onsdag 9. september 2015

New Release - The Boatsters: Blue Highway (C40)


GROOBIE TAPES PROUDLY PRESENTS...

THE BOATSTERS!


From the mysterious mist off the west coast of Norway a vessel called Blue Highway appears. For a long time a stowaway called the Boatster was aboard the ship – you could see his shade from time to time, moving in the shadows below deck. However, there is a time for everything, and the Boatster has now stepped up to the helm in broad daylight, practicing the noble art of making West Ghost Experimental music.





There are a few things you ought to know about the Boatster: He has a versatile musical background, having worked on more than 100 releases, as a mixer, producer, or musician, in genres such as Norwegian black metal, American hip hop, low-fi and pure soul and pure pop. He bought a keyboard to emulate the Italian disco scene when he was 6 years old. (He failed.) He bought his first Roland Tr-808 when he was 13, and taught himself to play guitar at about the same age. A legendary jazz pianist taught him how to play the piano. The young Boatster only wanted to learn blues piano. (And one song by Harald Saeverud.) His first band was a Ramones coverband. His only regular work is 4 years as a bell-ringer in a church to finance studies at a music conservatory and a semi-heavy lifestyle as a singer and guitar player in a up and coming poprock band. He has tuned at least 200 pianos in his life, both as a hobby and as a source of income.

You may also want to know this: The Boatster has played more than 500 gigs in Scandinavia, the UK and Europe. He has produced music that has charted hit lists in different countries. He worked on the last recording session ever by the mighty human being Willy B (RIP). At the present, he works as a DJ in the coolest bar in his town. He is one of the Sunday People there. He plays in a band with Arthur Brown's drummer. He also plays in a band with Laurent Petitgand, Wim Wenders' favourite film score composer, and Steven Forward, who has worked with people like Paul McCartney, The Pale Fountains and Brian Eno.

The Boatster is almost living in his studio, and only comes out when he has to be on stage to play guitar. He plays a Telecaster from 1968. He had to travel almost to the North Pole to buy that guitar. Habits: The only thing the Boatster doesn't smoke is menthol cigarettes, and the only thing he doesn't drink is milk.

He is now ready to let loose his first project under the Boatsers name, a C40 cassette album on Groobie Tapes called Blue Highway, on which he has played with buttons and done everything himself. Blue Highway contains a varied brew of 13 songs, from upbeat electrosoul to more moody pieces. The only guest artist is Simmi Boatster, who came to this project from Somalia, Wales and Jæren, lending her voice to the proceedings.

The first edition of Blue Highway is limited to 25 numbered copies in split black and white cassette tapes. Free advice: To make it a permanent part of your music collection before the oceans fall off the earth may not be such a bad idea. When it happens it will be too late.



Two tracks from 'Blue Highway' can be enjoyed here, at Soundcloud:

And the video below is also at Youtube:

Buying options: 
Money to my Paypal account, registered on <tosoer@gmail.com>
Norway: 105 NOK (shipping included)
Europe: 11 euro (shipping included)
World: 13 euro (shipping included)

You can also buy it at Discogs:






torsdag 27. august 2015

The Boatsters

My oh my, things have been mighty quiet for a while here at Groobie Towers. But boy oh boy, do we ever sleep? Oh no, we don't! A new audio cassette tape is forthcoming, containing music by The Boatsters. Official release date, September 9, 2015. More information to follow soon, Keep your ears glued! In the meantime, if you like you can watch this sample/promo video at Youtube:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gkIeT-Has4




fredag 27. februar 2015

More Monobird to listen to

Here are some sample tunes from the Monobird cassette:

https://soundcloud.com/stream


Monobird sample

Here's a link to track 1 on side 2 of the Monobird cassette.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/8ffkubfujv4hmp3/01%20It%27s%20Time%20To%20Start%20A%20Band%20%28And%20Split%20Up%29.wav?dl=0

Alert me if it doesn't work. My PC blocks uploading to Soundcloud, should get it fixed.


mandag 23. februar 2015

NEW EDITIONS!

We are pleased to announce that brand new editions of both The Bus Shelters' and Monobird's cassettes have been manufactured (or man-factoried) in our living room factory and are now ready for the journey to you – or you – or you – or you – or maybe you too? – or to any other you's out there. (We are also pleased to refer to ourselves in the third person again – it always pleases us.) We are even more pleased that the first run of our releases sold out so fast. A real sell-out! The payment method worked fine, so please read below before ordering.


Very few copies of these limited edition tapes have been made (20-25 copies), so you will have to check availability with me before you order. Drop me a line at <tosoer@gmail.com> and tell me your wants, and I will get back to you on total costs and how to pay through PayPal, OK?

The price is 70 NOK (Norwegian Kroner) for each cassette (appr. 9 USD / 6 GBP).

The postage rates look like this:
NORWAY: NOK 35 for 1-5 cassettes (USD 4.60 / GBP 3.0)
EUROPE: NOK 45 for 1-5 cassettes (USD 5.90 / GBP 3.85)
WORLD: NOK 60 for 1-5 cassettes (USD 7.85 / GBP 5.15)






torsdag 19. februar 2015

It's a listening thing!

The Bus Shelters can now be heard and enjoyed on a new-fangled thang called Bandcamp! Go bandcamping with the huns!



torsdag 12. februar 2015

Monobird

MONOBIRD In Shapeless Form (GT002 C40 cassette release)




Monobird's earlier flights in the world of music should be well-known: He was a founder member of The Loch Ness Mouse, had a solo 7" out on Oslo Grammofon in 2008, and a full-length solo CD under the name Jørn Åleskjær in 2012 on VME. He has also written songs for other artists, notably Ladybug Transistor (US) and I Was A King (NOR). But a deeper delving into ornithology reveals that Monobird has more feathers than has previously been known or shown to the public. For a good number of years he has recorded ideas at home, literally hundreds of them. We're tempted to call them 'monograms', as they all come with Monobird's characteristic stamp, partly improvised in a hurry, done in his "time off", in various moods and holiday settings, recorded on simple equipment far away from studio perfection. So, warned about this lo-fi warts'n'all-atmosphere at the outset, we'd say that the best way to approach this set of 17 monograms from Monobird is to expect the unexpected. If you're on, you're in for a lively and divergent melange of songs with many flavours, played and performed with sprawling abandon and restless unruliness, recorded for fun, or to remember the riffs and tunes that came fluttering on the wind. You'll find stray thoughts and serious stuff, ideas to play around with and sketches for private use or to be spread among friends and relatives – parodies and pensiveness – more often than not with an ironic distance to iconic rock.

These cuts were picked by Groobie Tapes from a vast pile of material, and have never been officially released, since they were not recorded with that in mind in the first place. But some of them, especially those extracted from a concept album called “Parallels and Proselytes in Animal Town(vaguely inspired by Mark Wirtz’ “Teenage Opera” of the 1960's) were distributed on CD-R by Oslo Grammofon in 2006 in 25 copies. Other songs on this cassette are more recent stuff, done as late as January 2015, in Monobird’s upgraded basement studio. So listen up, folks, and enjoy this rare trip down to Monobird's basement and see what we found there!

HOW TO BUY

Very few copies of these limited edition tapes have been made (20-25 copies), so you will have to check availability with me before you order. Drop me a line at <tosoer@gmail.com> and tell me your wants, and I will get back to you on total costs and how to pay through PayPal, OK?

(New 2nd editions will probably be available soon, in slightly different covers and cassette colors.)

The price is 70 NOK (Norwegian Kroner) for each cassette (appr. 9 USD / 6 GBP).


The postage rates look like this:
NORWAY: NOK 35 for 1-5 cassettes (USD 4.60 / GBP 3.0)
EUROPE: NOK 45 for 1-5 cassettes (USD 5.90 / GBP 3.85)
WORLD: NOK 60 for 1-5 cassettes (USD 7.85 / GBP 5.15)





The Bus Shelters

THE BUS SHELTERS: Walpurgisnacht (GT001, C30 cassette release)





Groobie Tapes proudly presents: THE BUS SHELTERS! The Bus Shelters is none other than Vegard Syrstad. Having played keyboards with The Jessica Fletchers, The Superman Can Flys, Nutrition Facts and Truls & The Trees (all Norwegian groups displaying different aspects of indie pop, and all having had vinyl records and CDs out), Vegard decided to make some indie pop of his own. It seemed that old style homemade indie was going out of style, so why not try to revitalize it? The thought materialized with these home recordings, begun in 2010, presently assembled as a 30-minute cassette album, bewitchingly called "Walpurgisnacht".

It all came to pass by occasionally recording ideas and layers of sound, and with guitars as the main building blocks. He added spice with his Micro-Korg when needed, and used whatever instruments were at hand when the muse gripped him. The parts slowly grew and merged together, byte by byte, onto the hard disc. And not to forget a thieving expedition in the dark to nab a special rhythm box sound he "just had to have" from an old organ. Surprisingly, at first he wanted a lot of fuzz guitar on these recordings, but ended up with almost no fuzz at all. So we won't try any further explanations of the unexplainable in Vegard's curious recording process. This collection of true indiepop speaks its own language. You're in for songs that will grow on you with repeated listenings, sprinkled with details and signposts that will stay in your mind, a soundscape mildly imprinting itself on your consciousness.

Some influences and sources of inspiration may be mentioned as tags to hang your tweed coat on. The Bus Shelters' name was inspired by a Ruth Miller song (of the criminally neglected British group Po!) just called "Bus Shelter". And Vegard would probably commend your acute mind if you drew up a chart of influences that placed Tiny Tim at one end of the spectrum and Darkthrone at the other, and with The Razorcuts and vintage Norwegian indie pop placed in the middle. With a whiff of Ghost Box here and there. Whether these bright and dark reference points are detectable in the music must be for the listener to decide.

"Walpurgisnacht" has become a rare combination of feathery indiepop and more brooding electronic experiments – from retrofuturistic behind-the-Iron-Curtain lounge melancholia, which of course is considered the new cool, to fluffy butterflyness and doom-laden lyrics about death, which is the even cooler new cool.

So, dear all, roll up for the debut of The Bus Shelters, now available from Groobie Tapes.


The Bus Shelters tape in early winter morning light
at the Groobie Tapes home office.



HOW TO BUY

Very few copies of these limited edition tapes have been made (20-25 copies), so you will have to check availability with me before you order. Drop me a line at <tosoer@gmail.com> and tell me your wants, and I will get back to you on total costs and how to pay through PayPal, OK?

(New 2nd editions will probably be available soon, in slightly different covers and cassette colors.)

The price is 70 NOK (Norwegian Kroner) for each cassette (appr. 9 USD / 6 GBP).

The postage rates look like this:
NORWAY: NOK 35 for 1-5 cassettes (USD 4.60 / GBP 3.0)
EUROPE: NOK 45 for 1-5 cassettes (USD 5.90 / GBP 3.85)
WORLD: NOK 60 for 1-5 cassettes (USD 7.85 / GBP 5.15)