April 13, 2016
Tape Drift is excited to announce its newest batch of 3 releases just in time for Spring. We think you will love these items. All in limited release quantities, so let us know soon if you'd like to buy any!
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TD79 Steve Flato - Simulation of Another Thing (CDR)
San Diego's Steve Flato has released music on a number of great labels including Kendra Steiner Editions, Copy For Your Records, Lengua de Lava, and his own Abrash imprint. His Tape Drift debut is a stunning example of Steve's artistry and laser-like focus. Fascinating sonic details and rich textures abound, with acoustic (French horn, tuba and trombone feature heavily) and electronic elements co-existing to create an endlessly deep well of sound. Much of Flato’s work has explored just intonation and shimming drone work. The zones in this disc find him pushing even further outwards, yet somehow with increased accessibility. It’s a magical feat, and one that only Steve could pull off with such style and grace. Ruthless editing, superb mastering by Alan Jones, and obsessive attention to detail pay off with the end result an incredibly diverse and still fully cohesive *album* in the true sense.
TD80 Five Guitars for Tony Conrad (CDR)
It is with great sadness that we
have to announce this release just after Conrad’s passing. The music world has lost one of the best, and
a massive inspiration to so many. An almost
60 minute set of layered guitar drones from John Bohannon, Tom Carter, Eric
Hardiman, Ray Hare and Michael Hentz.
This tribute to drone genius and experimental music luminary Tony Conrad
was recorded live at Issue Project Room in October 2010 as part of a Drone
Marathon Festival alongside Tony Conrad, Sarah
Lipstate (Noveller) & Shahin Motia (Oneida) duo, Bobby Kyle Dunn, Phill
Niblock, Al Margolis, and Marcia Bassett.
Previously issued on cassette by the Auasca label in an edition of 65
tapes. Artwork & layout by Michael
TD81 Sunset to the Sea (C60)
to the Sea is the collaborative improvised duo of accomplished guitarists Chris
Brokaw (Codeine, Come) and Jeff Barsky (Insect Factory). Their
first release together, this tape documents two live sets from 2014.
If you think you know what to expect from these two based on their
previous recordings in various units, think again. Together they weave a heavy and dense magic,
with repetition and depth key characteristics.
There’s a bleak dystopian feel in places that recalls the most probing
and exploratory corners of industrial zones, but also a crackly warmth and
humanity that only two skilled improvisers like these could add. Dark and hypnotic in the best way possible.
SEPT. 28, 2015 - THREE NEW RELEASES!!
Tape Drift springs back into action with three releases we're very excited to share with you. Hope you will consider checking these out. As always, a batch deal will get you all three at reduced price! Let us know if you have any questions.
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TD77 Rambutan - Liquid World Vol.1 C32
TD76 Matt Weston - Skate for the Lie C26
First solo release on Tape Drift from master percussionist and improv genius Matt Weston. Those who have caught Matt’s stunning live sets will know what he is capable of at the drum kit, but this release goes so much further. Combining new elements with old, Matt has crafted a tape that will intrigue and captivate listeners with its unique brand of sonic magic. Instrumental prowess, improvisation, and incredible composition skills combine in one perfectly realized release. The amazing b-side is an absurdly epic track moving through its various parts with total grace and skill – perhaps the most ambitious Weston piece to date, and that’s saying quite a lot!
The flip is a sidelong exercise in droned-out guitar feedback. The first in a series of Rambutan releases on Tape Drift. Collect em’ all!
TD78 Twilight of the Century - Live at WCDB cdr
Invited to record a live-to-radio set in the studio of Albany’s WCDB station in 2009, the group went full-bore into heavy improv noise-doom mode. Sizzling fuzz leads, twin doom bass action, assorted droning electronics and anguished vocals collide to make this an almost hour-long fearless descent into heavy darkness.
JUNE 23, 2015 - TWO NEW RELEASES!
We're back. Thrilled to be announcing the first mini-batch of 2015! Both of these releases are very special and we hope you will dig them as much as we do here at Tape Drift!
TD74 PUBLIC SPEAKING – MOUNTAINMURALS C52
Tape Drift is very excited to be releasing this tape from Public
Speaking, the solo project of Brooklyn’s Jason Anthony Harris. Following up on his “Blanton Ravine” LP and
CD for Fabrica Records, "MOUNTAINMURALS" see Harris switching gears
to produce an album of abstract instrumental music. It was made almost entirely with
electronically manipulated household objects that have been processed,
stretched and treated to evoke the immensity of natural phenomena -
earthquakes, asteroids, volcanoes, lightning, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes,
mudslides, snowstorms, avalanches, etc. - and their ever-carving, sculptural
violence. Man mirrors and intensifies this destructive reshaping of his
environment through architecture, manufacturing, waste, art, and war - a
disastrous amplification of the volatile "natural" forces.
TD75 SWELTER – LIVE IN LOWELL cdr
Swelter indeed. A hot slab of collaborative psychic summer energy burn from two of the finest experimentalists in North America – Howard Stelzer and David Payne (Fossils). Two-man howl of shredded tapes and analog junk recorded live in August 2014 in Lowell, MA, the music on this disc is all about texture, sizzle and feel. It would be folly (and beside the point) to pick out individual contributions, as both voices blend superbly into a single slab of sound. When the music is this good, it’s far better to sit back, let the sound wash over you and experience the ultimate sonic catharsis. A dense and even psychedelic mind scrubbing that offers multiple epiphanies and aesthetic rewards. New details emerge with each listen, but it’s the overall immersive effect that will pull you back in time and time again. Like entering a new world where time and space have collapsed and all that remains is the beautiful abyss.
DEC. 15, 2014 - TWO NEW RELEASES!!
We are excited to announce the last batch of 2014, with two special releases. You can purchase separately or together for a special batch rate. Also, stay tuned in 2015 for lots more exciting releases!
Burnt Hills - Slip Through Time 2CDR (TD72)
A special massive release from Albany’s finest underground legends. After a slew of limited vinyl releases, this is the very first edited volume of Burnt Hills music, with track selections personally selected and excerpted from weekly recordings made deep in the basement of the legendary Helderberg House. Sprawling heavy guitars, throbbing bass pulses, electronics, xylophone, vocals, and a pummeling pair of drummers create instant zones of ragged intensity. Music made with pure joy, this release is two and a half hours of undiluted raw energy. Limited edition release, do not let this pass you by!
It’s been several years since these two shared a tape release (2008’s split on Existential Cloth Recordings being the last), and their reunion here is cause for celebration. Derek offers a side of deep electronic experimentation, with sounds ranging from sparse and foreboding forays into outer space to meditative and hypnotic drones. Pushing forward with each new release, Derek always delivers the musical goods, and we are proud to have him back on Tape Drift again. On the b-side Rambutan offers up five new pieces following last year’s LP on Fabrica Records. Each track showcases a different side of the Rambutan puzzle. With special art design by our good friend Darto, it all adds up to an essential tape for your collection.
NEW BATCH for AUGUST 2014!!
Three brand new releases for a bundled and discounted rate. See below for descriptions, photos, and audio samples.
Ashtray Navigations - Aero Infinite C30 (TD69)
Rounding out the label’s round of hero worship, this tape arrives from one of our original sources of label inspiration (with the other pillars being Simon Wickham-Smith and Campbell Kneale). It’s almost impossible to overstate the importance of Phil Todd’s Ashtray Navigations project to our own personal sonic journey, so being able to release this brand new set of tunes is pure joy. All the Ashtray Navigations elements you know and love are present, but something feels new and fresh here – it could be the way the synths and guitars blend with perfection, the full-on obliteration of time, the trippy intensity of each maximalist moment, or the fearless exploration of new zones. Whatever it is, the best solution is full surrender. Aero Infinite is more than just another addition to a massively quality back catalog – it’s an essential new step forward.
Grant Smith - Exploding Diseases cdr (TD70)
Rambutan+Parashi - Monomania C32 (TD71)
Rambutan - Pyramid for the Blind C30 (TD68)
A thirty minute blast from the unreleased archives of Rambutan. Treading in perhaps noisier and more scuzzed-out zones than usual, these two sides offer a side excursion from recent releases. Meant to be played loud for full immersion. Extremely limited edition.
NEW BATCH DEAL! TD65-67 available now!
Insects Waiting – Nonsense Codes, Vol. 1 C30 (TD65)
First set of tape mangling duo improv jams from the UK-US partnership of Edinburgh’s Euan Currie (Dead Labour Process) and Eric Hardiman (Rambutan). Features material from a live set recorded at a sweltering Scottish afternoon show in June 2013. At points jarring and bewildering, at others hypnotic and trippy. Like a sonic moebius strip, motifs repeat and twist inwards leaving the listener to piece together the dangling strands of internal logic. Sound collage and beer vs. telly and a tennis match, and the results on this tape suggest the winner was clear.
– s/t C40 (TD66)
Following a night of strategic planning in a
London pub, Griffin and Taylor traded files by mail for this killer duo
project. Combining the mysterious and
otherworldly industrial noise of Parashi with MAbH’s deep drones and intricately
layered sounds results in a nearly indescribable aural journey that goes from
soothing and tranquil to ominous and bleak with multiple zones in between. Two masters at work prove that geographic
distance is no barrier to musical mind-melding.
– It’s Always There C42 (TD67)
NITE LITE - Pepper People C20 (TD64)
LUCIERNAGA - Land of 4 Corners cdr (TD63)
First Tape Drift outing from Luciernaga, the alias of Joao Da Silva, founder and co-owner of Fabrica Records. This new disc follows in the footsteps of the excellent “Plays Propaganda Songs” cd on Fabrica, and a series of self-released cassettes. In Mapudungun, the language of the Mapuche people of Chile and Argentina, Meli Wixan Mapu translates as “Land of Four Corners.” And so begins the journey… Taking its title from an essential concept within Mapuche cosmology, on “Land of Four Corners” Luciernaga attempts to capture, through dense and hazy dream-like pieces, the scents, sounds and emotions experienced through travel (both real and imagined) in the “four corners” of the world. The sounds make their way from the meditative ambience of processed voices and multi-layered festive ceremonial drumming to ominous and somber drones. It all ends at dusk, looking to the West… a harsh and confused place. Land of Four Corners was created using voice, shruti box, am/fm radio, and heavily processed, distorted and manipulated field recordings made throughout New York, Istanbul and Santiago de Chile. Luciernaga’s music carries the listener to foreboding and dark places, but always with a calm and assured sense of dignity. The first 25 copies of the disc ordered from the label will include a special lino cut print by the artist!
CHALAQUE - Sounds From the Other Ideology LP (Golden Lab)
We are very excited to have a small handful of copies of this just-released LP on Golden Lab. It features the heavy trio power psych shred of Nick Mitchell on guitar, Eric Hardiman on bass, and Pascal Nichols on drums, recorded live in Salford, UK earlier this year. A few reviews of the LP will give you a better idea what it’s all about:
“Mitchell plays in a wild,
wailing style that crosses the Beyond The Material Sky-isms of Billy TK’s
Powerhouse work with the nagging blues tropes of Bill Orcutt and the
proto-metal appeal of Sonny Sharrock circa Last Exit while Hardiman and Nichols
play it like goddamn Motorhead, rocking out on endless two-chord garage punk
dunts that are more Crushed Butler than Rangda. Seriously some of the
best/wildest avant rock six string excess to come out of the UK since, what,
Smoke Jaguar” David Keenan, Volcanic Tongue
Twilight of the Century - Hibernation C62 (TD62) - OUT NOW!
First available recordings of this long-running (yet rarely playing) improvisational unit, consisting of Ray Hare, Mike Bullock, Linda Aubry Bullock, and Eric Hardiman. Coming together in 2008 as a one-off merger between Century Plants and Rise Set Twilight, TOC quickly took on a life of its own, with each of the four members providing a unique voice and set of experience. This tape showcases a single session, with the group creating 4 epic tracks that range from hauntingly atmospheric to menacing and ominous, with countless stopping points in between. Mysterious synth textures, Linda's treated voice, Ray's guitar and inimitable vox, and dueling doom-laden yet contemplative bass riffs from Mike and Eric are the core ingredients, and together they form a whole that defies description. Features cover art by Stunned Records' Myste French. Dig in!
MV&EE w/ the Golden Smokehound - Helderberg Haze C60 (TD61)Scorchingly beautiful live basement set from Matt and Erika, this time traveling with fantastic drummer the Golden Smokehound. Recorded in summer 2012 at the Helderberg House in Albany, NY. A choice night from a trio directly tuned into every lunar twist and turn, beaming magic soundwaves straight to us here on earth. From Matt's delicately picked acoustic guitars to Erika's otherwordly lapsteel to multiple fuzz-laden cascades of inspiration to a perfect Dylan cover, MV and EE shared their journey with a few friends lucky enough to sit and be hypnotized. We thought it'd be a crime not to share this cosmic music further. So for those unable to make it, this release captures the whole show on glorious analog tape. Free your mind and let the sound wash over you.
CENTURY PLANTS - s/t (Tape Drift, 2012)
Century Plants deliver the goods here with a one-sided live LP (limited to 100 copies) that is a tribute/homage to British hardcore legends Discharge. A heartfelt and very sincere love letter to the punk spirit of 1982 if you will. It’s a fitting concept, given that Century Plants member Ray Hare was part of that original era, as the lead singer for Washington DC’s Deadline. In fact, Hare’s deep roots in the punk scene (he appears on the seminal “Flex Your Head” LP) make his vocal homage to Discharge even more appropriate. Musically, Century Plants have updated the sound of 81/82, with a fully improvised approach, fuzz-drenched feedback, and lyrics that draw on several different Discharge songs. Most importantly, the spirit of blistering political dissent and anti-authoritarianism shines through, with Hare snatching Discharge concepts and phrases at will. It all captures the energy and sonic assault of punk, yet filtered through modern-day noise, drone, and DIY strategies as well. A unique item in their catalog, this is the second vinyl appearance for Albany, NY’s Century Plants, following a split LP with Locrian. Usually a duo (Eric Hardiman and Ray Hare), Century Plants are joined for this record by drummer Phil Donnelly. The three also play together as part of the singularly sprawling improv psych rock unit Burnt Hills. Rather than continuing the ominous dronescapes of the split with Locrian, in this live recording Century Plants offer an intensely rockist track, melding several of their core influences (psych rock, punk, noise, and even dub) into one seething, energetic track. Upstate Violence/Upstate Control? PLAY LOUD!
$12 ppd in the US. Email for international rates (hardiman04 AT gmail). Paypal to same address.
OCTOBER 2, 2012 --A brand new batch of TAPE DRIFT goodies is ready for your eyes and ears. It's a fantastic collection of music, please consider supporting the label and buying something!
TD55 through TD59 are here!
To buy copies, please email (hardiman04 AT gmail). $6
each ppd in the US, or save by buying all 5 for $25!