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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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rushhour

HETTIE! FREE DOWNLOAD! RUSH HOUR! Get it NOW!


As it is now officially SUMMER, POST/POP is spoiling you. Not content to release new tapes by APPLE EYES, PEPA KNIGHT and soon to be announced BEGINNERS, here is a new one from our fave popstar HETTIE!

There is an EP coming out later this year, and you may have heard a few tracks previewed on my radio show (PHOENIX98FM Every Sunday 4-6PM!) and its wonderful. All songs produced by the musical genius that is KENNY LEE! Until then, here is a FREE DOWNLOAD of HETTIE’s cover of one of my favourite 80s songs, “RUSH HOUR”. It’s SO catchy!

It’s a free download but if you want to donate to Hettie’s “I need a new guitar” fund, then donate a few quid, as it all goes straight to her paypal!

Check out more HETTIE stuff using the below links:

https://twitter.com/hettietheyeti
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hettie/428788107186429
https://soundcloud.com/hettiesteinmore
www.hettiesteinmore.com

 

Oh and while we are here, here’s a gallery of a recent gig where HETTIE supported another POST/POP favourite, NO CARS! at London’s PAPER DRESS BOUTIQUE. Yes, that is Haruna from NO CARS on stilts and yes that is her boyfriend dressed like a Harajuku girl.

(gallery to come!)

 

jed

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apple eyes tapes

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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csd

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

menswear13

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!

menswear11

VERY EXCITED!

 

Jed

 

Start your POST/POP Records Collection now.

VT2

VINYL THEATRE – CHROMATIC EP – OUT NOW!!

 

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

VT1

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.

VT2

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.

<3

Jed

VT1

kiitestapesbox

KIITES EP “The Disguise” Out Tomorrow, MAY 10th!

Afternoon, you may remember that I wrote about this release here: http://postpoprecords.com/2014/04/03/kiitesintro/

Now see the beautiful limited edition tapes with your eyes!

kiitestapesbox

and the artwork close up! I either put Mikey Glenister on the spine to suggest that he is the “spine of the band“, or perhaps it was the only way everyone could fit. Also, If you put lot of the tapes together it looks like a Mikey Glenister army of clones, hell-bent on forcing you to stare into the middle-distance… or else.

KIITES

 

You can see them live tomorrow at The Nest in Dalston, where you can buy these lovely tapes. Check out the KIITES FB for more deets: https://www.facebook.com/Kiites

Order ONLINE: https://postpoprecords.bandcamp.com/album/kiites-ep

 

Keep it POST/POP!

 

Jed

 

a london record label // a genre // a jed shepherd project

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