Category Archives: POST/POP Ltd EditionTape Release

ARIEL PINK & R. STEVIE MOORE // KU KLUX GLAM – 63 TRACK DOUBLE TAPE!

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In 2012, Ariel Pink and R. Stevie Moore released an incredible collaboration which was a culmination of years of friendship and mutual admiration. While Ariel is known as a cassette tape aficionado, R. Stevie Moore is legit the Godfather of DIY Taping. I’ve already pitched my tent in the swamps of love for RSM when I released ‘Teenage Spectacular’ (for my money, the best RSM record) on tape last year, but wanted to tackle something else. After RSM gave me the go ahead to release another album, I cast my eye – greedily – over RSM’s back catalogue and of course the collaboration with Ariel caught my eye.

 

 

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This was a 63 track album of catchy-weirdness, propagated by stabs of unrequited love, slices of life and then some sublime jams. RSM asked Ariel and when I got the thumbs up I realised that nobody had ever put out a cassette with 63 tracks on. Yes, those rave tapes from the 90s that came in a gatefold clamshell package with gawdy illustrations of girls in croptops  had a hundred “songs”, but this was wildly different. “I look forward to seeing how you split this” came the daunting words from RSM and it was mostly the same experience as making a mixtape for someone you care about. You make sure that each side is roughly the same length, with the preceding side being slightly longer so there is no gap at the end, you carefully label the j-card so its legible, and then you give it a big kiss and spin around 3 times, you know, for luck.

 

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So here I present to you the FULL version of Ku Klux Glam in all its glory for the first time ever. If you’re buying from the US, I’d recommend you buy straight from RSM on his bandcamp. It will be cheaper for you as shipping is a killer. If you’re buying from the UK then I’m your man. If you hate the internet, go into a Rough Trade store and pick it up from their tape racks! By nature, this is limited edition so be fast or be disappointed!

BUY FROM POST/POP HERE

<3 JED

POST/POP’s 50th release is… R. Stevie Moore’s CLASSIC 1987 album ‘Teenage Spectacular’

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When I started this little label, I had two firm ideas what I wanted to achieve with it. 1: Release bands that I love. 2: Release those bands on the format I love, tapes. As long as I stick to those rules I know magical things can happen, because when has blindly doing something for love without fear of consequence ever got anyone into trouble? Never right? So here I am, with my 50th release and its a goddamn monster. It’s a re-release of what’s considered one of the best albums by THE GODFATHER OF CASSETTES himself, R. STEVIE MOORE1987’s ‘TEENAGE SPECTACULAR’!

RSM is a true inspiration and a stone cold legend in both  music and cassette culture; releasing over 400 albums on myriad formats, since 1968, establishing the CASSETTE CLUB (a proto-POST/POP!) releasing his albums via mail order, directly to fans (which included massive RSM fan, Ariel Pink) and furthering the appeal of tapes to many.

 

 

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The intimacy of the artist, recording an album at home, duplicating it onto a tape, putting that into an envelope and sending it to a fan is as rare as a decent sounding mp3. That connection with the artist adds so many more layers to the music when you are holding a tangible rectangle of hard work and love in your adoring hands. The xmas-like act of opening the case, your first touch of the plastic as you turn the tape to side A, the placing of the tape into a Walkman, the sound of the closing of the door, the click when you press play, the slight hiss as you wait a second for the first song to start, the pulling out of the j-card and unfurling with both sweaty hands, your eyes darting for information across the j-card as you listen to the music, making connections between words and sounds and images and feelings… this is why tapes will never die. This is why bands and artists will always want to emulate something that RSM has been doing since the 60s. If you want to make your music mean something to fans – besides disposable chewing gum pop – you give them all those feelings above, with the knowledge that a true music fan will appreciate that you went to the effort.

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I am very happy that POST/POP has a little part to play in the epic saga that is the musical career of one of the most influential and important musicians in alt-music. All hail R. Stevie Moore!

You can buy ‘Teenage Spectacular’ on cassette from Friday, August  26th 2016 by clicking on this sentence!

If you want to buy the digital, please go to RSM’s bandcamp and buy it from there, where you can find all of his albums at reasonable prices. I hope to release more tapes with RSM, so if you’re a fan and never seen POST/POP before, keep checking back or sign up to the mailing list over there on the right.

Find out more about RSM in these places:

https://rsteviemoore.bandcamp.com/

http://www.rsteviemoore.com/

http://www.moorestevie.com/

https://twitter.com/rsteviemoore?lang=en-gb

 

 

heres to the next 50!

 

<3

jed

p.s. Thank you to Charlotte Lindèn Ercoli Coe aka Charles, who put RSM and I together on this collab. She is good people and an awesome artist.

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KENNY LEE – THE CONSTANT // Jet-Black Tapes of Super Dream POP!

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If POST/POP was a 90s film noir, Kenny Lee would be Keyser Soze. While this label has been slowly gaining traction, scoring awesome band after awesome band, Kenny Lee has been watching from the shadows, quietly engineering things with whispers and half-gestures. You liked all the HETTIE stuff we’ve put out? All produced by Kenny Lee. You liked the Apple Eyes tape? Kenny was in that band! You definitely loved the Model village albums we put out… yes Kenny is in that band too. You see, without you knowing it, Kenny Lee has been in your life for longer than you realise, so it’s about smegging time he put out his own album… and what an album it is! Featuring all of your favourite POST/POP artists such as HETTIE, Model Village, No Cars (Yes, No Cars is on this album! I know, I’m excited too!) + members of Wolventrix (not released anything on POST/POP yet weirdly!) and a few other surprise cameos.

 

 

‘The Constant’ (an obvious nod to the greatest episode of LOST, nay the greatest episode of TV ever) is essentially the soundtrack to your next decade. Chockablock full of pop songs you had only dreamt about, at times 80s while others firmly futuristic. It’s like if someone made a musical of that time you were truly happy, but had nobody around to share that happiness with and then suddenly you do. The culmination of years of graft in myriad bands, Kenny has finally written his opus, and for those that have kept an eye on his output since dot, it’s everything you never knew you wanted.

 
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By now, if you’ve listened to any of the album, you will have already bought it. POST/POP is around to bring you new music on the format you love, and if you don’t like this then there is no point in anything. It’s like a best of POST/POP before I actually do one (soon!), so get it now using the link below or click on the shop link to the right!
BUY THE CONSTANT BY KENNY LEE ON CASSETTE NOW

 

oh and I directed the Hall & Oates inspired music video for ‘System Offline’ ft. Matthew Walker from APPLE EYES!

 

<3 JED

ADVENTURES IN HOME TAPING 4 // 20 More bands (on mauve tapes) from r/cassetteculture!

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One of the main reasons why I started POST/POP was to bring new music to people, specifically on the format I love. The ‘Adventures in Home Taping’ series is the distillation of that. Each tape has been a snapshot of cassette culture at that time, perfectly chronicling the almost indistinguishable move from a more “punk” aesthetic to a “pop” one. I believe this has occurred due to the format reaching popularity among people other than those that typically grasp lost media to their chests and fly the flag for DIY. Cassettes have become an acceptable, viable and beautiful way to showcase your music, regardless of genre.

The r/cassetteculture subreddit, run by the mysterious Neztok, has been a haven for people and bands to find out more about the rise of cassette culture and also the history of it. Most people think there was a big gap between when the last big labels produced tapes and this new emergence/revival of tapes. There are some of us who never stopped loving/living/making tapes, even if it was just for those close to us, or those we want to be close to us. ‘Adventures in Home Taping’ is a way of recording what is happening now, to show the world that there are so many great bands who enjoy this format and love hearing their hard work played through it.

I’m proud to have started this compilation series and will continue to do so until Trump stops me taking American bands to make a UK label great. These are the 20 bands in question. Some you may know, some you will want to know more about. Let me know which ones you like the best!
BUY ADVENTURES IN HOME TAPING 4 HERE (OR CLICK ON HETTIE ON THE RIGHT)

If you are in a band and want a label to release you on tape (you’re welcome to email me, but its best to cast your net wide!) then visit r/cassetteculture now!

Hope you enjoy AIHT4 as much as I do. Don’t be a stranger.

<3

Jed

PEACH CLUB – THE BITCH DIARIES // BABY PINK PUNK CASSETTE – OUT NOW!

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As I’ve written before, Norwich is the new Manchester (which itself is the new Glasgow, which in turn is the new London). Its primary export right now seems to be bands that I can’t help falling in love with and I’m usually not so fickle with my heart, especially when it comes to music. Is it because I’ve lived in London all of my life and have become jaded with the identikit bands that circulate the city’s venues like clones programmed to think their individuals. I’m sent demos evry day from bands who are trying way too hard to be the XX (and just as annoying) when all I really need to get me going is something original. Something with its roots not firmly planted in the capital’s circle-jerk of self-congratulating, band-clone machine. Norwich’s ability to create bands like Mega Emotion, Treasureseason and Let’s Eat Grandma while here in London we’ve created Rita Ora means I will always side with our friends in the East.

 

 

PEACH CLUB is my latest fascination. Katie Gilbert, Amanda MacKinnon, Rebecca Wren and Charlie Hart are not the Riot Grrrls you want, but they are the Riot Grrls that you NEED. Now I’ve never claimed to be the poster child for Feminist Punk (yet) but I know passion and talent and fire when I hear it. It’s the sound of rebellion, channelled through 4 girls who on the surface might look like butter-wouldn’t-melt, but in reality, butter would become a gaseous form and dissipate into the eyes of every person who dared to cross them. Don’t discount this as preachy feminism, as that’s not what this is at all. It’s a celebration of being young with opinions and the anger at all that has come before, with the veiled promise to smash down the walls that threaten to barricade them in.

 

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This is UK Punk on tape. Its incendiary. It’s a taste of things to come for a band who have only showed us a glimpse of their potential with this EP. It’s the kind of tape that in years to come will make people drool on Discogs, so buy now before I change my mind and set them all on fire cos sometimes I can be punk too.

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BUY THIS BEAUTIFUL BABY PINK GRRRL RIOT PUNK TAPE FROM POST/POP RIGHT HERE

and you can find out more about PEACH CLUB in these places:

http://soundcloud.com/peachclub(SoundCloud)
https://instagram.com/peachclubband(Instagram)
peachclubmusic.tumblr.com(Tumblr)
www.twitter.com/ppeachciubb(Twitter)

<3 Jed