidal Tendencies, “Suicidal Tendencies” — The metal band’s debut album is available on cassette for probably the first time since it was released.
Waxahatchee, “Cerulean Salt” — One of my favorite albums from this year, this singer-songwriter should sound great on tape.
Haim, “Forever” — The three-song EP was originally available only as a download.