Already Dead Tapes April/May Release Feature

May 26, 2012

We adore the fairly fresh and brilliant label gaining quite a reputation of Already Dead Tapes + Records.

A tape & vinyl label of small editions.
Already Dead Tapes is run by Joshua Tabbia and Sean Hartman.

The roots of the label were established from musicians using non-traditional methods to craft sound as art.
As a niche tape & art label Already Dead places high regard on projects of an experimental nature.

These people help make this happen:
Ray Jackson (editorial)
Rob Skrzynski (video)
James Duke (video)
Already Dead Tapes have a vast and delectable collection of releases as the label are currently working on the grounds of releasing one album a week. Pretty Impressive.
Their Recent Releases include the following:


AD041: Br’er – ‘Deviation’

Released May 22
C30, Edition of 50
Artist Location: Philadelphia, PA

“Br’er is one of the all too rare bands seeking to make honest music outside of fashion, hype or influence. This is creative expression that still sounds fresh and exciting. A captivating experience that surrounds the listener and gives a lasting impression.
Deviation marks a turning point in the evolution of Br’er. The music expands upon their previous ‘City Of Ice’ and features several alternate versions of songs from the album. This is the band’s last full length release before shifting into a more electric and heavy sound. Acoustic guitar, violin, cello, harmonium and auto harp give this album a very human and vulnerable quality. Dark subject matter over beautiful and hypnotic arrangements. Music worth hearing multiple times. For further sounds, check out http://edibleonion.com/” – Sean Hartman

You can purchase their recent Cassette Release via Already Dead Tapes here:


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AD038: Hypocrite In A Hippy Crypt – ‘All I Ask Ya, Alaska’

Released April 24
C32, Edition of 40
Artist Location: Bloomington, IN

“Where the guitar strings makes its rhythm and its melody, it can sometimes make a connection and a spark, right in the middle of a strong emotion. The spark and strong emotions comes from the sentimental sound of Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt on the latest release: “All I Ask Ya, Alaska.” A sweet, concise and simple blend, the musician captures the folk-rock feel and an artful layering of multiple guitar tracks and a great voice.

If you’re familiar with his earlier material, you’ll find great lyrical melodies that sing well pop-rock guitar chords in Beatles-like song structures. This album is a little more different in being the standard verse/chorus, and lyrically driven form of a song but comes off as being slightly sparse, yet more intentional with conveying of the right emotions. Its an easy listen with a comfortable song list – a great album for the summer night jams.” – Ray Jackson

You can purchase their recent Cassette Release via Already Dead Tapes here:

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AD040: Dominic Pierce – ‘West’

Released May 8
C30, Edition of 40
Artist Location: Calgary, AB

“I got depressed for two years after starting a garden behind a strangers house in Detroit. After the two years I walked back there and found a great blooming plant growing more than I could ever imagine. I came across the music to explain what I felt. Dominic, a hard-working and progressively industrious musician traveling throughout Canada and the US, making simple instrumentals with the minimalist sound of electroacoustic songs. His new album “West” to be released on Already Dead Tapes will keep your foot tapping, fingers snapping and images reeling in your head of good retrospective thoughts. Upbeat beats buried below layering guitar riffs and harmonic electronically tuned chords – an easy-dance album to play throughout the day with bright chord structures and groovy breakdowns.” -Ray Jackson

You can purchase their recent Cassette Release via Already Dead Tapes here:

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AD039: Alpha Couple – ‘Covers’

Released May 1
Single Sided C62, Edition of 50
Artist Location: Toronto, ON

“An expression of a nightmarish landscape, but somehow, it sounds too human for something like a nightmare. Alpa Couple is a group that turns inwards; blending the voices into experiments and public conversations as music. The ambition is consistent as it seeks imagination, but even more profound and unique is the vulnerability the two musicians deliver. Wherever the voice lacks words, the singing drives with an emotional lament and a sorrowful cry. You can view the compositions as perhaps haunting, or you can listen to it and think of something surreal. Either way, the duet demonstrates a human quality, an expressive glow, and, of course, one great album.” – Ray Jackson

You can purchase their recent Cassette Release via Already Dead Tapes here:


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AD037: Not The Wind Not The Flag – ‘Music Gallery’

 Released: April 16
Singe Sided C62, Edition of 50
Artist Location: Toronto, ON

“A heavy dose of healthy music. Not the Wind, Not the Flag consists only of alternative percussive instruments and a great ethnic vibe. “Music Gallery,” is a 24 minute piece that truly demonstrates its own language in the music world. Each member contributes to the conversation and has their instruments finding their voice in the choir. The song evolves in its own rhythmic pace, finding a charged tempo in the middle and a steady beginning and ending. Lots of xylophones, vibes, chimes, a simplified drum-set, and some great guitars at the end. A nice cultural immersion into something new – its a good healthy sound to put in your ears.” – Ray Jackson

You can purchase their recent Cassette Release via Already Dead Tapes here:


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