When Noumenal puts out a compilation & leads with Giant Claw, you simply must listen. What follows is a list of heavy hitters, Seth Graham, Former Selvers, Euglossine, Bastian Void…

Caroline Says peeks in with gentle baroque, Jasper Lee with some tropicalla, Les Halles with French ethereal. Soulful sample stirring from Bonglestar, DJDBK & Ptrkmgrw. Funk along with Jimmy Turturici.

Compilation 1 by Noumenal Loom

The comp is quite extensive yet cohesive. Lovely for this Friday. Aloha from NASA Moffett Field, I landed here safely. Thanks for putting this out there for us mortals Noumenal Loom. Best part, name your own price, I’m dubbing this to cassette when I get home.

xoxo
Vikram

When Noumenal puts out a compilation & leads with Giant Claw, you simply must listen. What follows is a list of heavy hitters, Seth Graham, Former Selvers, Euglossine, Bastian Void…

Caroline Says peeks in with gentle baroque, Jasper Lee with some tropicalla, Les Halles with French ethereal. Soulful sample stirring from Bonglestar, DJDBK & Ptrkmgrw. Funk along with Jimmy Turturici.

The comp is quite extensive yet cohesive. Lovely for this Friday. Aloha from NASA Moffett Field, I landed here safely. Thanks for putting this out there for us mortals Noumenal Loom. Best part, name your own price, I’m dubbing this to cassette when I get home.

xoxo
Vikram

Begrudging and twee janglyness coming in hot from Earl Boykins of New Paltz, NY. This new tape “Everyone Loves Dogs” was released September 30, produced by Salvation Recording Co. and out on Forged Artifacts, a Minneapolis-based label.

Everybody Likes Dogs by Earl Boykins

Twee, eh? (On their Bandcamp) I guess they actually are sickeningly cute worrying about mom hitting her head in the dirt and loving puppies and all that. Also, they’re trying to make their dads proud with this tape. Real family men. Men who are bitterly nostalgic for the bleachers and the schoolyard. You’d think they’ve gone soft, but if you check out this video of their new track “Hair” you might realize that it’s your eustachian tubes that might be truly soft, if thats even how ear anatomy works.  This tape *shreds*, is best turned up loud, and give yourself some headspace to rock in. If you’re in New York, go find them, looks like they’ll be playing some shows in the "big city"" JANGLE! 

-Ethan

Begrudging and twee janglyness coming in hot from Earl Boykins of New Paltz, NY. This new tape “Everyone Loves Dogs” was released September 30, produced by Salvation Recording Co. and out on Forged Artifacts, a Minneapolis-based label.

Twee, eh? (On their Bandcamp) I guess they actually are sickeningly cute worrying about mom hitting her head in the dirt and loving puppies and all that. Also, they’re trying to make their dads proud with this tape. Real family men. Men who are bitterly nostalgic for the bleachers and the schoolyard. You’d think they’ve gone soft, but if you check out this video of their new track “Hair” you might realize that it’s your eustachian tubes that might be truly soft, if thats even how ear anatomy works. This tape *shreds*, is best turned up loud, and give yourself some headspace to rock in. If you’re in New York, go find them, looks like they’ll be playing some shows in the "big city"" JANGLE!

-Ethan

This is a review of Oceanic Triangulation, part II of Inner Islands recent release and a Former Selves - Panabrite split. This review is also an update on Tapefamous. Digest of Botanicals is an ambiently floating trek through primal forests into deep recesses of future consciousness. It moves briskly in places, appregiating synapses before settling into deeply meditative spreads. The synthesized wonder is layered and rich in tones, like a raga diaggregated with LSD. Triangulate Upon Paradise is oceanic, standing on sandy shores & looking out to the endless sea. Though it moves slow on the surface, there is an undulating pulse below and reminds me of Potions.

Oceanic Triangulation by Hakobune / Oliwa / Former Selves / Panabrite

I’ve been listening to this cassette with calm as I venture out into some new life directions. For starters, I started a job working on intelligent energy with a company on the NASA Ames campus. As you can imagine, futurism & metaphysics resonate strongly with me so it’s fitting that tapes like these will be stimulating the minds of engineers of the futur. This also means that I’m moving, along with Tapefamous.

Planning for such, we have new Bay area contributors, Ethan & Michaela. Two fun souls that dig tapes & fit the altruistic culture, in addition to Luke, Christian & myself. I’ve also had this idea simmering in my head to reimagine the music blog as something social & dynamic, so I’ll be putting my head into building that. We’re changing the mailing address though I’ll still pickup posted submissions for Oct.

Genres cover knee slappin punk, rock, folk & pop can be sent to Tape Famous, c/o Ethan, 288 3rd St. Unit 408 Oakland, CA, 94607. Tapes on the darker, broody, or psychedelic end can be sent to Tape Famous, c/o Michaela, 717 Panorama Drive, San Francisco, CA, 94131. Once I have a new address, you can send your ambient & dance hits to me.

Vikram

This is a review of Oceanic Triangulation, part II of Inner Islands recent release and a Former Selves - Panabrite split. This review is also an update on Tapefamous. Digest of Botanicals is an ambiently floating trek through primal forests into deep recesses of future consciousness. It moves briskly in places, appregiating synapses before settling into deeply meditative spreads. The synthesized wonder is layered and rich in tones, like a raga diaggregated with LSD. Triangulate Upon Paradise is oceanic, standing on sandy shores & looking out to the endless sea. Though it moves slow on the surface, there is an undulating pulse below and reminds me of Potions.

I’ve been listening to this cassette with calm as I venture out into some new life directions. For starters, I started a job working on intelligent energy with a company on the NASA Ames campus. As you can imagine, futurism & metaphysics resonate strongly with me so it’s fitting that tapes like these will be stimulating the minds of engineers of the futur. This also means that I’m moving, along with Tapefamous.

Planning for such, we have new Bay area contributors, Ethan & Michaela. Two fun souls that dig tapes & fit the altruistic culture, in addition to Luke, Christian & myself. I’ve also had this idea simmering in my head to reimagine the music blog as something social & dynamic, so I’ll be putting my head into building that. We’re changing the mailing address though I’ll still pickup posted submissions for Oct.

Genres cover knee slappin punk, rock, folk & pop can be sent to Tape Famous, c/o Ethan, 288 3rd St. Unit 408 Oakland, CA, 94607. Tapes on the darker, broody, or psychedelic end can be sent to Tape Famous, c/o Michaela, 717 Panorama Drive, San Francisco, CA, 94131. Once I have a new address, you can send your ambient & dance hits to me.

Vikram

Kurly Somthing
HS2 IBP

Like flippin channels, these cats from Seattle use many samples and give a try to playing songs from all over the genre map. Some bits feel like being a 17 year old bad kid sent to psych analysis, some like a soundtrack to surfin the internet, some like heavy poli sci discussions, and one even sounds a lil like the insistent rhymes of the Fresh Prince intro. Through it all is a good groove, scattered hardness, and beeps of life beyond the galaxy. Though shit gets serious sometimes, this band is having fun throughout the whole tape. 

Head Space by Kurly Somthing

The cassette’s sides are unmarked, but one side gives the feel of millennial rockers torn between outerspace party fantasies and the daily bummers of life on Earth; while the other side is a more focused foray into issues of our time through sampled speeches over a danceable beat. Here lies my favorite lyric, delivered by a voice I imagine belonging to a future being who blurs the line between having a soul and artificial intelligence: “Don’t you think that being a human is a big joke?” The song is followed by a long segment of pot propaganda and debate – the perfect news radio ramble to smoke a bowl to – then this side finishes off with a sample of pure wisdom cut off just before the end of a sentence. Fill in the blank with your own wise message. 

The web says that Kurly Somthing does a wild live set with monsters and audience participation. No dates right now, but I’ll go when they come around.

-Michaela
Kurly Somthing
HS2 IBP

Like flippin channels, these cats from Seattle use many samples and give a try to playing songs from all over the genre map. Some bits feel like being a 17 year old bad kid sent to psych analysis, some like a soundtrack to surfin the internet, some like heavy poli sci discussions, and one even sounds a lil like the insistent rhymes of the Fresh Prince intro. Through it all is a good groove, scattered hardness, and beeps of life beyond the galaxy. Though shit gets serious sometimes, this band is having fun throughout the whole tape. 

Head Space by Kurly Somthing

The cassette’s sides are unmarked, but one side gives the feel of millennial rockers torn between outerspace party fantasies and the daily bummers of life on Earth; while the other side is a more focused foray into issues of our time through sampled speeches over a danceable beat. Here lies my favorite lyric, delivered by a voice I imagine belonging to a future being who blurs the line between having a soul and artificial intelligence: “Don’t you think that being a human is a big joke?” The song is followed by a long segment of pot propaganda and debate – the perfect news radio ramble to smoke a bowl to – then this side finishes off with a sample of pure wisdom cut off just before the end of a sentence. Fill in the blank with your own wise message. 

The web says that Kurly Somthing does a wild live set with monsters and audience participation. No dates right now, but I’ll go when they come around.

-Michaela
Kurly Somthing
HS2 IBP

Like flippin channels, these cats from Seattle use many samples and give a try to playing songs from all over the genre map. Some bits feel like being a 17 year old bad kid sent to psych analysis, some like a soundtrack to surfin the internet, some like heavy poli sci discussions, and one even sounds a lil like the insistent rhymes of the Fresh Prince intro. Through it all is a good groove, scattered hardness, and beeps of life beyond the galaxy. Though shit gets serious sometimes, this band is having fun throughout the whole tape. 

Head Space by Kurly Somthing

The cassette’s sides are unmarked, but one side gives the feel of millennial rockers torn between outerspace party fantasies and the daily bummers of life on Earth; while the other side is a more focused foray into issues of our time through sampled speeches over a danceable beat. Here lies my favorite lyric, delivered by a voice I imagine belonging to a future being who blurs the line between having a soul and artificial intelligence: “Don’t you think that being a human is a big joke?” The song is followed by a long segment of pot propaganda and debate – the perfect news radio ramble to smoke a bowl to – then this side finishes off with a sample of pure wisdom cut off just before the end of a sentence. Fill in the blank with your own wise message. 

The web says that Kurly Somthing does a wild live set with monsters and audience participation. No dates right now, but I’ll go when they come around.

-Michaela

Kurly Somthing
HS2 IBP

Like flippin channels, these cats from Seattle use many samples and give a try to playing songs from all over the genre map. Some bits feel like being a 17 year old bad kid sent to psych analysis, some like a soundtrack to surfin the internet, some like heavy poli sci discussions, and one even sounds a lil like the insistent rhymes of the Fresh Prince intro. Through it all is a good groove, scattered hardness, and beeps of life beyond the galaxy. Though shit gets serious sometimes, this band is having fun throughout the whole tape.

The cassette’s sides are unmarked, but one side gives the feel of millennial rockers torn between outerspace party fantasies and the daily bummers of life on Earth; while the other side is a more focused foray into issues of our time through sampled speeches over a danceable beat. Here lies my favorite lyric, delivered by a voice I imagine belonging to a future being who blurs the line between having a soul and artificial intelligence: “Don’t you think that being a human is a big joke?” The song is followed by a long segment of pot propaganda and debate – the perfect news radio ramble to smoke a bowl to – then this side finishes off with a sample of pure wisdom cut off just before the end of a sentence. Fill in the blank with your own wise message.

The web says that Kurly Somthing does a wild live set with monsters and audience participation. No dates right now, but I’ll go when they come around.

-Michaela

Way too much horse-bias to handle in these tracks. While I’m not even sure what that means, Nick Dolezal as Restaurnaut keeps coming back to the horse theme, producing casual, lo-fi horse tunes. With what seems like Wells Fargo-themed logos on the Bandcamp page, horses penetrate your skull in non-obvious ways.

FAHF2 by Restaurnaut

This particular tape “FAHF2” is a series of folky, uke slammin’, brut horse jams.  “Don’t Feel Lonely Like The Rest” had me drumming fills on my leg, a definite good sign. It’s reassuring as well, providing bits of advice on how to push through when you’re falling apart.  Dolezal’s business card reads: “One who very commonly eats out, and is recognized easily by waitstaff.” Maybe he’s a restaurant astronaut?  In conclusion, it’s all pretty weird. -Ethan

Way too much horse-bias to handle in these tracks. While I’m not even sure what that means, Nick Dolezal as Restaurnaut keeps coming back to the horse theme, producing casual, lo-fi horse tunes. With what seems like Wells Fargo-themed logos on the Bandcamp page, horses penetrate your skull in non-obvious ways.

This particular tape “FAHF2” is a series of folky, uke slammin’, brut horse jams. “Don’t Feel Lonely Like The Rest” had me drumming fills on my leg, a definite good sign. It’s reassuring as well, providing bits of advice on how to push through when you’re falling apart. Dolezal’s business card reads: “One who very commonly eats out, and is recognized easily by waitstaff.” Maybe he’s a restaurant astronaut? In conclusion, it’s all pretty weird. -Ethan

The recent weakening of the persistent cyclone a.k.a. the “North Polar Vortex” is probably why I am listening to this tape. Fern Records of Northern Illinois put out this compilation tape, with songs that the creator fell in love with while being chilled to the bone well into March 2014. I jived the most with a song called “God Made Television For A Reason” by the band formerly known as “Toast”, a math rock band from Monroe, Louisiana that is now called Yowzah. 

Inside the Wardian Case - A Fern Records Compilation by Toast

If the polar vortex comes back with a vengeance, I’d love to see another compilation, Fern Records! 

In the meantime, stay toasty, friends.
-Ethan

The recent weakening of the persistent cyclone a.k.a. the “North Polar Vortex” is probably why I am listening to this tape. Fern Records of Northern Illinois put out this compilation tape, with songs that the creator fell in love with while being chilled to the bone well into March 2014. I jived the most with a song called “God Made Television For A Reason” by the band formerly known as “Toast”, a math rock band from Monroe, Louisiana that is now called Yowzah.

If the polar vortex comes back with a vengeance, I’d love to see another compilation, Fern Records!

In the meantime, stay toasty, friends.
-Ethan

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