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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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Norelco Mori on Indiegogo

As you may know, I’ve created a campaign on IndieGoGo to raise funds for new tape decks for the show.

Why, tapes? Artists and musicians regularly use cassettes for distributing their works because it’s a cheap, quick and accessible option for those of us that release music individually and prefer tangible formats. There are an astounding amount of masterful works and uniquely raw recordings of which you will never find on a Spotify or competing streaming service. And rightly so. Cassettes encourage, if not, demand uninterrupted listening. The idea of an album with a well thought out track order may not exist in today's culture of digital music on demand, but in cassettes it thrives. There has been a bit of a resurgence in this format as of late, but the fact is, cassettes never went anywhere. They have always been a staple in underground music. 

My aim for the Norelco Mori podcast is to simply share this incredible music. In just 3 months and 11 episodes, I've been in touch with music fans, artists and labels from across the globe. I've already seen a staggering amount of music showing up at my doorstep and have ended up hearing some really great stuff. Now I don't make any money from this, but if you, the listener, hear something you like and wind up a fan of something new, maybe buy a tape or see a show, then I consider that a win.

If you're already a listener, you may (or well, hopefully) may not have noticed my current setup is in need of a tune up. Most players are these days. With Norelco Mori now 11 episodes deep, I'm fully committed to the success of this broadcast, but I could use a hand. I'd like to ask for your help in funding some much needed upgrades for my recording set up. I'm not trying to do anything too crazy, just looking to get a pair of new, rack mountable Tascam 202mkVI's. These are actually new units (still being made today!) that come with a warranty and can be easily serviced when necessary. Your help in securing these new players will boost fidelity and insure the longevity of the show. Anything above the $666 that I hope to raise will help offset hosting costs for the website as well as cover repairs for some other show specific recording gear.

Please follow this link to contribute: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/norelco-mori

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and, as always, thank you for listening. 

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