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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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