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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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Download the Reddit X POST/POP Collab “Adventures In Home Taping” for FREE! 26 BANDS!

I’m starting to make a habit of this FREE DOWNLOAD hijinx. Last time around POST/POP gave you 1 free song… this time how about 26 FREE SONGS? Not only that, its the much-hyped collaboration compilation album I did with Reddit’s R/Cassetteculture back in March. the tapes SOLD OUT but I get asked about it all the time, so why not just have it!

listen above and click download OR click on the below quote that a girl once said to me on a train:

“What are you looking at? Did you buy me? I said did you buy me? Exactly. So don’t look at me then innit?”

There were 26 brilliant bands on this compilation and I suggest you put each one of them into the search engine of your choice and go listen to everything they have ever done. They are from all over the world, Scotland, Canada, UK, America, Philippines and everywhere inebetween. All genres of music are represented and all bands frequent the dark corners of Reddit’s Cassette Culture where they try really hard not to get downvoted.

It was stupidly ambitious thing to release a 26 song album of brand new bands 1 month into starting the label and it taught me alot. Mostly, never to use TAPELINE ever again, but partly that sometimes strangers can be cool.

jed

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SUBMIT SONGS FOR “ADVENTURES IN HOME TAPING: VOL 2”!

It’s almost time for POST/POP’s most eagerly awaited release so far… “ADVENTURES IN HOME TAPING”

In case you haven’t heard about The Most Ambitious Tape Release For 30 Years, let me bring you up to speed. In collaboration with Reddit’s r/cassetteculture, I chose the best 26 bands that frequent this tape-friendly subreddit, and put them in an order that will nicely compliment the theme of the album… ADVENTURE! It was originally called “Choose Your Own Adventure” but Chooseco threatened me with legal action, so I changed it. We also had to change the art work, but everyone agrees it has turned out even better! The album is professionally recorded onto high quality RED cassettes and comes with a short story to read along with the music. It’s written by me, so you might actually forget there is music playing as you will be so involved in the story – but I have tested it and if you read it at a regular pace, it will be the exact right length of the tape. It’s very interactive and there will be times during the story where you will have to make decisions that you might find unusual at first, but please go with it! Anyway, we have sold a lot of these albums via pre-order, so when it is released on March 26th, you will need to act fast if you want to buy one!

With this in mind, I have already started to formulate “Adventures In Home Taping: Vol 2” (provisional title!) and this time I am going to feature 52 bands. “52 bands you say, Jed? On tape? But that’s impossible!” I really didn’t like turning down bands, and since this album was announced, I have come across dozens of amazing bands on r/cassetteculture which could have featured… so I am going to feature the best 52 bands out of the 100s on there.

If you are in a band and want to be on “Adventures In Home Taping: Vol 2”, here is what you need to do:

1: You need to register on r/cassetteculture. If you haven’t already, go to: http://www.reddit.com/r/cassetteculture and sign up. It takes 2 seconds. What is it? It’s a forum where people talk about tapes a lot and is filled with the most dedicated, amazing little bands that seem to all be on the verge of being great. Every genre/subgenre is catered for. If you’re into hip-hop, noise, experimental, pop and everything inbetween, you’ll find a good home. I am making this a prerequisite because this is a TAPE ALBUM and this is a very good step in keeping cassette culture thriving so we can make more albums like this.

2: Make a few posts. You don’t have to set the world on fire, but y’know say something.

3: Send me your very best song! We have a dedicated email: RCCCompilation@gmail.com so send it to that.

4: Ideally, don’t send me lots of emails with a song on each. Send me your best one or two in one email otherwise it might get lost. Mark it something like “Adventures in Home Taping: Vol 2”. ANY genre is accepted but I am a big sucker for a chorus. People don’t write choruses anymore. I blame Injured Fox.

5: Thats it! What happens next is I will listen to every single song sent to me and let you know at some point between now and the end of May if your song is going on the album.

6: WHATS THE DEADLINE? There is NO deadline. As soon as I get 52 bands/songs I love, I will announce the line up on POST/POP and R/Cassetteculture.

7: If your band gets on, you’ll receive semi-regular emails, including answering some interview questions (see the ones we have done for Vol 1, they are great!) and also for any little things you need. Your suggestions are very very welcome. The bands involved can choose the colour of the tapes, how we present it, artwork, etc.

And that’s it! I also want to include a few special items with Vol 2, including ltd edition packs of cards. As there are 52 bands and 52 cards, I will get a few custom made decks produced, with each card representing the bands. If people like it, then maybe ill get more made!

POST/POP has an exciting few months before all this happens, so please spread the word and if you like great new music, jelly red tapes and interactive adventure stories, spend £3 (yes only £3!!!) on Adventure in Home Taping; Vol 1! —

http://bit.ly/1cvHirj

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

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE (PXP006): MEET THE BANDS – DON’T FORGET YOUR DINOSAUR!

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 initmately! Next up is DON’T FORGET YOUR DINOSAUR! The thing I love most about DFYD is that they have introduced me to Dinocore. Everyone’s favourite dinosaur based sub-genre. I’ve already told them this, but when I first got ‘Breakfast With The Astronauts’, their submission to the Choose Your Own Adventure album, I thought to myself “WHAT THE DUCK IS THIS” and then proceeded to listen to it on repeat, lost in their dizzy world of dino-friends and dino-fiends. I’m excited for you to here it too, but before that, let’s see how  they got on with those pesky questions…

 

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

First of all, GREETINGS!  DON’T FORGET YOUR DINOSAUR hails from the musty, pot smoked filled swamps of PREHISTORIA – a place one might only come across through vivid psychedelic exploration of the mind.  Or you know, you can just take I-20 to the junction with I-49.  The humanoids around here refer to this wasteland as Shreveport, Louisiana.  As far as record stores go, ten years ago you’d be lucky to find a cummed on copy of Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” in your Uncle’s porn stash.  Now we’ve got several places carrying new and used albums.  My personal favorite place has something like 100,000 albums, they’re called Campus Collectables.  It’s where I go in search of the few Ventures records that I don’t own.  We did recently have a new record store open called “Day Old Blues Records”.  They’re carrying more new stuff than anything.  I still search the Goodwills for as many copies of KISS’s “Destroyer” as I can find.  I have a secret plan.

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)

“Pseudo-Psychedelic-Bubblegum-Surf-Punk”.  Is that too long?  Dinocore.

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

DINOSAURS, outer space, dinosaurs in outer space, substances.  This local BBQ joint called Big D’s Barbecue atop anything.  It’s an old gas station turned into the most amazing BBQ place ever.  The owner, Big D, he’s like our grandfather, and we’re his “white grandchildren” (his words).  He’s known us for YEARS, always has a badass story to tell, or an ear to listen.  Big D has let us have shows at this place during our entire relationship with him, too, through cops shutting it down, and trying to shut his restaurant down because of these shows, he’s always had our backs.  He’s told them he’ll go to jail but we’re going to play.  He’s probably the only reason any of the bands that we play with in our area exist.  If you’re ever in Shreveport..err..Prehistoria, go check it out – 101 Common Street, Shreveport, LA 71101.  It’s legit, we promise.  Atop that: comic books, Saturday Night N64 Pizza Pocket Parties, 90s skate videos.  Oh, and definitely Dick Dale – just as a human being for sure.  The dude is pushing eighty, still surfs and tours, has been straight edge his entire life (not our thing but we respect it immensely), and after he got out of his Capitol contract he made it a point to tell musicians about the bullshit that comes with something like that.  Now he’s pretty much DIY or die – we’re just stupid punk kids who have been playing together for nearly ten years, booking all of our tours with each other and recording ourselves and putting the albums out by ourselves.  When your role model musician confirms your own philosophy, you tend to cling to them more than ever.

Oh, and Easy Rider.  Definitely Easy Rider.

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

I’ve been a lurker on /r/cassetteculture for quite a while.  My first albums were on tapes in the 90s.  I’ll always have a love for them.  When we’ve gone out on tours, we always come across TAPES TAPES TAPES, and we only had a tape player in the van, so we started listening to the tapes we’d buy instead of waiting to get home, along with the cassette adapted iPod, UNTIL our van got broken into in Chicago last winter and they stole my iPod, none of our gear – which was really fortunate.  So we really got into the tapes we brought along, stuff from Jeffery Drag Records who have always hooked us up, bands we were playing with, our good friends from Chicago MAGIC MILK, etc.  I decided to submit the songs because I loved the “CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE” concept and figured I didn’t stand to lose anything by sending in some tracks.  I didn’t really think anything would come of it, but you seem to dig some of it, so we’re elated.

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’s in braille, you read it!

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

I do listen to tapes.  Like I said earlier, it’s become something I actively search to collect more than vinyl now.  It’s portable, it doesn’t scratch as easy.  It’s cheaper.  The cassette case gives just as much of an opportunity to create a visual aesthetic as a 12″ sleeve does.  The coolest part is that you can do so much with a cassette, nearly as much as you can with a computer and some basic audio software.  I remember twenty years ago playing with a microphone and a boombox in my room for hours and hours, learning how to slow down playback, record at half speed, etc.  Hell, the first album my first band made was done so going straight to tape!  Well, it was a microphone going into a tiny little cassette recorder, and it sounded like shit, but the energy was there and you could tell we meant something with it.  The rawness of a cassette gets me going, the little crackles, having to flip the thing, rewinding it to hear a song again, rewinding too much, trying to fast forward and going to far.  It’s a challenge, but when you get to that one track, you worked for it and it means so much more than clicking play on your iTunes.  Kids today just don’t get what you had to go through even just ten years ago to come across music.  And yeah, I do think tapes have a future.  They’re already making a fundamental comeback in the DIY tour scene with trades and distros going on.  You don’t have to invest $1200 to put your album out on vinyl for another band to take you seriously.  Show them a tape (or a DIY CD for that matter, in a normal case and shit) and the ones worth knowing know you’ve put some work in and that you’re in for the long haul.  Tapes mean something to the people that will buy them, and that’s what has and will keep it alive.

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

The rhythm section of Don’t Forget Your Dinosaur is the reason to listen to it.  Afroraptor (Jesse – Drums) and Jesusopteryx (Connor – Bass) have worked their asses off over the years creating this connection and dynamic between the two of them that I have never seen anywhere else.  You should definitely try to hone in on what those two are doing.  Also, you should listen on headphones and smoke drugs whilst doing so.

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

That you listening to the track means more than just about anything else in the world to me.  Put simply, one person acknowledging this one little thing we’ve done gives my life purpose.  It’s given me drive to keep writing when I don’t have anything to write about, to keep playing when we’re exhausted, to keep driving when we’re falling asleep.  It keeps thesedinosaurs from going extinct.  Don’t you forget it.

– Dinosaurus (Jarod – Guitars and Mouth)

 

Thanks DFYD! Below are the bands I have interviewed who are also appearing on Choose Your Own Adventure (I keep almost writing Choose Your Own Dinosaur – maybe that will be my dinocore compilation album!) 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

 

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

 

Jed

 

Adventures In Home Taping: Meet The Bands – Ourselves The Elves!

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). 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 initmately! Next up is OURSELVES THE ELVES, all the way from The Philippines! I’m so pleased to have a band on this album representing SE Asia, and the song in question, “I Wouldn’t Mind” sounds like Rilo Kiley before Jenny Lewis got too big for her boots. This is a good thing. Let’s see what they have to say for themselves…

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

We are Ourselves the Elves and we’ve been playing ever since the three of us met in a college dorm where we lived in when we were freshmen. We’re from the Philippines, where it’s sunny all the time, in the big city of Manila. It’s at the center of the country where anything and everything cool happens all the time so yes, there are some pretty nice record shops. You’d have to dig your way through, passing by a lot of lame record shops, to find them though. Although most of the records you’d get are old and beat up, the new ones probably sell for jacked up prices. If anything, the little bars where the little bands like us play are way cooler.
What genre would you pigeonhole yourself into?

Pop. Or pop/folk. POLK!

What are your non-musical influences? 

Films, art, cupcakes, beer, Adventure Time, toasted marshmallows, brunch with our closest friends, people’s girlfriends and people’s boyfriends, nature, offensive jokes, our mommies and daddies, KFC

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

Our guitar player was looking for magazines to send our stuff to, and he came across the r/cassetteculture sub.

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……

“You know what, I forgot.”

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

We used to, but would still be very much interested if ever we get more access to them in this time and age. Most of our record shops here don’t sell tapes anymore, and the artists we know of who record on tapes can be counted on fingers. To be honest, with the hegemony of the digital format, it’s hard to picture a great future for tapes. I mean, even with CDs nowadays, most people have been less kind. BUT with people like you guys who promote the format, as well as music lovers, collectors, and enthusiasts, the cassette tape will never die. As long as there are people who believe, we can always be optimistic. Hopefully, the number of tapes and the number of people who appreciate them will grow.

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

That this track was recorded independently at our friend’s house. He had the mic, the computer, the audio interface, and the skills to mix and master. Almost all of our songs were done this way.

Also, it’s the last track from our first EP! http://ourselvestheelves.bandcamp.com/album/itll-be-alright-ep

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

That we’re not all that. Most people listen to tracks like these and shove it under the labels ‘indie pop’, ‘cutesy’, ‘twee’ but we don’t want people to think that we’re all that. Since we have a whole bunch of other songs that don’t sound like this track, we’re currently working on being bigger than what people think we’re capable of.

Thank You Ourselves The Elves! Read more of the interviews from bands on the forthcoming CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE album below!

CHARLES STRICKLAND EXPRESS

MORMON GIRLS

REVUE

THIS COLD NIGHT

GIRLS ON THE BEACH & PASTY CLINE

YOU CAN NOW PREORDER “ADVENTURES IN HOME TAPING” BY CLICKING HERE.