Wednesday Night Playlist

Wednesday night playlist

Around the time I rescued my tapes from my mom's house, we also acquired a dual tape deck. We finally got around to hooking it up last night. We had listened to a few cassettes on a deck that a friend brought over one night, but it needed serviced.

This was the first time I've listened to cassettes since probably the late nineties. I had forgotten how much of listening to cassettes is rooted in ritual. Building the perfect flow of albums. Setting the mood.  Knowing the track listings by heart so that I know when it's time to change the tape.

We listened to a bit of the Dazed and Confused soundtrack, but it wasn't what I was in the mood for. I popped in the Pearl Jam bootleg, but it's a bootleg. The sound quality is totally on point for the time period, though, and I definitely saw them on that tour in 1992.

I finally settled on Nirvana's Unplugged in New York. I wasn't a big fan of Nirvana growing up. I didn't hate them, I just never really got into them. I even turned down the chance to see them at University of Akron on Halloween one year because I just didn't want to go out that night. Ah, youth. I was depressed and flaky back then, too!

I think Mtv's Unplugged series produced some of the best performance time capsules of some amazing bands from the nineties: REM, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and Nirvana. Unplugged was able to make a tv performance feel intimate. And the performances always felt good to watch, too. I don't think I've ever seen a bad episode of Unplugged, although admittedly, I haven't watched it since the early 2000's.

We capped off the evening with The Breeders' "Last Splash". This is the first album I owned on every available format, because it's that good, and I haven't stopped listening to it since I bought this tape from the Quonset Hut store over on Brittain Road. This album is fuzzy and spacey and reminds me of summer every single time I hear it. I remember riding around town with my friend Kim, blasting this cassette, windows down, screaming along to Saints:

Summer is ready // when you are


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