Why now? Why cassette? It's the disc's 23rd anniversary, and yeah, there is no good reason for either of these things. But it is cool nonetheless, and hearkens back to another "Purple Tape" -- an early batch of Pixies recordings recording by the guy who "discovered" the Boston legends, Gary Smith. J Mascis and Frank Black actually attended the same Massachusetts college in the early '80s, and Mascis was a fan of Fort Apache, the local studio where Pixies laid down the Purple Tape in 1987.
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If you have 12 bucks and a working tape player, you should hurry up and order Dinosaur Jr.'s limited-edition reissue of their 1988 SST album Bug (and/or consider trading in your '89 LeBaron because hey, it's time). Only 125 "high quality purple tapes" -- yes, cassettes!! -- featuring eight-paneled artwork will be available via Joyful Noise Recordings as of June 21st. The other 125 will be up for sale on the band's 15-date tour of the U.S. and Europe where they'll be performing Bug in full at each show.