Legendary indie rock band Dinosaur Jr. has joined the cassette revival movement, issuing the “Cassette Trilogy,” a limited edition box set with three classic albums on cassette.
Heck, If you’re under 25, you might not even remember the cassette, an analog music medium equally loved and hated, which saw its rise and decline from the ’70s to early ’90s.
Practical because of its small size, but never reaching the sound quality of vinyl or CD, the cassette now mostly exists in basements and as a fond memory in the minds of music lovers all around the world. Recently, however, the audio cassette has been experiencing a comeback of sorts, with many indie music artists releasing their albums in this format, which today is almost completely obsolete for lack of new cassette players on the market.
Of course, listening to music on an audio cassette is both an exercise in retroism as well as one of the more “hipster” things you can do. However, the recent resurgence of older style media, such as vinyl records and audio cassettes, might indicate a certain satiation with the way we’re currently experience music. When everything is digital and immediately available, one starts to yearn for the physical medium and all the little quirks that go with playing a record on a gramophone or playing a tape in the old cassette recorder.
Dinosaur Jr. is one of the best known bands to join the party. The band has been around since 1984 and had an important influence on late ’80s/early ’90s Indie rock scene.
The “Cassette Trilogy” box set is a limited one-time release with 500 copies, containing three of the band’s legendary albums from the eighties: Dinosaur, You’re Living All Over Me and Bug. I just ordered one. It’s was 39 bucks, how could I say no?!