Music

A collaboration between poet Annelyse Gelman and sound artist Jason Grier. About Repulsion mixes songs, sampled poems, textural walls, beats, noise, to create this EP of one-of-a-kind soundscapes.

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Sale! Two brand new tracks from Foxdye. The A-side: whispy ambience that rides a perfect line between angelic drone and stuttering tape noise. The B-side: pulsing prettiness over (breakcore-inspired) IDM beats.

Hand spray-painted by the artist herself, comes with a digital download code, bordering on weird cassingle--perfect for the Foxdye collector in us all.

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The reissue of Big Butter's 1989 weirdo classic, Brainsled. Mixing elements of drone, psych, free jazz, early synth music, sound collage, Minutemen-esque punk, and odd pop.

Running since 1986 and still going today, Big Butter is the project of two brothers. They were once on the roster The Residents' Ralph Records (if that gives you some idea of what you're in for).

This limited-edition, self-released double LP is decked out. Gatefold, inner sleeves, and cover are all adorned in glorious new paintings by band member Tim Biskup. Painstakingly remastered from the original audio and limited to 350 copies.

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A tribute to Sun Ra by Portland electronic artist and percussionist J Morales, also known as ABSV. Eight pulsing tracks of experimental Afro-house, interweaving live and electronic percussion, synths, bass, and piano into an instant basement dance party.

Limited edition of 50 hand-numbered copies. On goldenrod yellow with Taino sun images (in honor of the artist's Puerto Rican roots), custom UV-printed at ColorHaus PrintCo in Portland, Oregon.

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Last copy! Forty-five minutes of (melty/warpy/bubbly/sparkly) ambient material released on Northwest experimental label, Corpus Callosum.

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For the first volume of Why the Tapes Play Records' Covers Project series, nine artists interpret work from Swedish electro-folk band Wintergatan. A wide range of reinventions—from solo kalimba to chamber-pop to oddball electronic. 

A reissue of this lost, barely-released 1997 album by The High Beams. Daydream is underwater lo-fi dream pop for guitar and drum machine.

Released by Why the Tapes Play.

Temporary sale! A brilliant album from Olympia cellist Derek M. Johnson. The range between the joyously furious chaos of where it starts and the stop-you-in-your-tracks lush beauty of where it ends is vast, but it works. Along the way there's deep ambience and solo cello, making an album in four distinct parts--one that carries weight and leaves you somewhat stunned.

Comes with a digital download card. Released on Seattle's Aphonia Recordings. A portion of album also benefits Safeplace, an Olympia organization that provides services for victims of sexual and domestic violence. Listen on Bandcamp.

The latest in a series of brilliant EPs from Yaara Valey (formerly Indira Valey). Unique, otherworldly, mostly instrumental song-scapes.

First printing in O-card slipcase on white cassettes. Listen on Bandcamp.

The unstoppable forces of Lisa Schonberg (Kickball, Explode Into Colors), Allan Wilson (!!! chk chk chk), and Heather Treadway (Explode Into Colors) combine composing talents to create Secret Drum Band's first full length record, Dynamics, an epic of percussion-driven avant-garde. Forward-thinking instrumental music for any occasion.

Players include: Sara Lund (Unwound), Sam Humans, Alison Clarys, and Anthony Brisson. Guest appearances by Marisa Anderson, Brian Mumford (Dragging an Ox Through Water), Aaron Hartman (Old Time Relijun), and Jose Medeles (1939 Ensemble).

Cover art by Richart, back cover art by Aidan Koch. Released on Portland's XRAY Records.

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