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A collaboration between poet Annelyse Gelman and sound artist Jason Grier. About Repulsion mixes songs, sampled poems, textural walls, beats, noise, to create this EP of one-of-a-kind soundscapes.

Listen on Soundcloud.

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Nineteen songs from the first seven years of our label. Slightly-skewed pop, indie rock, lo-fi folk, oddball electronic, and soundscape wizardry. 

Songs from: Little Angry & The Sweets, Corespondents, Flying Circles, Guidon Bear, If It Ain't Breakfast Don't Fix It, Reighnbeau, The Washboard Abs, Advrb, Upside Drown, Sara Renberg, Midwife, Pleasure Systems, Blindfolder, David Thomas Broughton, Appalachian Yard Art, Jordan O'Jordan, Tucker Theodore, Indira Valey, Eleanor Murray...[ continued ]

Store-wide cassette sale! Two brand new tracks from Foxdye. The A-side: whispy ambience that rides a perfect line between angelic drone and stuttering tape noise. The B-side: pulsing prettiness over (breakcore-inspired) IDM beats.

Hand spray-painted by the artist herself, comes with a digital download code, bordering on weird cassingle--perfect for the Foxdye collector in us all...[ continued ]

The reissue of Big Butter's 1989 weirdo classic, Brainsled. Mixing elements of drone, psych, free jazz, early synth music, sound collage, Minutemen-esque punk, and odd pop.

Running since 1986 and still going today, Big Butter is the project of two brothers. They were once on the roster The Residents' Ralph Records (if that gives you some idea of what you're in for).

This limited-edition, self-released double LP is decked out...[ continued ]

Store-wide cassette sale! A tribute to Sun Ra by Portland electronic artist and percussionist J Morales, also known as ABSV. Eight pulsing tracks of experimental Afro-house, interweaving live and electronic percussion, synths, bass, and piano into an instant basement dance party.

Limited edition of 50 hand-numbered copies. On goldenrod yellow with Taino sun images (in honor of the artist's Puerto Rican roots), custom UV-printed at ColorHaus PrintCo in Portland, Oregon...[ continued ]

Store-wide cassette sale + last copy! Forty-five minutes of (melty/warpy/bubbly/sparkly) ambient material released on Northwest experimental label, Corpus Callosum.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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Store-wide cassette sale! Weighted, open songs that give chills. Haunting, hypnotic drone folk for fans of Gowns, Tiny Vipers, and Lau Nau.

Released on Braeyden Jae's Heavy Mess Tapes. Cover art by Molly Schaeffer (Big Big Wednesday). 

Listen on Bandcamp.

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Store-wide cassette sale! For the first volume of Why the Tapes Play Records' Covers Project series, nine artists interpret work from Swedish electro-folk band Wintergatan. A wide range of reinventions—from solo kalimba to chamber-pop to oddball electronic. 

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Store-wide cassette sale! A reissue of this lost, barely-released 1997 album by The High Beams. Daydream is underwater lo-fi dream pop for guitar and drum machine.

Released by Why the Tapes Play.

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Temporary sale! A brilliant album from Olympia cellist Derek M. Johnson. The range between the joyously furious chaos of where it starts and the stop-you-in-your-tracks lush beauty of where it ends is vast, but it works. Along the way there's deep ambience and solo cello, making an album in four distinct parts--one that carries weight and leaves you somewhat stunned.

Comes with a digital download card...[ continued ]