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 … Continue Reading ››
BUY 'ADVENTURE SOUL BY M&O HERE
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 … Continue Reading ››
BUY THE TAPE HERE!
CHARITY MIXTAPE FOR THE MICHAEL J. FOX FOUNDATION
POST/POP X SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE
Back in 2006 I started a record label called Pop Will Prevail
. The first 3 releases were split 7" singles with Science Fiction Theatre
, run by friend and professional northerner Michael Coates
. Fast Forward 8 years and that's the blueprint for this compilation album. Coincidentally, 2 of the aforementioned releases feature bands on this particular tape, just with slightly different names! (Apple eyes / Dutch Uncles)
I'm just going to rest my fingers for a second while I cut and paste the press release which says it all:
Twice now Science Fiction Theatre Records have put on some of the most fun and entertaining charity gigs in Manchester to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research and they back with two very special shows this year, one in London and one in Manchester. To accompany these charity gigs, SFT Records have teamed up with POST/POP Records of London to release a very special limited editionmixtape featuring album tracks, live recordings and remixes by some of our favourite bands including Metz, The Joy Formidable, Everything … Continue Reading ››
In a post-Guardians of the Galaxy world where Walkmans (the correct plural of Walkman) are now being sold on ebay for $800 (and $600 for the broken ones! seriously!) the little tape labels out there have received a little more attention. The fact Starlord's choice of Walkman isn't a very good example of a Sony Walkman at all (seriously Starlord, a TPS-L2? You were abducted in 1988, not 1979!) doesn't matter. Suddenly, the corners of the internet where Tapeheads hide and scurry from the light, are the places to be. Questions like "hey, I am new to this forum, I have a woolworths cassette player from 1993, can someone tell me what an AA battery is?" are going to be myriad, but I say, the more people banging on about cassette culture the better.
Which brings me to the matter in hand, POST/POP is levelling up and due to popular demand WE NOW HAVE T-SHIRTS. They are lovely just on their own, featuring the famous POST/POP wolf logo (technically it's not a wolf, its a "Wolfbra", half wolf/ half zebra!) but I … Continue Reading ››
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!
[bandcamp width=350 height=853 album=2349531013 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=2ebd35 package=1194077649]
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 … Continue Reading ››