As a consumer, I do not like tapes much and certainly would never choose them over vinyl. I hardly ever listen to the tapes I have. I guess portability is a plus, but not so much I’ve bothered to buy a walkman. And yet, this part is super important to independent musicians…
As tempting as it may be to dismiss cassettes as another display of analog hipsterism, the mini-trend has very real, practical benefits for budding artists like Molholt, who releases music on a tape-only label called Endless Daze. For one thing, they scratch a simple economic itch. For about $2 apiece, tapes can be produced in small quantities much more quickly than vinyl records, whose own resurgence has slammed pressing plants with so much demand that a new record can take up to six months to turn around. And unlike with vinyl, musicians can produce new copies of cassettes in their apartment in a pinch.
Read the full Fast Company article here: Music’s Weird Cassette-Tape Revival Is Paying Off
Honestly, when deciding what kind of merch to produce to sell at shows, cds are pointless, and vinyl is often too expensive to take a risk on. Even if the cassettes we sell end up just a carrying case for an mp3 download code, the price point, easy transport and markup, and the allure of buying a physical item (even if you don’t use it) all make those ridiculous, chintzy-feeling, rumbly jerks a feasible thing for a band to sell on the road.
Music news! I am so pleased to have music news to share this early in my Hamilton time. I was super fortunate to get hooked up with Secretary City, an ex-Toronto band that was in the process of coming back together after a distance-spanning and child-rearing hiatus of a few years. Our first show was a very exclusive backyard birthday party, our second is next Saturday, October 15th with Rae Spoon at Oswalds Gallery in Hamilton. (FB event)
New favourite, Billie Jo Spears.
“I have no desire to be a pop artist,” she said. “I couldn’t go pop with a mouthful of firecrackers.”
It feels like city-moving month is still an ongoing distraction – all my pictures are still on the floor instead of the walls – but I am running out of time to tell people about next week’s shows in Alberta. There is more info about this stuff in a post on the band website, but here’s the quicker version:
We’re playing in Edmonton, Lethbridge, and Calgary, sharing the Ship & Anchor stage at the Sled Island Festival with The Flatliners, and particularly excited to play with old-hometown Halifax band Heaven for Real in Edmonton.
Check out the listings! Tell your western friends!
New album: Anchor Rights
You can purchase digital downloads, as well as prints of Nicole Aline Legault’s glorious cover art on the Big Knife Little Knife Bandcamp page.
Mine below! Video editing is super fun.