Posted in movies | music on January 25, 2012

Cassette

"A few months ago, the term cassette tape was taken out of the Oxford English Dictionary.

It may seem ironic, then, that the cassette has experienced a quiet comeback over the last few years, as independent labels issuing tape-only releases have begun popping up around the world.

What better excuse to take a look back at this beloved musical format?

As recorded sound continues its love affair with the downloadable, ethereal digital file, the tangible artefact is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Help us celebrate the A Side, the B Side, the mixtape, and the whole of cassette culture by supporting Cassette: A Documentary. We'll look at all parts of popular culture influenced by the cassette, including hip-hop and B-Boy culture, indie rock, home recording, and beyond."

Zack Taylor and Seth Smoot are trying to raise $$$ via Kickstarter to make Cassette: A Documentary. They're currently at 1/3 of their goal.

For more details, head to their kickstarter page and check out a video trailer below.

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Comments (65)

what a stupid format. i always hated these things.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:47 PM

why...

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:49 PM

The supposed "cassette comeback" is the biggest farce since record store day.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:49 PM

why would anyone want that...

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:49 PM

Cassettes were terrible. Why do hipster douchebags always insist on trying to bring them back?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:49 PM

Cassette: A Paperweight

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:49 PM

These need to hit the deck!

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:50 PM

Cassettes: Gay As Fuck

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:51 PM

Anyone remember when cassette singles cost $3.49 at Sam goody's?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:51 PM

Cassettes: Nobody Wants 'Em

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:51 PM

Cassettes: Because You're Douchey

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:52 PM

Cassette: Get The Fuck Outta Here

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:52 PM

I always remember cassette singles costing $1, but Sam Goody's was probably overpriced.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:53 PM

Cassette: Because They Sound Bad

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:53 PM

Cassette: Because No CD Player Ever Ate A CD

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:53 PM

I'm cool with this. I'm tired of having to burn my mp3s to CD, then making a cassette from the CD with a boom box. And the timings on the sides never work out. Ugh!

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:56 PM

1:53 The Wiz occasionally had $1 singles...only ones on special...others were in the $3 range...full albums on cassette were $9-13!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:57 PM

FYI - Magnetic tape deteriorates.

At least with vinyl, you can still play it in 50 years and it sounds good.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:57 PM

they'll never make a format better than vinyl, i don't know why they bother.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:04 PM

I don't believe for a second that the OED took the word out of the dictionary.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:05 PM

This is a bad idea.
We used cassettes because we had no other choice, not because they were cool. Sound quality is inferior, they break too easily, annoying to rewind/ff to get to the next song.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:05 PM

I would never buy a tape over a record..

With that being said, I'd buy a tape that included a digital download, because I like having a tangible item, even if it isn't the main way that I'll listen to it.

I have to admit, out of the hundreds of LPs I have, a lot of the time I end up listening to them on my iTunes or Spotify because it is just easier and I am just trying to listen to music while working on shit..

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:07 PM

^ lazy

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:12 PM

Cassettes are for people with cars.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:32 PM

^ I got a record player in my car!

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:34 PM

I'm holding out for the 8-track tape revolution.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:38 PM

Reel to Reel was dope!

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:38 PM

"New rules: Quit telling me how "warm" vinyl sounds, you stupid hipster dipshit. I LIVED through the 70's, I know how vinyl sounds. SCRATCHY. FUCK YOU."

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:58 PM

there are one billion "macarena" cassette singles in landfills... if only people could've stolen the song online, this ecological disaster would never have happened.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 3:10 PM

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Posted by grizzly | January 25, 2012 3:10 PM

stupid, wasteful, stupid, wasteful

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 3:18 PM

I can try to sell my cassette single of Martin Page's "In the House of Stone and Light" to help these guys. I have had buyer's remorse about that one for like 18 years.

So are there people walking around cool areas with a walkman hanging from their belt/waistband?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 3:18 PM

So fucking retarded. seriously. People who think bringing cassettes back is "cool" should be slapped.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 3:23 PM

2:58 - that is probably one of the better new rules.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 3:36 PM

cassettes blow. i'm glad there is troll solidarity in these comments. they suck worse than CDs.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 3:43 PM

Remember when making your girlfriend/boyfriend a "mixtape" was an art form?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 3:44 PM

cassettes never went away. do you realize how many independent labels have been releasing cassettes over the past 20 years? They are cheap, sound great (depending on what you put on it), easy to trade, and are a physical piece of music. Cd's/mp3's are disposable media. Vinyl and tape are the only true forms left.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 3:46 PM

cassettes sounds better than vinyl.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 3:48 PM

tapes are cheap, theyre not gonna go away. get over it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 3:50 PM

Its still in their dcitionary. Why would they remove it?! The word still exists. Victrola is still a word, even though its not commonly used music format [ although I expect every Broooklyn transplant to claim they own one and listen to Al Jolson records daily]

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 4:05 PM

everyone has missed the big picture here. notice that there is some loser fuck receiving money on another ridiculous kickstarter to make a DOCUMENTARY ABOUT TAPES. feel any way you want about the format, I think we can all agree that this documentary never needs to be made. It never needed to be thought up. And people need to stop giving these fucks money on kickstarter. Before kickstarter, that role would be filled by parents: "Hey dad, I was thinking about putting a lot of hard work and effort into a documentary about cassette tapes. the world needs to see my vision of something they all experienced". "No son, that's fucking stupid." The end, and we never had to hear about it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 4:05 PM

Oh yeah, tapes sound awesome. Like that really loud hiss that goes with the music? Yeah, that's super artsy. Its so "warm" sounding. God you are fucking morons.


Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 4:06 PM

LOL@ 3:46 PM, he doesn't know what "disposable" means! Dumbass says what?!?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 4:06 PM

Cassettes: Stop Being Such A Faggot

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 4:16 PM

Cassettes: Because Those Record Players That Crank By Hand, They Don't Make Them Anymore

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 4:31 PM

3:46,

You are delusional and an idiot. The sound and straight-up inconvenience of listening to music on cassette is just not worth it. At least on vinyl you can drop the needle to wherever you want. In this digital day and age, are morons really fast-forwarding and re-winding to hear various piss-sounding songs on cassette?

Also, 4:05, agreed.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 4:50 PM

"A few months ago, the term cassette tape was taken out of the Oxford English Dictionary. ....." bullshit.

http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/cassette%2Btape?q=cassette+tape

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 5:11 PM

I agree with 3:46....tapes are fucking boss. fuck this stupid ipod generation......most of you people have no idea what tapes have done for start-up labels, helps them make money so they can put out vinyl. ignorance must be bliss....but making a documentary is lame.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 5:47 PM

Vinyl > Cassetes > CDs > MP3s > Streaming

^ undeniable truth to those who know what's up.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 7:57 PM

3:46 and 5:47 are the same dood. Emphasis on the "doo".

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 8:07 PM

Cassettes making a comeback and anonymous shithead commenters who think they're audiophiles; two VERY annoying things we can all live without.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 8:10 PM

^ 8:10, we can all certainly live without you.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 8:26 PM

I could live without 30 Rock, the television show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 11:42 PM

If you search for the terms "cassette tape OED" you will find numerous sources explaining that "cassette tape" was indeed dropped from the Concise edition of the OED. The word is still in the unabridged edition, however. Thank God.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 2:24 AM

no i will not help fund this.

and what dumb hipster bullshit.

cassettes sucked ass and i don't miss them one bit.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 4:16 AM

4:05 you are a hero to humanity

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 4:16 AM

Will this documentary only be available on VHS?

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 8:32 AM

fuck cassettes

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 10:45 AM

IF CASSETTES ARE MAKING A COMEBACK AGAINST THE TIDE OF TECHNOLOGY WHY CAN'T THEY FUND THEIR OWN DOCUMENTARY??????? It would be one thing if we really needed them, but this is for kitch value.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 12:07 PM

Cassettes always sounded like crap. Eventually they got a little stretched causing a warped sound, they were inconvenient, and they died for a reason.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 12:53 PM

Cassettes were the only way to get the bonus tracks for DESCENDENTS and ALL.

Posted by milo | January 31, 2012 11:50 AM

When cassettes were around, there was nothing better.

Posted by Lawsuit | February 18, 2012 11:53 AM

Cassettes making a comeback and anonymous shithead commenters who think they're audiophiles; two VERY annoying things we can all live withou

Posted by Feria de artesanos | February 18, 2012 4:56 PM

Please bring back cassettes. I love cassettes more than CD's. Please bring back new cassette players and new cassette boomboxes priced between $10 to $50,000.

Posted by Chris | June 11, 2012 8:34 PM

old school

Posted by jordon | August 7, 2013 2:29 PM

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