Cassette Store Day Philippines 2019 is An Ode to Trans and Queer Outcasts
by Inside Manila Team, September 22, 2019 11:23pm
Art by Allen Mirambel
In the age of streaming and paid skips, playing your favorite song—anytime, anywhere—can be done in a matter of seconds. Not too long ago, we had to line up to stores to get a cassette tape, play it on cassette players, and manually rewind a tape should we need to listen to a song on repeat.
What may seem old-school is back in the spotlight as Genjitsu Stargazing Society and United Cassettes present Cassette Store Day Philippines (#CSDPH2019). And for this year's event title You Can't Kill Us! is a reference to an album defending trans and queer outcasts by a band called the HIRS Collective.
A Worldwide Movement
Cassette Store Day is a worldwide event aiming to celebrate the cassette as an undying format, along with the underground culture surrounding it. This yearly event features music performances and exclusive tape releases happening around the globe.
Spreading the culture in the Philippines is a handful of players who believe the cassette format knows no death. Among them are the organizing bodies behind this year's #CSDPH2019. The Genjitsu Stargazing Society (GSS) is a DIY tape label and arts collective bringing together like-minded individuals. United Cassettes, on the other hand, is a cassette tape shop in the Philippines with an online store and two stockists, focusing on selling modern, and brand new tape releases.
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True to its format from across the globe, #CSDPH2019 will also be showcasing live music from local bands and artists from all over the country who have released or have been on cassette tape:
The Buildings, a fuzz-pop band from Manila that recently released their first album on cassette; Pamcy, sweet indie house music from Manila producer Pamcy Fernandez; Memoryville, synth-pop/new wave music from organizer Kurvine Chua; TIM ÄWÄ, solo post-rock/math rock from Lucena City’s Zephra Lagos; .wendil, the indie pop project of Mika Manikan, reminiscent of artists like Hatchie and Wild Ones; Kino1998, chiptune music from Manila, made using a Game Boy; Marty McFly, college rock from NU 107 days; Grrl Cloud, the solo bedroom pop project of Tamia Reodica; Anesthesia, an amazing emo band from Naga City; bedtime television, a dream pop/bedroom pop from Cebu; Pastilan Dong!, essential noise rock/shoegaze/indie outfit';~sohee, lo-fi hip hop project of Zom Kashwak who has also done graphics for international tape labels; ビクター ＭＫＩＩ, lo-fi hip hop from Naga City; brittleglasscasket, a loud and fast punk band from Batangas, Bulacan, Rizal, and Makati; and Washington Drama Club, an indie rock with members from We Are Imaginary and Megumi Acorda.
This year's Cassette Store Day Philippines will also provide space for another cause: Save San Roque, and alliance advocating for the housing rights of Sitio San Roques's urban poor community.
Cassette Store Day Philippines is happening this October 19, 2019 at Limbo, Makati from 3 pm to 2 am. Admission is absolutely free.