CAS­SETTE TAPE GEMS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Time Out (Sydney) - - Music & Nightlife -

There’s a low-cost way to covet and col­lect mu­sic you like from some of Syd­ney’s best in­de­pen­dent labels and artists that you might not have thought of. By Claire Fin­neran In a world where you can usu­ally down­load top qual­ity songs very quickly and we all drive cars with ra­dios that were man­u­fac­tured af­ter the 1990s, why would we ever need to buy a tape? This per­spec­tive makes sense, but still there is some­thing about the whirring nos­tal­gia of a cas­sette that is ap­peal­ing to mak­ers and buy­ers alike. In­de­pen­dent labels and artists can dub tapes them­selves for cheap and flog them for even cheaper – you’ll rarely pay over $10 for a tape, which is less ex­pen­sive than some dig­i­tal down­loads. The el­e­ment of risk is al­most elim­i­nated at this price. De­cide you don’t like the mu­sic? Just tape over it with your mem­oir WIP. The tape gets ripped out of its case and is now a squid-ink pasta-es­que pile on the ground? Just buy an­other one. The only tricky stuff is where to find good, new ones. Aside from the merch ta­bles at gigs, here is where you can pick up cas­settes in Syd­ney. Par­adise Daily Records Òpar­adisedaily. band­camp.com/merch. Moon­town Records Òmoon­town. band­camp.com. Re­pressed Records Òwww. re­presse­drecordsshop.com/cas­settes.irc. Burn­ing Rose Òwww. burn­ingrose.club/shop/. Al­tered States Tapes Òal­tered­stat­estapes. big­car­tel.com/. Di­nosaur City Records Òwww. di­nosaurci­tyrecords.com.au/store/. Sexy Ro­mance Records Òsexy­ro­mance. big­car­tel.com/.

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