10 Best Cassettes of 2014

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

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Great Thunder, 'Groovy Kinda Love'
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3. Great Thunder, 'Groovy Kinda Love'

Yet another ragtag collection from Swearin's Keith Spencer and Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield. It begins quite badly with a long psychedelic horror-show interlude, then segues into well over an hour of songs, sketches, folkie strums, metallic diddles, plucked tennis rackets. "Singer's No Star" is a wistful piano revamp of Whitney Houson's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)." "Chapel of Pines" might be the world's saddest ukelele-and-organ ballad. The a cappella "Jackson Browne" is about wanting to write your own JB song, with the graceful chorus: "Just another song/Consider it sung." Funniest title: "I Love You So Much I Could Kill Myself Because I Hate My Parents."

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