"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.
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!
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
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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- (30 days)