In what is no doubt a shrewd business move, Chris Murray – musician, artist, writer, liar, and overall good dude – has started a recycled tape label with all the right threads and frills attached to it.
Check it out. We half-assedly support it, and it has Murray’s latest project, Textbook Punk, fully stocked, which is as it should be. Featuring music that mostly will blow your space balls out of your perception holes, TBP offers a tiny corner of the great expansive music world that Nashville lacks in its entirety, primarily due to over compensation via Metro-Masculinity. There is no throw back.
Note: TBP04 or: Jerkwater Burg was an original Blacktooth CD-R release (BTR011) from our art installation in The Arcade last summer, available on tape for the first time. Read Murray’s summation of it below and the initial press-festo here: <click!>
“Jerkwater Burg” is a cassette re-issue of the sound component of an art installation of the same name, originally released as a tiny batch of CD-Rs by Blacktooth Records, all of which sold out at the show’s opening on November 3, 2012. “JWB” was a collaborative project, helmed by Matt Jernigan (M.F.A., School of the Art Academy of Chicago.)
As one of the only truly immersive installations ever presented at Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl, “JWB” featured a sod-covered ramp, surrounded by flourescent floor lights and leading to a fountain which sprayed a glowing green liquid. Jagged black and white stripes adorned the walls of the tiny room and to call the experience “psychedelic” would be putting it lightly.
The music, or rather, sound contained on this cassette is the static, gurgling effects broadcast over loudspeakers throughout the opening. Whether it reminds you of a New England bay or PC alert messages, it makes a rather nice “light noise” soundtrack for your next meditation session, dinner party or acid trip. Dubbed on “Tomorrow’s News – Today” C60s. Limited to four copies.