In 2006 Tusco/Embassy released a split C40 from Emeralds and T/E house band Tusco Terror called â€œChristmas Tape 2006â€œ. The following year they released â€œChristmas Tape 2007â€œ, another Emeralds/Tusco Terror split, this time as a 2xC30. In 2008 the Christmas Tape was expanded into a 20-artist compilation with tracks from mostly Cleveland heads like Sam Goldberg, Skin Graft, Outer Space, Andrew Kirschner, and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.
The tradition continues this year with the release of â€œChristmas Tape 2013â€³, a double cassette with 25 tracks from jammers far and wide: Birds You Once Knew, Black Thread, Bone Rotten, Bonusbeast, Chemtrails, Collapsed Arc, CrAow, Fluxmonkey, Fslux, FUN, Ilza, Ironing, Long Distance Poison, Malocculision, Mark McGuire, Moth Cock, Onewayness, Outmode, Quicksails, Skin Graft, Skullkat, Sun Poisoning, Telecult Powers, Vibrating Garbage, Wether, Zack Kouns.
The tapes (both C77â€²s) are packaged in the classic T/E style, meaning heavy stock, die cut and folded up, and silk screened with so much ink that they feel rough as an 80 year old sailors fucked up skin. – Mike Haley / Tabs Out
â€œChristmas Tape 2013â€³ will be released on December 31st at 11:59 est, making it the final cassette to come out in 2013, or the first to come out in 2014 depending what time zone you reside in. It will be an edition of 150 copies. Here is a lilâ€™ sampling of all the tracks.