Yes, this is a thing. It's not news that tapes have become a thing again in DIY music circles; they're a cheap and nostalgic alternative to expensive vinyl, and although that tape deck from your '87 Accord is long gone, underground bands and small labels are putting more and more new releases out on cassette. Portland is no exception.
Here's what's happening around town this Saturday for Cassette Store Day:
• Beacon Sound (1465 NE Prescott) will be opening early on Saturday, and Peter Broderick will be there to sign copies of his 2008 debut solo album Float, which has just been reissued on cassette in a limited edition of 100 by Erased Tapes out of Berlin. He'll be there 10 am-2:30 pm, and Beacon Sound will have lots of other tapes available as well, including some Cassette Store Day exclusives.
• Record Room (8 NE Killingsworth) is hosting a cassette fair and tape swap. Participating labels include Gnar Tapes, Pour le Corps Records, Kennel Jitters Recordings, Resurrection Records, Useless State Records, Curly Cassettes, and Cassingle and Loving It Records. It goes from 4-8 pm and is all ages; they recommend bring a mystery mixtape for the tape swap.
• Music Millennium (3158 E Burnside) is also participating, and they'll have exclusive CDS releases from Efterklang, Mum, Twink, Suicidal Tendencies, Sentridoh, JJ Doom, Guided By Voices, Refrigerator, Xiu Xiu, Volcano Choir, Dolphinz, The Casket Girls s/t, Grape Soda, and Gold-Bears. They'll also have lots of other tapes for sale starting at $.99 and up, and the first 20 people in the door get a gift bag. That all happens 10 am-6 pm on Saturday.