Tape Swap Returns to the Airwaves

jul 24, 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 wdiy.org 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.

Moonstruck Tapes Are Here!

apr 17, 2015
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The limited-run cassettes of Moonstruck's Shards Session are finished! We're thrilled with how great these came out. In conjunction with the Alternative Gallery in Allentown, we recruited gallery artist MOP$ to hand-design and number these. The cassettes are limited to 30 and contain the full Moonstruck performance and interview from their session. We've already given away 10 tapes on our Facebook page, but you can snag one of the remaining 20 at two Moonstruck shows coming up.

4/18 Record Store Day LIVE! | The Alternative Gallery | Allentown, PA

4/21 Tape Swap Presents: Soda Bomb // Mumblr // Moonstruck | The Funhouse | Bethlehem, PA

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We'll be releasing a limited-run cassette release for each Shards Session in the future. Each session will have a different artist from the Alternative Gallery designing and hand-numbering them. Make sure to follow our Facebook page for a chance to snag one of the first 10 tapes of each session for free. Check out the full Moonstruck Shards Session audio below along with the video of their performance of "Scopo":

New Season Update + New Funhouse Show

apr 10, 2015
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Busy days are here. The huge renovation project at our recording studio, Shards, is wrapping up nicely. You can follow the progress on our brand new Instagram page. We have spankin' new carpeted floors and a new dinosaur mascot. Things are looking up.

While Tape Swap Radio is a radio program at the core, we wanted to provide a special benefit to everyone who keeps up with us online. While we are waiting to kick off the new season over the FM airwaves, we are going to be premiering the sessions online as we finish producing them. If you follow us regularly on Facebook, Twitter, or just here on the main site--we're cutting down on the wait time. Our first session with the two-piece Lehigh Valley garage band Moonstruck will be premiering next week, so keep an eye out for when it drops.Then, look for our session with Washington state folk singer Robert Sarazin Blake in the beginning of May.

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We also have another big announcement. Every Shards Session we premiere from now on will have its own limited-run cassette release. We've partnered with the Alternative Gallery in Allentown, PA to have a different gallery artist design the custom artwork for each release. These cassettes will limited to 30 tapes per Shards Session and hand-numbered. When we post each new session to Facebook, we will be offering 10 free cassettes of that session to the first 10 commenters on the post. So, if you needed an incentive to follow us on Facebook, this might be it. We will then have the remaining cassettes available at all of our future live event appearances and Tape Swap Presents concerts. We're beyond psyched to be able to bring this to you.

 photo Tape_Swap_Radio_April_21_Poster_04.08.15.jpgLook for the Moonstruck session dropping next week with your chance to pick up a free tape. The cassettes themselves will be handwritten and numbered by Alternative Gallery artist-in-residence MOP$, who designed the layout for the release. We will have the remaining cassettes available at two Moonstruck events coming up in April:

4/18 - Alternative Gallery's Record Store Day Concert
4/21 - Tape Swap Presents show at The Funhouse in Bethlehem with Soda Bomb + Mumblr

Moonstruck will be performing at our last Tape Swap Presents Funhouse concert for awhile on Tuesday, April 21st. We are welcoming Soda Bomb (Broken World Media) form Long Island and Mumblr (Fleeting Youth Records) from Philly. We hope you can make it out!