10 Best Cassettes of 2014

R.I.P. to the iPod — long live the boombox!

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Adult Mom, 'Sometimes Bad Happens'
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4. Adult Mom, 'Sometimes Bad Happens'

A young woman explores her feelings (band motto: "Sad With a Purpose") for six songs in 10 minutes. Highlights include "I Make Boys Cry," "I Think I'm Old Enough" and "Ode to One Night Stands," which takes the "Proud Mary" guitar riff places it hasn't gone before. Liner notes: "This tape is for everyone who has had to deal. Appreciate sadness and its temporary quality." Deal on, Adult Mom. Deal on.

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