Formerly a DIY venue in Bethlehem, Shards lives on as a recording studio, occasional practice space, and home to Tape Swap Radio's Shards Sessions. Each session features a four-song performance and interview. To capture the energy and feel of a live show, sessions are recorded live in front of a small studio audience. These sessions are then aired on our syndicated radio program. Our goal with each Shards Session is to provide a unique live snapshot of bands that call the Lehigh Valley home as well as the bands passing through on tours. The audio and video of our sessions are archived here on this page, so dig in and explore the Lehigh Valley's DIY music scene.
Austin, TX post-punk band Beth Israel stopped by Shards on their tour in October 2014 to record this Shards Session. The band had just released their album Dental Denial on the indie record label Dull Tools, a label run by Parquet Courts’ Andrew Savage which was receiving some national attention. This session’s files were originally thought to be lost after a hard drive at Shards crashed shortly after the recording. Recently, we were able to recover the files, so we’re thrilled to be able to bring you this Shards Session with Beth Israel, albeit 4.5 years later.