Yeah! This is really some awesome music you're putting out. I'm really digging The National Parks Service. Are there any other bands you could recommend (on your label or elsewhere)? Thanks for taking your time to answer!

Thank you so much for the kind words about the label it means a lot. National Park Service is fantastic and highly recommend that you check out his ape called “I Was Flying” on Lily Tapes & Discs. As far as recommendations obviously I would recommend anything on Rok Lok :) but seriously, check out stuff by these labels whom inspire me a great deal: Bridgetown Records, Juniper Tree Songs, Lillerne Tapes, Hi Shadow, Lily Tapes & Discs, Unread,  Shrimper, Solid Melts, Teen River, Almost Halloween Time, Lost Sound Tapes, and Kerchow Records. 

So I get payed on the 12th, and I really want to order your 2014 winter cassette batch. Are there enough left that I can wait that long?

I dont’ see that being a problem. All of those releases I have at least 10 copies remaining. Thanks for writing and for taking an interest in what we do.

Three new releases out now! -MORMON TOASTERHEAD “Memory/Monument” double cassette-JAN “Let It Ride” cassette-CESTINE “Other Half/Bright Encounter” cassette

Three new releases out now! 

-MORMON TOASTERHEAD “Memory/Monument” double cassette
-JAN “Let It Ride” cassette
-CESTINE “Other Half/Bright Encounter” cassette

MORMON TOASTERHEAD “Memory/Monument” double cassette
Memory” & “Monument” are two companion albums that are double cassette release packaged in a double wide norelco box features full color j-cards for each album and comes with full color printed labels. Limited to an edition of 35. 

MORMON TOASTERHEAD “Memory/Monument” double cassette

Memory” & “Monument” are two companion albums that are double cassette release packaged in a double wide norelco box features full color j-cards for each album and comes with full color printed labels. Limited to an edition of 35. 

Three new releases coming later this week (l to r) -MORMON TOASTERHEAD “Memory/Monument” double cassette-JAN “Let It Ride” cassette-CESTINE “Other Half/Bright Encounter” cassette

Three new releases coming later this week (l to r) 
-MORMON TOASTERHEAD “Memory/Monument” double cassette
-JAN “Let It Ride” cassette
-CESTINE “Other Half/Bright Encounter” cassette

Raw Power Writings had some really nice things to say about Rok Lok and some even better things to say about LITTLE WHIRLS “Sedateness At the Movies” cassette

Listen to: Other Half/Bright Encounter by Cestine

Together, Dominic Coppola and Theodore Schafer form the experimental/ambient duo that is Cestine. Seemingly out of nowhere their 2013 digital only debut release, “Pressed” impressed me so with its minimal, drone compositions that I reached out to them to express my interest in their work. At some point I offered an interest to document Cestine’s work on Rok Lok and sometime later here we are with the duo’s latest work “Other Half/Bright Encounter”. This two song cassette showcases two lengthy tracks of minimal ambiance that is performed with such a mature sense of timing and restraint, where the natural dynamics of the compositions just flow. Cestine locks into warm sounds of droney waves and builds upon layers in such a subdued manner that one is enveloped in a calm of manipulated synth drones, and honed improvisation. Not a single sound ever feels rushed or cluttered-even the field recordings explored are done so in a manner that is not obtrusive to the overall aura of the work. The spaciousness achieved by Cestine reminds of the work of Widesky, R. Sawyer or Steve Reich. “Other Half/Bright Encounter” is an immersive, introspective experience that commands a listener’s attention to fully appreciate but at the same time doesn’t give into the lure of lengthy, self indulgent forays sound experimentation but rather a more focused and refined sense of minimal composition. “Other Half/Bright Encounter” is limited to an edition of 40 cassettes (home dubbed in real time) packaged in full color, numbered j-cards and stamped labels.

Listen to: Let It Ride by Jan

As someone who has been doing this label for as long as I have seventeen years to be exact I honestly can’t recall a period of time that has excited me as much as the last few years have. And that excitement is in large part to the sheer breadth of “home recorders” and bedroom musicians. So many interesting and daring creative ideas have been documented and shared with the world. As much as I always speak my love of the 90s lo-fi and home recording tape movement I have to speak as highly of how through the ease of home recording technology (heck many of us walk around with a personal studio of sorts on our smartphones) and how the internet has allowed like-minded creative folks-artists, labels and zines and listeners network with one another to share their niche oriented music. What does all of this have to do with the music Dayton, OH’s Jan you might ask? Well, through the lo-fi and cassette forums of the Reddit community I was introduced to the music created by John Rademaker, the creative force behind Jan. “Let It Ride” is a diverse collection of home recorded sounds that finds the project alternating through personas that are more ambient and bedroom guitar folk oriented while other tracks delve into forays that are more electronic, chill-wave tinged. Rademaker tastefully meshes together found sound with well placed drones and swells, which creates a sound that sounds very organic and not contrived at all. “Let It Ride” ebbs and flows and hosts a variety of sounds-guitar, keyboard, treated vocals, field recordings and electronic triggered percussion but never crowds the listening space rather creates lush environments for the songs to roam around in. “Let It Ride” is a 7 song mini album that is limited to an edition of 40 home dubbed cassettes (in real time) with full color, numbered cardstock j-cards and stamped labels.