Cassette-only music series from RecordingTheMasters and ThinkIndie
Distribution out now

Series features new music from Patty Griffin
as well as reissues of critically acclaimed records
from Built to Spill, John Prine, Suzanne Vega,
Mother Nature and Versus

RecordingTheMasters’ B-1000 Portable Cassette Player available in the U.S.

RecordingTheMasters—the worldwide leader in reel-to-reel tape manufacturing—today releases their latest cassette-only music series in conjunction with ThinkIndie Distribution. The series of releases features a new full-length album from Patty Griffin comprised of demos and home recordings titled TAPE, alongside a number of reissues available on cassette for the first time ever: Built to Spill Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston, John Prine’s The Tree of Forgiveness, Suzanne Vega’s An Evening of New York Songs and Stories, Mother Nature’s SZNZ and Versus’ Ex Voto. The cassettes are available at participating indie record stores now.

See below for a note from Griffin about the genesis of TAPE, the first album of new/previously unreleased music to be issued by RecordingTheMasters and ThinkIndie Distribution. In celebration of the new release Griffin recently unveiled the track “Get Lucky;” listen/share it HERE.

The albums are available on RecordingTheMasters’ RTM C-60 high quality audio cassette tape, offering best-in-its-class sound quality in an analog cassette. This series is also the first from RecordingTheMasters to feature environmentally-friendly packaging.

In addition to the album releases, RecordingTheMasters’ B-1000 Portable Cassette Player is available via select indie retailers. With electronics by RecordingTheMasters, the cassette player features a built-in microphone and external microphone recording.

The new cassette series comes on the heels of RecordingTheMasters’ and ThinkIndie’s previous, highly successful cassette-only reissues; previous cassette releases include Sturgill Simpson’s Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 1: The Butcher Shoppe Sessions, Major Lazer’s Peace Is The Mission, Maren Morris’ GIRL, Lupe Fiasco & Kaelin Ellis’ HOUSE EP (including both the original EP and instrumentals), The Mavericks’ En Español, The Story So Far’s Proper Dose and Killswitch Engage’s Atonement, as well as a RSD Black Friday series that featured The Avett Brothers’ Emotionalism, Jamie Lidell’s Muddlin’ Gear and JD McPherson’s Holiday offering, Socks. All are available now at independent record stores nationwide.

RecordingTheMasters’ and ThinkIndie’s Scott Register discussed the reissues, as well as plans for future series, with Billboard; read the interview HERE. Additionally, RecordingTheMasters CMO Neal Birnie recently discussed the newfound popularity of cassettes with No Depression HERE.

As all analog music formats (vinyl, cassette, reel-to-reel, etc.) continue to rise in popularity, cassette tapes now outpace all other formats—including vinyl—in consumer-market growth, more than quadrupling since 2011. Artists including Eminem, Jack White, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, Sufjan Stevens, Lana Del Rey, Muse and Ty Segall have all released recent albums on cassette, and RecordingTheMasters has previously partnered with New York-based Dala Records for a limited edition Record Store Day mixtape.

With the rise in demand for analog music cassettes, RecordingTheMasters’ new compact analog cassette tape is the first newly produced cassette on the market to offer high quality audio in analog format, ideal for listening, recording and archiving. The cassette tape is manufactured using legendary chemical formulas from BASF at the RTM facility in Normandy, France. It can be played on any standard compact cassette player, generally available at high-end audio stores and big-box stores nationwide.

RecordingTheMasters is a trademark of France-based RTM Industries, the worldwide leader in the manufacturing of both audio and magnetic tape. Additional info can be found at recordingthemasters.com.

Patty Griffin on TAPE:

At some point in the pandemic, I was digging through my own streaming music to relearn some of my own oldies. I found something that had been compiled (perhaps by a computer algorithm?) as a "rarities" or "deep cuts" collection, I forget which it was titled. I looked of course and it was a pretty boring list for the most part.

I later dug through some recordings I had done on cheap home recording apps, including my favorite one called TapeDeck which I‘m not sure exists anymore. I really liked some of the songs. They were better than I had remembered. I dug around some more and found things from some Garage Band recordings and then also a couple of things from an in-studio demo session in Nashville that were pretty interesting, including a duet I did with Robert Plant when we first met. It all seemed worth listening to. Back then I didn’t think so, but I do now.

The sound quality on the majority of things on TAPE is pretty low but the performances are what really matter to me. My home recordings are almost always my favorite recordings, as far as capturing a fresh, direct feeling. The shy introvert’s dilemma, I've always had a hard time creating that in a studio full of people whose talent is in sound quality. The songs have a feel you can only get when you’re by yourself at three o'clock in the morning. To listen to the bulk of these recordings you do have to let go of the idea of good sound quality and just listen to the performance.

I feel better getting some true rarities out there for people to listen to, not compiled by a computer algorithm.


For more information, please contact Joe Cohen, Krista Williams or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.