October 6th, 2014 by GT
DRAFT is pleased to announce its second LP release from underground jazz-synth duo $.99 Dreams. Spei Res, roughly translated from Latin as “thing of hope”, plays like a suite of soundtrack miniatures driven by virtuosic drumming and synthesizer textures. Seemingly oblivious to musical trends, Adam Diller (synth, sax, production) and Matt Crane (drums) have crafted a distinctive sound that unifies electronic music, jazz improvisation, and hip hop production techniques. Spei Res finds them further down this path, exploiting the recording studio to build and modify improvisations into a sonically dense and kinetic record. Connected to the likes of Sun Ra, Varèse, and J Dilla, $.99 Dreams craft a highly personalized music. The album feels both ancient and new, building a language out of pummeling rhythms, dynamic keyboard passages, and sculpted atmospheres, enhanced by Diller’s articulate production work. Spei Res is a colossal record, containing a life music that is self-aware, revelatory and knows what it’s up against.
DRAFT D017 LP, Edition of 400
Mastered by LUPO, cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering
Graphics by Social Drag
August 14th, 2012 by GT
It’s been a little over a year since Gift Tapes’ last set of releases. This past year I’ve been focused on the DRAFT label, but I thought it was high time for some pure analog recordings. I am especially excited about the diversity of sounds in this batch and pleased to offer up works from Weirding Module (head of Senseless Empire), Baronic Wall (of Compass Rose) and German-based Guenter Schlienz.
GT040: Weirding Module, no bells here, C44 tape
Periodic automations of buzzing synth; polyphase alternator reality
GT041: Guenter Schlienz, through music to the self, C54 tape
Cooling drift over soft terrain; smooth modular ambient for inner voyages (Inspired by the book of Peter Michael Hamel.)
GT042: Baronic Wall, the mind of roses, C32 tape
Freakish melodies and banging pulsations; fully cracked poetics
USA $7 / CANADA $8 / WORLD $11
Purchase at gifttapes.com/tapes/
June 19th, 2012 by GT
BEE MASK in the NW!!!
6/21 SEATTLE @ The Chapel Performance Space, w/ Matt Carlson & Spare Death Icon
6/22 OLYMPIA @ The Northern, w/ Matt Carlson & Spare Death Icon
6/23 PORTLAND @ Little Axe, w/ Matt Carlson & Operative
Returning from an Australian tour, Philly-resident Chris Madak/Bee Mask makes his debut NW appearances, offering up his signature blend of synthesis and concrete. With the recent release of two significant works on Mego sub-label Spectrum Spools (including a reissue of his Gift Tapes cassette, Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico) and his forthcoming release on Room40, Chris has become a significant force in the contemporary experimental music community.
Seattle show info: http://gifttapes.com/gt-presents/
July 26th, 2011 by GT
Tapes by Greg Davis, Alex Barnett, and Telecult Powers in collaboration with Lala Ryan (Excepter) & John Elliot (Emeralds, Outer Space).
July 14th, 2011 by GT
This year’s Debacle Festival is looking to be an amazing lineup, spanning four days and three venues—Sam has outdone himself! Also, take note: two of our favorite bands are on board this year, both making their debut Seattle performances—Portland-based Operative and Golden Retriever! Put this on your calendars and we’ll see you mid-August.
Thursday, Aug 18th
Thunder Grey Pilgrim
Friday, Aug 19th
The Black Lodge
This Blinding Light
Garrincha & The Stolen Elk
Crystal Hell Pool
Saturday, August 20th
The Black Lodge
Big Spider’s Back
Saturday, August 20th
The Lo Fi
Sunday, August 21st
Blue Sabbath Black Cheer
Demian Johnston & Mink Stolen
Paintings For Animals
Wind Swept Plains
July 11th, 2011 by GT
Upcoming Seattle show featuring Milwaukee-based synth popper Stacian and other locals, including Gift Tapes’ Stella Haze, Acinonyx, and Jabon. The night is curated by local Medical Records’ Pop Surgery Synth (see last week’s Stranger article). Still haven’t met the guy behind this label, but I’ll be sure to say what’s up that night— seems like he’s on his game, especially considering his efforts in trying to re-release Novels for the Moon by Axxess! I’ve checked out some of the jams by each of the artists and it’s looking to be an excellent night, so be sure to put this on your calendar.
Friday, July 29th // The Rendezvous // 2322 2nd Ave // 9 PM
May 28th, 2011 by GT
Summer is coming, and to celebrate we’re planning a ripping northwest 3-show mini tour— June 22nd in Portland, June 23rd in Seattle, and June 24th in Vancouver BC. Join us for the epic guitar jams of Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire, the kosmische music of Rene Hell and Brother Raven, and the abstract machine music of Eye Myths. And for those of you in Portland, it’s gonna be an extra special show at the historic Hollywood Theater, with Charles Berlitz joining the bill (Spencer Clark of Skaters fame), visuals by the artists, and video works by Brenna Murphy!
June 22 – Hollywood Theater – Portland, OR – 8 PM – Mark McGuire, Rene Hell, Brother Raven, Eye Myths, Charles Berlitz (Spencer Clark), Brenna Murphy (video artist)
June 23 – The Josephine – Seattle, WA – 9 PM – GT Presents: Mark McGuire, Rene Hell, Brother Raven, Eye Myths
June 24 – 360 Glen – Vancouver BC – 9 PM – Mark McGuire, Rene Hell, Brother Raven, Eye Myths
May 21st, 2011 by GT
Montreal jammers HOBO CUBES, FEMMINIELLI & DAS AMORE w/ JLK will be in town this Monday for all of you Seattle folk looking for something fun to check out. Really psyched to meet these dudes. For those not familiar with Hobo Cult Records – check them out. There’s a good intro to the label on the Foxy D site here: http://www.foxydigitalis.com/foxyd/?p=319. Panabrite & Harpoon Pole Vault will be doing a special collaborative jam in celebration of our visitors arrival. Be prepared for some serious sci-fi synth uneasiness…
May 10th, 2011 by GT
Just got word this morning that Matt Carlson’s recent Gift Tapes release has been reviewed in the June issue of The Wire magazine. I’ve seen a few reviews of Gecko Dream Levels out there in cyberspace, and most of them basically warn people that it’s SO WEIRD you may have difficulty listening to it. Check this one out from OMG Vinyl:
You may have a little harder time wrapping your ears around Matt Carlson’s offering for the newest Gift Tape batch. It is a far, far gone piece of electronic experimentation.
You’ll notice that The Wire pretty much follows suit.
For me, the weirder the record, the better… and the more I want to listen to it. As a listener, I’m attracted to work that is challenging and hard to figure out—this is what I think distinguishes art from craft. I am a true fan of Carlson’s bizarro world. This tape has become my gateway to enter the deep waters of creative meditation, in search of the big, deep fish (deep-diving David Lynch fans will know what I’m talking about).
For those of you that are ready and waiting for more, keep your eyes peeled on the DRAFT website. We’ll be issuing our first LP for Matt in the coming months, and let me tell you: this one ups it a notch on the weirdo-scale! And for those of you in Seattle this Friday, May 13th, come check out Matt’s solo modular set at the Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford.
May 7th, 2011 by GT
Gift Tapes Presents:
Outsider Electronic Music featuring Matt Carlson & RM Francis
Friday, May 13, 2011
Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle (50th & Sunnyside in Wallingford)
$5-15 sliding scale
Gift Tapes presents a special night of outsider electronic music, featuring Matt Carlson and RM Francis. Portland-based Matt Carlson (Golden Retriever, formerly of Parenthetical Girls) will perform a set of modular synthesizer music. Carlson’s very unique and warped, cartoon-like sensibility places classic analog synthesis amidst far-out video game soundworlds. His recent release for Gift Tapes, Gecko Dream Levels, has managed to turn the heads of quite a few contemporaries (see this writeup by Keith Fullerton Whitman). Opening the performance, Seattle-based RM Francis will perform new electronic works and real-time compositions for computer. Through live manipulation and time-stretching, Francis exposes the hidden artifacts of digitally generated sound, while crafting immersive environments of beauty and unpredictability. We are extremely happy to present his solo debut, having become acquainted with his work earlier in the year at prior GT events. Join us for a fresh perspective on contemporary underground electronic music.