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

Gift Tapes 1st: The Brother Raven tape

Brother Raven, 'diving into the pineapple portal' (GT000, January 2009)
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Back in mid-January, I started sending out the first Gift Tapes cassette: Brother Raven’s diving into the pineapple portal.  I had convinced Jamie that we should release this tape as a gift.  So… we mailed out our first gift to the people who inspire us most – both friends and artists currently making work we admire.

Brother Raven is currently working on 3 new tapes and is planning shows in NYC from May 7-14th.