I'm proud to announce DZ TAPES as a supporting faction in the new Kickstarter for Ad Hoc, a 100% independent, daily music and visual culture publication from former Altered Zones editors Ric Leichtung and Emilie Friedlander, some of our favorite music bloggers, and active imaginations from all across our global grassroots community.

Bring music back to the community. Help us build our new home.

Following a solid run as the editors of Pitchfork experimental sister site Altered Zones, Emilie Friedlander and Ric Leichtung are back with Ad Hoc, an underground music and visual culture publication created for and by a community of music lovers with a shared ethos: that of building the world you want to see using the materials at your disposal. A collective of ten tastemaking music blogs from all over the world, Ad Hoc is a daily destination for MP3s, videos, mixes, interviews, artist's writings, and cultural commentary-- curated for quality, and with an emphasis on emerging artists and musical movements that best exemplify the new grassroots, Internet-fueled DIY.

Ad Hoc is also a quarterly zine-- available in electronic and paper formats, and full of original art work and long-form features. Resurrecting the curatorial logic of zine culture, Ad Hoc will paint a dynamic, living landscape of the underground music world at large, setting the reflections of professional journalists and critics alongside artists, promoters, and other music-world personalities. Ad Hoc is a mosaic of voices, each offering its own partial illumination of underground music today, and what it means to navigate a rapidly changing industry in the era of information.

Ad Hoc features regular contributions from 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Brighton, UK), Decoder (Ex-Get Off The Coast; Oakland, CA & Wilmington, NC), Distonal (Ex-The Decibel Tolls; Louisville, KY), Dummy Magazine (London), International Tapes (Brooklyn, Tel Aviv, Dublin, San Jose, Berlin, Beijing), Mutant Sounds (Dallas, TX), No Fear of Pop (Berlin), Visitation Rites (Brooklyn & Los Angeles), Raven Sings The Blues (Queens, NY), and Rose Quartz (Auckland, NZ & Sydney, AUS).

And writings from Alex Bleeker (Real Estate), Alex Zhang Hungtai (Dirty Beaches), Alan Palomo (Neon Indian), Allese Baker (Artforum), Dale W. Eisinger (New York Press), Dan Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never, Ford & Lopatin), Emil Amos (Holy Sons, Om), Emily Rose Epstien (Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin), Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (Liturgy), Ian Nelson (Friendship Bracelet), James Leyland Kirby (The Caretaker), Jenn Pelly (Pitchfork, Village Voice), Jessa Farkas (Future Shuttle), Jigmae Baer (Royal Baths), Justin Spicer (Tiny Mix Tapes), Kim Kelly (NPR, Brooklyn Vegan), Liz Pelly (Boston Phoenix), Marc Masters (Pitchfork, Wire), Maria Minerva, Matt Sullivan (Altered Zones, Impose), Michael McGregor (Chocolate Bobka, The Report), Laurel Chartow, Taraka Larson (Prince Rama), Todd P, and many, many more.

Dozens of artists have already stood up and shown their support by pledging previously unreleased tracks to the Kickstarter compilation, available both as a digital download and in the form of a tripped-out cassette box set.

Featuring Air Waves, Amen Dunes, Anenon, Balam Acab, Beach Fossils, Big Troubles, Blondes, The Caretaker, Charlatan (Brad Rose), Co La, Dan Lopatin, Ducktails, Forest Swords, FORMA, Future Shuttle, Games/Ford & Lopatin, Gary War, Greatest Hits, Grimes with Majical Cloudz, How To Dress Well, Hubble, James Ferraro, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jürgen Müller, Julia Holter, Julian Lynch, Keep Shelly in Athens, Keith Fullerton Whitman, La Big Vic, Laurel Halo, Maria Minerva, Matthewdavid, Pete Swanson, Pictureplane, Pure X, Radio People, Rangers, Rene Hell, Rhys Chatham, Run DMT, Sleep Over, Silent Diane, Sun Araw, Stellar Om Source, Tonstartssbandht, Twerps, White Car, Widowspeak, Woodsman, and Young Prisms.

Over 50 of our favorite labels in the world right now have also chipped in bundles, including:

100% Silk, 4AD, Acephale, Arbutus, Atelier Ciseaux, Bathetic, Captured Tracks, Carpark Records, Complicated Dance Steps, De Stijl Records, Digitalis Industries, Domino Records, DZ Tapes, Editions Mego, Escho, Experimedia, Fat Cat, Firetalk Records, Fixed Identity, Friends Records, Future Times, Goner, Group Tightener, Hands in the Dark, Hardly Art, Hippos In Tanks, Hoss Records, Illegal Art, Important Records, JagJaguwar, La Station Radar, Leaving Records, Lefse Records, Light Lodge, Living Tapes, Maman Records, Moon Glyph, Night People, New Images, NNA Tapes, No Pain in Pop, No Quarter, Not Not Fun, Northern Spy, Partisan, Paw Tracks, People's Potential Unlimited, R&S Records, RVNG Intl., Sacred Bones, Secretly Canadian, Slumberland Records, Small Plates Records, Software Records, Sun Ark, Thrill Jockey, Tri Angle, True Panther, Type Records, Underwater Peoples, Upset The Rhythm, UUU Tapes, Warp, Woodsist, XL, Yoga, Young Turks, and Zoo Music.


DC Record Fair

those of you in the district on Sunday, February 12 should check out the DC Record Fair where i'll be slinging tapes at the Som Records table. as far as i know, this will be an all-vinyl except for my setup, so keep your eyes peeled for cassettes and stop by and say hi! this year's fair is located at the Riot Act Comedy Theater; come early at 11am to snag all the best finds for a $5 entry fee or wait until noon to get in for $2.