Premiere: Two More Videos from Slingshot Dakota's Shards Session

sep 19, 2015

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We're rounding out our releases from our 22nd Shards Session featuring Slingshot Dakota with two last videos from their performance. "Grudge" is a new song from the band currently only available in demo form on Slingshot Dakota's website and "Gossip" is the popular set closer from their latest album Dark Hearts.

Listen to the full performance and interview on the session's page and check out the new videos below. In the meantime, acquaint yourself with Pittsburgh band White Like Fire whose session premieres next.

Slingshot Dakota Session Premiere + Tapes

aug 6, 2015

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Our second winter recording Shards Session was a much more comfortable experience for everyone involved. The space has undergone some major construction, there were more heaters, and the heat stayed in the studio much better. Bethlehem duo Slingshot Dakota were one of the first beneficiaries of our improved heating situation in Shards, joining us in December, 2014 to record this session. Speaking of firsts, the band was the first keys and drum duo recorded for Tape Swap but, then again, Slingshot Dakota aren't like what you'd expect from a keyboard and a drumset. Powerful and sincere, the band creates a lot of racket for two people.

Slingshot Dakota's set included a cover of one the band's self-proclaimed favorites, Wisconsin/Brooklyn band Rainer Maria. Their cover of "Rise" was recorded for a split 7" on Soft Speak Records benefiting Hopeline, a suicide prevention organization. The band also included a recording of a new song, "Grudge", currently only available in demo format online. During their interview, the band mused on quitting their day jobs to play music full-time and their feelings on sounding far different than their label mates on Topshelf Records.

Check out the full session and a video below. More info is on the session's page.

The run of tapes featuring the band's Shards Session is limited to 30. We've already begun giving them away on our Facebook page, so don't sleep on this. Cover and design was done by Lehigh Valley artist, Casey Snipes.

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Tape Swap Returns to the Airwaves

jul 25, 2015
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Big news to get to today! We're excited to announce Tape Swap Radio will be returning to the airwaves on 88.1 FM WDIY beginning Friday, July 31, 2015. Not only is WDIY an appropriately-named station for our show focused on DIY music, WDIY is also the only public radio station in the Lehigh Valley. They are the Valley's NPR member station which means we have to be at least three degrees away from meeting Terry Gross now.

We've revamped the on-air portion of Tape Swap Radio to be a 30-minute program hosted by Tape Swap founders Matt Molchany and Shamus McGroggan. Each program will air a full Shards Session performance and interview before settling in to play some album tracks picked by the bands and our staff. Tape Swap Radio will air every other Friday at 11 PM on WDIY.

The station can be streamed online at or heard on 88.1 FM in the Lehigh Valley and the immediate surrounding areas. The station will also be tripling its current broadcasting power by the end of the year, so we're stoked to be able to spread the word about the DIY and independent music scene in the Valley to more people than ever before!

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Our first session on WDIY will be with Bethlehem duo Slingshot Dakota on July 31st at 11 PM. On tap for the month of August, we have a session with Pittsburgh three-piece White Like Fire and one of the Lehigh Valley's newest psych rock powerhouses, Sing, Bird of Prey. We'll still be putting all of our sessions right here on the website, so keep following us here and at our different social media sites.

Robert Sarazin Blake Session + Tapes

jul 10, 2015

For our 21st Shards Session, we're featuring Bellingham, Washington musician, Robert Sarazin Blake. A singer and storyteller with roots in traditional folk, Blake has found a receptive audience in DIY punk spaces. He's won us over by making Bethlehem, PA a regular stop on his tours and not being afraid to thrown himself into DIY spaces of all kinds. His marriage of great songwriting and frenetic guitar playing is really something special.

The tapes of the Blake's session have art by Alternative Gallery artist Kenny Phifer and are limited to a run of 30. We're giving away 10 free tapes on our Facebook page right now, so don't sleep on this. We'll have the remaining tapes for sale at the Alternative Gallery's 2nd Annual Community Block Party in Allentown on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Come say hi!

Check out the full session and a video below. More info is on the session's page.