Black Cassette


“Hey, what’s this?” 

You grasped the black cassette in your hand and looked up at Dean, putting the cardboard box with the rest of the cassettes in the glove compartment. Dean glanced at you for a moment, taking in the name written on the beige piece of tape before looking back at the road. 

“Dean?” you inquired, the corners of your lips turning up as you smiled. “What’s ‘Y/N’s Mixtape’?” 

“I was bored,” Dean shrugged, his eyes darting to anywhere but you as a light shade of pink colored his cheeks. “Babe, don’t give me that look.”

“What look?” you asked innocently, although your smirk betrayed your naivety.

“That ‘secret smile’ look,” he mumbled.

“This isn’t my ‘secret-smile’ look,” you grinned, popping the tape in. “This is my ‘you’re adorable and I love you’ look.” 



Wreck and Reference live at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn. January 5th, 2013. 




ITEM 098: home VHS recording of Point Break (1991)
Found on: 6/24/15
Materials: polypropylene (hard plastic), polyethylene terephthalate (mylar), iron oxide, paper, ink
Damage/wear: tape protruding from cassette, filled with dust, cassette is breaking in half
Provenance: tape assembled in the US, video probably recorded in the US
Factory/production details: Someone at some point bought a blank Maxell videocassette and recorded the movie Point Break either while it was being broadcast on television or by copying another VHS (which is technically a federal felony). Maxell (formally, Hitachi Maxell) is a Japanese electronics company established in the 1960s and known for producing audio and video cassettes.
Date or date range: after 1991, likely before mid 2000s
Still in production: no
Rare: depends on how you look at it
Still attainable from: professionally recorded VHS copy available on Amazon
Value: $4.90
Use: This was recorded and (probably) watched by someone who wanted to have his or her own copy of Point Break. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, the movie concerns a gang of surfers who commit robberies in face masks of Presidents Reagan, Nixon, Johnson, and Carter. The movie is understood to be somewhat corny and contains, among other things, a famous, extremely bro-y skydiving scene. It has a 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes; Peter Canavese of Groucho Reviews calls it “consistently stylish, dumb, and entertaining.”