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Don Campau’s No Pigeonholes – Cassette culture 1986-1997

Don Campau presents a show every month. In each show he plays tracks from cassettes that he received with the post. Thousands of cassettes found their way to his tape player. Relations were built with home-tapers around the world. In an attempt to document last century’s cassette culture Don has set up an archive, to which new features are added regularly. Don received cassettes from a great variety of musicians. Every genre was welcome, as long as music and tape were produced at home. The present show mirrors perfectly the…

Lord Litter’s Radio On Show – The Don Campau Special 2

Lord Litter’s second part of the special on Don Campau leads us from the years of punk to the years of, yes what..transition? Our LL has selected songs that point out the skills of Don as a guitar player, but also as a lyricist. Starting in the early 1980s the compositions still follow the different genre’s of that time, but once the cassettes started to fill the postbox, Don Campau gives way to more experiments. I especially like the “complex” compositions that bear traces of the American musical, that, in…

Lord Litter’s Radio On Show – Don Campau special, part1

Don’s own words about the beginning of his career:”at the time I lived near this old road in San Jose where the train ran parallel. The train sounded a lot like the autochord sound on Greg’s Yamaha keyboard. There was magic in this simplicity and the fact that anything seemed possible.” The first part of LL’s special on Don Campau offers everything that a lover of Americana can wish for. It becomes a road movie, not showing you the geographical landscape, but various aspects of a cutural landscape as it…

Don Campau – Tout S’en Va

Don Campau is our long time collaborator. He presents tracks from his vast collection of audio cassettes. He received these tapes since the 1970s. Listeners who tune in to his shows mor frequently slowly achieve knowledge about one of the biggest cultural movements that has existed, and in a newer version still exists: the cassette culture. Don is transferring now most of his tapes to Zeppelin City in the deep south of Germany, where they will become part of a cassette culture museum. As a result Don stumbles upon tapes…

Don Campau – Deep Poetry

Don has already shipped many cassettes to the upcoming tape museum in Zeppelin City, Germany. And the deeper he dives into his huge archive the more obscure become his foundlings. This time he has put together a show rich with variety, including some very obscure examples of spoken word/ sound poetry. Wait for the right moment and press record. Here’s the playlist. M.O.T.O/.  But Of Course/ Bandit G5/—-cassette 1990s? USA The Molecules/ Guilt Trip/ Steel Toe/ —cassette 1991 USA Steve Tetzloff/ Don’t Know Why/ Aragon/ Meteor Face cassette 1985 USA…

Don Campau’s No Pigeonholes – Wise Men and New Ways of Licking Seagulls

Every show by Don Campau is like a showcase. He has a vast archive of audio cassettes that arrived to him by post. Don has been a Radio DJ for almost forty years now, spinning records and playing tapes from a great variety of home-producing independent artists. One great feature of every No Pigeonholes show is the short information Don can provide. He tells little stories about the tapes and the artists. His shows thus document the cassette culture movement in a detailed way. This show is full of happy…

Don Campau presents a Lord Litter Special

Two of our program makers Don Campau in Santa Rosa, California and Lord Litter in Wilmersdorf, Berlin are long time friends. They got in touch when parcels with audio cassettes were crossing the ocean by the thousands. Some of those parcels had their tapes in it. Read about the movement from which originated the cassette culture in Don’s ongrowing Archive. He writes about Lord Litter in this article Lord Litter ( aka Jorg Dittmar) was (and is) simply one of the most valuable and essential members of the underground music…

Don Campau – No Pigeonholes from Voodoo Man to Sterile Women

As boxes full of tapes from Don’s archive continue to be shipped to Zeppelin City in the very south of Germany, he bumps into ever more rare works. In this show he presents an ecclectic mix of music and non-music that was released on tape, of which single cassettes were sent all over the globe. If you want to have an idea of how many labels produce tapes nowadays then check this blog, scroll down to the bottom and mind that not all tape labels are listed here. The collection of…

Don Campau – Hidden Tapes, Two sides of the same Spool.

In the wake of tape and magnetic witnesses the great ape and miss america finally date, dance and donate Deathsquad/ Let Them Eat Crap/ Vague Memory and Assassination/ cassette UK 2001 Grasp/ You’re So Young/ Espurios/ cassette UK 1996 Moonpump/ The ZRevolution Will Be televised / Patent Pending/ cassette UK 1996 Marjorie/ Rien Ou Moi/ Rien Ou Moi/  cassette 1995? France Fetishes/ Reduced/ Herbicides Or Pesticides/ cassette Australia 1995 The Fuds/ Abduldaulbul/ The Fuds/ cassette Hong Kong 1995 John Bartles/ Used To Be A Preacher/ Fire Engine 201/ cassette Norway 1991…