Quote 1 The preeminent cassette label of the heyday of cassette culture was Sound Of Pig run by Al Margolis in New York. His label distributed hundreds of tapes in many styles with an emphasis on experimental and unusual sounds.

Quote 2 With over 200 titles offered through the Sound of Pig Cassette Mail Order Catalogue, Al Margolis has certainly earned his title as “Cassette Godfather”

Quote 3 “Cassettes, cassettes, cassettes — What do they mean? These days, everything! Who would have thought when I started getting involved with them — first through the purchase of them from the artists, and then starting to release my own — that I would become enslaved to the dreaded cassette? The need to score tapes, hear more tapes, trade for more tapes, hear from people who have more tapes — I got hooked. So now when I come home at night I start shaking, wondering “are there any little packages for me?”

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“I never thought that Sound of Pig music would grow into a catalog of ten releases; that I would be in contact with people all over the world; that for every compilation I do, I receive enough material for two more; that I would receive letters on fancy looking stationery addressed to “Promotional Director” or “President”. But it’s true, and that’s the beauty of the cassette revolution: anybody and everybody can get involved and be heard — there are lots of people out there who want to hear something new.” -Al Margolis 1985

Playlist
artist/ title/ label-source-year ( all material released on cassette )

DZ Lectric/ La Function De L’Orgasme/ Russo American Songs/ SOP 1982
Schlafengarten/ And When U Sleep/ Schlafengarten/ SOP ?
X Ray Pop/ 2 songs/ Poems From France/ SOP 1986
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DZ Lectric/ Our Mothers, Our Girls/ SOP 1982
Stanlow Crickets/ Ginkos/ Invisibility Zoo/ SOP 1988
RLM/ ?/ Epic Proportions/ SOP ?
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Bohman-Prescott/ ? Whispering Wendy/ SOP ?
Walls Of genius/ Proxy war/ Ludovico Treatment/ SOP ?

Sombrero Galaxy/ I’m Dead/ Funktual Intercourse/ SOP 1985

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Joe Humble/ Bus Stop/ ?/ SOP ?
Harold Arthur Macneil / Harold/ Interim Pacific NW Exp Project/ SOP ?
Stephen Buchanan/ Drumming Basses/ Improvisations For Classical Guitar/ SOP 1980
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Bwana Frolic & Friends/ ? Bwana Frolic & Friends/ SOP ?
Binge/ So Long, Senses/ Binge/ SOP ?
PS Bingo/ Beware/ Split/ SOP ?
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If Bwana/ Death To The Oppressors/ Split/ SOP ?
Big Bwana Parts/ Making The Rain And The Wind/ Life Is Hard/ SOP 1988
Mystery Hearsay/ In Tide/ War Is The Health Of the State/ SOP 1985?

No Pigeonholes special on Sound of Pig tapes part 2 broadcasts all through January, Monday 03:00-04:00, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 20:00-21:00, Saturday 19:00-20:00, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 05:00-06:00 Berlin time, World time

The No Pigeonholes radio show is a result of Don’s direct involvement with the cassette culture, the vast network of home-produced cassette exchangers that anticipated the internet, its social networks and the whole shabam of netlabels and free downloadable musicians. An attempt to archive the movement is in his Living Archive of Underground Music.

Stations that broadcast No Pigeonholes:

KKUP Edition> 2nd and 4th Sundays 3-5 PM, on KKUP, 91.5FM if you are around.

European Edition> broadcast twice monthly by Radio Marabu throughout continental Europe ( and archived for the internet).

KWTF Edition> Streaming at KWTF> community radio for Sonoma County California.

No Pigeonholes EXP> broadcast and streamed live on KOWS-FM ( 1st, 3rd, 5th Thursdays 6-8 PM Pacific Time. KOWS> all experimental music.

How to submit your music

podcasts of past No Pigeonholes
podcasts of past No Pigeonholes EXP