How the Promotion of a Niche Format Makes for a Good Excuse to Shop In Comfort (or, Cassette Store Day, 2016)
I met up with my friend, Chris, Saturday morning outside of Repo Records, a rather dreary day on still-sleepy South Street. Repo was the only spot in Philadelphia, (or Pennsylvania for that matter), participating in the aforementioned Cassette Store Day, which is another event prompting labels to kick out special releases and encouraging stores to stock them for the sake of increased foot traffic and earnings potential.
This year's list of CSD releases had been posted on the event's website, so there were a few things I was looking for, namely the J Dilla Welcome 2 Detroit / The Shining and DJ Shadow's new album, The Mountain Will Fall. Northern Spy Records put out some releases I was interested in checking out and I would've liked to have been able to pick up any of the block of Seasons Of Mist releases from Christian Death, Gorguts, and Dillinger Escape Plan, (metal on cassette is basically how I enjoyed the genre till I decided to go digital).
|O.G. Sunny Day|
I wound up grabbing a live concert cassette from Can, Live at the Koln Sporthalle, 3 February 1972. I also grabbed Organix, the first album by The Roots.
Ultimately, Cassette Store Day provided an excuse to head out and hit a record store. As the event hasn't yet been co-opted by the industry majors, (not that this event will ever breed the unfortunate level of opportunism that Record Store Day has), it made for a comfortable day of casual crate digging.
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