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I have some vinyl for you

  • August 28, 2016

All are limited edition and might run out

To purchase, email with a list of the items you want. Include your snail mail address. I will reply with your total including shipping. Payment via Paypal ASAP.

#1 — Sam Rosenthal: Tanzmusik — handmade cover ($24)
The black vinyl is the 2012 Mannequin Records Italian reissue. The covers are an edition of 100 I handmade, recreated to look like the original 1984 vinyl, with cards affixed to an LP jacket.

#2 — Black Tape For A Blue Girl: The Rope LP — handmade cover ($25)
The black vinyl is ‘new old stock’ pressed in 1986. The covers are handmade in 2016, with color photos glued to a one-color printed black LP jacket. I hand-wrote the album title and signed.

Please note this important disclaimer: Due to the age of the unplayed vinyl, there is some warping. If you are opposed to any warpage on your LPs, please do not purchase this item. I asked the most exacting Blacktape vinyl customer to review a copy. He writes: “True, I like to have a ‘perfect’ record, but still this plays out and the warping issue is not audible. The only way to know it’s warped is to look at it. The warp on mine is not a bother to me. Others might have issues with it, of course. When I replayed my copy with a record weight it was flat warp free.”

Also keep in mind the vinyl has been in storage for 30 years, so the album will need a wet cleaning to remove dust and such.

3 — Black Tape For A Blue Girl: With my sorrows — 10″ clear vinyl ($20)
An ambient sound excursion. Limited to 300 copies released in 1997 by the Italian Amplexus label. 20 minutes of material created from minimal electronics and stripped bare string passages from Remnants of a deeper purity. The tracks are now on the 2nd disc of the 20th anniversary CD.

4 — lack Tape For A Blue Girl: Bike Shop — yellow & black swirled vinyl 12″ ($7)
Limited edition of 500. Only one of the four tracks on Bike Shop appears in this form on the new album These fleeting moments. Moody darkwave with a stirring vocal performance from Michael Plaster of SoulWhirlingSomewhere and drums from The Dresden Doll’s Brian Viglione. Melancholy vocal melodies, acoustic guitar & Moog electronics.

5 — Black Tape For A Blue Girl: The Rope — Tote Bag ($20)
This 14x14x3 inch black tote is perfect for carrying LPs or a supermarket trip.

Sam Rosenthal, album by album

  • January 16, 2016

Like all of my friends, I have been reading endless articles on Bowie. Suffice to say, Bowie’s artistic integrity has been an important part of my life as a fan of music, and as a creator of art.

An email from the local Clinton Street Movie Theatre, included a few sentences that really sums it up, “I read from friend after friend how life-changing and life-affirming this man was to each of them. His brilliance pierced the divisions of nationality and race and age, and united us in an understanding that it is okay to be whoever we are. Bowie was also a marvelous example that we don’t need to be only one thing — we can be whoever we want to be today, and we can reinvent ourselves tomorrow — as long as our core is true and kind and loving and non-judgemental.”

Reading this BBC article, the infographic of Bowie’s discography caught my eye. I love timelines, graphs, & data. I was curious what my recorded career would look like in a similar format.

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2011 in The New York Times

  • October 27, 2011

The New York Times wrote: “Black Tape for a Blue Girl: If Marlene Dietrich had gone goth, Black Tape would’ve been her band. The ominous chamber-rockers deliver foreboding, throaty growls and cabaret-inflected salvos, a darkly glamorous formula they’ve adhered to since their 1986 debut, The Rope (Projekt). No wonder David Lynch is reportedly a fan. (Anderson)”

We got a show pick! Read the blurb in the New York Times, or below: