The Music Tapes

The Music Tapes

Real Name:
Julian Koster
Profile:
The Music Tapes started life as a creative outlet for the 16 year old Julian Koster (later of Neutral Milk Hotel), who would create tapes of songs and stories as means of escapism, which he would share with his friends, culminating in 'The American Phoam Rubber Co. Symphony Orchestra Proudly Presents the 2nd Silly Putty Symphony for Edison Wax Cylander', which was essentially tape collage. In 1989, Koster formed the band Chocolate USA, a more conventional indie-pop band, which also included Bill Doss and Eric Harris, later (along with Koster, though somewhat unofficially) members of the Olivia Tremor Control. The band released two full albums, All Jets Are Gonna Fall Today and Smoke Machine, before splitting in 1994, after which Koster chose to focus his creative efforts on the Music Tapes once more. In 1999 Julian released the album First Imaginary Symphony For Nomad, featuring a slew of musicians helping him, most notably Robbie Cucchiaro and Eric Harris. Ten years later Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes was released, featuring the usual bevy of artists, most notably an eight foot tall metronome
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The Music Tapes Discography Tracks

Albums

The Music Tapes First Imaginary Symphony For Nomad (Album) Merge Records US 1999 Sell This Version
The Music Tapes Music Tapes For Clouds And Tornadoes (Album) Merge Records US 2008 Sell This Version
The Music Tapes Mary's Voice (Album) Merge Records US 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

E6-010 The Music Tapes & The Elephant Six Orchestra The Music Tapes & The Elephant Six Orchestra - Smoke Is A Fireman's Friend(7") Elephant Six Recording Co. E6-010 US 1997 Sell This Version
The Music Tapes The Television Tells Us Elephant Six Recording Co. US 1998 Sell This Version
1003 The Music Tapes / Dad The Music Tapes / Dad - Cosmic Singles Club(7") Cosmic Debris, Ltd. 1003 US 2000 Sell This Version
The Music Tapes Purim's Shadows (The Dark Tours The World) (EP) Merge Records US 2011 Sell This Version
none The Music Tapes A Lightning's Cheeks(Lathe, 7", Shape, S/Sided) Not On Label (The Music Tapes Self-Released) none US 2012 Sell This Version
none The Music Tapes For The Planet Pluto(Lathe, 7", Shape, S/Sided, Ltd) Not On Label (The Music Tapes Self-Released) none US 2012 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none The Music Tapes Tiny Desk Concert(File, MP3, 128) National Public Radio none 2011