With Valentine’s Day around the corner, expect a plethora of “romantic-themed” everything–from top ten gift ideas to romantic playlists curated by Buzzfeed. But art project This Is Not a Love Song is a bit more cynical than that–and cynicism happens to be what I’m all about. The project combines two of my favorite things (art and music) and shoves it into another of my favorite things (retro stuff). That’s right, we’re talking custom illustrated cassette tape cases. Each cassette tape is illustrated by an artist who picks a song as a blueprint for their cassette design. Some cassette designs feature lyrics written out comic book style, while others feature surrealist illustrations that are open to interpretation. The reason these aren’t love songs is because the songs “seek a truth more intimate and elusive than a love song,” according to their About page.
From Jay Z’s “99 Problems” to The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood,” the project combines the emotional feeling of connecting with music with the visual feeling of seeing the song manifested. According to their About page, they intentionally chose cassette tapes because of the new trend of young people being fascinated with analog music. However, my love for cassette tape art is a bit more superficial: I just find them really cute. As for the music featured in each “box” (because the cassette cases don’t actually feature cassettes–not like you have anything to play them on anyway), you can check out all the music in a compilation album being sold via Bandcamp.
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Nintendo’s 1989 Power Glove, a game controller that let you control games via a nifty glove, was a commercial failure. Most people don’t even remember the Power Glove or that it even existed–except for Robot Chicken animator Dillon Markey. Markey has admired the Power Glove since he was a child, and when he realized he could modify his most precious childhood heirloom into something he could use today, he jumped on the chance. With the help of an engineer and a few friends, he modified the original Power Glove into a tool used for stop motion animation. “People have all but forgotten about [the Power Glove].” he says. “Half the time people see me wearing it and they’re like, ‘What is that?’ It’s just one of those things that’s completely in the ether. It barely exists anymore.”
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If you’re feeling nostalgic for the ‘90s where boybands such as Hanson, The Backstreet Boys, and N’ Sync reigned supreme, we have a treat for you—a photo gallery of old Hanson pictures from the book Dancin’ With Hanson, which was written by a guitarist named Ravi. In the years before the social media boom, if you wanted to get your name out there, you wrote a tell-all book catered to tweens about their favorite band.
The book was touted as a way for Hanson fans to go “behind the scenes” and get a personal look at the lives of Isaac, Taylor, and Zac as they toured around the U.S. Back in the day, fangirls scoured books like this one for “private moments” and giggled at the funny stories about rehearsals gone wrong or a recording session that went on late into the night. They also ate up the stories about Ravi spending time off with Hanson playing laser tag or lounging around with them by the pool, dreaming that they could switch places him instead.
However, the biggest draw was the color photographs of Isaac, Taylor, and Zac. Fans everywhere swooned over their favorite brother and added it to their collection of Hanson memorabilia as they had their CD player on at full blast, which drove both their neighbors and their family crazy.
So even though the Oklahoma trio has grown past the MMMBop stage, indulging in a bit of ‘90s nostalgia is never a bad thing. Feel free to browse through the images of retro Hanson while Middle of Nowhere plays in the background—it’s a great way to indulge your inner tween and enjoy some fond memories!
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