Cassette Store Day returns Saturday, and Alexander Charos has made you a mixtape
Alexander Charos made you a mixtape.
It's got fast songs, slow songs, sad songs, shaggy songs and everything in between. All are by Tampa Bay artists, and most were recorded at Charos' home studio in St. Petersburg.
But just as crucial to the "mix" is the "tape" — Viva La Records Mixtape Vol. 1 is an actual, physical cassette, and you can get it for free on Saturday at Daddy Kool Records as part of the third annual Cassette Store Day.
"I've loved tapes for a long time," said Charos, the singer of Alexander and the Grapes and head of the label Viva La Records. "I feel that a cassette is the best format for a mix. Me and my friends would make each other all the time back in high school. I approached this project like I was making a mixtape for my friends."
That sense of nostalgia for the '80s and '90s is part of why cassettes have made an unexpected comeback — especially among younger fans — over the past few years. While not yet as omnipresent as vinyl records, tapes have become hot enough that artists like Metallica, MGMT and N.W.A. have all dropped cassettes for the indie-store holiday known as Record Store Day. On Saturday, Green Day will reissue its landmark album Dookie on tape.
For our full story on Cassette Store Day, including details about how to get Charos' mixtape, click here.