In what appears to be a final measure to firmly establish itself as the Cassette Capital of the World, Portland, Oregon has just recently given birth to yet another rad label: Dog Daze Tapes. (It's worth clicking on the link just to see the killer 8-bit dog animation they have going on there.) They have currently put out a nice trinity of tapes*** and have plans for lots more:
1. Marnie Stern - "Demo"
2. Excepter - "Maze of Death"
3.Watersports - "Natural History"
Is that the Marnie Stern you say? As in the one with the chicken-scratch acupuncture guitar-playing style who has a kissing booth at all her live shows? Yes it is. These recordings consist of gnarly garage jams that were belted out way back in 2006, and are only seeing the light now. Live it, love it. Because lets be real. Who doesn't like Marnie Stern?
The Excepter tape is a great live recording of the band performing at Death by Audio ( you know, the wicked underground warehouse/venue in Brooklyn, New York). Even live they're got a very dark, futuristic sound with tons of chilling electronic beats and harsh haunted house imagery. Brings Galena and Pregnant Spore to mind. Safely on the experimental end of the spectrum.
The Watersports tape is totally dopestyle, and is a double album of sorts, consisting of a c62 and a c52 both housed lovingly in a hinged case. In case you're not in the loop, Watersports is the same guys that play in Blues Control. This release is a best-of collection in theory, and it is a great compilation of live jams as well as a ton of out-of-print stuff you won't be able to find anywhere else. Great "watery" textures and fantastic percussive elements.
***It is also worth mentioning that all tapes come with an MP3 "dogload" (for the squares)