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Max Bondi (Tartaruga Records)

Author: Colin | Published: 29/8/09

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Artist Max Bondi
Title eponymous
Label Tartaruga Records
Year 2009
Designer Max, illustrations by Bruno Jones
Music Tartarugan
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Notes Lovely example of lo-fi design, the card cover (the term digipak just doesnt’ cut it here) is stitched together and the roughness of the printing’s a key part of the aesthetic. My copy came with the delightful origami turtle illustrated in the last pic.

Mas Y Mas “Proud Sponsors of Pepsi” LP (PlayLab)

Author: Colin | Published: 24/8/09
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This kind of scares me, because of that it gets a mention here:

Mas Y Mas is a strange group of people from Virginia Beach, Virginia. To embody that, we found an anonymous human body, painted their butt cheeks red, white and blue, and signed each cheek with the word “Mas.” The crack of the butt is the “Y,” and when you put two copies together, this will become apparent. Inside of the record sleeve is a poster of the anonymous body on the ground, surrounded by the paint that we used. We’re selling the release on the Sound/Friends website. Please support if you can, as the money goes straight into putting out the next band’s record.

Link with more images: PlayLab / Spielbüro.

Captain Beefheart – Grow Fins

Author: Colin | Published: 22/8/09
Previous Orchestra Terrestrial – Here and Elsewhere Next Mas Y Mas “Proud Sponsors of Pepsi” LP (PlayLab)

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Artist Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
Title Grow Fins
Label Revenant
Year 1999
Designer Susan Archie
Music Beefheartian
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Notes Those purples, reds, oranges, golds make my head hum like an intense trip at sundown after a long, hot day. The music is a rag-bag assortment for Beefheart afficianados only, but if you count yourself one of the brethren, run don’t walk…

Orchestra Terrestrial – Here and Elsewhere

Author: Colin | Published: 15/8/09
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Artist Orchestra Terrestrial
Title Here and Elsewhere
Label Die Stadt
Year 2001
Designer Designers Republic
Music Electronica
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Notes Beautifully designed release on Die Stadt for one of Richard H. Kirk’s many pseudonyms.

Philip Jeck, Jean Baudrillard (The Tapeworm)

Author: Colin | Published: 8/8/09
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Artist Philip Jeck, Jean Baudrillard
Title Spool, Le Xerox et l’Infini
Label The Tapeworm
Year 2009
Designer The Tapeworm, worm by SAVX
Music Powerful bass’n’ fx from Jeck, a very particular reading of Baudrillard…
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Notes These are the very first cassette designs to be featured on Hard Format. Before you know it we’ll be covering 8 track, reel-to-reel and quadraphonic, just you wait and see. We were intriguted the moment we saw the announcement of The Tapeworm’s inaugural releases (via Touch). The two recordings featured here will be succeeded by Simon Fisher Turner and Stephen O’Malley – an amazing line-up. Check The Tapeworm’s website for more information on each of these releases and run, don’t walk to buy copies – there’s only 250 of each and they’re lovely to behold. Focus on the cassette format shouldn’t distract from The Tapeworm’s lovely designs: beautifully executed illustrations and typography.It turns out The Tapeworm is a real gent and was happy to answer a few questions…

Why cassette?

A combination of special events, and a fetish…

Early Summer 2009 in a South London garden – one of the Worms had just been gifted a cassette by a Swedish iDEAList. Another had recently released a tape himself to tally in with a Berlin gallery installation. Worm three immediately imagined the best logo ever. Proud as punch we cracked open a beer and toasted The Tapeworm’s birth.

Then, the fetish – non-digital awkwardness; dimensions; the clunk; memories of 80s experimental and 90s techno, circulating; a cold bright New York February pleasure, cassettes racked on Bleeker; the effort required on the listener. We like all this and more about the cassette.

What do you think about downloads?

We romance the physical, obviously. We are collectors.

But, digital is not necessarily the enemy. The problem is less the medium, more the overarching sense of entitlement that appears to have been coupled to it… Also, so very boring to look at – there must be a better way to add a dreamy value to them – they are so workmanlike.

Home taping – were you guilty of killing music back in the day?

Surely every music maniac of a certain age taped and traded. Must have… Have shoeboxes of mixtapes and compilations by pals – we all did.

What’s your most treasured cassette recording?

We have a fondness for the very early Touch cassettes; radical and subversive and well thought through.

Can you remember your first cassette?

This particular Worm’s first cassette would most likely have been an early 1984 purchase of Into Battle with the Art of Noise.

How do you listen to your cassettes?

A dusty Denon, a waterproof Walkman, or a top-loading Nakamichi (my favourite). (Editor’s note: I have to confess that I had to sit in my car to listen to these cassettes! but if I buy any more I’ll climb up the attic and reconnect my proper cassette deck.)

Any plans for other formats?

Other formats? We are sorry – The Tapeworm does not understand the question.

How have the artists you’re releasing reacted to your chosen format?

So far, with great enthusiasm – the format, its limitations and a somewhat “quick n dirty” approach coupled to a relatively fast turn-around from concept to cassette affords a freedom to the artist which a more common format might not.  We have been blown away by what we’ve heard!  It’s very exciting for us.

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Author: Colin | Published: 6/8/09
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Whenever I see a picture I really like on the web I save it as a desktop picture (as long as it’s big enough that is). On the Mac – and I’m sure on the PC – it’s possible to set a folder of images to serve as a source for desktop images that change at a user-determined rate.  From the next weekly post we’re going to make one of the pictures a downloadable file large enough to use as a desktop image. It would be too much hassle to provide different sizes so it’s just going to be 1500 x 1000 which we trust your operating will resize okay. You’ll see the link in the notes below the images. Any probs give us a shout.

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