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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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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

 

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE (PXP006): MEET THE BANDS – QUEEN BEE DREAM

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 QUEEN BEE DREAM, which is an apt band name as the track “Rooms” that is featured on the CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE album reminds me of being transported, by a swarm of bees, to their mothership where they experiment on me by planting bee-related artefacts into my dreams to see if I’ll notice. My kinda band! Onto the questions…

 

 

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?

My name is Dave and I write songs.

 

Where are you from? Somewhere exotic? Are there any nice record shops there?
I’m from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Vertigo is pretty tight, Corner Records in Grandville has a giant room of 45’s you can get lost in.

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)

As generic as it sounds yes POP MUSIC. Always…

 

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

Umm too many to mention!! Sorry lamest answer ever….

 

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

I was lurkin the cassette culture subreddit .. I just figured I’d send something in, I’ve got plenty of jams lying around…

 

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…

it was nothin really that cool….

 

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

Yea I like tapes, I like the way recordings sound on 8 tracks, slight warble, warm sounds…. I don’t know what kind of future is coming but I think many have expressed the need for analog copies of music.

 

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

Yeah just listen to it ….

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

Thanks for listening?

 

Thanks Queen Bee Dream! Below are the bands I have interviewed who are also appearing on Choose Your Own Adventure so have a read and get to know these future stars!


CHARLES STRICKLAND EXPRESS

MORMON GIRLS

REVUE

THIS COLD NIGHT

GIRLS ON THE BEACH & PASTY CLINE

OURSELVES THE ELVES

 DON’T FORGET YOUR DINOSAUR

YOU CAN NOW PREORDER “CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE” BY CLICKING HERE.

Jed

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE (PXP006): MEET THE BANDS – DON’T FORGET YOUR DINOSAUR!

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 initmately! Next up is DON’T FORGET YOUR DINOSAUR! The thing I love most about DFYD is that they have introduced me to Dinocore. Everyone’s favourite dinosaur based sub-genre. I’ve already told them this, but when I first got ‘Breakfast With The Astronauts’, their submission to the Choose Your Own Adventure album, I thought to myself “WHAT THE DUCK IS THIS” and then proceeded to listen to it on repeat, lost in their dizzy world of dino-friends and dino-fiends. I’m excited for you to here it too, but before that, let’s see how  they got on with those pesky questions…

 

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

First of all, GREETINGS!  DON’T FORGET YOUR DINOSAUR hails from the musty, pot smoked filled swamps of PREHISTORIA – a place one might only come across through vivid psychedelic exploration of the mind.  Or you know, you can just take I-20 to the junction with I-49.  The humanoids around here refer to this wasteland as Shreveport, Louisiana.  As far as record stores go, ten years ago you’d be lucky to find a cummed on copy of Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” in your Uncle’s porn stash.  Now we’ve got several places carrying new and used albums.  My personal favorite place has something like 100,000 albums, they’re called Campus Collectables.  It’s where I go in search of the few Ventures records that I don’t own.  We did recently have a new record store open called “Day Old Blues Records”.  They’re carrying more new stuff than anything.  I still search the Goodwills for as many copies of KISS’s “Destroyer” as I can find.  I have a secret plan.

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)

“Pseudo-Psychedelic-Bubblegum-Surf-Punk”.  Is that too long?  Dinocore.

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

DINOSAURS, outer space, dinosaurs in outer space, substances.  This local BBQ joint called Big D’s Barbecue atop anything.  It’s an old gas station turned into the most amazing BBQ place ever.  The owner, Big D, he’s like our grandfather, and we’re his “white grandchildren” (his words).  He’s known us for YEARS, always has a badass story to tell, or an ear to listen.  Big D has let us have shows at this place during our entire relationship with him, too, through cops shutting it down, and trying to shut his restaurant down because of these shows, he’s always had our backs.  He’s told them he’ll go to jail but we’re going to play.  He’s probably the only reason any of the bands that we play with in our area exist.  If you’re ever in Shreveport..err..Prehistoria, go check it out – 101 Common Street, Shreveport, LA 71101.  It’s legit, we promise.  Atop that: comic books, Saturday Night N64 Pizza Pocket Parties, 90s skate videos.  Oh, and definitely Dick Dale – just as a human being for sure.  The dude is pushing eighty, still surfs and tours, has been straight edge his entire life (not our thing but we respect it immensely), and after he got out of his Capitol contract he made it a point to tell musicians about the bullshit that comes with something like that.  Now he’s pretty much DIY or die – we’re just stupid punk kids who have been playing together for nearly ten years, booking all of our tours with each other and recording ourselves and putting the albums out by ourselves.  When your role model musician confirms your own philosophy, you tend to cling to them more than ever.

Oh, and Easy Rider.  Definitely Easy Rider.

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

I’ve been a lurker on /r/cassetteculture for quite a while.  My first albums were on tapes in the 90s.  I’ll always have a love for them.  When we’ve gone out on tours, we always come across TAPES TAPES TAPES, and we only had a tape player in the van, so we started listening to the tapes we’d buy instead of waiting to get home, along with the cassette adapted iPod, UNTIL our van got broken into in Chicago last winter and they stole my iPod, none of our gear – which was really fortunate.  So we really got into the tapes we brought along, stuff from Jeffery Drag Records who have always hooked us up, bands we were playing with, our good friends from Chicago MAGIC MILK, etc.  I decided to submit the songs because I loved the “CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE” concept and figured I didn’t stand to lose anything by sending in some tracks.  I didn’t really think anything would come of it, but you seem to dig some of it, so we’re elated.

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…

It’s in braille, you read it!

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

I do listen to tapes.  Like I said earlier, it’s become something I actively search to collect more than vinyl now.  It’s portable, it doesn’t scratch as easy.  It’s cheaper.  The cassette case gives just as much of an opportunity to create a visual aesthetic as a 12″ sleeve does.  The coolest part is that you can do so much with a cassette, nearly as much as you can with a computer and some basic audio software.  I remember twenty years ago playing with a microphone and a boombox in my room for hours and hours, learning how to slow down playback, record at half speed, etc.  Hell, the first album my first band made was done so going straight to tape!  Well, it was a microphone going into a tiny little cassette recorder, and it sounded like shit, but the energy was there and you could tell we meant something with it.  The rawness of a cassette gets me going, the little crackles, having to flip the thing, rewinding it to hear a song again, rewinding too much, trying to fast forward and going to far.  It’s a challenge, but when you get to that one track, you worked for it and it means so much more than clicking play on your iTunes.  Kids today just don’t get what you had to go through even just ten years ago to come across music.  And yeah, I do think tapes have a future.  They’re already making a fundamental comeback in the DIY tour scene with trades and distros going on.  You don’t have to invest $1200 to put your album out on vinyl for another band to take you seriously.  Show them a tape (or a DIY CD for that matter, in a normal case and shit) and the ones worth knowing know you’ve put some work in and that you’re in for the long haul.  Tapes mean something to the people that will buy them, and that’s what has and will keep it alive.

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

The rhythm section of Don’t Forget Your Dinosaur is the reason to listen to it.  Afroraptor (Jesse – Drums) and Jesusopteryx (Connor – Bass) have worked their asses off over the years creating this connection and dynamic between the two of them that I have never seen anywhere else.  You should definitely try to hone in on what those two are doing.  Also, you should listen on headphones and smoke drugs whilst doing so.

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

That you listening to the track means more than just about anything else in the world to me.  Put simply, one person acknowledging this one little thing we’ve done gives my life purpose.  It’s given me drive to keep writing when I don’t have anything to write about, to keep playing when we’re exhausted, to keep driving when we’re falling asleep.  It keeps thesedinosaurs from going extinct.  Don’t you forget it.

– Dinosaurus (Jarod – Guitars and Mouth)

 

Thanks DFYD! Below are the bands I have interviewed who are also appearing on Choose Your Own Adventure (I keep almost writing Choose Your Own Dinosaur – maybe that will be my dinocore compilation album!) so have a read and get to know these future stars!


CHARLES STRICKLAND EXPRESS

MORMON GIRLS

REVUE

THIS COLD NIGHT

GIRLS ON THE BEACH & PASTY CLINE

OURSELVES THE ELVES

 

YOU CAN NOW PREORDER “CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE” BY CLICKING HERE.

 

Jed

 

Adventures In Home Taping: Meet The Bands – Ourselves The Elves!

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). 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 OURSELVES THE ELVES, all the way from The Philippines! I’m so pleased to have a band on this album representing SE Asia, and the song in question, “I Wouldn’t Mind” sounds like Rilo Kiley before Jenny Lewis got too big for her boots. This is a good thing. Let’s see what they have to say for themselves…

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

We are Ourselves the Elves and we’ve been playing ever since the three of us met in a college dorm where we lived in when we were freshmen. We’re from the Philippines, where it’s sunny all the time, in the big city of Manila. It’s at the center of the country where anything and everything cool happens all the time so yes, there are some pretty nice record shops. You’d have to dig your way through, passing by a lot of lame record shops, to find them though. Although most of the records you’d get are old and beat up, the new ones probably sell for jacked up prices. If anything, the little bars where the little bands like us play are way cooler.
What genre would you pigeonhole yourself into?

Pop. Or pop/folk. POLK!

What are your non-musical influences? 

Films, art, cupcakes, beer, Adventure Time, toasted marshmallows, brunch with our closest friends, people’s girlfriends and people’s boyfriends, nature, offensive jokes, our mommies and daddies, KFC

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

Our guitar player was looking for magazines to send our stuff to, and he came across the r/cassetteculture sub.

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……

“You know what, I forgot.”

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

We used to, but would still be very much interested if ever we get more access to them in this time and age. Most of our record shops here don’t sell tapes anymore, and the artists we know of who record on tapes can be counted on fingers. To be honest, with the hegemony of the digital format, it’s hard to picture a great future for tapes. I mean, even with CDs nowadays, most people have been less kind. BUT with people like you guys who promote the format, as well as music lovers, collectors, and enthusiasts, the cassette tape will never die. As long as there are people who believe, we can always be optimistic. Hopefully, the number of tapes and the number of people who appreciate them will grow.

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

That this track was recorded independently at our friend’s house. He had the mic, the computer, the audio interface, and the skills to mix and master. Almost all of our songs were done this way.

Also, it’s the last track from our first EP! http://ourselvestheelves.bandcamp.com/album/itll-be-alright-ep

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

That we’re not all that. Most people listen to tracks like these and shove it under the labels ‘indie pop’, ‘cutesy’, ‘twee’ but we don’t want people to think that we’re all that. Since we have a whole bunch of other songs that don’t sound like this track, we’re currently working on being bigger than what people think we’re capable of.

Thank You Ourselves The Elves! Read more of the interviews from bands on the forthcoming CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE album below!

CHARLES STRICKLAND EXPRESS

MORMON GIRLS

REVUE

THIS COLD NIGHT

GIRLS ON THE BEACH & PASTY CLINE

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