DEBACLE FEST 2011! August 18-21, Seattle

Debacle Festival 2011

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
The Josephine
Doors 8:30

Harassor
Hive Mind
Thunder Grey Pilgrim
Slates
Hellgrammite

Friday, Aug 19th
The Black Lodge
Doors 7:30

Tiny Vipers
The Slaves
This Blinding Light
Hive
Garrincha & The Stolen Elk
The Polyps
Crystal Hell Pool
Mind Alien

Saturday, August 20th
The Black Lodge
Day show
Doors 2:30

USF
Big Spider’s Back
Tjutjuna
Sorry
Vitamins
Megabats
Secret Colors
U

Saturday, August 20th
The Lo Fi
Evening show
Doors 8:30

Brain Fruit
Konntinent
Operative
Golden Retriever
Brother Raven
Plankton Wat
Panabrite

DJ’s
Garek Druss
DJ Slow

Sunday, August 21st
The Josephine
Doors 8:00

Blue Sabbath Black Cheer
Demian Johnston & Mink Stolen
Summon Thrull
Karnak Temples
LA Lungs
Paintings For Animals
Wind Swept Plains

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.

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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!

FALL 2010 GIFT TAPES

Gift Tapes is pleased to announce its 7th batch of tapes, just in time for the Fall season.  Synthesized soundscapes, meditations & fantasy landscapes… Available from gifttapes.com (orders will ship early next week).  Also coming soon to many fine online distributors: Mimaroglu, Tomentosa, Discriminate Music, Eggy Records, DNT Records & Colour Ride (UK).

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Mi Or And The Pedestals
: EOS

C30 audio cassette, edition of 150
Aerated synth atmospheres and crystalline shapes; white light angelic perception

EOS is a skillful blend of voice and synthesizer, sculpted by Brooklyn-based Mi Or And The Pedestals (Ceci Moss).  Distant atmospheres are spawned from lush soundscapes and chaotic noise in an excellent fusion of contemporary synth styles.

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Nathan Mclaughlin: echolocation #3
C40 audio cassette, edition of 100
MS-20 & room-length tape loops; flowing ambient subsonic immersion

Nathan Mclaughlin (currently residing in Sauk Centre, Minnesota) reveals a new chapter in his recent series, following up a previous release on Digitalis. Echolocation #3 is ambient music, rich in color and mood.  Layering vintage synths on room-length tape loops, Mclaughlin crafts music for meditation.

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Panabrite: wizard chimes
C60 audio cassette, edition of 150
Submerged journey toward a glowing pearl; Juno-60 driven fantasy soundtrack

Seattle-based Panabrite is the brainchild of synth musician and record collector Norm Chambers.  Wizard Chimes carefully layers drifting arpeggiated melodies, forming the soundtrack to an epic journey through fantasy landscapes.

*All new Gift Tapes are pro-dubbed, imprinted & loaded with chrome tape.

OTHER NEWS:

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Few copies of Brother Raven’s VSS-30 LP available here.

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Brother Raven Diving Into the Pineapple Portal LP & Eagle Vision TAPE due out on Aguirre Records by the end of next week!

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DRAFT, the new sub label of Gift Tapes will debut it’s first releases in early October.

Details on upcoming Gift Tapes performances on 10/10 & 11/1 listed here & be sure to check out the Debacle Festival this weekend!

~JEA
Gift Tapes of Seattle, WA

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!!!

Everything’s a Burrito

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Dog parks, sloppy wet burritos with lettuce marinated in mayo, tons of fun, so many RAD people… and we found a buyer for the van.  MANY MANY THANKS to: Sean Johansson, Sagan Genesis & the Villanova House in Davis. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Maxwell Croy (& roomate Julie) & Maholy-Nagy in SF.  The AAA dude that helped us get our van towed 70 miles to our LA venue.  Cameron Stallones (Sun Araw), Helga Fassonaki & Andrew Scott (Metal Rouge), Chris & Katie of Synchronicity Space in LA.  Maxwell August Croy & James Devane (EN), Alex Gray (Deep Magic), George Chen, Danny at 21 Grand (for inspiring some hilarious impersonations) in Oakland.  Levi Berner (& music partner Amanda in Double Dare), Abyssal Republic, Lamborghini Diablo, Golden Retriever, The Slaves (Birch Cooper & Barbara Kinzle) + Brenna Murphy in PDX.  And lastly, to everyone that came out to hear us play our shows – THANKS for the support!!!

Gift Tapes SUMMER 2010 batch

Gift Tapes

Gift Tapes is pleased to announce that our monster SUMMER double-batch has arrived!  Six new tapes out today.  Purchase them here while supplies last!

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Oregon Painting Society
Radiant Dream Face, GT021, c30, edition of 150
Totally bizarre sound worlds from an island of misfit droids.  Offered up by up-and-coming Portland art collective Oregon Painting Society (core members include: Matt Carlson, Brenna Murphy, Barbara Kinzle, Birch Cooper, and Jason Traeger) this recording is a document of their Radiant Dream Face installation mounted at Portland State University, December 2009.  Improvisations with houseplants, a pair of corn cobs and a glass crystal, each controlling oscillators, recorded direct to 4 track.

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Concessionaires
Skyline, GT022, c40, edition of 150
Synth/guitar duo project consisting of Brad Rose (The North Sea) and Pete Fosco.  Their debut release unveils massive cathedrals of melodic sound that push/pull the listener through cavern-like underworlds into open, pale-blue, impressionistic skyscapes.  Two side-length meditative improvisations, perfect listening for shimmering summer afternoons.

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Studio SS/2 Hands on Knobs
Home Office split, GT023, c60, edition of 150
The daily reality of machines in the home and the office as interpreted by 2 synth artists.  Studio SS merges home appliances with analog and digital synthesis.  A mixture of both quiet noise and on-edge insomnia that hint at the claustrophobic terror state of a forgotten inmate.  2 Hands on Knobs engages office machinery with synths, sampling keyboards, and drum machines, creating industrial spirituals for a drone army or narrating  the awkward birth of an android.

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Zaïmph
Coast to Coast, GT024, c40, edition of 200
In Marcia Bassett’s newest Zaimph recording, masked guitar roams from the East to the West, through rugged American landscapes.  Bassett’s guitar and effects are captured direct to cassette as a stereo room recording, summoning a gorgeous haze of tape noise and ambient sounds.

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Merzbow
Untitled Nov 1989, GT025, c40, edition of 200
Electronics and field recordings collide in what many consider a peak moment of Merzbow’s extremely prolific career.  Recorded in 1989 and mixed this past February on a 4-track that Gift Tapes sent to Japan!  HEAVY factory sounds manipulated via amplification and signal processing to create a massive mechanized environment and an altered state.

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Bee Mask
Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico, GT026, c30, edition of 200
Bee Mask’s newest work gives a nod to experimental music of the 20th century; classic kosmiche zones are fused with musique concrete to form a surrealist sound collage of home studio and field recordings.  Synths, sampler, prepared piano, variable speed cassette players, voice and handmade instruments all come into play, explaining quantum mechanics via dream logic.

*All cassettes are pro-dubbed, imprinted, loaded with high bias tape, packaged in regular size Norelco cases, w/ 2-sided color cardstock j-card insert that includes artist name and album title.

Gift Tapes, fronts

Gift Tapes, spine 1 Gift Tapes, spine 2

Gift Tapes, backs

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In related news, Brother Raven‘s first LP entitled VSS-30 is due out very soon on Digitalis — keep your eyes peeled.  You may have also noticed that Taped Sounds recently released BR’s 5th tape.  I am told that copies are sold out at the source, but that an additional pressing is in the works.  Additionally, the band will be touring the West Coast US in June, performing the following dates (most which will include Matt Carlson!):

June 15, 2010 – Villanova House (802 Villanova Dr.) – Davis, CA – w/ Matt Carlson, others TBA

June 16, 2010 – Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA – w/ Matt Carlson, Moholy-Nagy

June 17, 2010 – Synchronicity Space – Los Angeles, CA – w/ Matt Carlson, Sun Araw, Metal Rouge

June 18, 2010 – 21 Grand – Oakland, CA – w/ Matt Carlson, En, Deep Magic

June 19, 2010 – Abyssal Behemoth – Portland, OR – Golden Retriever, Cloaks

June 23, 2010 – Gallery 1412 – Seattle, WA – Zaimph, Jaime Fennelly (of Peeesseye)

Also, Harpoon Pole Vault will be touring NE US in July w/ Zaimph & Bee Mask (both of whom have tapes out in this current GIFT batch)!  Tour dates are coming together now, but more info will be posted here soon as details begin to solidify.

More exciting stuff happening later this summer:

DRAFT, the new no rules sub-GIFT imprint will debut its first set of releases.  We’re expecting these to land sometime in August.

The next edition of the SYNTH NIGHT series will happen Friday, August 13th.  An Evening of Meditative Music with Stella Haze, Spare Death Icon & Pulse Emitter at the Chapel Performance Space here in Seattle.

GT’s 1st SYNTH NIGHT

Last night Gift Tapes organized a local Seattle show that we were SUPER excited about: Stellar Om Source, Pacific City Nightlife Vision Band, and Brother Raven.  This show is the first of what we hope will become a regular series.

Stellar Om Source

Stellar Om Source was AMAZING – epic and angular stream-of-consciousness visionz; super-lush frequencies that drifted as much as they rumbled.  Performing in total darkness, her sounds seemed enhanced by laser projections that danced across her being, reflecting off golden threads sewn into her shirt.  The combination of sound and visual elements was seamless, elevating her presence into the cloudless atmospheres of deep space.  Total electronic music goddess. As this was maybe the 26th show of her tour, she took the opportunity to depart a bit from some of her new work, making this show even more of a treat!  Definitely the uber-tech HiFi set of the evening…  I love the fact that these two bands are touring together…

Pacific City Nightlife Vision Band

Jamming on ultra-lo-fi ghetto baby keyboards, Spencer Clark’s Pacific City Nightlife Vision Band made some of the craziest crypto-shamanic-islander jams I’ve had the opportunity to experience live; totally hypnotic and ritualistic music.  Spencer Clark is a total TRIP – at some point he walked across the room to grab his secret stealth keyboard, still in original box, total K-mart style; serious “next-level shit”.  His partner on this tour, Dan (of Eat Skull) was top notch accompaniment, striking 3-5 notes repetitively for each of their 20-minute jamz.

Check out the FRESH lineup for the next GT show if you’re in Seattle:

SYNTH NIGHT
April 2nd @ Josephine
Magneticring (Josh Stevenson) – Vancouver BC
J. Hanson (Josh Hanson) – PDX
Brother Raven (Jamie Potter/Jason E Anderson) – SEA
Matt Carlson – PDX
Mr.WE the shadetree mechanic (DJ) – SEA