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Tapes ‘n Tapes is a rock band from Minneapolis, MN, made up of Josh Grier on guitar and lead vocals, Matt Kretzmann on keys and horns, Erik Appelwick on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Jeremy Hanson on percussion.

Grier said he formed the band in 2003, to “have fun with my friends. I always wanted to see if I could play music with others and for others.” Grier ... Read more in Amazon's Tapes 'n Tapes Store

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  • Audio CD (April 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Xl Recording
  • ASIN: B00138GCGE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Le Ruse
2. Time of Songs
3. Hang Them All
4. Headshock
5. Conquest
6. Say Back Something
7. Demon Apple
8. Blunt
9. George Michael
10. Anvil
11. Lines
12. The Dirty Dirty

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The Minneapolis-based band's first record since 2006's widely lauded "The Loon" which established them as ones to watch. Tapes 'N Tapes' signature sound is distinctly their own concoction: shaky vocals, bursts of lo-fi guitars, and haunting keyboard refrains. Jittery rock that's found the sweet spot where experimental song structure meets melodic accessibility. "The album...is unique in an era of slick 80s chic, mixing the opaque jams of Pavement with the bruised-teen freakiness of The Pixies, while adding cocktail jazz and Tex-Mex folk music like thrift store finds" - Spin.

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To say they bear their alt-rock influences like a badge is an understatement. From the feedback discharge that kicks off the opener "Le Ruse" through the insistent pace of the guitar opus "The Dirty Dirty," Walk It Off is a victorious romp through a rock and roll war zone: a crackling beat, knee-buckling riffs and a bass barrage. With his tickle-in-the-throat voice, singer Josh Grier serves as the catalyst on relentless rockers like "Demon Apple" and "Hang Them All," and the dark ballad "Lines." The band finds its collective stride on the poppier "Conquest" and the eighties-tinted "George Michael," both of which recall the exploratory musicianship of their acclaimed debut, The Loon, and challenge the notion that most bands go through a sophomore slump. Not this band. --Scott Holter

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brian Moore on April 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I'm not a hipster. Indie rock is becoming the next big cliche in my humble opinion (think:alternative, early 1990's)
With that said , I did not listen to The Loon,(yet!) although hipper friends than me tried to turn me on to it.
I do know this- Walk it Off is one of the strongest and most exciting records I have heard in some time. The first track burst through my car speakers and I was instantly hooked. I knew that I had something here beyond the endless piles of the "next new band" that seem to come and go on an almost weekly basis.

There are a number of great tracks although for me Say Back Something, The Ruse ,and Headshock are standouts.

I have not seen many comments on this but the drum work is out of this world, driving and timely without overpowering.

To sum it up, if you like the idea of the Pixies making a love child with The Arcade Fire while David Bowie peeks in the window then you are weird. And you will probably like this record.
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Tapes `n Tapes were one of the first bands, along with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, to be lifted out of obscurity to critical acclaim and indie fame by influential blogs such as Pitchfork Media, a trend that has only increased with the advent of such ultra-hyped bands like Vampire Weekend. Such hype has led to the accusation that bands like Tapes `n Tapes lack the kind of talent to maintain any sort of long-term career: Walk It Off tries desperately to dispel that notion, but only halfway succeeds.

The songs on this latest record are more easily categorized under indie rock than the grab bag of styles that marked 2006's The Loon, and while this increased focus benefits the overall flow of the album, some of the songs tend to sound too similar.

The funky guitar line and fixed bass on "Hang Them All" imparts a sense of urgency that characterizes Walk It Off, as if the band is desperately trying to tell someone that they matter. Singer Josh Grier's warbly vocals will either be a turn off or a pleasure depending on the listener, although on songs such as "Headshock" they make the song.

Aside from the middle of the record, which is highlighted by the tango-ish tune "Conquest" and the relaxed vibe of "Say Back Something," most of Walk It Off suffers from the Strokes Syndrome, or sounding remarkably the same throughout much of the record, that has afflicted too many guitar-rock bands in recent memory.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kenyon J. Weidle on April 11, 2008
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"Walk It Off" is the second LP by Minneapolis band Tapes `n Tapes. While it shares many of the quirky guitar hooks that made "The Loon" so successful, it is clear that the band is trying to move forward. The opening song, "Le Rus," features guitar riffs that are louder and fuzzier than anything to date. This trend is also apparent in "Blunt" and "The Dirty Dirty." When this loudness is juxtaposed to the somber, dragging tone of a couple late album tracks, their much loved quirkiness just doesn't seem as charming. The effect is a record that sounds like it was made by a tired band laboring too hard to move forward.

This isn't to say that it's a bad album. "Conquest" is as great a song as they've made. And the background buzzing, beeps, and synth scattered throughout the record garnish those great hooks. It's a good album, just not as exciting and fresh as "The Loon."
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Bialer on April 8, 2008
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I am one of those people that loved THE LOON. I think this record is just as good, if not better. It is more mature and confident. The sounds are more diverse. They are not reiventing rock n roll. It is just good, catchy music. I would say that I already love two thirds of the songs. I know that there is backlash going on. And the backlashers act like they loved THE LOON all along. Well, I don't believe most of them. I think most of the people that truly dug The Loon will dig this one too.
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By Amazon Customer on February 28, 2011
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Despite panning from the professional reviewers (seriously do these guys have jobs??), this is a great album with songs that are just as strong as anything on the Loon. Say Back Something is absolutely great & I don't understand why they don't play it live often, if ever. In fact the first 6 songs are all in my opinion great & I'm falling in love with the ladder as well in true Tapes 'n Tapes fashion. This band is my favorite Minneapolis band, yes ever more than the Replacements, Tapes has a wide range of talent instead of a single member.
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