Cassette Fest 2012

WCSB organized and sponsored Cassette Fest last Friday at Pat’s In The Flats. The concept in short was to have listeners submit cassettes that would be played on various shows on the radio. A select number of submissions was then asked to perform at CF2012.

I arrived to the show late and was only able to catch the last three acts, specifically: Tony Void + MaceFace, Jimi Imij and then Murderedman, that went on last. The crew from WCSB did a great job making this feel like a real festival [decorations, cotton candy, hotdog’s, popcorn, t-shirts, etc.] and provided everything at their own expense. This all helped with the fact I had to get up at 7am for work.

The still photos of the Cassette Fest are here, the playlist below has about 15 minutes of video of Murderedman and Jimi Imij. Malcom Ryder posted a video of his bands CF entry ’Phyllis Dillenger’, here, this FB page has the full lineup of the show.

Tiger Hatchery + Murderedman

Four bands performed at a relatively new DIY space on the west-side named the ‘Black Cat Factory’. The building appears to have been a warehouse and or factory complete with a loading dock and large windows placed above head level which is good for letting in the sun but a deterrent for workers that may become distracted with the outside world. The vast space and high ceilings helps prevent the concrete floored structure from becoming an echo chamber when the room becomes a music venue.

Tiger Hatchery is a free-jazz trio from Chicago that I’ve been fortunate to see perform a handful of occasions. This occasion was the best that the band has sounded in any previous performance that I’ve attended. Part of the reason can be attributed with the acoustics of the space but much of it has to do with the progression of Tiger Hatchery as a band.

Murderedman was the last to go on and they performed a rhythmic guitar pounding, cymbal smashing, noise arrangements - which told a story of death, narrated by David Russell. The band is made up of three Cleveland bands, Jerk [D. Russell], Self Destruct Button [R. Raponi, R. Kretch] and J. Delzoppo [Clan Of The Cave Bear]. 

Photos are here. Three Murderedman videos from the evening are contained in the playlist below.