You know (or knew) the feeling… You’re cruising down the highway listening to your favorite Hall & Oates jam, and just when Daryl and John’s most quiet, introspective lyric comes up, you hear that familiar sound: Cassette tape hiss. But not to worry! Just hit the famous “Double D” button and all the irritating hiss [...]
Moleskine, the manufacturer of notebooks once lauded by the likes of Hemingway and Van Gogh has payed the best tribute to the 50th anniversary of the cassette tape anyone could have imagined. These notebooks are nothing like the kitschy iPhone covers and tape dispensers (Get it? It’s a tape dispenser) at Urban Outfitters and its [...]
Roxy Music: Avalon (1982) Blur: Blur (1997) Blur: Parklife (1994) a-ha: Hunting High and Low (1985) a-ha: Scoundrel Days (1986) Ratt: Dancing Undercover (1986) Technics M224. 2 Head. Dolby B and C. 1982.
I usually hate stuff like this. In fact, the very premise doesn’t make sense. If you wanted to convert your cassettes to Mp3, wouldn’t you have already done so years ago? And as for the rest of us, well…this is just misguided kitsch. Yet despite its poor intentions, Ion’s cassette to iPhone converter is pleasantly [...]
Visit any Urban Outfitters these days and you’ll notice the ’80s are making a comeback. Most of the this comeback is centered around kitsch, of which the ’80s had more than its share. But the ’80s wasn’t all mirrored Ray-Bans and bubblegum pop hits. The ’80s was a bad time for hair and a mixed [...]
I found my Onkyo TA-RW344 tape deck in a Mesquite, Texas Goodwill. It wasn’t in perfect shape, but that was what I was looking for: Something that needed TLC but not any true repair. The Restoration The case was dirty, and the Goodwill sticker left a little residue on the front panel. This was nothing [...]