APES TAPES is an artist run cassette tape label founded in Portland, Oregon. We release cassette tapes of original and inspired local music often with free digital downloads. All of our cassettes are recorded, mixed, assembled, and sold by the very artists that we represent. Visit our website!

Damn right gurl.

foodanimal:

  Our most recent trip to Washington (to start recording our 2nd LP) was a little over a month ago.  I’ve mentioned before that this is my favorite place to go, and for so many reasons.  It’s in the middle of nowhere.  There are no other girls.  It’s gorgeous no matter what time of year.  It’s a grown-up house.  There is a lady down the road who sells fresh eggs using the honor system. The number one reason though… I get to use the finest cooking utensils/products Cam’s step-mom has to offer.  

 The cupboards are lined with an assortment of knick-knacks and goodies, letting me  choose whether or not I want to make buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy, or belgium waffles with local huckleberries.  Of course we bring our own groceries, but all the shit you don’t think of at the store?  It’s there in one of the finely organized cabinets that is not only meticulously sorted by pot or pan, but by savory spice or herbal spice.  

 I could go on and on and on… but hopefully someday you will either come here with us, or find a similar place that you can take advantage of, and I mean that in the most respectful way:)  

 Above are some of the treats I’ve made while the boys and I are working tediously on tunes.

Pictured above:

Homemade Belgium Waffles w/ Local Huckleberries

Langostino Bisque (Thank you Trader Joes)

Fresh Pesto Gnocchi w/ Corn, R.R. Bell Pepper, Spicy Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Arugula and Ricotta Cheese

Thick Cut Pork Chop stuffed with Apple/Dried Cran./Honey and B. Sugar roasted with Carrots and Fennel (this is wassup)

Homemade Apple Pie:)  These apples came from Cam’s grandparent’s house where we work.  They have over 15 different types of apple trees growing in their backyard, at least 2 stories high.  I also make applesauce with the surplus we bring home.

Pre-sale tickets are sold out. If you live in PDX, you can purchase them the day of the show.

Pre-sale tickets are sold out. If you live in PDX, you can purchase them the day of the show.

Sexy.
foodanimal:

 When it comes to inanimate objects, food will always be a close second to the first love in my life. Music dominates.  Fortunately the two get along swimmingly, and sometimes I have the pleasure of combining them, like when are friends helped out with a kickstarter for our band and they won the dinner/private concert prize.  That was fun.
  Anyway, here is a picture of our little Roland mono synth.  Isn’t she cute?

Sexy.

foodanimal:

 When it comes to inanimate objects, food will always be a close second to the first love in my life. Music dominates.  Fortunately the two get along swimmingly, and sometimes I have the pleasure of combining them, like when are friends helped out with a kickstarter for our band and they won the dinner/private concert prize.  That was fun.

  Anyway, here is a picture of our little Roland mono synth.  Isn’t she cute?

foodanimal:

  This past August, the little cassette label that I run with my other half, turned 1.  It’s weird having something so important and dear to our hearts, like a child (something I’m not wanting for a long time).
  We decided to throw a party at a local venue in PDX called Holocene.  This venue in particular is known for having incredible dance parties, and make-out sessions on and off the dance floor.  With two stages and 8 bands for the night, we threw a party that should have been remembered, but the drink special (The Hairy Palm) got to everyone.  In honor of my lovely friends that work with us at Apes Tapes, I made a cake, which was also ape themed, with a little class.  I’m not one to carve cake into a particular character or thing, so I went with devil’s food cake/angel food cake, raspberry mousse and bananas. I suppose the bananas were the only thing relevant.
   Sadly, I’m so paranoid about people effing up my design, that we didn’t really cut into until the night was over, at which point we were so drunk we effed it up anyway.  The remaining pieces were taken home and photographed.  
Note for those with OCD: When cutting cake, always clean the knife in between each slice.  This will ensure straight, clean lines every time.

Represent.  This cake looks good:)

foodanimal:

  This past August, the little cassette label that I run with my other half, turned 1.  It’s weird having something so important and dear to our hearts, like a child (something I’m not wanting for a long time).

  We decided to throw a party at a local venue in PDX called Holocene.  This venue in particular is known for having incredible dance parties, and make-out sessions on and off the dance floor.  With two stages and 8 bands for the night, we threw a party that should have been remembered, but the drink special (The Hairy Palm) got to everyone.  In honor of my lovely friends that work with us at Apes Tapes, I made a cake, which was also ape themed, with a little class.  I’m not one to carve cake into a particular character or thing, so I went with devil’s food cake/angel food cake, raspberry mousse and bananas. I suppose the bananas were the only thing relevant.

   Sadly, I’m so paranoid about people effing up my design, that we didn’t really cut into until the night was over, at which point we were so drunk we effed it up anyway.  The remaining pieces were taken home and photographed.  

Note for those with OCD: When cutting cake, always clean the knife in between each slice.  This will ensure straight, clean lines every time.

Represent. This cake looks good:)

aquariumdrunkard:


The Thin White Duke Turned 65 Today…


We’re going out tonight in honor of this man’s bday… to see a tribute band… that one of our best friends has created… because David Bowie is that cool.

aquariumdrunkard:

The Thin White Duke Turned 65 Today…

We’re going out tonight in honor of this man’s bday… to see a tribute band… that one of our best friends has created… because David Bowie is that cool.

Girls and Synths.  The way it should be.

(Source: comagic)

  If there is any post to take the time to read today, let it be this one.  Here in Portland, there is a label/consignment shop called Tender Loving Empire.  They are hands down some of the nicest people we’ve ever met.  Recently, they came up with a business plan that could potentially revolutionize how music purchasing works, allowing for fans to pay artists/indie labels whatever they want!  You could pay $0, or you could pay $20.  The idea is to stimulate a more intimate relationship between the fans and whomever they are buying from.  It’s also important to note that when you donate more than the regular price, there will be incentives.  In this amazing video that TLE has created, you will be given examples of some of the incentives they are going to be giving if they meet their goal with the fundraiser.

 Please donate to them, so that they can continue to make this city incredibly rich with amazing music.

Our best bud over at We Just Might Be Friends took this amazing picture last year here in Portland. Epic.
      itsmichaelharper:

Gnomenclature. Portland, Oregon. 2011.

Our best bud over at We Just Might Be Friends took this amazing picture last year here in Portland. Epic.

      itsmichaelharper:

Gnomenclature. Portland, Oregon. 2011.

(Source: openmikeharper)