Weird: The Velvet Underground’s second album doesn’t feel 50 years old. Granted, Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison are no longer with us, Mo Tucker went tea party, and John Cale… well, he’s a still-active 75. But aside from the fact that guitar-bass-drums rock bands aren’t the default for experimental pop music anymore (if they ever … More »
The world’s a pretty fucked up place these days. You’ve got ice caps melting on either pole, you’ve got more marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks and McDonald’s combined — and now, apparently, you’ve got more people buying cassette tapes than healthcare plans. (Actually don’t quote us on that last one).
That’s sorta right, though: according to data released by Nielsen Music Ratings (and published by The Hollywood Reporter), total cassette sales reached nearly 175,000 copies in 2017, which is up from the roughly 130,000 copies that were sold in 2016.
The spike in sales was apparently attributed to the popularity of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie (as well as the Stranger Things Netflix series), but we’re still holding out contention that it might just be windfall from President Trump’s obviously spellbinding long-term business model. I mean, do you really think the Chinese are going to go looking for revenue shares in the lo-fi recordings financial sector? Yeah, didn’t think so…
Some of the top sellers over the course of the year were (obviously) the Guardians and Stranger Things soundtracks, but Eminem (The Eminem Show), Prince (Purple Rain re-issue), and Twenty One Pilots (Blurryface) also fared nicely.
Before you go selling off all your worldly possessions to open up your own boombox repair shop, though, be advised that the increase in cassettes still only accounted for less than a single percent (0.17) of all physical album sales. Apparently, compact discs are still crushing it (just ask your local Best Buy manager).
TOP SELLING CASSETTES OF 2017 (US):
01. Soundtrack: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 (19,000 copies sold)
02. Soundtrack: Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (15,000 copies sold)
03. Soundtrack: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Mix, Vol. 1 (5,000 copies sold)
04. Soundtrack: Stranger Things, Volume One (3,000 copies sold)
05. Eminem, The Eminem Show (3,000 copies sold)
06. Various Artists, The Hamilton Mixtape (3,000 copies sold)
07. Prince and The Revolution, Purple Rain (2,000 copies sold)
08. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface (2,000 copies sold)
09. Kanye West, Yeezus (2,000 copies sold)
10. Nirvana, Nevermind (2,000 copies sold)
FIDLAR have new music in the works, but first they’re sharing their cover of a Nirvana classic. The LA party-rockers have begun 2018 with a raucous rendition of “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle” from In Utero. Fidlar’s version delivers all the feral aggression of the original but with a … More »
Now that the year’s over, it’s time to go over a list of the 10 best covers to emerge from the various corners of the music world over the past 12 months. I mean, it’s time for a lot of things, many of which are more important, per se, and say a lot more about … More »
A standout of any rock catalogue, Nirvana’s iconic alt jam “Smells Like Teen Spirit” represents a formidable challenge to any intended remixer, yet Autograf rise to the occasion, producing a stripped down re-imagination of the track that is barely recognizable when compared to the gritty original.
Autograf handle the remake with dexterity, substituting the song’s raucous guitar and vocal elements for a minimalistic vocal supplied by Queen Sessi, overlaid atop a melodious and transformative collection of tempered synths. The remix hits a number of sweet sonic spots, the silken structuring of the track signifying that the production all-stars reserved what is irrefutably one of their most masterful releases for a strong end of year finish.
The surviving members of Nirvana had a little mini-reunion at Foo Fighters’ show in Eugene, Oregon last night. Krist Novoselic joined Dave Grohl and Pat Smear to play “Big Me,” and you can check out their performance below via Alternative Nation. More »
Exactly 26 years ago today, Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl played an acoustic Nirvana set for about 30 people at an Edinburgh bar to raise money for the city’s Sick Kids Hospital. And now, decades later, a recording of the show has finally surfaced. Listen below. More »
Jamila Woods is a talented musician in her own right, but she’s also a voracious music fan just like the rest of us. She interpolated the Cure, Incubus, and Paula Cole on her debut album HEAVN, and during her recent shows, as Consequence Of Sound points out, she’s been she’s been performing … More »
Friendly rock ‘n’ roll ambassador Dave Grohl seems to show up everywhere iconic rockers are within sniffing distance. Last night that meant appearing onstage with Guns N’ Roses at Tulsa’s BOK Center, where the Foo Fighter strapped on a guitar for a run through “Paradise City.” It was a largely ceremonial guest spot, but it … More »
Thus far this season, South Park has parodied Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” and Logic’s performance at the VMAs. And on last night’s episode, they brought an actual rapper in to help them out. To soundtrack a montage about the oppressive conditions in a nursing home, Trey Parker and Matt Stone enlisted the services of … More »