People have a certain nostalgia for the outmoded, whether it's tabletop PacMan, or the slow unfurling of dial-up jpg smut (half a boob and you're already done!). Get warm feelings for something even more outmoded than cassingles, at the Eight Track Museum, opening in its new Deep Ellum Foundation digs Christmas Day.
From Bucks Burnett, the man behind the Earotica vinyl station inside Dolly Python, this staggering, thousand-strong collection of glorious irrelevance was assembled for two culturally vital reasons: "because no one else was doing it" and "why not?". Lovingly arranged on three maximally esoteric walls, the permanent collection includes an ultra-rare copy of Coda autographed by Page/Plant/Jones, and the even more Holy Grail-ish 1982 Beatles Twenty Greatest Hits, one of about ten not destroyed when Apple Records determined the format blew; further chunkiness runs from a yellow (read: early) copy of Zappa's Hot Rats, a red Dylan Bringing It All Back Home, and Floyd's Animals, notable for touring guitarist Snowy White's solo on "Pigs on the Wing" -- also what happens when Redskins fans go Buffalo Wild. Upon opening, the Museum will up the ambiance by blaring tunes from an 8-track pulled from an old car, as well as showcasing odd models like a prototype player intended to be folded in half and carried in your pocket, just like a candy bar...oh, damn.
Because art is a living thing, Burnett has also started Cloud 8 records, an 8-track-only label releasing very limited runs of choice local bands; first up's a mere eight copies of Between the Two from folk-rock duo The O's -- also the face made after seeing 20% of Donna D'Errico.