Off the Record

Off the Record


Tapes 'n Tapes

Before the iPod, there was the Walkman, spawning an entire musical culture built on the premise of a perfect mixtape. Austin's Natrix Natrix Records, formed by Rhonda Turnbough and Seth Whaland in 2004, still prefer the comfort of the cassette's protective plastic shell, hand-dubbing and distributing limited-edition tapes by local anti-folk artists like Ghost Night and Hundts Kup (So We Meet Again tape-split). "We're willfully naive," admits Whaland. "There's a certain intimacy involved with tapes that's really reflective of the type of music we're interested in." The label recently released its first cassette compilation, which comes with spray-painted and Xeroxed covers and features contributions from Jana Hunter and Viking Moses, as well as locals like Leatherbag, Junior League, Ghost Night, the Lovely Sparrows, and Real Live Tigers and will soon embark on a series of 7-inches, including a Deer Tick/Shivers split, and new work from Moth!Fight!, Les Pettit Championettes, and David Israel. "We want our releases to be desirable objects," says Turnbough, who makes the majority of the label's artwork. "These are definitely future eBay items." In the spirit of Jesse's Bed and Breakfast, Natrix Natrix regularly hosts house parties at 3222 John Campbell's Trail, beginning two years ago during South by Southwest and continuing Friday with Dinosaur BBQ, Tavo Carbone, and John Rose.
Music news

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Off the Record
Off the Record
Off the Record
OTR attends Fun Fun Fun Fest, packs things, and moves to the Cloud

Austin Powell, Nov. 11, 2011

Off the Record
Off the Record
All the fun fun fun that fits

Austin Powell, Nov. 4, 2011

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle