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Wheezing Spools: Cassettes in Electronic Music – Part II
A half-dozen tape bombardments that hardly toe the line
DAILY Music  July 23, 2014, by Conor Walker
"...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..."

Wheezing Spools: Cassettes in Electronic Music - Part I
Shriveled monoliths outweighed and overshadowed by vinyl
DAILY Music  July 16, 2014, by Conor Walker
"...Such a broad frequency range plays out ideal for public consumption. Cassettes, on the other hand, are designed for the loner..."

New Austin Cassettes
Music Story  August 30, 2013, by Tim Stegall


The Devil and Daniel Johnston
The literal and figurative institutionalization of Austin music and art legend Daniel Johnston is analyzed from many angles in this perceptive film profile.
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Film Review  May 5, 2006, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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..."

The Return of ... the Cassette
The Walkman revolutionized portable music. Can their fodder – cassettes – jump the shark?
Music Story  August 30, 2013, by Tim Stegall
"...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..."

Genius of Love
Music Story  March 18, 1999, by Ken Lieck
"...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...."

Nacho Daddy
What do Michael Jackson and Manu Chao have in common? Joe King Carrasco.
Music Story  January 25, 2013, by Margaret Moser
"..."I write all my stuff on cassettes," he proclaims. "For the last 30 years, I'll write songs every few minutes..."

Girls Can Tell
Gadding about
Music Story  March 14, 2008, by Melanie Haupt
"...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..."

Cumbia Sobre El Rio
Monterrey's Celso Piña and his 21st Century cumbia
Music Story  October 18, 2002, by Melissa Sattley
"...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...."

The Future's Still Bright
Barbara K, the woman who turned down $900,000
Music Story  November 24, 2000, by Andy Langer
"...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..."

Archaic Relics of Music Biz Past
The Death of Vinyl: Reports Have Been Exaggerated
Music Story  April 18, 1997
"...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..."

Playback: Black Friday? End of an Ear!
End of an Ear's new digs thrive just in time for Black Friday
Music Column  November 23, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Then there's stereo equipment, audio gear, and cassettes...."

The Q&A Hole: Why Would Anyone Buy a CD These Days?
With Guy Forsyth, Wren Anderson, Chad Nichols, Luna Tart, and more
DAILY Music  January 21, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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...."

Nights in White Satin
Streaming Spotify all the way back to the reel-to-reel
Music Story  August 5, 2011, by Margaret Moser
"...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..."

Melodymaker
Slayer's oracle originates from Palestine, Texas, for 15 years now
Music Story  September 24, 2010, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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...."

Infinite Capacity
Kathy McCarty explains why it took her a decade between albums
Music Story  April 29, 2005, by Kathy McCarty
"...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
Coming of age during the Eighties, kids had two obvious paths as far as musical development went. If you were cool, you were into rap. And if you were like...
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Film Review  September 7, 2001, by Kimberley Jones
"...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)..."

Scavengers of the Vast Wasteland
Whether they're riffing on punk, metal, funk, jazz, film scores, or even klezmer music, Brown Whörnet attacks each passage with a vociferous intensity that seldom fails to keep an audience at attention.
Music Story  September 10, 1999, by Greg Beets
"..."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."..."

Musical Manifesto
Davíd Garza's
Music Story  April 3, 1998, by Andy Langer
"...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..."

Postmarks
The Executioner
Columns  February 13, 1998
"...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...."

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