10 Best Cassettes of 2014

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

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Friendless Bummer, 'Militia'

2. Friendless Bummer, 'Militia'

The excellently named Friendless Bummer know how to do the cassette thing right, lavishly decorating each individual copy as an art object in itself. They recycle used tapes by artists from Diana Ross to Britny Fox, painting the covers for a personalized effect. (For some reason I own this Britny Fox album on cassette. "Girlschool," bitches!) Their Hüsker Dü-style hyper-emotional mega-caffeinated power-trio tales go perfectly with the homemade packaging. Friendless Bummer also recycle last year's tape by their Syracuse pals Perfect Pussy, crossing out the title I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling and writing "same."

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