10
Jun
DUDE-030 CIRCULATORY SYSTEM MOSAICS WITHIN MOSAICSLIMITED EDITION CASSETTE COMING IN JULY!Circulatory System are back with a new double album called Mosaics Within Mosaics. They are led by Will Cullen Hart, visual artist and one of the main songwriters of the psychedelic pop band The Olivia Tremor Control. The album was culled together in the style in which Will has always worked, using recordings from his copious back catalog of home recordings spanning from twelve years ago to now. It was masterfully assembled by Derek Almstead (Faster Circuits) with overdubs by John Fernandes (The Olivia Tremor Control, Dream Boat, Jacob Morris, The New Sound of Numbers, Old Smokey), Heather McIntosh (The Instruments), AJ Griffin (Laminated Cat), Peter Erchick (The Olivia Tremor Control, Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t), and Jeff Mangum & Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel).
The lyrics feature Will’s unique observations and impressions of life - poetic and meaningful. The music is entrancing, sometimes flowing into long instrumental passages that set a very pleasant atmosphere. Since the mixes originated in Will’s bedroom, they all have his signature deep-focus production style. He is very enamored with using the mixes of songs from the day they were recorded instead of trying to capture the same magic when re-recording them. It makes sense because the sound of the recordings have as much impact as the songs themselves in creating an enveloping world of words, melody, and texture.The fine folks over at Cloud Recordings are giving it the 2xLP and CD treatment, while yer pals here at HFTTD have been entrusted with the cassette versions!Limited Edition of 150 hand-numbered cassettesFirst 30 pre-orders will receive a hand-painted/screenprinted slipcoverAll cassettes come with digital download in your choice of formatPRE-ORDER HERE!

DUDE-030 CIRCULATORY SYSTEM MOSAICS WITHIN MOSAICS

LIMITED EDITION CASSETTE COMING IN JULY!

Circulatory System are back with a new double album called
Mosaics Within Mosaics. They are led by Will Cullen Hart, visual artist and one of the main songwriters of the psychedelic pop band The Olivia Tremor Control. The album was culled together in the style in which Will has always worked, using recordings from his copious back catalog of home recordings spanning from twelve years ago to now. It was masterfully assembled by Derek Almstead (Faster Circuits) with overdubs by John Fernandes (The Olivia Tremor Control, Dream Boat, Jacob Morris, The New Sound of Numbers, Old Smokey), Heather McIntosh (The Instruments), AJ Griffin (Laminated Cat), Peter Erchick (The Olivia Tremor Control, Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t), and Jeff Mangum & Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel).

The lyrics feature Will’s unique observations and impressions of life - poetic and meaningful. The music is entrancing, sometimes flowing into long instrumental passages that set a very pleasant atmosphere. Since the mixes originated in Will’s bedroom, they all have his signature deep-focus production style. He is very enamored with using the mixes of songs from the day they were recorded instead of trying to capture the same magic when re-recording them. It makes sense because the sound of the recordings have as much impact as the songs themselves in creating an enveloping world of words, melody, and texture.

The fine folks over at Cloud Recordings are giving it the 2xLP and CD treatment, while yer pals here at HFTTD have been entrusted with the cassette versions!

Limited Edition of 150 hand-numbered cassettes
First 30 pre-orders will receive a hand-painted/screenprinted slipcover
All cassettes come with digital download in your choice of format

PRE-ORDER HERE!

06
Jun
HFTTD alumnus Psalmships will be releasing a new album, I Sleep Alone, on ‘sister’ label, Big School Records. Go stream it on Bandcamp and pre-order it in your favorite format. It’s pretty darn good, duh! BTW, there’s still a few copies of Old Waves left in our store. Rumor has it a Pt. 2 is in the works!

HFTTD alumnus Psalmships will be releasing a new album, I Sleep Alone, on ‘sister’ label, Big School Records. Go stream it on Bandcamp and pre-order it in your favorite format. It’s pretty darn good, duh! BTW, there’s still a few copies of Old Waves left in our store. Rumor has it a Pt. 2 is in the works!

03
Jun
THE ALWAYS RED SOCIETYGIANT CHOCOLATE THINK TANK BLUESLimited Edition of 200 hand-numbered cassettesEach cassette comes with a small booklet of artwork by Will Cullen HartFirst 50 orders will feature a unique handpainted/screenprinted slipcover
Giant Chocolate Think Tank Blues is the second known cassette by Will Cullen Hart’s solo project, The Always Red Society, before he helped form The Olivia Tremor Control. Some of the songs featured here would later be re-recorded/re-imagined for The OTC’s classic debut LP, Dusk At Cubist Castle. Available now for the first time in 20 years, these tracks give us a unique look in on the beginning stages of something legendary. Hart is a founding member of the Elephant 6 Recording Co., and in addition to Olivia Tremor Control, he went on to form Circulatory System, and has performed with/been involved with an absurd number of incredible musical projects and bands. Get this piece of elephant 6 history in yer earholes! Pre-order now! Tapes will be shipping out in July!
PRE-ORDER HERELISTEN HEREDUDE-028The Always Red SocietyGiant Chocolate Think Tank BluesSide A:1.Can You Come Down With Us?2.Life Of Glory3.Here We Are Again4.Don’t Take No5.Headlong Step6.Ginger Root Orchestra7.Aquaman8.Five Senses
Side B:1.Fucking You2.Some Meandering Mechanical Overseer Is Coming3.Broken Hearts4.Descending Down5.Stolen Car6.Song For Jeff And Bill7.The Always Red Society

THE ALWAYS RED SOCIETY
GIANT CHOCOLATE THINK TANK BLUES

Limited Edition of 200 hand-numbered cassettes
Each cassette comes with a small booklet of artwork by Will Cullen Hart
First 50 orders will feature a unique handpainted/screenprinted slipcover

Giant Chocolate Think Tank Blues is the second known cassette by Will Cullen Hart’s solo project, The Always Red Society, before he helped form The Olivia Tremor Control. Some of the songs featured here would later be re-recorded/re-imagined for The OTC’s classic debut LP, Dusk At Cubist Castle. Available now for the first time in 20 years, these tracks give us a unique look in on the beginning stages of something legendary. Hart is a founding member of the Elephant 6 Recording Co., and in addition to Olivia Tremor Control, he went on to form Circulatory System, and has performed with/been involved with an absurd number of incredible musical projects and bands. Get this piece of elephant 6 history in yer earholes! Pre-order now! Tapes will be shipping out in July!

PRE-ORDER HERE
LISTEN HERE

DUDE-028
The Always Red Society
Giant Chocolate Think Tank Blues

Side A:
1.Can You Come Down With Us?
2.Life Of Glory
3.Here We Are Again
4.Don’t Take No
5.Headlong Step
6.Ginger Root Orchestra
7.Aquaman
8.Five Senses

Side B:
1.Fucking You
2.Some Meandering Mechanical Overseer Is Coming
3.Broken Hearts
4.Descending Down
5.Stolen Car
6.Song For Jeff And Bill
7.The Always Red Society

12
May

Coming in June:
DUDE-026 Platinum Bitch “The Black Plum (10th Anniversary Reissue)”
DUDE-029 Sam Lunsford “Kangen”

Philly’s Timothy Laszlo Sandor might be retiring the Platinum Bitch name but not without first re-issuing his seminal 2001 EP release, The Black Plum, in an expanded format. The experimental folk magnum opus will be given the deluxe cassette treatment now in 2014 by yer pals here at HFTTD. 

Kangen is the latest offering from the mulit-talented Sam Lunsford (Joneski, The Young Sinclairs, The Sad Cobras, etc) and it showcases his singer/songwriter roots. Lunsford is responsible for writing, performing, recording and producing this newest masterpiece.

LISTEN NOW!
PRE-ORDER NOW!

18
Apr
GOLD-BEARS “DALLIANCE”Limited Edition Cassette coming June 3, 2014 on Hope For The Tape Deck!!! Dudes, hold on to yer butts. The new Gold-Bears album is primed and ready, and your earholes aren’t ready for the assault that will soon be upon them. The first single, “For You”, debuted yesterday, and Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, Their Bated Breath, and Prefix, among others have all had nice some really things to say so far. The single is streaming on Soundcloud now.
As always, there will be 100 hand-numbered cassettes, and the first 22 orders will feature an exclusive, unique handpainted/screenprinted slipcover. All cassettes will come with a digital download code. Make your mouse go clicky RIGHT HERE to pre-order your cassette now! The fine folks over at Slumberland Records are releasing the album on LP and CD and you can pre-order those formats from their website now too! We couldn’t be more stoked to be working with such a legendary label.\m/Happy listening! More radness coming soon from yer pals here at HFTTD! Be sure to sign up for our mailing list over at our dot com so you can keep up with us!

GOLD-BEARS “DALLIANCE”
Limited Edition Cassette coming June 3, 2014 on Hope For The Tape Deck!!! 

Dudes, hold on to yer butts. The new Gold-Bears album is primed and ready, and your earholes aren’t ready for the assault that will soon be upon them. 

The first single, “For You”, debuted yesterday, and Pitchfork, C
onsequence of Sound, Their Bated Breath, and Prefix, among others have all had nice some really things to say so far. The single is streaming on Soundcloud now.

As always, there will be 100 hand-numbered cassettes, and the first 22 orders will feature an exclusive, unique handpainted/screenprinted slipcover. All cassettes will come with a digital download code. Make your mouse go clicky RIGHT HERE to pre-order your cassette now! 

The fine folks over at Slumberland Records are releasing the album on LP and CD and you can pre-order those formats from their website now too! We couldn’t be more stoked to be working with such a legendary label.

\m/

Happy listening! More radness coming soon from yer pals here at HFTTD! Be sure to sign up for our mailing list over at our dot com so you can keep up with us!





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.

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