By now, even casual music fans have
likely heard of Record
Store Day, the annual celebration of brick-and-mortar
sonic purveyors and all things vinyl, which takes place on the third Saturday of
April each spring. Listeners may be less familiar with the holiday's younger
sibling, Cassette Store Day, which returns for its second installment this
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Courtesy Record Store Day
On the surface, Cassette Store Day
may appear gimmicky or misguided to those old enough to recall the frustrating
process of reeling in a tangled ribbon of cassette tape with your pinky finger.
However, the format has seen a minor
resurgence in recent years as independent
musicians seek to provide listeners with a tangible release at a fraction of
the cost of vinyl or CDs. With cassette duplicators available at an affordable
price point, musicians can produce a limited-run tape without bothering with
the added cost of a third-party manufacturer.
Several local record stores will host
festivities related to Cassette Store Day this weekend. LUNA Music
has planned a sidewalk sale, a guest DJ set from Musical Family Tree's Jon
Rogers, and a pop-up shop from Little Super.
Around the corner, Vibes Music will host live performances from local artists
such as Chives, Hair Peace and Golden Moses, along with a DJ set from Jorma Whittaker. Both events are for all-ages.
For those unable to partake in
Saturday's festivities, Indy
CD & Vinyl will host its monthly KIDS DAY
this Sunday, featuring an all-ages performance from Mr. Daniel,
better known as longtime local musician Daniel Paquette. All in all, this
weekend offers a laundry list of reasons to hit your friendly, local
Prep for your weekend sonic adventures with this video of Jon Rogers'
alternate persona Golden Moses from his recent album release party for Face Boot, which was held at Joyful
Noise Recordings. The video was shot by BrainTwins.
Rob Peoni is a freelance writer with a passion for underappreciated rock 'n' roll, local business and culture. The stories he tells are typically found where those interests intersect. The hours away from the dim glow of his computer screen are often spent scouring the Circle City for live music.