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The Orbiting Human Circus

by The Music Tapes

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  • T-Shirt/Apparel

    To celebrate their Orbiting Human Circus tour, we are offering this special Music Tapes shirt (a first for Merge!) featuring art created by Julian Koster. It reads:

    Friend of Music Tapes!
    The Music Tapes Proudly Present
    The Amazing Orbiting Human Circus
    House and Fielding Capsule
    “The Greatest Show is Earth!”
    Coming to your house or back yard soon

    Red and white design screenprinted on gold Royal Apparel t-shirts.

    T-shirts will ship to arrive on or around December 9.

    Sorry, but we cannot accept returns or exchanges on clothing items.
    ships out within 3 days

     $15.98 USD or more




released February 10, 2017

Tracks 1 and 3 written by Julian Koster
Track 2 written by Dino Olivieri, Louis Eugene Bernard Poterat, and Giuseppe Nino Rastelli; arranged by Thomas Hughes and Julian Koster
Track 4 written by Irving Berlin; arranged by Julian Koster

Julian Koster: Vocals, bowed banjo, chord organ, singing saw
Robbie Cucchiaro: Euphonium, trumpet, valve trombone
Thomas Hughes: Orkestral arrangement, calliope organ arrangement
Ian Ludders: Singing saw

Songs recorded to Presto Record Lathe (1940s), tape, and computer.
Steve Espinola: Presto Lathe recordist
Pete Wells: Engineer
Andy LeMaster: Engineer, “City of Lights”

Artwork by Julian Koster and Christy Gressman



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The Music Tapes Athens, Georgia

The Music Tapes’ vision began taking shape in the ’90s, during which time mastermind Julian Koster also became a key member of Neutral Milk Hotel and a contributor to The Olivia Tremor Control and other legendary members of the enormously influential Elephant 6 collective. ... more


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