FM DUST: Back in the Tape Business

Despite things I may have said in the past, I do have a wistful and undying affection for the cassette medium. Try as I might, I just can’t shake it… there’s something so pleasing about its construction, its portability, its tactility, its je ne sais quoi. I’m through trying to deny my true self, people!

To wit: after a couple years willfully off the horse, FM DUST is getting back in the cassette business.

How will I justify this, given my general distaste for much of the current cassette nostalgia trip? Well, the plan is to make FM DUST releases more than “just tapes”, both in terms of quality and presentation. If I’m going to make an unnecessary physical keepsake of recorded music, by God, it’s going to be an awesome keepsake! I won’t go into detail just yet, but rest assured that I will endeavor to make every FM DUST cassette release a doozy.

So, without further ado, I announce the first dip back in the waters, DUST044: NOTHING IS PERMANENT, a cassette compilation on the subject of impermanence. This album will come in deluxe packaging, with an accompanying booklet and bonus swag. It will be a few weeks before I can share a prototype, but keep your eyes peeled.

The lineup for NOTHING IS PERMANENT is as follows:

Willis Earl Beal
Blood Stereo
Travis Bursik
Casino
City Center
Das Kiste Quintett
Everyday Cruelty
Lidless Eye
Dylan Nyoukis
Skin Lies
Sky Thing
Smegma
Sophie Tulip
More details as they come. My friends, it is good to be back!
Dustin Krcatovich is a cartoonist, writer, designer, founder of FM DUST, and a collector of certain curios and ephemera (with a focus on 20th century "junk culture"). His writing and illustration work appears frequently in The Quietus, Tiny Mix Tapes, and Esquire's Culture Blog. He is also a former editor and contributor to Secret Zen Garden,Saagara's illustrated mindfulness/wellness blog for young people. He currently resides in Portland, OR.

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