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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

 

M&O – DOUBLE CASSETTE ALBUM FOR CASSETTE STORE DAY 2014! ft Chance The Rapper

BUY ‘ADVENTURE SOUL BY M&O HEREM&O

TWO albums in one!

 

This year, more than most, I have become obsessed with certain songs. Obsessed to the point where I listen to a song on repeat for half a day until the lyrics become meaningless and the music is less music and more the sound of my heartbeat wowing and fluttering until sleep brings me sweet relief. This happened, quite suddenly with the M&O song “Jimi Savannah”. I first heard it while scouring the depths of the internet for new music to populate my radio show (I no longer do my radio show btw, in case you’ve been tuning in on Sundays!) and often tried to find excuses to play it twice on the same show. I then found out that M&O had an album with this song on it called “The Joy” and it fast became one of my standard go-to albums for when I needed guaranteed audio quality. But lo, what’s this? They have another album that preceded, called “Almost Us” and it features multiple guest appearances including Chance The Rapper? Amazing! Let’s stop here for just one second.

 

 
this album is “The Joy” and is Side A of the tape!

What if I told you there was a way to catch up on both of these incredible albums in a short space of time? What if I then went on to tell you there was a sure-fire way to be able to say to your best friend Bob (if you have a best friend and his name is Bob) “Bob, I know we have just recently become best friends, after a year or two of hanging out as just regular friends, and there was that one time where we fell out over that girl with the broken arm who works at the counter at WH Smiths, but I would like to draw your attention to TWO incred albums by ONE incred band on a beautifully made Limited Edition Cassette Tape, for Cassette Store Day…” WELL NOW YOU CAN.

 
“Almost Us” is Side 2 of the tape!

“Adventure Soul” is the new double album exclusively to POST/POP for CSD featuring “Almost Us” and “The Joy” featuring lots of guest appearances and the best soulful pop out of Chicago, Illinois.

 

Available in all your favourite participating Cassette Store Day record shops on September 27th and online on POST/POP the very next day. You will also be able to buy tapes from the band themselves so go follow these links and learn more about your new favourite band!

 

http://facebook.com/mnosoul

https://twitter.com/mnosoul

http://hellomiloandotis.bandcamp.com/

 

 

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
http://c.itunes.apple.com/gb/profile/id-…

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

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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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

 

Start your POST/POP Records Collection now.

VINYL THEATRE – CHROMATIC EP – OUT NOW!!

 

http://postpoprecords.bandcamp.com/album/chromatic

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I first discovered Vinyl Theatre the usual way I discover new bands, sitting next to an insane man who started talking to me on a night bus. I can be quite social at times, but in the cold flickering light of a warm-sick smelling N8, my patience with strangers – regardless of how many times they touch my knee – wears thin. While he, quite convincingly, recanted the time he fought “about a dozen Russian guys”, I slowly reached for my red (not pink) headphones and casually rested them onto my head, making sure to nod the whole time to confirm I was listening, but now had to listen to some important work-related audio. Now I’m no gesticulation expert, but from the way he emphasised every other word with a low-punch in my direction, I can only assume that the Achilles heel of an angry Russian guy, is his groin. Take note Ukraine, aim high by aiming low.

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So it was during this delightful episode I shuffled my way through my recently downloaded playlist (sourced from about a hundred music blogs) and landed upon Vinyl Theatre’s incredible earworm ‘Breaking Up My Bones’. I tapped the “song repeat” function and it became my soundtrack home. One song, one hour, dozens of bus-based idiots trying to spoil my enjoyment of this perfect tune.

I frantically emailed the band the next day about releasing this song on POST/POP, because everyone needs to protect themselves from people who try to talk to you on buses right? They replied with one better and they agreed to a release of their recent EP “CHROMATIC” on Ltd Edition Cassette Tape. The good guys win and everyone is happy. Below is some official info about the band:

 

Together, Keegan, Josh, Nick, and Chris have found a strong sense of camaraderie in music and each other, writing and performing as a cohesive unit. In one another, they have found balance, chemistry, and an intense and unwavering bond. And in music, they have found something worth fighting for, something with no limit or expiration date, something they believe in. Even in their title, “Vinyl Theatre”, the guys have strategically placed elements of the band’s dedication. Not only evoking a feel that fits their style, the name emphasizes musicianship and performance, and serves as a reminder to the band of their fans, who the band says they “ultimately do this for, on and off the stage.”

Claiming influences such as Two Door Cinema Club, The Killers, The Shins, and Death Cab For Cutie, Vinyl Theatre has taken what they’ve learned from these groups with a grain of salt, making a conscious effort to focus on their personal sound and progression being distinctly their own and separate from their influences. The band defines their music as modern indie rock with elements of electronica and pop, a sound that is “unique and differentiating.” Marked with bright synths, catchy hooks, lush vocal harmonies, and loud guitars, and described by critics as “mellowly loud”, “pop-savvy”, and “delightfully dancy”, Vinyl Theatre has a powerful sound all their own that has been well-received by fans and critics alike.

Having performed at venues and events such as Shank Hall, Bastille Days, and Yellow Phone Music Conference in Milwaukee, and Beat Kitchen and MOBfest in Chicago, the young group has had a fair amount of exposure to various fan bases in the past year. Vinyl Theatre has also opened for national touring acts twenty-one pilots, Royal Teeth, Parade of Lights, Makeshift Prodigy, Chappo, Five Knives, and Quiet Company. They have been featured on websites such as Frontiers LA, MadeLoud, JSOnline, and Milwaukee’s own Breaking and Entering as band of the month. Vinyl Theatre’s single “I Need You Here” was world premiered on California’s KX 93.5FM in Laguna Beach where their music is in regular rotation. Their music is also currently receiving heavy airplay in Europe, Milwaukee’s own FM 102.1 and WMUR, Marquette University Radio.

Yes, they do sound a bit like Two Door Cinema Club but the big difference is that Vinyl Theatre sing with the accents they were born with.

Hear the whole thing below:

 

Great right? You can order it digitally direct from the band on Itunes using this snazzy link: http://smarturl.it/CHROMATIC

 

and you can PREORDER THE LTD EDITION TAPE USING THIS LINK (or click on that picture of HETTIE on the right): http://postpoprecords.bandcamp.com/album/chromatic

OR you can buy off the band at their shows as they have half of them. this is how you contact/find them online:

www.facebook.com/vinyltheatre
www.twitter.com/vinyltheatre
www.soundcloud.com/vinyltheatre

Tip: As POST/POP is getting more POST/POPULAR, the speed at which these tapes are selling increases, so if you want one, get it in the preorder rather than wait for the release date on 16th of June 2014.

Jed

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