Forget MP3s, The Boombox Is Back!

Bust out that dusty old boombox and unearth the Walkman buried in the garage. Just when you thought vinyl records were the coolest old-school music format to collect, cassettes are making a comeback in the age of all-things digital.

That’s right, cassettes – those rectangle-shaped cases of recorded music that rekindle images of car stereos from the Reagan era. Cassettes are undergoing a kind of renaissance that’s driven both by nostalgia and the simple economics of their low price. While cassettes have long been embraced by punk bands and others with a “do it yourself” aesthetic, even major recording artists are once again going Walkman-friendly by releasing music on cassette.

Metallica recently released its 1982 demo tape, “No Life ’til Leather,” as a limited-edition cassette during national Record Store Day in April. Alternative-rock favorite Weezer offered its latest album, “Everything Will Be Alright in the End,” in cassette format through Burger Records of Southern California. Burger Records, which is issuing a cassette release for the Sacramento band Dog Party, will also be rereleasing Green Day’s first three albums on cassette, a nod to the group’s scrappy years on the punk scene.

The owners of Burger Records, Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard, say they’ve pressed more than 350,000 cassettes over the past eight years.

Via Sacramento Bee