New release – unexpected bowtie: TOKYO

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Today we have another release to add to our roster, with TOKYO from unexpected bowtie.

Written while on long international plane and train journeys, this is music inspired by the lights and movement of globe-trotting; a lingering salute to the people that make up some of the greatest cities in the world.

This album was primarily written on a DMG-01 Game Boy, with a bunch of extra synthy goodness and guitars thrown in for good measure.

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You can get the digital download for £3 on our Bandcamp page, or one of only fifteen limited edition, hand-painted cassette tapes for £5 from our shop.

Closet Organ – 5318008 Vinyl LP Release

The debut release from Glaswegian noise-mongers Closet Organ, including the singles ‘Paul is Dead’, and ‘Make America Great Again’ is here! This is our first (and only) 12″ vinyl LP release.

Closet Organ vinyl LP

Closet Organ vinyl LP

These are pretty beautiful with black polylined inside sheets. Limited to 100, you can get your copy for £17, which includes a digital download of the album.

These are available from our online shop, and there are also some cassettes left if you’d prefer.

More info: https://closetorgan.com/2016/09/24/5318008-album-launch/

New Release: Closet Organ 5318008

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Today, Glaswegian noisemongers Closet Organ release their debut album on Cow Tongue Taco Records – entitled 5318008 as the result of a Kickstarter gamble gone terribly wrong.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW.

The album includes the single ‘Make America Great Again‘, which caused some consternation upon release when Trump supporters didn’t quite get the joke.

5318008 is available digitally, as well as on cassette tape, and eventually on vinyl LP. We have the tapes up in the store right now, which cost £12.50 for both the tape and immediate digital download.

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Frank Angotti is Dead

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Today we have another release making its way into the shop, from Indiana’s Frank Angotti. Released in conjunction with Thrash44, there are only 15 copies of the cassette that will ever be made – and we have 4 of them available.

Listen to the album here, and grab a copy before they disappear here. If you’re in the US, you can pick up one locally here instead to save on international postage.

Noice!

New Release: cup fungus – defame the dead

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Today we have a brand new release out on Cow Tongue Taco Records: cup fungus – defame the dead. Noisey, grungey electronic music from Glasgow.

There are only five hand-painted cassettes available, so head over to the shop and get a hold of one before they disappear forever.

Free download available over on our bandcamp.

Tapes are back

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The other day when I was posting out some cassettes, the woman in the post office, off-the-cuff, said:

Oh aye, tapes are meant to be coming back into fashion.

Is that right?

Today a link has been going around about what is apparently the last remaining cassette duplication/production factory in the US, and it’s worth a watch. Only 3 minutes long, and pretty beautifully shot:

“There is no question that tapes are coming back.”

Turns out Rolling Stone penned an article on the topic at the end of last month.

A good time to get into the tape label business then, and a better time to check out what releases we have up for sale in the shop.

Birth of a label, and first release

Cassettes were a big part of my youth. The first piece of music I ever bought was on tape; I’d spend hours creating custom mix-tapes with songs I’d recorded off the radio; and I even played games by loading them from tape onto the Commodore 64. CDs weren’t around until later, and nobody really released anything on MiniDisc commercially. My generation might like to pretend otherwise, but we didn’t have vinyl; we had cassette tapes.

Now, we almost have instant access to practically any of the music ever recorded through the Internet, which is a mind bogglingly amazing thing when you stop and consider it. As a musician, this is especially amazing. Technology has allowed us the ability to record songs in a way that was completely out of reach 10-15 years ago… but sometimes the process can feel a bit too virtual; confined to the computer from start to finish. There’s a definite longing to produce something that can be enjoyed in an analogue form, and not just resort to pumping out a CD that acts as a vehicle for MP3 conversion.

For that reason, I’ve decided to set up my own cassette tape label, to release my own music and the music of others that I find some sort of symbiosis with (in very limited numbers). Vinyl is great, but far too expensive to produce, and in any event, there’s something about the temperamental, quirky nature of the cassette tape that makes them incredibly appealing as a medium. Some albums are just meant to be listened to on tape. Try it out: find an old tape and take in its warbling imperfections and you’ll see what I mean.

unexpected bowtie – drouth

The first release is ‘drouth’ from unexpected bowtie, an experimental electronic chiptune album that can be previewed for free (digitally) on our Bandcamp.

For £5 (excl. shipping) you get a hand-numbered, hand-painted cassette tape of the album in a pretty cool blue/yellow split shell – as well as some stickers.

There are only 5 copies available out of a total of 10 that were produced, so order here before they are gone forever.

Drouth Cassette Tape