Yes! Synths! As in “short for synthesizers.” Very expensive electronic music-making equipment but in iOS app format.
One of my very favorite bands to arise from the post-grunge 90s is Chicago’s very own Urge Overkill.
As is becoming de rigeur this time of year, the lineup for the Pitchfork Music Festival has been released and Eric and I need to come to a decision about which day we’re gonna attend. C’mon, you should be used to this by now.
“Woah” is right.
Yesterday I posted an embedded video copy of David Lee Roth’s “A Little Ain’t Enough” without watching it first.
As in David Lee Roth.
The wild man with the high kicks and the distinctive gravelly voice.
One of the things that I discovered (and continue to discover) as I delve back into the world of cassette tapes is the terminology of the trade. Sure, there are words and phrases that I knew from before. But there is so much more I never knew about.
Remember how I said that Pearl Jam was going to be dropping a new single soon? That "soon" happened today with the release of "Dance of the Clairvoyants."
I was listening to some music this morning on the way to work and thought, "Wow! This would be a great band to highlight in My Favorite Song. What's it been? A couple months since I've done one?"
Finally! After nearly seven years since the release of Lightning Bolt, Pearl Jam will be releasing their 11th studio album Gigaton on March 27.
This is kind of a fun little aside to the normal Tu(n)esday post. One in which I, a man with no medical training whatsoever, conduct surgery! On a tape.
A week or so ago, I took Nathan to our one and only local record store - Kiss the Sky in Batavia, IL. He's 7 and I thought it would be cool to let him experience the joy of physical media. He loved it. But that's a story for another day.
I decided to bring back Taped for one last post this calendar year. I guess, technically, it's the last Taped post of the decade. Weird. I only realized this was the close of the decade about a week ago. I'd never considered it before that.
What do you do when you have a bunch of really cool news about music that you wanna share? Save them for Tuesday and post your first-ever Tu(n)esday Snippets!!
One of the coolest things about getting back into cassettes is watching as the culture rises up from the ashes like a phoenix. People who collected back in the day are finding their old stuff. Kids who should have no earthly idea what a cassette is are jumping on board.
I was picking up some groceries on my way home when Katie called me and said, “Your son loves The Cure.”
I made some trades and sold some stuff at a resale shop and managed to nab these beauties...
If you could only pick one of the following, which would it be. No, you cannot suggest your own alternative. These are the only current options and even they could be subject to change based on availability. And, no, you will not be given any extra context.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, a musician I met on Reddit created a mixtape using actual cassette recordings from the mission itself.
It's been a little bit since I've shared with you a collection or haul of mine, hasn't it? What I'm about to share isn't really a haul of used tapes. Instead, it's my growing collection of new tapes released by Polyvinyl Records. For some reason, I really dig what they produce. I also really dig that while their cassettes cost about $10-12 on their website, I can get them for half that price from the official Polyvinyl table at the Pitchfork Music Festival and I have done just that each of the last two years.
Remember last month’s post about my heartbeat cassette? Well, I found another pretty unique cassette recently.
While I probably should’ve written about it yesterday when it actually happened, I decided to wait a day until I hit a Tu(n)esday up in here to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the cassette Walkman!
I do believe tonight marks the final night in what, if Instagram and Facebook posts are to be believed, feels like a month-long residency at Soldier Field here in Chicago. Actually, I think it was only three or four nights, but, damn, I'm getting tired of all the posts.
While going through things as part of our latest home renovation project, Katie found this in a drawer...
I had a whole Tu(n)esday post set to go tonight. Then, as I wrote it, I decided I hated it. And summarily deleted it.
This is one of my favorite Taped hauls in a while. I’ve actually been sitting on it for a while because it’s been a slow build. Two of my favorite bands well represented...
Flying solo tonight. Nathan is at an overnight cousins birthday party for one of our nieces and all three of the kids wanted their moms along.
As noted by Eve on GeeksofDoom.com, yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the release of the film The Crow. If you haven't seen it, the film is about a musician named Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) who, one year after he and his fiancee are killed by a gang of criminal scum on Devil's Night, is resurrected by a crow to exact vengeance on those who wronged him. It is dark. It is gritty. It is brutal. It is emotional. It is gorgeous.
Have you ever heard of the movie Lost Angels? I have not. But, recently, based on searches for cassettes that I did on eBay (I like to search and follow auctions to see at what price cassettes sell), the soundtrack for this film was recommended to me.
Remember how gung-ho I was about Record Store Day last year? Mostly because they had two exclusive cassette re-issues? Yeah, not so much this year.
It’s that time of year again. That time when you all tune out while I debate the merits of Friday vs Saturday vs Sunday at... the Pitchfork Music Festival!
Another small haul for the books, er, blog. I’m pretty happy with this especially since I got them not only discounted per tape but B2G1 (buy two, get one) from Purple Dog Records in Naperville, IL.
Occasionally, I get the odd look from people wondering why I’ve gotten back into cassettes in the age of streaming. Most of the time, I’m snarky and just reply “because” or “why not.”
Today, I'm dedicating my Taped entry to a single cassette I just recently nabbed. It is Vol 1 by the Traveling Wilburys.
As I’ve been to record stores like Kiss the Sky and Purple Dog Records and book/record stores like 2nd & Charles (closing in a couple weeks) and Half Price Books enough to know their cassette inventories pretty well, I’m cobbling together a list of other local must-see places I’ve never seen to visit in the very near future.
I’ve discovered that I have a few recent batches of additions to my cassette collection that have not been featured here. Would you be cool if I just do them all in one fell swoop?