♫♪  Tabs Out: Laser Focus #17 - Suite 309

Tabs Out is an all-cassette podcast that’s been documenting the prolific tape underground with obsession, humor, and expertise since 2012. Tiny Mix Tapes has teamed with Tabs Out for a show called Laser Focus, in which tape aficionados/fetishists Mike Haley, Dave Doyen, and Joe B hone in on a specific label or artist. Check out the archive here.

You’ve heard of “Sweet! 420,” but what about Suite 309??

Tucked away in the greater Cleveland area exists a label called Suite 309 and its head honcho Tim Thornton (Tiger Village/CDX). For eight years, Tim has been releasing music ranging from the absurd — weirdo spruce-ups of Spice Girls and Blink-182 albums front-to-back — to the absurdly skilled, such as Mukqs and Giant Claw (two ex-TMT contributors, incidentally).

Tim stopped by Tabs Out HQ while doing a few East Coast shows to talk about the label and fumble through operating a friggin’ cassette deck.

Suite 309 tape releases, 2013-2019 (image from Facebook)
Tim Thornton of label Suite 309

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