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  • adrian orange – deep stain doublest dubba dope duba stank dank – gnar tapes

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    To begin an explanation of this tape and its release we need to go back in time five or six years ago, when bands like Thanksgiving and The Watery Graves, whose members founded Portland’s own Marriage Records, were playing and touring at an almost constant rate. Marriage was putting out bands like Lucky Dragons, Dirty Projectors, YACHT and White Rainbow (among many others) and to many it seemed that label mainstay and co-founder Adrian Orange (aka Thanksgiving) (who played sometimes- stark-sometimes-candlelight-warm folk songs on guitar or with full band (or with anyone who’d want to jam for that matter)) was poised to be some kind of boyish weirdo outsider phenomenon. After almost a dozen releases under Marriage he released an LP of acid-tinged dub-jam nomad blues on K Records called “Adrian Orange and Her Band”. It was shortly after its widespread release that the young Adrian Orange suffered a near complete mental collapse, triggered by all manners of fatigue following a largely innebriated tour of the US and Europe. His music at that time was becoming decidedly more tripped out and he released a limited run CDR on Marriage called “AJO” that had a heavy psych-blues/ jazz thing happening. This was followed by a near endless stream of tribal smoke-den boom-boom beats, at first with singing and lyrics similar to his work with friend Honey Owens (Valet, Miracles Club) with whom he had recently sang with on Valet’s record “Naked Acid” a few months prior. This was followed by nonsensical freestyles with hyphy style beats and a time where very few were aware of Adrian’s activities or whereabouts. Then over the course of this last year, after a long road of ups and downs, almost overnight returned to his friends and was able to focus on music again. At the time of this release he is in New York after a tour of the US until Halloween, when he will fly over to England and Europe. This two tape set compiles the nearly three and a half hours of music he made in his “exile era”. For new and old fans alike, this is his first official release in amost two years. Two pro-dub/pro-print cassettes with collectable catalog card and download.


  • argumentix – quest for faults – gnar tapes and shit

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    “let’s see… this tape is special because its mostly live recordings (no overdubs) from Alex and I’s midwest/eastcoast tour last summer and then the show we played at satyricon. so themes of travel, friendship, summer (one of the recordings was a performance outside on Aaron Dilloway’s porch).”
    -James Squeaky Heavy noise and crushing ambience.
    Summery yellow tapes with two color options (black & white and white & black.)
    -gnar


  • the woolen men – the portland building – gnar tapes and shit

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    The third tape by The Woolen Men (but first for Gnar Tapes) is a hit- after-hit powerpop classic. The sounds on this tape come from an apparently wide fascination with all things on the pop-rock spectrum, using that influence to create a very fucking listenable tape that’s full of hooks sung by boys who play guitars. Sometimes it sounds a lot like stuff from Flying Nun, while at other times it sounds like a New Order demo that got lost somewhere. More punky songs like “On Video Beach” and “Donkey Island” sound like one of those early 90s K Records bands that sounded like one of those early 80s british bands. But in a rad, refreshing way. It doesn’t hurt that there’s a Go-Betweens cover on here either. Digital download and pro-dub/pro-print cassette, with collectable catalog card. (Tracks: Trapdoor, Belief, Donkey Island, Bachelor Kiss (Go-Betweens), On Video Beach, I Smell A Rat, Daughters)


  • timmy the terror and the winter coats – thoughtful moans, you need him – gnar tapes and shit

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    Tyler and Jimmy are Timmy the Terror and The Winter Coats. Not necessarily in that order. Some seriously fucked up and funny music. But also, at the same time, you can’t help but realize that their band is everything you wish your band was. Mythological. Smart. Entrancing. A dad. A baby covered in fur. A five thousand year old dresser left in a toilet of gummy bears. Timmy is a legend in these parts. This is bear country. Aren’t you proud to be an American? Silver tapes with hand-drawn labels in clear cases with cloth inserts and liner sheet.
    -gnar


  • white fang – whatever – gnar tapes

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    “This is White Fang’s Whatever. Starts with the skate/stoned new punk classic “Duh” and ends with the original shred/celebration-grunge jam classic version of “I’m So Happy (I Could Die).” This tape blows Pure Evil (which is officially OUT OF PRINT) out of the sky. Featuring White Fang recordings dating back from 2007 and jams as new as earlier this year (2009). For sure to be a classic. Sick black tapes in spray-painted snap cases with an even sicker slice of fabric from the cosmos with liner sheet. 23 minutes”
    -gnar tapes

    early gnar tapes release,tough to find, i cant find a single mention of this as a tape besides the original description i had. This is the copy i had set aside for myself. Price is high but feel free to email lower offers in with a nice story of why youd really like this tape or something like that.
    Or just pay the price and know that we dont really make money doing this and all money goes back into supporting weirdo small labels. thanks


  • white rainbow- gnarchives vol. 1 – gnar tapes and shit

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    Adam Forkner has been performing, recording, and releasing music for almost two decades, but if you’re reading this you’re probably already well aware of that. You’re probably also well aware that he’s toured with Dirty Projectors, Devendra Banhart, Deerhunter, Little Wings, Calvin Johnson etc. You probably also know he’s released his music through Kranky, K Records, Marriage Records, Gnar Tapes and a multitude of others. You probably have the last two tapes he released through Gnar, or at least the mp3s, and you’re probably going to buy this one. Compiling unreleased tracks recorded from 2007-2010, this tape is heavy on ambient guitar work though tabla drum jams and electric boogies are laced within. If you like anything this man has released for the past five years, you’ll be stoked to hear songs that weren’t included on his last few albums; there’s only so many ten-minute-songs you can fit on a vinyl. Another long player from the longest player of all.
    (Tracks: beelievee it if you need it / doing the doobie shit sandwich / ARE YOU STILL SATISFIED WITH LIFE AS A WHOLE / darker drift / new new shits / FUNNY DOGGIE BOWZER BUSY / slow air blood / gugugugugu / DARK TABLA TROUBLE / spring jump tests / newagemoogs / townloungemarch232006)
    -gnar


  • jib kidder- cold hands – gnar tapes and shit

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    After a couple years of technical errors, communication breakdowns, and lost internet connections, this missing classic is finally seeing its proper release. This full length is different from the last couple of JK releases – eschewing the modern tech behind his sample records, SSC returns to the production tools of his highschool years (the same set-up behind Ween’s “The Pod” or Sebadoh III): drum machine, casio SK-5, guitar, vox & Tascam 4-track. The result is some kind of weird (but undeniably catchy) tripped-out space-country sound. Featuring lots of ambient loops, southern rock licks, sort-of braindead SK jams and clocking in at over half an hour, this tape is dense and tightly produced. Drug-stained New Wave for the future.
    (Tracks: Paint On The Brain / Idiot / Zubetube / Yours Runnin Out / New Peace / Dog Breath / Liquid / I Choose The Fruits / Interlude / Dizzy / Death Is Peace / Frozen / November / You Only Know Bits Of It / All The Fog / Juice)
    -gnar


  • dj kid slizzard (aka jib kidder) – for da weedsmokers – gnar tapes and shit

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    The fifth installment in the excellent series of mixtapes curated by southern rap blog Twankle & Glisten (managed by the same guy responsible for Jib Kidder) focuses on one thing, and one thing only; rap songs about getting stoned. Obviously an orgasm-worthy release for Gnar Tapes, this extraordinarily engaging and diverse tape offers over 40 tracks of rare and radical raps about everyone’s favorite pastime. Digital download link included.
    -gnar


  • the memories – the memories – gnar tapes and shit

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    Some bands only need to write about a few things. When it comes to The Memories, two are enough. The debut release from the sex-obsessed, midnight-tokers who make up most of White Fang and BOOM! is shimmery, soft, and bright; but at the same time silly and carefree. Taking cues from boy-band guitar-pop like the Everly Brothers as well as Motown-era sounds of the Funk Brothers, the twelve short-but-sweet pop nuggets collected on this tape crackle with punk sincerity, but jangle like TV Personalities or GBV. Whether it’s kissing another boy’s girlfriend, getting her high, or knowing exactly what to do when she’s taking your pants off, the dirty smiles on the faces of these four boys come through the music. A dreamy tape; makeout music for stoners.
    (Tracks: Baby (You’re Totally Crazy) / Softly / What You Wanna Do Tonight? / Clueless / He’s Just A Sad Guy / Cowboys Don’t Get High / Kiss Me / Higher / Silly Little Picture / Took Drugs (Went Insane) / Fourth of July / I Know What To Do)
    -gnar