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Stereogum Monthly Mix: August 2012

Summer is ending! And you have some work to do. Did you experience that season-defining moment? That rooftop conversation, that carefree weekend of intense interpersonal bonding? Did you find the person who’ll keep you warm all winter? If you’ve answered negatively to even one of these, you have some work to do. And so we… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 29, 2012 - 10:31 am

The Music Tapes – “Playing ‘Evening'”

Longtime Elephant 6 psych-poppers the Music Tapes are getting set to release their new album Mary’s Voice, their first LP since 2008. They’re also planning to tour the world in a circus tent, and they’ve launched a Kickstarter to make that tour possible; they’ve already more than doubled their goal of $5,000. Below, listen to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 27, 2012 - 9:23 am

New Indie Rock Christmas MP3s For 2009

Even though there’s something sacred about time-honored traditions, there’s only so many years you and your beloveds can sit beside the Christmas tree and listen to Sufjan or “Last Christmas” or the same old yuletide indie rock. It’s time we spruced up our collective Xmas indie rock playlist with some newness! Even if Christmas isn’tMore »

By: Amrit Singh / December 17, 2009 - 2:44 pm

The ‘Gum Drop CXIX: Hear New Christmasy Julian Koster, Win An Epiphone Guitar

This morning we sent out the final ‘Gum Drop of 2009 and in the spirit of the season decided to pass along an updated take on a Holiday standard. Last year Neutral Milk Hotel/Music Tapes’ Julian Koster released The Singing Saw At Christmastime. He recently returned to his workshop and recorded a new saw-only carol,… More »

By: brandon / December 16, 2009 - 12:23 pm

New Music Tapes Video – “For The Planet Pluto”

Julian Koster has a specific vision and saw-singing sound for The Music Tapes, so you shouldn’t be too surprised by much of what goes on in the Pluto-homaging “For the Planet Pluto” video. It features background vocals by fourth graders from Barrow Elementary School in Athens, Georgia and stars Major Organ And The Adding Machine’… More »

By: brandon / August 18, 2009 - 6:11 pm

New Music Tapes Video – “Majesty”

The spate of recent Jeff Mangum sightings tended to obscure the fact that, yes, there are other people who were/are involved with Elephant 6, Neutral Milk Hotel, etc. One such lifer is wire recorder, singing saw, and Christmas enthusiast Julian Koster, who’s going strong with his refurbished and road ready Music Tapes. “Majesty”‘s the second… More »

By: brandon / November 5, 2008 - 3:12 pm

Stream Elephant 6’s Chicago Surprise

NPR is streaming the 10/21 Bottom Lounge stop on the recent E6 Holiday Surprise Tour. Tunes from Olivia Tremor Control, Apples In Stereo, Music Tapes, Neutral Milk Hotel and other Athens all-stars are featured, but a few songs (including encore “Engine”) were omitted from broadcast at the artist’s request. (You can listen to it here,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 28, 2008 - 2:14 pm

Stereogum’s Top 8 From CMJ ’08

The crew here managed to fly through some 70+ sets of music last week, and boy is our abilty-to-wade-through-the-sadness-that’s-passing-for-buzzed-up-indie-rock tired. There’s a very scientific formula to attaining that coveted “Guess I should see this band ’cause everybody’s saying I should” status: The first criteria is, of course, a widely circulated Hype Machine single. But i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 27, 2008 - 3:20 pm

CMJ ’08: The Music Tapes & Wye Oak @ Mercury Lounge

Joining the Tobacco triumph a few days earlier, Mercury Lounge hosted a couple more of my favorite sets this fest in the recently revitalized (and recently Mangum-ized) Music Tapes, and Baltimore breakout Wye Oak. The successive sets were a contrast in styles — the Music Tapes presenting multi-membered ragamuffin ditties, Wye Oak a stripped duo… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 26, 2008 - 7:04 pm

Jeff Mangum Performs In NYC

We’ve checked in with Music Tapes a few times this year, and before that got all sincere over In The Aeroplane’s 10th birthday, but things have been fairly quiet on the Jeff Mangum front in ’08. (Though the Neutral Milk Hotel founder did get married in January.) So we were surprised to get so many… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 12, 2008 - 11:52 am

Julian Koster Presents The Singing Saw At Christmastime

Anyone who’s listened to Julian Koster’s work in Neutral Milk Hotel or the (newly revived) Music Tapes knows he’s into the singing saw. So, though it’s a hot and sticky day and a longtime from the Holiday season, it’s no surprise Koster, along with Nesey Gallons, has prepped The Singing Saw at Christmastime with hi… More »

By: brandon / July 31, 2008 - 1:59 pm

Stream Music Tapes For Clouds And Tornadoes

A ways back we posted the happy news that Julian Koster was dusting off the singing saw and wire recorder for a new Music Tapes record. Now you can stream it in its entirety at Merge. (Thanks for the tip, Beth.) On our initial pass it sounds like First Imaginary Symphony For Nomad: Poppy, twee,… More »

By: brandon / July 22, 2008 - 1:03 pm

Still No Neutral Milk Hotel Reunion, But The Music Tapes Are Back With New Album, Video, Live Show

We were big fans of First Imaginary Symphony For Nomad back in the day, as well as the Music Tapes’ prop-heavy, metronome-toting live show. If you can believe it, that debut came out nine years ago. Around that time, Neutral Milk Hotel was still active, so it was seen as Julian Koster’s singing-saw and wire-recorder… More »

By: brandon / May 7, 2008 - 10:49 am