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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!

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

x

 

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