Parlour Tapes+

a contemporary classical cassette label


You don't know this?

The second weekend in October marks (lol) Mark Applebaum Weekend, a festive time of Fall where people come together to share their thoughts, feelings, and heartz about the music of esteemed wild child California composer Mark Applebaum.

(Mark may be a Cali boy at heart, but did you know that he was born in Chicago? Truth. )

To celebrate, Parlour's Deidre Huckabay and Andrew Tham will be performing his delightfully dexterous composition Aphasia.  The duo will be moving their hands to the sounds of Applebaum's quirky electronic stylings Saturday and Sunday in two locations.  In case you're curious, the piece sounds / looks like this.

We'd love to see you at the performances! Just look for the two chairs and a boom box.  Details, directions, darlings --



OCTOBER 13, 12PM: 

Happy Mark Applebaum Weekend, everyone! 

There is a faint thunder thund-thunding in neon furry HTML

It's here, we're here, you're here, WE'RE ALL HERE.

Today is the day that Parlour Tapes+ lightly places its web presence into the silvery slurried tray of the internet. It's furry and warm and is rife with OUR FIRST RELEASE- namely, Spektral Quartet's CHAMBERS.

The edges have been gently sewn together, the big bulbous middle has been polished, we've even painted its nails, and the thing is finished. Of course you won't be able to hear every little piece of it until OCTOBER 26th, 2013 at CONSTELLATION IN CHICAGO, IL where the release event is going to trick you into thinking that you have died and that everything is made of cotton. Every $15 admission ticket comes with a limited edition cassette tape and digital download code of the album.

There is literally no reason that you shouldn't be there. 

For now you can sit down somewhere pleasant and put on Eliza Brown's String Quartet No 1 and think about what you're going to wear to the OCTOBER 26th, 2013 at CONSTELLATION IN CHICAGO, IL release party.

We're expecting!

It's too, too early to start to plan for the post-partum depression that will inevitably set in following the release of our first record.  More than a year in the making (incidentally, about the length of time camels, llamas, and manatees carry their calves) PT+001 is going to be beautiful and fun and intimate and yay and champagne toasts and all -- but it will also come, for us, with the mixed-up feelings of exhaustion and rigorous accountability associated with newborn babies and all other very good things.  Oh girl, it's getting misty in here!

But until that moment bears down upon us, we are busy mastering, duplicating, publicizing, packaging, assembling, and distributing the lil' brat.

CHAMBERS features Chicago's own Spektral Quartet in performances of music by Marcos Balter, Hans Thomalla, Ben Hjertmann, Liza White, and Eliza Brown.  It drops October 26 at the Constellation at 8:30 pm -- and your ticket to the release show comes with a limited edition tape with digital download.  You'll want to bring some Kleenex.