The BOK Singles Club (& Other Stuff...)
The Book of Kills Singles Club is open! If you've already subscribed, thank you. Your compact disc is already on its way! If you haven't subscribed...remember, you get an ELEVEN track CD of all new BOK music this month, plus 5 or 11 (depending upon the duration of your subscription) more CD singles!
I'm working on the September single right now. That single will feature two tracks from the HUMAN AGAIN sessions that I didn't use for that CD, plus another all-new song that I'm working on right now.
Decent, and quite long, article on the "resurgence" of interest in cassette tapes.
"The thing that made cassettes so revolutionary is they put into everybody’s hands the ability to move music around in the way they wanted. I feel that an album somebody makes on cassette is every bit as legitimate as anything else. People in the ’80s who were cool enough to talk record labels into releasing their stuff looked down on cassettes as an inferior second cousin. That’s the reason I’ve never liked vinyl records. The attitude was, 'Oh, people who are doing cassettes are not serious. If they were really serious, they’d be doing records.'" -- Hal McGee
"Online music was to me the perfect and logical extension of what we were doing with our homemade cassette releases back in the '80s. A couple of years ago I encountered a lot of resistance to and downright hostility toward online music in discussions on the Noise discussion boards. People 20-30 years younger than me were resisting what I saw as natural "progress"—online music—and were, in my mind, regressing somewhat by insisting on physical container audio formats. I think that it was natural for me and people of my age group to pass through the stages that I did, because we started making our homemade music at a time that was pre-computer, pre-internet, pre-email, pre-MySpace, and pre-Facebook. We hand-wrote letters, dubbed tapes, went to Kinko's and printed tape covers, packaged up the tapes, went to the post office and mailed them, etc. I must say, that as much as admire the general spirit of today's cassette resurgence, I also take a dim view of it. To me it's like reaching for something that isn't really there anymore. And much of what I see in today's cassette labels is a sort of preciousness, a fetishistic clinging to physical objects almost as if they are totemic magical devices." -- Hal McGee