Sunday, February 9, 2014

Simple Machines - Tool cassette series (1992)

For those of you who didn't browse the comments section of the recently posted Tsunami Cow Arcade demo that I shared a couple weeks ago, I wanted to pass along a few links.  The Arlington, VA based Simple Machines imprint predominantly stuck to vinyl and CD releases, but they had a soft spot for cassettes too, at least during their tenure in the early '90s.  So much so, they put out seven very limited tape-only titles by their friend's bands, including Dave Grohl.  The majority of these cassettes curios were album-length, and none (at least not in their entirety) made it to the digital realm in the years to follow.  For shame, because they contained a wealth of good music.

I don't have an adequate amount of time to provide an overview of the artists involved, but I've made links to all seven Tool tapes available below, with some very brief clues as to whom is involved with each release, some of the names you're sure to recognize.  A HUGE debt of gratitude goes out to Shane for digitizing, organizing, and providing us with everything presented after this paragraph.  I'm not sure how long the Zippyshare links will be active, so get downloading.  Enjoy.

SM TOOL 1 Geek - Hammer (See Tsunami)

SM TOOL 2 Slack - Bates Stamper (See Hated, Lungfish, Ida, Dag Nasty & Tsunami)

SM TOOL 3 Late! - Pocketwatch (See Dave Grohl)

SM TOOL 4 Hated - Awl (See Outrageous Cherry)

SM TOOL 5 Saturnine - Roto Chipper Paint Remover (See Versus & Nice Strong Arm)

SM TOOL 6 Mommyheads - Swiss Army Knife

SM TOOL 7 My New Boyfriend - Super Saw (See Bikini Kill, Seaweed & Tsunami)


Unknown said...

This comment has absolutely nothing to do with these excellent cassettes; it DOES, however, have a humble request; I have been frantically searching for a copy of Winter Hours 'Leaving Time' with zero luck; I have everything else from them except this excellent album…can you help??? Thanks!

spavid said...

I actually might be able to help you with the Winter Hours "Leaving Time" in the very near future. Thanks for the request.

BMC said...

Thank you so much for posting these. I really can't thank you enough. I've been wanting to listen to these for so long. I'm practically in tears right now.

topomodesto said...

Thanks for this post!

Wanted to put in a repost request on the links - especially "Hammer."

Robert Nagle said...
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Robert Nagle said...

Here are some Good liner notes for the tool cassette series .

zdlrragefan said...

the link is dead can you re up all the files please?

zdlrragefan said...

Where's the re up files?

taylor said...

any chance for a re-up? Thanks for all you do!