Froe Char is crossing the atlantic (for the first time!) and bringing the awesome Cellule 34 from brussels with her. They will be teaming up with Unur to play a mess of dates in the midwest and on the east coast including a pair of experimental sets alongside a video installation as part of CIMM Fest in chicago! If you want them to come perform in your DIY space, Bar, Taco Shack, Gastropube, Basement, 0r Public Restroom send an email to mdrntps ((at)) gmail ((dot)) com.
so, many of you have noticed that the new Froe Char Lp and Unur cassette are released but not available for mailorder from MT. Yeah. Sorry about that. You see, MT is a one person operation and i am rather far away from my tapes and records currently. HERE IS THE SOLUTION!!!
you can order the Froe Char Lp in the US from the kind, wonderful folks at permanent records in chicago by clicking THIS LINK
you can still get it in Europe from Spielzeug Muzak
Both the Unur and Froe Char releases are also available in the US from Heaven Street Records in Brooklyn, Laurie’s Planet Of Sound in chicago and End Of An Ear in Austin, Tx. Their websites aren’t the easiest to mailorder from but an email or phone call will get you taken care of. they are all lovely people. tell them i say “hi!”
Regular mailorder will resume in May and hopefully by the time i leave again i’ll have someone in line to help with the mailorder for the rest of the summer. sorry for the confusion and complications. thank you as always for your continued support of the music i make and love!
Froe Char and Unur will be on tour in Europe Feb20-Mar07. Bring them vegan treats, hugs, bionade, beer, some whiskey and most of all, every single one of your friends!
Download and Stream “Fossils”
Download and Stream “No Human Self”
spread the word. we’ll see you soon.
Feb 20- Milan, Italy @ Ligera w/ AU+
Feb 21- Ljubljana, Slovenia @ tba
Feb 22- Vienna, Austria @ TRANSFORMER
Feb 23- Brno, Czech Republic @ Boro w/ Leto
Feb 27- Leipzig, Germany @ Goldhorn
Feb 28- Berlin, Germany @ Urban Spree
Mar 1- Hamburg, Germany @ Rote Flora
Mar 4- Wurzburg, Germany @ Cairo
Mar 5- Bruxelles, Belgium @ tba
Mar 6- Antwerp, Belgium @ Die Kleine Hedonist
Mar 7- Paris, France @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire
Friends, today we find the digital release (tapes coming in a week or so) of the follow-up to Unur’s two previous Modern Tapes Eps/Genetic Music 12″. This is the first proper full length to come from this nomadic one person band. 13 new songs of further evolved post-wave noir, created from an eclectic mix of vintage and modern analogue synthesizers washed with a haze of ever increasing guitar buzz. This is the next step.
European Tour with Froe Char February-March 2014 details SOON.
The Froe Char Lp has been out for a few weeks now, it is awesome and going fast, pick up your copies now! Especially since mailorder will be halted from Feb 10- Mar 10 because I’ll be in Europe touring with Unur and Froe Char! Specific dates coming soon but this will be a handful of new places and some familiar ones too.
also, on Feb 2, 2014 the new Unur 13 song cassette “No Human Self” will be set free into the wild. Limited edition, silkscreened jackets, blah blah blah. more on that next week.
expect a big update SOON!
thanks for all of your support!
Friends, family, lovers, haters,
dec 22 marks a new day for Modern Tapes. Our first vinyl release!!!
also our 10th release. We don’t churn out recordings the way other labels do, slow and steady really works for us. I like to think each release keeps upping the ante for the next. Don’t worry MT hasn’t forgotten you cassette lovers out there, there are some cassette releases in the near future too, and perhaps some more vinyl. But now, to share this awesome chunk of dinosaur with you.
Fossils is the third release from Froe Char, the solo alias of Christina of the also amazing Parisian duo Illustration Sonore. Where her first recordings as Froe Char writhed in distortion and doom Fossils pushes the rhythm to the forefront and breaks the synths through the haze creating an opaque yet completely minimal mutant wave masterpiece.
Simply put, i fucking love this record.
pre-order now. and get the download immediately.
Europe tour planned with Unur (who also has a new recording coming soon) in february 2014.
2013 Has been an interesting year for MT. there was much talk of a handful of cassette releases. Time has turned one of these in to the first vinyl Lp by Modern Tapes. What better way to celebrate our 10th release!
Froe Char aka Italian/Parisian Christina Lauro is also known as 1/2 of the duo Illustration Sonore who has an amazing Lp being released by the fantastic Medical Records label. There have been a pair of previous Froe Char releases of dark beautiful ambiance but with “Fossils” she takes the distorted haze and murk of her prior work and uses it as a texture amid percolating synths and minimalist rhythms. “Fossils” is the sultry minimal synth record for the experimental crowd or the noisy bleak record for the coldwave kids. I once heard someone say “you can’t dance to pain” but this record really proves otherwise.
this record is the first in a collaborative effort between Modern Tapes and the amazing French label Spielzeug Muzak. more info soon, but until then, here’s a teaser:
we’re clearing house over here in MT-land. Making room for some new things and trying to get some really awesome records into the hands of people who might not otherwise go for a 2xLp of demos from an obscure synth duo from the netherlands ($14 for an import 2xLp though!!) Seriously, everything in the distro is awesome and something i would have been proud to release. Some stuff is pretty obscure, much of it is European but follow some links and investigate a bit and you’ll find some awesome things that few places in the states have and NO ONE has at prices this good.
I’m not sure how long i’m going to run the sale but go for it! Take a chance, you won’t be sorry.
the tour is going great and still has some shows left. They are out of records and tapes and we’re just about out of tapes. yup, just two weeks after its release MT009 BOOTBLACKS “narrowed” is almost out of print, there are about 3 copies left as of this evening.
here are the dates for the tour:
05.04. d-potsdam @ black fleck
06.04. pl-wroclaw @ druga fala (ex-falanster) (start: 8p.m.!)
07.04. at- wien @ au (free entry, start 8p.m.!)
08.04. slo-ljubljana @ menza pri koritu
09.04. i-udine @ cas’aupa
10.04. i-perugia @ rework
11.04. i-roma @ dalverme
12.04. i-reggio calabria @ circolo 79
13.04. i-messina @ retronoveau
14.04. i-fasano @ circolo eliogabalo
15.04. i-taranto @ la corte dei miracoli
16.04. i-napoli @ cellar theory
17.04. i-milano @ ligera + NEGOT (http://www.facebook.com/events/388121867953149/)
18.04. ch-rathausen/luzern @ milchhof 2 + THEE IRMA & LOUISE (9 p.m.!!!)
19.04. d-leipzig @ plagwitz bermudadreieck + MONARK (10 years MONOZID party)
20.04. d-berlin @ schokoladen (8 p.m.!!!)