Tape Swap's new season is almost here and in preparation, we've
cleaned out our archive. We're presenting two sessions that never
aired and never had videos compiled. Theses sessions represent the
early days of Tape Swap. Check out the links below and read up on the
story of Tape Swap's beginning. Plus, we have two Tape Swap Presents
shows in April at the Funhouse in Bethlehem, PA.
ABEAR "Lost Session" and the Beginnings of Tape Swap
Listen to the session here
an idea for a live music radio series, producer Shamus McGroggan lined
up the Bethlehem-based band ABEAR for a recording session. With one
friend offering the use of a recording studio and another offering to
record video, the everyone was excited. The day of the shoot, the
photgrapher abruptly cancelled and pulled out of the project. An attempt
to reschedule the session would find the recording studio booked
indefinitely. This is when ABEAR drummer/singer Matt Molchany offered to
record the session at his own Bethlehem studio, Shards. This would
serve as the catalyst for Tape Swap Radio and the Shards Sessions.
On a sweltering summer day in June 2012, everyone gathered at the Bethlehem recording studio to record the session. A friend of the band offered the use of her video equipment. After constructing a crude lighting system, the band began their 4-song set. The session would be plagued by problems including malfunctioning recording equipment, broken guitar strings, and pedals that refused to cooperate. This required putting the recording on hold multiple times as trips to Bethlehem homes and stores could be arranged. the fact that Shards had yet to have air-conditioning installed didn't make things easier.
Eventually, the sessions was put to tape and video. A few days later, the purse with the video cameras and footage from the session would be stolen. The video from the session would never see the light of day.What remains is the audio which turned pristine. The success of the audio portion led to Matt and Shamus agreeing to use this session as a model for the fledgling idea for a radio show. Tape Swap Radio and the Shards Sessions were born. After recording more sessions like this, albeit with much better preparation and equipment, Tape Swap Radio would premiere one year later on WMUH Allentown. What survives of the ABEAR session is a document of a band that is no longer together but played an active role in the Lehigh Valley DIY music scene. We present it here online.
Cascadia Shards Session
Listen to the session here
One of our recording days we are most proud of is when we hosted two Canadian bands. One of those sessions with Weed has already aired. The other band on tour with them was Cascadia from Vancouver. Through an accident, their footage would also be lost. The resulting audio lives on and is presented here for streaming and download exclusively online.
With this, we've emptied our archives. Tape Swap now is looking forward to a new season's worth of sessions. We also have some new merch that will be available each time we drop a session. Annoucements are coming very soon!
Tape Swap Presents: Field Guides, Chimneys, Goodnight Stars Goodnight Air at the Funhouse in Bethlehem
We have two exciting shows in April to announce as part of our Tape Swap Presents concert series. The first is on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the Funhouse in South Bethlehem. Field Guides and Chimneys are on tour from Brooklyn and they will be bringing their dream-pop and fuzzed-out folk rock to Bethlehem. Our friends in Goodnight Stars Goodnight Air will be supporting.
On the horizon, we have two more events in April. The Tape Swap crew will be at the Alternative Gallery in Allentown on Saturday, April 18th for a special Record Store Day show. It is, as the name implies, happening on Record Store Day but the concert is planned for the night to give you plenty of time to support your local record shops during the morning and afternoon. Tape Swap will have merch available and will be spreading the word just to give this event some exposure. Make sure to watch this site or our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.
The next Tape Swap Presents concerts will be at the Funhouse in Bethlehem on Tuesday, April 21st. We are welcoming Soda Bomb out of Long Island, NY and Mumblr out of Philadelphia who are both celebrating recent album releases. Supporting will be Bethlehem-based band Moonstruck. Look for the premiere of our Shards Session with Moonstruck to drop in the week leading up to the show.