10 Best Cassettes of 2014

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

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Mannequin Pussy, 'Gypsy Pervert'
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1. Mannequin Pussy, 'Gypsy Pervert'

A perfect example of how cassettes function and why they're excellent. I randomly saw this band last year at Death By Audio (R.I.P.), just a screamer-guitarist and her drummer, never heard of them but liked the songs enough to scoop up the tape. If they'd been selling a CD or LP I probably wouldn't have bothered, to be honest, but it turned out to be a hugely replayable 18-minute bang. The songs run the emotional gamut from "Squeaky Nips" to "Clit Eastwood." Plus two different love songs with the tenderly romantic title "Meat Slave." One of the most dependable ways to jumpstart a day in 2014 was to hit play on this tape and feel 90 percent more awake.

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