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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

ADVENTURES IN HOME TAPING: MEET THE BANDS – HAPPY HILL

Welcome to the latest spotlight on one of the 26 bands/artists that will appear on the POST/POP vs Cassette Culture Collaboration Compilation. 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 HAPPY HILL! The track on the album is called “I Believe in Ghosts” and it sounds like it was recorded by a hipster-poltergeist, two fingers underwater with a czech tape recorder sellotaped to a broken kazoo. My kinda jam. Let’s see what the band have to say for themselves…

 

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’re Happy Hill, a 2 person band that is split up on the west and the east, Brandon William and Adrian Lacasse, Brandon having made this song. We never have a full band playing, we record each instrument one at a time and play off each other.

 

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

L.A. and Boston, some nice record shops in Boston and Northampton.

 

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)

We have many different sounds, most fall into lofi-psychedelic or spacey 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)

Dead Man by Jim Jarmusch, the forest, psychedelics, meditation, social masks, feeling vibrations from people, clueless people, Miyazaki, dreams, harsh wilderness, the fall, summer dusk, Terrence McKenna

 

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

Went on reddit for the first time in a year and found the post about it, and the last two times we were about to release on tape it fell through.

 

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……

Cutting down that tree for this table was a terrible idea.

 

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

I listen to tapes often, and was introduced to the medium by the Radiator Collective, who released everything on tape and I loved the sound.  There is a huge future for the format just because it sounds good.  Some people will always appreciate that.  Even George Harrison said he preferred a bit of tape hiss. It’s like film, it adds a natural texture to the sound, even if the song was digital originally.  And I love the way tape compression sounds.

 

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

I came up with the chorus for this song right after a ghost encounter, my girlfriend told me that her aunts house was haunted by a non-threatening ghost.  I couldn’t really believe it till I experienced it myself and then I heard the sound of a chair moving across a wooden floor in the the room above us.  I went to check it out because I didn’t think anyone was home, and there was no one up there and the floor was covered in rug.  There was also only one way in and out of the room and I was at the bottom the whole time before.  As I walked down the stairs I heard whispering behind me.  I was really scared at first, but then I felt a calm as I realized that at least I knew ghosts were real now.

 

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

This song is from a tape I am working on that is embracing and poking fun at the resurgence of 50’s and 60’s pop style sounds in underground music, with it’s main influences being France and the Freemansons and Dirty Beaches.

 

Thanks Happy Hill! Read more interview from the bands on ‘Adventures in Home Taping’ below and buy the tape out on March 26th! (thats really soon!)


CHARLES STRICKLAND EXPRESS

MORMON GIRLS

REVUE

THIS COLD NIGHT

GIRLS ON THE BEACH & PASTY CLINE

OURSELVES THE ELVES

DONT FORGET YOUR DINOSAUR

QUEEN BEE DREAM

TAM TAM THE SANDWICH MAN AND THE MAGICAL SUGAR COOKIES

TREMOLO GHOSTS

 

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

One more thing to keep in mind is that I am already formulating ideas for “ADVENTURES IN HOME TAPING: VOL 2″ and may make it a double album. I felt bad turnign away lots of bands, and I am intent to make sure every band involved in cassette culture has a chance of being on it.

 

Jed

Adventures in Home Taping: Meet The Bands – Tremolo Ghosts

Welcome to the latest spotlight on one of the 26 bands/artists that will appear on the POST/POP vs Cassette Culture Collaboration Compilation. 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 TREMOLO GHOSTS! I chose their track “Eventually America” for this album because it reminded me of a Welsh interpretation of The Mountain Goats. Yes, Owen Chambers (only member of Tremolo Ghosts) represents South Wales in this frankly incredible mish-mash album of styles and sounds. Here’s what he has to say..

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?

Hello! I am Tremolo Ghosts. Just me. So really the plural is a little unnecessary isn’t it?

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

I am from the mysterious and garishly exotic town of Swansea in South Wales. On a less sarcastic note it does have one absolutely fantastic record shop called Derricks that seems to have never left the mid-70s and is always playing Deep Purple and Rainbow. Despite the range of truly bizarre throwbacks and oddities they have in there, the best thing about it are the little yellow papers bags that they give you to put your purchases in. It looks like something you might hide a beercan in over in the United States

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)

Well the particular pigeon hole that I’m currently flying into would be a sort of lo-fi Americana but very Welsh. So Welshicana? Is that a thing?

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

This is the kind of question that you really have to stroke your beard to (if you have one). I get a lot from books really. I’ve just finished reading Tove Jansson’s “The Summer Book” which is as funny, moving and curious as they come. I get very mistrustful of people who can read books but don’t read. They’re up to something…something boring and sinister.

Is that a boring answer? I can say I get a lot of influence from crazy-paving or the Egyptian sun god Ra if that will help?

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

My ever diligent housemate and frequent musical co-conspirator Charlie told me about it. He always seem to know about this sort of thing whilst I always seem to pass them blindly by. He’s in a terrifying one band punk folk band called New Bedlam Asylum which you should defiantly listen to. Apart from the usually starry eyed wonder of possibility, the thing that made me send off a song would be the killer artwork you have for this compilation. Seriously it’s awesome.

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……

Blimey I must have been on quite the quest. I’m glad I found the lost mountain with my sense of direction. Also I’m not too sure how much parchment feeling it takes to draw blood but I’m sure that it’s too much. I guess my answer to my blind companion’s question would be: “Dude, I am so sorry about your eyes! This parchment just contains a recipe for tacos so in reflection was probably not worth it.”

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

I listen to tapes all of the time! Although bereft of a Walkman as I am, I have to cuddle up to the gargantuan tape player that’s sitting in my front room if I want to hear one but that’s part of the charm. I think their future defiantly lies in the world of DIY. Put simply, it’s cheaper and easier for a band to record a tape than a CD (digital recording is a different matter altogether) and you can make the artwork for a tape look wonderful with just a scrawly biro!

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

Please ignore the count in at the start. It’s completely different to the actual time signature of the track so it’s a bit pointless….. A countdown is just something you have to do occasionally like a tax return or defrosting the freezer

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

It was a real trial to record for me…..I have tiny, freakish mole hands so finger picking is a constant uphill struggle. I swear a horse could finger pick better than me….

Thank you Owen! Apologies for constantly misspelling your band name, but I find vowels are pretty interchangable without too much loss of life… anyway take a look at the interviews with some of the other bands on the album below. You can also preorder this gargantuan album too. Demand – based on preorders – is extremely high and I have had to quadruple the amount of tapes I usually make. I know people say it alot, but this one WILL go really fast.

CHARLES STRICKLAND EXPRESS

MORMON GIRLS

REVUE

THIS COLD NIGHT

GIRLS ON THE BEACH & PASTY CLINE

OURSELVES THE ELVES

DONT FORGET YOUR DINOSAUR

QUEEN BEE DREAM

TAM TAM THE SANDWICH MAN AND THE MAGICAL SUGAR COOKIES

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

One more thing to keep in mind is that I am already formulating ideas for “ADVENTURES IN HOME TAPING: VOL 2” and may make it a double album. I felt bad turnign away lots of bands, and I am intent to make sure every band involved in cassette culture has a chance of being on it.

ADVENTURES IN HOME TAPING (FORMERLY CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE) RELEASED MARCH 26TH

SO, I came back from the Weezer Cruise (it was incred btw) and found an email in my inbox instructing me to kindly stop using the name and likeness of the CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURES books. I can understand why they would threaten legal action against a little tape label. I would be scared too. I still love them though. ALOT. Those books kept my imagination fertile and has much to do with the person I am today. It introduced me to all manner of magical things and taught me that uncertainty is the key to making a story interesting.

So let’s make the story interesting.

I put it to the bands involved in this album what we should rename it and there were many great suggestions but the most popular was actually the first one I gave as an alternative…

ADVENTURES IN HOME TAPING.

SO we had a name but the artwork was unusable now. What to do? MAKE IT BETTER. So I spoke to one of my favourite illustrators. The guy I wrote a children’s book with. A guy who is into all the same stuff I am, but has the major difference of being American! I said “Keith, I’m being threatened with legal action by one of my childhood staples. Can you help?” Keith replied “Fuck Punky Brewster Jed, Fuck her. I mean, that one 3-part episode where she met all those monsters in that cave was pretty cool, but don’t let her mess with you. Fuck Punky Brewster“. When I explained to him that it wasn’t Punky Brewster and let him calm down for an hour, I explained the situation. Through red eyes and tear-stained cheeks, he said “I think I can help you out on your quest” and sent me this…

choose
click on image to see it close-up!

It was Norm from our kid’s book! Our ultimate embodiment of adventure. I added all the tape stuff like credits and titles and my howling wolf logo and a few little flourishes and now we have a tape cover again!

ALL THE SAME BANDS. ALL OF THE SAME SONGS. SAME RELEASE DATE OF MARCH 26TH.

It’s time we blazed our own trail, r/cassetteculture. The adventure begins now!

you can still preorder here: https://postpoprecords.bandcamp.com/album/adventures-in-home-taping

I’m excited about VOLUME 2 now!

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