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ROYAL BLOOD // HOW DID WE GET SO DARK – 1st POST/POP NUMBER 1 ALBUM IN UK!

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As well as doing tapes for my own label – POST/POP – some of you know I also often make tapes for the bigger labels. If you’ve bought a tape from a big band in the chart, it’s almost certain it’s gone through this little label. I am very selective about the bands I do tapes for though and even more selective about the bands I allow my logo on (The POST/POP wolf is a mark of quality, like lions on eggs! Like lions on eggs!).

Step forward ROYAL BLOOD. One of the most successful British bands of recent years, whose self-titled debut album reached Number one a few years ago are back with their follow up record ‘How Did We Get So Dark’.

This release was always going to be a big deal, so I wanted to do something extra special. Something I haven’t done before. Everyone loved the GOLD tapes I did for GUNSHIP (Waiting for that follow up guys!) so I’d always wanted to do Chrome/Mirrored cassettes. I chose Royal Blood to be the band that get these babies and just look at them… Absolutely beautiful!

I’m not sure any photos or videos can do them the justice of holding it in your hands and watching it catch the light in the most satisfying way. It also sounds superb – recorded in real time for the best quality – and to perfectly compliment that amazing raw sound Royal Blood have been so successful with.

As you can imagine, these chrome tapes are very very limited edition and due to how big this band is, will disappear very quickly. The album was released on June 16th and promptly went straight in at number 1 in the UK album charts! This is a first for POST/POP but there have been some close calls. In the next week I will be exploring some of the other tapes that POST/POP has done for Major labels that may have passed you by.

You can get these direct from the band at this link and they will be shipped out immediately: http://store.royalbloodband.com/uk/how-did-we-get-so-dark-cassette-32.html

Don’t say I never do anything for you!

<3
Jed

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

ISLANDS // Double Cassette Album (butterfly cases) – ‘Taste’ & ‘Should I Remain Here At Sea’

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As anyone with even a passing interest in me knows, my favourite film of all time is the 80s B-Movie ‘Night of the Comet’. Not only is it the blueprint for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but also everything I’ve ever done in my life. So when I got the opportunity to go to the “cinema” where final girl ‘Reggie’ works in the film (played by the criminally underrated Catherine Mary Stewart), I jumped at the chance. The venue was the El Rey, on Wiltshire in LA and as the taxi pulled up to that iconic entrance (where Reggie got locked out!) I nodded at the driver like he had just delivered me to Valhalla. “Look Tom…” I said to my friend Tom because that’s his name, “THAT is where Reggie got the high score in Tempest, they should have kept the machine here, it would have been better…” and “I guess the projection room where Reggie and her loser boyfriend stayed in overnight that protected them from the comet’s destruction is up those stairs on the left.. do you think we can see it?”. Tom shook his head no and downed his pint to block me out, for we weren’t there to satiate my desire to act out the first 10 minutes of Night of the Comet (though I tried), we were there to see one of our favourite bands play. That band is Islands and today POST/POP is releasing not one, but TWO new albums for them! ‘Taste’ and ‘Shall I Remain Here At Sea’ are the albums in question and both have all of the elements that have made me stick with Islands over the last decade or so.

 

You can listen to them both here, and I suggest you do because they will make your ears awesome:

 

This is the first double cassette album from POST/POP, mostly because the infrastructure currently doesn’t exist to manufacture double cassette boxes in quantity. I’m not talking about those 90s “rave” style DVD clamshell style double cassette boxes, I’m talking the classic butterfly double cassette boxes that open either side. Finding these in the UK is impossible so we had to actually make them! There is also the challenge of making a reverse j-card to fit in the second slot (sorry to get all “inside-tape labels” but people have asked questions!) and that was new to me too.

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Both albums represent exactly what POST/POP is about. Innovative, catchy as hell and perfectly suited to a colourful rectangle of plastic. If you’ve already listened to this, you’ll want to buy the tape and as it’s in very limited quantities, don’t hesitate! I’m not sure when I’m going to do another double tape ( and for a band as great as Islands!) so buy by clicking on the shop link at the top, or that photo of HETTIE on the right, or even at the below link:

https://postpoprecords.bandcamp.com/album/taste-should-i-remain-here-at-sea-double-cassette-album

As I left the El Rey gig, all those years ago, Islands had led the entire crowd outside the venue to continue the gig on the pavement (sidewalk for the americans out there!) and let off some fireworks at close range to my face. It left me with an image burned into my retinas (it could have been a sparkler) that this band would always be a part of my musical lexicon and I am more than proud to be releasing this double cassette on POST/POP.

 

jed

 

CHARLES – THAT’S HOW BABY LEARNS // L.A. DREAMPOP ON AN AWESOME TAPE!

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Some people apparently start revolutions from their beds. I, in times gone by, have built space station forts from pillows and duvets and imagination. Charlotte Lindèn Ercoli Coe aka Charles has created an awesome album of considerable dream-pop classics that not only perfectly suit our format of choice – Cassettes! In case you weren’t listening – but feels like it was made for it. Now I’m not saying producing ‘That’s What Baby Learns’ from the comfort of some wood and linen is any more of an achievement than my pillow space fort, but it’s probably a lot easier to drop into everyday conversation.

 

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As you have become accustomed, and before I wax on about this gem of an album, have a little listen and come back when you’re convinced:

 

 

Effing great huh? It’s the kind of album I can sit back and close my eyes and let it wash over me with it’s dreamy layered super pop. It also feels like reading someone’s diary (specifically Charlotte’s!)  but a diary written with Ariel Pink stationery (why isnt there Ariel Pink stationery?). It’s getting some good hype at the moment and you can read one such review over at Gorilla vs Bear.

 

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Charlotte is playing with POST/POP favourite, Neon Indian on Feb 24th (tomorrow, day of release!) so if you are in Hollywood and have a ticket to the show, you can buy this tape from the lady herself, or from POST/POP using any of the links that points to “SHOP” on this site.

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I can’t recommend CHARLES enough, but I am incredibly biased as I am trying to get you to listen/buy so don’t tale my word for it, check her out in these other places too and make your own mind up!

https://twitter.com/Charlesdecrema

https://cactusmilk.bandcamp.com/

 

Hope you like this album as much as I do gang. stay tuned as I have some BIG releases out in the next few weeks! Also you might see me pop up in all kinds of cool places (more on that later!)

<3

 

jed

 

MODEL VILLAGE // HEALING CENTRE – LTD EDITION TAPE OUT TODAY!

 

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I want to go on record that ‘Healing Centre’ is the best MODEL VILLAGE album there is. You see, I thought the last one was the best, but turns out this one is. If I say this about their next album, please remind of this paragraph so I can reign in my adoration for a band with the specific skill of wrangling every inch of pop from a chorus, until there is nothing left but heartfelt verses of  heartbreak and the administration of a family owned business.

 

God I love this album, but I want to point you first toward Track 5, also known in certain circles as ‘Time To Share’ (I’ve helpfully put the whole album to stream below). Have a listen now…

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