This Just In: Black Tape For A Blue Girl

If you come into the shop regularly and/or follow the blog, you know about the incredible vintage turntables restored by Oscar Herrera of Spin Alley. What you might not know about Oscar is that he’s also an incredible musician who’s been a member of a few notable bands since the 80’s. One band in particular, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, has a cult-like following to this day. Considered the band’s dark opus, Remnants Of A Deeper Purity, was just reissued as a deluxe 2LP/CD package, strictly limited to 300 units. Lucky for us, Oscar was able to hook up a few copies. Read more about the band/album below, and don’t forget to check out the massive list of post-RSD restocks that follows.

Black Tape For A Blue Girl – Remnants Of A Deeper Purity 2LP+CD:
“Begun in California, Black Tape for a Blue Girl is based around Projekt Records founder Sam Rosenthal, who is the songwriter, lyricist and producer for the band. The band released seven albums in their first 13 years, covering the mid-80’s through late-90’s. Black Tape for a Blue Girl released their debut album The Rope in 1986. The band line-up consisted of a core of Sam Rosenthal, Allan Kraut (on multiple instruments, including drums and guitars) and vocalist/guitarist Oscar Herrera (of Florida’s early 80s batcave-tinged The Sleep of Reason). Guests included Kim Prior (as vocals), Adam Buhler (on guitar), Candy Sherlock and Lara Radford (as violinists).

Recording of Remnants of a Deeper Purity began in 1995 in Los Angeles and was concluded in 1996 after Rosenthal’s move to Chicago. This was the second album to feature Lucian Casselman on vocals and Vicki Richards on violin. It also featured Mera Roberts on cello. Remnants goes on to become Black Tape for a Blue Girl’s best selling release, and also is the basis for the band’s first live performance, Tuesday June 25, 1996 at Projektfest’96 in Chicago, IL.

Long droning deep tones overlayed by intense vocals from Oscar and Lucian as well as rich cello and violin arrangements from Vicki and Mera. The results are deeply mesmerizing and melancholy passages. The finished 77-minute album is Black tape’s masterpiece: exquisite and stunning. Wrapped up in the emotions of betrayal and salvation, searching for the deeper fragments of a truer reality — somewhere between sadness and hope — Sam’s words and harmonies weave a soft, opaque veil over a world where feeling is foremost, emotions on the surface, the heart laid bare.”


New releases, reissues and restocks – black, blue and otherwise…
2Pac – All Eyez On Me 4LP
Aesop Rock – Labor Days 2LP
Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues LP
Angry Samoans – Back From Samoa LP
Aphex Twin – Richard D. James Album LP; Selected Ambient Works 85-92 LP
Arctic Monkeys – AM LP; Favourite Worst Nightmare LP; Suck It And See LP
Ash Borer – Bloodlands LP
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Enter The Slasher House 2LP
Bad Brains – s/t LP
Barrington Levy – Sweet Reggae Music LP
Beach House – s/t LP
Ben Watt – Hendra LP
Bikini Kill – Yeah Yeah Yeah 12″
Boards Of Canada – Twoism 12”; Trans Canada Highway 12”; In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country 12”; Campfire Headphase 2LP; Geogaddi 3LP; Music Has The Right To Children 2LP
Body – I Shall Die Here LP
Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago LP; Blood Bank 12”
Bonobo – North Borders 2LP
Broken Bells – After The Disco LP; s/t LP
Burial – s/t 2LP; Untrue 2LP
Candy Claws – Ceres & Calypso In The Deep Time LP
Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else LP
Cramps – Songs The Lord Taught Us LP
Creepoid – s/t LP
Crosses – s/t LP
Cryptic Slaughter – Convicted LP
CYNE – All My Angles Are Right LP
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots CD
Dandy Warhols – Thirteen Tales Live From The Wonder 2LP
Danny Brown – Old LP
Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism 2LP
De La Soul – 3 Ft. High And Rising 2LP
Descendents – I Don’t Want To Grow Up LP
DIIV – Oshin LP
Dinosaur Jr. – Farm 2LP; Dinosaur LP; Bug LP; You’re Living All Over Me
DJ Quest & 2 Fresh – Breakfast LP
DJ Rashad – Double Cup 2LP (R.I.P.)
Dragging An Ox Through Water – Panic Sentry LP
Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2LP
Eyehategod – Preaching The End Time LP
Factory Floor – s/t 2LP
Fear Of Men – Loom LP
Fennesz – Becs CD
Field – From Here We Go Sublime 2LP
Floor – Oblation 2LP, CD
Foster The People – Supermodel LP
Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors LP
Gardland – Improvisations 12”
Ghetto Souls – s/t LP
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists 2LP; Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada 12”; Yanqui U.X.O LP
Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead LP
Green Day – Dookie LP
Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction LP
High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis 2LP
Hoax – s/t LP
House Of Lightning – Lightworker LP
Ike & Tina Turner – The Best Of LP
J Dilla – Ruff Draft LP
Jawbreaker – Unfun LP
Jay-Z – The Black Album 2LP; The Blueprint 2LP
Jeff Buckley – Grace LP
John Carpenter – Halloween OST LP
John Coltrane – Bahia LP; Lush Life LP
John Lennon – Imagine LP
Jose Gonzalez – In Our Nature LP
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die LP
Laraaji – Essence/Universe LP
London Grammar – If You Want 2LP
Lorde – Pure Heroine LP
Mac DeMarco – 2 LP; Rock and Roll Night Club EP; Salad Days LP, CD
Major Lazer – Apocalypse Soon 12”
Mark McGuire – Along The Way 2LP
Melt Yourself Down – s/t LP
Morrissey – Your Arsenal LP
Nas – Illmatic XX LP, CD
Negative Standards – Vi-Xi LP
N.E.R.D. – In Search Of 2LP
Nils Frahm – Spaces 2LP
N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton 2LP
NOFX – Heavy Petting Zoo LP
Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die LP
Nux Vomica – s/t LP
Operation Ivy – Energy LP
Pantera – Vulgar Display Of Power 2LP
Pattern Is Movement – s/t LP
Patti Smith – Horses LP
Pink Mountaintops – Get Back LP
Pixies – Indie Cindy 2LP
Pretty Lights – A Color Map Of The Sun 2LP
Prince – Purple Rain LP
Purling Hiss – Dizzy Polizzy LP
Queen – s/t LP; Night At The Opera LP
Queens Of The Stone Age – Era Vulgaris 3×10”, s/t LP
Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2LP
Ramones – Ramones Mania LP
Real Estate – Atlas LP
Red Krayola – Hazel LP; Singles 2LP
Rhye – Woman LP
Rodrigo Y Gabriela –9 Dead Alive LP
Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron 2LP
Shannon And The Clams/Guantanamo Baywatch – Mama 7”
Sharon Jones – 100 Days, 100 Nights LP; I Learned The Hard Way LP; Give The People What They Want LP
Silver Mt. Zion – Hang On To Each Other 12”
Songs: Ohia – Magnolia Electric Co. 2LP
Squarepusher x Z-Machines – Music For Robots LP
St. Vincent – s/t LP
Stooges – s/t LP; Fun House LP
Sun Kil Moon – Benji 2CD
Survival Knife – Loose Power LP
Swans – Burning World LP
Teebs – Estara 2LP
Temples – Sun Structures LP
Thee Majesty – Live At The Pezner 1999 LP
Thee Oh Sees – Drop LP
Thee Tsunamis – Delirium And Dark Waters 7”
Thou/The Body – Released From Love 12″
Thundercat – Apocalypse 2LP
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time 2LP
Tom Waits – Small Change LP; Swordfishtrombones LP
Tool – Opiate 12”
A Tribe Called Quest – Anthology 2LP; Beats, Rhymes & Life 2LP; People’s Instinctive Travels 2LP; The Low End Theory 2LP; Midnight Marauders LP
Various – Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul Of Black Peru LP
Various – Brazil Classics 5 Hips Of Tradition: Return Of Tom Ze LP
Various – Eccentric Soul: The Big Mack Label 2LP
Various – Eccentric Soul: The Deep City Label 2LP, CD
Various – Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts Of Deep City 2LP
Various – Farewell Transmission 2CD
Various – Peru Maravilloso 2LP
Various – Studio One Ironsides 2LP
Various – Studio One Rockers 2LP
Various – Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles LP
World Psychedelic Classics Vol. 5 – Who Is William Onyeabor? 3LP
William Basinski – Melancholia 2LP
Wye Oak – Shriek LP, CD

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