POST/POP Essentials // “Adventures In Home Taping 3″ – 22 Brand New Bands

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I think all of POST/POP‘s releases are important. I only release the bands I truly love. Bands I’ve either just discovered and its love at first sight, or bands I’ve loved for ages, but only worked up the courage to ask them the big question. Yes, it’s got easier over these last two years. Bands rarely say “No” anymore, in fact they seek me out, but it was very daunting at the start. One of the first things I did was document where cassette culture was in 2014. That my friends was the very first “Adventures in Home Taping” and its as eclectic as it is long. I followed that up on 2015 with “Adventures in Home Taping 2″ which was a snapshot of cassette culture as it started to show green shoots into the mainstream. It had a lot more chorus and a little less noise.

THIS is the third Cassette in the POST/POP X r/cassetteculture compilation “Adventures in Home Taping” and its the best yet. I’ve found 22 new bands who all frequent r/cassetteculture and who all have a die-hard passion for all things cassette. This is currently the only true snapshop of the real cassette culture that has emerged from garages and underground gigs across the world. This represents a broad cross-section of bands/genres/styles from as far afield as Phillipines all the way to the sunny closed down mines shores of Sheffield.

Have a listen below. Some of it is genius, some of it is incredible and some of it, in a certain light, is pure insanity.

SIDE A
Casper Heyzeus – A Family Day Out At Burger King
Phillinois – I Will Live Long Enough To Procrastinate (If It’s The Last Thing I Do)
Pasty Cline – Misery
Ourselves the Elves – Baby I Love You So
Augie Marchese – Medicine Man
Maven CX – No Directions To Spacetown
Plastic Indians – Little Sock Monkey
Nicotine Nerves – Nervous
findmeasubmarine – Songs 4 The Dead
Super Borgboy – Escape from the Western Tower
Floral Reef – Helsinki 5 a.m

SIDE B
Summer of Blood – Mine All Mine
Tremolo Ghosts – No Drinking
Eat Then Run – Candi Loafer
Grawlix – Top of the World
Neztok – My Ghost
Tapes & Tubes – Boy Meets World
Aeroplane Spider Death – Never Eat Wedded Sheets
Gimmik – Violet Skye
The Nosuns – Mr Choi
Simon Cameron Fletcher – Remember
Sentiments – Jwiz

This compilation feels important because it IS important. That’s why I am making the first two compilations available to download for absolutely free. Just click on the shop link at the top and you can find them!

Thanks to all the bands who are on this tape. Without you POST/POP is just another tape label. With you, it’s the best. I know I’m biased but I’m also right.

BUY “ADVENTURES IN HOME TAPING 3″ HERE

<3

jed

p.s. some big bands coming up and very limited edition so keep your eyes peeled on the newsletter!

CHARLES – THAT’S HOW BABY LEARNS // L.A. DREAMPOP ON AN AWESOME TAPE!

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Some people apparently start revolutions from their beds. I, in times gone by, have built space station forts from pillows and duvets and imagination. Charlotte Lindèn Ercoli Coe aka Charles has created an awesome album of considerable dream-pop classics that not only perfectly suit our format of choice – Cassettes! In case you weren’t listening – but feels like it was made for it. Now I’m not saying producing ‘That’s What Baby Learns’ from the comfort of some wood and linen is any more of an achievement than my pillow space fort, but it’s probably a lot easier to drop into everyday conversation.

 

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As you have become accustomed, and before I wax on about this gem of an album, have a little listen and come back when you’re convinced:

 

 

Effing great huh? It’s the kind of album I can sit back and close my eyes and let it wash over me with it’s dreamy layered super pop. It also feels like reading someone’s diary (specifically Charlotte’s!)  but a diary written with Ariel Pink stationery (why isnt there Ariel Pink stationery?). It’s getting some good hype at the moment and you can read one such review over at Gorilla vs Bear.

 

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Charlotte is playing with POST/POP favourite, Neon Indian on Feb 24th (tomorrow, day of release!) so if you are in Hollywood and have a ticket to the show, you can buy this tape from the lady herself, or from POST/POP using any of the links that points to “SHOP” on this site.

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I can’t recommend CHARLES enough, but I am incredibly biased as I am trying to get you to listen/buy so don’t tale my word for it, check her out in these other places too and make your own mind up!

https://twitter.com/Charlesdecrema

https://cactusmilk.bandcamp.com/

 

Hope you like this album as much as I do gang. stay tuned as I have some BIG releases out in the next few weeks! Also you might see me pop up in all kinds of cool places (more on that later!)

<3

 

jed

 

NO CARS // YOKO GOES TO BOLLYWOOD – CASSETTE ALBUM OUT NOW!

 

I’ve released a few tapes for NO CARS and seen their evolution from a novelty pop band, to a fully-fledged juggernaut of originality and FUN. This is the third album POST/POP has released for NO CARS and it’s the best by far. A concept album where the concept is ” Japanese Girls Do Bollywood” is so far deep into the rabbit-hole, we may never see the light of day.

‘Yoko Does Bollywood’ continues the No Cars tradition of name checking as many foodstuffs as possible until the actual product has no meaning and all you know about ‘Curry’ is what lead singer Haruna tells you. I originally believed Curry to be a nice menu option, preferably as hot as possible, but now I know it to be integral to a dance routine and cultural confusion.

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MODEL VILLAGE // HEALING CENTRE – LTD EDITION TAPE OUT TODAY!

 

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I want to go on record that ‘Healing Centre’ is the best MODEL VILLAGE album there is. You see, I thought the last one was the best, but turns out this one is. If I say this about their next album, please remind of this paragraph so I can reign in my adoration for a band with the specific skill of wrangling every inch of pop from a chorus, until there is nothing left but heartfelt verses of  heartbreak and the administration of a family owned business.

 

God I love this album, but I want to point you first toward Track 5, also known in certain circles as ‘Time To Share’ (I’ve helpfully put the whole album to stream below). Have a listen now…

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GUNSHIP – GUNSHIP // LTD EDITION ALBUM ON GOLD TAPE – SIDE B A C64 GAME!

It’s Cassette Store Day once again, and this year, POST/POP is doing something very special. Not only are we releasing a tape for the effing incredible GUNSHIP, but we are doing it in STYLE. Yes, that is a Limited Edition Gold tape and yes, it is as beautiful in real life as it looks in that photo! How about that trailer above? Please share with likeminded people and show the love!

 

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just look at this tape. isn’t it just beautiful?

 

It’s Cassette Store Day once again, and this year, POST/POP is doing something very special. Not only are we releasing a tape for the effing incredible GUNSHIP, but we are doing it in STYLE. Yes, that is a Limited Edition Gold tape and yes, it is as beautiful in real life as it looks in that photo!

Side A features the self-titled album from GUNSHIP filled with the most epic sounding songs you have heard in your lives. Don’t believe me? Have a listen:

 

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MEGA RAN – “RNDM” – THE BEST NERDCORE HIP-HOP TAPE YOU’LL BUY THIS YEAR!

 

 

 

BUY “RNDM” BY MEGA RAN HERE

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It’s about damn time POST/POP did a hip-hop tape, but we waited until we had something real good and original. MEGA RAN is both of those things and more. Mixing old skool hip-hop with every genre you can think of, there is really something for everyone on RNDM. We have chiptune in there, we have some new wave stuff, we have some hardcore in there too, all accompanied by MEGA RAN’s (Raheem Jarbo) killer flow and I’m convinced this guy is going to be a crossover star. If I was Steven Speilberg, I’d use RNDM as the ready made soundtrack for ‘Ready Player One’ as its the ultimate hype music. Its fight music, if your name is Ryu and you are just about to take to the streets with your mate Ken, to face an enemy with limbs that stretch over 50 metres.

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Have a listen; let me suggest ‘Infinite Lives‘ as a good starting place. You know, if you want to feel like you can punch a car until it explodes.

 

Its not just about party music though, there are moments where Raheem gets real and explains the current struggle of an artist in America, and sometimes just being a human being in America. All this, with the chameleon like ability to change from 90s hip-hop, to 80s hip-hop and then to 70s sounding jams with a flick of the tongue. Even though RNDM recalls the best of all these decades, it sounds so completely fresh, so 21st century, that it feels like we are listening to the future. The mix of styles, is so perfectly executed here, it almost caters to fans of every genre, regardless of musical prejudice.

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To love it, is to listen to it. Limited to 50 tapes @ POST/POP and 50 with Mega Ran himself. Released today September 11th 2015. Buy now from the POST/POP Shop and you can find out more about Mega Ran in these places:

megaranmusic.com

https://twitter.com/MegaRan

https://www.patreon.com/BitsAndRhymes?ty=h

 

jed

 

 

 

NO CARS // ‘CRESS’ – LIMITED EDITION CRESS GREEN TAPE + FREE PACKET OF CRESS!

The brand new single from the best Japanese girl-band that has a Racoon as a drummer! YES, its POST/POP fave, NO CARS! This is the third release we have done for NO CARS and wont be the last. They are just the best live band in london, and this single is the best translation of that energy onto a rectangle possible.

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In other exciting news, I also directed the music video… and WHAT A VIDEO! The premise is “what would happen if NO CARS starred in a Japanese Karaoke video in the 1980s, but then a spaceship landed and an alien Raccoon tried to steal their CRESS, but then they developed psycho-kinetic powers from eating too much cress, and fought the Raccoon to the death?” This is the sexy result.

NO CARS // CRESS (Official Video) from Jed Shepherd on Vimeo.

This cassette comes in a delightfully green shell, the real colour of the cress found in the forest of Japan + you will get a REAL packet of Cress with it! Yes, you too can now grow your own cress, in the comfort of your own home OR office! You can watch your cress grow while listening to No Cars serenade you with their song ‘CRESS’.

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If you can make it to london tonight (September 4th), NO CARS are playing a free gig at the South Bank Centre and if you go, not only can you buy the tape, but you also get to see me! Also HETTIE will be there too so you can high-five her and then go buy her EP!

Please note: If you listen to the song so much, you actually do get “hooked on my cress”, please do not blame POST/POP. Cress consumption should not be taken lightly and may lead to Salad abuse.

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You can find out more about NO CARS by typing their name into google along with the word “band” or by using these links!

http://nocarsmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/nocarsmusic

https://twitter.com/nocarsmusic

https://instagram.com/nocarsmusic/

got another tape out on Monday so stay tuned! (especially if you like HIP-HOP)

 

jed

x

POST/POP & SOUL LABELS present: LO-FI ODYSSEYS VOL 1 // Nigerian Beat Tape

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ALL PROFITS GO TO NIGERIAN CHILDRENS CHARITIES (As chosen by Lo-Fi Odysseys).

The UK’s LO-FI ODYSSEYS bring us the first beat tape in the ‘Palm Wine Beats’ collection. The best Nigerian Music, interwoven with snippets of Nigerian pop culture, this collaboration between POST/POP and SOUL LABELS shows that you CAN make an authentic African music tape on Western labels.

Daniel Oduntan of Lo-Fi Odysseys has compiled an important work of Nigerian history that embodies his childhood, growing up surrounded by the music of his family’s culture on tape and vinyl. Beat tapes are classic streams of consciousness, always unpredictable and in this case, also educational. You will find the true Nigerian greats, mixed in with some surprising and welcome additions, making a truly unique African beat tape for the 21st century.

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we made sure the artwork mirrored Nigerian tapes from the 70s/80s.

If you are sick of so-called “African” tapes that were compiled by white guys from New York appropriating African music and taking all the credit, then Palm Wine Beats Vol 1 will be a breath of fresh air.

ALL PROFITS GO TO NIGERIAN CHILDRENS CHARITIES (As chosen by Lo-Fi Odysseys).

Spread the word and collect the first tape in the Palm Wine Beats series.

 

You can buy this important new beat tape by clicking on this sentence, or clicking on the shop link at the top of the site or on the right.

 

You can find out more about Palm Wine Beats and Lo-Fi Odysseys using the below links. You will also be able to buy this tape direct from Daniel/Lo-Fi Odysseys (its not there yet but will be!)

https://lofiodysseys.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/LOFIODYSSEYS

https://twitter.com/lofi_odysseys

 

Have a good weekend guys, and don’t forget all profits from this tape goes straight to Nigerian Children Charities!

jed

 

DAPHNE & CELESTE // YOU AND I ALONE – 24.7.2015

Jed, have you heard the new Daphne & Celeste song? You’d love it!”  said Dave Cronen, manager of ASH/Johnny Marr. I hadn’t at the time, but went home that night and watched the video. “Woah! Max Tundra produced this? Woah! Daphne & Celeste can really sing! Woah, there’s a Twin Peaks reference? Woah! its all about cassette tapes?” Yes Dave, I LOVE IT! So then I set about speaking to Mr. Tundra about releasing the cassette and this is it below!

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HELEN LOVE // YOU CAN’T BEAT A BOY WHO LOVES THE RAMONES – Released 24/07/2015

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There are so many reasons why I love this band. First of all just look at the photo below. Any band who actually got to hang out with Joey Ramone is okay in my book, but look, one of them is wearing a classic ASH tshirt, which makes this quite possibly, the greatest photo of all time.

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The Prodigy // The Night Is My Friend EP – Preorder Now – Out July 31st

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You don’t need me to tell you who The Prodigy are, or why you should buy this tape, as if you like either of these things you will have already pre-ordered it. Instead I will tell you a story.

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San Cisco // Gracetown – Ltd Edition Cassette drops July 6th!

 

EDIT: (The band’s lot of tapes were sold out in a couple of hours today, so these are the only ones left on the planet! BUY NOW)

I’ve had some really good luck with discovering Australian bands. First up was the incomparably awesome PEPA KNIGHT, and since then, I have been on the lookout for another group of beautiful misfits from the furthest place away I can think of. Step forward San Cisco and the gloriously indie-pop ‘Gracetown’ album. Man, these guys know exactly what a chorus is, and make sure we don’t forget it. Incredibly radio-friendly Vampire Weekend-esque pop with bigger hooks than Candyman working part-time at a fishing shop; San Cisco are like a tonic to my tired ears. I’ve also just realised that I am totally projecting this band as a slightly older version of PUGWALL :) “Morning to Midnight…. cha cha cha”

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HETTIE // NEVERLOVE EP – 12″ PICTUREDISC // CASSETTE // DIGITAL // VIDEO!

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Artist: HETTIE

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Directed by Jed Shepherd
Written by HETTIE
Performed by HETTIE
Produced by Kenny Lee

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HETTIE was the first artist I released a tape for through POST/POP and it’s all been heading towards this release. HETTIE wrong The NEVERLOVE ep to capture the essence of what its like to be a teenage girl in 2015, the highs and lows, the beautiful and the ridiculous, but most of all the hope for the future.

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ness // A Second To Think EP – Out June 15th!

What I have in my hand right now is a plastic rectangle. Inside this plastic rectangle is magnetic tape. Recorded onto that tape is an EP of music so genuine, it should come with a certificate of authenticity. The fact I can hold the “A Second to Think” EP from New York duo NESS in my hand, is somewhat akin to that of Thor, grasping Mjolnir. The humble cassette tape is almost as mythical as a Marvel’s favourite deus ex machina, and by all contemporary thinking, shouldnt really exist. Not anymore anyway. Yet here I am, In the summer of 2015, holding this ness cassette tape aloft, watching the light bounce off the transparent shell and make patterns on the carpet that shouldnt exist pass the mid-90s. But it does. One of the best new bands in the world (in my opinion), can only sound better when played on this format. I’m fantastically biased of course, but buy the tape and prove me wrong!

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MODEL VILLAGE // BURGER PARTY – OUT MAY 25TH!

The last time POST/POP had a Model Village release (2014’s “You Chose These Woes”) it ended up being one of the sounding tapes we have ever done. Chocablok full of incredible pop songs that showed no sign of relenting, so it was a shame we had to wait this long for some new tracks.

 

While the band are busy touring and preparing the new album (out in the Autumn and recorded metres away from the POST/POP office!) they managed to drop this EP. It’s called “Burger Party” and I can only assume it’s because thats an awesome name for an EP. Here is the official blurb:

Self-reliant sophistipop sextet Model Village return for 2015 with “Burger Party” – a 3-track EP of songs about family, pets, and unwarranted reunions.

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Indian Summer // Indian Summer EP – Out May 5th 2015

When I think of Coventry, I think of of Delia Derbyshire. She was the underrated genius at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop that plucked the Doctor Who theme song out of the ether and created the most recognisable theme song of all time. Half a century or so later, Coventry has done it again. INDIAN SUMMER is a little less theremin, a little more Shoegaze, and I have been reading about them on music blogs for the last few months. Have a listen!

There is always a frantic battle to claim good new bands as your own. Blogs claim to be the first to spotlight certain bands as a way of justifying their existence, because whats the point of running a music blog if you half a step behind the next guy right? Well in this case I have to thank Blalock’s Indie Rock Playlist (BIRP!) for introducing me to Indian Summer, featuring them on their monthly playlist quite a few times recently, so thank you!

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ASH // LTD EDITION “SICK PARTY” YELLOW TAPES! – OUT 24/04/2015

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Due to popular demand, and the completist nature of ASH fans, we decided to do a couple of new colourways for the “Cocoon” cassette. Previously you had “Guacamole” Green, and now it’s being followed up by “Sick Party” Yellow as you can see in the photo above.

The “Sick Party” Yellow tape is exclusive to POST/POP but if that isn’t enough excitement for you, there is also a “Petrol” Blue colourway on Ash-Official.Com too. See it below!

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Both of these tapes are limited to 50 each, so don’t tell us that you haven’t been warned! Both tapes will be available from 9am tomorrow.

Here are the links which will be active tomorrow!

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HETTIE // UNPLUGGED SESSIONS

HETTIE was the artist that has the distinct pleasure of being the first cassette POST/POP released. Since then, she has been working on her first EP with producer Kenny Lee. It’s called “NEVERLOVE” and will be out in June on tape AND ltd edition vinyl Picuredisc! Yep, POST/POP is doing a Picturedisc. I know I’m excited.

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ISLAND FOX // DOUBLE-A SIDE TAPE – TECTONIC // THINGS I’VE SEEN – APRIL 12TH

As I am writing this, Jess Bartlet aka Island Fox (aka the singer from TREASURESEASON) is painstakingly illustrating each of her just-to-be-released cassette tape, with her fox logo. Yes, it’s just a square and 3 triangles, but its alot more difficult than you think when you have me (Jed) blasting 90s dance hits in the office. Here are some photos with the song we were listening to while it happened. Y’know, so you can roleplay? She has one of the best voices around right now and you have probably heard her on other artist’s tracks adding her skills to dream-pop masterpieces left, right and centre. Her own release is a Double A-Side featuring “Tectonic” and “Things I’ve Seen”, both produced by Benjamin Abbott.

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POST/POP @ HACKNEY RECORD FAIR // APRIL 12TH

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POST/POP is at the Hackney Record Fair @ Dalston Epic in london, this Sunday April 12th. What’s on the POST/POP stall this time? Well the new double a-side tape (about to make a new post about it) from ISLAND FOX (aka Jess from Treasureseason) which is just lovely indeed. I will also have any ASH tapes I have leftoever (all the Subways ones are gone I think) and a selection of the POST/POP discography you may have missed. Also tshirts for £10 on the day and free badges!

Hope to see you there. I will be the one with the POST/POP wolf on my sweater, surrounded by tapes and boomboxes. Actually, there are a few tape labels there, so I will be the one buying other label’s tapes and VHS!

Timeout has listed it as one of the must-see events this weekend (mostly to do with POST/POP being there I am sure) and there is also craft beer and fanzines and other east london staples.

http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2015/04/10/43-lovely-things-to-do-in-london-this-weekend/

Come say hi!

Jed

ASH // COCOON – LTD EDITION NEW SINGLE ON TAPE – MARCH 28TH!

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One of the main reasons of owning a record label is to release the music you absolutely love. The music that makes you feel like you can take on the world and win. The music that when you listen, the universe stops and waits patiently until you say its okay to move again. For many of us, that is ASH in a nutshell. The quintessential UK band that does that rare thing of simultaneously lifting you out of the dolldrums, and at the same time being the soundtrack to your heart breaking into a million tiny pieces. It’s all good though. ASH are the one constant in my musical collection over the years, and I hope for many to come.

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THE SUBWAYS // THE SUBWAYS – OUT ON VERY LTD EDITION TAPE MARCH 28TH

 

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The Subways album on tape!!

 

You don’t need me to tell you about The Subways, they are one of the most consistent British bands in a decade, producing album after album of sincere rock, while remembering the all important mantra that Choruses Are Important. I love them and incredibly happy to be releasing the cassette version of their self-titled album. You can buy this digitally and on CD & vinyl through the bloody great record label Cooking Vinyl.

 

listen to the whole thing below!

 

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POST/POP @ INDEPENDENT LABEL MARKET – MARCH 28TH! (ASH/THE SUBWAYS TAPES)

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I have always been a fan of the Independent Label Market and this year I get to be there with POST/POP! It’s the place where the best labels around present exclusive records to the music appreciating demographic in celebration of just how bloody brilliant music is! So it hit me… what can POST/POP bring to this already amazing event? What do we do best? No, not name every actor in Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors, as that’s not needed right now… YES! TAPES!

So at this year’s Independent Label Market @ Spitalfields on March 28th, POST/POP will be showcasing exclusive cassette tapes from two of my favourite bands.

ASH & THE SUBWAYS!

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ASH! (PXP028)

 

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RECORD START // ROCK FROM AFAR – OUT FEB 20th 2015

This time last year I was on a private Bahamian beach with Sky Ferreira next to me, watching Weezer playing Pinkerton. Right now, I am currently writing this at RAK studios, waiting for ASH to reveal new songs from the album they announced today (ASH WEDNESDAY!). So what I have come to understand is that February is the best. The last throes of winter, trying it’s damn best to make scarves a “thing” and the final days of being able to breath mist onto a bus window and draw a treasure map for passengers to follow. I like it. And when I hear a track that insta-recalls my ears back to Weezer, I tend to hang onto it for dear life. That’s where RECORD/START comes in.

“Rock From Afar” is a love song to the music you forgot you adored. There’s more than a little of Rivers Cuomo’s in this tape, but Record/Start adds unique UK sensibility that sets it apart from the American college college set. If I was going to pinpoint a direct influence, it would definitely be The Blue Album, with it’s effortlessly catchy nuances and an undying love for a chorus.

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JUDE. // THE BEDROOM EP – OUT FEB 14TH!

Recently I made a mental note to make an effort to release more music from UK bands. It wasn’t that I was neglecting the UK, I just thought I could do more to promote bands locally. “You can’t start a scene if you spread yourself too thin, Jed” I said to myself in the mirror. I had the best damn intentions, but then I heard JUDE and though they had American affectations to their accents I crossed my fingers that they weren’t from New York. I wanted this band to be from Scunthorpe. “Florida” I noted to myself, nodding slowly. “Close enough”.

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LONELY TOURIST // SHOUTING AT THE WEATHER – BEARD-POP/PUB-STEP TAPE! FEB 9TH

 

Like most people, I hate Manchester United. They make it really easy to hate them. So it came as a complete shock to me how much I love a song about the former United player, Paul Tierney. I want to hate that song as much as I do the team he formally played for, but its impossible. If a track can make me renege on my very firm belief system, then it’s got to be something bloody special. and it is.

 

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Gwenno // Y Dydd Olaf – New Album On Limited Edition Cassette! Feb 7th.

I like a boy in uniform, school uniform…” Thankfully, not my words, but the words of Gwenno Saunders in her guise as part of one of my favourite pop bands ever, THE PIPETTES. Yes, they went through numerous line-up changes, but that did little to hide the fact that there was something supremely fantastic going on. Song after song of incredible pop, each album like a ‘Best Of’, threatening to overshadow every other chorus you’ve ever heard. Yes, its safe to say, that  I HEART THE PIPETTES ( and always will). So what next for Gwenno? Well if you had answered ” An album called ‘Y Dydd Olaf’ which is sci-fi inspired Krautrock, sung completely in Welsh… obviously” I would have called you a damn liar.

 

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OH VILLAGE // ‘TO RELY’ – LTD EDITION TAPE OUT FEB 1ST!

It was a normal day. I did my usual sound-dump of songs I’ve been recommended, sent, found, onto my phone (yes, I know, not exactly the way audio should be heard for the first time) and made my way home across london. For those of you not from our beautiful capital city, you may not know the particular sense of dread you get from stepping onto a tube at approx 5.30pm in Canary Wharf. It’s like that film ‘The Warriors‘ but the only gangs are ‘The Suits’ and their weapon of choice? Brylcreem covered Dre Beats. Now I have nothing against this particular brand of headphone, but the sound escape is incredible. It’s like being in a rainforest, as you just don’t quite know where the sound is coming from, but the nearer you get, the worse you feel. So I’m surrounded but the gentle tinny hiss of a thousand identikit guys who have just discovered Drake and I set my phone to shuffle. This is a mildly dangerous thing, as the music I tend to listen to is eclectic to say the least, but I suddenly realised that today wasn’t going to be like any other, today is the day I discovered OH VILLAGE. And so you can interact with this memory, listen to that very track ‘Give They Fears’ right now as you read on!

 

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MEGA EMOTION // LIMITED EDITION CASSETTE “UNCOMFORTABLE” OUT JAN 19TH.

Its purely a coincidence that POST/POP seems to be going Norwich crazy right now. First it was the fantastic Treasureseason, and now, quite by chance, its the equally fantastic, MEGA EMOTION! Then I thought to myself, “Jed, is this really a coincidence? Or do we all just have to face the fact the Norwich is the new Seattle?” I sat myself down and assured myself that these two bands are merely a fluke, and I don’t need to up sticks and move up the map and potentially come face to face with ancestors of Swein Forkbeard, the Viking King of Denmark who probably would not care much for the upturn in power-pop the city he tried to destroy has recently produced.

 

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So what we have here is the brand new single from MEGA EMOTION named “Uncomfortable”, and yes it does get quite awkward when I am singing along to this on the way into the office every day on packed trains. If I had to describe it in a sentence – which I kinda do – I would say that its like John Carpenter writing songs based on the works of Stephen King for OMD at their peak. It’s dark, its lyrically menacing, its catchy as hell and it’s very difficult to expunge from your brain once heard. Hear for yourself!

 

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POST/POP CASSETTE CLUB // SUBSCRIPTIONS!

I have thought about setting up a POST/POP subscription service for almost the entire life of this label. When dealing with limited edition records, and the busy 21st century lifestyle of the modern day music fan, you will inevitably miss out on a release. There is nothing worse than making a mental note to buy a record on preorder, forgetting and then realising its sold out. Ebay is ruthless and punching your knee to inflict pain for the lapse will not bring that record back. I posited the idea to some of my regular customers, and it was met with an almighty “YES!!!” It’s a way to take the admin out of buying the stuff and a hefty financial saving too!

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TREASURESEASON // JULEP – LTD EDITION EP ON CASSETTE OUT DEC 5TH

You may have noticed that I usually have a long rambling intro describing how I stumbled across a new band while climbing a tree in a rainforest, narrowly escaping the wrath of a pack of baboons when the band in question appeared like magic – as a hologram – at the top of the tallest tree around ; or perhaps I discovered a band while sinking to bottom of well and a found a small door and while crawling through, I find the skeleton of an ancestor, holding a mixtape with the most perfect band ever as track 1… None of these events happened with TREASURESEASON. I found them on Soundcloud and it was more exciting and magical than 1000 of my convoluted stories ever could be.

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PEPA KNIGHT – HYPNOTIZED VOL. 1 CASSETTE ALBUM – OUT NOW!

You may remember when POST/POP released a Double A side single for PEPA KNIGHT a few months ago. You may have even bought it. If so, you will be one of the many people who have been positively frothing at the ear (is that a thing?) for more PEPA, and it’s about time we wiped that froth from your… ear. Luckily PEPA KNIGHT is better at producing incredible music, than I am with analogies, so here he is with the winter-busting HYPNOTIZED VOL. 1!

HERE IS A PREVIEW OF 3 SONGS FROM HYPNOTIZED VOL. 1

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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!”

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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.

 

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“Back To The Fuck Yeah!” CSD Tape Compilation ft. ASH/Everything Everything/Johnny Foreigner/We Are Scientists/Dutch Uncles and lots of POST/POP faves!

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)

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