at AFS Cinema
"...Cassettes occupy a reclusive distance from the whims of the masses. Since tapes aren’t enslaved by prescribed pop expectations, a history of idiosyncratically edgy music endures..."
"...Such a broad frequency range plays out ideal for public consumption. Cassettes, on the other hand, are designed for the loner..."
"...Not only does the literal and figurative institutionalization of the singer-songwriter unravel like a less severe Tennessee Williams gothic, to paraphrase one of the film’s chorus of interviewees, director Feuerzeig and his team of visualists cocoon it within a bedeviling sonic and scenic backdrop. (Full disclosure: Included among the many Austin observers interviewed in the film are Austin Chronicle editor Louis Black, former music columnist Ken Lieck, and occasional contributor Kathy McCarty.) The locations, sound design, and even the simplest mattes – pictures, postcards, a huge, heart-shaped pile of cassettes – complement the story like red on black..."
"...Danny Barnes, revered punk rock banjo player for Nineties locals the Bad Livers, loves cassettes. From his now longtime home in Seattle, he gets downright evangelical about his Minner Bucket Records putting out "handmade experimental music" on cassette..."
"...Meanwhile, he supported himself with jobs at various fast-food franchises. More cassettes issued forth, along with a much-needed dubbing machine; previously, when someone requested a copy of one of his cassettes, Johnston was obliged to throw a blank tape in the recorder and perform the entire album, start to finish...."
"..."I write all my stuff on cassettes," he proclaims. "For the last 30 years, I'll write songs every few minutes..."
"...No more guilt trips, but plenty more shows, featuring the Wrens' Charles Bissell on guitar. Look for Okkervil River today at the Schuba's party at Yard Dog, Saturday evening at the Harp party at the French Legation Museum, and preceding Erickson at Stubb's later that night. Cassettes Won't Cut Their Hair..."
"...At the flea market, he checked out well-known sonideros like Gabriel Dueñez and Alfredo Murillo, DJs who sell homemade mix tapes and CDs. Devoted promoters of cumbia Colombiana since the Sixties, the sonideros, with their islands of cassettes and stereos, play the latest hits and give shout outs to their barrios, rapping over the music like Jamaican sound system crews...."
"...Using a borrowed 4-track recorder, bass guitar, and primitive drum machine, they created rhythm tracks and dubbed them onto cassettes. Armed with tape, they went shopping for the best-sounding boom box they could find..."
"...Sure, when you stack the figures up against those of 1987, it's nothing. That year, the manufacturers' unit shipments (which are measured in millions, net after returns) showed LPs and EPs coming in at 107 units, vinyl singles at 82 units, CDs at 102 units, and cassettes at a whopping 410 units..."
"...Then there's stereo equipment, audio gear, and cassettes...."
"...What was a CD? Would we ever use one? Was it just for rich people? CDs are still relevant today and will be more collectible – especially as they become more rare. Such things seem to go in circles; I mean, look at how cassettes have come back...."
"...Throughout the 1970s and into my Walkman years, cassettes liberated me from songs I didn't want to hear and immersed me in music I did. Making literal mixtapes was a snap, and MTV fed that hunger, creating new stars with Warholian speed..."
"...AC: Think about all those people that bought their first Slayer albums on tape! Sure, cassettes are totally impractical – no one wants to see it back – but the role of the cassette in metal is remarkable...."
"...I am one of those annoying people who listens to the same record over and over and over again. I used to make myself cassettes, back in the days of cassettes, of just one song repeating and repeating...."
"...Rock Star moves a little too slowly and perhaps attempts to plumb a little too deeply the admittedly shallow (and piss-and-pills dirty) waters of Eighties heavy metal. But the joy is in the details: Not just the whole hair band mentality, which the film nails to a skin-tight leather T, but also the sweet nuances between Chris and Emily, and Chris and his close-knit family (a proud Mom and Dad sell T-shirts and cassettes at the shows)..."
"..."We got a piece of Scotch tape and pressed it on a line of ants and stuck that with the ants half-alive onto one of the cassettes," remembers Stin-G. "We also glued Band-Aids, cigarette butts, and sand on the cassettes."..."
"...Garza's other punk idea was to break up the band after just 13 months and three full-length cassettes. In his mind, the casual West Mall approach had been tainted by the growing interest from local radio, press, and major labels..."
"...It has been my personal experience that both of the Ramos brothers are gracious, delightful gentlemen who appreciate all of their fans, whomever we may be as much as we appreciate their music. Their cassettes are included in my collection of several thousands of cassettes of Tejano and all styles of Mexican music...."