30:52 – Welcome to Tape Land! On each episode, I will be presenting the audio of a cassette tape from my collection. It’s a way to help motivate me to digitize more of my archives.

In 1987, at age 19, I set up a rudimentary recording studio in my parents’ basement. I created six albums of music as “Little Frankie Nora”: Die!, The Good War (Tape Land 57), Demolition Curve (Tape Land 52), Original Tin (Tape Land 51), How Do You Feel About the Job? (Tape Land 44), and Ending the Era with Calm Music (Tape Land 23). I compiled the best of these to create two official cassette releases: Welcome to the Weasel Village Mall and Bicentennial Cane, which had very limited distribution. These two, along with the Shatter Cider EP, have been released on the Onsug Archive. However, the individual “albums” have never been released before now.

This is the first album, “Die!”. On the tape case label it says “Produced Dec. 31, 1986 to Jan. 1, 1987” – so it was actually started in 1986. The main instruments I used were a Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard and a small black-and-white TV set. The first track was clearly influenced by Laurie Anderson, who I was a fan of at the time.

Track list: Left or Right (:58), Gilligan’s Nightmare (:52), Radio and Television (1:51), What (:46), Bag of Garbage (:45), At Night (2:40), Baby Rats (:39), Hoobert Heever (1:26), Platinum (:44), Thunder Lizard (1:00), Die! (1:50), New Year (1:20), Chapter Ten (:32), Floating Man (1:15), Kill the Small One (Part I) (:29), Box (:16), Doctor Sand (1:17), Charlie (:37), Napalm Baby (1:37), Bad Street Theme (Part I) (:18), Speedy Delivery (3:25), Old Lang Zyne (:40), It’s a Cruel World (:44), Lines (2:17), Mary Ann (:01).

License for this track: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/). Attribution: by Frank Nora – more info at TheOvernightscape.com

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