Published Jul 15, 2013Move over Record Store Day: a number of vendors and labels around the world are set to toast analogue cassette tapes via an international event dubbed International Cassette Store Day. The retro celebration is set to take place September 7.
A press release describes International Cassette Store Day as "a celebration of a physical product that is accessible, fun, cheap and still going strong in the turbulent current musical climate."
Though details are pending, a press release notes that a number of labels will issue cassette releases from a handful of indie bands to kick off the inaugural edition. So far, it's been revealed that 4AD will press cassette copies of albums from Deerhunter and the Birthday Party, Bella Union will serve something up from the Flaming Lips, SEXBEAT will drop a tape from Fucked Up, and Transgressive has releases in the works from At the Drive-In and Pulled Apart By Horses.
Mighty tape hub Burger Records (King Tuff, Ty Segall, Nü Sensae) will also take part in the proceedings, as well as Jade Tree, Art Is Hard, Domino, Tie Dye Tapes and more. Details are expected to drop in full sometime next week.
So far, launch parties have been scheduled in London, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo, though the specifics on what will occur at said events have yet to arrive.
In other analogue news, cassette culture is set to be explored in the upcoming Cassette: A Documentary. As previously reported, filmmakers Zack Taylor and Seth Smoot have interviewed the likes of Henry Rollins, Daniel Johnston, Mike Watt, Ian MacKaye and more for the project, which will analyze the tape medium's history and resurgence. The film is expected to be released in 2014.