Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Artistic Integrity Tapes

Dan Wallach, founder and president of Artistic Integrity Records, writes:

So far, Artistic Integrity Records has done 3 cassettes out of the 21 total releases on the label, all of which have been released in the last 8 months.

Mraz Volta is a Chicago super group of sorts, made up of members of Dr. Manhattan, Truman & His Trophy, Meat Wave, Everything's Alright, and Sophagus. These 8 tracks were released in April of 2014 and are limited to only 100 copies (50 on clear blue, 50 on white cassettes).

Nervous Passenger is another Chicago band. The A-side is the new EP entitled Way Too Weird, 5 songs clocking in at under 15 minutes. the B-side is the first physical release of their 2013 EP entitled Songs About Things And Stuff, 5 more songs clocking in around 13 minutes. This release came out in September of 2014 and is also limited to only 100 copies (50 on black, 50 on red cassettes).

This tape is one of the favorite things I've released with AIR. it's a 2-song cassingle from Chicago electronica band Hide, entitled Possession. What makes this release so special is that the lead singer in Hide is artist Heather Gabel, of Alkaline Trio fame. Heather had never been in a band before, so to be lucky enough to release the first thing she's ever put out musically was a real thrill for me. This release came out in October of 2014 and is limited to 500 copies (250 on black, 250 on white cassettes).

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