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best of 2014 :: The Year in Tapes

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Tapes are a funny game and along side vinyl a growing format of physical media. Most of my apartment is filled with cassettes so I was honored when GIMME TINNITUS said that I could do a “Best of 2014 Tapes,” but honestly this is a list of tapes that influenced me personally for one reason or another. Who am I to say they are they best? The assurance I can give you is that they are great releases that warrant a listen if not a purchase.

There were an uncountable number of amazing cassette releases in 2014 including HHBTM’s Joanna Gruesome / Trust Fund Split and Gay Cat Park’s “Synthetic Woman” on Crash Symbols (two tapes that I’ve listened to a whole lot)…but neither of those will appear on my lists. This list is going to focus on releases that were not released on LP. Mirror Universe has always tried to put out cassettes that stand on their own without a vinyl counterpart (with the exception of things that have had bonus material or were not released on our continent), and this post aims to highlight releases that fall under that category.

The past couple of years Mirror Universe has been known for releasing vaguely defined at pop and forays into the electronics music dimension…but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been jamming to hardcore, punk, and reggae that has been released on our beloved plastic format…and this is a place where I can tell you about those wonderful things.

This post is coming to you a little late as I hoped it would be ready the first week of January, but sometimes life and making tapes gets in the way (i.e. we had two new releases come out on the 27th by No Monster Club and Unlikely Friends).

I don’t really consider myself a music writer so I’m going to make my comments on each release brief. Hope you dig this very long, by no means complete, list of awesome tapes from 2014.


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Without further ado…my favorite cassettes of 2014 in alphabetical order:
Andreas Brenda – Hidden Rooms (Tranquility Tapes)

Tranquility Tapes has a constant output of solid synth and experimental releases. Brandal’s “Hidden Rooms” hits on everything I’m looking for from a ambient / soundtrack recording. It’s dark and beautiful and allows the listen to be infinitely engaged or completely disengage. Many try to do this, but few succeed.
Big Joanie – “Sistah Punk” (Tuff Enuff)

Big Joanie’s EP comes via the Riots Not Diets // Tuff Enuff Records collective in the UK. Tuff Enuff is probably one of my favorite finds of 2014. They have a constant output of excellent feminist / riot grrrl bands. Big Joanie bring us something new with her deep soulful vocals, and has me looking forward to a full length as 4 songs are not enough.
Bread Club – “Alive // Well” (Fourth Row)

Bread Club is a band who’s name I saw on Instagram, and I ended up looking them up. I found their full length “Alive//Well” and it’s one of the best emo records to come out in years. The opening track “Catfished (Much like Water)” gives us something that’s awkward (almost too much so) and honest but as soon as “Astraphobia” starts “Catfished” starts to make sense in the context of the whole. Fans of emo and pop punk should check in as you will find something you can’t put down. “Astraphobia” might even be a better place to start for a first time listener.
Brown Bread – “Mitote” (Bridgetown)

Brown Bread’s lush layers of electronics, beats, and minimalist folk act as an electronic vacuum where Rebecca Doerfer’s vocals thrive. A beautiful album that sometimes brings to mind early High Places which is something that I reminisce about fondly, but gives us a very personal look at Rebecca and her world.
Casio Love – “In Space” (Tram Trax)

“In Space” is four tracks of synth space dub from Sweden. Released by Tram Trax in a limited edition of 50 tapes each with a different space card on the cover. One of the best looking tapes I’ve received in a long time. I have to thank GRZGRZ from Memories of the Future for turning me on to this it’s become one of my favorite things over the past couple of months.
Common Interest Weren’t Enough To Keep Us Together (GODMODE)

This was a document of place and time for Nick Sylvester and his GODMODE label. It gave us our first taste of Shamir, Courship Ritual, and Yvette’s amazing album “Process.” The release was a lesson in diversity showing how one person can fuse together many different sounds into a cohesive thought.
The Ethical Debating Society – “Hen’s Teeth” (Tuff E Nuff)

The 3 song teaser EP from Ethical Debating Society gives us a look at their upcoming LP. I can’t wait for more of these crunchy guitars, dual vocals, and post punk tendencies. Hit play on “Future Imperfect” and you will know what I’m talking about.
Eyelet – “Eyelet” (Suspended Soul)

I was a hardcore kid that grew up in the late 90’s and early 2000’s and still love a good screamo record (or hilariously as the kids call them today SKRAMZ). Baltimore’s Eyelet put out a great four song EP full of melodic chaos. They are not afraid to let pretty melodies creep into what is otherwise a brutal record. No candy coating here.
Guerilla Toss – “Smack the Brick” (NNA)

The last night I ever spent at Death By Audio was with Guerilla Toss opening for Thee Oh Sees. I got to meet Mr. NNA that night, and picked up a copy of this tape. It’s an onslaught of tribal post punk with synths and electronics. Everyone should listen…you might find something you like.
Haord’s Buncha (Haord)

Haord is a haven for the weirdo synth lovers, and is a label run by Tumbleweave & Drut PD (combined known to the world as Macula Dog)! I was a fan of Haord’s first release which was a split between the two founders, and their tracks are good starting places on this comp…other highlights for me are Austin’s SLUGBUG and the New York by way of Florida Cabo Boing. It’s rare to find a release like this that makes you question everything you know about pop music, melody, and electronic music. Many great minds all in one Buncha.
Hive Bent – “Daylatov” (New Day Rising)

Hive Bent’s “Daylatov” is the second EP from the coed Baltimore post-punks or depending on your ears hardcore band. A great EP but only give you a taste of what the band is really like live. Buy the tape, but even more go see them live.
Jerry Paper // Andy Boay – “Split” (Hausu Mountain)

Enter the deranged loungey minds of Jerry Paper and Andy Boay, and the best type of split release where the two artists complement each other without stepping on each others feet. Warped loundey electronic sounds for those who want to chill in the sun and drink lemonade while creeping out your neighbors. This is just a taste of Mr. Jerry Paper who released two of my favorite LPs this year on Patient Sounds and Orange Milk.
Legacy of Terror In Occupied Nations (L.O.T.I.O.N) – “Second
Audio Document” (Burn Books)

L.O.T.I.O.N brings a new sound to hardcore fusing industrial noise and drum machines to create a refreshing intense punk record. Members of Nomad, Dawn of Humans, Zatsuon, and fronted by Survival’s Alexander Heir. I like industrial influences in my dance music so it makes sense that I love it in punk too.
No Ditching – “Face Ache” (Tuff E Nuff)

No Ditching is the poppiest of the Tuff E Nuff releases to make my list, and my favorite of the three. These ladies are brutally honest, and not afraid to write about Gilmore Girls (we know you are all watching it, but how many of you are singing about it?). Snotty, sincere, and extremely catchy. This one has gotten more play than most tapes in my tape decks, and I can’t wait for more from No Ditching. Truly one of the best of 2014.
Roped Off – “Reaches the Final Number” (Patient Sounds)

Roped Off’s (Dave Doyen and Mike Haley) most recent output came outlate in the year on one of my long time favorite labels Patient Sounds. I’ve been doing mail order with Patient Sounds for over 5 years now, and they have only refined their craft. 44 minutes of experimental electronics that are hypnotic and engaging. Pick up this release and snag any of the wonderful LPs Patient Sounds put out in 2014 while you are at it(if they haven’t already sold out!).
Seekers International – “Reconsider the Curse of the Vampire” (Boom Arm Nation)

Another recommendation from GRZGRZ from Memories of the Future but this time SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL create a electro hacked dub version of Scientists classic 1981 dub album “Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires.” Something new from something old. Dub of a dub. Boomarm Nation deserves a lot more of my attention moving into 2015.
Scowler // Youth Funeral – “Split” (Skeletal Lightning // Broken World Media)

Two more members of screamo’s new guard. Scowler’s band members are now in a long distance relationship but their sexy snarling vocals will give those punks who don’t like hardcore something to think about. These new Youth Funeral tracks are constantly brutal and lean away from some of the melodic sounds that their first EP had, but it is no less brilliant. We can only expect great things from this band…even Brooklyn Vegan and Noisy are catching on.
Technicolor Teeth – “Can You Keep Me Out of Hell” (Accidental Guest)

My first introduction to Technicolor Teeth was at an Accidental Guest showcase earlier this year, and live they were a much darker murkier band. Extremely intense personalities playing on the floor of Death By Audio rather than the stage. Their album “Can You Keep Me Out of Hell” is hazy indie rock masterpiece. A fully realized album with clear vocals over the distorted fuzz of guitars. This is what I hope is a realistic look of what punk rock from Wisconsin actually is, but for some reason I feel that Technicolor Teeth are an outlier in that scene.
Terminus Cursus – “6666666” (Bridgetown)

Bridgetown’s Terminus Cursus brings you back to early Discord days of Embrace, Rites of Spring, and Dag Nasty. Patrick Mugan’s harsh vocals over melodic guitars. This apple falls far from the tree of Eyelet, Scowler, and Youth Funeral, with it’s post-rock and kraut tendencies but but any of you who dug those releases should definitely check in. Exciting that this release was part of the same batch as Brown Bread!

best of 2014 :: Favorite Recordings

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Oh shit, best of 2014 coverage. yay.

Yes, these are my favorite recordings of 2014. It was a good year, no? There were other records released this year, but this is the GT list. If you are not here, but you think you should be, don’t worry, I love you. And there’s is always next year, right? These are not presented in any order besides alphabetical by artist. They’re all great. Ok. Let’s go.

(click on the album titles for additional streaming/purchase options)


Beyond Calculation by The Austerity Program

Listen: Song 30 (bandcamp)


DEBT by Baked

Listen: Wet Blanket (bandcamp)


Eighteen Hours of Static by Big Ups

Listen: Justice (bandcamp)


Interrupt by Bleeding Rainbow

Listen: Monochrome


blood sister by blood sister

Listen: 976-CREEP (bandcamp)


Clean Girls & Vulture Shit’s Expensive Tastes

Listen: Day of the Woman (bandcamp) by Clean Girls


Party Jail by Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

Listen: Laughing (bandcamp)



Listen: Forerunner (bandcamp)

(free album)

Stay Home by Hank Wood & The Hammerheads

Listen: In Bookings (bandcamp)


High Desert by High Desert

Listen: Disappeared (soundcloud)


Dyatlov by Hive Bent

Listen: Liar (bandcamp)


Spare Room by Kindling

Listen: Eastern State (bandcamp)


Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts into Tears by Krill

Listen: Unbounded Nameless Future (bandcamp)


Mess by Liars

Listen: Pro Anti Anti (youtube)


Low Fat Getting High by Low Fat Getting High

Listen: Don’t Believe You Anymore (bandcamp)


Variable Impulse by Multicult

Listen: Othello (bandcamp)


i can’t stand my own face by nine of swords

Listen: watch (bandcamp)

(pay what you want)

We Are Nots by Nots

Listen: decadence (soundcloud)


Dark Comedy by Open Mike Eagle

Listen: Doug Stamper (Advice Raps) (feat. Hannibal Buress)


Sunbathing Animal by Parquet Courts

Listen: Vienna II (youtube)


Bodies and Control and Money and Power by Priests

Listen: Right Wing (bandcamp)


Under Color of Official Right by Protomartyr

Listen: Scum, Rise! (bandcamp)


So It Goes by RATKING

Listen: So It Goes (youtube)


Separate by Roomrunner

Listen: Slow (bandcamp)


Lese Majesty by Shabazz Palaces

Listen: Motion Sickness (youtube)


Rest Versus Rust by Spray Paint

Listen: Rest Versus Rust (bandcamp)


Swollen by Stickers

Listen: Sacajawea (bandcamp)


Awake by Tycho

Listen: L (soundcloud)


Vomitface by Vomitface

Listen: Bill Me Later (bandcamp)


The Joys of Employment by Vulture Shit

Listen: Church Van Contraband (bandcamp)

SO, what is missing? what shouldn’t be here? leave a damn comment (if you are into that sort of thing).

Song 30 (mp3) by The Austerity Program

Forerunner (mp3) by EXOCOMET

Eastern State (mp3) by Kindling

watch (mp3) by nine of swords

Doug Stamper (Advice Raps) (feat. Hannibal Buress) (mp3) by Open Mike Eagle

Scum, Rise! (mp3) by Protomartyr

Sacajawea (mp3) by Stickers

Church Van Contraband (mp3) by Vulture Shit
GIMME TINNITUS Favorite Recordings Best of 2014

q and also a :: Birth (Defects)

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Baltimore’s own Birth (Defects) sent us these answers for this installment of q and also a.
q: What is the last song you (really) heard?

sean: I don’t know what you mean by “really” hear a song. The last song I enjoyed is by the best punk band out of the UK right now, Frau – “Punk Is My Boyfriend”, also Unholy Two – “Survivor Series”, a classic from The Need – “O Sally How’s it Feel With a Fake Hand?” and from a project called Karasyozoku – “Strayers Seek Crowd, Even Though They Don’t Have The Reason”.

rob: I keep Dark Blue’s cover of John Cale’s “Hungry for Love” on repeat at all times if that’s what you mean.
q: What is your most common reaction to hearing your own music?

s: “At least we aren’t a Hoax rip off band”

r: “At least we are a Hoax rip-off band.”
q: What is your favorite artist/band to see live?

s: Watery Love.

r: I don’t have favorites; I love them all equally. OK, maybe Technicolor Teeth a little more than the others.

TECHNICOLOR TEETH / BLOOD POOL from Weird City of Dirt on Vimeo.

q: What is your favorite venue (in NYC, if applicable)?

s: Death By Audio.

r: I don’t have enough experience to be an authority on New York City venues, but we’re playing The Gutter on August 15, so I’ll pick that one.

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august 15th at the gutter
q: What piece(s) of culture are you really really excited about right now?

s: I have no idea what you really mean. I like Anime a lot, and both Rob and I enjoy the Knights of Sidonia series. Hive Bent and us are starting an Anime theme songs touring band. See you in 2017.

r: Bloodborne! and Knights of Sidonia, yes. My kids really like Mario Kart, too.

q: Anything we should know about your latest project (whatever that might be)?

s: This split cassette with CP/M is our first release. It was recorded in 16 hours. It took 7 years to make this release happen.

r: I’m still amazed that cassette tapes have made a comeback.


Streamable: Birth (Defects) + CP/M 2014 Tour Split (bandcamp)

Recorded and mixed by Roomrunner‘s Dan Frome, here is the CP/M side of the cassette.

Streamable: Birth (Defects) + CP/M 2014 Tour Split (bandcamp)

Get the tape by coming to one of the shows listed above. Accidental Guest will be releasing a 7″ and maybe a 12″ by Birth (Defects) later this year. More on that TK.

And make sure you check out the rest of the q and also a series. Ok?

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BONUS: Demands (2007 Demo) (mp3)

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friday night vids :: Low Fat Getting High + Hive Bent + Signor Benedick the Moor + Dead Stars + playlounge

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

For your streaming pleasure, here is the next installment of Friday Night Vids for the year numbered 2014. And it’s not really Friday anymore, but I’m not gonna wait a whole week to post these, ok?
Streamable: Police Cop (youtube) by Low Fat Getting High

Streamable: Serious Business on BTR [ep166] (youtube) by Hive Bent

Streamable: Lecherous, Senseless, Debauchery (not the video) (youtube) by Signor Benedick the Moor

Streamable: Summer Bummer (youtube) by Dead Stars

Streamable: fan fiction (youtube) by playlounge

Downloadable: fan fiction (mp3)
AND I totally missed this Ed Schrader’s Music Beat music video for “Laughing”.

If you like what you see/hear you should probably purchase music from the above artists at any of these fine online retailers or your local independent record store or better yet buy directly from the band next time you go out to a show:

Insound | eMusic | Other Music
You can always watch more (live) music video @ the GIMMETINNITUSTUBE Channel and the GIMME TINNITUS Vimeo, but frankly I have been to lazy to record whole songs at shows recently, so you might as well go to the GT Vine.

Friday Night Vids

q and also a :: HIVE BENT

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Steph F. and Kyle B. are HIVE BENT. The Baltimore-based noiserock duo sent us these answers to the next q and also a.
q: What is the last song you (really) heard?

steph: the last song I was listening to was “white panic” by shady hawkins, they’re so fucking good and i want to play with them so badly.

kyle: “Pretender” by Hoover. I seem to rediscover that band every year or so. So good.

q: What is your most common reaction to hearing your own music?

s: “holy shit i didn’t think you guys would sound that loud and heavy but… holy shit.” no joke, that is every reaction from every person who has heard us play, haha.
k: When I hear it? “O no, not this again…”
q: What is your favorite artist/band to see live?

s: Ahhh, I’m gonna say Two Inch Astronaut… I love watching them play, Sam is absolutely hypnotic with his guitar work and Daniel’s bass blows me away, followed by Matt and his tight as shit drumming. I am often in a haze after watching them play.

Downloadable: Part of Your Scene (Live on WVAU’s Live in the Hive) (mp3)
k: Multicult. Probably the tightest band I’ve seen in years, and I don’t mean that in the way people tell bands, “yah, you guys are tight,” when they really mean the band sucks but they don’t want to be mean to their faces.

Downloadable: Luxury (mp3)
q: What is your favorite venue (in NYC, if applicable)?

s: we haven’t played very many NYC venues, but Shea Stadium is really, really, fucking cool. their whole concept and the space as a whole is really amazing to be seen.
k: Death By Audio reminded me a lot of Big Snow, which was awesome. I know I definitely enjoyed playing both of those and Shea Stadium.
q: What piece(s) of culture are you really really excited about right now?

s: hm, this question is a hard one, in terms of pop culture, i couldn’t tell you. I think I get too obsessed with tumblr culture and reblogging hilarious images all the time or constantly reading about intersectional feminism and social awareness.

The Hive Bent Tumblr is @

Ed. Note: At time of publication the Hive Bent Tumblr appears to have been hijacked, so maybe check that out later, not right now.
k: The whole digital distribution of music and crowd-sourcing phenomenon. It’s odd in that it seems to be polarizing the artistic and entertainment ends of the “music industry”, and yet things are becoming much more accessible. Also: twitter and Major League Baseball.
q: Anything we should know about your latest project (whatever that might be)?

s: i know that kyle wants to do something else separate from hive bent, but getting the time to do it is always a pain. we’re both very busy people in the ‘professional’ sense (i’m a pastry chef for a busy restaurant and kyle makes maps). I can tell you that my next project involves a strawberry rhubarb streusel.
k: I wanna do a space rock thing where I play guitar, because I miss playing guitar in a band. We’ll see when that happens, though. Hive Bent is working on new stuff in the mean time. Also, there this whole LIFE thing that keeps us busy…
Streamable: Offline Meet (soundcloud)

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BONUS: The Observer (mp3)