Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Cassettes Are Cool

I like cassettes. They don't sound as good as records or CDs, but there's just something about that magnetic coating on a tiny, fragile polyester tape that's kind of sexy. Am I wrong? Lets me cast my mind back to the '70s and '80s to the heyday of cassettes when boomboxes and the Sony Walkman were the kings of music. And back to that glorious time in the late '70s when Tascam introduced the revolutionary 4 track PortaStudio to the world...the moment when my life was changed for the better forever.

Anyway, I was going through the live tapes that I still have in my possession and I was amazed at how much material I still have...probably 60-70 hours worth of practices and shows. I know there's even more stuff hidden away in boxes out there in the world, not doing anyone any good, as well. If I could only get my hands on that material!

It will take, obviously, a long time to go through all the recordings I do have, but I think I'm going to start systematically listening to it all and taking notes on what's worth uploading to the web page or the online stores as soon as I'm done with compiling the WELCOME TO CONCRETE album. I've pulled a few performances from these tapes already, but there have to be many more that are of interest to fans of Book of Kills, the Plague Dogs and The Karl Rove.

On this day in 1963, The Beatles played (and recorded on video tape for TV broadcast) a seven song set for "The Beatles pop group from Liverpool visiting Stockholm". It's one of the best live performances of the few captured on video by The Beatles ever. To be clear, this is back in the days when pop groups played their instruments by themselves and sang without auto-tuning and pre-recorded vocal tracks, so it's worth a look if you like old-timey music.

And, by the way, it's a crime that video like this hasn't all been collected, cleaned up, and released by Apple Records.