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The Top 10 Cassette Store Day 2014 UK Releases

 

Running a record label is hard work. You have to deal with people telling you that vinyl is old news, and that only anoraks collect it, and to get with the times, and you get force fed articles about independent record shops being closed down every other day. Imagine what it feels like to be a Tape Label. You not only feel the disdain of the general public, but you get looked down upon by the vinyl collectors (AND some record shops) for wanting to release things on a format most people consider “dead”. FUCK THEM. Do what you want to do as long as you enjoy it and it isn’t hurting anyone else, and to me, thats what Cassette Store Day is. Yes it’s essentially a pun on Record Store Day, but its also the one day a year when the little tape labels out there get to lift their heads up (from their shoes) when walking down the street, look a stranger directly in the eye and say “Hi, that tape you just bought… I made that!”

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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

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