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Big Big Love

When I was getting into music, there were a lot of tribes, and it wasn't just based around the music that you were listening to. Fair...

Milky Teeth

I've had this strange relationship with the Tindersticks across time whereby I am utterly besotted with them for a while, before moving...

Gnawing

This is a strange one. I've got a mate in the US and we have worked out a deal due to the exorbitant cost of international shipping. I...

Louder.

Even before their first LP came out, there was a buzz in the papers about Pavement. The Wedding Present covered 'Box Elder' for a b-side,...

Frosting

Everything new is old. Everything old is new. We're forever going full circle. I remember early press about bands like Interpol or the...

Jet

I'm going to track back to (I think) February 1999. I was in a not particularly happy long-distance relationship and flying to America...

Quiet Loud

There were lots of different ways to buy music in the 90s. Some albums I would still buy on vinyl (usually because of the promise of an...

Creepy Crawley

Back to one of Gerard's tapes again, and this time around it's a bootleg of a 1980 show in Germany by The Cure. I didn't get into the...

Going Underground

Back in the 80s, there was this rather alternative music magazine that was pretty widely available. Called Underground Magazine, it was...

Substance

At some point in 1987, I fell head-over-heels for New Order. I had the double cassette version of Substance (in the Factory Ltd Edition...

Epic.

The saga of the errant Peel session continues. I found a box that said "John Peel - inc Pixies" and thought that was it, but for some...

Cassette Set

As it's now 40 years since its first release,REM decided to mark the occasion by re-releasing the first version of "Radio Free Europe"...

Green.

This is a glorious tape. As well as their various releases, Sonic Cathedral also has an excellent track record at putting on shows, and...

Up There

When I was first getting into music, I had a mate in the Sixth Form who had similar tastes and we'd occasionally swap tapes with each...

Heyday

Some tapes in the stash aren't labelled at all - there's no clue as to the contents, and this one is a case in point. A nice BASF Type II...

The Party's Over

Maybe ten years ago, I started picking up the odd tape from Fred Thomas' tape label, Life Like. Because of the per unit shipping costs,...

The Endless Creek

Tape 3 again shows my capacity for putting tapes into mismatched boxes and not labelling them at all. In a BASF "Sound Level 1" Box, we...

Lilac glistening foal

So, to a second tape. Although it was in a different case, this is a solid looking Type II tape from Maxell, with a label on side 2...

An underwhelming start

Our first tape is a C90 in a rather special clamshell type box, emblazoned with "Limited Edition" blurb, bragging about the "Unique...

Back To The Future

In the 80s and the 90s, my cassette deck was glued to my side and my headphones to my head. I'd walk to school, or I'd do my paper round,...

 

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