June 27th, 2011


Artist Statement: 2011

AMERICAN TAPES will close shop after its 1000th release. It will be a big party, huge, in Michigan outside somewheres in the fall 2012. It will be the 1000th release. Now, entering the winter of the label; The 900s will be as promised:
We have a lot of the above coming your way including a completely UNHEARD (as in mixed and recorded w/o hearing it and pressed w/o hearing it LP by VOM GRILL, Seattle Stan V’s HORRORS IN THE MUSEUM Rudimentary Peni’s cover band LIVE & RAGER, and LP of sounds of unseen MICHIGAN ANIMALS, new TECHNO, and others that will ??? and perplex you the inzane listener. I make an OATH to you that every 900th release with be NON NOSTALGIC, white knuckled it-could-fail-at-any-second EXPERIMENTS, CHALLENGES, and ODDITIES. No more magic or aggression, this is reality on a bumpy unknown ride in an unknown terrain, to an unknown destination. Join your INZANE CAPTAIN on a trip on a makeship homemade failing apart boat on a choppy frightening mystery sea of NON MUSICAL INZANITY. This is Bright and AWARE, not muted and confused.Starting with the below, which Ive been working very hard on & excited to play for you under the shadow of the 900th OATH:

AM 901 THAMES “The Gift Of Money b/w The Night She Became Me” 7″ Oh funky boy. I love my weirdo friends. Esp when they record SCRAMBLED non music to the soundtrack of they weirdo lives. Remember when you used to get a record, play it, stare at it for an hour, put it black on, repeat, and be blank brained cause it JUST DONT MAKE NO SENSE. Well, you inzaniacs, here’s another one. I mean Blake Hargreaves & Alex Moskos are some pretty strange dudes. I heard Alex got caught using actual live cats as stencils for graffiti in the catacomb walls of Montreal and Blake PRETENDED to work for the Canadian Senate for years to get access to a secret room in the capital of Ottawa that is used only to make a vile stew of illegal insect repellents & found river garage that they gave to the Canada postal workers to keep them from striking. As the story goes, in the darkest hours of the winter of 2009, the duo was sick with the flu from a long bout of STREAKING around the business district of Montreal, Alex & Blake took microwaved antifreeze and poured it over they primitive oscillators and filters, left them in a snow bank for two hours, stood facing separate corners in silence in the bright lights of their studio for another three hours, and then at 6:30 am: slammed a gallon of that sickly liquid inside those old wax lips from the 80’s (alex found a case in alley when stenciling cats for a mural biased on the Packers Super Bowl Loss from last year) and RUSHED to hold the Guinness world record for the most CUBIST song 7″ ever recorded. Sheesh. No joke. I think they won but the judge thought the songs on this single were from a SEND IN YOUR LYRICS song contest they made for the failed robot boxers in the new Hugh Jackman boxing movie.  Between you and me, they won. They didn’t necessarily PRESS this record as they did unwillingly from a vision induced by YOGURT overdose at Bill Smith records from post dated expired DANNON marathon sessions at the plant. NOTHING IS RIGHT on this single. SOOO WEIRD. File under = Goofy Tombstone Pizza Dirt. The only record at played at the Olzone crib where tovah thought it was on CHOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE records. So abstracted stoked on this i will spell it STO PKOKED. This here, are my weird friends and they PEAK MY LANGUAGE. B & W covers, edition of 200, numbered and hand stamped. $7

AM 902 STARE CASE “Bouquets for the Living” 2 cd  In the vein of the 900s oath, I bring you THE STARE CASE. Nathan Young on bass, electronics and vocals, Inzane Johnny on stereo electronics, maracas, and woodwinds playing post modern abstract blues. The “LOSE TODAY” LP on Destijl is finished and should hit the streets in Early Oct, just in time for the tour with Nautical Almanac. Here’s the skeletons from hazy long afternoon free jammin sessions at the BURNING LOG studios. Songs so slow you will think yr. Heart is beating at-09 rpm. Color covers, edition of 40. $12

AM 903 HENRY AND HAZEL SLAUGHTER demo New PRIMITIVE TECHNO unit. Been touring all summer, minimal electronics and maracas over a repetitive primal pulse. LOUD. Unnerving supreme. LP soon. Playing Chicago & Hopefully kzoo in july. Mathematical slow burning memorizing chaos. Was around briefly as a LIVE FRYING now here’s the real deal. Numbered edition of  40, color covers. $6

AM 904 FULL SCALES “Minor Moods For You”  tape Classic solo organ AT family in-house unit. Hammond organ & electronic minor moods mediations for you. Recorded under soft light in the afternoon sessions at DRIBBLING GOLD studios here in east lansing. Stretched out full sound rich in tonal clashings & inzane mixed up harmony. Weird. Color Covers Edition of 40.  $6

AM 905 PARADOX 14 zine + cd  Oh funky boy. Been working hard on the SUMMER INZANITY PAINTING & COLOR DRAWING collection to hit the streets in mid july. Will be about roughly 40 + pieces for sale. In the meantime, here’s some b & w crawling chaos for you to dive into or dive from with audio accomp. for the ears and eye globes. Handsewn spines. Numbered edition of 40. $12

AM 906 COMMUNITY ACTION “Color vrs Poison Arts” cd  Brand new in-house electronic abstraction unit. Spiraling patterns and burning circuits. Recorded in random and composed styles. All strange & homemade. Was a demo floating around in LIVE FRYING style but here’s the debut. Sliced and diced from direct DRIBBLING GOLD studio sessions all thru the spring and summer. Color covers, edition of 40. $6

AM 907 SPYKES “Press, Pressure & No Air” 2cd  & tape & poster set. In house ATapes staple. Collection in the style of recent Stare Case “two moods” & Dead Machines sets. Acoustic, electric frying, inzanity all over the map. New & Old collections in mega abstract style. Color covers edition of 40. $17

AM 908 S.W.M.C.C.C demo tape Aka SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN CULTURAL CLASH CENTER. Last seen live debut’s at Miles bday secret apartment party with Stoning, Raven Strain, and Evenings & DJ BOMBAT. Was a killer night. This new band is solo woodwinds (indian flute & quad reed, & bagpipe chanter) with composed live tape sounds. Classical avant style. Recorded in slow and low in the soft light of the Dribbling Gold studios with rich sound. Like a wind from a calm but unsettled land. Color slip case. Edition of 40. $6

AM 909 Birth Refusal “For Cleo & Leroy” double cd  Big one here. Crazed new duo recordings from the Conn Artist and Inzane Zone pre boxing and post driveway bball afternoon east lansing sessions. Organ, electronics and reeds in a super strange weird style. Super well recorded and will def. freak out you. Who knows? Dedicated to our killer coaches and sado workout champs. Was floating around as a live frying set but this one diff and has a color cover edition of 40. $12.


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LAST COPIES: SPYKES “No One Writes To the Colonel” single LP edition. Handmade cover. Last few copies $12



January 28th, 2011


AM-890 Half Nelson “Elegy For Weedwhacker & Peaceful Reeds” onesided LP / Man, one of my first jobs as a rat kid was “assistant manager” for LAWN CARE PLUS. My older crew tried they hand a running a Junior in High School Lawn Business, it was kool but gnarly. Raking, mowing over animals and insects, crazy old ladies and lonely rich housewife’s, fights with other lawn crews: was a crazy job. We had a friend crew-er that ate a fish outta a small pond that we would illegally dump grass at went totally insane, still to the present last I heard….BUT: On the ruff days when my old skate partner-cum-young entrepreneur Erik had an axe to grind, it was young zone who got “the signal” to just weed whack, aka THE WORST part of the job. The other muggers would be living easy behind they self-propelled mowers, grinning wide. Being the weed whacked means you are doing the 1: lowest job 2: gotta sweep up 3: SUX. The motion Erik would give would be a strong glare, a point, then a weed whacking motion, all silent over the din of the summer bugs and rev’in motors. Ugh. BUT: Good news, that image is NEARLY erased from me rat nugget from this RAW platter au’ excellence from young guns HALF NELSON, with they mind freezing basement MONSTERPIECE debut twelve incher for reeds & weed destroyer. A nasty adventure in true git and tape splatter all with the dribbling granite sound desire of damp dusty Joe Hammer Sq. Pitts Youth. Killer first vinyl installment from Mike S & Alex, split LP with other Steeler City thump/thug/basement assaulter Free Clinic soon. Numbered Edition of 100 with handmade art, playable at any speed. $13

AM-891 Miles of Birth “Free Day Vol. 1″ cd / OMG! New Years was a hoot hoot at DJ Lonely hearts’. Partied ALL NIGHT in the cove. Was a blast. Woke up the next morn, hit up the Stony Creek for bfast, came home. Set up again and jammed ALL AFTERNOON. Evening Miles, The Conn Artist, and Ziljohn in Comfort zone style. Had Steve Perry napping and watching the brothers focus down on some OUTER LIMIT SOUNDS. Took a break, hit up Circle K for some chips and Tall Boys and when black into the VOID. Killer. Packed up again and went to the Magic Stick for Moon Pool & Dead Machines Randy jammer. Was a killer day of SOUND. More volumes coming of the PILZ styled sound unit. B & W covers. Numbered edition of 40. $6

AM-892 Speacil Speacker “Rap Of Ibogaine & Suet” c90 New weirdo homemade electronics unit. We got a COLONY of squirrels in our black yard. They always creeping and scurrying EVERYWHERE. Freaks our special kitty friends out BIG TIME. Me & Tovinator got a suet square in the big tree for all the birds hanging out, woke up one morn, made coffee and the visual for it was a massive SUET SQUIRREL showdown. Was intense. Imagine them rascals freaking out and mangling some raw homemade oscillators. AND add to that a horrible misspelling of a Church Rap(p) event = Speacil Speacker live between yr. Ears. Color covers, numbered edition. $6

AM-893 The Basket Case “Word To The Reacher Vol 1″ cd Whoa!!? Unearthed material from the massive collection of living room  / empty art hall practice tapes  of the amazing trio of Lisa Colwell on bass & electronics, the amazing Geoff Walker on trumpet, percussion, voice and electronics, and Oldzone on reeds, metal, tapes. All recorded SOMEWHERE in an empty CAID in ‘98 in the days before we had young ‘uns shoving our gear/merch onto the sidewalks of Rosa Parks cause “we were taking too long to load out.” Geeesh. Anyway, long tracks to guide yr afternoons into a strange place. B & W art, numbered edition of 50. $6

AM-894 The Basket Case “Word To The Reacher Vol 2″ cd Follow up to above. A soundtrick to an inside closet world of inzanity.  B & W art, numbered edition of 50 $6.

AM-896 VA “I Drink Deck Wash” 3d set WARNING: TOTAL INZANITY ALERT!
Everyday when I park the Blues Hawk in our Marigree garage I see a big ol’ mean jug of DECK WASH staring right at me. Apparently our neighbors feed a dish of it to they dog and now it BARKS ALL THE TIME. Endless, always. Its a cute lil bugger but its nugget/brain is ON FIRE FROMT DECK WARSH. From the sleeplessness from this constant howling and growling at NOTHING from the DECK WARSH dog, I complied this over the late night months: Complete CRAZED COMP of all over tracks of homemade slow motion CHAOS SUPREME!! Peep the line up:
Disc One:
1: Dead Machines
2: Spykes
3: New Device (connelly secret solo, only gig)
4: Scorpion Lollipop (khrust & olzone, post Sonic Youth UBER WASTED house gig)
5: Anti Intelligence
Disc Two:
1: SS Helltrain (evening miles only gig)
2: The Finals (the most unmellow ambiance EVER, recorded/captured)
3: Steel Forest
4: SS Helltrain
5: Tovah D Day
Disc Three:
1: Miles Of Birth
2: Basket Case
3: Speacil Speacker
4: The Finals
5: Stare Case
6: Coors / Cs Yeh (euro soundczech goofin’)
7: Speacil Speacker
Three cds. Color cover, with poster…crazy. All over the map homemade inzanity. Edition of 50, numbered. $20

AM-897 Half Case “Joe Hammer Nights” cd. Recent Joe Hammer Sq. Pre gig jamming chaos with Half Nelson and Stare Case from the last tour. Me & Natas showed up early and set up, jammed, the Half Nelson boyz did the same and we cut loose together in the basement for a while two dudes watched. Heres the evidence & Nelsons gig from that show. Half Case only means you gotta glare at the cheap mugs who always grip them cans but dont show up stacked! B & W cover edition of 50. $6

Heres some left overs from the last Stare Case “Actin Bad Tour” = tapes and cds are $6 each.

AM LOCAL WAR-16 The Spykes “Soundtrack to Improper Hearings 1″ c90
AM LOCAL WAR-17 The Spykes “Soundtrack to Improper Hearings 2″ c90
AM LOCAL WAR-18 The Spykes “Soundtrack to Improper Hearings 3″ c90
AM LOCAL WAR-19 The Spykes “Soundtrack to Improper Hearings 4″ c90
AM LOCAL WAR -20 Stare Case “Afternoon Core 1″ c90
AM LOCAL WAR -21 Stare Case “Afternoon Core 2″ c90
AM UPSET PRISONERS-L= Stare Case “Ash From The Burning Log Coated Tape Heads in Half Speed Vol 1″cd
AM UPSET PRISONERS-M= Stare Case “Ash From The Burning Log Coated Tape Heads in Half Speed Vol 2″cd

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NEXT: AM-895 Spykes “No One Writes To The Colonel” onesided double groove LP, Thames 7″, Tyfuss & Dog Dick goofin strong lps, more…..

FEB 11th STARE CASE w/ hordes, others MACS LANSING MI

Thurs Feb 17th Mickey’s Madison WI
with DJ Aaron Coyes
riday Feb 18th Mike Mildew’s Rehearsal Spot Milwaukee WI
W/ Bloodyminded
Saturday Feb 19th Abbey Pub Chicago
Frontier + Wolf Eyes + Envenomist + BLOODYMINDED
+ Plague Bringer @ The Abbey Pub, Chicago, IL
- Event Links:


tons more gigs !~ STAY SLAY INZANE!!!



October 18th, 2010


AM-870 The Dead Machines “The Late Day of Time” c90 + cd=

recent jammers from the OZONE-r couple recorded raw and primitve in the Frying Pan studios. Fried transmitters, wrong resistor value, everything wrong. Like two weirdo peeps talking in a code under a layer of polarity -misscrosed static. Start a band, do everything WRONG. Crossed wires, twisted current paths. Nothing normal. Machines will take over the world, but if its the Dead Machines machines that take over, dont worry cause shit won’t work yo. Confusion static duo dialogue, continued. Magnetic Kintetic Mislead Electronics Primitave OZONE couple styles. For miles and miles of faraway sounds.. A sunset of electric chemistry array. Handmade packaging. Numbered edition of 40. $16

AM-875 Stare Case “Eroded Brain” onesided 10″=

Wax debut brand new blues & roots strange duo of Nate Young (bass, tapes, electronics, vocals), & J. Ozone (electronics, reeds). Weird hypnotic soundscape and ultra stripped down approach. Has been on tour in the midwest all stinkin summer and tightening up the microwaved-soul laid black easy sound style. Diff to Wolf sound, primitive and slow moving blues style like a ancient cauldron deep in the woods slow bubblin up a stew of rustic abstraction. This here 10″, was recorded on a ace friday jammer session, the boyz took a porch break, came black to concentrate HARD on the void and a loud storm came rumblin thru, so we just hit record and jammed along to it, real time style. Real weird song style. On tour east coast, east canada in dec. Handmade covers, numbered edition of 200.  $13. Few left!!

AM-877 Stare Case “Colony Collapse” c60= Laid back relaxed sounds from bass, tapes, delay, stereo electronics, flute and reeds. New collage style of tons of pieces from recent jam days, perf for an afternoon spent adrift. Rural claustrophobia thru mediations on stretched sounds. New style, new band, new. Title comes from when we were chillin at Twig and Carly’z and it was so frak’in hot they bees were all huddled outside they nest in utter unmoving silence. Was mad eerie. Colored covers. $8 edition of 40.

AM-878 Spykes “The External World Can Take Care of Itself” c90 + 2cd + poster boxset.=

After a summer of jamming midwest and a grip of solo shows, heres all the trials and experiments going into the jammers. OFF THE CARTS style, electronics makings, horns, flute.  The works. Complete abstraction, no music, no songs, no people. Recorded alone a soundtrack to the fast (too-flast) cars on howard st. Afternoon and late night electronic mediations and daily thoughts via raw NO PEDALS primitive homemade sound. The noise world is a wilderness, find yr own path on explorer lands. NO RULES.  You know the drill – recycled boxes, handpainted with unique art. Numbered Edition of 40. $25

AM-879 Growing Rot “Hazed Gaze” c60 = New K-Town Very Good Records style static noise in classic mode from this strange dude. Super weird edge of universe alien feeling basement sound with god knows what. Radio waves turn you to become a arson on your own very soul, yo. Amazing  Glazed Hazed Mind Melter for a morning of iced confusion with a fairy tale slo burn mind bomb on top. Our fave dude to walk thru the FREE BEER zone of Christiania  and look at the underwater mer-man sculpture with. Killer tape. Weird color cover to match, edition of 40. $8

AM-880 People Pollution / Words of the Encryption Convict split c60 = Horrible basement free feedblack on side one, as seen from the Veal comps: Trio of Raven Strain, Sick Llama and Oldzone on guitar, bass, drums but sounding like torn cabbage in a sea of frying transmitters. Horrible noise. Side two is low sound classic AT obscure unit from the past, a million fragments of abstract sounds. A tiny village of static-speakers live for passing traffic. Uber strange. Low tech electronics and smatter style, unknown. Color covers edition of 40 $8

AM-881 Spykes “Nameless Change” c90 = A few weeks home yielded a whole new batch of raw handmade electronics. Here is the first recordings of the new army, and collage of broken experiments and primitive current paths gone to a darken corner to die peacefully. A golden triangle with an ancient rotten core. The normal daily life tone is one constant low signal, how you change it and disrupt it is your style. Color covers, edition of 40. $8

AM-882 Tovah D-Day “Unseeing Being” c60 = Unseen Tovah, new tape in her classic raw strange style, tin can, primitive electronics, low tech visions from the Tovs herself. Recorded alone after marathon sessions of mid nineties sci fi and lady member only ichats with her family and new baby Miles. Strange noise rules, abstraction galore. Ruler of the Twilight Series. My fave BUFF BRIDES YMCA side workout partner. My fave person. Noise not Vampires. Color covers edition of 40 $8

AM-883 Waves “17″ cd = The worlds most unlistenable horrible unit continues. The 20 cd stretch is nearly complete, a legacy in the worst high pitch terror-world soundtrick almost done. After years of soundczeching on stage the tones that made all the workers in the club hate me/us, a band centered around complete unmusical NOISE was started. Everyone says “noise this, unmusic that” but few can ditch everything to truly make a UNLISTENABLE band. This aint WAVVES or WAVES (CA) this OG baby. Feel the pain. Color covers. Noise, served up UNWANTED. Edition of 40. $8

AM-884 Paradox 13 + cd = Unlucky thirteen edition of this ongoing art collage weirdo print zine. Twelve pages, eight of which are variations of a horrible copy/scan/print of a collage with radiation blown out colony people in confusion. Hand sewn binding, with audio complement to wade u thru the visual onslaught of cut up, white-d out faces, dirt, food, and linear vibration lines. Edition of 40 $15

AM-885 Uncreated “Giants of Circumstance” c60= Second tape in new collage style of months of jam pieces, misled experiments, general lab array explosions captured on various recording devices. Raw primitive sound excursions, confusion, abstraction, the usual. Sounds that have always been there, they just kneed a frequency magnetic converter to hear them in FROM BEYOND hp lovecraft style. Color covers, strange. Edition of 40. $8

AM-886 V/A “Live & IN DEBT @ Miles Bday Party” c60= Man, that was one killer cove party. Invite only, heavy crew session on my main mugs bday. Serious good times for this Gemini player. Side one: LADY EVENINGS (dog lady & evenings -duh) / broken accordian and tape hiss feeblack supreme. RAVEN STRAIN / new nine hundred tape + tape loop style, super weird, was killer. The man. Side Two: WORDS OF THE ENCRYPTION CONVICT/ first and only live gig by this AT family unit, stereo raw electronics, dollar store stereo flutes, other flute, fairy land mist over a gray land. Rad party, heres the tape soundtrick. Apartment parties are ALWAYS ace, esp at the cove. Boosh. Cover colored, editon of 40 =$8

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UPCOMING: NEW ART BATCH NEXT WEEK! tons of new inzanity 2-d for your 4-d world. Watch the blog and here for the update launch date. Records: Spykes, Half Nelson, Thames, a ton, want to hit it before the year ends yo. Hopefully.
SPYKES in “OFF THE CARTS” style will be jamming the CAID this Weds, with my fave band WASTELAND JAZZ UNIT in “Finkbiner Dress Style” , RULES
Nov 5th: Birth Refusal, Sickness, detroit TBA
Nov 6th: Carboard Sax, Diet Cokeheads, record store in royal oak TBA

OR Talk about the Highlights later over some Earl Grey tea…