Neutral Milk Hotel

by Larry Crane

Neutral Milk Hotel began in the early 90's as a 4 track cassette project by Jeff Mangum. Since then, he's released a couple of albums on Merge records (On Avery Island, In The Aeroplane Over The Sea)...

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Dec. 14, 1998


Scott Colburn

by Curtis Settino

In just a few short years, Scott Colburn's Gravelvoice Productions has been involved with a wonderfully diverse collection of artists and recordings. His Seattle, Washington studio offers an analog...


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by Larry Crane

Tape Op gets a lot of CD's in the mail. Some are great, and we play them to death, but many just plain stink. Why? Maybe nobody is listening. The recording process is great. You can create amazing...


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Secret Luminaries CD

by The No-No’s | reviewed by Larry Crane

There's several ways to run a commercial studio. You can be outspoken, you can be highly visible on the local "scene" or you can quietly stay in and do some great work. In Portland, I sometimes feel...

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In New Zealand CD

by Barbara Manning | reviewed by Larry Crane

The first thing I noticed about this CD is that it is short. Less than 32 minutes, and that made me wonder. Would I know if it was on vinyl? Between flipping the sides and not having a digital counter...

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More You Becomes You CD

by Plush | reviewed by Larry Crane

Plush is Liam Hayes, a keyboardist, song- writer, singer and Mellotron fanatic. Unlike his highly orchestrated singles, we get no Mellotron on this outing - just Hayes mostly singing and playing...

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I Hear a New World CD

by Joe Meek and the Blue Men | reviewed by Larry Crane

Joe Meek. The name haunts anyone who researches record production of the 60's. His secretive and forward-looking production techniques presaged what many others developed later on. I mean some of this...

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Hooray for Tuesday CD

by The Minders | reviewed by Larry Crane

Ever since the Apples (In Stereo) made their self-recorded splash on the indie music scene, a lot has been said in praise of Robert Schneider and his Pet Sounds Recording Studio and we here at Tape Op...

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Beep, Kiss CD EP

by Holland | reviewed by Larry Crane

It took me some time to figure this out, but Holland is our pal, Trevor, formerly the Sea Saw/Magnetophone guy. Holland is in a similar vein - Kraftwerkian drum sounds, lush analog synths and sad,...

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Ini-dependence LP

by A Minor Forest | reviewed by Dewey Mahood

AMF's new one follows in the soft/loud direction of their first record, but manages to keep the some- times generic formula sounding fresh-inspired even. They push everything to the extreme; the low-...

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New Eyes on the Universe CD

by David Tollefson | reviewed by Larry Crane

I'm a big fan of Brian Eno. Not of everything he writes, records and produces, but of the way I perceive that he thinks about music and recording. Systems approaches, how a system (a complex effects...

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December 96 CD

by Rod Poole | reviewed by Dewey Mahood

Poole improvises on a Martin acoustic guitar using an alternate tuning of his own invention. He is concerned with the perfect fourth, the neutral third, and the micro uneven intervals between. This...

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Train Songs CD

by Two Dollar Guitar | reviewed by Dewey Mahood

According to the disc technical notes, this music was "captured by veteran field engineer Gene Holder [ex dB's], in a studio/bohemian flophouse called the Jolly Roger". Sound is on the lo-fi side of...