APPLE EYES LTD EDITION TAPE – BODY DOUBLE – OUT JULY 4TH!

I guess you could tape the song off the radio, print out this artwork and then not buy the tape, but don't do that please!
I guess you could tape the song off the radio, print out this artwork and then not buy the tape, but don’t do that please!

 

When I first started POST/POP, Apple Eyes were one of the first bands on my list to approach about releasing a tape, just after SLAYER and the soundtrack to Ernest Scared Stupid. Slayer rudely never came back to me and Jim Varney died (RIP) so I was very pleased it wasn’t 3 strikes out.

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I’ve known Claire and Matt from Apple Eyes for about 10 years (?!), through various different bands including; Fantastic Mr Fox, The Hidden Messages and now Apple Eyes. The one thing that connects all of these bands is the pursuit of pop perfection (high five to all the alliteration-heads out there) and in every iteration, there has been some of the best choruses committed to song. Body Double is no different, and I’d go as far as saying its their most “Immediate” song yet. what do I mean by “Immediate“? It’s how you measure a good pop song; by its immediacy. How quick you say the words “FUCK THAT’S A GOOD SONG!” is where a tune sits on the Immediacy Scale. Even though I’ve only just invented the Immediacy Scale, “Body Double” by Apple Eyes gets a high 9.5.

LISTEN BELOW!

 

Sweetabix right? You can preorder now by clicking on the shop link at the top of the page or on that picture of HETTIE over on the right or by CLICKING ON THESE WORDS.

This single is LTD to 50 beautifully poppy cassettes and Matt informed me yesterday that there is even cassette based easter eggs about halfway through the song. See if you can notice it (I didn’t until I was specifically told!)

Find out more about APPLE EYES using the links below and try not to love them TOO much as they’ll break your hearts with POP.

https://soundcloud.com/apple_eyes
https://twitter.com/Apple_Eyes
https://www.facebook.com/weareappleeyes

jed

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CASSETTE STORE DAY – SEPTEMBER 27TH

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It has just been confirmed that the second ever Cassette Store Day is happening worldwide on September 27th 2014. Last year was big but that was before I had a record label. Now I have one, and I do lovely ltd edition tapes for the best bands around, I am going to make sure POST/POP gets involved. I intend to have a few events around this date, with gigs, meet-ups and multiple tape releases, all in celebration of cassettes!

I know the idea of having 1 day to celebrate tapes has been known to irk some tape labels (“every day is cassette store day to us man….”) but I always think it’s better that people talk about tapes for one day a year than zero days a year. This event is a way to put your label in the spotlight, which can be hard every other day of the year, as we are dealing with an old format in ltd quantities. This is the day when all that hard work you do the entire year can be appreciated by people who might not neccessarily come across it on a rainy tuesday in February. In conclusion I (and POST/POP) think CSD is a very very good thing and fully support the event and people who put it together.

This is the official word from the lovely CSD people:

Open up your Filofax, take out a pen, and save the date because Saturday September 27th 2014 marks the return of Cassette Store Day to your lives!

Following on from last year’s (unexpected) runaway success, the event will now be split between the US and UK/EU to ensure that audio cassette fans on both sides of the Atlantic get to snap up some great releases from musicians, new and old alike.

In the UK/EU Kissability and Suplex Cassettes will return to run things, and in the US, Burger Records in LA will co-ordinate the day from their end. Stores wishing to stock releases or put on an event will be able to sign up for free between June 30th and August 15th at cassettestoreday.com where there will be downloadable guides for how to get involved.

Labels wishing to release a cassette on the day can also sign up from June 30th- August 15th at the same place for a small admin fee for of £10/£10. Anyone outside these territories is welcome to sign up using the UK site.

Jen Long of Kissability said, “When planning this year we really tried to keep cassette labels and fans at the heart of the event. Last year grew far bigger than we had expected so we are thrilled to have Burger involved to help us cover the US side.”

Burger Records said, “Burger Records loves tapes! We’ve built our foundation on the forgotten format and have been preaching the merits of warm analog cassette culture for years. We’re honored to be ambassadors of Cassette Store Day 2014 in the good ol USA! We plan to bring some of our favorite labels to the table and invite everyone to the party and partake in the fun phenomena of releasing top shelf music on cassette tapes in pop culture today!”

Last year’s Cassette Store Day was a huge success with stores participating in over eighty cities worldwide and releases from the likes of The Flaming Lips, At The Drive In, and Deerhunter.

“The Tape Cassette—-

Is the best bet yet

as the go-to medium

for medium-rare

—-or well-done

on-the-spot

playback

or record.” – Van Dyke Parks

“Cassette is a cool medium to listen to music on. Warm and fat. Good bottom end. Yeah!” – Bobby Gillespie

www.cassettestoreday.com

 

 

So if you are a label that make tapes and want to collab, let me know! jedshepherd@gmail.com or @jedshepherd is prob best.

 

Thanks,

Jed

THE NEW MENSWE@R SINGLE “CRASH” OUT NOW!

FINALLY. A single, 18 years in the making. It’s “CRASH“, it’s MENSWE@R and its BRILL ON STILTS. Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “Jed, is there any chance you could just be a little bit biased, because, y’ know… it’s on your label?” and I would answer “Shut Up Injured Fox, stop bringing me down!*”

* see the ABOUT section.

You can order the Ltd Edition Cassette and Vinyl by clicking on this link: RIGHT HERE!

or click on Hettie‘s face over on the right!

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From tomorrow you will also be able to get it on Itunes through Nuisance Recordings, but if you want to hold it in your hand and or use it as a prop for “Selfies” (“Casselfies” if its just with the cassette!)

You can also buy it in Rough Trade on vinyl and cassette and if you are in Tokyo, Japan, you can go to Vinyl Junkies and buy it there too. Follow Menswe@r on twitter @menswearband to find out where they are playing on tour and for a possible SECRET gig very very soon! There will be some records and tapes at the gigs, but to avoid disappointment, order now!

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VERY EXCITED!

 

Jed

 

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