The cassette is back by somewhat popular demand and we’ve got fun stuff on deck to celebrate the format’s continued resurgence. Sure, the cassette tape was sure to warp and melt in your car while losing sound quality with every play, but you know that you love it.
Cassette Store Day at Cactus Music
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH
– Freddie “Steady” Krc – 1PM
– Def Perception – 3PM
SAVE MONEY ON NEW MUSIC
Present any old cassette tape and receive $2 off any regularly priced LP or CD priced $9 and up.
SAVE MORE MONEY
Pick up a Back To Old School coupon sheet on CSD that includes 10 coupons good for the next month. 1 per person.
SELL YOUR CASSETTES
Present any pre-loved, factory prerecorded (no old mix tapes please) cassette tape and, if we make you an offer, tell us “I heart Cassettes” we’ll pay you 50% more than the original offer.
DEF PERCEPTION CASSETTE RELEASE
Local Houston Hip Hop act and Houston Press Music award nominee, Def Perception will be making a short run of their recent self titled CD available on Cassette for this special occasion. Their last in-store performance was a monster so we wanted to present an opportunity for you to catch them if you missed them a few weeks ago.
In honor of the cassette, we are presenting a poetry contest. Create a Haiku about the cassette tape and you might win a Cactus gift card loaded with $100 in credit. You’ll not only walk away with a buncha cool loot, but you’ll be the star of the Cactus weekly email and we’ll post your winning poem in our store. The winner will be picked by the Cactus staff and announced on Friday 10/3. Submissions are due by 9PM on Saturday 9/27.
C’mon, you should enter. It’s easy and fun.
LOTSA COOL CSD RELEASES
Many exclusive releases from and of course, Burger Records.
Come hear the soundtrack to the new movie God Help The Girl a new musical feature film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian. Enter to win tickets to see the movie 9/12 at Alamo Drafthouse Houston.
Stuart aspired to tell the story of “a better summer, or at least a summer when something happened. It happened to a boy and a girl and a girl in a city roughly the same size and population of Glasgow. Perhaps the canals were a bit grimier, the high-rise buildings taller, the streets emptier when you needed them to be, and the beat clubs busier than the ones around here. But on the whole the city was this one.”
Johnny may be gone, but he left us some remarkable music including a completed new album that was readied for release just as he passed. Step Back features may of JW’s friends and fellow guitar players. Cactus will have the new CD on sale for only $9 for a short time as well as a limited edition (1,000 pieces), Indie-store only edition on white vinyl. Fans can hear the new album at a listening party in the record ranch on Tuesday, September 2nd and enter to win a numbered test pressing that is as valuable as it is cool. Cool, refreshing beverages from the Saint Arnold brewery will be provided.
Hey there! To celebrate the forthcoming release of Little Dragon‘s incredible new album “Nabuma Rubberband” on Loma Vista Recordings, We want to do something a little out there and a lot awesome with you!
It’s Nabuma Derby Time!
WHAT: A Derby race here at the store, where fans design, build AND race their own custom rubber band powered race car (with cd’s for wheels!) and face off against each other, while listening to the new record “Nabuma Rubberband” as the soundtrack!
Get Derby info HERE
Get Full Instructions on building your derby car HERE
The Black Keys 2014 album, Turn Blue, released on Nonesuch Records, was produced by Danger Mouse, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, and features 11 tracks including the first single, “Fever. ”
Turn Blue was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood during the summer of 2013 with additional recording done at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, MI and Auerbach s Easy Eye Sound in Nashville in early 2014. Of the new album, the band says Turn Blue could refer to:
C: Numbness from extreme cold
D: A Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960s named Ghoulardi
E: All of the above
Moreover, Carney comments, “We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either. On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We’re excited for the world to hear Turn Blue.” This is the eighth full-length album from the duo and follows 2011’s critically and commercially acclaimed El Camino, which is now certified RIAA Platinum.
Merrill Garbus has performed as tUnE-yArDs since 2009, and that band name has always been synonymous with forward movement—whether because of her explosive performance style or the always-surprising way in which her songs unfold. In 2011, tUnE-yArDs released its second album, w h o k i l l, a startling and sonically adventurous statement that led to widespread acclaim. She took the fall of 2012 off to relax and take Haitian drum lessons, but when 2013 came around she still hadn’t written any new music. As a challenge Garbus started working on two new ideas a day. She made rules: One day she would only use drum machines; on another she would start with vocals first. Soon she had 30 songs to play with – and 13 of those became her latest and greatest album, Nikki Nack. Her new enthusiasm and percussion skills are perfectly embodied on “Water Fountain” – the hyper and addictive first single that plays like a 21st Century jump-rope chant. Quiet Storm R&B, 80’s pop in the vein of Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, and they hypnotic rhythms of Haitian folk music also make their way into the mix, but it’s Garbus’ amazing voice and tricky melodies that make Nikki Nack indispensible. You need this
Admirers have likened Eli “Paperboy” Reed to such luminaries as Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, but he’s not merely trying to recreate a sound — Reed is channeling his influences and inspirations into making something all his own. “For me,” saysReed, “it’s all about writing pop songs. Soul music was the greatest pop music of the 20th century. I’m not trying to put anything on; this is what comes out, this is what happens”Nights Like This, which Reed produced with his guitarist and longtime collaborator Ryan Spraker, represents a sonic evolution beyond the singer’s soulful roots, taking his affinity for classic R&B and blending it with the ebullience of modern pop music – big beats, choppy samples, but plenty of old school charm and a killer voice. Nights Like This features the single “WooHoo” as well as “Shock to the System” which was co-written with Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums.
Do To The Beast is the first new album by The Afghan Whigs in over a decade and a half. Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1988, the band has long stood out from its peers, with their savage blend of hard rock, classic soul, and frontman Greg Dulli’s searing angst and obsessions. The new album is both a homecoming it marks their return to Sub Pop and a glimpse into the future of one of the most acclaimed bands of the past thirty years.
Kelis describes her sixth album as “a kind of unspoken lovefest”, involving
two unlikely partners.
On the one hand, there is Kelis Rogers, who first came to prominence singing the hook of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s 1999 hit ‘Got Your Money’. This was the visually and sonically compelling 20 year-old whose debut album ‘Kaleidoscope’ helped usher in the wave of sharp, thrillingly futuristic R&B that dominated the charts in the early Noughties, as exemplified by her global hit, ‘Milkshake’.
On the other there is Dave Sitek, guitarist in acclaimed Brooklyn experimentalists TV On The Radio and producer to a certain kind of smart, indie band (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Foals and Liars to name a few). ‘Food’ is a startling combination of Kelis’ most frank and vulnerable vocals to date, and Sitek’s inimitable sonic imprint. Littered with transcendent, Spector-esque lift, warm bottom ends and vast depth, the music is the perfect backdrop for Kelis’ unique voice. The latter has only improved with time and experience, and the album candidly explores pain, happiness and everything in between.
Recorded at Sitek’s house in LA (and entirely produced by him), Kelis’ new album, ‘Food,’ mints a sound that’s rootsy without ever being self consciously retro, that pitches live horns and gospel organ against electronics, that for all its classic soul and funk influences, couldn’t have been made any time but now. With two Grammy nominations, Platinum and Gold records, BRIT, Q and NME Awards and dozens of top 10 singles to her
name, Kelis has collaborated with the likes of Björk, Raphael Saadiq, Moby, Outkast, P Diddy and Skream to name but a few. Her recent collaboration with Calvin Harris, ‘Bounce,’ went straight into the top 10, and when she posted new track ‘Jerk Ribs’ without warning a few short months ago, she set the blogs alight.