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January 27, 2012

A couple of interesting discoveries. First, there’s apparently some website called Kickstarter where people come up with an idea and then ask you for money. No, really, I’m pretty sure that’s what it does. Perfectly reasonable, I guess, anyone can be an entrepreneur and anyone can be an “angel investor” (or sucker, mark, what have you).

I first heard about it because some smarty-pants guys claimed to be developing a smarty-pants home espresso machine (this is not a joke) and were raising funds on Kickstarter while they were developing the damn thing (because who wants to actually buy, say, an actually existing and functional espresso machine?). Truthfully, the thing sounds pretty awesome, but it’s not that hard for something that doesn’t even exist yet to sound pretty awesome. Oh, and by the way, as of this writing they’ve raised $369,569.00 on Kickstarter in connection with this apocryphal coffeemaker.

God bless America.

But hold on, this is not some cynical I-hate-everything kind of rant. Far from it. Because while I would love to have that espresso machine should it ever exist and, you know, actually make coffee, I’m willing to wait.

I did, however, throw five whole American smackers to a worthy project on Kickstarter that I read about on Animal. Turns out some dude or dudes or dudettes are making a documentary about the demise of the cassette tape, and are looking for some backing. Here’s the pitch:

A few months ago, the term cassette tape was taken out of the Oxford English Dictionary.

It may seem ironic, then, that the cassette has experienced a quiet comeback over the last few years, as independent labels issuing tape-only releases have begun popping up around the world.

What better excuse to take a look back at this beloved musical format?

As recorded sound continues its love affair with the downloadable, ethereal digital file, the tangible artefact is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Help us celebrate the A Side, the B Side, the mixtape, and the whole of cassette culture by supporting Cassette: A Documentary. We’ll look at all parts of popular culture influenced by the cassette, including hip-hop and B-Boy culture, indie rock, home recording, and beyond.

I’m so in. Cassettes suck, but they were fucking awesome and blew the doors off of 8-tracks, and today’s damn kids (who should also stay off my lawn) don’t even know what the hell a cassette tape is.

For the record, I preferred Maxell to TDK. And, not that you give a shit, but I’m still mad about a cassette tape that was stolen from me at gunpoint in 1990 or so. Fuckers.

This is a documentary that needs to be made, and I’m putting my five bucks where my mouth is. Look at the nose-ring on that dude, this shit’s going viral, the hipsters will love it.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2012 4:59 pm

    Were you robbed specifically for the tape?

    • Fat Al permalink*
      January 27, 2012 6:00 pm

      I was not. It was the 60 bucks and the Walkman.

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