The 405 Artist Picks // Cassettes Won't Listen
Name: Cassettes Won't Listen (aka Jason Drake)
About us: I am a producer who recently relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles to work on my latest album, EVINSPACEY. I worked at Def Jux Records for 10 years and have released numerous projects under various names. I'm a co-owner of Daylight Curfew, a bi-coastal artist collective focusing on instrumental music and art.
Listening to: Lately it's been anything on Warp or Ghostly. Also, we just got Spotify here in the US so I've been trying to ingest as much as possible. Mostly going back to what I used to listen to in the mid 90's like Digable Planets, A Tribe Called Quest, and Black Sheep.
Reading: Wired magazine. I'm a huge tech fan and have followed Wired through it's journalistic ups and downs over the past decade. Also I'm glued to the internet all day so I'm constantly reading blogs such as Gizmodo, Boing Boing, Synthtopia, and Mashable. Anything that talks about tech/gadgets mixed with music and I'm probably on it all day.
Watching: The Colbert Report. TV is a time suck but I seem to make time for Comedy Central and The Colbert Report. I've always been a big Daily Show with John Stewart fan but I think Stephen Colbert has taken over in terms of comedic quality.
Eating: Strawberry & basil scones that my girlfriend baked. Ginger snap cookies.
Anything Else: Keep your eyes on Daylight Curfew. Many things coming down the pipeline including the debut Dfalt record and many more CWL releases.
Purchase and listen
The b-side to the forthcoming 'You & Me' 7" from Diamond Rings is this lovely sounding cover of 'Mellow Doubt' by Teenage Fanclub. [read more]
A few weeks ago we posted the beautiful cover of Elite Gymnastics' 'Here, In Heaven' by How To Dress Well, and now the crooner has had the favour returned, as his track 'Suicide Dream 2' has been given a makeover. [read more]
Is it a bad thing that I don’t ‘feel’ or ‘get’ any of these new-wave grunge guitar bands? That I'm perhaps too lost in ethereal synths, or so desperately clinging to melody and emotional context that I really can't get behind the dreary wash of noise created by a room full of guitars? [read more]
The first track from the forthcoming Gold Panda curated !K7 DJ-Kicks compilation is by the man himself, and it's called 'An Iceberg Hurled Northwards Through The Clouds', but you should already know that because we spoke about it a few weeks back. [read more]