In many ways, taper culture these days resembles the situation the Samurai found themselves in following the fall of feudal Japan. Having formerly played an essential role as the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan, the decline began in the late 1800s when Emperor Meiji stripped the Samurai of their right to wear the katana in public and replaced them with a more modern, western-style, conscripted army. Many of the once-great Samurai warriors became lost souls, wandering towns in search of work, unsure of their future in modern Japan.
Lots of cities these days have one or two local tapers that resemble these lost Samurai. Many have come from the Grateful Dead or Phish scenes and now carry on their once fanatical passion by taping the odd show for fun. These individuals are a lot like local musical archivists who capture some of their city’s live happenings and share the recordings on their websites. The sound quality is generally good, not great—it’s more about capturing the moment. These tapers aren’t smuggling pieces of taping rigs into shows and seeking out the ideal positions to achieve maximum sound quality like the Bob Menke and Louis Falanga team. No, these tapers are merely continuing a hobby that they love.
Having grown up a major Deadhead, I always felt I would somehow find my way back to that scene in some other form. There’s been signs along the way, but perhaps the biggest one came earlier this year when I saw a Woods tape being offered “for trade only” by someone from the Sacred Bones family flying under the name of Grateful Bones. Then, just a few weeks back I received word of a new series of releases titled Live in San Francisco being put out by Castle Face Records. The first installment in that series captures one of the best live bands on the scene, White Fence, over two nights at the Bay Area’s Amnesia, while the second catches new stoner-psych band Fuzz tearing down the walls on their drummer Ty Segall’s recent birthday. Both of these recordings were taped on a Tascam 388 and engineered by Chris Woodhouse, Eric Bauer, Bob Marshall, and Castle Face’s John Dwyer. You can hear cuts from both shows below.
White Fence Live in San Francisco is available on cd and vinyl with the option of a special lenticular cover, which creates magical movement through print-wizardry. Purchase it via Castle Face.
[Art by Sean Metcalf]
Greetings friends and fellow travelers. As the year comes to a close, we find ourselves looking back on all the great music that came out of 2012. This year offered much hope for the future, including the emergence of folk singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt; Swedish music collective GOAT; Southern England’s Beaulieu Porch; and new Brooklyn based label Beyond Beyond is Beyond, who brought us the debut album from Prince Rupert’s Drops. This was another exceptional year for new releases and we’re psyched to present to you our picks for the best albums of 2012. Tell us about your favorite albums of 2012 in the comments section below.
The amazingly prolific San Francisco garage rock wizard Ty Segall has released a video for the song “The Hill,” featured on his forthcoming album Twins (his third this year). Directed by Segall himself and featuring Thee Oh Sees’ Brigid Dawson, the video travels through a bad VHS acid trip laced with oversized stuffed bears and just plain weird shit. Twins comes out out on October 9th via Drag City.
Preorder the album here.
Greetings friends! It’s been a somewhat longer than planned time since new words and sounds have graced this page. But fear not, for this playlist holds many of the songs that have been circulating through the listening station of your humble editor of late. As some of you may know, we were graced with the opportunity to head down to Austin Psych Fest this year and discover lots of great new artists. Some of these acts are featured on this playlist including the woodland folk MMOSS, the Tuareg Jimi Hendrix Bombino along with the throwback Texas rockers The Golden Dawn. Lots of great stuff. Thanks to our friend Mike Newman from Beyond Beyond is Beyond for introducing us to the sounds of Foxygen and lots more. And lastly, thanks to the incredibly talented Johanna Andersson for providing this month’s art. Enjoy.
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1. The Black Angels – Entrance Song (Rain Dance Version)
2. MMOSS – Kitty Sorrow
3. Bombino – Tar Hani
4. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – The Clouds Are Lies
5. Blues Control – Love’s A Rondo
6. Ween – Buckingham Green
7. Ty Segall & White Fence – Time
8. The Spyrals – Lonely Eyes
9. White Fence – Take Away Life’s Endless Take
10. Woods – Wind Was The Wine
11. MV & EE – Common Ground
12. Kensington Market – I Would Be The One
13. Richard Hell – I’m Your Man
14. Foxygen – Make It Known
15. We All Together – We Live Too Fast
16. The Golden Dawn – This Way Please
Here’s the latest video from Ty Segall & White Fence’s session at Room 205.
Hair, The forthcoming collaborative LP from Ty Segall and Tim Presley’s White Fence is one that has been receiving a great deal of play around here as of late. Combining two heroes of the contemporary garage rock world, the album transports us back in time with retro fuzzed guitar freak outs, muddy, distorted vocals, and catchy psych trips aplenty. The pair recently stopped by Room 205 to record live session and you can now check out two of the videos below. Hair comes out on April 26 via Drag City. You’ll want to pick up a copy of this one.
“I Am Not A Game”