Tapes 2 zine, get it now! by ash

The zine is now available, click here to download it
it features work from;
luke drozd
sarah abbott
cameron steward
stuart fear
ash mann



five five five by ash
April 29, 2009, 11:53 am
Filed under: art, music, news | Tags: , ,

fifth music type=CIELOVERO (ace in space)
fifth art type=ash mann and his photobox
v2 has lots more of Cam talking, less of Ash talking (the public spoke, we listened).
all systems are go!

p.s. this also seems to start to balance out the silly gender bias that was going on. woo! equality! woo!

Ash’s march ears by ash
April 7, 2009, 9:06 pm
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i don’t think i can quite compete with Cam this month, it’s been a bit barren for me new music-wise, although i have been revisiting Jose Gonzalez’s excellent debut album ‘veneer’, i saw him live last autumn and i think that confirmed, for me, that this album, more than anything else he’s done, captures his voice and guitar playing at its best, in my view its far more delicate, beautiful and immediate than ‘in our nature’ (which is still excellent).

Tapes volume 1 studio diary by ash

A brief recap of what we got up to whilst recording tapes 1

Day 1 – Sam Isaac & Jose Vanders
Sam and band, including Jose, arrived in their big, red van with oodles of gear (the joys of being on tour), which included Jose’s incredibly heavy electric piano. This was our first ‘proper’ session so we duly faffed around for probably longer than was necessary setting up, and tripping over, too many microphones and ensuring everyone was suitably fed (pie and sausage rolls) and watered (bucketloads of tea).
Sam’s session went swimmingly, he rattled through both of his tracks in a couple of takes and he and the band even treated us to a quick blast of a Ronan Keating cover which was ace.
Jose didn’t have any preferred songs to record so we made requests and she very kindly went along with them, again speeding through things in a couple of takes.

Day 2 – Ash Mann & Killing Fields of Ontario
The second day started with optimism all over the bloody shop after the successes of the debut session and true to form day 2 went just as well.
Ash put down his tracks in record time (the benefits of being a solo artist) and then KFOO (affectionate acronym) turned up complete with mandolin, tambourine and shaker. There were a few delays as they tried to give Ash a crash course in shaker-skills but he seemed to pick things up pretty quickly and soon enough their tracks were recorded and we were finishing off the last of the pie.

Day 3 – The Old Romantic Killer Band
Last but not least we welcomed Harry from the Old Romantic Killer Band into our bijou studio, similarly to Ash he put down his 3 (count ’em!) tracks in no time at all leaving plenty of room for him and Cam to bond over their shared appreciation of all things Bruce Springsteen.

tapes volume 1 now available by ash

listen to the podcast here http://tapes.jellycast.com/node/2/m3u
zine is downloadable via this link ZINE

tapes 1 – art attack by ash
March 27, 2009, 8:15 pm
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it feels that the music may have taken over slightly lately, but we won’t forget that tapes is equal parts art and music so it’s about bloody time we told you who the lovely artists are that we’re showcasing in tapes 1, we’re lucky enough to have…

kristyna baczynski (http://kriskicorp.blogspot.com/)

alex curtis (http://www.thr33designs.blogspot.com/)

cameron steward (http://www.twoducksdisco.co.uk/)

elle teague (http://elleteague.blogspot.com/)

and shuffling in at the back, filling a gap, ash mann (http://ashmannblogs.wordpress.com)

and they are doing a piece in relation/inspired by/etc the following music bods:

kristyna : ash mann

alex : jose vanders

cameron : the old romantic killer band

elle : killing fields of ontario

ash : sam isaac

it’ll be awesome, the stuff that has started to be produce is of a brilliant standard, sign up (www.tapes-online.co.uk) to receive the zine first!


tapes 1 by ash

we spent most of the weekend eating pie and sausage rolls, drinking tea and recording lovely people for tapes 1. it should be available for April 1 (no joke).

for those of you that haven’t yet, go and sign up to be kept uptodate with everything and anything here http://www.tapes-online.co.uk

many, many, many thanks to everyone who gave their time over the weekend, it was awesome!