Signals over the air and through the intertubes
A new Tape Swap Radio show premieres every two weeks on WDIY 88.1 FM in the Lehigh Valley with an encore broadcast on internet station WLVU. Shows are made available here as a podcast after they've aired. Each show features an original session and a mix of music selected by Tape Swap's Matt Molchany and Shamus McGroggan. For individual session recordings including video of artist performances, visit the Shards Sessions and Rooftop Sessions pages.
Tokyo, Japan three-piece minimal junk band Transkam perform a Shards Session during their tour stop in Bethlehem in 2016; plus, we listen to a mix of Japanese bands from Transkam tour manager Michael Young as he discusses the tour and his history working with Asian bands.
Bethlehem garage rock band, Daytime Cleaners, join us for a Shards Session; plus, an interview with, and music selected by, world-traveling experimental artist Ramona Córdova who is appearing at Tape Swap Radio's next live concert at Lit Roastery on 1/11/2018.
Beaver Fall, PA indie pop band Captain the Sky join us for a Shards Session; we also close out 2017 by talking with some of the team members involved with Tape Swap to get their picks for "Best DIY Release of 2017."
Up-and-coming Bethlehem sad jammers, Small Mess, join us for a Shards Session; plus, we mark the release of the band's first 5" single on Square of Opposition Records by talking with Square of Opposition founder Chris Rejec about his 16-year history supporting the Lehigh Valley's DIY punk community.
Long-time eclectic Bethlehem rock band The Insidious Rays join us as our second guests for our new Rooftop Sessions series bringing bands on top of the historic Cigar Factory building in Allentown, PA; we also play a handful of tracks from artists who are performing at our stage at this year's Allentown ArtsFest including exclusive first-listens of songs from Ironhead's Devils Pit Blues Cult and Mike Teknology.
A Shards Session from Oley, PA garage/psych rockers Poor Luther's Bones; plus a mix of new songs that focuses on the east coast from PA to Portland, Maine. We explore some indie rock, dance punk, and even atmospheric experimentation from Weakened Friends, Radiator Hospital, and Calvin Johnson's Selector Dub Narcotic.
Allentown, PA hardcore punk band Bad American join us for a Shards Session; plus a punk-heavy mix of bands who played in the Lehigh Valley in the month of August including Lehigh Valley's own The Clap, Admit Nothing!, and The Plumcocks.
Bethlehem's Gypsy punk/vaudeville troop This Way to the Egress perform our inaugural Rooftop Session on the Cigar Factory building in Allentown; our staff picks highlight artists who played in the Lehigh Valley during July including local indie pop band Doctor Ransom and Brooklyn folk punk group Out of System Transfer.
A Shards Session from New Orleans post-apocalyptic misanthropes U.S. Nero; plus we explore how Hawaii's unique DIY/punk music scene thrives with the help of dedicated musicians and the collective behind Failed Orbit Records.