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It is a very joyous announcement that I am able to send out to you all: The long awaited Craig Salt Peters “Songs For Hungry Ghosts” cassette tape with digital download is out now!
We’ve also made a second edition of the OK Vancouver OK “Food Shelter Water” cassette tape (also w/ digital download) which I think was one of the absolute best albums of 2013.
Don’t know much about Craig P.? Well, let me tell you about him/them…
This album has been 8 years in the making. The second release by Craig Salt Petersand the first since 2006’s self released ”Whooping Crane Dance” CD. Over those 8 years, the band has evolved away from being a mostly solo musical project to recording this album as the well oiled 4-piece rock band they have become.
Craig has played countless shows in the northwest United States, after moving to Seattlefrom his native state of Michigan, as well as appearances at Plan-It-X Fest. In addition to his eponymous band, Craig has performed in the DIY pop bands Canine Sugar (along side Matty Pop Chart and Paul Baribeau), Gal And Lad, and Blanket Truth.
The band’s current formation is comprised of shredders Craig Peters, Zach Burba (iji,Megabog), Jacob Jaffe (Love In Mind, Younger Shoulder), and John Broback (Hana And The Goose). “Songs For Hungry Ghosts” will be released on cassette tape with digital download from Lost Sound Tapes and on CD by Jigsaw Records. We have copies of both for sale.
Most notably that “Songs For Hungry Ghosts” is “easily one of the most widely anticipated indie pop records to come out of Seattle this year“. They also call Craig Salt Peters a “flawless live band“.
There’s also a great review at Pre/Amp Magazine
SEE CRAIG SALT PETERS ON TOUR
Friday, 3/14 – Tacoma @ Powerhaus (910 N. 3rd Street) with Humble Cub, Coma Figura, and the Shrines: https://www.facebook.com/
Saturday, 3/15 – Seattle @ Heartland, ALBUM RELEASE/FLIRT CRUISE:
Sunday, 3/16 – Off.
Monday, 3/17 – Portland @ the Waypost (3120 N. Williams Ave) with Memory Boys and Mandarin Dynasty: https://www.facebook.com/
Tuesday, 3/18 – Davis @ Third Space Art Collective (946 Olive Dr) with Watch Out!, Magic Bullets, and Nigel Read: https://www.facebook.com/
Wednesday, 3/19 – Oakland @ Space Station (1112 12th Ave) with Watercolor Paintings, Grimace, special guest: https://www.facebook.com/
Thursday, 3/20 – Santa Barbara @ Dashain (6719 Sabado Tarde Rd. in Isla Vista) with Rebecca Riley and Mal n Merlin: https://www.facebook.com/
Also from 10pm – 12am on KCSB with Rebecca Riley:
Friday, 3/21 – Los Angeles @ the Wulf Den (5817 Arroyo Dr) with Badlands and Filardo: https://www.facebook.com/
Saturday, 3/22 – NOWHERE! WOULD YOU LIKE US TO PLAY IN THE BAY AREA OR SOMEWHERE IN NOR-CAL? BE IN TOUCH!
Sunday, 3/23 – NOWHERE! WOULD YOU LIKE US TO PLAY SOMEWHERE IN OREGON? BE IN TOUCH!
Long time project of Jeff Johnson, OK Vancouver OK, back with an album as a trio! 10 songs and 4 bonus tracks. This is the most focused and fully realized OK Vancouver OK release to date. Each member of the band compliments the others while having their own distinct and unique characteristics. The album was produced by Eli Moore of the band LAKE with the exception of the song “Loving You”, which was recorded by Jeff at home, solo.
Second edition, limited cassette tape, 100 copies with white tapes and pale blue labels. Stand in Vancouver, BC on a sunny day and hold this tape up to the sky, it will be camouflaged. Full color, double sided covers and hand stamped labels.
Your Heart Breaks “New Ocean Waves/Sailor System” tape w/ digital download
Ashley Eriksson “Colours” tape (no download) – 2nd edition
Diners “Always Room” tape w/ digital download
Lost Sound Tapes has started off the year with a bang and a pop! First was The Skywriters “Skywriter Blue 1998-2000″ retrospective cassette tape in January and now a new album from Cave Babies a retrospective from the criminally underrated 90′s poppy punk band Nar.
Straight out of Sacramento, California are the pop punkers (alternately punk poppers) known as Nar! “History” is a compilation of nearly all of their recorded material spanning most of the 1990′s. 43 tracks and nearly 80 minutes of music. Although Nar has not been an active band for over a decade, they will still play around Sacramento for rare occasions.
Nar is a classic, catchy, northern California, 3-piece 90′s punk band. They also happen to be one of the best. They were mostly comprised of Scott Miller, Edward Carroll, and Jason Dezember. Miller has been an integral part of the northern CA music scene for the past 20+ years. He has written songs and performed in English Singles (Slumberland Records), The Bananas (Recess Records), The Bright Ideas, Ski Instructors, and many others. Nar is very well loved by the people familiar with the band, yet still criminally under appreciated.
Keen listeners will recognize their song “Blue Sky” as it was notably covered by Go Sailor on the B-Side of the “Long Distance” 7″ on Slumberland Records. Some of the other songs, such as “Holiday Routine” and “Bullshit Central”, seem familar, even on first listen, due to their great melodies and memorable lyrics.
This compilation album was spearheaded by Chris McFarlane and can be purchased as a CD on his label Jigsaw Records (http://jigsaw-records.com) The cassette edition is limited to 100 copies, clear red cassette tapes with white, handstamped labels, and digital download card.
Cave Babies is back with a new album “Accomplish Nothing”. It is the 20 minute follow up album to the smash hit, single color themed album “Green”. Cave Babies recordings have always been a solo affair, despite the fact Josh “Hoshwa” Redman was recently formed a live band. Perhaps the next release will have a full band and be titled “Accomplish SOMETHING”. Only time will tell.
These songs were recorded by Josh onto a single track of a cassette tape in his bedroom. The songs are fully realized musically and lyrically yet have the feeling of lofi, bedroom recording sketches. Josh set a goal to record an album before the end of 2013 and he succeeded by recording these 12 songs over the course of a couple hours on the final week of the year. The songs were then mastered by me (Jon Manning at Lost Sound Tapes) and sent to production. If you purchased the digital album from the Cave Babies Bandcamp page, you have the unmastered version.
Josh Redman also performs in Rebecca Redman’s, his sister, band Watercolor Paintings. Both bands write song about deep personal reflection and interpersonal relationships. They clearly come from the same origins. Rebecca will occasionally backup Josh in Cave Babies as he does for her in Watercolor Paintings.
Josh also runs a pop(ular) radio show on KCSB in Santa Barbara, California called 5432Fun that frequently hosts live bands on air. He champions little known bands and is a lover of all kinds of pop music, whatever that may mean to him. Search the radio show name as a tag on Last.FM and you’ll be shocked at how much great music you’ll be able to discover. He’s probably played your band on his show or hosted a show for your band at the radio station, Biko Garage, or the late Pink Mailbox house.
This cassette edition is limited to 100 copies, clear red cassette tapes with white, handstamped labels and digital download card. Cover photograph by his sister Rebecca Redman (Watercolor Paintings), taken soon after Josh had lung surgery and had to shave his 8 year old beard. These songs sound a little like that.
The Skywriters were an indie pop band from Philadelphia that spanned from 1998-2000. We’re releasing a retrospective cassette tape and Jigsaw Records is handling the CD edition. Big shout out to The Skywriters for wanting to make a tape and Jigsaw for asking us to get involved with this release. This is music that makes you feel real good. All smiles, no frowns here.
The material is sourced from a self released 7 song cassette tape, a 5 song CDEP, a 4 song Japanese 7” record, and a handful of compilation tracks. Members went on to play in The Snow Fairies, Scary Monster, Rabbit In Red, The Escargo-gos and Plow United; to name a few.
For more information, The Skywriters still have a pretty amazing Angel Fire time-capsule-of-a-website. It’s in your best interest to check it out: http://www.angelfire.com/indie/skywriters/
Limited Edition of 50 white cassette tapes and handstamped labels. Comes with a digital download card.
CD edition and digital sales availble from Jigsaw Records.
Additionally, Jigsaw Records says:
“Though they were only around for a couple years at the tail end of the ’90s, the Skywriters left a nice little dent on the Philly indiepop scene. They released a cd on the Brentwood Estates label and a 7″ on Galaxy Train Records of Japan, and also appeared on a handful of comps on Popgun, Shelflife and Blackbean. This disc collects all of those songs, and adds a bonus live track that was never properly recorded, as well! The Skywriters were twee-pop at its best: boy/girl vocals, jangly guitars and endearing songs about love and loss. After their demise, most of the members went on to form the Snow Fairies, but that’s another chapter in the history of Philly pop…”
Thanks for continuing to pay attention to cassette tapes in 2014. We’ve got a whole lot more coming down the pipe. Here’s what we’ve got planned for the first half of the year.
Craig Salt Peters “Songs For Hungry Ghosts” cassette tape
Diners “Always Room” cassette tape
Imaginary Pants new cassette tape
KMVP new full band cassette tape
Love In Mind full length cassette tape
Your Heart Breaks “New Ocean Waves/Sailor System” double album reissue cassette tape
Your Heart Breaks greatest hits dance remixes cassette tape (to be released at
Thank you so much for supporting Lost Sound Tapes in 2013! It felt like a really important year! We released 13 tapes in 2013 (what a lucky coincidence) and 1 vinyl LP. Big plans for 2014, I hope y’all stick with us and to see what we have planned.
Next year is our 10 year anniversary!!!
LST class of 2013, in reverse chronological order:
LST-58 Dogbreth “Sentimental Health” cassette [Buy/more info]
LST-57 Watercolor Paintings “When You Move” cassette [sold out]
LST-56 Parasol “Not There” cassette [Buy/more info]
LST-55 Shawn Mrazek Lives! “Thought He Was Dead” cassette [Buy/more info]
LST-54 iji “Cool Dream/In Celebration + Bonus Tracks” cassette [Buy/more info]
LST-53 Neighbors “I Love Neighbors/John In Babeland” cassette [Buy/more info]
LST-52 ok vancouver ok “Food Shelter Water” cassette [Buy/more info]
LST-51 Katie and The Lichen “Yours Truly” cassette [Buy/more info]
LST-49 Lê Almeida “Pré Ambulatório” cassette [Buy/more info]
LST-48 iji “Soft Approach” LP [Buy/more info]
LST-47 Nod and the Hobgoblins “Self Titled” cassette [Buy/more info]
LST-46 Ashley Eriksson “Colours” cassette [Buy/more info]
LST-45 Imaginary Pants “Self Titled” cassette [sold out]
LST-44 Rose Melberg “September” cassette covers album [sold out]
New cassette tapes out now on Lost Sound Tapes
All tapes are $5 a piece and contain a digital download code.
Package deals available if you wanna buy all of em.
Tristan Jemsek and company from Phoenix, AZ are back with their second full length. Positive pop punk with good messages. Stick close to your friends and sing along. This one will help you get through the winter. Listen to a little bit of Arizona and envoke the desert during the cold months. It was even recorded in the summer, at audioconfusion just like the first Dogbreth album, “Chookie”. Longtime member of Dogbreth, Erin Caldwell, gets main vocal duty on track “How Long” and it sounds great! LP coming out on Plan-It-X Records.
Edition of 100 clear purple cassette tapes with hand stamped labels. Cassette tape comes with digital download code and specially formatted-for-cassette artwork.
What can I say about Rebecca Redman that I haven’t already said? If you ask her, I think she would call this the second “official” Watercolor Paintings album, the first was “Open Your Mouth”. This album takes a distinct step towards a darker motif compared to previous folk/pop releases. This is one of the first documents of a mostly Hoshwa-less Watercolor Paintings since he began playing regularly with his sister Rebecca. Look forward to the heavy droner “Showers Of Stones” though there are plenty of tunes on here that are culled from previous cassette or CDR releases that have been reinvogorated with a new backing band and excellent mid-fi recording fidelity. LP coming out on Plan-It-X Records.
Edition of 100 clear cassette tapes with hand stamped labels. Cassette tape comes with digital download code and specially formatted-for-cassette artwork.
Inspiring punk rock/anarcho pop from the east side, Boston, MA. 3-piece critical buzzsaw with hooks galore. Sounds dangerous. It IS dangerous. Lily’s guitar leads inspire me to wanna shred. This is disarming music that might make you realize you’ve been trying to tear down the system all along by bolstering your community and lending a hand to your neighbors. This is their first full length album and we’re unbelieveably excited to share it with the world! LP coming out in January 2013 from Square Of Opposition, Nervous Nelly, and Lauren Records.
Edition of 100 clear green cassette tapes with hand stamped labels. Cassette tape comes with digital download code and specially formatted-for-cassette artwork.
Lost Sound Tapes package deals for cheap!
Here at Lost Sound Tapes we are always open to new ideas. So when our neighbor, Hippo, suggested we put together these fun paks, we had to listen. He’s full of good ideas. We have fun paks for bands, fun paks for formats, and just good-ol-fun fun paks. The goal is to get quality cassette tapes to your home at the best prices possible. The configurations for what will be offered in each fun pak will change from time to time, so be sure to look closely. Let us know if you think we’ve succeeded!
Dogbreth “Sentimental Health” tape
Parasol “Not There” tape
Watercolor Paintings “When You Move” tape
Shawn Mrazek Lives! “Thought He Was Dead” tape
5 tapes for less than the price of 4!
Your Heart Breaks “Harsh Tokes & Bong Jokes” tape
Midtown Dickens “Home” tape
The Balloons “Georgette/Pop Music” tape
Margy Pepper “Golden Webs” tape
Cave Babies “Green” tape
5 tapes for less than the price of 4!
iji “Cool Dream/In Celebration + Bonus Tracks” tape
Neighbors “I Love Neighbors/John In Babeland” tape
Le Almeida “Pre Ambulatorio” tape
Ashley Eriksson “Colours” tape
Nod And The Hob Goblins “Nod And The Hob Goblins” tape
2 LPs, 7″, and a tape from iji without all the cost!
iji “Cool Dream/In Celebration + Bonus Tracks” tape
iji “Soft Approach” LP
iji “Yerself” LP
iji “Bird-Man Movement Team…” 7″
Pick 5 tapes for the price of 4!
Any cassette tapes released by Lost Sound Tapes.
2 LPs and 3 seven inches for a sweet deal!
All the vinyl released on Lost Sound Tapes that’s still available.
iji “Soft Approach” LP
Solid Home Life “Solid Home Life” LP
Justin Clifford Rhody/Sam Gas Can split 7″
Weakness “Lost Sound Tapes Subscription Series” lathe cut 7″
Tyson Ballew “Lost Sound Tapes Subscription Series” lathe cut 7″
All the Watercolor Paintings we’ve got for less money!
*new* Watercolor Paintings “When You Move” tape
Watercolor Paintings “With The Light On” 7″
Watercolor Paintings/Madeline Ava split 7″
Cave Babies “Green” tape
Lost Sound Tapes interview on MaximumRocknroll.com
I answered a bunch of questions from Amelia of Create To Destroy to be featured on maximumrocknroll.com and it turned out alright! 8 years of running the label to make it onto the website, here’s to making it into the print edition come 2021.
We talk about what it means to be “Northwest-centric”, inspiration, and origins.
Still Fresh Cassette Tapes
Recent releases still available:
Debut album from Shawn Mrazek Lives!, “Thought He Was Dead”, is now on cassette tape following an extremely limited self-released LP edition. Shawn has played in a lot of Canadian indie rock bands, including being the current drummer in Nardwuar’s band The Evaporators, but this is his first time taking the lead and writing the songs. This is radically positive rock and roll music from some of the greatest musicians and people in Vancouver, BC. The general theme of the mini-album is that there’s shit you can’t control in this world, so let’s just try and stay positive. Shawn Mrazek says “if you feel like crap, this record is for you!!” Edition of 100 white cassette tapes with hand stamped, natural, kraft paper labels. Comes with digital download code.
Oh looky! Have you been down in the dumps because your favorite iji album is out of print? Well, don’t worry, 2010′s “Cool Dream” is back baby! We’ve reissued it (previously as a cassette on Wizards Of The Ghost and CDR on Seashoes; that’s Zach Burba’s own imprint) on side A of a bright orange cassette tape, along with the 2008 album, “In Celebration”, and a fistful of bonus tracks. Remember when iji went on tour with Watercolor Paintings and Lost Sound Tapes released a split 7″ to commemorate the trip? Well, it’s been out of print for a few years now but it’s revived on this cassette along with two compilation-only tracks, “Surfer Girl” and “Real Feel”. Edition of 100 orange cassette tapes, but we’ll make more if we gotta! Maybe.
30 tracks total!
This is our second tape for Neighbors from Seattle, we love ‘em! “I Love Neighbors” is an EP they finished this past summer of 2013. They were going to release it earlier as a 10″ record but the label who committed to it disappeared. So, no vinyl version. Instead, we beefed it up with some never-before-heard bonus tracks from years past for the A-side and reissued their previous full length, “John In Babeland” on the B-side. Everyone wins! Edition of 250 purple cassette tapes.
21 tracks total!
Until Next Time
Thank you for supporting Lost Sound Tapes!!!
- Jon Manning
Pick up the new Shawn Mrazek Lives! cassette tape, out now on Lost Sound Tapes.
Coming on late November, Watercolor Paintings “When You Move”, Dogbreth “Sentimental Health”, and Parasol “Not There” cassette tapes.
Debut album from Shawn Mrazek Lives!, “Thought He Was Dead”, is now on cassette tape following an extremely limited self-released LP edition. Shawn has played in a lot of Canadian indie rock bands, including being the current drummer in Nardwuar‘s band The Evaporators, but this is his first time taking the lead and writing the songs. This is radically positive rock and roll music from some of the greatest musicians and people in Vancouver, BC. The general theme of the mini-album is that there’s shit you can’t control in this world, so let’s hold our friends close and stay positive. Shawn Mrazek says “if you feel like crap, this record is for you!!”
Edition of 100 white cassette tapes with hand stamped, natural, kraft paper labels. Comes with digital download code. Buy a copy for $5.
Shawn Mrazek Lives! cassette release show tonight in Vancouver, BC at Pat’s Pub w/ Slow Learners and Movieland.
NEW RELEASES DUE OCTOBER 31ST ON LOST SOUND TAPES
LST-58 Dogbreth “Sentimental Health” tape w/ digital download card
LST-57 Watercolor Paintings “When You Move” tape w/ digital download card
LST-56 Parasol “Not There” tape w/ digital download card