When Marah unleashes its seventh studio album, Life Is A Problem, on June 22, it'll be like the compact disc era never happened.

The band has confirmed that although Life Is A Problem will be available for purchase on iTunes, it will not be available on CD. That might seem strange, until you consider the formats Marah has chosen to use.

-- 180 gram vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve (with a limited edition pressed on red vinyl, plus free digital download)

-- cassette tape. That is not a typo.

Keyboardist Christine Smith has long been an advocate for cassettes; she once posed for a promo photo in a bathtub where modesty was provided by piles of anachronistic cassette tapes.


"We obviously grew up on cassettes and get real happy just thinking about you and your boys out in the garage playing darts and listening to our new record on cassette," the group said in an email message.

Life Is A Problem has been in the works for some time. Last August, Smith and band mate Dave Bielanko spoke about the making the record and the fallout from the hobbled release of Marah's sixth album, Angels of Destruction. In recent months, the group has given fans a taste of the eclectic-sounding new album by posting a number of songs on their website. The new record will be issued by the group's new indie label, Valley Farm Songs.

"Walmart will not be selling Life is a Problem, neither will Starbucks Coffee Shops… “good”, “who cares?” Walmart is not our place….never was….our place is different, it’s better," said the band in a post on their website.

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Tags: CD, Christine, Marah, Smith, cassettes, vinyl

Comment by Michael Moskovitz on May 20, 2010 at 1:39pm
Thanks for the cool vinyl but lossy 128kbps is the wrong way to deliver Marah digitally. I'm all for ditching CDs but how about making lossless 96kHZ/24bit tracks available to HDTracks.com for people who do care about digital sound quality.
Comment by Lwood on May 20, 2010 at 3:14pm
Thumbs up to that Michael...or at the very least FLAC.

Unfortunately too few Artists are even aware of the technology that's out there...
Comment by Michael Gene Aryn on May 24, 2010 at 8:04pm
we are thinking of doing this same thing with our next record to save on costs and landfill crap, but why the cassettes? Where do they even produce those anymore?
Comment by Kyla Fairchild on May 29, 2010 at 4:31pm
Ed you're in luck! Looks like the wax cylinder may be making a return after all!

A band called The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing have released one track off their next album, called Now That's What I Call Steampunk - Volume One, on a wax cylinder.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10171206.stm

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