Sue Garner

by Larry Crane

Sue Garner has been a member of many New York based bands over the years, Fish and Roses, The Shams, and currently, Run On. Generally she can be found playing bass and singing. After all those years...


Craig Shumacher: The Wave Lab

by Adam Selzer

A little over a year ago, a record under the guise of OP8 was released which was a collaboration between Howe Gelb, Joey Burns, John Convertino (all of Giant Sand) and Lisa Germano.  It's one of...

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Sept. 15, 1998

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Cassette Corner!

by Rob Christensen

Since I took on this column last fall I've received about forty cassettes that were submitted to Tape Op for review. After months of wading through, listening, and reviewing, I feel the need to echo...

Sept. 15, 1998

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Recording Schools?

by Johnny Keener

A few months ago I got the idea that I would go to recording school. I did some checking into the options and I found some things that might help, or at least amuse, some of you Tape Op...

Sept. 15, 1998


Tiny Telephone

by Todd Costanza

Tiny Telephone is a studio set up by the band MK Ultra in San Francisco.  John Vanderslice is a member of that band and helps run the studio.  Todd Costanza is a member of Granfalloon Bus...


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by CALIFONE | reviewed by Adam Selzer

If you're a Red Red Meat fan, you probably already know about this record. Tim Rutilli, the songwriter behind Califone proceeds from where his previous outfit (Red Red Meat) left off. It continues...

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by DEFORMO | reviewed by Matt Mair Lowery

The only way I can adequately express my excitement over this record is to say that I haven't been so unexpectedly and pleasantly surprised by an album since I first heard Pavement's Slanted and...

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by Y PANTS | reviewed by Larry Crane

I like reissues of obscure groups. Usually they have all sorts of different source material on them plus it's music from a different place and time, and usually you can feel that. Y Pants were a...

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About two years after releasing his first solo record on El Recordo Records, Joel R.L. Phelps (formerly of Silkworm) has given us two very impressive recordings. The first is a five song EP including...

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This Is 4-Track!

by NERVE GENERATOR | reviewed by Rob Christensen

In the last issue I reviewed Nerve Generator's tape in Cassette Corner. Well, now they've got their CD out and it's a dandy. This Is 4-Track! was recorded in guitarist James Botha's bedroom on a...

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by ZOVIET FRANCE | reviewed by Larry Crane

From the band's own mouth(s): "Digilogue was recorded using a mixture of failing analogue equipment and high-end digital equipment and monitored in our studio exclusively on damaged hi-fi speakers."...

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by FERNANDO | reviewed by Larry Crane

Tape Op no es ningún tipo de revista local, y por eso es poco común que doy tanto ánimo a un grupo de la escena de Portland. Este es una excepción. Fernando es un hombre y...

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A Thousand Leaves

by SONIC YOUTH | reviewed by Larry Crane

Here's what I noticed: Only Thurston's songs have those little vocal clicks (the ones you get when you open your mouth to sing or when there's a bit too much saliva running around). I probably...

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More There

by THE SORTS | reviewed by Matt Mair Lowery

The Sorts play a wide-range of mostly instrumental rock (vocals occasionally appear to present mantra-like lyrics) that at times sounds like Fugazi's vocal-less songs and at other points sounds like...

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Under the Western Freeway

by GRANDADDY | reviewed by Adam Selzer

This is one of those records that Tape Op readers will love to listen to. Its full of creative production ideas with each song employing a different recording approach. Chief songwriter Jason Lytle...

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The Roaring Mechanism

by P.E.E. | reviewed by Matt Mair Lowery

After listening to The Roaring Mechanism I get the feeling that I would enjoy P.E.E.'s music a lot more if the band was less concerned with prog rock rhythm shifts and more willing to let the sense of...

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Ocean Songs CD, EP

by DIRTY THREE, TREN BROTHERS | reviewed by Adam Selzer

It's not so unusual to find violin or other related classical instruments in rock music today, but most bands use them merely to enhance their sound rather than as the focal point. Warren Ellis is...

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Happy Heroes

by NEGATIVLAND | reviewed by Larry Crane

If you know anything about writing for magazines n'all, you know that record labels and publicists send out these things called "press kits" with copies of the new records that you're supposed to...

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by CORNELIUS | reviewed by Larry Crane

A Japanese man with a Brian Wilson obsession and guest app-earances by Hillary and Robert of The Apples in stereo? Sign me up! (Matador, 625 Broadway 12th Flr, New York, NY 10012) 

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Selector Dub Narcotic CD

by VARIOUS ARTISTS | reviewed by Larry Crane

Uh Oh. Everyone knows the kiss of death for any studio is to put out a compilation CD of the stuff that they've been working on. It's then that you find out that the hip, cool studio that Pavement cut...