Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Revived! First the wax cylinder, now the cassette

Posted By on Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 3:02 PM

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A few months ago, we blogged about a steam-tech band releasing its single on wax cylinder. As if that weren’t disturbing enough, now comes word of an L.A. trend fostered by the label Kill/Hurt Records & Tapes, which is releasing its bands' new music on yet another archaic medium: the lowly cassette.

This raises all sorts of questions, such as:

• Will thrift stores finally begin unloading those dusty, rusty cassette players that have been moldering alongside the My Little Pony T-shirts and portable camping toilets since the 1980s?

• Should Sony now be getting ready to relaunch the original Walkman?

• Is mass culture gradually reverting to the semi-luddite dark ages first hinted at during the Bush administration?

No.

But here’s an L.A. Times article on the new (old) phenom.

It's followed by videos from cassette manufacturer Maxell and one of the Kill/Hurt bands (Pizza!) that, like me, you’ve probably never heard of. They sound all right though. You know, for cassettes.

By the way, I have no idea why the right channel drops out midway through the second video. But I'm thinking it has something to do with all this here new-fangled technology.


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