Have you been wondering what to do with that mysterious rectangular hole under your car’s CD player? Well, you’re in luck.
Weezer is going back to the tape deck for the release of their new album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. The official release date is Oct. 7, but the band has made their new release available for pre-order on cassette through Burger Records. Four versions of the tapes are available, each one signed by a different member of the band.
According to an eBay post by Burger Records, only 100 of each version were made. The cassettes were made available, Sept. 26 at noon, and at the time of writing only 35 remained unsold. The release was a one-time pressing.
In August of last year, Vice’s Motherboard blog proclaimed that “Cassette Tapes Are Almost Cool Again.” If a similar article was written now, they could probably drop the “Almost.” Tapes have been making a comeback, especially in the underground music scene, due to their affordability and the ease with which they can be used to record at home. They have been slowly winding their way back toward the mainstream, Weezer’s current use of the tape being the most notable example so far. There is now even a Cassette Store Day, an event in a similar vein as Record Store Day. The second annual Cassette Store Day was held on Sept 27. At this rate, cassettes may become the new records. Again.