12
Mar

INTERVIEW: Eric Schlittler of Kid Icarus

Eyes on this wonderful interview that covers the past, present and future of Eric and Kid Icarus!

07
Mar

The next 2 additions to the HFTTD catalog are up and ready for procurement!

Indulge yourselves in the latest effort from the Graham Repulski camp - the 12 lo-fi, skewed pop events that make up Portable Grindhouse. This isn’t the first release this year from the prolific band and it won’t be the last. (stream / buy)

The Flying Sorcerers are a 4-headed combo from New Zealand influenced by “60’s pop, 70’s punk and Flying Nun”. Um, yeah. If that doesn’t have you clicky clicking there’s no hope for ya! 8 blasts of manic pop clocking in at 10 minutes makes up the band’s debut effort and there’s more where this came from - another EP is on the way! (stream / buy)

Don’t forget about the 4for20 deal - you can use the deal and bank releases if you’d like! 

26
Feb
NEW FROM HOPE FOR THE TAPE DECK!!!ELEKIBASS"ONE OF ELEKIBASS’ YEARS"
From Japan, straight into your hearts, we couldn’t be more excited to present “One Of Elekibass’ Years” by Elekibass!! Originally formed in 1998, Elekibass (Youichi Sakamoto and Jumpei “JP” Komeda - and friends) have traveled the world, and formed a close bond with the elephant 6 bands in Athens, GA. They’ve toured the US several times over the last 14 years, with bands like of Montreal, 63 Crayons, Keith John Adams, Casper & The Cookies and more, including several stops at Popfest in Athens. Their music is a perfect blend of 60’s psychedelics and Japanese indie pop, and you won’t be able to get them out of your head, so don’t fight it! “One Of Elekibass’ Years” is a collection of new songs, and features “Garden Party” which was written for the band by Robert Schneider (of the Apples In Stereo). There’s a couple tracks by Like This Parade (the work of Masanori Misawa - “maybe a troubadour, maybe you’ve seen his credits on other Elekibass projects”), and Okane Monster (Sakamoto’s solo project) snuck in there as well.Release date scheduled for 3/25/2014!Pre-Order Now: http://hopeforthetapedeck.limitedrun.com/products/525741-dude-020-elekibass-one-of-elekibass-yearsAs always, the first 22 orders will feature a unique, handmade, painted/screenprinted slipcover! Order fast!Check out our bandcamp to stream the album in full!Click here to check out the awesome video for “Starlight”!

NEW FROM HOPE FOR THE TAPE DECK!!!

ELEKIBASS
"ONE OF ELEKIBASS’ YEARS"

From Japan, straight into your hearts, we couldn’t be more excited to present “One Of Elekibass’ Years” by Elekibass!! Originally formed in 1998, Elekibass (Youichi Sakamoto and Jumpei “JP” Komeda - and friends) have traveled the world, and formed a close bond with the elephant 6 bands in Athens, GA. They’ve toured the US several times over the last 14 years, with bands like of Montreal, 63 Crayons, Keith John Adams, Casper & The Cookies and more, including several stops at Popfest in Athens. Their music is a perfect blend of 60’s psychedelics and Japanese indie pop, and you won’t be able to get them out of your head, so don’t fight it! “One Of Elekibass’ Years” is a collection of new songs, and features “Garden Party” which was written for the band by Robert Schneider (of the Apples In Stereo). There’s a couple tracks by Like This Parade (the work of Masanori Misawa - “maybe a troubadour, maybe you’ve seen his credits on other Elekibass projects”), and Okane Monster (Sakamoto’s solo project) snuck in there as well.

Release date scheduled for 3/25/2014!

Pre-Order Now: 
http://hopeforthetapedeck.limitedrun.com/products/525741-dude-020-elekibass-one-of-elekibass-years

As always, the first 22 orders will feature a unique, handmade, painted/screenprinted slipcover! Order fast!

Check out our bandcamp to stream the album in full!

Click here to check out the awesome video for “Starlight”!

10
Feb

Bad Timing Now

by Kid Icarus

Read about the process behind the making/development of the Kid Icarus rarities tape we’re involved with. Hugs to Mark for posting! 

yvynyl:

Kid Icarus - Bad Timing Now

Over the weekend, I got this touching letter about love from Eric Schlittler:

Hello Mark,

My name is Eric and I wanted to share a little about my latest tape and myself with you and your readers.

"Another black day is dawning. Just you and your broken heart; the feeling everything is falling apart."

As I sang the lyrics to this song, I had little idea what a self-fulfilling prophecy they would turn out to be.  It’s early Winter, 2013.  I’m singing a song I wrote for my band Kid Icarus in my friend Nate’s home studio in Scranton, PA.  I’ve sang a lot of Kid Icarus songs in various living rooms, basements, bars and private homes in Pennsylvania since I began recording under the Kid Icarus moniker around 1996.  The music I make would probably be considered by most to be a strain of lo-fi indie rock.  Inspired by the high school sounds of Sonic Youth, Sebadoh, Guided by Voices and Pavement; along with a million obscure 7”s and The Velvet Underground (of course).  Have there been other music projects that have called themselves Kid Icarus?  Sure, but I would like to think I might be the first to use it.  What started as a solo recording project slowly evolved into a band organically over time.  With lots of good friends joining me on my quixotic quest and bringing unique contributions, which only helped to make each release its own.

There has never a big breakthrough success for Kid Icarus.  A little critical acclaim, an offer to make another record and the sheer force of will; has been enough to keep the project and the band going all these years.  It’s partially our own fault; we’ve done little in the way of touring.  Instead, I decided to put our efforts and finances towards making the best music possible on a shoestring budget, pressing small runs on CD, vinyl or tape and sending them all over creation.  It was and is the economics of a dream.

Shortly after those aforementioned 2013 sessions that would birth and an all but almost totally ignored split 12” with our good friends, Cold Coffee, came the diagnosis.  My wife, Cassie was diagnosed with cancer.  My best friend since 1994 and wife since 2009, Cassie often lent her voice, art, support, critical ear and even one of her own songs to Kid Icarus.  In the early days, it was mostly just she & I mucking around on my cassette 4 track or boom box, singing made up songs about vegetable girls, turtle soup and other unmentionables.

As the Summer of 2013 crept upon us, the dark cloud of sickness loomed large with so many appointments, treatments, preventative measures and surgeries.  A distraction from the darkness came in the form of an offer from my friend Matt from Hope for the Tape Deck.  An offer to compile a Kid Icarus rarities anthology for his newly minted tape label.  The evenings were now filled with attic excavations, digging through mountains of CD-Rs filled with demos, the humming of my old 4 track and lots of great memories of days and people, now long gone.  The Summer wore into Fall and the mountain of newly reclaimed tunes was whittled into what approximated a single volume anthology of highlights.

It’s now Winter 2014 and my box of tapes have just arrived from the label.  I called it, Dig Archaeology - 13 Years of Lost Songs.  The tapes looked great; replete with old school faux Columbia Records style “Nice Price” cassette trappings (courtesy of Cassie) and a picture of her & I on the front.  A picture taken some 10 years earlier, an old publicity photo for a public that never seemed too interested.  As I opened the tape to inspect the interior art, I noticed a ghostly photo of her lined up perfectly to where the tape rests on the inside of the j-card.  There she was staring back at me: standing in the hallway of our old apartment from so long ago.  I had a moment of realization that she truly has and has always been my muse.  Now, there is much to look forward to.  My wife is now cancer free and we are both free of those dark Summer days.

Take Care,

Eric

Read more Letters to YVYNYL

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09
Feb

Are You Receiving Me? #58 – Hussalonia - Go Metric

Read Mike’s in-depth review of the Home Taping Is Killing Me cassette. There’s much to be learned.

03
Feb
Yo friends! Tomorrow will mark the official Fayaway tape release party @ Glasslands in Brooklyn. RSVP, support good habits and pick up the tape!
(Obligatory stream link - just in case you’ve yet to put The Astral Body EP into your ears where it belongs.)

Yo friends! Tomorrow will mark the official Fayaway tape release party @ Glasslands in Brooklyn. RSVP, support good habits and pick up the tape!

(Obligatory stream link - just in case you’ve yet to put The Astral Body EP into your ears where it belongs.)

15
Jan
DUDES! We got a surprise for you…introducing the Hope For The Tape Deck Highly Technical Digital Mixtape™ Volume One! Filled to the brim with TWENTY juicy earhole nuggets from our roster to you. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THIS CRAP FOR FREE! ***Featuring songs from some upcoming releases that we haven’t announced yet. Can you find them???1.Elekibass - Starlight2.Hussalonia - A Head In The Phones3.Marc Neibauer - For Alex4.Minta & The Brook Trout - At Your Will5.Gold-Bears - In This City, I’m Invincible6.Elf Power - Sunlight On The Moon7.Fayaway - Perfect Apartment8.Sleepybeef - Joe vs. The Dream Comparison9.Joneski - Nasty10.Graham Repulski - Chainsaw Lollipop11.The Flying Sorcerers - Jealous Rage12.Kid Icarus - More Laughing Skeletons13.Faster Circuits - Leibe Fur Machinen14.The Laughing Leaves - Everyday15.Grape Soda - Unaligned16.Rare High - Leave Astounding17.Missionaries - High Anxiety18.Emily Yacina - Glow19.Psalmships - Window20.The Sad Cobras - No More Graves

DUDES! We got a surprise for you…introducing the Hope For The Tape Deck Highly Technical Digital Mixtape™ Volume One! Filled to the brim with TWENTY juicy earhole nuggets from our roster to you. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THIS CRAP FOR FREE! ***Featuring songs from some upcoming releases that we haven’t announced yet. Can you find them???

1.Elekibass - Starlight
2.Hussalonia - A Head In The Phones
3.Marc Neibauer - For Alex
4.Minta & The Brook Trout - At Your Will
5.Gold-Bears - In This City, I’m Invincible
6.Elf Power - Sunlight On The Moon
7.Fayaway - Perfect Apartment
8.Sleepybeef - Joe vs. The Dream Comparison
9.Joneski - Nasty
10.Graham Repulski - Chainsaw Lollipop
11.The Flying Sorcerers - Jealous Rage
12.Kid Icarus - More Laughing Skeletons
13.Faster Circuits - Leibe Fur Machinen
14.The Laughing Leaves - Everyday
15.Grape Soda - Unaligned
16.Rare High - Leave Astounding
17.Missionaries - High Anxiety
18.Emily Yacina - Glow
19.Psalmships - Window
20.The Sad Cobras - No More Graves

10
Jan

Tape[Talk] Label Feature: Hope For The Tape Deck

rfxapparel:

imageRecently, I came across the independent tape label bringing us quality tune-age out of Philadelphia, PA and Roanoke, VA, Hope For The Tape Deck. Hope For The Tape Deck is a new tape venture founded by Matthew Marcinowski of Big School Records, and Stephen Cort Smith, bringing us “limited…

This is awesome! Check out rfxapparel's new Tape[Talk] feature on HFTTD! We're blushing!

06
Jan
DUDES! NEW RELEASES! We couldn’t be more excited to announce the three latest additions to the Hope For The Tape Deck family — Kid Icarus, Minta & The Brook Trout and Elf Power!! Due Out 3/4/2014, and available now for Pre-Order!
*DUDE-008 Kid Icarus - Dig Archaelogoy: Thirteen Years Of Lost Songs 1999-2012Kid Icarus began in 1996 as the musical brainchild of wayward home taper, Eric Schlittler,and over the years, has grown to include a number of collaborators. Releasing albums of home baked lo-fi psychedelia, and hi-fi indie guitar swing. At the time of this writing, Kid Icarus has evolved into a full band sporting the talents of brothers Joe and Justin Marchegiani along with Jeff Gilotti. Here we offer a collection of rare, unreleased goodies from Kid Icarus past and present. Limited edition of 100 numbered cassettes, and the first 22 will feature a unique, handmade spraypainted/screenprinted slipcover!Listen Here!Pre-Order Here!*DUDE-018 Minta & The Brook Trout - OlympiaMinta & The Brook Trout is a 4-piece indie outfit from Lisbon, Portugal where they live and make beautiful folky/americana music that would fit right in with the Saddle Creek catalog. Olympia makes the band’s 4th release since forming in 2008, and was originally self-released by the band digitally and on CD in 2012. Not content to let this masterpiece sit, yer pals here at Hope For The Tape Deck are offering up the deluxe cassette treatment, complete with 2 previously unreleased Mount Eerie covers! Limited edition of 100 numbered cassettes, and the first 22 will feature a unique, handmade spraypainted/screenprinted slipcover!Listen Here!Pre-Order Here!
*DUDE-019 Elf Power - Sunlight On The MoonElf Power is one of the founding members of the fabled Elephant 6 Recording Co. Based in Athens, GA, they have going strong with their unique brand of psych-pop for nearly 20 years! “Sunlight On The Moon,” released on vinyl and CD by Orange Twin Records in 2013, is one of their best yet! It has the classic lo-fi feel of their early work and will instantly draw you in and keep you warm and fuzzy. Look for them on the road with Neutral Milk Hotel in 2014! Limited edition of 100 numbered cassettes, and the first 22 will feature a unique, handmade spraypainted/screenprinted slipcover!Listen Here!Pre-Order Here!DON’T FORGET OUR 4 TAPES FOR $20 DEAL! ALWAYS ON SALE!

DUDES! NEW RELEASES! We couldn’t be more excited to announce the three latest additions to the Hope For The Tape Deck family — Kid Icarus, Minta & The Brook Trout and Elf Power!! Due Out 3/4/2014, and available now for Pre-Order!

*DUDE-008 Kid Icarus - Dig Archaelogoy: Thirteen Years Of Lost Songs 1999-2012

Kid Icarus began in 1996 as the musical brainchild of wayward home taper, Eric Schlittler,and over the years, has grown to include a number of collaborators. Releasing albums of home baked lo-fi psychedelia, and hi-fi indie guitar swing. At the time of this writing, Kid Icarus has evolved into a full band sporting the talents of brothers Joe and Justin Marchegiani along with Jeff Gilotti. Here we offer a collection of rare, unreleased goodies from Kid Icarus past and present. Limited edition of 100 numbered cassettes, and the first 22 will feature a unique, handmade spraypainted/screenprinted slipcover!

Listen Here!
Pre-Order Here!

*DUDE-018 Minta & The Brook Trout - Olympia

Minta & The Brook Trout is a 4-piece indie outfit from Lisbon, Portugal where they live and make beautiful folky/americana music that would fit right in with the Saddle Creek catalog. Olympia makes the band’s 4th release since forming in 2008, and was originally self-released by the band digitally and on CD in 2012. Not content to let this masterpiece sit, yer pals here at Hope For The Tape Deck are offering up the deluxe cassette treatment, complete with 2 previously unreleased Mount Eerie covers! Limited edition of 100 numbered cassettes, and the first 22 will feature a unique, handmade spraypainted/screenprinted slipcover!

Listen Here!
Pre-Order Here!

*DUDE-019 Elf Power - Sunlight On The Moon

Elf Power is one of the founding members of the fabled Elephant 6 Recording Co. Based in Athens, GA, they have going strong with their unique brand of psych-pop for nearly 20 years! “Sunlight On The Moon,” released on vinyl and CD by Orange Twin Records in 2013, is one of their best yet! It has the classic lo-fi feel of their early work and will instantly draw you in and keep you warm and fuzzy. Look for them on the road with Neutral Milk Hotel in 2014! Limited edition of 100 numbered cassettes, and the first 22 will feature a unique, handmade spraypainted/screenprinted slipcover!

Listen Here!
Pre-Order Here!

DON’T FORGET OUR 4 TAPES FOR $20 DEAL! ALWAYS ON SALE!

30
Dec
Good news! Joneski “Stimulator Jones” cassettes will be in-hand and shipping THIS WEEK! Lots of delays, but well worth the wait. Check out the super-rad, ultra-limited slipcovers (only the first 22 orders get one of these puppies! there are a few left, so if you been sleepin’ on this one, you better wake up! ORDER HERE!) and head over to the bandcamp to give it a listen (in case you don’t trust us when we tell you how happy yer earholes will be)We hope all of your wildest dreams come true in 2014! xoxoxoxo,HFTTD

Good news! Joneski “Stimulator Jones” cassettes will be in-hand and shipping THIS WEEK! Lots of delays, but well worth the wait. Check out the super-rad, ultra-limited slipcovers (only the first 22 orders get one of these puppies! there are a few left, so if you been sleepin’ on this one, you better wake up! ORDER HERE!) and head over to the bandcamp to give it a listen (in case you don’t trust us when we tell you how happy yer earholes will be)

We hope all of your wildest dreams come true in 2014! 

xoxoxoxo,
HFTTD

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