Friday, June 17, 2011

Post #201: Tapes 'n Tapes


Having been held on and off since 1998, tomorrow marks the 4th straight year of Rock the Garden, a mini, one day music festival organized by the Walker Art Center.

Since 89.3 The Current became a sponsor in 2008, it has become more of an 'indie rock' festival with performances from names such as Bon Iver, The New Pornographers, Andrew Bird, and The Decemberists.

This year is no different with Neko Case and My Morning Jacket taking the stage.

What is cool is that they have also worked in local acts like Cloud Cult, Solid Gold, and Retribution Gospel Choir whom I posted HERE in May.

This year will be Tapes 'n Tapes.

Formed in 2003 at Carleton College, they released their first full length, The Loon, in 2005. This is where you will find "Cowbell". I love it when music seems a little raw and disjointed, which sums up "Cowbell" to me. There are a few other songs that really stand out to me on this album, like "Just Dreams", "The Illiad" and "10 Gallon Ascot".

Initially a self released album, The Loon was re-released when they signed with XL Recordings. With this re-release they gained some popularity, part of which was their song "Insistor" being used in the film Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.

Then in 2008, they released "Walk It Off".  It didn't get as good of reviews as their first.  Many thought they mellowed out too much, and lost a bit of their edge.  I don't think it is too far off from what they did on their first album, but it did lose some of the 'disjointedness' that I loved on the first.

"Headshock" is a good example of this.  Another song to check out is "Hang Them All".

This year, they released Outside, their third full length.  To be honest, it is sitting in a stack of other music I haven't had a chance to get on to my computer, but I'll get there eventually.  After listening to snippets of the songs on itunes, I'd say it takes another step away from the sound of The Loon, but it is still definitely Tapes 'n Tapes.

All I can say is that, "I need more cowbell!"


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