Pop Surgery Synth show 7/29: Stacian, Stella Haze…

seattle july 29 2011

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

Garrincha & the Stolen Elk in Seattle!

April 29th

I wanted to hip everyone to a couple shows happening this Friday in Seattle.  The first one is an afternoon show at the Hedreen Gallery on 12th ave on Capitol Hill featuring Stella Haze – Cristin’s first show since August.  If you can take time out of work (if you work) then I highly recommend going to this – she’s been incorporating some new gear into the mix to process her voice and has been writing some killer patches!  I hear there’s free food available too…

Later that night, Sam of Debacle Records is hosting a show at the Josephine in Ballard.  It’s a super fresh lineup put together for the duo Garinncha & the Stolen Elk.  I’ve heard the recent tape they put out on Stunned Records and it’s a totally insane mix of influences, ranging from punk to free jazz to synth music, which can only lead to good things in live performance!  Also performing that night is Derek Monypeny and Seattle locals:  Megabats, Panabrite, Summon Thrull & Harpoon Pole Vault.

April 29, 2011:
Hedreen Gallery
-12 NOON – House Systems presents Stella Haze

The Josephine – 9PM – Harpoon Pole Vault, Garrincha & the Stolen Elk, Panabrite, Megabats, Summon Thrull, Derek Monypeny

Pacific Support, Japan Benefit Comp on DRAFT

Pacific Support :: Japan benefit compilation tape on DRAFT

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Gift Tapes sub-label DRAFT is pleased to announce the release of Pacific Support, a benefit compilation created in support of the ongoing disaster relief efforts in Japan.  All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross to help fund those efforts. The compilation consists of 13 unreleased tracks by experimental electronic musicians featuring: Rene Hell, Pulse Emitter, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Greg Davis, Matt Carlson, The North Sea, solo tracks by both members of the Caboladies: Carl Calm & Flowerman, Panabrite, Temporal Marauder, Golden Retriever, Brother Raven, and a duo project by Geoff Mullen & Sakiko Mori called Make a New Memory. Support Japan and purchase some amazing music.  Available at the DRAFT website and coming soon to Mimaroglu Music Sales and Discriminate Music. Special thanks to the artists involved for donating their work, our distributors for donating their services, and National Audio Company for generously donating the entire 300-edition run.

300 edition, 75 minute tape w/ color insert.
Artwork by Jamie Potter.

[audio:http://draftrecords.com/comp/Pacific_Support_Sampler.mp3]

Check out the East Village Radio post.

Portable Shrines Comp & Release Party

Portable Shrines

Fellow Seattle-based collective Portable Shrines & local label Translinguistic Other present a night of killer jams to celebrate the release of a massive new double LP compilation (includes an unreleased track by Brother Raven).  Totally sweet lineup – Saturday, April 2nd:

8:15-8:45 Brother Raven
9:00-9:30 Geist & the Sacred Ensemble
9:45-10:15 Midday Veil
10:30-11:10 Prince Rama
11:25-12:05 Eternal Tapestry
12:20-1:00 Kinski

At Lo-Fi Performance Gallery 429 Eastlake.  Hope to see the locals!

Wintertime News & Updates

JOEL BRINDEFALK, A ROUGH PATCH ATLANTIC TRIANGULAR TRADE, VELVET SATELLITE

I was pleased to see DRAFT (Gift Tapes sub-label) get some reviews in The Wire, thanks to Nick Richardson.  Joel Brindefalk’s A Rough Patch and Atlantic Triangular Trade’s Velvet Satellite made it into the Outer Limits review section. We’ve posted samples of all the DRAFT tapes – check them out on the site: draftrecords.com You can find the review below.

Turns out Brother Raven’s diving into the pineapple portal LP in The Wire as well, from last month (thanks to Keith Moliné). Dave Segal posted it here on The Stranger Line Out music blog. Many thanks to Aguirre Records for making that re-release possible! Check out their newly re-designed website: www.aguirrecords.com to see all the killer jams Pieter has in store for us!

NEW Gift Tapes are coming soon. My thought is they’ll be ready sometime in late February… a little later than expected, but that’s not too far off. This batch includes solo projects from both members of Brother Raven, as well as the new solo tape by Matt Carlson (synth player in Golden Retriever). Since this will be Gift Tapes 2nd year in business, we’ve planned some pretty crazy surprises for this set of releases. You won’t want to miss out, so get in on the action as soon as these drop. I’ll post the release date and related info to the blog when the time comes. Keep posted!

Last week we received exciting news that one of our favorite Gift Tapes releases, Bee Mask‘s Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico, will see a LP re-release on  Edition Mego‘s new sub-label Spectrum Spools.   EM’s releases are always top-notch, and this one will be cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering (meaning this LP will sound amazing!).  It’s a limited edition of 500, due out April 4th – pre-order while you can!  Congratulations Chris Madak!

5TH Gift: Knit Prism, Coral Mediations MICRO

Knit Prism - Coral Meditations

Last January we snuck this MICRO in more than a few packages; now it’s high time this is available to the masses.  One of the lovely things about micro cassettes is the fidelity, a shadow of a recording allowing a hazy glimpse of what was there.  These mysterious artifacts, buried in tape hiss, offer the essence of an artist’s creation, while the listener fills in the blanks.  3 more in the cue that I’ll post in the coming months — so stay tuned!  Also, coming in this Winter, Gift Tapes will release new tapes by Matt Carlson, Million Mists & Spare Death Icon.

Knit Prism, coral mediations
Download: GT016 53MB ZIP file, includes 320 kbps MP3s

MICRO CASSETTES… The wave of the future.
Inexpensive. Miniature. Mono. Limited Frequency Response.

GT Presents: CORRIDORS. 10/10 at Gallery 1412 (Seattle)

Byron Westbrook / CORRIDORS

GIFT TAPES PRESENTS:

An Evening of Electronic Sound & Visuals
CORRIDORS, MILLION MISTS, MATT CARLSON & PANABRITE

October 10th, 8 PM
Gallery 1412 – 1412 18th Avenue (18th & E Union)
Admission $7

Gift Tapes will present an exciting evening of electronic sound and visuals featuring CORRIDORS, Million Mists, Matt Carlson and Panabrite. Brooklyn-based CORRIDORS mixes multichannel works from processed instrumental and environmental sound and video imagery. Portland musician Matt Carlson (member of Golden Retriever) will play a solo synth set, and Seattle solo synth acts Million Mists (Jamie Potter of Brother Raven) and Panabrite (Norm Chambers) will both make debut appearances.

CORRIDORS

Byron Westbrook (b. 1977) is an artist working with the dynamic quality of physical space using multi-channel sound and images. His audio/video performances under the name CORRIDORS involve the distribution of processed instrumental and environmental recordings through a multi-channel environment with a focus on energy distilled from sound and light. He has presented at venues such as Tonic, Roulette, The Stone, Diapason Gallery, Issue Project Room, Experimental Intermedia, Exit Art Gallery, (NYC), Les Voûtes (FR), Wien Konzerthaus (Austria), NonEvent (Boston), Sonic Circuits Festival (DC), and Institute of Intermedia (CZ). He has shared performance bills with Tony Conrad, Phill Niblock, Jandek, Sawako, Heribert Friedl, Stefan Tcherepnin, Maria Chavez, Alessandro Bosetti, Jason Kahn, Jon Mueller, and Tetuzi Akiyama, among many others. Westbrook has also collaborated with Paris-based composer and former Kitchen curator Rhys Chatham in the drone metal group Essentialist (Table of the Elements), as well as performed in the ensembles of Phill Niblock, Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca, Duane Pitre, David Watson and Jonathan Kane. He has worked as technical coordinator of Phill Niblock’s Experimental Intermedia Foundation since 2004. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artists Commission through Roulette Intermedium. In 2008 he was an artist in residence at Hotel Pupik at Sclhoss Schrattenberg. A cd will be released in Fall 2010 on Sedimental Records. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Website: www.byronwestbrook.com

MORE INFO HERE: http://www.gifttapes.com/gt-presents/

Debacle Festival

Debacle Fest 2010

Debacle Records will host a massive 3-day festival here in Seattle from September 17th-19th, organized by fellow Seattle label head Sam Melacon.  Check out the schedule:

Friday, September 17th @ The Josephine, 8PM
Chrome Wings, Stag Hare, Thunder Grey Pilgrim, The Dead White, Matt Carlson, Megabats, Brain Fruit

Saturday, September 18th @ The Black Lodge, 7PM sharp
John Wiese, Pete Swanson, Rene Hell, Physical Demon, Squim, Harpoon Pole Vault, Dull Knife, Demian Johnston

Sunday, September 19th @ The Josephine, 5PM sharp
Great Falls, LA Lungs, Du Hexen Hase, The Slaves, Wind Swept Planes, Marlo Eggplant, Kristian Garrard

Harpoon Pole Vault / Bee Mask NE mini tour July 9-14

Poster by WITCHBEAM - Zebulon 7/14 - Bee Mask, Zaimph, Harpoon Pole Vault

Tomorrow, Cristin and I are headed out east for a little vacation to NYC.  Immediately following our break, I’ll be touring as Harpoon Pole Vault with Bee Mask/Chris Madak (see Deception Island label).   Super excited!  Three of these shows will feature Zaimph/Marcia Bassett, so be sure to catch those if you can.  Our NE mini-tour dates are listed below.  Hope to see some of you!  FRESH poster design by WITCHBEAM!

July 9, 2010 – Philadelphia, PA – Pageant SoloveevHPV, Zaimph, Bee Mask.

July 10, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY – Port d’OrHPV, Zaimph, Bee Mask.

July 11, 2010 – Burlington, VT – Firehouse GalleryHPV, Bee Mask, A Snake in the Garden.

July 12, 2010 – Easthampton, MA – Flywheel ArtsHPV, Bee Mask.

July 13, 2010 – Providence, RI – ZACCHILLI HOUSE – HPV, Bee Mask, Arley Marks.

July 14, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY – ZebulonHPV, Zaimph, Bee Mask, mi or and the pedestals.

6/23 :: Zaïmph, Jaime Fennelly, Brother Raven

Zaimph is Marcia Bassett

Gift Tapes Presents, An evening of contemporary drone music with:
Zaimph, Jaime Fennelly & Brother Raven
June 23th (Wednesday) – 8 PM sharp
Gallery 1412 – 1412 18th Ave (18th & E Union St) – Seattle, WA 98122
$7 admission

Gift Tapes presents a night of contemporary drone music: NYC-based Zaïmph, recent Seattle transplant Jaime Fennelly, and Seattle’s Brother Raven. Zaïmph, the solo project of Marcia Bassett, combines guitar and electronics to create subtle noise music. Jaime Fennelly (of Peeeseye fame) will make his first appearance solo on the west coast, performing with a harmonium and electronics. And lastly, synth duo Brother Raven will attempt to craft the music of the cosmos with synthesizers, performing the last show of their west coast tour in their hometown.

Come hang out!!  This show is gonna be FRESH!!!