Top 5 Tapes: 2016

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Top 5 Tapes: 2016

Another year starts to wind it's way down, and again, our attention turns to reflect up on the previous months' releases. There were quite a few that really stood out for me this past year. Several albums required a resting place in close proximity to my decks. These 5 cassettes are the ones with the most wear.

 

  • Joel Danielsen - Lines Of Withdrawal / The Possibility of Resonance (Total Black).
    I had the rare opportunity to play alongside Joel a new years ago. I played, in my mind, a terrible set that evening and that was even before he took the stage. His performance that night was elegant and showed much restraint. Like that performance, this cassette exemplifies the close attention he pays to every detail. 

 

  • XAKATAGAWA - Vol. 2 (Nostilevo).
    This tape is described as "Ambient delirium disintegration playing very far away, under water, or from behind walls." by the label, and I'd say that's apt. Nostilevo fails to mention just how haunting and punishingly sad the tone is overall. Highly recommended.

 

  • Grozny Penthouse - The Death Of Objects (Muza Muza)
    Minimal reptition. Heavy and deafening techno from Newcastle Upon Tyne artist Grozny Penthouse. 

 

  • Cinema Perdu ‎- A Perfect Negative (Audio. Visuals. Atmosphere.)
    This double CS clocks in at just under 2 hours of music. Field recordings and manipulated classical music used as source audio for this beautifully negative collection of work. 

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Inbox: Total Black

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Inbox: Total Black

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Just in from Berlin. 

New releases from Total Black

  • Entertainment Club Ibiza.
  • Joel Danielsson - Lines Of Withdrawal / The Possibility Of Resonance.
  • Desroi - Voi.
  • Tourist Gaze - Lounge Lover.
  • Various Artists - New Brutalism III.

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Limited Interest.

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Limited Interest.

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I'm excited to announce our new, in-house label, Limited Interest. 

Curated by Alessandro Cortini (Skarn, SONOIO, Nine Inch Nails) and myself, Ted Butler (Head Dress, Norelco Mori), Limited Interest is a Los Angeles label featuring new experimental and electronic recordings from artists both familiar and not yet known. 

First up is LTD-2: Delible. This self titled cassette sees founding Jane's Addiction member, Eric Avery, explore less traditional sonic territory with modular synthesizers and some pretty gorgeous effects chains. Limited to 75 numbered copies.

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LTD-3 features new solo work from Montreal's Karl Fousek, who has sold out several stellar releases on Denmark's Phinery Tapes, Canada's Adhesive Sounds, and most recently, his collaborative effort as Fousek / Hanson / Tellier-Craig for LA's Spring Break Tapes. Another edition of 75 numbered copies. 

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Both cassettes are hand-dubbed in realtime on chrome tape. 

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Unlucky Listener #5: Monte Burrows - Fantasy Living, Auxiliary Priest - In The Last Days Of The Sutro Fog

This week’s Unlucky Listener was chosen, at random from a list of our mailing list subsribers. Congratulations to Jason Shanley, of Chicago, IL. who has won a copy of Monte Burrows’ Fantasy Living and Auxiliary Priest’s In The Last Days of the Sutro Fog care of Spring Break Tapes.

Jason Shanley might be better known as Cinchel. He’s got a number of self released recordings available his latest physical release is a great tape called Worry

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Submissions Welcome

Norelco Mori is a cassette-only podcast with a penchant for dark and difficult music.

Analog recordings. Minimal talk. 

Episodes average an hour in length and are encoded in 320kbps mp3. The show is reaching thousands of listeners, now 22 episodes deep. On any given episode, you'll hear anything from harsh noise and ambient drone to black metal and folk, industrial and techno to musique concrete and other experimental oddities. Subscribe to the show in the iTunes Music Store or via your favorite podcast application or RSS reader.

If you or your label would like to hear your tapes on the show, send a quick email to norelcomori@icloud.com for the address. I'm especially interested in your weird rock 'n roll, post metal, depressing bedroom compositions and minimal synth recordings. I encourage you to get in touch.

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Unlucky Listener #2: Scant - Contrary To Reason

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Congratulations to Christopher Feltner of Strasburg, VA. Christopher is this week’s unlucky listener and will be getting a copy of Scant’s Contrary To Reason cassette as well as some Norelco Mori stickers. You can learn more about his work here. If you’re in the Greenville, NC area on March 21, 2015 you can catch his next live show for Spazz Fest VI at The Art House.

Join our email list for a chance to be our next Unlucky Listener at http://tinyletter.com/norelcomori.

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Join our email list. Win some tapes.

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Join our email list. Win some tapes.

I'll be giving away some tapes here and there and to do so, I'll be picking names out of an awful hat. To be among the chosen, just sign up for our email list, hosted by TinyLetter. I won't spam you or even write too frequently, I really couldn't be bothered. But, since I like Twitter and everyone else uses Facebook we both have to suffer. Sign up now and you could win a handful of tapes and some brand new Norelco Mori stickers. 

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Top Tapes for 2014

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Top Tapes for 2014

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Some really great tapes came out in 2014 and I've compiled a list of things I really liked. A lot of these might not have made it my way if it weren't for the podcast, so thanks to everyone who made suggestions and sent submissions. This list is based on which tapes got the most plays on my home system this year. 

  • Listening Center - Cycles / Other Phenomena. This is real good. Perfect tape to put on for mixed company. Nicely arranged electronic music with a retro futurist feel to it. Looks like a few more copies just became available.
  • Karl Fousek - Relative Position of Figures (Phinery) Contemporary concrete, if that's even a thing. Tape delay and modular synthesizer. Minimal compositions are quick and to the point.
  • øjeRum - There is a flaw in my iris (A Giant Fern). Quiet guitars, field recordings and the occasional soft vocal appear on this outstanding collection of recordings. Perfect music for a quiet afternoon or evening. Paw Grabowski is also the visual artist responsible for the 12 pieces that grace the covers of this 4 tape batch from A Giant Fern.

Timeghost - Cellular (Chondritic Sound). Exploratory noise from Providence, RI. Very interesting and original compositions. Multi color, splatter painted clear shells. Just a few copies left on the Chondritic Sound site.

  • Lower Tar - Torrid Fields (Night Gaunt Recordings). Dark and synth heavy industrial electronics with stark vocals from L.A.'s Lower Tar (great name, right?). First offering from new label Night Gaunt Recordings. 
  • Anji Cheung - Angelic Black. A haunted collage of vocals, drones and field recordings in this edition of 93 cassettes from Anji Cheung. Quiet and chilling. Highly recommended.

 

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Frozen In Time II Release Party

San Francisco record label Black Horizons will present a new cassette compilation of music to be played in time with the films of Ingmar Bergman. Artists involved include L'Acephale, Spettro Family, German Army, Micromelancolié, Night Worship, and Head Dress, who will be performing live. Besides the live performance, there will be screenings of some of the selections with video to match, and a talk about the compilation. The set will be available for purchase for the first time at a discounted in-person rate.

This should be a great night. I went to the last listening party event that Black Horizons hosted to celebrate the release of Sunken Cathederal's recent tape and it was fantastic. We sat on the floor by candlelight and listened to the album in its entirety and additionally, were treated to a short live performance as well. This one will be a little bit different in that we'll be listening to and viewing pieces written to accompany specific segments of various Ingmar Bergman films. I will be performing live for this event as Head Dress, recreating a score to Bergman's Cries and Whispers

If you'll be in the Los Angeles area next Saturday make it a point to get to the show. It's hosted by Black Horizons and my record store of choice, Vacation Vinyl. Copies of the 3x cassette Frozen in Time II set will be on hand and available for a reduced in-person rate. 

Join the Facebook event page for more information.

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