Some will say it’s another hipster-driven novelty, but the resurgence of cassettes within the DIY indie scene is nothing if not an interesting trend — it’s cool and cute, seeing twenty- and thirtysomethings discovering and getting excited about the “exotic” and long-dormant format. And, truth be told, some of the most daring new sounds have lately been coming out on cassette only. To call attention to the revived cassette underground, Cassette Store Day, a spinoff of the internationally popular Record Store Day, was launched in 2013 and this year promises new tape releases by the White Stripes, J Mascis, Pentagram, and others. The worldwide event, which happens on October 14, will be celebrated locally at Darkside Records with live music by several acts on the Poughkeepsie cassette label Queen City Tapes.
Performing at the store’s CSD celebration are Queen City Tapes artists Womb of Nations, Surmiser, Making Matters Worse, Mister Blonde, and Freejays. On hand and available for purchase will be dozens of newly released, cassette-only titles.
Here’s Surmiser rocking out at last year’s Newburgh Illuminated festival:
The Hudson Valley edition of Cassette Store Day will take place at Darkside Records in Poughkeepsie, New York, on October 14 beginning at 10am. Admission is free. For more information, call (845) 452-8010 or visit https://www.darksiderecordsandgallery.com/.