I'm all for nostalgia. I can remember taking awkward boxes of mix tapes on long bus rides with my various Sony Walkmen (I broke lots of them) , but what? Vinyl has something to bring to the table, and that's a different kind of sound quality, but TAPES? This quote really drives home how this micro-trend is probably the worst manifestation of hipsterism yet:
“Oh, none of these kids even have cassette players—that’s admitted by the people that buy them,” says Patrick Kindlon, best known for his work in the bands Self Defense Family and Drug Church, and for co-writing Ghostface Killah’s Twelve Reasons To Die comic book. “That makes cassettes a true, true widget: a true, nonfunctioning product, a true non-purpose product. And the only purpose is to support a band. You could hand them $5, but that might be awkward. You bought something because people love to purchase things, and that’s just a natural fact, and it’s a low-cost item.”
So it's a collectible then? Is that what we're supposed to do with this? Apparently:
Much like a pin or a patch used to, cassettes put a name and face to an artist. Instead of having to remember a Bandcamp link, they serve as a way to commemorate the experience of a show—for less money than a T-shirt or LP—and, potentially, keep fans coming back.
At least you can wear that other stuff.