This week brought the curious news of a new tapestravaganza, Cassette Store Day.
Obviously modelled on the ubiquitous Record Store Day concept – we can count the number of cassette-only shops in the UK on the fingers of, well, no hands – the celebration of all things cassette-based will go ahead on September 7. Special releases are planned from the likes of 4AD, Bella Union, Domino, SEXBEAT and Wichita, with the event branding itself as the first event of its type in the world.
Except, however, it’s not. Glasgow based record and cassette shop Volcanic Tongue have taken umbrage at the scheme, claiming to have come up with the idea last year. According to The Wire (and emphasized in our comment section), the label began its own Cassette Store Day in 2012. As well as promoting the event in store, Volcanic Tongue toasted the day with an exclusive tape release from UK fringe musician Richard Youngs, released under his Library Assistants alias.
Store owner David Keenan has called out the organizers of Cassette Store Day 2013 for pinching his idea. In Keenan’s words:
“It was kinda half tongue-in-cheek and a retort to all the Record Store Day hype but it’s pretty funny and a little frustrating that someone would steal the idea and make it official.”
For a primer on the month’s best cassette releases, have a gander at Brad Rose’s monthly Caught On Tape column for FACT.