2017 saw yet another uptick in cassette sales according to the number crunching folks at Nielsen Music. Via The Hollywood Reporter. Last year, cassette album sales rose by 35 percent to 174,000 copies sold. In 2016, there were 129,000 sold.
One of the last great unmined veins of popular music of the postwar era runs through the Japanese underground of the 60s and 70s, all the up to the crest of the late 80s New Wave. This year and next sees a series of compilations unearthing gems from these largely overlooked movements and scenes.