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When Jerry White, Jr. and a few of his friends first started filming their backyard hijinks with a VHS camcorder in the early 90s, they had little idea that it would be the basis for one of the most significant times in their lives. 30 Minutes of Madness is a cult variety show that ran through the early to mid-90s on Public Access. It’s largely shot-on-video,...
In what could be seen as an ultimate dose of analog irony, there is now an application for your iPhone and iPad that allows you to capture audio and video with your smartphone with amazingly authentic VHS camcorder quality. That’s right, Tapeheads, I’m talking glorious bottom-screen static grit, home video visual grain, a washed out rewind-inclined...
Some of the more culturally current Tapeheads are probably familiar with the relatively recent release of the VHS-centric documentaries that have helped fuel a rush of rewind-inclined nostalgia over the past couple of years. Josh Johnson’s format-focused, VHS vindicating creation Rewind This! and the Lunchmeat co-produced , collector-centric Adjust...
In an exciting piece of news for Videovores everywhere, long-running fright source Fangoria has recently announced that they are teaming up with the 2015 Mile High Horror Film Festival for a 30th Anniversary screening of Dan O’Bannon’s punk rock zombie comedy classic (and personal LM favorite!) Return of the Living Dead… on almighty VHS! And to...
Tennessee-born artist Charles Clary first caught my analog-addicted eye while I was VHScrolling through the wild world of Instagram. His bodacious video cover re-animations were utterly intriguing in their execution, his work adding a surreal kind of depth and dimension to an array of familiar box fronts from video store shelves of yore. I dug just...
If you’re a regular VHSubscriber here in Lunchmeat Land, you’re probably familiar with the efforts of Yale University’s David Gary and Aaron Pratt: the analog enthusiasts that helped to collect nearly 3000 VHS tapes and video era related material to preserve for posterity in the Yale University Library. If you haven’t heard about that, you can...
In the world of VHS collecting, the question of where to buy a working and reliable VCR comes up often, and for good reason, Tapeheads. The majority of VCRs are purchased second-hand from thrift stores, yard sales or places akin, and are usually not guaranteed. Years of use, unknown former owner habits and the heavy usage from you, the modern Videovore,...
If you happened to tune in to Lunchmeat’s Spare Parts about two weeks ago, you just might be privy to a mammoth score of video era artifacts and varied video formats attained by rewind-inclined online  retailer VideoSanctum.com, acquired from the one of the longest running video retail shops there ever was: Audio / Video Plus in Houston, TX.  The...
The majority of Videovores know the wild well. It’s an often inconsistent yet unfailingly enjoyable journey of scouring through myriad second-hand shops, dirt malls and Goodwill stores accompanied by hours of attacking and stacking endless mounds of magnetic magic, all in search of that radical rewind-inclined rush, otherwise known in Lunchmeat Land...
They’re an inevitable and unfortunate occurrence within the realm of VHS collecting: junk tapes. They come in the form of not-so-hot tape lot leftovers, moldy magnetic messes (though most are fixable HERE), and those chunks of anti-digital dross that are broken and busted beyond repair or just plain boring. They’re the untradable, unrelatable slabs...
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