Tapes 'n Tapes / Loon, The
Album: Loon, The   Collection:General
Artist:Tapes 'n Tapes   Added:Feb 2006
Label:Ibid Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-02-19 Pull Date: 2006-04-23
Week Ending: Apr 23 Apr 16 Apr 9 Apr 2 Mar 26 Mar 19 Mar 12 Mar 5
Airplays: 1 3 1 1 5 4 3 5

Recent Airplay
1. Nov 08, 2012: A Family Affair
4. Mar 22, 2011: Panorama English
2. Apr 27, 2012: Outrun My Gun
Jakov's Suite
5. Mar 14, 2010: One In The Hand / The Man From Kazan
3. Nov 09, 2011: Buford J. Sharkley's Themeless Escapades
6. Feb 10, 2010: Static Cling

Album Review
Wicked Child
Reviewed 2006-02-12
Catchy, fun, loud indie-rock. The vocals are often fuzzed in the Modest Mouse/Wolf Parade/Pavement style, but the clean sound is welcome as well. The guitars on this album are more interesting than a lot of indie, it channels both proto-punk and post-punk. -- Tapes 'n Tapes sound like they can't help but make sweet, listenable indie-rock that their parents would like, but desperately want to be angry, so they'll randomly turn up the distortion and fuzz the vocals. They learned this from the Pixies. Picks: 3, 7, 11. FCC Clean

-Wicked Child

1) Lots of garage-rock guitar noodling, heavily fuzzed vocals. Energetic ending.
2) Weak track, repetitive. Still has crunchy guitars and fun sound effects.
***3) Rolling western/jangly guitars. Clean verse vocals, great Franz-Ferdinand fuzzy chorus vocals. ~9s fade-out. The album’s clear single. Super catchy.
4) Hummed opening, then angular, post-punky guitars (think Mclusky). Almost no vocals. Ending gets friendly again. This track is all over the place.
5) Sweet melody, vocals break into spoken-word at times.
6) Quietest instrumentation, cleanest vocals. Reaching/searching feel. Like a subdued Arcade Fire song. Crazy demented guitar breakdown with ~1min left.
***7) Pixies homage. Quivering early Frank-Black vocals, starts almost jangly guitars, gets more electric. Group-sounding backing vocals. Fun.
8) Bass heavy, strutting guitars, quiet, but explodes at chorus & end. Similar to track 5.
9) Slow, dominant snare drums, borderline alt-country. Beautiful reverb-ed crescendo near end.
**10) Most fun vocals here, bouncy. Catchy, sometimes decipherable lyrics. "Call me out. How can I, sing on key?"
**11) 2 minutes of Television-style guitars, then gets slower (& relatively more droney) with catchy & angsty vocals.

Track Listing
1. Just Dreams   6. Manitoba
2. The Illiad   7. Cowbell
3. Insistor   8. 10 Gallon Ascots
4. Crazy Eights   9. Omaha
5. In Houston   10. Buckle
  11. Jakov's Suite