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AD025: The Reptilian ‘Live’ Now Available

We’re proud to present AD025, The Reptilian ‘Live’.
The album is comprised of the band’s final live recording as a four piece
and a previously unreleased studio recording.
Get on it. Buy Here.

New Video: Cough Cool – “Plastic Jewelry”

Our co-conspirator James Duke put together this video for Cough Cool’s “Plastic Jewelry”,
taken from AD016, V/A “Hello, We’re Already Dead”.
You can download the comp here.
Cough Cool also has a truly wonderful new LP out on Bathetic Records.

December releases announced!

It’s an Already Dead Christmas

Our Halloween Gift to You: AD020 and AD021 Now Available.

“My friend’s grandfather used to say the problem with schools is that they teach kids to think, rather than ever doing anything. And my old social studies teacher used to say that the problem with science is that it is already too far gone in its own opinion. Under the pressures of thought and conception and unabashedly influenced by society and the world, Talk Midway has introduced the aspect of ‘reflection’ onto Already Dead Tapes and Records, while still leaving the ‘as is’ as ‘as is.’

Patrick Nylen, (the sole musician in Talk Midway,) is New York based and proclaims himself to “reflect diy values.” A very meditative mix and experimental noise, each album demonstrates the craft of ambient sounds layered over tracks of samplings from societal influences, global events – and personal dealings with it all. Subtly manipulative digital and analog whirs, with a few traditional instruments recorded on a couple of tracks. Like I said, he is not so much as making a suggestive statement as he is simply tapping into the unpronounced illusions and effects the world is having on us. They are songs of reflection rather than opinion, which is something many artists struggle with when expressing feelings.

A great album that we hope you’ll enjoy as this year comes to an end – we definitely look forward to see what will come next for Patrick Nylen and Talk Midway.”
-Ray Jackson, Already Dead Tapes, 2011

Edition of 40.
Design and Production by Joshua Tabbia/Original Artwork by Johanna Ryan.
PPD in the US.


“The Boston based band, The Blue Dress is definitely one that understands working instruments together. The Blue Dress has the sound of experienced members, who have finally found a niche for where they belong as a band, and seeing the importance of every sound and every contribution. A great list of songs for the fall season entering winter, with poetic lyrics and steady guitar rhythms blended beautifully over accompanying instruments. The sound of The Blue Dress is definitely an expressive one that Already Dead Tapes and Records is happy to release at such a perfect season. Hope you enjoy.”
-Ray Jackson, Already Dead Tapes, 2011

Edition of 40.
Design and Production by Joshua Tabbia.

PPD in the US.


The Cats’ Orchestra review on Tiny Mix Tapes!

“Equal parts Scott Walker and eerie, melting lounge music, Moscow’s Nicholay Syrov (The Cats Orchestra) is definitely traversing an unusual path in the ever-expanding DIY tape scene. Or maybe it’s just part of this whole ‘New Weird Russia’ thing I keep hearing about. Either way, the slight skewing of instrumentation and recognizable musical elements gives pretty much all of Coffee Killer (out now on Already Dead Tapes) a drunken, zombie-music vibe. The original seed of a song seems to be present, albeit coated in peeling flesh and a rotting odor. To quote the label, you probably won’t come across something quite like this anytime soon.”

Full article

AD019 is now available!

AD019: Panda Kid’s ‘Scary Monster Juice’ Available Tuesday!

We’re extremely excited to add Italy’s Panda Kid to our roster and even more excited about  how good ‘Scary Monster Juice’ is.



The Blue Dress featured on The Ash Gray Proclamation

“Brewster’s rising psych pop strummers, The Blue Dress, who we first wrote about back in July, are hard at work readying the tracks that will be featured on an upcoming cassette release to be issued on Chicago’s Already Dead Tapes at the end of October. Not to worry, you won’t have to recover your old boombox from the attic, unless you want to, in which case have at it. Where was I? Oh yes, the cassette will also come with a download code. This morning, drummer Tim Sylvia sent over a re-recorded demo of Deth Ray or what he’s dubbing a rough mix. The song originally appeared on the bands Demo EP as My Deth Ray which you can grab at The Blue Dress Bandcamp page. This new re-recorded version of Deth Ray stopped us dead in our tracks. Strings and horns have been added to the track but the band manages to retain the austere charm of the original.

The Blue Dress will play Gay Gardens in Allston on Sunday (10/2) with Dark Rodeo,Molasses, The Inframen, and Empty Phrases.”
Check out the article and demo here.

8 New Tapes Released!

Head over to our store and check out our 8 new cassettes from: About A Million, Forget the Times, Philspectre, The Cats’ Orchestra, Kyle Landstra, Binary Marketing Show, Problems That Fix Themselves, Micromelancolie and more!

Fixin’ Problems

It’s come to our attention that some of the recently released About A Million tapes may have been dubbed wrong. If you bought a tainted copy, email us at and we’ll mail you out a new copy ASAP fo free!

We ain’t afraid to admit our mistakes. That’s how much we care!

Big thanks to everyone that came out to the Already Dead Family Reunion on Saturday. It was a great time and all the bands KILLED. We now have 8 brand new releases and we’ll have them available online very soon. Stay tuned!

First Lasso Review In!

Dan over at Ongakubaka had some nice things to say about AD009 ‘The Return Of Lasso’:

“Incredibly refreshing lofi country music out of Kalamazoo, MI. Layers of reverb and haunting vocals give this a psychedelic vibe that seems pretty hard to come across within such a streamlined genre.”

Check out the blog at:

Plenty of rad stuff up there. Be sure to snag the downloads of fellow MI artists Haunted Leather and Kohwi.

end of summer sale (!)

we’re clearing out the old to make room for a slew of upcoming releases.
get ‘em before the’re gone.

AD010 Mario Gonzalez’s ‘SUEISFINE’ Now Available

AD010 is finally here!

We’re extremely proud to announce the release of ‘Sueisfine’,
the debut experimental electronica album from Mario Gonzalez.
Think a young Aphex Twin with girl problems and growing pains.
As beautiful as it is violent.

Extensive and dynamic packaging by Joshua Tabbia to boot.

Edition of 50.


The Philly Crawlers ‘Ethnic Pants’ reviewed by Dumpster Diving Blog

“Ha, this is perfect. Howling guitars, summertime vocals, lo-fi confused drums and beautiful climactic synth unite under this caressing forgiving sky and make you send unfettered smiles to people around. And not because it’s hilarious – it’s not! – but because it’s life-asserting, yeah. Music like this proclaims that everything is possible simply because one’s always gets what he really wants like a stalker near the golden sphere. Music like this proclaims that one more attempt is always worth trying. Music like this -  proclaims.
Music like this tells you, See you tomorrow.
grab a cassette from Already dead tapes.”

Check out the full article here.

Up next: Mario Gonzalez

AD009 Lasso ‘The Return of Lasso’ Now Available

AD009 is now available.

Lasso is an amalgamation of Psych, Folk, Ragtime, County, and Groove.
The whole thing has a weird ethereal beauty to it.

Liner artwork by Joshua Tabbia
Cassettes hand painted by Samantha Hartman

Edition of 100. $5 (ppd in US). BUY IT HERE.

AD008: The Philly Crawler’s ‘Ethnic Pants’ Now Available

Really can’t say enough good things about this release. Some of the most solid psych pop we’ve come across.
A great change of pace from our recent releases, the Crawlers are a great listen on one of those weird, hot summer nights.

Design: Joshua Tabbia Production: Peter Cook — Edition of 50, on blue tinted c20s.

Head over to our webstore and pick up a copy. $5, as always.

905 tapes

Many great things in the mail today from 905 tapes. many thanks to Mike.
Go buy some for yourself.


Get Familiar

William Bower’s ‘Soundtracks #2′ reviewed by Zen Effects

“If your ideal summer soundtrack is more “Basinski” than “beach-ready”, then you will feel right at home within the mysterious darkness of William Bower’s brand new tape release Soundtracks #2. On his latest album, Bowers incorporates lurching tape loops and elements of musique concrete to knit a claustrophobic sweater of noise and atmosphere. What makes Soundtracks stand out from most other drone tapes, however, is the sheer beauty and visceral emotion of every movement. Bowers communicates powerfully through these recordings and it is truly in your best interest to listen immediately to this totally killer tape.”

-Zen Effects

Full article here.

Up Next: The Philly Crawlers

Brilliant psych rock from Kalamazoo, MI. Look for the ‘Ethnic Pants’ CS to drop in about a weeks time.


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