The Music Tapes News

The Music Tapes Announce Week of Free, Final Performances of The Traveling Imaginary, Launch The Orbiting Human Circus

As a thank you to the fans who funded the show’s creation via Kickstarter and as a celebration of the launch of their new arts organization, The Orbiting Human Circus, The Music Tapes have announced a special, limited engagement run of their very first theatrical production, The Traveling Imaginary, September 3-6 at the 133rd St. Arts Center Lab in New York City.

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The Magic of the Music Tapes!

We were lucky enough to see the Music Tapes' Traveling Imaginary in action this week, and we don't want to give away any of the exciting surprises you can expect to find waiting for you within the walls of the new circus tent.

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The Music Tapes' Mary's Voice is in stores now!

The Music Tapes' new album, Mary's Voice, is available now! Stream the album in its entirety via SoundCloud, and find it on CD, digital, and limited-edition LP with pop-up artwork in record stores everywhere and in the Merge store.

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The Music Tapes return with Mary's Voice

On September 4, The Music Tapes will release Mary’s Voice. Mary’s Voice, The Music Tapes’ third full-length album, is the warmest and most accessible invitation yet into Julian Koster’s world—the culmination of a vision he has been realizing for over a decade. That vision began taking shape in the ’90s, during which time Koster also became a key member of Neutral Milk Hotel and a contributor to The Olivia Tremor Control and other legendary members of the enormously influential Elephant 6 Collective.

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The Music Tapes on tour with The Olivia Tremor Control!

The Music Tapes are currently opening for The Olivia Tremor Control! Don’t miss the live full-band Music Tapes experience! Purim’s Shadows, the new digital EP from The Music Tapes, is available now in the Merge store and from all your favorite digital outlets.

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The Music Tapes present "For the Planet Pluto"

On its way to you in a triumphant spiral of zeros and ones through that strange nether universe from which all things computery come is the new Music Tapes video, “For the Planet Pluto.”

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The Music Tapes on Tour

The Music Tapes are currently on tour, and by all accounts, the shows are as magical as Julian planned! Don't miss your chance to see Julian, Static the Television and the whole gang! The Seattle Weekly ran a great interview with Julian about what he's got planned after the tour and the future of the Human Orbiting Tap Dancing Machine! Preview and order your copy of The Music Tapes' Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes in the Merge store. The Music Tapes on tour: 02.20.2009 Anacortes, WA Department of Safety 02.21.2009 Portland, OR Backspace 02.24.2009 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry 02.25.2009 Chicago, IL AV-aerie 02.26.2009 Ann Arbor, MI The B-side 02.27.2009 Toronto, ON Canada Lee's Palace 02.28.2009 Buffalo, NY Big Orbit's Soundlab 03.01.2009 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's 03.02.2009 Cambridge, MA Middle East Upstairs 03.03.2009 Brooklyn, NY The Bellhouse 03.04.2009 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church - Basement 03.05.2009 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle 03.06.2009 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle 03.07.2009 Athens, GA 40 Watt   More >

Spot the Merge Artist!

While we're getting into the '09 swing of things, here's something to pass the time.  We always enjoy cameos from our artists in the videos of others.  Here's a few we've found recently: First off, via Optical Atlas, the amazing video for “Good Thing It’s a Ghost Town Around Here” from Still Flyin', with a cameo from noted zombie pizza delivery man/Ladybug Transistor frontman Gary Olson: Next up, a couple videos from Music Tape Nesey Gallons featuring appearances by lead Music Tape Julian Koster: "Aurora Borealis" "There Won't Be Any Crows" And if searching isn't your thing, here's a lovely video of Nesey and Julian playing at Ciné in Athens:   More >

New Music Tapes Video for "Majesty"

Directed by Beliah Gallons! There is one more chance to catch Julian Koster on the road this year! Check for The Music Tapes Caroling Tour beginning next week! These will be caroling events (not house concerts) and there will be no monetary recompense of anny kind asked for.  People who wish to make a donation to the Carolers Travel Fund via the website where all Caroling updates and information will be found.   More >

Holiday Surprise Photoblogging!

Last Thursday, the Elephant 6 Collective stopped by to share their music, movie, and presents! The first stop: a fantastic all-ages in-store at CD Alley, followed later by the full Holiday Surprise performance at Local 506.   More >

Holiday Surprise Tour Starts Tonight!/Music Tapes Popfest

To honor the kick-off of the great Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour (which starts tonight at Ciné in Athens, GA) here is the the amazing Music Tapes set (mp3/flac) from this year's Athens Popfest, as recorded by the great Lance Stack.   More >

Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour Surprise Date!

Did you really expect the much-anticipated Holiday Surprise Tour not to have an Athens date? Georgians and non-Georgians alike can head down to Ciné on October 7th to catch the world premiere of the "Major Organ and the Adding Machine" short film by Joey Foreman and Eric Harris, followed by the Elephant 6 Orchestra's first presentation of the tour event of the Fall! Places in time and space: 10/07 Athens, GA @ Ciné 10/09 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 10/11 NYC, NY @ Knitting Factory 10/12 Boston, MA @ The Church 10/14 Portland, ME @ Space Gallery 10/15 New Haven, CT @ The Space 10/16 Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase 10/17 Rochester, NY @ the Bug Jar 10/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox 10/19 Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center 10/20 Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room - Crofoot 10/21 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge 10/22 Bloomington, IN @ Cinemat 10/23 Lexington, KY @ University of Kentucky 10/15 NYC, NY @ Mercury Lounge (The Music Tapes only)   More >

Release week fun with The Music Tapes!

"So, I like to read with a candle on my chest during the wintertime." Largehearted Boy has a list of Julian Koster's reading recommendations. "Unless you’re already a Music Tapes fan, chances are you haven’t experienced anything quite as exquisitely raw, effortlessly transportive, and charmingly distinct in a long time." Tiny Mix Tapes gave Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes a score of Eureka! You Ain't No Picasso featured videos of "Television Tell Us" and "Majesty" from the band's Athens PopFest appearance last weekend! Visit your local record store or order Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes from Merge Mail Order!   More >