Hear Mirror Universe's 19-Band, Two-Cassette 'Whatever It Is You're Doing Now'

Label showcases music from South Carolina and beyond

Mirror Universe, 'Whatever It Is You're Doing Now'
Mirror Universe's 'Whatever It Is You're Doing Now' tape compilation
Marc Hogan

Charleston, South Carolina-based cassette label Mirror Universe Tapes has been ahead of the game with releases by Washed Out, Toro Y Moi, Active Child, Yuck, the War on Drugs, and more. "It's basically a lemonade stand," co-founder Ben Ellenburg told me of his label three years ago, and that hand-crafted sensibility still remains. In mid-March, Mirror Universe will start shipping pre-order copies of Whatever It Is You're Doing Now, a limited-edition compilation containing 100 minutes — and two cassettes — of mostly unreleased music by 19 bands from their backyard and beyond. Previously unheard material by Lust for Youth, Xander Harris, Headaches, and Slasher Film Festival Strategy shares time with already-previewed tracks by Southern Femisphere, Boring Portals, M. Sage, and more. The sound ranges from garage-rock to ambient drones, with plenty of worthwhile stops in between.

Whatever It Is You're Doing Now track list:

Side A
1. Headsets - "My Brother and the Ghost of Ho Chi Minh" (Brooklyn, NY)
2. Southern Femisphere - "Transgander (When the Community Went Looking for the Lost Gayzling in the Wood)" (Charleston, SC)
3. Hip Young Gunslingers - "Red Red Sea" (Charleston, SC)
4. Lady Condor - "Warrior Sisters" (Charleston, SC)
5. Mr. Jenkins - "Late Shift At Peripheral Zoo (You, too?)" (South Carolina)

Side B
1. Noveller - "This Is Our Ascent" (Brooklyn, NY)
2. M. Sage - "Rain Scanner" (Fort Collins, CO)
3. Meadowlands - "Dreams of Jaipur जयपुर के सपने" (Brooklyn, NY)
4. Headaches - "Constant Concern" (Brooklyn, NY by way of Toronto, CA)

Side C
1. The Slasher Film Festival Strategy - "Cosmic Burial" (South Carolina)
2. Lust For Youth - "Spring" (Sweden)
3. Pariah Carey - "Smile From The Grave 4U" (Austin, TX)
4. Xander Harris - "Blessing for the Sick" (Austin, TX)
5. Tapeworms - "America Endless?" (Brooklyn, NY via Charleston, SC)

Side D
1. HEADCASE - "Good Stride" (Chapel Hill, NC)
2. Boring Portals - "No Go" (Charleston, SC)
3. Lame Drivers - "Universe Osmosis" (Brooklyn, NY)
4. SuR - "Marfa Lights" (Austin, TX via Charleston, SC)
5. Foot Village - "Clubtraxxx I-III" (LA, CA)

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