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Love Cuts/Burnt Palms and OK Vancouver OK tapes out now

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Hey! It’s time for a pair of new releases! Bringing us up to 10 new cassette tapes for the year 2014. Hope you’ll love them as much as I do.

LST-67 LOVE CUTS/BURNT PALMS SPLIT CASSETTE TAPE

Available now! An international split cassette tape release from two very close bands, Love Cuts (Vancouver, BC, Canada) and Burnt Palms (Seaside, CA, USA). 4 tracks from each band.

Both bands have a strong female perspective, crunchy guitars, and pop hooks galore. Lots to like here. Two very talented and inspiring west coast bands, some of the best! The songs seem to reflect their surroundings a bit as the Love Cuts have a little darker, northwest gloom to them while Burnt Palms tracks have a sunnier, coastal California feel.

You may know Love Cuts from their excellent 7″ on Nominal Records, “Glitter” tape or “+2 -1″ EP, all of which are phenomenal. Burnt Palms has an equally impressive track record with two full length albums and a split tape on the UK-based Very Gun Records.

First edition of 100 copies. SOLID WHITE cassette tape w/ hand stamped white labels, red ink. Includes digital download code.

$5 + shipping. Get it in the Lost Sound Tapes online store or get it from Bandcamp if you prefer!

 

LST-68 OK VANCOUVER OK “INFLUENCES” CASSETTE TAPE

Available now! New album from Vancouver-based 3 piece do-it-together lo-fi no-wave experimental pop band, OK Vancouver OK! Follow up to the “Food Shelter Water” album.

It’s their 9th full length album, 2nd cassette tape on Lost Sound Tapes. After lots of solo 4-track recordings, the past two albums have been recorded with meticulous care by Eli Moore (LAKE) and the band on Whidbey Island in Washington state. The surroundings and sounds from the album make many appearances in form of sound collage and photography from the recording session. Each song has its own “Influences”, try to figure out what they are. I don’t even know all of them for sure, so don’t ask me, just make your own assumptions and guesses. 0

These songs take a less directly political approach than their album “Food Shelter Water” did and exchanges it with a clearly humanistic approach to songwriting and outlook on the world. Jeff and Laura of OK Vancouver OK recently had a baby and this seems like a direct influence on the album, especially on the song “Collection Of Changes”.

Side A contains the full album “Influences”, while the Side B is a composite of demos, outtakes and alternate versions. Over 80 minutes complete running time. That’s a lot of music.

First edition of 100 copies. CLEAR RED cassette tape w/ hand stamped seafoam colored labels. Includes digital download code.

$5 + shipping. Get it in the Lost Sound Tapes online store or get it from Bandcamp if you prefer!

 

2014 RELEASES STILL AVAILABLE

COOL “Paint” Cassette Tape (LST-66)

Imaginary Pants “Kites At Night EP” Cassette Tape (LST-65)

Your Heart Breaks “New Ocean Waves/Sailor System” Cassette Tape (LST-63)

Craig Salt Peters “Songs For Hungry Ghosts” Cassette Tape / CD (LST-62)

Nar “History” Cassette Tape (LST-61)

Cave Babies “Accomplish Nothing” Cassette Tape (LST-60)

The Skywriters “Skywriter Blue 1998-2000″ Cassette Tape (LST-59)

Diners “Always Room” cassette tape (LST-64) is sold out but we’ll be making more for their tour in late December/early January.

Jon Manning

COOL and Imaginary Pants tapes still available

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Here’s a little belated love for the COOL “Paint” and Imaginary Pants “Kites At Night” tapes. COOL was released in August and Imaginary Pants was released all the way back in May but I hadn’t written about them on the LST website until now! Both are incredibly special tapes but life got busy and the website stayed quiet.

 

LST-66 COOL “Paint” cassette tape

NOW ON CASSETTE TAPE! COOL is Adrian and Amanda from Apollo Ghosts and Shawn Mrazek from Shawn Mrazek Lives!Self released LP edition is sold out, now available on BUBBLE GUM PINK cassette tapes, limited to 100 copies :D

MP3s available (name your price) from the band via their Bandcamp page:
thenameofthisbandiscool.bandcamp.com/album/paint

I know this tape only came out recently, but COOL is now going by COOL TV. Take note going forward into the future.

“While Apollo Ghosts favoured succinct jangle-punk anthems, Cool’s songs are longer and more groove-oriented. There’s an undercurrent of funk in “Saffron” and “Blue,” while other songs venture into danceable post-punk territory, and closer “Gold” has a dreamily cinematic acoustic pulse.

The album was recorded by Vancouver production team JC/DC (Destroyer, the New Pornographers), with contributors including Karl Blau, Rose Melberg, Larissa Loyva and more.” – Exclaim

“Paint is a jangly jumper of a record featuring eight colour-themed songs, with touches of post-punk, new wave, folk and even splashed of horns that will make Apollo Ghosts fans very happy.” – Vancouver Sun

 

LST-65 Imaginary Pants “Kites At Night” EP cassette tape

AVAILABLE NOW! New EP from Imaginary Pants! 5 song variety pack that spans almost exactly 11 minutes. Keeps you on your toes. For your convenience, program repeats on both sides. Rose Melberg and Jon Manning figure out the best way to make the most racket and prettiest melodies with only two people; no more, no less. Their strongest work to date following a self titled cassette tape EP on Lost Sound Tapes and a 2 song 7″ single from Rok Lok Records.

Clear red cassette tapes with hand stamped labels, red ink on white. Limited edition of 100 copies.

50 copies available from the band and 50 copies for mailorder.

“I’m really in love with their most recent EP, Kites at Night.  Perhaps it’s because there’s five new songs; you can’t ever complain when you get five songs with Rose Melberg involved. There’s a variety of songs too, with the one below opening the EP up with a warm bit of summery pop, but there’s also a couple of more upbeat tracks like “Creaking Gates” and “Bleak Outside.”  Either way, you’re not going to be disappointed with what you’re getting.” – Austin Town Hall

“This is good stuff, full of light and melody and hooks. “Creaking Gates” positively soars, Rose’s and Jon’s vocal harmonies carrying the tune forward.” – A Pessimist is Never Disappointed

 

UP NEXT

Pre-order the upcoming LST releases, official release date Nov. 22nd:

Love Cuts & Burnt Palms “Split” cassette tape

OK Vancouver OK “Influences” cassette tape w/ exclusive B-Side

Jon Manning

New tapes from Diners & Your Heart Breaks coming May 16th + more Ashley Eriksson

2 new tapes coming out on May 16 Diners “Always Room” and Your Heart Breaks “New Ocean Waves/Sailor System”, and a 2nd edition of  the Ashley Eriksson “Colours” tape from last year with new artwork.

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LST-64 DINERS “ALWAYS ROOM” CASSETTE TAPE W/ DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Diners “Out Of The Blue” by Lost Sound Tapes

PREORDER THE CASSETTE TAPE FOR $5 + SHIPPING ON BANDCAMP AND GET AN IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD OF THE FULL ALBUM

Diners, from Phoenix, Arizona, have created a vulnerable and beautiful album for daydreamers. “Always Room” is their debut full length album following their beloved “Throw Me A Ten” 7 song mini-album from 2012. Diners songwriter, Tyler Broderick, has created a length album that is perfectly Arizonan, even if direct lyrical references are not present. “Always Room” channels the similarly sunny vibes and disarming honesty of his former Phoenician contemporaries iji and French Quarter. Production-wise, the goal was to “make sure that every song had it’s own mix and atmosphere, regardless of structure or instrumentation”. This is achieve in a variety of ways throughout songs such as “Citrus”, “Out Of The Blue”, “My House / How Things Go”, and “Overcasters” – all of which have distinct and separate moods. Diners “Always Room” will be released on cassette tape and LP in 2014.

First edition of 100 solid white cassette tapes with hand stamped, pale blue labels in soft polybox cases, comes with digital download and exclusive cassette-only artwork by the one and only Nick Shively

Release date: May 16th, 2014

LP to be co-released July 3rd 2014 by Diet Pop Records of Tucson, AZ and Phat’n’Phunky Records of San Jose, CA.

 

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LST-63 YOUR HEART BREAKS “NEW OCEAN WAVES/SAILOR SYSTEM” CASSETTE TAPE

Your Heart Breaks “New Ocean Waves” by Lost Sound Tapes

First time on cassette tape! Clyde Petersen says about this tape:

“These two Your Heart Breaks albums were recorded in the cold winter days of January 2006. We traveled to Olympia, Washington and hid out  at Dub Narcotic Studios for two weeks.

These were experimental sessions. Improvisation, sonic tests, and large live group recordings were the foundation. We worked day and night. There was no doorbell at the studio, so musicians threw pennies at the windows to let us know they had arrived. The street was scattered with pennies. These albums are also scattered with pennies.

Words & Compositions: Clyde Petersen / Album Engineering: Karl Blau / The original art was designed by  Meghan Hanlon

“New Ocean Waves” was originally issued on CD by Plan-It-X and MASA Records. “Sailor System” was originally issued on CD by Don’t Stop Believin’ Records.

This tape edition comes with remixed artwork featuring art from both albums, solid white cassettes and seafoam colored, hand stamped labels. No download, no worries.

Release date: May 16th, 2014

 

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LST-46 ASHLEY ERIKSSON “COLOURS” CASSETTE TAPE

Ashley Eriksson “Arguably” by Lost Sound Tapes

Second edition of the Ashley Eriksson “Colours” tape! With new, improved artwork and sound quality. This is the follow up to the fantastic solo albums ‘Decarnarnation’ and ‘Seasonal Music’ on the late, great Brown Interior Music. Ashley Eriksson from LAKE creates beautiful piano pop songs with a gentle touch. Some of these songs went on to become LAKE songs, some exist peacefully, forever, solely on this album. Do you love the show Adventure Time? I DO! You may recognize her voice from the show since she wrote the song that plays during the end credits of the show (it’s called “Island Song” in case you’re wondering).

CD/LP/Digital released by K Records of Olympia, WA. Detailed information about the songs located at ashleyeriksson.com

Edition of 100 with full color j-card, clear blue cassette tapes with pale blue, hand stamped labels.

Release date: May 16th, 2014

Jon Manning

Craig Salt Peters out now / OK Vancouver OK back in stock

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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…

CRAIG SALT PETERS “SONGS FOR HUNGRY GHOSTS” TAPE W/ DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

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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 MindYounger 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.

No Goddamn Dancing wrote a nice piece about the Craig Salt Peters band.

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

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Click here for the Facebook event 

Friday, 3/14 – Tacoma @ Powerhaus (910 N. 3rd Street) with Humble Cub, Coma Figura, and the Shrines: https://www.facebook.com/events/669575353101139/

Saturday, 3/15 – Seattle @ Heartland, ALBUM RELEASE/FLIRT CRUISE:
https://www.facebook.com/events/489892614456246/

Sunday, 3/16 – Off.

Monday, 3/17 – Portland @ the Waypost (3120 N. Williams Ave) with Memory Boys and Mandarin Dynasty: https://www.facebook.com/events/276495295841058/

Tuesday, 3/18 – Davis @ Third Space Art Collective (946 Olive Dr) with Watch Out!, Magic Bullets, and Nigel Read: https://www.facebook.com/events/537374779693821/

Wednesday, 3/19 – Oakland @ Space Station (1112 12th Ave) with Watercolor Paintings, Grimace, special guest: https://www.facebook.com/events/291682067650572/

Thursday, 3/20 – Santa Barbara @ Dashain (6719 Sabado Tarde Rd. in Isla Vista) with Rebecca Riley and Mal n Merlin: https://www.facebook.com/events/218013138406649/
Also from 10pm – 12am on KCSB with Rebecca Riley:
http://www.kcsb.org/

Friday, 3/21 – Los Angeles @ the Wulf Den (5817 Arroyo Dr) with Badlands and Filardo: https://www.facebook.com/events/225765740948154/

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!

OK VANCOUVER OK “FOOD SHELTER WATER” TAPE W/ DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

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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.

Music Video: “What’s My Memory For?”
Album Review: The Mainlander

UP NEXT

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

Jon Manning

Nar, Cave Babies, and The Skywriters tapes out now

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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.

LST-61 Nar “History” cassette tape w/ digital download

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.

Purchase @ Bandcamp | Purchase @ LostSoundTapes.com

LST-60 Cave Babies “Accomplish Nothing” cassette tape w/ digital download

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.

Watch Josh play songs in his van | Purchase @ Bandcamp | Purchase @ LostSoundTapes.com

LST-59 The Skywriters “Skywriter Blue 1998-2000″ cassette tape w/ digital download

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…”

Purchase @ Bandcamp | Purchase @ LostSoundTapes.com


Upcoming Releases

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
Plan-It-X Fest)

Jon Manning

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