♫♪  Tabs Out: Laser Focus #6 - Hausu Mountain

Tabs Out is an all-cassette podcast that’s been documenting the prolific tape underground with joyful obsession and humorous 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.


With the abundance of cassette labels out there, it can be hard for fresh faces to get noticed in the crowd. Being overlooked was definitely not an issue for Chicago heads Max Allison (who writes for TMT as Mukqs) and Doug Kaplan, who began releasing jams on their label Hausu Mountain about two years ago. Right from the get-go, it was painfully obvious that these dudes were doing something dynamic and compelling in both the sight and sound departments. The overjoyed/menacing logo on their tape spines began to replicate on my shelf. I found myself describing other labels as “sorta like Hausu Mountain,” which is totally insane for such a young operation. But hell, they were killing it, and showed no signs of resuscitating it. We talked to Hausu Mountain about their tremendous Mugen series; tapes past, present, and future; and various eras of Best Buy.

Tapes included:

- MrDougDoug / Mukqs - Mugen: Volume 1
- D/A/D - The Construct
- Moth Cock - Twofer Tuesday
- Jerry Paper / Andy Boay - SPLIT
- Derek Rogers / Good Willsmith - Split

Painting of Hausu Mountain logo

Artwork for Mugen Volume 8: Witchbeam / Mr. Matthews

Hausu Mountain incarnate

Hausu Mountain office

Artwork for the Jerry Paper / Andy Boay split

• Hausu Mountain: http://hausumountain.com
• Hausu Mountain Bandcamp: http://hausumountain.bandcamp.com
• Hausu Mountain SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/hausu-mountain
• Tabs Out: http://www.tabsout.com

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