• September 23, 2020

I am keeping track of Black Tape For A Blue Girl anniversaries. There are 3 in 2021! Planning to crowdfund a deluxe 2LP A chaos of desire remastered reissue.

Full Prague 2011 show added to youTube

  • June 25, 2020

I've added the 2nd show from our 2011 European tour to youTube. It's the entire set. I was watching it on my living room TV last night; it looks & sounds pretty great blown up large. A 50-minute escape from today. In the band: myself, Athan Maroulis & Valerie Gentile. We perform "Remnants of a deeper purity" twice, because the audience in Prague wanted another encore but we didn't have anything else rehearsed.

Thanatos: Portland

  • June 13, 2020

Hello! We’ve launched the crowdfunding/preOrder for Portland, the first recording in 23 years from Thanatos’ original members! Patrick (guitar & vocals) and myself (electronics) recorded 14 new songs including 4 covers, plus two recreations of tracks from our 1993 debut. Visit Bandcamp to preOrder Portland; create your own premium from the ala carte CD, Poster, T-shirt and more. Download the 14-track album immediately; the merchandise ships after we reach the goal and get them manufactured, I’m expecting that to be mid-August.

We’re about 20% to the $2500 goal.

I’m very satisfied with this album — it’s a true follow-up to our two CDs from the early 90s. Thanatos’ return to sparse dark-rock atmospheres!

Thanks for your support,

Remnants of a deeper purity 3rd pressing

  • May 18, 2020

Hi. I’ve been mixing and mastering two new albums these very strange months. The first is my return to Thanatos. After 23 years, Pat & I have recorded an album of new songs. I’m also wrapping up an electronic/ambient collaboration with Italy’s Jarguna. This album has some parts that I think will remind you of my Terrace of memories collaboration. Stay tuned for more on these two. For today:

Remnants of a deeper purity

Deluxe Vinyl 2-LP (2020 repressing)
Record/Vinyl + Digital Album
$24 at Bandcamp

It’s back in stock!

140 gram on swirled burgundy/red color vinyl. This is the third vinyl edition. I found 75 copies of the first-pressing jacket (with the band name somewhat off-center on the spine). I pressed more vinyl for this edition which includes the 8-page album-sized booklet, a sticker, and the CD in paper sleeve.

The swirled burgundy/red on this pressing is slightly lighter than the previous ones.

Includes unlimited streaming of Remnants of a deeper purity via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

"In my memories" video at YouTube

A chaos of desire (DAT1​-​2​-​3)

  • April 12, 2020

From Sam Rosenthal • Sunday April 12 2020.

Aug 11 2007 @ Projektfest’07

Hello! Another day blends into the last, it grows hard to keep it all straight; I've taken to writing little notes in my datebook to remind me when things happened. I just added this blue highlight: "A chaos of desire DATs" as I've put up a new exclusive for my supporters. They help pay the bills during these tough times, and in exchange receive exclusive content to download or stream; this week I got a $25-a-month Patron and a $5-a-month patron at bandcamp. I appreciate those of you who can afford to support. If you're concerned about finances, I totally get it! These are tough days. You can grab a free download of Highlights 2016-2020, or stream all of our music at Spotify.

Stay well, stay patient, we'll get through this. Take care…. Sam

  A chaos of desire (DAT1-2-3)

29 years and 11 months ago, I mixed Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s 4th album, A chaos of desire. I worked for days in my friend Walter Holland’s home studio, perfecting the way I wanted each song to sound. For this exclusive patron release I digitized three sixty-minute DAT tapes with multiple mixes of all the songs on the album. Listen for slight differences of volume on the vocals and instruments — I’m sure fans will enjoy hearing these subtly different mixes (plus there's an acoustic mix of the first half of "Pandora's Box.") Chaos was released in 1991. I’m thinking of a remastered 2LP / CD edition for the 30th anniversary in 2021, once we’re free to be ourselves again. I don’t think I’ve mentioned in all these years that I sing one line on the album. It's in the title track, “life moves on, lie in wait, unaffected unconscious.” Today, we're all waiting for life to move on.

For a $5 monthly subscription you support the ongoing creation of my music, help me pay my bills, and listen to exclusive. Also, chat with me and other fans in the community.

Thanks so much. – Sam

Recent patron exclusives:
2019 new things – 7 tracks
Rotten Zurich Cafe
– Live 2011 with Pinky
Round Trip
– 1984 – 11 tracks of solo electronics from the cassette era< Stay Safe!

A Black Tape For A Blue Girl CD for just a buck ( $ 1 CD )

  • March 26, 2020

From Sam Rosenthal • Monday March 26 2020. Like all of you, I am staying at home, watching our new reality unfold. Fortunately for the band and for Projekt Records, I can run the mail-order out of my house, using Bandcamp pages as the storefront. I had to close the Projekt website — the physical webstore is based in Philadelphia and they have a stricter stay-at-home order than here in Portland Oregon. I'm worried, and stressed! The only thing that isn't as stressful for me is the actual staying-at-home part. I have been working from home for the past 6.7 years. I'm used to this isolation. In January — after 6.5 years working at home — I was getting stir-crazy. Every day like the previous day, here with the cat, making all my own meals, getting together with Mercy a few times a week, seeing my son half the week. Never really getting out much. Now I'm not complaining at all, I've trained for this! At the moment, I'm really worried about all the people I know (and don't know) who were laid off and are worried about rent; and also the small businesses that are in deep trouble. And what's happen in NYC, and other places around the world. Really terrible!

I am not motivated to go into the studio to create music. It is not easy to focus on creativity right now. I'll get to that soon, I hope. It also goes through my mind how insignificant creativity is, in the bigger picture. I totally get that. When it comes, it comes.

There are things happening behind the scenes. I finished a new Thanatos album with Pat; I have been reviewing the mastering which was done by Martin Bowes of Attrition. I'm also working on an electronic / ambient collaboration with Italy's Jarguna. The tracks are structured, and the mixes are coming along. Soon I will go into the studio and lay down more textures for this album.

Now, the subject of this email…. A special $1 CD: 2016's These fleeting moments

We're all in this together, and we'll get through it. Take care of yourself and please stay safe.

* Photo above: 1995 with cats!

Black Tape For A Blue Girl: These Fleeting Moments

Name-your-price download & $1 CD at Bandcamp

This is the Metropolis edition of the band's 2016 album, in a 4-panel digipak with 8-page booklet. I purchased 100 CDs from Metropolis for $2-a-piece just a month ago; I planned to offer them at name-your-price (Bandcamp doesn’t allow a price of Zero on physical objects, so they're $1 or more.) The world has drastically changed since I placed my order for these, but the CDs are here, and fans might enjoy some Black tape for a blue girl right now. The download is also name-your-price, in case you'd prefer the digital album.

The Rope T-shirt reprint

  • November 16, 2019

preOrder Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s THE ROPE T-shirt at our Bandcamp page.

I hear from people that their original 90s shirt has worn out or gone missing. No worries! These recreate the original 90s design (black T, white ink on front, nothing on the back); however rather than boxy 90s-styled shirts that were once the style, these are printed on American Apparel #2001 — nicely-fitted modern-styled Ts. Printed in Northern-Kentucky by our friends at Forest Passage Printing.

This is a preOrder. We will be taking orders through the end of November, then placing the PO with Forest Passage, to ship from Oregon around Xmas.

In the photo above: BlackTape guest guitarist Chase Dobson. Check out Chase’s music at bandcamp.

Slow Blur Video

  • November 12, 2019

I’ve posted another one of my early videos on youTube. A thank you to my patrons for covering the cost of the digital transfer. I created “Slow blur” before The Rope album existed, probably even before I came up with the name “black tape for a blue girl.” I was living in Florida at the time and went with Robin to a building in downtown Fort Lauderdale to shoot some footage (Robin tells me it was the library, I thought it was a parking garage.) Most of the video happens inside an elevator, some of the quick-cuts are outside with lights inset in the sidewalk illuminating her face (that's the way The Rope cover image is lit, it's from the same footage as this video.) Back in the day, I created slow-motion by “rescanning” the monitor in the editing room at Broward Community College (thanks Steve!) — IE: I aimed a camera at the monitor and videotaped it. The slow motion caused those white static lines moving through the frame. These days, I’m sure that looks like a technical error? Back then, it was a way to use a mistake as part of the art. Did the music come before the video, or the other way around? So many things lost to time… I’m guessing Lara’s violin was repurposed from the previous album (did Lara play on my solo Secret Flight cassette? I think so?). And the content of the video? A lot of The Rope was inspired by Robin. I was pretty obsessed with her at the time. I was going to write “in love with her,” but from the vantage of time it seems a lot more like obsession rather than love. I met Robin when I worked at the Peaches Record store by the Broward Mall. Robin came in looking for an LP from the Import section; I was the import buyer. I was enraptured. Her parents were from Iran & Scotland. Robin was so intriguing in boring BORING! South Florida. We were friends, I can see her talking to me in some of the bits of the video. It’s all sort of a distant fog, now. We’re still friends. Slow Blur.

We made it!

  • October 29, 2019

Hi, This is Sam from Black Tape For A Blue Girl. This is my final post about the crowdfunding campaign for the 2CD / LP expanded edition of Ashes in the brittle air.

Why is this the last one?

Because yesterday — with 36 hours to go — we did it! We made the $9000 goal! Kickstarter is all or nothing, and your pledges pushed another one of my campaigns over the top. Thanks! No matter how much you gave, your pledge helps create the expanded edition of Ashes in the brittle air.

I appreciate that!

The campaign has 12 hours to go. There’s still time to pledge if you’d like a copy. Currently, 249 backers are giving $9530 in support. Now that we’ve passed the goal, your pledges give me a bit of profit — it’s always nice to earn something for the time I’ve spent preparing this rerelease. : )

Backers receive extra premiums that won’t be available to retail buyers. There’ll be a memorabilia fanzine with interviews and photos, higher tier levels include an actual unseen physical-photo from the cover shoot, and last night I added another bonus: every pledge for a 2CD or LP receives a sticker of the album cover.

Thanks so much for your help.


Did you know there’s an Ashes in the brittle air video (from 1989)?

  • October 24, 2019

Hi, This is Sam from Black Tape For A Blue Girl — With 5 days to go on the Ashes in the brittle air crowdfunding campaign, we're 68% funded. 145 people have joined together to pledge $6172 towards the $9000 goal of creating an expanded 2CD & clear-vinyl LP edition! The remastered 11-track album sounds fabulous. Pledge at Kickstarter.

In 1989 I made a video for "is it love that dare not be? / ashes in the brittle air." It never was shown anywhere, and nobody has seen it in the last 28 years. I digitized it and posted on youTube.

Is it love that dare not be? / ashes video history

Another piece of history from the archives! I had such a warm sweet feeling watching this video the other day, the first time in 28+ years. My college friends Kathryn (dancing) and Dimitri (her mostly immobile partner) swept across my monitor recreating the rolls they’ve played in my mind for the last three decades — for all of eternity. And me the viewer, knowing every frame by heart yet watching like it was the first time, excited for what would come next.

My patrons provided the funds to cover the cost to transfer some of my old 3/4-inch (U-matic) videos. This was the first clip the guy at the lab sent me; perfect timing.

From what I recall, I shot & edited this two-song video after the release of Ashes in the brittle air. The video had technical issues I wanted to fix back in the day, but couldn't because I didn't have good enough equipment. I never was sure about showing this piece. I've fixed those problems, at last!

Back in those days it would have been difficult for most fans to see this video, anyway, as we didn’t have the internet. Fortunately we do now! Everyone can enjoy the “is it love that dare not be? / ashes in the brittle air” video at youTube

Support the expanded edition of Ashes in the brittle air at Kickstarter . A download is a $5 donation, clear vinyl LP is $30, CD is $20. Everyone gets the 21 bonus tracks.