Tapes ‘n Tapes

There are two good things about making an airport pick-up at one in the morning: 1) I got to see my sons for the first time in a week, and 2) I got to listen to CBC Radio 2’s Brave New Waves which doesn’t come on until midnight. Over the course of an hour, I was stoked to hear a couple of 3hive favorites, Metal Hearts and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. (Sadly, Patti Schmidt didn’t mention you can get free and legal downloads of these tracks at 3hive.com…) I also heard, as I always do on BNW, something new to me. This time it was a Minneapolis outfit called Tapes ‘n Tapes. They play nervous, clever pop that draws on a number of typical indie inspirations (Wire, Pixies, Talking Heads, etc.) but — just to save time and incite the inevitable “love/hate” debate — I’ll say they sound like a less fashionable Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Who knows? Good as they are, they may not be less for long…


7 Replies to “Tapes ‘n Tapes”

  1. I’ve only listened to the first song so far – reminds me a bit of Modest Mouse. I mainly wanted to comment to say how much I love the album art. Brilliant!

  2. The Loon is a brilliant album. I would be hard-pressed to choose between Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and these guys, but until I have to make that decision I'll just sit back and enjoy.

  3. Wow Brave New Waves and Patti Schmidt thats all I needed to hear and I was sold. And I wasn’t disappointed. Miss that show since I moved from Michigan. I used to listen when Dave Wisdom hosted. Started listening when he had his segment 10 singles in alphebatical order! Good times! Good times!

  4. Great album, I wouldnt call it pop though! For another review, check my blog..
    This is an awesome site by the way – how long have you been around for?

  5. I saw Tapes n Tapes last night in Perth and they were fantastic. If you ever get the chance to see them live they are a must see band.

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