10 Best Cassettes of 2014

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

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Naomi Punk, 'Television Man'
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9. Naomi Punk, 'Television Man'

Feelings are most certainly not on the menu here, unless "I am aggrieved by the world in ways that can only be expressed by an eight-minute noise-guitar groan called 'Rodeo Trash Pit'" counts as a feeling. This kind of sonic drift might sound unfocused in a digital format, but builds steadily on tape, especially if you're wearing your Walkman in the rain and your socks are wet. (Sad note: The Ukiah Drag cassette Jazz Mama Is Cryin' has a similar vibe and should have made this list, except I accidentally stepped on it back in August. Tapes are mortal.)

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