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)