Kestrels – Limited Edition Cassette (PXP004) Released March 15th

I know what you’re thinking. A POST/POP release and its not by a pretty girl with long eyelashes looking downwards? YES! Thats right. POST/POP’s 4th release comes from Canada’s very own KESTRELS! I tried to make them all pose wearing long eyelashes  – and to their credit, they tried it, but they couldn’t do the looking down thing, so we went with a massive moon instead.

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Now, everything I ever learnt about Canada comes from 2 things:

1: ‘Due South’, the 90s cop show about a Canadian mountie that gets posted to a Chicago police force. With this in mind I assume that the members of Kestrels are good at tracking and are extremely polite to criminals.

2: My experience of going to Montreal, nobody being able to speak English to me (or didn’t want to) and Arcade Fire NOT meeting me at the airport riding on a moose. At montreal airport (oddly bigger than the city of Montreal – I am not kidding about this, look on wikipedia) they asked me if I was there for “business or pleasure”. When I said “pleasure” they answered “are you sure?”.

To me, this is Canada. The land of people who dont expect anyone to actually like them, but don’t really care either way as they have amazing healthcare, quality of living and the monopoly on incredible bands. One of these bands is KESTRELS and I am happy to announce that a Ltd Edition Tape of TWO brand new tracks will be available from March 15th 2014 on this very site.

this is their bio from their site but you are welcome to pretend I wrote it – http://www.kestrels.ca/Bio/

I got to see them live when they popped over to London to support Ash a couple of years back (was it that long ago?!) and played the Camden Barfly as a warm-up. I remember thinking that I had known the lead singer Chad Peck for about a million years as “the guy in Canada who knew lots about Ash and had rare stuff” so it was weird finding out he was a living breathing person in a band that I really liked. It was at that point I thought “One day I will release a tape for this band with a big moon on the cover” and that my friends is exactly what I’m doing.

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PRE-ORDER THIS LTD EDITION TAPE (ONLY 50 CASSETTES) NOW!

thank you for supporting POST/POP!

Jed

 

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ADVENTURES IN HOME TAPING (FORMERLY CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE) RELEASED MARCH 26TH

SO, I came back from the Weezer Cruise (it was incred btw) and found an email in my inbox instructing me to kindly stop using the name and likeness of the CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURES books. I can understand why they would threaten legal action against a little tape label. I would be scared too. I still love them though. ALOT. Those books kept my imagination fertile and has much to do with the person I am today. It introduced me to all manner of magical things and taught me that uncertainty is the key to making a story interesting.

So let’s make the story interesting.

I put it to the bands involved in this album what we should rename it and there were many great suggestions but the most popular was actually the first one I gave as an alternative…

ADVENTURES IN HOME TAPING.

SO we had a name but the artwork was unusable now. What to do? MAKE IT BETTER. So I spoke to one of my favourite illustrators. The guy I wrote a children’s book with. A guy who is into all the same stuff I am, but has the major difference of being American! I said “Keith, I’m being threatened with legal action by one of my childhood staples. Can you help?” Keith replied “Fuck Punky Brewster Jed, Fuck her. I mean, that one 3-part episode where she met all those monsters in that cave was pretty cool, but don’t let her mess with you. Fuck Punky Brewster“. When I explained to him that it wasn’t Punky Brewster and let him calm down for an hour, I explained the situation. Through red eyes and tear-stained cheeks, he said “I think I can help you out on your quest” and sent me this…

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click on image to see it close-up!

It was Norm from our kid’s book! Our ultimate embodiment of adventure. I added all the tape stuff like credits and titles and my howling wolf logo and a few little flourishes and now we have a tape cover again!

ALL THE SAME BANDS. ALL OF THE SAME SONGS. SAME RELEASE DATE OF MARCH 26TH.

It’s time we blazed our own trail, r/cassetteculture. The adventure begins now!

you can still preorder here: https://postpoprecords.bandcamp.com/album/adventures-in-home-taping

I’m excited about VOLUME 2 now!

Jed

No Cars – “YOKO EATS WHALES” Limited Edition Cassette Album (PXP003) Released Feb 26th

Before you read on, take a look at this video to see what we are dealing with here…

Complete and utter madness. And I love them. NO CARS are my first foray into J-Pop  (I’m also releasing a tape for internet and daytime TV sensation Beckii Cruel later this year too) and I am so so excited. They are 3 girls from Tokyo (via Hackney) who are one of the best live acts I’ve ever seen.

I’d first come across them when my friend’s band was playing some dive in London and I got there a little late. by this time No Cars had already played but their name hung heavy in the air. I heard so many stories about their live performances. I heard they had a song about Tuna Fish. I heard they made an audience member join them onstage and wear a kimono. I heard they gave out kazoos so people could join in. I heard they jumped around in the crowd and sang songs from the middle about an Octopus. Quite frankly I had heard enough by this stage and it was quite quite clear that we were dealing with THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME.

A japanese girl band doing j-pop meets delta blues with audience participation and costumes, hits most of my buttons. Over the next couple of years, I’d see them play quite often, and my intitial reaction proved close to the mark. Here were a bunch of ladies, fully embracing the stereotype that the western world had appointed them, and shoved it down our fat faces with tales of adventure and mystery.

So, I invited them on my radio show and you can hear it all again here: http://www.phoenixfm.com/2013/02/17/the-jed-shepherd-show-ft-japanese-girl-band-no-cars/

 

Yes, they made me sing their theme song with them. Yes, I think I pulled it off. No I won’t be in your band.

I loved them so much, I even bought the same guitar as Haruna because she made it cool. Taking all this into account, they were the obvious choice to release a tape for. They loved the idea, so what we have is their debut album on cassette for the first time ever!

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BUY IT HERE NOW! (POSTED AFTER FEB 26TH)

Here is the digital version which you can buy direct from the band, have a listen and then come back to buy a tape!

 

this will be the third POST/POP release and I think it’s becoming something really really special and I hope you have liked everything I’ve released so far! It’s going really well and it looks set to be an incredible year. I have so many great new bands I feel very lucky, but so are you as you get to hear them!

 

Thanks,

Jed

 

SPOTLIGHT: HETTIE’s Tape SOLD OUT – Here’s what you missed…

So PXP001 aka the Just They Way tape from Hettie is all sold out (original tape post here!). I made 50 baby-pink tapes and they are all gone (save for a few at Rough Trade NYC and 1 forever held at The British Library. The lucky few of you are currently in possession of this hopefully soon to be legendary tape, and I’m sure by now you want to know a little more about Hettie. Well she is 16 from Littlehampton and she goes to BIMM which is that music college in Brighton that basically creates pop stars. In this post I am going to give you all the info I can and by the time Hettie releases her next record, you will presumably be able to relate more to her lyrics. as you’ll know her!

Okay so let’s start with how I know her. Hettie came on my radio show on Phoenix 98FM (www.phoenixfm.com) in September 2013. She wasn’t meant to be on my show, but another presenter had left the station and she was scheduled to be on his show… so she ended up on mine. FATE! Usually I am a little cautious when this sorta thing happens as I like to pick the bands that appear on my show, myself, that way there is some quality control, but I sometimes it all just works out. Hettie came in and we made a horrible tasting smoothie, on the previous presenter’s show as she needed 2 volunteers. That was a good introduction to just how bad Hettie is at making smoothies. I now know to never to accept a drink from Hettie as it will taste like pond water 🙂 My show was up next and below you can hear the audio and see some videos from it! The audio is 2 hours long so listen to this in the bath or something 🙂

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great huh? So that was my intro to Hettie and her music. She obviously has something special, so I got my friend Kenny Lee – who has been in approx 1 million bands – to remix the original version of Just The Way and that’s what you hear on the single!

We then decided to film more videos as the ones above came out really well so I went to Brighton (btw Brighton, your arcades have gone downhill in the last decade, sort that out please) and filmed the videos you see below:


this is “bad blood” and this particular video got 250k+ views on Vube.com. We filmed it in one take!


an acoustic version of “just the way”. I persuaded the nervous looking carny guy to let us jump into his booth and film. His boss walked past so thats why you can see him biting his nail as he was about to get sacked.


this one is called “cut me off” and its quite a sad little song, but Hettie isn’t always so emo!

We did a few more but I am making that into a little documentary at some point. Oh we took tons of photos too. Hettie is modelling the amazing sunglasses/3D glasses from Ingri:Dahl in alot of these photos. If you want them too, go to http://www.ingridahl.com as they are amazing supporters of Hettie’s music and just lovely people to boot!

Not too shabby with a camera if I do say so myself! You are welcome to use any of  the photos above for any articles or to just generally show to people! So what happened next? Well Hettie came on my show again in December 2013. This is a XMAS themed video! By now, I was very much into getting a cool looking vid, even from a live recording….


I absolutely love this song.  It’s called No Guarantee but you ARE guaranteed to enjoy it.

I first heard No Guarantee when in bed, half asleep I got a text from Hettie syaing “I made a little song, dont know if it’s any good, I’ll send it to you if you want…’ So through hazy dreams, I replied “okay” and drifted back into Nod. The phone in my hand buzzed to wake me up and I had a text with an attachment. I pressed play and closed my eyes again. I listened and then when it had finished I listened again. I was now wide awake. “Hettie you do realise this is the best song ever right?” I text back. She didn’t realise and she still doesn’t, but it really is some kind of wonderful. A few days after she appeared on my show for the second time, I got her into the studio, Resident Studios to be exact, where they film bits of X-Factor when prospect-pop-stars get cut down for not giving “110%”.

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Hettie wanted the songs she did to sound like CHVRCHES mixed with Phantogram mixed with a few other amazing bands and somehow the engineer/producer – brilliantly named Caradog – did it. We came out with 2 fully formed songs; uptempo, current pop/electro songs with a hint of folk that will hopefully amaze everyone. If you listen to Phoenix FM you will have heard both songs on my show, but all the other DJs also play No Guarantee frequently.

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Here’s what American fashion company Ingri:Dahl had to say about Hettie and her music

And here is what Resident Studios had to say about Hettie.

So I think it was the natural evolution of our collabs so far that I release something for her but it had to be special. I’ve wanted to start a tape label for a while as I have always loved the format and like Hettie, I am obsessed with all things 80s (I am going to do an even longer article on why I started this label – featuring another appearance from Injured Fox!) so it felt right that Hettie would be the first release. I don’t think Hettie will mind TOO much if I tell you that she told me she cried when she first heard her music on  cassette tape (in a good way!) because it’s a physical object that holds meaning. You can touch it, feel it, throw it across the room, but its there. It exists. It makes the music REAL instead of the song-skipping culture that exists now, as with tape you kinda have to listen to everything in one big go. Look there she is with her tapes!

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And what most people don’t know is if you put a bunch of the tapes together you get a big photo of Hettie! Idea thanks to Neil Buchanan of ART ATTACK!

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Now you know why the label on your tape looks like the corner of someone’s face. Thanks for supporting HETTIE and POST/POP in these early days and as you can see, I have alot of stuff happening in a very short space of time, so keep your eye on this site and especially on Hettie’s career.

If you are reading this and want her to play your gig somewhere or guest on your track or if you just want to proclaim your undying love, then hit her up on twitter!

check out more of her stuff at:

http://www.hettiesteinmore.com – website

https://twitter.com/hettietheyeti – twitter

http://t.co/2dnGKuv9Rq – soundcloud

http://instagram.com/hettietheyeti – instagram

thanks for reading!

Jed
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SPOTLIGHT: Emily Capell – Why you should buy her tape released on Valentines Day!

There are many reasons why you should get emily’s tape that is released in a couple of days time.

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1: Its Valentines Day and it would be a great present for a loved one, even if they didn’t have a tape player. It’s the thought that counts right?

2: “Plastic” and its b-side “From the Bombs to the Beatles” are 2 brilliant ways to step into Emily’s world which is all at once a throwback to 60s glamour, mixed with 80s politics and finally sprinkled with 21st century vitriol.

3: This short film I made with her about Emily being the last person left on earth. It’s called Emily Ever After and it’s only a couple if minutes long but fits in a beautiful friendship with a robot, making mixtapes for the dead AND the search for Bill Cosby. http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/film/4276/emily-ever-after

I know right? You want that Robot too? Well you can’t have him!

Like Hettie, Emily came on my radio show and sang a few songs, originally in December 2012 I believe and followed that up with another appearance on my brand new Sunday show (4-6pm on 98FM). LISTEN TO THIS SHOW RIGHT NOW HERE

Ouiji boards on a radio show you ask? Yes. Because a new music show doesnt have to just be a presenter reading a band bio off wikipedia, it can also be fun. It SHOULD always be fun.

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Something else that is fun is the video the song that first introduced me to Emily:


Louis Matthews!! Absolutely love this video, but then Clowns are my wheelhouse.

Next video is “My Dad’s a Smith’s Fan” and it sorta influenced the artwork for Em’s single with POST/POP, which you will see in a moment…

So due to our mutual appreciation of The Smiths, I modelled the artwork of her single “Plastic” on POST/POP on The Queen is Dead (which coincidentally is the best album ever).

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Emily’s single is out on POST/POP on Valentines Day (Feb 14th!) and you can buy it now by clicking on this sentence!

Find out more about Emily below:

http://www.emilycapell.com – website

https://twitter.com/emily_capell – twitter

https://soundcloud.com/emilycapell-1 – soundcloud

 

thanks and hope you all enjoy the tapes!

 

Jed

 

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE (PXP006): MEET THE BANDS – Tam Tam The Sandwich Man & The Magical Sugar Cookies

Welcome to the latest spotlight on one of the 26 bands/artists that will appear on the POST/POP vs Cassette Culture Collaboration Compilation (PXP006) released on March 26th. I aim to have one of these interviews every single day so by the time we release the album at the end of March you will know each band intimately! Next up is Tam Tam The Sandwich Man & The Magical Sugar Cookies!

 

Hello! You are one of the 26 bands chosen for the POST/POP X CassetteCulture compilation. Congrats and thank you for letting me use your song. Just so everyone can know a little about you, who are you?

We formed in 2009 Nina couldn’t play until we got her stoned so thats all we do now is smoke weed and play music.

Where are you from? Somewhere exotic? Are there any nice record shops there?

We are from Orlando,FL good places to buy records are Park Ave Cds, Rock N Roll Heaven, and Retro Records.

What genre would you pigeonhole yourself into? Y’know, if I had a gun to your head! (There’s a slim chance that in the future I may have to point a gun to your head due to sleepwalking)

Punkadelic Grav Pop

I’m bored of bands telling the world what their musical influences are SO, what are your non-musical influences? (people, movies, art etc)

Walter(our cat), Friends, Weed, Benazir Bhutto, Vonnegut, Hunter S. Thompson, Bike Rides, Adam Curtis Films, Coffee, and Everything that has ever transpired in the lives that we lead.

How did you find out about this collaboration/compilation and what made you send me your songs?

Jordan spends too much time on the internet and reddit and he saw your call for submissions on r/cassetteculture and was really into the theme being a big fan of the book series as a kid.

You are in a dusty room. Time hangs heavy in the air. Before you is an ancient table, carved from a twisted tree that once stood proudly atop a lost mountain. Upon this great table is a gilded envelope. You open the envelope slowly, knowing that it will give you the answer that you have been waiting for ever since you started this journey. You have lost many friends and gained untold enemies along the way. All for this. This moment. You carefully remove the parchment, feeling the edges until it draws blood. You notice not, as your eyes flicker across the page. Your blind companion, so loyal, even though you traded his eyes for safe passage and a mixtape, brings his ear close to your lips and asks you the question. “What did the letter say?” and your answer is……

Step 1. – Materials needed: Two-liter plastic bottle or water bottle, scissors, and a bowl from a metal pipe. If you do not have a bowl handy, you can fashion one using hardware found in most garages

Step 2. – Using the scissors, cut off the bottom of the bottle.

Step 3. – Poke a hole in the top of the lid or cap so that the bowl can be screwed in. Make sure that the bowl fits tightly.

Step 4. – Thread the bowl into the cap and place the cap back onto the bottle.

Step 5. – Remove the cap and put the bottle into a bucket of water (or a tub, pool, etc.). Snap on the cap, hold the lighter to the bowl, and pull up on the bottle to draw the smoke in. (The bottom of the bottle must stay in the water.)

Step 6. – Remove the cap again and place your lips over the opening. Push the bottle back into the water while inhaling. CAREFUL! This one’s a doozey.

Do you listen to tapes yourself? Do you think there’s a future for the format?

 Yes. This is the future of the format. Hard copies matter you can’t sit and stare at a .mp3.

What’s the one thing people should know about you before they listen to your track?

We have more than one song.

What’s the one thing people should know after they listen to your track?

You can find them all for free on the internet

 

Well thank you very much! You can read the other interviews I have done with the bands appearing on CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE (March 26th!) below. Go on, have a read, get to know them!

CHARLES STRICKLAND EXPRESS

MORMON GIRLS

REVUE

THIS COLD NIGHT

GIRLS ON THE BEACH & PASTY CLINE

OURSELVES THE ELVES

 DON’T FORGET YOUR DINOSAUR

QUEEN BEE DREAM

YOU CAN NOW PREORDER “CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE” BY CLICKING HERE.

 

jed

 

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE (PXP006): MEET THE BANDS – QUEEN BEE DREAM

Welcome to the latest spotlight on one of the 26 bands/artists that will appear on the POST/POP vs Cassette Culture Collaboration Compilation (PXP006) released on March 26th. I aim to have one of these interviews every single day so by the time we release the album at the end of March you will know each band intimately! Next up is QUEEN BEE DREAM, which is an apt band name as the track “Rooms” that is featured on the CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE album reminds me of being transported, by a swarm of bees, to their mothership where they experiment on me by planting bee-related artefacts into my dreams to see if I’ll notice. My kinda band! Onto the questions…

 

 

Hello! You are one of the 26 bands chosen for the POST/POP X CassetteCulture compilation. Congrats and thank you for letting me use your song. Just so everyone can know a little about you, who are you?

My name is Dave and I write songs.

 

Where are you from? Somewhere exotic? Are there any nice record shops there?
I’m from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Vertigo is pretty tight, Corner Records in Grandville has a giant room of 45’s you can get lost in.

What genre would you pigeonhole yourself into? Y’know, if I had a gun to your head! (There’s a slim chance that in the future I may have to point a gun to your head due to sleepwalking)

As generic as it sounds yes POP MUSIC. Always…

 

I’m bored of bands telling the world what their musical influences are SO, what are your non-musical influences? (people, movies, art etc)

Umm too many to mention!! Sorry lamest answer ever….

 

How did you find out about this collaboration/compilation and what made you send me your songs?

I was lurkin the cassette culture subreddit .. I just figured I’d send something in, I’ve got plenty of jams lying around…

 

You are in a dusty room. Time hangs heavy in the air. Before you is an ancient table, carved from a twisted tree that once stood proudly atop a lost mountain. Upon this great table is a gilded envelope. You open the envelope slowly, knowing that it will give you the answer that you have been waiting for ever since you started this journey. You have lost many friends and gained untold enemies along the way. All for this. This moment. You carefully remove the parchment, feeling the edges until it draws blood. You notice not, as your eyes flicker across the page. Your blind companion, so loyal, even though you traded his eyes for safe passage and a mixtape, brings his ear close to your lips and asks you the question. “What did the letter say?” and your answer is…

it was nothin really that cool….

 

Do you listen to tapes yourself? Do you think there’s a future for the format?

Yea I like tapes, I like the way recordings sound on 8 tracks, slight warble, warm sounds…. I don’t know what kind of future is coming but I think many have expressed the need for analog copies of music.

 

What’s the one thing people should know about you before they listen to your track?

Yeah just listen to it ….

What’s the one thing people should know after they listen to your track?

Thanks for listening?

 

Thanks Queen Bee Dream! Below are the bands I have interviewed who are also appearing on Choose Your Own Adventure so have a read and get to know these future stars!


CHARLES STRICKLAND EXPRESS

MORMON GIRLS

REVUE

THIS COLD NIGHT

GIRLS ON THE BEACH & PASTY CLINE

OURSELVES THE ELVES

 DON’T FORGET YOUR DINOSAUR

YOU CAN NOW PREORDER “CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE” BY CLICKING HERE.

Jed