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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.

Cheers,

Tom // Mirror Universe Tapes

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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!

friday night vids :: The Death By Audio Bonus Post

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

For your streaming pleasure, here is a bonus installment of Friday Night Vids only it’s Saturday and you should go to Death by Audio tonight. RIP dba.
 
Streamable: Radiation (Live @ Death by Audio) by YVETTE


 
 
Streamable: Dead Beat (Live @ Death by Audio) by A Place to Bury Strangers


 
 
Streamable: Slipping Away (Live at Death by Audio) by Hunters


 
 
Streamable: THE CREEP (Live at Death by Audio) by Sauna Heat


 
 
Streamable: Wasted (Live @ Death by Audio) by METZ


 
 
Streamable: Web (Live @ Death by Audio) by Thee Oh Sees


 
 
Streamable: SKIMASK @ Death by Audio (Full Set)


 
 
Streamable: Bugs and Rats @ Death by Audio (Full Set)


 
 
Streamable: Black Pus @ Death by Audio (Full Set)

Big ups to Sixdust
 
 
If you like what you see/hear you should probably purchase music from your local independent record store or better yet buy directly from the band next time you go out to a show.
 
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

mp3s :: One Year Ago Mix > February 2013

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Time for a little aural time travel. Let’s look back, reflect, and contemplate… what were we listening to one year ago?

Listen to the February 2013 One Year Ago Mix and find out.

You can play individual tracks using the tiny play buttons next to each mp3 link, OR you can stream all the songs in this mix using the streampad player at the bottom of the page, OR you can just download any or all of the tracks at your leisure and play them using a digital media player of your choice.

Downloadables:

  1. Minotaur (mp3) by Thee Oh Sees
  2. 1,000 Years (mp3) by Black Pus
  3. Fresh Meat (mp3) by BIG UPS
  4. Space Cadet (mp3) by Paint Fumes
  5. We Act (mp3) by bennio qwerty

    [d/l EP @ bennioqwerty.bandcamp.com]

  6. V.Card (Demo) (mp3) by Unwound
  7. We Are On The Run (mp3) by Heavy Midgets

    [pay-what-you-want for SISTERS @ heavymidgets.bandcamp.com]

  8. Belly Roll (mp3) by The Marsh Hens

    [d/l Through a Molar @ themarshhens.bandcamp.com]

  9. Evil Man (mp3) by Destruction Unit
  10. Minds Alive (mp3) by Heavy Breathing
  11. My Identity (mp3) by DJ Dog Dick
  12. bout.that (ft. baseck) (mp3) by clipping

    [pay-what-you-want for Midcity @ clppng.bandcamp.com]

  13. Kennyy (The Second Second of Forever) (mp3) by SHAPERS
  14. With You (mp3) by Procession

    [pay-what-you-want for Your Turn To Feel @ procession.bandcamp.com]

  15. Graveyard (mp3) by LVL UP
  16. Bambi Slaughter (mp3) by DIIV

    [d/l 2012-06-08 285 Kent, Brooklyn, NY @ nyctaper.com]

  17. Inside An Aquarium (mp3) by BOAT
  18. ufo (mp3) by Absolutely Free
  19. The Myth (mp3) by Trabajo

    [pay-what-you-what for Gamelan to the Love God @ trabajo.bandcamp.com]

  20. I Can Do A Lot (mp3) by Club Girls
  21. In Praise of Our Doubts (mp3) by YVETTE

If you want to download all the individual tracks in this post, you should probably think about installing the DownThemAll! or FlashGot Firefox extensions as we are way too lazy to zip and upload every single One Year Ago Mix.

Also, if you like what you hear you should probably purchase music from the above artists at any of these fine online retailers (or your local independent record store):

Insound | eMusic | Other Music

And, if you haven’t done it already, make sure you check out the other One Year Ago Mixes.


One Year Ago Mix

mp3s :: One Year Ago Mix > January 2013

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Time for a little aural time travel. Let’s look back, reflect, and contemplate… what were we listening to one year ago?

Listen to the January 2013 One Year Ago Mix and find out.

You can play individual tracks using the tiny play buttons next to each mp3 link, OR you can stream all the songs in this mix using the streampad player at the bottom of the page, OR you can just download any or all of the tracks at your leisure and play them using a digital media player of your choice.

Downloadables:

  1. Come Home (mp3) by Desert Sharks
  2. Ulysses (promo edit) (mp3) by Dan Friel
  3. Thumper (mp3) by Dan Friel
  4. Kids (mp3) by potty mouth
  5. Gimme Away (mp3) by Thee Open Sex
  6. Floor Boy (mp3) by Darlings
  7. Scrape It Off (mp3) by Yvette

    [d/l the EMPIRE OF FUZZ compilation @ explodinginsound.bandcamp.com]

  8. I’ve Got a Wild Feeling (mp3) by Milk Music
  9. Poison Arrow (mp3) by Screaming Females
  10. Cuda ’82 (mp3) by Ex Con
  11. The Observer (mp3) by Hive Bent
  12. Chaoz (mp3) by ADVAETA
  13. Screens (mp3) by Low Culture
  14. Hi 5 (mp3) by BIG UPS

    [d/l BIG DEMOS @ bigups.bandcamp.com]

  15. Hey Winnie (mp3) by Cocktails
  16. Scam (mp3) by Blanche Blanche Blanche (& The Birds of Paradise)
  17. Bodies (mp3) by Mazes
  18. Fuzz’s Fourth Dream (Al Lover Remix) (mp3) by Fuzz
  19. The Drag (Live @ Death by Audio) (mp3) by Ty Segall

    [d/l 2012-09-24 Death By Audio Brooklyn @ nyctaper.com]

  20. Fucking Hopeless (mp3) by LOW FAT GETTING HIGH

    [pay-what-you-want for Hot Yogurt @ lowfatgettinghigh.bandcamp.com]

  21. Old Mouths (mp3) by New Tongues

If you want to download all the individual tracks in this post, you should probably think about installing the DownThemAll! or FlashGot Firefox extensions as we are way too lazy to zip and upload every single One Year Ago Mix.

Also, if you like what you hear you should probably purchase music from the above artists at any of these fine online retailers (or your local independent record store):

Insound | eMusic | Other Music

And, if you haven’t done it already, make sure you check out the other One Year Ago Mixes.


One Year Ago Mix

best of 2013 :: Favorite Albums

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Here are 26 albums that I totally loved this year. You can listen to one track from each of these albums all in one handy playlist @ https://soundcloud.com/gimmetinnitus/sets/best-releases-2013 (which unfortunately can’t be embedded here), but I’ve included some sort of streaming media and/or mp3 for all the albums below.

Now stream up some amazing music and go buy all or at least some albums, assuming you have not already. But hey, maybe you want to pick up some extra copies? I don’t know.

Listen.

  1. RoomrunnerIdeal Cities

    [Fan Death]
    [purchase] (pay-what-you-want for a limited time!)

  2. YVETTEProcess

    [GODMODE]
    [purchase]

  3. KrillLucky Leaves

    [self released]
    [purchase]

  4. Speedy OrtizMajor Arcana

    [Carpark]
    [purchase]

  5. Ty SegallSleeper

    [Drag City]
    [purchase]

  6. Tape Deck MountainSway

    [self released]
    [purchase]

    Half Life (mp3)

  7. Bunny’s A SwineCalling Out

    [tiny radars]
    [purchase]

  8. Hunterss/t

    [Mom + Pop]
    [purchase]

  9. GroomsInfinity Caller

    [Western Vinyl]
    [purchase]

    Iskra Goodbye (mp3)

  10. Haunted HorsesWatcher

    [self released]
    [purchase]

  11. Bent ShapesFeels Weird

    [Father/Daughter]
    [purchase]

    Panel Of Experts (mp3)

  12. Thee Oh SeesFloating Coffin

    [Castle Face]
    [purchase]

  13. OvlovAm

    [Exploding In Sound]
    [purchase]

    blue baby (mp3)

  14. No AgeAn Object

    [Sub Pop]
    [purchase]

  15. William OnyeaborWorld Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

    [Luaka Bop]
    [purchase]

  16. Al LoverHeadway Remixes

    [Headway Recordings]
    [purchase]

  17. Shark?Savior

    [Old Flame]
    [purchase]

  18. Dan FrielTotal Folklore

    [Thrill Jockey]
    [purchase]

    Ulysses (promo edit) (mp3)

  19. Heaven’s GateTransmuting

    [Inflated Records]
    [purchase]

  20. BAMBARADreamviolence

    [Arrowhawk]
    [purchase]

    All The Same (mp3)

  21. Pop. 1280Imps of Perversion

    [Sacred Bones]
    [purchase]

  22. Two Inch AstronautBad Brother

    [Exploding In Sound]
    [purchase]

  23. Not WavingUmwelt

    [Ecstatic Recordings]
    [purchase]

  24. Dirty BeachesDrifters / Love Is The Devil

    [Zoo Music]
    [purchase]

  25. Distant Correspondents/t

    [Hot Congress/Old Flame]
    [purchase]

    Shatter (mp3)

  26. Beach ArabsWild Movement

    [Mouca]
    [purchase]

You can follow the rest of the GIMME TINNITUS “best of” coverage using this link.

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

GIMME TINNITUS' Best of 2013