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Cassette Culture: Part 1



While it’s impossible to do a weekly segment on modern cassette releases, the subculture has been showing signs of life over the past few years with many independent labels resurrecting the medium; I felt it was only right to create a column where we celebrate those diehards still championing the cassette as an important way to experience music. Break out your decks… it’s time for Cassette Culture.
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Kawaii or Nah-waii?

Kawaii: the Japanese term for "cute". It's become a part of common English-speaking language at this point, and it seems like the world can't get enough of it right now. It's almost an exaggeration of what is cute, infantilizing everything from cupcakes to baby animals to aliens and skulls. Tons of young women have made their hair pastel colors and reintroduced the peace sign into their photo poses, favoring this gesture over the infamous "...

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Nosidam (No-si-dahm)

Chicago artist Nosidam. seems to be assisting the culture on many levels. Not only does he sing, but he also provides a steady output of photography and lean-friendly DJ mixes.

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Let’s Talk About Hex, Baby



Lo-fi, Gangsta Witch, Lexi Hex (AKA Rap Game Amanda Bynes), released her mixtape Burn The Church on 4/20, in celebration of the weed-themed holiday stealing Easter’s shine this year (Hail, Satan), and also in anticipation of her soon to be released full-...

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Evans’ Gate

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Qu'est-ce que c'est?

Poor little dude Left Leberra recently released the guitar-driven single “Take A Ride Up” on his Soundcloud account, with the ominous cover art of a weed leaf and two crossed knives mimicking a skull and bones. “Come on, take a ride up with the psycho...

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Over Easy: New LA Party This Thursday

Yo, Los Angeles: this Thursday, April 24, marks the start of a new function for you to turn up at. Or whatever it is you do at these things. Join us for the debut of Over Easy, featuring Hoodboi and Immigré, two of our favorite acts right now, and guaranteed to make you get wavy. Or maybe that's the shots of Kappa. Either way, make sure you RSVP to OVEREASYLA@GMAIL.COM for free entry...

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Black Canvas

Last week, Nick Astro launched a brilliant (albeit poorly marketed) idea: he provided the world with five one-minute-long YouTube videos of Chicago artists rapping in silence, rhyming in darkness, forcing you to listen to the words, forcing you to replay the video and listen even closer. At the end of the week, all five artists came together for a well played, highly entertaining cypher over Nas' “Thief Theme.” Despite the instrumental being from Street's...

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