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Tapes are back! Well, at least for some established acts like Animal Collective and the Flaming Lips that are re-releasing material this Saturday to celebrate the first annual Cassette Store Day (a la Record Store Day). The truth is, tape culture never really died out for underground and experimental music — its cheap magnetic swathe has always been the most accessible medium for skuzzy punk bands and noise acts alike to lay down their tunes and distribute to audiences that tolerate their presence.

So this Saturday join us in attending the first ever NYC Cassette Fair being held at the Silent Barn in Bushwick. Here you can pick up the mainstream stuff and some previously unreleased tapes from a slew of bands and record labels. Yay for buying physical manifestations of music and supporting your local tune makers!

The soundtrack to your shopping experience will be provided by local musicians Sleepies, Trabajo, and many others. Bands will start doing their thing sometime around 5 p.m., so get there early.

And of course don’t forget to check back next week for B+B’s coverage of the event. In the meantime you can learn more about tape culture and the Greenpoint-based label Robert & Leopold here.