* Hot on the heels of International Cassette Store Day, which occurred Saturday, September 7, comes several new cassette tape release announcements from local acts. Rainy Road Records released two tapes on Saturday. Electronic experimental act Touch People’s Brain Massage is limited to 100 copies, while a tape by Lurk Late, the new noise project by Dim Light’s Cooper Moon, is limited to 25 copies. In addition to being available for mail order at rainyroadrecords.com, both tapes are also on sale at Homer’s Music, 1210 Howard St.
* Matt Whipkey also released his latest album, Penny Park: Omaha, NE: Summer 1989, on cassette in a hand-designed, extremely limited edition that includes Whipkey’s senior year high school portrait. That tape run is limited to six copies, all available at Homer’s Music. Whipkey says he plays to sell a few more cassettes at a later day.
* Worried Mothers’ latest cassette-only release is succinctly titled “Tape”. The nine-song release is out now on Doom Town Records and is limited to 100 copies. The Sioux City expatriates have expanded their line-up, which now features Parker Steele on lead vocals. David Hansen still anchors the sound and songwriting, which is a brazen, broken trip through garage ‘n roll, spastic basement punk and brooding goth rock, with a tasty dollop of head-trip psychedelic swagger. Order the tape at doomtownrecords.blogspot.com.
* Video Ranger rounds out the local tape releases with their new nine-song release, Kim Kelly VS. Dana Scully. The tape is out on local imprint Pizza & Soda Tapes and the band will celebrate the release with a show Wednesday, September 25th at Brothers Lounge, 3812 Farnam St.
* Three D’s (Destruction Unit, Dumb Beach and Digital Leather) at a midtown Omaha basement off of Farnam Street provided the summer’s best house show Wednesday, September 4th. Arizona’s Destruction Unit, who has a great new album Deep Trip out now on Sacred Bones Records, ripped through a pummeling set that stayed heavy with thick, distorted guitars and a relentless rhythm section. This was mean, stark, desolate prog-punk, cut with garage rock DNA but brought to live in a expansive, desert nothingness. Destruction Unit have nailed down an end of the world type of sonic de-evolution. Dumb Beach is the current brainchild of local songwriter Austin Ulmer. Dumb Beach push at the boundaries of garage punk with nods towards thrash, hardcore and prog-rock, but ultimately its Ulmer’s love for 60s-influenced pop hooks that he can’t shake and it provides structure and melody that makes Dumb Beach memorable. Digital Leather, who brought Destruction Unit to town, proved that they still sound great in a basement, despite the band’s increasing layers and the reintroduction of sythnesizers to the band’s live set.