French Cassettes frontman Lorenzo Scott Huerta has a big, beautiful mouth. Huerta *belts* out some sexy, powerful, and anthemic notes in French Cassettes’ newest album Gold Youth.  

Gold Youth by French Cassettes

I was lucky enough to pick up this tape at one of their shows at the Bottom of the Hill with Black Cobra Vipers. Gold Youth is an album that will remind you to stay young and jazzy. Its feel good nature is the type that’ll pick you straight out of a Saturday daze and out into the warm sunshine.
-Ethan

French Cassettes frontman Lorenzo Scott Huerta has a big, beautiful mouth. Huerta *belts* out some sexy, powerful, and anthemic notes in French Cassettes’ newest album Gold Youth.

I was lucky enough to pick up this tape at one of their shows at the Bottom of the Hill with Black Cobra Vipers. Gold Youth is an album that will remind you to stay young and jazzy. Its feel good nature is the type that’ll pick you straight out of a Saturday daze and out into the warm sunshine.
-Ethan

Opening pastorally with air synths overs machined drums and keys banging Scammers proving that ‘TLC may be all I need.’ A fine album of electro pop rock, this is a cassette that is in constant rotation during cassette jockey sets. Moving from introspective to danciness, Cover You is an entirely organ-ic party album. 30 & Smokin is a favorite of mine, an ode to narcissistic nihilism, coincidentally, I picked up smoking again on my 33rd birthday.Cover You by Scammers
Look forward to stumbling on more Phil Diamond, I seriously love the unabashed punk funk of this tape. Available from Field Hymns.
-Vikram
Opening pastorally with air synths overs machined drums and keys banging Scammers proving that ‘TLC may be all I need.’ A fine album of electro pop rock, this is a cassette that is in constant rotation during cassette jockey sets. Moving from introspective to danciness, Cover You is an entirely organ-ic party album. 30 & Smokin is a favorite of mine, an ode to narcissistic nihilism, coincidentally, I picked up smoking again on my 33rd birthday.

Look forward to stumbling on more Phil Diamond, I seriously love the unabashed punk funk of this tape. Available from Field Hymns.
-Vikram
Simple key shifts and stripped down electronics make this record perfect for those late afternoon moments of quiet muse and muted excitement. 
Coupler, otherwise known as Ryan Norris, develops haunting spacious notes and small intimate pockets for us to lose ourselves in. ‘America in the Coming Age of Electronics’ drifts occasionally into something that echoes a little more sadness than one would first come to expect. 

America in the Coming Age of Electronics by Coupler

Second track ‘Ton’ pushes us down singular lines of thought - remaining simplistic throughout, it enables a sense of focus to consume the listener, complicating only towards its tail end. And that remains the beauty of this record for myself, exploring its simplicity, and being gifted the time to really invest in it. It’s quiet, and beautifully so. 

Check it out here.

- Luke Bartlett
Aperture
f/3
Shutter Speed
1/40th
ISO
400
Focal Length
14mm
Camera
Panasonic DMC-LX5
Simple key shifts and stripped down electronics make this record perfect for those late afternoon moments of quiet muse and muted excitement. 
Coupler, otherwise known as Ryan Norris, develops haunting spacious notes and small intimate pockets for us to lose ourselves in. ‘America in the Coming Age of Electronics’ drifts occasionally into something that echoes a little more sadness than one would first come to expect. 

America in the Coming Age of Electronics by Coupler

Second track ‘Ton’ pushes us down singular lines of thought - remaining simplistic throughout, it enables a sense of focus to consume the listener, complicating only towards its tail end. And that remains the beauty of this record for myself, exploring its simplicity, and being gifted the time to really invest in it. It’s quiet, and beautifully so. 

Check it out here.

- Luke Bartlett
Aperture
f/3.2
Shutter Speed
1/40th
ISO
400
Focal Length
14mm
Camera
Panasonic DMC-LX5
Simple key shifts and stripped down electronics make this record perfect for those late afternoon moments of quiet muse and muted excitement. 
Coupler, otherwise known as Ryan Norris, develops haunting spacious notes and small intimate pockets for us to lose ourselves in. ‘America in the Coming Age of Electronics’ drifts occasionally into something that echoes a little more sadness than one would first come to expect. 

America in the Coming Age of Electronics by Coupler

Second track ‘Ton’ pushes us down singular lines of thought - remaining simplistic throughout, it enables a sense of focus to consume the listener, complicating only towards its tail end. And that remains the beauty of this record for myself, exploring its simplicity, and being gifted the time to really invest in it. It’s quiet, and beautifully so. 

Check it out here.

- Luke Bartlett
Aperture
f/4
Shutter Speed
1/40th
ISO
400
Focal Length
14mm
Camera
Panasonic DMC-LX5

Simple key shifts and stripped down electronics make this record perfect for those late afternoon moments of quiet muse and muted excitement.
Coupler, otherwise known as Ryan Norris, develops haunting spacious notes and small intimate pockets for us to lose ourselves in. ‘America in the Coming Age of Electronics’ drifts occasionally into something that echoes a little more sadness than one would first come to expect.

Second track ‘Ton’ pushes us down singular lines of thought - remaining simplistic throughout, it enables a sense of focus to consume the listener, complicating only towards its tail end. And that remains the beauty of this record for myself, exploring its simplicity, and being gifted the time to really invest in it. It’s quiet, and beautifully so.

Check it out here.

- Luke Bartlett

Oakland-based Our Brother The Native’s newest album Terra Traipse feels like a soundtrack to a low speed exploration of outer space, but its lyrics keep us here tethered to Earth. 

Terra Traipse by Our Brother The Native
Dreamy melodies and playful drums accompanied by words borrowed from confessional poet Sylvia Plath would seem to create conflict, but are woven together nicely here.  How the band blends its other-worldly sound with its emotional torn-betweens is quite impressive. I will definitely be checking them out in West Oakland later this month.
-Ethan

Oakland-based Our Brother The Native’s newest album Terra Traipse feels like a soundtrack to a low speed exploration of outer space, but its lyrics keep us here tethered to Earth.



Dreamy melodies and playful drums accompanied by words borrowed from confessional poet Sylvia Plath would seem to create conflict, but are woven together nicely here. How the band blends its other-worldly sound with its emotional torn-betweens is quite impressive. I will definitely be checking them out in West Oakland later this month.
-Ethan

'When you kick back on animal time the world is such a release' reads the hidden liner notes of Travis Swinford’s Plains newest album “Stone Cloud”.  The tracks quickly escalate from a dreamy stupor to an impossibly groovy awakening and then (flip the tape) into absolutely drilling rock and roll. It all seems to say “got too used to it, and I’m moving on”.  Seductive and uplifting, Swinford has convinced me that if I’m not constantly kickin’ back on animal time, I’m just doing it wrong.  And if you’ve had a Jessica in your life, there is surely a track in there for you, oh oh oh oh.
-Ethan

Stone Cloud by Plains

'When you kick back on animal time the world is such a release' reads the hidden liner notes of Travis Swinford’s Plains newest album “Stone Cloud”. The tracks quickly escalate from a dreamy stupor to an impossibly groovy awakening and then (flip the tape) into absolutely drilling rock and roll. It all seems to say “got too used to it, and I’m moving on”. Seductive and uplifting, Swinford has convinced me that if I’m not constantly kickin’ back on animal time, I’m just doing it wrong. And if you’ve had a Jessica in your life, there is surely a track in there for you, oh oh oh oh.
-Ethan

Que.

Not going to lie, we’ve been on pause but I’ve been cueing your cassettes at parties. We’ll be coming out of hibernation this month with some yung blood.

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