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Limited edition usb flash drive will include full label discography as well as related comp tracks & more, totalling hundreds of mp3s.

"Everything that ever made Factory or Warp compelling is already there in tbtmo's rapidly expanding catalog... It is... the ground level of something fantastic."
- Joey Sweeney (now editor & co-founder of Philebrity) in Philadelphia Weekly, Feb.6 2002.

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WE DID IT! It was a long month but you guys came through, and your pledges are SUPER appreciated! The whole idea was awesome but iffy, and you guys stepped up. I hope everyone enjoys their rewards and soaks deep in the tbtmo katalogue for a long time! I can't say enough about everyone's support. THANKS!

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Hey. We are tbtmo, a label based in lovely Philadelphia, PA and we have specialized in emotional, experimental electronic, post-rock, and blip-pop and all that good stuff since 1997. We started way back then putting out tapes and vinyl then cdrs and cds and eventually mp3s. In the early 2000s we had a make & distro deal with major indie Darla Records of San Francisco, and in a couple of years we burned that bridge like the arrogant, naive dumdums that we are. Look it up, this is all true so far.

So we put out a lot of stuff, and for years we ran a chill electronic monthly in Philly called Hologram, and it was great. Deep electronic live performances and djs of a variety, and we had some bands play there as well. Like I said, stuff was poppin' off, and then we got older and the world got weirder and the internet took over and it tripped us up a lil bit. So this plethora of releases, hundreds of tracks, has been asking for some new love. Plus, we have fairly recent releases as well as some new stuff coming. We'd like to corral it all together, digitally, onto a flash drive.

This dream of a dream (of a dream) flash drive (that means it's pretty much otherworldly) will contain hundreds of tracks across thirty-some tbtmo releases as well as loose random remixes and compilation tracks and such from these artists:

A Study in Her. Accelera deck. Air & Space. Alphastone. Audio Mjao. Arkitekchur. Au Revoir Simone. BHowson. Blink Blink. Blowball. Blue. Bobby Baby. Books on Tape. Brandon Schakola. Cerebral. Chet Peng. Ckid. Collette Carter. Corm. Dirty on Purpose. Dulcinea. Electroluminescent. Fairness Jenkins. Fidget. Figurine. Flowchart. GFS. Heidi Hazelton. Hug Me. Illoin. Instruction Shuttle. Intergalactic Faerie Funk. Jack Nett's TV Set. James Figurine. the Jane Anchor. Jenhitt. Kelly Slusher. KiloWatts. Languis. Like a Fox. Like Chapels and Cations. M-tec. Mall. Mandorris. Miskate. Mossyrock. Neptune's Daughter. Nintariman. Occifer Dick. Octorock. Oliver Grimm. Pacifica. Phasmid. Planet Nett. Printed Circuit. Ray Sweeten. Red Joy Reid. Rose For Bohdan. Robmall. Satellite Grooves. Simpletone. Snospray. Someone Else. Spintronic. Stereo Symphonic. Taperecorder. Technicolor. This Radiant Boy. the Tilden Shirtwaist Fire. Timonium. Tleilaxu. Transient. Tremolo. Twelve. the Twin Atlas. Vostek. the Wawas. William Fields.

Yeah, it's quite diverse. Each of the above is included at least once (possibly dozens of times) as a full-length, compilation track, remixer or remixed or collaboration or otherwise. As I said before, this collection goes back for a decade and a half. It's pretty serious. Whatever that artist list above means to you initially, this Kickstarter effort is a deal worth checking out. Check out a small sampling below:

  • Collette Carter - "Start Wars" (to be released, 2012)
  • Mall - "Tleilaxu Remix pt.2" (tbtmo31, 2005)
  • Transient - "This Situation (Original Edit)" (tbtmo32, 2005)
  • Pacifica - "The Stars Are Out Tonight" (tbtmo35, 2008)
  • Arkitekchur - "When Everything Runs Dry" (tbtmo27, 2003)
  • Audio Mjao - "Don't Rush" (tbtmo34, 2007)
  • Accelera deck - "Fireflies" (tbtmo28, 2003)

There. That's a good bunch of recent tracks on tbtmo releases. Ok, by now you either get it or you don't. It's pretty clear, you either like good music and you are a cool person and would save a dying kitten if necessary, or you do not like good music, you are indescribable without using profanity, and you eat kittens. Ok, maybe it's not so black & white, or so disturbing. It's ok, anyway... you have about a month to decide whether you are gonna be a cool person and save the kitten (metaphorically speaking, I think) or if you will just be an enemy of fun and put that crying little kitten baby on a roll w/ catsup (no pun intended, really; pure coincidence) and nom him. I will explain again later how this all relates to this tbtmo flash drive project on Kickstarter.

Anyone who gives 10$ or more will be listed in the pages of a limited Kickstarter edition tbtmo soft-cover book as a person who has great taste, i.e. a supporter. It will be certified at that point. Help us make this project happen and get some great stuff. We all put in a great deal of effort over the years to get this stuff out there. Ok, maybe not a great deal of effort but we did something, and that's worth clappin' 'bout.

Let it be known that we would like to thank all the good people we rubbed up with over the past fifteen, those who made this a possibility, especially the starving artists. Thx yo. We also apologize to all the people we ever did dirty; let's call a truce and move forward. It's way due, really.

Like I said before, the tbtmo discography goes back, it goes deep, and it gets weird. But it's diverse, and it pushes, and it has great moments- probably some for everyone with a decent size pea in that noggin. Or, you could just say it sucks, and you wouldn't necessarily be wrong (the rational side of me says). We would, however, like to think that the label's full body of work means something, somehow. And maybe we'll leave it at that for now.

-Rob / tbtmo

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The video for this project was made in a few days on an iPhone and an iMac. The music is Pacifica - "Bia! Bia!" off Honey Nut (tbtmo35, 2008).

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* If you are overseas and your reward is to be shipped please add a few extra dollars to cover the additional shipping cost. Thx. *

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Philadelphia Weekly, February 2002
Philadelphia Weekly, February 2002
Philadelphia City Paper, Nov 2001
Philadelphia City Paper, Nov 2001
Alternative Press, April 2004
Alternative Press, April 2004

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    We'll email you a link to a FIERY HOT TBTMO MP3 for download. I hope you know what an mp3 is, and what to do with it. If you have never experienced an mp3, well, we'd be honored for ours to be your first. And hey, I'd like to think that we'll have a special one for you. Something real nice. Ok now, just get the mp3. Please. Thank you for your dollar. I hope you have enough left to eat tomorrow. Oh well, at least you'll have a killer jam to play ad infinitum.

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    Like above, we'll email you a link for download, but this will be for a piping hot FULL RELEASE. And who doesn't want a full release? Again, I'd like to think that we'll be offering something pretty awesome (i.e. a new release), making this a clear deal. Or, more poetically, a deal, clearly, dear. Basically, you want this. (It's also included in anything below, mostly).

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    * GET IN FOR CHEAP! LIMITED! * TBTMO.COM TOTAL SITE ACCESS. Pretty much everything that will be on the groundbreaking (as well as earthshattering) usb flash drive is available via the website, but it's locked. This is your "forever key" (made it up) to hundreds of tbtmo releases and related in mp3 format. We hope that by now you have researched this fIle format and will know how to down the load when given the codeword.

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    TWO TBTMO CDS, one or both probably but not necessarily a 2003 powerpak release (tbtmo26,27,28,&29 - Vibon 2, Arkitekchur, Collette Carter, or Accelera deck), mailed to you stat (ok, not stat) from the lavish tbtmohq in Philadelphia. This package includes shipping but if you're overseas consider being very thoughful and adding a few extra bucks for the extra postage. If you have a preference of a release or two out of the aforementioned four (or other) please let us know and we shall try to make it so if at all possible.

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    TBTMO.COM TOTAL SITE ACCESS. Pretty much everything that will be on the groundbreaking (as well as earthshattering) usb flash drive is available via the website, but it's locked. This is your "forever key" (made it up) to hundreds of tbtmo releases and related in mp3 format. We hope that by now you have researched this fIle format and will know how to down the load when given the codeword.

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    Ok, so this is what it's all about, this Kickstarter. A limited edition (1 of 50, prolly not 100) TBTMO TOTAL USB FLASH DRIVE W/ TOTAL SITE ACCESS. The 8GB thumb drive thingy will be loaded with the extensive full tbtmo katalogue and related tracks by tbtmo artists. Hundreds of tracks (!) spanning a few dozen releases plus a load of extras. You also get tbtmo.com total site access (as above) to all the releases as mp3s plus access to the far-reaching, limited corners of the site. You will have like exponential tbtmo digital power going back a decade and a half, bringing 1997 up until now at you, in like a hot second. A hot, sweaty second. You must. So worth it.

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    TBTMO POWERPAK PLUS W/ TOTAL SITE ACCESS. Check it out. It's our string of four 2003 cd releases (tbtmo26-29: Vibon 2, Arkitekchur, Collette Carter, and Accelera deck) plus three lo-fi d.i.y. vinyls from early on: Blowball (tbtmo+Fuzzybox crew collab) 12", Stereo Symphonic (nka Collettte Carter) / Planet Nett (Mike Mall) 12", and the Mall / Flowchart 7"). You'll also get total site access to download pretty much everything we ever did put out or will put out. It will overwhelm you, the unfettered access to the plethora of tracks online, and then you get the bunch of tactile releases in a pack that has been years in the making. Feel special, please.

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    Super limited (10) tbtmo2012ks1/10 model TBTMO POWERPAK PLUS ALL OUT PACK. That's just a drawn out name for an up-close & personal pack of awesome tbtmo stuff. One of the upcoming limited edition loaded tbtmo flash drives (full katalogue plus more), tbtmo.com total site access, one soft-cover tbtmo picture book, five cds (Vibon 2, Arkitekchur, Collette Carter, Accelera deck, and Transient tbtmo21 as a bonus) and 3 vinyl (Blowball 12", Stereo Symphonic / Planet Nett split 12", and Mall / Flowchart split 7"). You will know this label better than it knows its delf. For you, because we like you, we will also handwrite on a piece of paper what tbtmo stands for and give it to you, and you can frame it or throw it out, whatever, but know that people have died trying to find this out. You are on it, and in it.

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    Hey, now this is a fun one (depending on your definition of fun). We (tbtmo inc. tm) will REMIX the squishy ish out of your track if you can separate it down for us. The remix will in turn be put on (immortalized on) the flash drive and website. We hope that you send something awesome and we remix it something awesome. Let's make this a win/win, and not lose/win, or a win/lose. Win/win. Includes a copy of the flash drive.

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    Boom! It's the ludicrously limited 7 DEGREES OF TBTMO PACK. Coincidentally there are seven available, and pretty much never to be done again. You will splash head first into tbtmo and everything we rippled and everything that rippled us. Hear us now: You love music; you'd better. A new loaded tbtmo usb flash drive, tbtmo.com total site access, two different soft-cover tbtmo picture books, the above All Out pack as well as a modest selection of rare and limited comps, remix albums, side projects and related on cd and vinyl. Tell us what your taste is for and we can kind of craft your pack to your flavor. And basically consider yourself one of the bigger weiners, I mean winners of this drive to make a flash drive. We envy you and love you at the same time.

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    Wow. Can it be done? Call it the once-in-a-lifetime PERFECTIONIST COLLECTORER PACK. (Yes I said collectorer.) We will give you all of the above, plus we will go to the farthest reaches of the earth to create for you a COMPLETE SET of tbtmo releases. Everything that was a physical copy, we will make one for you or find one for you if we are out of it (prolly since about ten years ago), and everything online-only is included well. ALL PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL TBTMO RELEASES (nearly forty) as original format. Let me ask you... do you have a cassette player? You'll need one. Plus you get some comps, etc as physical releases too, same as above reward. Plus total site access, both soft-cover books, and the packed flash drive. Unlimited guest list for any shows we arrange going forward (if there is another - great deal!), and all future releases free, hard copy if there is one. Soak it all in, bask in it, and one month after receipt of your collection we'll meet up for lunch in Philly (we buy), talk it up, and play tbtmo trivia, and you will beat us at it. You don't have to do this... really. What more do you want, the shirt off my back? Ok, we might have one of those that fit you as well. If not we'll make it. This deal, I guess, would be for like a museum or a crazy person or something. Which is fine, of course. We'll just call you crazy awesome.

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    DISTRIBUTOR / PIMP DADDY. Get 20 copies of the flashdrive at cost (we'll eat the shipping- nom nom), and depending on what's left (looks like it'll be alot) we'll throw in some bonus cds and stuff because you're easily one of the coolest homeys we've ever come across. We might take that back later, but for now, and forever on the internet, you da man. (Alternatively, if there are any PERFECTIONIST COLLECTERs left above you could get, let's say, 15 of the flash drive and a whole tbtmo collection as described above if you'd prefer.)

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