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Cassette Connection: A conversation with Dante Scaglione of Ardmore boutique label Third Floor Tapes

Third Floor Tapes
Dante Scaglione of Third Floor Tapes | courtesy of the label

Two years ago Dante Scaglione was digging through Bandcamp when he came across a music community he was unaware of prior — one of cassette-exclusive labels.

He was immediately intrigued by this idea of keeping tapes alive in this age in which streaming services, vinyl rebirth and digital downloads are king. Labels such as Gnar Tapes and Burger Records appealed to him in that when they started; they too were releasing their music on cassette only. Scaglione started buying music on the niche format and began his own collection when his friends in Joy Again (formerly Forever Lesbians) were talking with him about wanting to releasing their first album on cassette. They hashed out the details and Third Floor Tapes was born with the band’s first album, Sherry, a set of warbling lo-fi garage pop.

That particular sonic characteristic, one that’s most definitely unique to tapes, was another aspect that influenced Scaglione’s decision to keep the label tape-based. Continue reading →

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A Day Without Love releases acoustic session with new track “Things I Can Tell”

Brian Walker of A Day Without Love
Brian Walker of A Day Without Love

Brian Walker of the modern rock project A Day Without Love sat down with Concertjunkies for an acoustic session. The music blog recorded a stripped down version of an upcoming track by the Philly based artist, who recently went solo. The track is called “Things I Can Tell” and Walker delivers a powerful childhood chant of “It’s not worth it, none of us deserve this” in a brightly-lit living room. Continue reading →

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Meet Forever Lesbians, a throwback to classic rock n’ roll

Forever Lesbians / via facebook.com/foreverlez
Forever Lesbians / via facebook.com/foreverlez

Philly-based band Forever Lesbians is bringing back the good ol’ days of rock n’ roll when The Beatles and The Kinks dominated the radio waves. Recorded on a Tascam 4 track, Forever Lesbians’s debut album, Sherry, was made for cassette listening, so the tracks have some fuzzy distortion to them. Personally, I don’t mind the fuzziness. It adds to the whole listening experience and gives a sense of authenticity to the album.

There’s no unnecessary flair to Sherry. It’s just really good music. Continue reading →