– The Blank Tapes – Hallelujah – Sweet On Top Christmas Sampler – From the album Highway 9 – 2014
Ending up the week of homegrown, local and festive, my friend Kristina Benson who runs Sweet On Top handed me this sampler of songs by local L.A. artists who just happen to be in a holiday spirit. One that popped out is this one; Hallelujah by The Blank Tapes.
Near as I can sort out, The Blank Tapes is a side project of Matt Adams who has produced some ten albums of psych-surf-pop-folk-rock on an old 8 track cassette tape recorder in various garages, basements, sheds & bedrooms across the California Coast. His latest is a whopping 62 track tome spread out over two CD’s and is on pre-order at the moment via Bandcamp.
Like just about everyone at the moment, everything has, once again, gone on hold. A European tour which was supposed to kick off in January is suffering from cancelled dates right and left as everyone gears up for another stint at stay-at-home.
So what’s left is discovering, uncovering and finding bands and artists you may have missed in recent months. The results are encouraging for the music scene, and especially on the West Coast. L.A. continues to be a hotbed of musical activity and The Blank Tapes are the tip of the iceberg.
Here’s an excerpt of their bio via Tim Sendra of AllMusic:
Combining the simple melodies of the best bubblegum music with a decidedly Southern Californian take on the Velvet Underground that mixes their studied cool with some Dead-style chill, the Blank Tapes is the name Matt Adams uses to release the output generated by his prolific songwriting. Beginning in 2003, the Blank Tapes released tapes, CDs, and records on a variety of labels, including Burger and Antenna Farm, mostly recorded at home by Adams with the help of a few friends. In 2017, Adams released Collection 2003-2017, a 22-song record that showed off his skills as both a writer and performer and staked out a claim for himself as an as-yet-undiscovered pop craftsman.
Okay, ’nuff outta me – dive in and get festive. Fall by their Bandcamp page for more, lots more.
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