Vehicle Flips was a mostly Pittsburgh-based band active throughout the 1990s. We played a lot at Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, Luciano's, and other long-forgotten dives, and got to share the stage with bands like Tullycraft, Mountain Goats, Magnetic Fields and Guided by Voices.
We released 5 singles, on labels in the US, England, and Japan, along with a bunch of obscure compilation tracks that few people beyond the most serious record collectors would know about. This project compiles all of these songs onto a single album, along with whatever unreleased songs turn up on the tapes. Our thanks to Jigsaw Records for extending the original invitation to do this, and for continuing to nudge us along.
The 1990s were a time of great flux in recording technology. Our songs were recorded on 7 different tape formats. Converting these to digital has taken a lot of legwork to locate people with the right machines. This is why we're doing a Kickstarter campaign, to cover to cost of all of these tape transfers, plus the costs of mixing and mastering.
Risks and challenges
Most of the tape transfer/mixing/mastering will be happening on the weekend of Nov 9-10. As long as the train from Albany to NYC does not derail and cause all of the source tapes to be incinerated, I think we'll be ok.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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