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The Top 10 Cassette Store Day 2014 UK Releases

 

Running a record label is hard work. You have to deal with people telling you that vinyl is old news, and that only anoraks collect it, and to get with the times, and you get force fed articles about independent record shops being closed down every other day. Imagine what it feels like to be a Tape Label. You not only feel the disdain of the general public, but you get looked down upon by the vinyl collectors (AND some record shops) for wanting to release things on a format most people consider “dead”. FUCK THEM. Do what you want to do as long as you enjoy it and it isn’t hurting anyone else, and to me, thats what Cassette Store Day is. Yes it’s essentially a pun on Record Store Day, but its also the one day a year when the little tape labels out there get to lift their heads up (from their shoes) when walking down the street, look a stranger directly in the eye and say “Hi, that tape you just bought… I made that!”

So this very morning, on the second ever Cassette Store Day, I woke up early and headed down to Rough Trade East to trawl through this year’s CSD 2014 releases. I bought alot more than 10, but these are my faves in order, counting down to my fave release this year. Before you see the countdown, have a look at the POST/POP releases today, which would all come joint first! All available today in shops and online shortly. Click any of the pictures to bring you to more info on these POST/POP CSD 2014 releases!

ASH – LETTERS FROM ALPHABET CITY
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VARIOUS – BACK TO THE FUCK YEAH 3D

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DAN GRIFFIN – BORDERTOWN

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M&O – ADVENTURE SOUL

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Now to my Top 10 (non post/pop releases!)

10: VARIOUS – FOX BOX RECORDS PRESENTS: POST__NOTHING (Foxbox)

This is the 1st release on FoxBox Records. (An offshoot of Edinburgh record shop VoxBox Music).  It’s a 16 track compilation tape of stripped down acoustic sessions of Scottish and Edinburgh bands.  Features the likes of Paws, Pictish Trail and Trust fund.

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9: Various Artists – Milk! Records Compilation (Kissability)

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8: VARIOUS – LOVE ANYWAY!!! EVEN IF… FUCK OFF!! THE HLT PLAN (Hi-Lo Tunez)

200 hand numbered copies with artwork by american artist: Nicholas Restivo. ‘Love Anyway!!! Even If…Fuck Off!! The HLT Plan – 20th Step’ features new stuff by: Half Japanese, Allah-La’s, Maria Minerva, king Tuff, Morgan Delt, La Luz, Cassie Ramone, Nun, Ava Luna and more.

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7: CLOUD NOTHINGS – HERE AND NOWHERE ELSE (Carpark /Mom + Pop)

Limited to 400 copies worldwide, 100 of which will make it to Europe for CSD2014, this is the highly acclaimed third album from Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings. Impossibly melodic, white-knuckle noise-rock that shimmers with sumptuous detail, from Baldi’s lone, corkscrewing guitar and dramatically improved singing, through bassist TJ Duke’s piledriving bass lines to drummer Jayson Gerycz’s volcanic fills.

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6: PINS – COME BACK / YOU DON’T LOVE ME (Bella Union)

New tracks from Pins in handmade packaging from the band, on turquoise cassette.

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5: VARIOUS – 80NZ (Rough Trade)

’80N7′ features 20 previously unreleased tracks by some of Rough Trade New York’s favourite emerging acts from across the US and UK, including Manchester’s Spring King, Denver’s Sunboy, and London’s Happyness. Operating under the premise that things sound ‘better homemade,’ the aim is to showcase bands that the shop feels capture the magic of DIY – they want you to hear the fingers sliding, the tiny imperfections, and most importantly, the passion that went into making them. Digital download card included. Limited to 150 copies.

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4: FEAR OF MEN // LOOM. (That Summer Feeling)

Fear Of Men’s excellent album ‘Loom’ on very limited red tape cassette exclusive for CSD 2014!

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3: KASSAHN // ETHIOPAN NASENQO MINSTREL ITINERANT ETHIOPIAN MUSIC (Dream Beach)

After releases by Ngunni Lovers Lovers and Fair Ohs, Dream Beach Records bring you the music of a traditional travelling Ethiopian musician, Kassahun. This unique taste of Ethiopian music is accompanied by an interviewed (translated into English) with Kassahun, about his life as a travelling minstrel.

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2: ETERNAL SUMMERS // BROWN BROGUES SPLIT TAPE. (Haus of Pins)

Haus of Pins release their first split EP featuring Brown Brogues (UK) and Eternal Summers (US). The hand crafted, limited edition tapes are an official Cassette Store Day 2014 release. Manchester 2-piece Brown Brogues describe their lead single ‘You don’t know’ as ‘snotty and childish’. Mark Vernon of the band says, ‘Jay Reatard inspired the faster songs but ‘Don’t dance with my Girlfriend’ came from making cool 50’s sounds on an old amp and making it sound more like the Bell Peppers. I’d say Eagulls and Kid Congo have influenced this release too’. Hailing from Virginia, Pitchfork favourites Eternal Summers take over the flip side of the split with their hook laden dream pop – inspired by the likes of XTC, Ride, Radiohead and Squeeze. Window is the name of the lead track and it’s a ‘sonic dreamy noisy track that combines beauty and heavy noise’ according to front women Nicole Yun.

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1: CASSIE RAMONE // THE TIME HAS COME (Comfortable On A Tightrope)

Debut solo album from legendary Vivian Girls / The Babies singer-songwriter Cassie Ramone, featuring Ariel Pink on Bass. The album has a somewhat contemporary take on what a modern day Karen Dalton record may sound like.

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and here are the my TOP 10 CSD 2014 releases together. Aw!

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photos: jed (if you want to use any of them, email me jedshepherd@gmail.com or tweet @jedshepherd. I am not available for any more hand modelling assignments. I was young, my hands were soft.)

words: jed

P.S. If you are reading this and want to start a record/tape label and don’t know where to start, I WILL HELP YOU. Just email me and I will help you as much as I can and all I ask is that in 60 years time, you come to my funeral and say nice things.

 

 

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DAN GRIFFIN – “BORDERTOWN” LTD EDITION TAPE FOR CASSETTE STORE DAY 2014

BUY ‘BORDERTOWN’ LTD EDITION TAPE BY DAN GRIFFIN HERE

It was in January this year when I first came across Dan Griffin. I had gratefully stumbled across a song called “The Hum” and it pretty much blew my mind. Here was a tune that was equal parts CHVRCHES and Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen for its small town dreams of escapism, CHVRCHES for its electronic heartbeat, forcing the narrative along to it’s synthy conclusion. I was fascinated by the story behind the song, as I had learnt of this strange phenomenon throughout my many years reading the Fortean Times. In certain cities in America (It’s normally America) an eerie hum can be heard with no known source. Some people can hear it, while others can’t. Some put it down to ambient animal noises, but there is a large portion of people out in the mid-west that believe its something otherworldly.


“Bordertown” the title track from the EP. Ace!

What is somewhat supernatural is the amount of time I have spent banging on about this EP to everyone I meet. Friends, Family, Felines, have all been press-ganged into flying the Dan Griffin flag, and here is why you should buy it. It’s an EP you will never stop listening to. It already sounds like a classic and I almost don’t want to hear an album as it might tarnish this, my perfect listening experience.

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Find out more about Dan Griffin using the links below, buy the the tape on Cassette Store Day 2014 (September 27th) and then buy it online right here from September 28th!

http://www.dangriffin.ca/

https://soundcloud.com/dangriffin/sets/bordertown-ep

 

jed

 

EXCLUSIVE NEW ASH ALBUM FOR CASSETTE STORE DAY – LETTERS FROM ALPHABET CITY

BUY THE NEW CASSETTE ONLY ALBUM BY ASH HEREASHart1click on the image above to see the artwork up close.

SIDE 1
RETURN OF WHITE RABBIT // ARCADIA // TRUE LOVE 1980 // DIONYSIAN URGE // BINARY // NEON // GALLOWS HILL

SIDE 2
DARE TO DREAM // TRACERS // SPELLBOUND // THE DEAD DISCIPLES // WAR WITH ME // SUMMER SNOW // MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN // THERE IS HOPE AGAIN

Released: In all good independent record shops for Cassette Store Day 2014 (September 27th 2014 to be exact). Available online the very next day from postpoprecords.com and ash-official.com.

Quantity: Hyper Limited.

Excitement Level: RED.

Ash are quite simply the band that soundtracked my life. I was a kid when 1977 came out, and went through all of the same heartbreaks and fantastic summers that the lyrics invoked, ripping off lines from “Oh Yeah” in post-it note romances with whichever lucky girl held my affection for 5 minutes.. I was a rebellious, precocious, yet adventurous young man when Nuclear Sounds was released and it nearly finished me.  I was a hopeless, dreamy romantic by the time Free All Angels dropped (selling 3 million units in the process), making the job of mixtape-makers worldwide a whole load easier. When Meltdown was released, I too felt criminally underrated, in life/love/career, even though I tried so hard (RIP Audiojunkies). And by the time Twilight of the Innocents came along, I too was looking to the future for other projects and different ways of doing things (I guess ultimately that leads to POST/POP!).

I also wrote a film for them which holds such mythical qualities, I feel like it was written in unicorn blood on human skin called SLASHED. Also, along with Karen Staughton (nee PIPER aka PIPES) I organised the infamous 20th Anniversary #ASH20 event which involved the band performing 3 times in one day, compering by the simply awesome Josie Long, lots of bands and surprise guests (My Vitriol, Bloc Party, Feeder (!?) & the lovely Charlotte Hatherley – playing Burn Baby Burn at 3/4 speed and then double-time for a bit, and then back to 3/4) and convincing  the cafe nextdoor to the Garage to rename all of their menu with Ash puns. So what I’m trying to say here, is that we go way back and that I am humbled and excited that one of my favourite bands of all time (and one of the best British bands ever) have agreed to this special limited edition cassette tape for Cassette Store Day.

This 15 track album is made up of singles from the A-Z series, which was made up of 26 songs, released fortnightly over the course of a year. These songs are chosen by ASH as the best of a great bunch and there are not that many being made + there are no pre-orders, so once they are gone, they are gone forever!

How do you get them then Jed? Well stranger, nay potential friend, you can embrace Cassette Store Day on September 27th and take a walk to your local independent record shop (if they are taking part in CSD) where they will have a copy (Rough Trade, Sound it Out etc). If you cant make it to the shops, you may still have a chance as whatever is left will be put online on a first come first serve basis. You will be able to buy online from the next day (September 28th) from ASH or POST/POP.

BOOKMARK/SPREAD THIS PAGE – As this is where you will find the list of all shops that are selling the ASH tape on Cassette Store Day + a link to buy it online the day after. ASH are also in the process of recording a brand new album for release in 2015 so stay tuned to ASH-OFFICIAL for news on that. You can also pre-order lead singer TIM WHEELER’s debut solo album from HERE and you should because it’s going to be incred.

http://www.ashofficial.com
http://www.twitter.com/ashofficial
http://www.twitter.com/timwheeler1977
http://www.twitter.com/darthmarkh
http://www.twitter.com/onionrick
http://www.ilike.com/artist/Ash
http://www.youtube.com/ashofficial
http://www.myspace.com/ash
http://www.last.fm/music/Ash
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If anyone wants further details just comment here, or email me jedshepherd@gmail.com or tweet me @jedshepherd or shout really loud for a long enough period of time to give chance and luck enough time to conspire.

words: jed
tape artwork: elisa dalla tor

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