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Terminal Mind, formed in 1978, was one of the early first-wave punk acts in Austin, TX. Based far from the urban roots of a genre in its earliest stages, the band absorbed influences as disparate as Pere Ubu, Roxy Music, John Cale, and Wire. The life span was short, but their influence touched many of the next generation of Texas noise and hardcore acts as they shared bills with fellow proto-punks The Huns and Standing Waves at Raul's, The Big Boys on the UT campus, and even opened for Iggy Pop at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

Founding members Steve Marsh and the Murray Brothers, Doug and Greg, started as a trio before adding synthesizer player Jack Crow. Steve Marsh moved to New York with his experimental noise band Miracle Room (before eventually returning to Austin and forming space/psychedelic rock band Evil Triplet and beginning an experimental solo project dubbed Radarcave), while Doug Murary joined the Skunks and Greg Murray played in a later version of The Big Boys. Jack Crow passed away in 1994.

This collection of songs is a journey back to the 'anything goes' first steps of American punk as it left the dirty streets of New York and Los Angeles and made its way into the heartland. Like the Austin of 1978, Recordings is a small outpost of musical individualism that planted seeds for the alternative music explosion familiar to later generations.

Recordings will be available on LP, CD and download on January 12th, 2018 via Sonic Surgery Records.

Artist: Terminal Mind
Album: Recordings
Label: Sonic Surgery Records
Release Date: January 12, 2018

01. I Want to Die Young
02. Refugee
03. Sense of Rhythm
04. Zombieland
05. Obsessed With Crime
06. Fear In the Future
07. Radioactive
08. Bridges Are For Burning
09. (I Give Up On) Human Rights
10. Black
11. Missing Pieces
12. Bureaucracy

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dow, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 01:45 (three months ago) Permalink

Some albums I didn't mention on RR 17: here's a couple of follow-ups to Omnivore's (legit, expanded) 2016 reissue of Henske & Yester's Farewell Aldebaran:

SRLP: $16.98 / BOX LOT: 30
• 15 previously unissued tracks recorded throughout the 1970s.
• Songwriting collaboration with Larry Beckett (Tim Buckley).
• Liners feature new interviews with Yester and Beckett.
Yester’s name on classic albums. Whether producing acts like The
Association, The Turtles, Tim Buckley, or Tom Waits, or hearing him in
bands like The Modern Folk Quartet, Rosebud, The Lovin’ Spoonful, or
with Judy Henske on the (now) classic Farewell Aldebaran—aside from
a pair of 1967 singles, there wasn’t a Jerry Yester “solo album” from
that period, as he was so busy creating music with and for other artists.
Pass Your Light Around collects the songs recorded in various studios
throughout the 1970s (and even one dating back as far as 1964 from
his Bleeker Street apartment). The songs were written with poet/
lyricist and Tim Buckley collaborator Larry Beckett (who he got to
know while producing Buckley’s Goodbye And Hello and Happy
Sad), and feature performances by Yester, *Rosebud bandmates David
Vaught and John Seiter, future Lone Justice member Don Heffington,
and even Laurel Masse from The Manhattan Transfer, among others.
In true Yester fashion, the instrumentation moves from classic guitar
based instrumentation to strings, celeste, harmonium and synthesizer.
Produced by Jerry Yester with Grammy ® Award-Winner Cheryl Pawelski,
the sources for all the tracks were pulled from Jerry’s personal archives,
and mastered by Grammy ® -winning engineer Michael Graves. These
15 previously unissued tracks act as what could, and should have
been another Yester-tagged classic, but this time under his own name.
Packaging contains photos, lyrics, and a new essay from Barry
Alfonso detailing the genesis of the songs and recordings, augmented
by new interviews with both Yester and Beckett.
While it may have taken over 40 years to hear it, as Alfonso says in his
liner notes, “What matters is that this remarkable music is available after
four decades of obscurity. The light never dimmed. Now it’s finally
ready to be shared.”
1. Pass Your Light Around
2. My Dusty Darling
3. Brooklyn Girl
4. The Whiskey Moon
5. Showboat
6. The Sun Is Like A Big Brass Band
7. Corn Cracker
8. Dance For Me, Anna Lee
9. With A Hickory Pole
10. Seesaw
11. The Minutes
12. The Rose
13. Across The Persian Gulf
14. All I Can Do Is Dance
15. Hip Toad
All tracks previously unissued
Pass Your Light Around
Photo: Henry Diltz
*Speaking of Rosebud:

SRLP: 16.98 / BOX LOT: 30
• Remastered and expanded reissue of the
1971 classic.
• Contains 10 bonus tracks—7 previously
unissued .
• Packaging contains rare ephemera and
new interviews with band members Judy
Henske, Jerry Yester, and Craig Doerge.
The iconic 1971 release – expanded with 10 bonus tracks!
When Judy Henske and Jerry Yester’s (now revered) Farewell Aldebaran sadly disappeared into legend,
they decided to take a different approach for their next release—becoming a “band.” Adding songwriter
and multi-instrumentalist Craig Doerge (pronounced “Durgee”) and John Seiter (known for his work
with Spanky & Our Gang and The Turtles), Rosebud was born. After recording was done and the album
“fi nished”—the band added Bassist David Vaught. Additional songs were laid down, and others re-
moved in lieu of the new material. Finally, in 1971—Rosebud the album appeared.
In his liner notes, Barry Alfonso (acclaimed author and songwriter) says “French choral numbers, gospel
rockers, nostalgic ballads, angelic lullabies—it sounds like the contents of a greatest hits collection.
In fact, the above tracks are all found on the sole album by Rosebud, an L.A.-based quintet that barely
lasted a year.”
Rosebud, is indeed, all of that and much more. While inching Henske & Yester closer to the main-
stream, Rosebud is just as daring as Aldebaran, as its songs have the same studio sophistication,
hook-laden material, and wit.
To make this reissue even more special, 10 bonus tracks have been added, 7 of which are previously
unissued. The packaging contains photos and ephemera, tracing the changing history in the making
of the album, as well as new interviews with Henske, Yester and Doerge in Alfonso’s essay. Produced
for release by Grammy ® -winning Producer Cheryl Pawelski, and new mastering and restoration by
Michael Graves (who also has won a few Grammys ® himself), Rosebud is ready to take the uninitiated
on a journey, and adds nearly another album’s worth of rare singles and unheard tracks for those who
loved the original.
Named after the sled in Orson Welles’ iconic Citizen Kane, Rosebud is a secret no more.
Le Soleil
Western Wisconsin
Lullabye II
(Summer Carol)
The Yum Yum Man
Roll Home Cheyenne
Flying To Morning
Mercury Of Fools *
Hey Old Friend (JUDY VOCAL) *
Le Soleil (DEMO) *
What’s The Matter
With Sam *
Easy On Me, Easy *
Father Of Souls
Mercury Of Fools (DEMO) *
Hey Old Friend
The iconic 1971 release – expanded with 10 bonus tracks!
Photo: Henry Diltz

dow, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 02:13 (three months ago) Permalink

Human Sexual Response - In A Roman Mood. Finally has a CD reissue, being sold on eBay along with a new printing of their debut.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:33 (three months ago) Permalink

More catching up:

The Choir
Artifact: The
Unreleased Album
SRLP: $16.98 / BOX LOT: 30
• Unreleased material from Cleveland legends, whose
members would eventually form Raspberries.
• Packaging contains liners and rare photos
from band members.
• Restored and mastered by the team behind
Raspberries’ acclaimed Pop Art Live .
Cleveland Ohio is not only the home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but
the birthplace of many classic musical acts. The Choir’s first release was
an acclaimed single on Canadian-American Records (eventually picked up
by Roulette). It gained them opening spots for The Who and The Yardbirds
among others, but the group eventually dissipated and morphed into other
bands including the James Gang, and eventually, Raspberries.
Some of their original recordings have been complied on import EPs, vari-
ous compilations, and on the expanded boxed set of Lenny Kaye’s Nuggets
series, but not much is known about the band’s second wind. Until now.
Artifact: The Unreleased Album showcases 10 tracks, recorded in 1969,
making their first appearance anywhere. They resonate with the original
Choir vibe, adding in post-British Invasion influences like Procol Harum.
Recently unearthed by Suma Recordings operator Ken Hammon’s son
Paul Hammon, they have been lovingly restored by Tommy Allen and
Ducky Carlisle, whose work has been universally lauded after their work
on Raspberries’ Pop Art Live.
The packaging contains liners from Eric Carmen, Al Kaston, and Choir
members Denny Carleton and Phil Giallombardo, plus a family tree, and
rare photos from the bands’ collections. Artifact: The Unreleased Album
is a trip to the late ’60s church of rock ’n’ roll.
C hoir
I went to see The Choir when I was 16, and
immediately wanted to join their band. They
were a great group that had many lives and
many members. This album was made by one
of the last and final versions of the band. This
recently discovered recording is sure to rekindle
fond memories for the many fans of The Choir,
including myself. Give it a spin, and enjoy a
special piece of Cleveland rock history.
—Eric Carmen
December 2017

SRLP: $22.98 / BOX LOT: 30
• Dynamic recording of the Raspberries
fi rst live show in 30 years.
• Liner notes from Academy Award ® -winner
and music scribe Cameron Crowe.
• Memorabilia & ephemera from Raspberries
aficionado Bernir Hogya.
• Perfect renditions of all the hits plus covers of classic
songs by the The Beatles, The Who & The Choir.
Photo by Gene Taylor
“Having waited this long to witness the impossible—Raspberries live—we
showed up two hours early, parking our car in the empty parking lot . . .
[and] moments before the house lights went down, we looked at each other
and said the words that we never thought we would ever say: ‘We’re at a
Raspberries concert.’ Then it began . . . ”
—Ken Sharp and Bernie Hogya from the liner notes to Pop Art Live.
November 26, 2004, the stage was set for a reunion most thought could never hap-
pen—the Raspberries Live In Concert! Over 30 years since the original four members
of Raspberries last played together, Pop Art Live captures opening night, at Cleveland’s
House of Blues, as never before! You will experience the power and magic that led the
group to a successful reunion tour in 2005.
Founding members Eric Carmen, Wally Bryson, David Smalley, and Jim Bonfanti power-
fully muscle through 28 slices of pure rock ’n’ roll heaven, bringing to life the legacy
of power pop’s founding fathers. Brilliantly mixed by longtime Raspberries’ associate
Tommy Allen, the Midwestern quartet has never sounded this good!
Pop Art Live contains live versions of songs from all four of the Raspberries’ classic
original studio albums including the hits “Go All The Way,” “I Wanna Be With You,”
“Let’s Pretend,” and “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)” as well as perfect renditions of
timeless favorites by The Beatles and The Who.
Also included in this 2-CD package are refl ections and testimonials from Academy
Award ® -winning fi lmmaker and rock scribe Cameron Crowe and longtime Raspberries
afi cionados Bernie Hogya and Ken Sharp. Hogya also contributes a wealth of ephemera
from opening night in Cleveland.
The Raspberries are one of rock’s most treasured bands infl uencing everyone from John
Lennon to Bruce Springsteen to Paul Westerberg!. Pop Art Live is an essential document
of that band, providing another chapter to their lasting impact! The Raspberries Live . . .
they said it would never happen . . . they were wrong.
1. I Wanna Be
With You
2. Play On
3. I Can’t Explain
4. Nobody Knows
5. Let’s Pretend
6. Don’t Wanna
Say Goodbye
7. Party’s Over
8. Overnight Sensation
(Hit Record)
9. Might As Well
10. It Seemed So Easy
11. Baby’s In Black
12. If You Change
Your Mind
13. Tonight
14. I Can Remember
1. Starting Over
2. Last Dance
3. I Saw The Light
4. No Reply
5. When You Were
With Me
6. It’s Cold Outside
7. Should I Wait
8. Come Around
And See Me
9. Makin’ It Easy
10. Ticket To Ride
11. Hard To Get Over
A Heartbreak
12. Ecstasy
13. I’m A Rocker
14. Go All The Way

dow, Thursday, 4 January 2018 00:58 (three months ago) Permalink

that Human Sexual Response record is good fun, I picked it up on vinyl for five bucks, not a lost classic or anything

Joan Digimon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 4 January 2018 02:15 (three months ago) Permalink

This reads like a parody, but…

Solid Space - [/i]Space Museum[/i]
Dark Entries Records
January 2018

"Dark Entries is honored to finally present the first ever official vinyl reissue of Space Museum by Solid Space. Solid Space was the British duo of Dan Goldstein (keyboards, vocals) and Matthew 'Maf' Vosburgh (guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals) formed in 1980. Dan and Matthew met at the age of 11 while attending school in north London. In late 1978 at at the age of 14, they formed Exhibit 'A' with Paul “Platypus” and Andrew “Lunchbox” Bynghall. They recorded two EPs in 1979 and 1980, self-released on Irrelevant Wombat Records and appeared on 'The Thing From The Crypt' compilation. After the dissolution of the group, Mathew started taking his guitar over to Dan’s house where he’d play his Casio MT-30 and they would record songs. Eventually a second hand drum machine and Wasp synthesizer were acquired from classified ads in Melody Maker and the Solid Space sound was born. By this time they were just turning 18 and finally found the freedom to make the music they’d had in their heads.

Over the course of the next two years the band assembled eleven bedroom recordings that would become one of the most cherished DIY obscurities of its kind. Their debut album ‘Space Museum’ was released in 1982 on cassette by In Phaze Records. All of the songs were mixed by label boss Pat Bermingham on 8-track tape at The Shed, in Ilford, which was literally a garden shed. The band's music and lyrics were heavily indebted to science fiction, in particular the 1960s television series Doctor Who. ‘Space Museum’ is an unveiling of atmospheric, minimalist post punk supported by bright melodies. The music combines drum machines and synths with acoustic guitar and toy drums whilst also experimenting with samples between tracks. Lyrics deal with space travel and a general sense of dejection. Representing a bubbling spirit within the underground, they foreshadowed an entire world of independent music which would emerge across the 80’s and well into the 90’s. For this reissue we’ve included two bonus tracks from the band’s archive, “Platform 6” originally released on the B-side of the second single by Exhibit ‘A’, this song features only Dan and Matthew and is the first Solid Space track ever recorded. “Tutti Lo Sanno” is a cover of In Phaze label mates Marine Girls, though the lyrics have been changed to suit the gender of the new singer.

Each song has been carefully remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The record is sleeved in a replica of the cassette artwork featuring the Cybermen and Jamie (surely Zoe? - pedantic Jeff) from the Doctor Who episode "The Wheel in Space". Every copy includes a double sided 11x11 insert with lyrics, notes and never before seen photographs of the band taken by Maf as well as a postcard featuring an original advert for the cassette."

Jeff W, Thursday, 4 January 2018 15:04 (three months ago) Permalink

Superstar & Star
“Mastermind E.P”
12 inch, PB019

Superstar & Star are back on Porridge bullet with there first vinyl E.P Proper!: Mastermind E.P!

A collection of seven classic songs from Superstar’s vaults available for the first time on an Estonian Vinyl Record!

Neville Lawrence Immigrated from his home country of Trinidad to New York in the mid 80’s where, a few years later, following his fleeting east coast success, he re-settled with Wife Anne (Star) in Omaha, Nebraska where they continued to perform, produce and record music until the present day.

After releasing a cassette, 7” and 12” single with us in the last year we are happy to present yet another wonderful release from superstar and star! Big Big Hugs!

A1 • Rolling So
A2 • Any Where in the US is a Party
A3 • I Want You
A4 • Kicking at Home
B1 • No More Sorrow
B2 • I Ain't Missing You
B3 • I am Dreaming

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 11 January 2018 01:36 (three months ago) Permalink

when i pre-ordered this it had a 10/01/2018 release date. the sound clips were very distorted so i fear this will be very lofi pressing but that is admittedly par for the course for Superstar & Star anyways

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 11 January 2018 01:39 (three months ago) Permalink

From Vinyl Factory---interesting site!

Allen Ginsberg’s seminal beat opus Howl And Other Poems gets deluxe box set release
By Gabriela Helfet
Published on
January 9, 2018

“A poetic rage against society’s conformism and capitalism.”

Allen Ginsberg’s Howl And Other Poems is being rereleased in a new vinyl box set, this February by Craft Recordings.

Read next: The story of the beat generation in 10 records

A 1959 recording of Ginsberg reading Howl and Other Poems in Chicago was originally released on translucent red vinyl.

The Howl deluxe box set includes a reissue of this red LP, a replica of the original poetry book published by City Lights in 1956, a photograph of Ginsberg and a booklet with liner notes by Ann Charters and poet Anne Waldman.

Though an unofficial repress was released in March 2017, this is Howl’s first official reissue in over 30 years.

Listen to the 1959 Chicago reading, and check out the track list below ahead of its 22nd February release.


Side A

A1. A Supermarket In California
A2. Transcription Of Organ Music
A3. America
A4. In Back Of The Real
A5. Strange Cottage In Berkeley
A6. Europe, Europe
A7. Kaddish

Side B

B1. Howl
B2. The Sunflower Sutra
B3. Footnote To Howl
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dow, Saturday, 13 January 2018 01:54 (three months ago) Permalink

Aother one from Vinyl Factory
Electronic music pioneer and Can co-founder Holger Czukay 5xLP retrospective box set announced
Written by
Gabriela Helfet
Published on
January 11, 2018

With a ‘vinyl video’ 7″ that has film footage stored on the record.

A new 5xLP Holger Czukay box set is being released this March via Gröndland, to coincide with what would have been his 80th birthday.

Listen next: VF Mix 102: Holger Czukay by DJ soFa

A musician who “bridged the gap between pop and the avant garde”, Czukay was a co-founder of German krautrock band Can, as well as pursuing a number of experimental solo projects and collaborations.

These are featured on the new retrospective Cinema box set, with five LPs which include his work with Brian Eno, Conny Plank and Jah Wobble, a 36-page booklet with liner notes plus photographs by Anton Corbijn, and the ’80s made for television film starring Czukay with his original soundtrack.

Cinema also includes Czukay’s ‘vinyl video’ 7″: “a system that makes it possible to store video footage on vinyl”, with an unreleased video of Czukay explaining the recording, and 1979 music video for ‘Cool In The Pool’.

Pre-order a copy here ahead of its 23rd March release, watch ‘Cool In The Pool’ and check out the track list below.


Disc 1

1. Holger Schüring Quintett – Konfigurationen (1960, previously unreleased)
2. Technical Space Composer’s Crew – Canaxis (1969, Canaxis 5)
3. Technical Space Composer’s Crew – Boat Woman Song (1969, Canaxis 5)
4. Cluster & Eno – Ho Renomo (1977, Cluster & Eno)

Disc 2

1. Holger Czukay – Oh Lord Give Us More Money (1979, Movies)
2. Holger Czukay – Persian Love (1979, Movies)
3. Holger Czukay – Cool In The Pool (1979, Movies)
4. Holger Czukay – Hollywood Symphony (1979, Movies)
5. Les Vampyrettes (Czukay/Plank) – Biomutanten (1980, Les Vampyrettes)

Disc 3

1. Les Vampyrettes (Czukay/Plank) – Menetekel (1980, Les Vampyrettes)
2. Phew (Phew/Czukay/Liebezeit/Plank) – Signal (1981, Phew)
3. Holger Czukay – Witches Multiplication Table (1981, On The Way To To Peak Of Normal)
4. Holger Czukay – On The Way To The Peak Of Normal (1981, On The Way To To Peak Of Normal)
5. Holger Czukay – Ode To Perfume (1981, On The Way To To Peak Of Normal)
6. Holger Czukay – Two Bass Shuffle (1981, On The Way To To Peak Of Normal)
7. Holger Czukay/Jaki Liebezeit/Jah Wobble – How Much Are They? (1982, Full Circle)

Disc 4

1. Holger Czukay/Jaki Liebezeit/Jah Wobble – Trench Warfare (1982, Full Circle)
2. Holger Czukay/Jaki Liebezeit/Jah Wobble – Full Circle R.P.S. (No. 7) (1982, Full Circle)
3. Holger Czukay/Jaki Liebezeit/Jah Wobble – Twilight World (1982, Full Circle)
4. Holger Czukay – The Photo Song (1984, Der Osten Ist Rot)
5. Holger Czukay – Der Osten Ist Rot (1984, Der Osten Ist Rot)
6. Holger Czukay – Das Massenmedium (1984, Der Osten Ist Rot)
7. Holger Czukay – Träum Mal Wieder (1984, Der Osten Ist Rot)
8. Holger Czukay – Hey Baba Reebop (1987, Rome Remains Rome)
9. Holger Czukay – Hit Hit Flop Flop (1987, Rome Remains Rome)

Disc 5

1. Holger Czukay – Perfect World (1987, Rome Remains Rome)
2. Holger Czukay – Music In The Air (1987, Rome Remains Rome)
3. Holger Czukay – Ride A Radiowave (1991, Radio Wave Surfer)
4. Holger Czukay – We Can Fight All Night (1991, Radio Wave Surfer)
5. Holger Czukay – Through The Freezing Snow (1991, Radio Wave Surfer)
6. Holger Czukay w/ Karlheinz Stockhausen – Breath Taking (2008, Second Life, previously unreleased)
7. Holger Czukay & U-She – La Premiere (2008, Second Life)
8. Holger Czukay / Ursa Major – 21st Century (2007, 21st Century)
9. Bison (Czukay/Murphy/Smith) – Mandy (2004, Travellers)
more info, audio, video posted here:

dow, Saturday, 13 January 2018 02:03 (three months ago) Permalink

Any idea how you actually extract the video from that 7"? Do you need one of those old RCA videodisc players? VHD? I guess a laserdisc wouldn't have been esoteric enough.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Saturday, 13 January 2018 20:15 (three months ago) Permalink


OMIT – Enclosures 2011–2016 [5xCD]
Pica Disk 2018 • PICA044
Co-released with End of the Alphabet Records
Distribution by Metamkine.

Since his first self-released cassettes in the early 1990s, New Zealand’s Clinton Williams AKA OMIT has been on a singular and personal musical journey. Described as one of the greatest outsider artists currently working in the field, OMIT employs homebuilt instruments constructed from modified electric motors and salvaged sound sources to create a startlingly original soundworld. It is a world he inhabits alone, isolated in the small town of Blenheim in southern New Zealand, but it involves a deep exploration of the human condition. Over the years OMIT’s music has become less noisy and more sparse and minimal, as open signal patterns and oblique textures pass each other in haunted spaces.

“Enclosures 2011-2016” is a 5xCD box-set co-released by Pica Disk (run by Lasse Marhaug out of Norway) and End of the Alphabet (run by Noel Meek in New Zealand) and collects OMIT’s most recent self-released albums, artefacts that originally came in super limited edition CDRs with hand-made covers between 2011 and 2016. Unavailable except directly from the artist, these beautiful works are now available remastered in a deluxe box-set along with OMIT’s famous surrealist drawings and science fiction themed artwork, plus liner notes by close friend and collaborator Bruce Russell (The Dead C/A Handful of Dust).

“Clinton Williams is the hardest-working man in minimal electronic music. He is one of two people I know fairly well who I honestly believe is possessed by genius.”
– Bruce Russell (from the liner notes)

€35 ppd Europe to paypal: mail(at)lassemarhaug(dot)no
€40 ppd World to paypal: mail(at)lassemarhaug(dot)no

Also available from End of the Alphabet (New Zealand)

by the light of the burning Citroën, Saturday, 13 January 2018 22:30 (three months ago) Permalink


2-CD / Highlights LP Remastered In Mono, Including Seven Singles Available In
Their Original Edits For The First Time Since The 1960s, And Liner Notes By
$tateside DJ And Compiler Dean Rudland

Available February 23 On $tateside Records

LOS ANGELES - Nina Simone started her musical career as a classically trained child virtuoso, whose piano recitals were local events. Strongly rooted in the works of Bach, the musician became a singer almost by accident and the rest is history. In 2018, Simone will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, cementing her role as one of the most important musicians of our time.

Throughout Simone's nearly five decade long career, her recordings reached the top of the charts and earned her cult status and critical acclaim. From 1959 to 1964 she was signed to Colpix, who relinquished all creative control to her. On February 23, $tateside Records will present this integral collection, NINA SIMONE - THE COLPIX SINGLES as a 2-CD set for $24.98, 1-LP for $21.98, and digitally on the same day.

With her voice at her finest during this time, she worked her way through jazz and blues standards such as "The Work Song" and "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)," as well as folk tunes like "Little Liza Jane," "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair," her very own "Blackbird" and "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl."

"I played what I wanted and nothing else," said Nina of her Colpix days in her autobiography, I Put A Spell On You. "Hell, they weren't paying me well enough to tell me what to play. There was no proper producer on my records - just an engineer to set everything up, an orchestrator to write out the arrangements, and the rest I did myself."

In recent years, Nina Simone's life and career have been extensively covered in acclaimed biographies and documentaries. However, her early recordings (that do not particularly illustrate her fight for civil rights or her personal life) are often overlooked. Very little is said about her output for Colpix, yet it is with these records that she began to develop her uniqueness. Her time at the label is often distilled down to the successful series of live albums she recorded, but it was in the 7-inch singles that her progress is clearest.

From the pop-tinged opening single "Chilly Winds Don't Blow," to the hauntingly spiritual, self-penned "Blackbird" on the flipside of her final 45 for the label, Nina Simone's creative development can be traced through her Colpix singles. A performer with a breakthrough hit when she joined in 1959, she was an established artist when she left the label in 1964.

Nina Simone's background is well known. Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina, in 1933, her prodigious talent as a musician was evident early on. Spotted playing hymns in church at the age of 6, some of the town's prominent residents established the "Eunice Waymon Fund" to pay for her music lessons. A noted musician, Muriel Mazzanovich (who Nina affectionately called Miz Mazzy), trained the budding prodigy to be a classical concert pianist. It was from these humble roots that Eunice developed a lifelong love of Johann Sebastian Bach, Chopin, Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert.

After graduation she studied at Juilliard in New York before applying to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Her application was rejected; something she suspected was due to racism. The blow was devastating. Broken-hearted, she vowed to apply again, but in the meantime needed to make a living and fund her music lessons. In 1954 she took a residency playing in a bar in Atlantic City, where she was also asked to sing. It was at this point Nina Simone was born.

When the owner of the Midtown Bar asked her for her stage name, Eunice told him to call her Nina Simone. "I always liked the name Nina, and I saw the name Simone on a movie poster" (probably the French actress Simone Signoret).

Her unique blend of jazz, classical music and blues soon won her an audience, and in 1958 she signed to Bethlehem Records. Her version of George and Ira Gershwin's "I Loves You Porgy" went Top 20 on the Billboard pop chart. Her debut album Little Girl Blue followed soon afterwards. It was a bold artistic statement, especially notable for "Love Me Or Leave Me," which incorporated a touch of Bach. The contract Simone signed with Bethlehem reverberated years later when "My Baby Just Cares For Me" went to number one all over Europe and yet, having previously signed them away, she received no royalties.

In 1959 she moved to New York City. "New Year 1959 found me in a creepy marriage stuck in a tiny room with a hit record, a rising reputation, and no idea of how to make the money I needed to finish my classical training," said Nina. However, the success of "I Loves You Porgy" meant she was in demand, and Joyce O'Selznick, the talent scout for Columbia Pictures Records, Colpix, offered her a long term deal. It was an unusual label that released soundtracks, records by actors under contract to the studio, and some jazz and rhythm and blues.

The first single, "Chilly Winds Don't Blow," was written and produced by Hecky Krasnow. Hecky was best known for novelty records with Columbia Records, including Gene Autry's "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer." The follow-up was an adaptation of the spiritual "Children Go Where I Send Thee" backed with "Willow Weep For Me."

In September 1959 she was booked at NYC's Town Hall in Midtown Manhattan. The show, recorded live, mixed folk songs, ballads, jazz, and blues, as well as a couple of originals. "All these club dates had been trashy rehearsals for this, the night belonged to me," said Nina, "if you don't believe me you can listen for yourself, I was a sensation. An overnight success, like in the movies." Released as an album, Nina Simone At Town Hall would define her time at the label and lead to two further live albums. The first single from this session was "The Other Woman," coupled with "It Might As Well Be Spring" from her debut studio album for the label, The Amazing Nina Simone. It was followed by two more tracks from Town Hall, "Summertime" and "Fine And Mellow."

The next single "Since My Love Has Gone" was based on a melody by the composer Verdi, and was backed by "Tomorrow (We Shall Meet Once More)." Both of these were enhanced by dramatic, almost operatic string arrangements. This was then followed by "If Only For Tonight," paired with an exclusive edit of Simone's "Under The Lowest" taken from Nina Simone At Town Hall. Colpix had Nina return to the blues for the next release, and she excels on "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out." The B-side is even better, as she takes on "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair," a signature song she would return to time and time again.

The Nina Simone At Newport album brings us the next single: an upbeat version of "Cotton Eyed Joe" and a wonderful rendition of "Trouble In Mind." The run of compelling singles continues with her take on Oscar Brown Jr's "Work Song" which she makes her own, just as she does with B-side "Memphis In June" by Hoagy Carmichael. She surpasses herself on her next outing with readings of "You Can Have Him" and "Gin House Blues."

Keen to score a hit with Simone, Colpix sent her back to the studio for an answer to Ray Charles's smash "Hit The Road Jack." A sought-after record nowadays, "Come On Back Jack" didn't chart, and as a follow-up, the next single was "In The Evening By The Moonlight"
from the Nina Simone At Newport album.

Only two more singles followed. The first one's A-side, taken from Nina Simone Sings Ellington, was a version of "I Got It Bad," and on the flipside was one of her own and finest self-penned songs, "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl." Her final single paired the traditional folk standard "Little Liza Jane" with the astounding Simone original "Blackbird." More than any biography or documentary, this song shows how far she had matured artistically, revealing a glimpse of her future as a civil rights activist, and songs to come like "Mississippi Goddam" and "Young, Gifted And Black."

With these 27 songs, the Colpix singles trace Nina Simone's musical journey from jazz and folk singer to critically acclaimed songwriter.



CD 1
1. Chilly Winds Don't Blow
2. Solitaire
3. Children Go Where I Send You
4. Willow Weep For Me
5. The Other Woman
6. It Might As Well Be Spring
7. Summertime
8. Fine And Mellow
9. Since My Love Has Gone
10. Tomorrow (We Will Meet Once More)
11. Under The Lowest (Short Version)
12. If Only For Tonight
13. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
14. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair

CD 2
1. Trouble In Mind
2. Cotton-Eyed Joe
3. Work Song
4. Memphis In June
5. You Can Have Him
6. Gin House Blues
7. Come On Back Jack
8. You've Been Gone Too Long
9. In The Evening By The Moonlight
10. I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl
11. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
12. Little Liza Jane
13. Blackbird


Side 1
1. Chilly Winds Don't Blow
2. Children Go Where I Send You
3. The Other Woman
4. Summertime
6. Since My Love Has Gone
6. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
7. If Only For Tonight

Side 2
1. Trouble In Mind
2. Work Song
3. Gin House Blues
4. Come On Back Jack
5. In The Evening By The Moonlight
6. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
7. Little Liza Jane

dow, Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:49 (three months ago) Permalink

Drawing Room Records reissues New Zealand-based Sandra Bell's second album!

Out March 30th, Net not only will be available on vinyl for the first time but the reissue also compiles two stellar singles, “Angel” and the Chord double 7 inch.

Stream "Trains" now over on Bandcamp!

Sandra Bell is the type of artist perhaps too easily described by pat phrases. It’s understandable, the human animal needs simplicities, but if I was in a rush, I’d say: “She’s a New Zealand musician and poet.” One might ask if she does ‘spoken word.’ Someone else might be curious as to whether she’s a ‘free spirit.’ A third might wonder what she has to say about ‘women in rock.’ By that time I would ponder another visit to Dunedin to go out to Taiaroa Head to fling myself into the ocean, exclaiming as I went, “Look that’s all too limiting and simple!”

Dunedin isn’t where the South Island-born Bell is originally from, though if you’d like a fuller story of her life and work across the world, it’s best told by Syd Newman’s overview for the Audio Culture site ( Dunedin is where she’s spent many years off and on recording and working and living and much more, though, and sessions from 1993 to 1995 led to the release not only of Net, her second full length solo release, but two stellar singles, “Angel” and the Chord double 7 inch. All three are collected here for the first time together as Net (Plus).

It’s often been said that New Zealand’s independent music scene, and Dunedin’s in particular, is one of a shared community, and many names familiar to listeners near and far can be found in the credits on this collection. It’s testimony to both Bell’s artistic skills and friendship that they were here supporting her vision, wherever it took her — and it ranged widely.

Recorded over some months in late 1994 and released on the shortlived Dunedin IMD label on CD only the following year, Net starts with a big brawling rocker, “Long Time,” but by the time it reaches “The Trees Can’t Dance,” everything from electric piano to Irish pipes have taken a bow. Beyond the instrumental variety, though, was the demonstration of Bell’s own ear for wry, cool vocals, unusual hooks and remarkable imagery, ranging from the personal to the natural world.

At the time of its own 1995 release on the Colorado- based Zabriskie Point label, “Angel” was the most recently recorded effort, two songs with a rough, growling edge (don’t call it grunge). Meantime, the Belgian Turbulence label, which had previously introduced Bell to Europe via a rerelease of her earlier Dreams of Falling cassette on Xpressway, put out Chord as its own final release, four engaging songs, electric and acoustic, from 1993.

As Bell’s followed her artistic drive over the years, with more releases, collaborations and journeys to her credit through to the present day, this clutch of efforts slipped into second-hand sales and file-trading. First through Bandcamp and now this physical release, it’s a pleasure to see Bell’s mid-1990s work return to the conversation properly — as well as to demonstrate a key point: a true artist can never be summed up in any one phrase, or phase.

— Ned Raggett, San Francisco, September 2017

dow, Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:32 (three months ago) Permalink

Holy shit...

ANTI- is re-releasing Tom Waits' entire 1970's Elektra Asylum catalog
Closing Time Available Now For Pre-Order On Vinyl & CD

Tom Waits’ first seven albums, originally released through Elektra Asylum Records in the 1970’s, have been re-mastered and will be released via ANTI-Records.

All titles – many of which have been long out of print – will be re-issued on hi quality 180 gram vinyl throughout 2018. Closing Time vinyl is out March 9 and available for pre-order. CD versions of all Elektra Asylum titles are available for pre-order and will be released on March 23 with all digital releases slated for March 9.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 20 January 2018 01:08 (three months ago) Permalink

Oh wow. Was wondering what the holdup was on those.

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 20 January 2018 01:54 (three months ago) Permalink

"Leave," by barely remembered Drag City-reissued Your Food, features shed-industrial, bandsaw-jangly (atonal?) guitar support to punk-chant, for kinda catchy results. Not as intense as DC's 4ever hot-breathing prose, but wouldn't mind hearing the rest:

Poke it with a Stick -- the only record by Louisville legends Your Food -- is a sui generis gem of the American underground, now faithfully reissued for the first time by Drag City. Recorded in 1983 by four scarecrows from Kentucky subsisting largely on cheap beer and baked beans, the album is a burbling burgoo of hypnotic rhythm, uncoiling tension, and sharp invective -- a proud bastard of post-punk royalty.
Listen To "Leave" Here!

In the fall of 1981, the residents of 1069, Louisville's original punk house, began to spy two teenagers lurking outside the decrepit environs. Eventually the teens grew bold enough to approach, and soon John Bailey and Wolf Knapp, were learning guitar and bass in the trashed rehearsal space within. Charles Schultz, who had been the drummer for Louisville's recently defunct Dickbrains (a band described by the Village Voice as freaky weirdos who couldn't fit in if they tried) started playing with John and Wolf. Douglas Maxson, the Dickbrains male singer, was lured back from New York with the promise of beer and cigarettes, and soon Your Food was playing weekly shows at the local Beat Club, mostly for free beer.

Financed by a Pell Grant and what little cash the band could scrounge, the album was cut largely live in the studio by a guy who usually recorded church groups, and self-released on the band's own Screaming Whoredog label. The prevailing themes of restlessness and isolation are palpable in songs like opener "Leave," where ennui morphs into dark comic fantasy. The punk funk of "Don't Be" fits perfectly with the downtown NYC groove of bands like ESG and Bush Tetras.

It was a golden age, but a waning one, an adolescent state before hope or commercial prospect or any plan for the future. Your Food managed three short tours in a world before cell phones, social media, or global positioning, and earned the admiration of the few who heard them. But, it all came to a spectacularly bitter end on the side of some frozen, forlorn highway in West Virginia. After the van broke down three times in four days, the band called it quits. Add this essential reissue to your collection on March 23rd!

Live-sounding, short and too sweet(lively):

Ditto, tho' more yer basic yip-yip durr-durr than these others: a Dickbrains recycle?

dow, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 21:03 (two months ago) Permalink

"short and NOT too sweet," I meant to say.

dow, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 21:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Smog Veil are releasing a load of Cleveland related lps/cds
most of the lps have audio files linked to on the site.

looks interesting. Or was this 2017.
I just saw the Hy maya being reviewed in the current Wire

Stevolende, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 22:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Spiny Norman
Spiny Normen
(RidingEasy Records)
LP/CD/Digi: 3/2/2018

Spiny Normen is an incredible mid-70's Houston hard rock, progressive, psychedelic rock band (yes, all that and more) that featured mellotron, vox jaguar, crunchy, heavy guitars, flute with echo effects, and lots more. A totally lost relic this album is, recorded at the community college and never released. This band has a very English, dark, mysterious and proggy but very acid drenched feeling to it.

The band was on the second installment of the Brown Acid anthology of '60s and '70s post-proto-metal nuggets with "Bell Park Loon" that is found on the full-length as well.

Steve Brudniak (Vocals/Guitar) says in the press release, "we were way behind and way ahead of our time," and he was actually right! They sound like they liked prog rock but couldn't play well enough to pull it off, which makes it come off like a proto-punk Hawkwind or Uriah Heep. Anyone remember Apes, the Washington DC noise band that put out several albums in the 00's? This sounds a lot like they did and I am pretty sure Apes never heard of them.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 26 January 2018 17:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Solaris: Sound And Vision is a collector's edition box set that includes Edward Artemiev's soundtrack to Andrey Tarkovsky's 1972 masterpiece Solaris in both LP and CD formats as well as a 96-page book of previously unreleased images from the movie set and a Blu-ray Disc of the film in its original Russian (with English subtitles).

The collaboration between Tarkovsky and Artemiev started with Solaris and would extend to two more films, Mirror and Stalker. The director was seeking a film score capable of completing, through sound, the meaningful images of his film. Artemiev was a member of the legendary Experimental Studio of Electronic Music in Moscow, a place of high experimentation in the field of the electronic music, in the context of which the ANS synthesizer was conceived and employed for the first time for music composition. Invented by Soviet engineer Evgeny Murzin, the ANS was used by Artemiev to create the special sound atmosphere that Tarkovsky was looking for.

Made in collaboration with the Andrey Tarkovsky Institute.

budo jeru, Saturday, 27 January 2018 04:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Wow, that looks great. Would like to hear the music by itself, outside the gravitational pull of the movie, which would be great to have on blu-ray, not that it isn't immersive already (grab a coffee or three before descent).

SLEEPYHEAD's 'Future Exhibit Goes Here' Double LP Reissue - Out April 13th on Drawing Room Records!

There’s rock and roll mythology, and then there’s 90’s indie rock mythology…Unfortunately, stories about then NYC’s Sleepyhead are really neither. Michael Galinsky, Rachael McNally, and Chris O’Rourke, NYU students more into music than books, form a band, practice, release singles and an album on a non-descript independent label, tour, and then again practice, release another album, tour and play Lollapalooza’s second stage, and so on…Yeah, it is neither very glamorous nor salacious. It’s simply three individuals playing, recording, and releasing music, as that’s what lady destiny called them to do.

Born in 1988, Sleepyhead was certainly a band of the era, pre-internet, pre-cell phone, and fully dependent on Xeroxed zine culture and passed around hand-written knowledge on all things music. It was definitely slower times in terms of technology, but one that was still full of young adventurers eager to play music and see the world in a used van on their own terms. With things always rapidly evolving, some things will always stay near the same. In a certain sense, it is through the driving culture provided with a used van that really allowed Sleepyhead to discover itself and thrive. Tours (on their own, with rad bands like Polvo, or even for lower-tiered Lollapalooza sets) helped hone the band’s vibe and distinctiveness. Many of these travels of Sleepyhead are the impetus for the stories told in Suki Hawley’s 1994 classic film, Half-Cocked, co-written by Hawley and Michael Galinsky. Additionally, by the time of this awesome visual documentation, Sleepyhead was at its initial apex in terms of sound and creativity with the results recorded on the two mid-90’s albums Starduster (1994) and Communist Love Songs (1996).

Nearly forgotten after over two decades for very uninteresting reasons, Drawing Room brings new life to this era of Sleepyhead with its release of Future Exhibit Goes Here. Presented as a deluxe set, Future Exhibit…contains completely re-mastered versions of both Starduster (LP 1) and Communist Love Songs (LP 2), two albums that showcase the band’s best penchants for noisy and naïve hooky guitar tunes (LP 1) and pure direct power pop (LP 2). Additionally, this new set marks the first time ever release of Communist Love Songs on vinyl. Included with Future Exhibit…is an 11×11” booklet full of Michael Galinsky’s wonderful black and white photography of Sleepyhead’s 90’s road excursions and notes and details from all three members.

Mastered by Josh Bonati and pressed on 180-gram vinyl, the 2xLP of Future Exhibit Goes Here comes in a wide-spine sleeve accompanied by a 14-page 11×11“ booklet full of Michael Galinsky’s black and white photography, and notes and ephemera from all members of Sleepyhead.
A re-mastered digital release is also available.

Future Exhibit Goes Here is out April 13th, 2018 on Drawing Room Records.

Praise for SLEEPYHEAD:

"Alternately silly and sexy, and always tuneful as all get out, Communist Love Songs is a non-stop delight." - AllMusic

"Twinky pop students of Sonic Youth, New York's Sleepyhead wields noisy guitars and some of the airiest vocals on the planet." - Trouser Press

"Nerd punk for now people." - SPIN

"Sleepyhead was a band that "overemphasized the noise over the pop in their noise pop sound." - AllMusic

dow, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:06 (two months ago) Permalink




Listen to “Be What You Wanna Be” from acr:mcr here:

A Certain Ratio announce details of the next phase of their reissues campaign with Mute. On April 27, Mute will release acr:mcr, I’d Like To See You Again, Good Together and Up In Downsville.

The reissues are part of the ongoing collaboration with Mute that started with The Graveyard And The Ballroom, To Each and Force. The forthcoming releases, including the long out-of-print albums acr:mcr and Good Together will be followed by Sextet,Mind Made Up, Change The Station and a new compilation with recently recorded tracks. Additionally, various box sets will include rare and previously unreleased material. The entire campaign is set to run over the next three years.

dow, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton – Music and Poetry Of The Kesh

Music and Poetry of the Kesh is the documentation of an invented Pacific Coast peoples from a far distant time, and the soundtrack of famed science fiction author, Ursula K. Le Guin’s Always Coming Home. In the novel, the story of Stone Telling, a young woman of the Kesh, is woven within a larger anthropological folklore and fantasy.

The ways of the Kesh were originally presented in 1985 as a five hundred plus page book accompanied with illustrations of instruments and tools, maps, a glossary of terms, recipes, poems, an alphabet (Le Guin’s conlang, so she could write non-English lyrics), and with early editions, a cassette of “field recordings” and indigenous song. Le Guin wanted to hear the people she’d imagined; she embarked on an elaborate process with her friend Todd Barton to invoke their spirit and tradition.

For Music and Poetry of the Kesh, the words and lyrics are attributed to Le Guin as composed by Barton, an Oregon-based musician, composer and Buchla synthesist (the two worked together previously on public radio projects). But the cassette notes credit the sounds and voices to the world of the Kesh, making origins ambiguous. For instance, “The River Song” description reads, “The prominent rhythm instrument is the doubure binga, a set of nine brass bowls struck with cloth-covered wooden mallets, here played by Ready.”

According to writer and long-time friend of LeGuin, Moe Bowstern (who pens the liners for the Freedom To Spend edition of Kesh), Barton built and then taught himself to play several instruments of Le Guin’s design, among them “the seven-foot horn known to the Kesh as the Houmbúta and the Wéosai Medoud Teyahi bone flute.” Barton’s crafting of original instruments lends an other-worldly texture to the recordings of the Kesh, not unlike fellow builders Bobby Brown and Lonnie Holley. Bowstern notes, “Other musician / makers have crafted their own Kesh instruments after encountering the earlier cassette recordings that accompanied some editions of the book.”

Both Barton and Le Guin are sensitive to the sovereignty of indigenous Californians and were careful not to trample the traditions of the Tolowa people who lived in the valley long before the Kesh. “You research deeply, and then you bring your own voice to the table,” said Barton. Within the Kesh culture, the numbers four and five shape the lives, society and rituals. Barton composed loosely around these numbers, patiently listening to the land of Napa Valley for signs and audio signals from the natural elements. Todd incorporated ambient sounds of the creek by Le Guin’s house and a campfire they built together.

The songs of Kesh are joyful, soothing and meditative, while the instrumental works drift far past the imaginary lands. “Heron Dance” is an uplifting first track, featuring a Wéosai Medoud Teyahi (made from a deer or lamb thigh bone with a cattail reed) and the great Houmbúta (used for theatre and ceremony). “A Music of the Eighth House” sends gossamer waves of the faintest sounds to “float on the wind.” Like the languages invented in the vocal work of Anna Homler, Meredith Monk, and Elizabeth Fraser, the Kesh songs and poems play with the shape of voice.

The Music and Poetry of the Kesh cassette was meant to accompany and enhance the experience of reading Always Coming Home. Presented in this edition as a long-playing album, where only traces of the book linger (the jacket offers some of Le Guin’s illustration, and a letterpressed bookmark featuring the the narrative modes of western civilization and the Kesh valley is included), the music alone breaking the silence of what might be. It can transport—offering a landscape for imagining a future homecoming. One in which we are balanced, peaceful, and tend to the earth and its creatures.

A line from “Sun Dance Poem” reminds us, “We are nothing much without one another.” Freedom To Spend gives new life to the recordings of the Kesh people in the first ever vinyl edition of Music and Poetry of the Kesh also availably on digital formats on March 23, 2018. The LP will include a spot printed jacket with Ursula’s illustrations from Always Coming Home, a facsimile of the original lyric sheet, liner notes by Moe Bowstern, a multi-format digital download code and a bookmark letter pressed by Stumptown Printers in Portland, OR.

First edition limited to 1,000 copies.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Friday, 2 February 2018 14:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Get a little vegan buzz just reading that---is it more music than the orginal cassette that came with the book? (Why didn't I ever buy that original set)

Nice---Kill Rock Stars just posted the album that Elliott Smith hadn't quite finished before he died--15 tracks, now on 2-LP vinyl edition:

dow, Saturday, 3 February 2018 02:27 (two months ago) Permalink

May well be the most extensive re-re-re-etc.-issue of this so far (yes they are squeezing a stone, but what a stone):


Love's 1967 Masterpiece Celebrated With A 4CD/DVD/LP Collection Packed With
Various Mixes Of The Original, Rare And Unreleased Tracks, Plus A 1968 Promo

The Set Will Be Available On April 6 From Rhino

LOS ANGELES - Love's FOREVER CHANGES is the psychedelic folk-rock pioneers' finest achievement. Mostly overlooked when it was released in 1967, today the album is considered an indispensable masterpiece. In 2008, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and - in 2012 - the Library of Congress added it to the National Recording Registry.

Rhino will celebrate the acclaimed album's golden anniversary with an extensive 4CD/DVD/LP collection housed in a beautifully illustrated 12 x 12 hardbound book that features a newly written essay and track-by-track notes by music historian Ted Olsen. FOREVER CHANGES: 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION will be available on April 6 for $99.98.

The set features a few firsts for the album, including the CD-debut of a remastered version made by its original co-producer and engineer Bruce Botnick, as well as the first-ever release of the mono version on CD. Also included are alternate mixes of the album, as well as a selection of rare and unreleased singles and studio outtakes. Botnick's stereo remaster of the original album also makes its vinyl debut on the LP included with this set. It was cut from high resolution digital audio by celebrated audio engineer Bernie Grundman.

The DVD that accompanies the anniversary collection includes a 24/96 stereo mix of the album version of the original album remastered by Botnick. Also featured is "Your Mind And We Belong Together," a rare promotional video directed by Elektra producer Mark Abramson that was originally released in 1968.

Recorded during the Summer of Love in Hollywood, CA, Forever Changes is the group's most fully realized studio effort, featuring Arthur Lee (vocals, guitar), Johnny Echols (lead guitar), Bryan MacLean (rhythm guitar, vocals), Ken Forssi (bass) and Michael Stuart (drums, percussion). The original album introduced classics like "Andmoreagain," "Red Telephone," "A House Is Not A Motel" and "Alone Again Or."

FOREVER CHANGES: 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION boasts more than a dozen rarities, including single versions of "Alone Again Or" and "A House Is Not A Motel" that are available now for the first time since 1967. Two other recordings on the set have never been released: the backing track for "Live And Let Live" and an outtake backing track for "Wonder People (I Do Wonder)."

For more information about FOREVER CHANGES, please contact Jessica Giordano in the Rhino Media Relations Department at jess✧✧✧.giord✧✧✧@rh✧✧✧.c✧✧ or 818-238-6403.

Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album
1. "Alone Again Or"
2. "A House Is Not A Motel"
3. "Andmoreagain"
4. "The Daily Planet"
5. "Old Man"
6. "The Red Telephone"
7. "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale"
8. "Live And Let Live"
9. "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This"
10. "Bummer In The Summer"
11. "You Set The Scene"

Disc Two: Mono Mix

Disc Three: Alternate Mix
1. "Alone Again Or"
2. "A House Is Not A Motel"
3. "Andmoreagain"
4. "The Daily Planet"
5. "Old Man"
6. "The Red Telephone"
7. "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale"
8. "Live And Let Live"
9. "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This"
10. "Bummer In The Summer"
11. "You Set The Scene"
12. "Wonder People (I Do Wonder)" - Outtake - Alternate Mix

Disc Four: Singles and Outtakes
1. "Wonder People (I Do Wonder)"
2. "Alone Again Or" - Single Version
3. "A House Is Not A Motel" - Single Version
4. "Hummingbirds" - Demo
5. "A House Is Not A Motel" - Backing Track
6. "Andmoreagain" - Alternate Electric Backing Track
7. "The Red Telephone" - Tracking Sessions Highlights
8. "Wooly Bully" - Outtake
9. "Live and Let Live" - Backing Track *
10. "Wonder People (I Do Wonder)" - Outtake, Backing Track *
11. "Your Mind And We Belong Together" - Tracking Sessions Highlights
12. "Your Mind And We Belong Together"
13. "Laughing Stock"
14. "Alone Again Or" - Mono Single Remix

DVD: 24/96 Stereo Mix
1. "Alone Again Or"
2. "A House Is Not A Motel"
3. "Andmoreagain"
4. "The Daily Planet"
5. "Old Man"
6. "The Red Telephone"
7. "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale"
8. "Live And Let Live"
9. "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This"
10. "Bummer In The Summer"
11. "You Set The Scene"
12. "Your Mind And We Belong Together" - Video

LP: Original Album
Side One
1. "Alone Again Or"
2. "A House Is Not A Motel"
3. "Andmoreagain"
4. "The Daily Planet"
5. "Old Man"
6. "The Red Telephone"

Side Two
1. "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale"
2. "Live And Let Live"
3. "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This"
4. "Bummer In The Summer"
5. "You Set The Scene"

* Previously Unreleased

more info in orig press release:

dow, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 21:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Just got my double Roxy Music CD in the mail yesterday. Hardcover book style, many pages of liner notes in tiny, tiny text. Second disc is BBC sessions.

I was just randomly looking at the 80s noise chart on RYM, looked to see if High Rise - II is on Bandcamp, and coincidentally it's being reissued on Friday! Japanese heavy noise psych from 1986

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 19:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, local record store owner had me listen to a copy, immediately had him order one for me!

willem, Thursday, 8 February 2018 13:47 (two months ago) Permalink

American rock & roll band Royal Trux (Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty) have signed with Mississippi label Fat Possum Records which will re-release the entire digital catalog from the duo's 1988 self-titled debut up to 2000's pre-hiatus gem Pound for Pound (not including their two major label releases). Herrema and Hagerty have also confirmed plans to enter the studio this summer to record a new album for Fat Possum. The band have performed spontaneous secret shows across the USA and Europe since picking back up where they left off in 2015. But 2018 will prove to be their busiest year with strategic headlining shows across the US and festival dates across Europe going in to 2019.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO "THE FLAG" (from Cats and Dogs; 1993) (several other RT on same page)

Kurt Cobain named this 1993 Royal Trux song as his top track of the year in NME

Titles to be re-issued in March, April + May 2018:

Royal Trux s/t (1988)

Hand of Glory (1989)

Twin Infinitives (1990)

Untitled (1992)

Cats and Dogs (1993)

Accelerator (1998)

3-Song EP (1998)

Veterans of Disorder (1999)

Pound for Pound (2000)

Radio Video EP (2000)

Expect the first slate of re-releases from Fat Possum on all streaming sites in March.

dow, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:22 (two months ago) Permalink

Anyway it's on youtube

dow, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:22 (two months ago) Permalink

dow, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:23 (two months ago) Permalink

The first of several from Sounds Of The Universe, Soul Jazz Records' store:

Donald Alexander Strachan and The Freedom Ensemble
Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite
Universal Sound

Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound are releasing “Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite" a superb lost USA deep jazz independent private-press album originally self-published by Donald Alexander Strachan and the Freedom Ensemble on Triad Music Concepts in 1975.

This great soulful/spiritual jazz album was the only album that Strachan released and consequently has become a lost rarity - a must for fans of Tribe, Strata-East and other conscious jazz from the 1970s and features in Gilles Peterson/Soul Jazz Records' Freedom, Rhythm and Sound book.

Donald Alexander Strachan is composer, conductor, guitarist, vocalist and more leading a large 11-piece line-up that includes Jay Hoggard on vibes.

Strachan studied in New York City in the 1970s with composer/saxophonist Sam Rivers and Ghanaian Drum-master Abraham Adzenyah as well as avant-garde guitarist/composer Bruce Johnson all of who helped shape his unique sound.

In the 1980s Strachan entered into the collaborative world of cinema by composing musical scores and has been involved in cinema ever since both musically, as a scriptwriter and director. Donald Alexander Strachan and the Freedom Ensemble’s “Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite" is a unique product of Strachan’s multicultural and African-American heritage and aesthetic - polyrhythmically complex and spiritually intense.

This is a bespoke high quality hardback-cased Japanese thick card CD edition with exact-reproduction artwork from the original album.

The 180-gram vinyl thick card exact-reproduction artwork is strictly limted to 1000 copies wordwide.
Other Releases on Universal Sound.
CD, LP, MP3---more info, audio:

dow, Saturday, 10 February 2018 20:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Soul of A Nation
Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power: Underground Jazz, Street Funk & The Roots of Rap 1964-79
Soul Jazz Records

his album is released this week to coincide with the massive new exhibition Soul of A Nation - Art in the Age of Black Power now on at Tate Modern, London until Oct 2017.

For more information on the TATE MODERN exhibition go here

Watch Channel 4 news piece here

The album shows how the ideals of the civil rights movement, black power and black nationalism influenced the evolvement of radical African-American music in the United States of America in the intensely political and revolutionary period at the end of the 1960s following the assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and the rise of the Black Panther party.

Featuring groundbreaking artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Ayers, Don Cherry, Oneness of Juju, Sarah Webster Fabio, Horace Tapscott, Phil Ranelin and many others, Soul of A Nation shows how political themes led to the rise of ‘conscious’ black music as new afro-centric styles combined the musical radicalism and spirituality of John Coltrane and radical avant-garde jazz music alongside the intense funk and soul of James Brown and Aretha Franklin and the urban poetry and proto-rap of the streets.

The Soul of a Nation exhibition draws on the links between Black art forms – art, music, poetry - and how they came together during the civil rights and black power era as part of the wider black arts movement across the United States.

Iconic African-Amercian revolutionary figures such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Angela Davis, John Coltrane, Muhammad Ali all appear in the radical artworks of Barkley L. Hendricks, Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Lorraine O’Grady and Betye Saar.

Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records) will appear with the curators on the panel of Jazz for Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power discussion at the gallery as part of the show.

The Soul of a Nation album comes with extensive sleeve-notes and exclusive photography in a large 36-page outsize booklet and slipcase. Double gatefold vinyl album edition comes with full colour inners + bonus download code and includes full sleeve-notes/photography.
2xLP + Download Code, CD, MP3
More info (incl. links to reviews of exhibit), audio:

dow, Saturday, 10 February 2018 20:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3
Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1971-81
Soul Jazz Records

This latest installment in Soul Jazz Records’ successful Deutsche Elektronische Musik series delves deeper into the German nation’s vaults to bring a fascinating new collection that again brings together a selection of classic German electronic and rock groups, including Neu!, Cluster, Popol Vuh, La Düsseldorf, Agitation Free, alongside a host of rare tracks by lesser known artists which includes Michael Bundt, Bröselmaschine, Dronsz, Achim Reichel and others.

The music of Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 ranges from the introverted pastoralism of Hans Joachim Roedelius and Bröselmaschine, to the angular and futuristic electronic experimentations of Klauss Weiss, Pyrolator, Deuter, Michael Bundt and others, to the proto-punk of La Düsseldorf and the heavy space, progressive and cosmic rock of Missus Beastly, Niagara and Dyzan.

The music on Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 was all recorded in the 1970s up to the early 1980s, at a time when forward-thinking German electronic and rock groups were searching for a new musical identity in order to separate themselves from both the cultural legacy of post-world war two Germany as well the ‘cultural imperialism’ of USA and UK rock. In this process German groups created some of the most unique and inspired music, the defining motorik beat alongside a host of ethno-musical influences from far afield – including Turkey, India, Brazil – as well as the musical and futurist possibilities of developments in electronics and technology itself.

Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 is released as a heavyweight 3xLP, deluxe double CD pack and digital release. The new extensive sleevenotes are by David Stubbs, who is the author of the acclaimed book, ‘Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany’ (Faber & Faber).

Deutsche Elektronische Musik: “A near-definitive guide to some of the world’s most extraordinary music’’ ***** The Guardian
3 LPs * download code
2 CDs
MP3 more info, audio:

dow, Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:11 (two months ago) Permalink

New York Noise 2016 Edition
Dance Music From The New York Underground 1977–1982

Soul Jazz Records

This is the new edition of Soul Jazz Records’ long out of print first New York Noise collection, Dance Music From The New York Underground 1978-82.

This new 2016 edition features classic New York post-punk, punk funk and no wave tracks from Arthur Russell/Dinosaur L, James White and the Contortions, The Theoretical Girls, Mars, Konk, Material, Bush Tetras, Lizzy Mercier Descloux as well as new tracks by Alan Vega (Suicide), Chain Gang and Implog.
2 LPs, CD, MP3 more info, audio:

dow, Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Space, Energy and Light
Experimental Electronic and Acoustic Soundscapes 1961 - 88

Soul Jazz Records

Soul Jazz Records’ new Space, Energy and Light is a collection of music by early electronic and synthesizer pioneers (from the 1960s through the 1970s), mid-1970s proto-new age gurus and 1980s guerrilla D-I-Y cassette-era electronic artists, spanning in total over a near 30-year time frame. All of these artists used electronic advancements in music technology as a means of exploring not only space and the idea of the future, but also of looking inwards to the soul and of creating music in harmony with the natural world.

From computer software and hardware experimentalists and sound pioneers such as Laurie Spiegel and Kevin Braheny, as well as Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company – the first synthesizer ensemble created in collaboration with Robert Moog – through to musique concrète experimentation, the album shows how technological advancements and creative artistic expression often went hand in hand.

In the mid-1970s artists Steven Halpern and Iaxos were instrumental in creating proto-new age music, experimenting in both the healing properties of sound and its relationship with the natural world. These artists also pioneered a new self-contained and underground D-I-Y approach to music, creating their own record labels, forming new distribution networks (with albums sold in meditation centres, health food stores and ashrams) far away from the commercialism of the mainstream music industry. In the early 1980s after the revolution of punk, these D-I-Y attitudes and ideas appeared once more in the growth of the distinctly anti-commercial and underground cassette-only careers of artists such as Germany’s Stratis and Carl Matthews in Britain.

This album is available as a heavyweight triple vinyl album (plus download code), CD and digital release. Artwork includes some of the earliest photography of the Plieades star cluster dating from the 1880s.

3 LPs + download code, CD. MP3 more info, audio:

dow, Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:23 (two months ago) Permalink

In the fertile terrain of New Zealand's 1980s post-punk scene, few figures loom as large as the Jefferies brothers. Graeme Jefferies and Peter Jefferies – the primary forces behind This Kind of Punishment – wrote some of the best music to come out on Flying Nun, Xpressway or elsewhere. A dizzying mix of pastoral ballads and DIY experimentation, TKP's songwriting was at once classic and acutely raw.

On their self-titled debut, the Jefferies brothers and Chris Matthews eschew the punk-informed modes of their contemporaries for a sound that is decidedly more deliberate / intimate. Rooted in a marriage between simplistic, classically-influenced piano, alternating guitar chime and sparse, subtle violin drone, This Kind Of Punishment is a contemplative, inventive collection of ideas corralled via economic 4-track recordings, minimal instrumentation and an austere performance style entirely of the Jefferies' own making. Songs like "After The Fact," "In View Of The Circumstances" and "Two Minutes Drowning" boast a living quality whereby the listener can act as bystander to these moments of creation – a trait that the band would expand upon throughout the course of their brief tenure.

First-time vinyl reissue since its initial release in 1983.

Among This Kind Of Punishment's myriad recordings, A Beard Of Bees best outlines the collective vision of the Jefferies brothers. Their classic second album feels more meticulous than its predecessor, proffering a grey, near-Mancunian influence that serves as both touchstone and springboard for the proceedings. The unique maneuvering on "Trepidation" is a marvel: guitar sweetness shifting toward melancholic piano and ending with their combined shimmer. Conversely, the augmented VU-inspired noise of "East Meets West" positions itself as the album's prime moment of severity – creepily building toward horror-show screams that inch to a buried, found-sound resolution.

Originally self-released in 1984, A Beard Of Bees has been out of print for almost 25 years.

Dinsdale, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:36 (two months ago) Permalink

damn that's cool

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 01:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Trailed a year ago by Jonny Trunk, and finally out - well, as a download. Vinyl coming soon? (it's currently showing as 'out of stock' on the Trunk Records shop website)

As the opening track of Trunk’s 2007 Fuzzy Felt Folk compilation, the 'I Start Counting' cue would have seemed to many an exquisite piece of pastoral jazz-licked folk from the master composer Kirchin. Now in situ, heading up the full score to the 1970 horror flick of the same name, it takes on new hues, its ethereal motif repeated throughout the 24-minute soundtrack, melting at one point into Eastern percussion en route to a full free jazz deconstruction. After some particularly doom-laden strings mid-way through the score, the main theme rises back into view, now sporting organ grooves and a country backing. Yes, patently Kirchin heard sound in a way we mere laggards could never really understand.

To further prove his deft mastery, the unreleased score found on tapes labelled “Third World Documentary” drops in on Kirchin in the 80s, but, really, shows us yet more timeless synthesis as dramatic as that on I Start Counting, albeit put to very different ends. Here Kirchin carefully harnesses then-modern electronics to a jazz rhythm section, producing something that straddles time zones, and perhaps even edges towards creating his own.

For further evidence of how ahead of his time he was, the final track sees him pull together some programmed beats that, amazingly, presage Soul II Soul’s Keep On Movin’, with added Kirchin textures on top. Worlds within worlds, indeed…

Jeff W, Friday, 16 February 2018 16:34 (two months ago) Permalink


The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring: The Complete Recordings

Limited-Edition Boxed Sets Available From Rhino Starting On April 6

LOS ANGELES - The Lord of the Rings is one of most successful trilogies in film history earning 17 Academy Awards ® including three for its music. Beyond critical acclaim, the music from the films also enjoyed wide commercial success, collectively selling 7 million copies. Directed by Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings films are based on the popular J.R.R. Tolkien novel of the same name.

Rhino is returning to Middle-earth on April 6 with the first soundtrack from the Trilogy, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS, available on vinyl for the first time as a 5-LP boxed set ($119.98). Housed in a collector's box with red leather style spine, the collection is limited to 5,000 individually numbered copies on red vinyl. The soundtrack will also be available as a 3-CD disc set ($79.98) plus 1 Blu-ray audio disc containing high-resolution 5.1 and Stereo mixes of the entire score, a reactivation of the 2005 box set featuring the entire score from the extended versions of the film. Both versions come with extensive liner notes from author Doug Adams who analyzes many of the themes and motifs used throughout the score.

The music for all three films was composed, orchestrated and conducted by Howard Shore. The music he wrote for The Fellowship of the Ring was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with contributions by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the London Voices and the London Oratory School Schola. The soundtrack also highlights two original songs written and performed by Enya: "May It Be" and "Aníron (Theme for Aragorn and Arwen)." The soundtrack was certified platinum in the U.S. alone, and sold extremely well around the world. It won the Academy Award ® for Best Original Score, as well as the Grammy ® for Best Score Soundtrack Album.

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS is the first of in a series of three releases that will also feature The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) on color vinyl for the first time. More information on the series of releases will be available at a later date.

The Complete Recordings is last year's most important archival soundtrack release, expanding and preserving one of the finest and most significant recent scores in all of film music. Shore's Lord Of The Rings trilogy is an operatic symphony that is among the finest musical accomplishments of the last half-century. The plethora of unreleased material on this beautifully packaged edition is mouth-watering at the least, and the sonic dynamic achieved on the surround sound DVD of the entire 180-minute score is simply astonishing. - Randall Larson from Music From the Movies, 2005

There's probably never been as ambitious a film score as Howard Shore's 10-hour epic for the "Lord of the Rings" series... the music is rich and complex, drawing on a vast range of styles and exotic instruments to evoke J.R.R. Tolkien's world of elves, hobbits and warlocks. But it's more than just background music: Shore uses an elaborate leitmotif technique (where musical themes are associated with specific characters or ideas, and are developed across the entire series) to hold the sprawling tale together. Lush, beautiful and full of intriguing surprises, it's no wonder that it's become one of the most popular film scores ever written. - Stephen Brookes for the Washington Post, May, 2008

The Lord of the Rings No. 1 Best Movie Score of the 21st Century - IndieWire, February, 2018

For more information about LORD OF THE RINGS, please contact Jessica Giordano in the Rhino Media Relations Department at jess✧✧✧.giord✧✧✧@rh✧✧✧.c✧✧ or 818-238-6403.

Track Listing:

LP 1
1. Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All
2. The Shire
3. Bag End
4. Very Old Friends
5. Flaming Red hair

1. Farewell Dear Bilbo
2. Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe
3. A Conspiracy Unmasked
4. Three Is Company

LP 2
1. The Passing Of The Elves
2. Saruman the White
3. A Shortcut to Mushrooms
4. Strider
5. The Nazgûl

1. Weathertop
2. The Caverns of Isengard
3. Give Up the Halfling
4. Orthanc
5. Rivendell
6. The Sword That Was Broken

LP 3
Side E
1. The Council of Elrond Assembles Featuring "Aníron (Theme for Aragorn and Arwen)" Composed &
performed by Enya
2. The Great Eye
3. Gilraen's Memorial
4. The Pass of Caradhras

Side F
1. The Doors of Durin
2. Moria
3. Gollum
4. Balin's Tomb

LP 4
Side G
1. Khazad-dûm
2. Caras Galadhon Featuring "Lament for Gandalf" performed by Elizabeth Fraser

Side H
1. The Mirror of Galadriel
2. The Fighting Uruk-hai

LP 5
Side I
1. Parth Galen
2. The Departure of Boromir

Side J
1. The Road Goes Ever On... Pt. 1
2. May It Be Composed & performed by Enya
3. The Road Goes Ever On... Pt. 2 Featuring "In Dreams" performed by Edward Ross

dow, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 19:19 (two months ago) Permalink

This looks pretty cool, it would be a good to have a well recorded Who live record pre-Tommy.

The Who Live at the Fillmore East 1968 Track List

Disc One:
1. "Summertime Blues"
2. "Fortune Teller"
3. "Tattoo"
4. "Little Billy"
5. "I Can’t Explain"
6. "Happy Jack"
7. "Relax"
8. "I'm A Boy"
9. "A Quick One"
10. "My Way"
11. "C'mon Everybody"
12. "Shakin' All Over"
13. "Boris The Spider"

Disc Two:
1. "My Generation" - 33 minutes, ends with instrument smashing.

Kind of wonder if the 'unreleased' Zep that is supposed to come out this year will also be Fillmore tapes. I say possible.

earlnash, Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Excellent, thanks for the tip!

Amazon has the release date of April 20.

The original Live At Leeds, minus the performance of Tommy added on the reissue, still invades my headspace pretty often, no warning.

dow, Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:51 (two months ago) Permalink

And I don't miss the bonus Tommy, though should be dynamic as possible, considering the heat of the night otherwise.

dow, Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:54 (two months ago) Permalink

Cool new agey LP from Eblen Macari is being reissued on Seance Centre

my dreams in the hell-pits (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 25 February 2018 13:52 (one month ago) Permalink

This sounds great:

Pat Ament "Songs By Pat Ament" LP (Grapefruit)

In 1971, at the age of 25, Pat Ament self-released his debut album, Songs By Pat Ament, in a very limited run for friends and local shops. The album is sparse and moody, conjuring a space not unlike the one that Songs of Leonard Cohen occupies, featuring Ament on Wurlitzer with a jazz drummer and a guitarist alternating between acoustic and electric. It’s dark and at times forlorn, with meditations on yearning and loss and love. It’s ideal long-night-of-the-soul music. The lyricism evokes Dylan, Cohen, Tim Hardin and Bill Fay.

When he released Songs, Ament was already a world renowned mountain climber, and he became famous for pioneering 60’s and 70’s ascents in Colorado and Yosemite. He wrote poetic books and essays on climbing, including biographies of legendary climbers Royal Robbins and John Gill. Through the years he’s balanced multiple simultaneous careers as artist, photographer, filmmaker, chess master, karate black belt, lecturer, teacher, and, yes, singer-songwriter.

Pat Ament’s musical mastery was clear right out of the gate but it was only one of his many interests. Perhaps if he hadn’t been moved to pursue life’s other tempting summits and focused solely on music, he’d be as well known for his songs as for his climbing. Grapefruit is extremely proud to reissue this rare and virtually unknown singer-songwriter masterpiece, sourced from original sources and under Ament's supervision, with original artwork and deluxe Stoughton tip-on jacket. The record also comes with a bonus career retrospective CD entitled Time Moved On of additional songs hand-picked by the artist.

Aquarium Drunkard write-up, includes an interview of Ament by Simon Joyner and a stream of the album.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Sunday, 25 February 2018 15:01 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah, that pat ament is totally fantastic, very highly recommended!

tylerw, Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Rolling Giant Album Covers

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 25 February 2018 23:49 (one month ago) Permalink

(I realize that I am responsible for one giant album cover)

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 25 February 2018 23:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Keep 'em coming.
None such w this, alas:

In advance of Led Zeppelin’s 50th Anniversary celebration, slated to commence this September, the band will wet fan’s appetites with their first ever Record Store Day release on April 21st, 2018.

Produced by Jimmy Page and pressed on yellow vinyl, the limited-edition 7” single will feature two previously unheard studio mixes, handpicked by Page – the “Sunset Sound Mix” of “Rock And Roll” b/w the “Olympic Studios Mix” of “Friends.”

The previously unreleased version of “Rock And Roll” provides an additional peek into the fabled “Sunset Sound Mixes” of “Led Zeppelin IV.” Only two previous “Sunset Sound Mixes” have been released, the first being the version of “When The Levee Breaks” on the original album, and the second the “Stairway To Heaven” mix that debuted on the 2014 deluxe edition.

The previously unheard “Olympic Studios Mix” of “Friends” is a stripped-down version, without the orchestration of the final mix, offering a true fly-on-the-wall feel from the band’s recording sessions for “Led Zeppelin III” at the Headley Grange recording and rehearsal venue in Headley, Hampshire, England.

dow, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 19:15 (one month ago) Permalink


Rhino Celebrates Oklahoma's Fearless Freaks With Two Newly Remastered
Collections Of Their Early Work

A Single-Disc Compilation Will Be Available April 20
Followed By A Six-CD Boxed Set On May 25

LOS ANGELES - The Flaming Lips have pushed the envelope and bent boundaries for more than two decades with the band's Grammy®-winning music and ground-breaking concerts. This year, Rhino and Warner Bros. Records will celebrate Oklahoma's most famous freaks with an ambitious reissue program, kicking off with two releases that spotlight the joyous weirdness the band recorded for Restless Records before signing with Warner Bros. in 1991.

It begins with SCRATCHING THE DOOR: THE FIRST RECORDINGS OF THE FLAMING LIPS, a single-disc compilation that features music recorded by the band's original lineup. The 19-track collection will be available on April 20 for $14.98. It will be followed by SEEING THE UNSEEABLE: THE COMPLETE STUDIO RECORDINGS OF THE FLAMING LIPS 1986-1990, a six-CD boxed set that includes their four Restless Records studio albums and two discs of rarities, available on May 25 for $34.98. Both releases will also be available on digital download and streaming services, with over 40 tracks making their digital debut. 2018 also sees a slew of vinyl reissues from The Flaming Lips, including remasters of the Restless albums. These will feature some tracks appearing on vinyl for the very first time.

All of the music on SCRATCHING THE DOOR and SEEING THE UNSEEABLE has been remastered from original sources by the band's longtime musical foil and producer, David Fridmann with help from the Lips' Wayne Coyne and Michael Ivins.

SCRATCHING THE DOOR highlights tracks recorded by The Flaming Lips' original line-up, which featured Wayne Coyne's brother Mark on vocals. The album includes the band's first and second cassette demos, in addition to The Flaming Lips first self-released EP, which has been remastered from the original 1/4" analog tape master. This marks the first time all of these recordings have been collected together on a single release. Among the other featured tracks are covers of The Who's "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere," Led Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown" and the theme song from the 1960's Batman television series, which previously appeared on Rykodisc's 2002 compilation, Finally The Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid.

SEEING THE UNSEEABLE brings back into print (physically - they are available digitally) all four studio albums that the band released on Restless Records between 1984 and 1990: Hear It Is (1986), Oh My Gawd!!!...The Flaming Lips (1987), Telepathic Surgery (1989) and In A Priest Driven Ambulance (With Silver Sunshine Stares) (1990). All of these have been remastered from the original 1/4" analog tape masters and include sonic treasures such as "Godzilla Flick," "Unconsciously Screaming," "One Million Billionth Of A Millisecond On A Sunday Morning" and their cover of the classic "(What A) Wonderful World."

The set is also packed with rare recordings originally released as b-sides, flexi discs, and on various compilations like, the Sub Pop single "Strychnine/Peace, Love And Understanding" and a cover of "After The Gold Rush" from a 1989 Neil Young tribute album Also included is The Mushroom Tapes, the series of demos for the band's final Restless album, In A Priest Driven Ambulance, only previously issued on the Rykodisc compilation CD, The Day They Shot A Hole In the Jesus Egg.

Track Listing:
1. "Bag Full Of Thoughts"
2. "Out For A Walk"
3. "Garden Of Eyes"
4. "Forever Is A Long Time"
5. "Scratchin' The Door"
6. "My Own Planet"
7. "Killer On The Radio"
8. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"
9. "Batman Theme"
10. "Handsome Johnny"
11. "Flaming Lips Theme Song 1983"
12. "The Future Is Gone"
13. "Underground Pharmacist"
14. "Real Fast Words"
15. "Groove Room"
16. "Jesus Shootin' Heroin"
17. "Trains, Brains & Rain"
18. "Communication Breakdown"
19. "Summertime Blues"

Track Listing:
Disc One: Hear It Is
1. "With You"
2. "Unplugged"
3. "Trains, Brains and Rain"
4. "Jesus Shootin' Heroin"
5. "Just Like Before"
6. "She Is Death"
7. "Charlie Manson Blues"
8. "Man From Pakistan"
9. "Godzilla Flick"
10. "Staring At Sound/With You (Reprise)"

Disc Two: Oh My Gawd!!!...The Flaming Lips
1. "Everything's Explodin'"
2. "One Million Billionth Of A Millisecond On A Sunday Morning"
3. "Maximum Dream For Evil Knievel"
4. "Can't Exist"
5. "Ode to C.C. (Part I)"
6. "The Ceiling Is Bendin'"
7. "Prescription: Love"
8. "Thanks To You"
9. "Can't Stop The Spring"
10. "Ode To C.C. (Part II)"
11. "Love Yer Brain"

Disc Three: Telepathic Surgery
1. "Drug Machine In Heaven"
2. "Right Now"
3. "Michael, Time To Wake Up"
4. "Chrome Plated Suicide"
5. "Hari-Krishna Stomp Wagon (Fuck Led Zeppelin)"
6. "Miracle On 42nd Street"
7. "Fryin' Up"
8. "Hell's Angel's Cracker Factory"
9. "U.F.O. Story"
10. "Redneck School Of Technology"
11. "Shaved Gorilla"
12. "The Spontaneous Combustion Of John"
13. "The Last Drop Of Morning Dew"
14. "Begs and Achin'"

Disc Four: In A Priest Driven Ambulance (With Silver Sunshine Stares)
1. "Shine On Sweet Jesus - Jesus Song No. 5"
2. "Unconsciously Screamin'"
3. "Rainin' Babies"
4. "Take Meta Mars"
5. "Five Stop Mother Superior Rain"
6. "Stand In Line"
7. "God Walks Among Us Now - Jesus Song No. 6"
8. "There You Are - Jesus Song No. 7"
9. "Mountain Side"
10. "What A Wonderful World"

Disc Five: Restless Rarities
1. "Death Valley '69"
2. "Thank You"
3. "Can't Stop The Spring" - Remix
4. "After The Gold Rush"
5. "Death Trippin' At Sunrise"
6. "Drug Machine In Heaven" - Sub Pop 7" version
7. "Strychnine/Peace, Love And Understanding"
8. "Lucifer Rising"
9. "Ma, I Didn't Notice"
10. "Let Me Be It"
11. "She's Gone Mad Again"
12. "Golden Hearse"
13. "Stand In Line"
14. "I Want To Kill My Brother; The Cymbal Head"
15. "Five Stop Mother Superior Rain"

Disc Six: The Mushroom Tapes
1. "Take Meta Mars"
2. "Mountain Side"
3. "There You Are"
4. "Five Stop Mother Superior Rain"
5. "Rainin' Babies"
6. "Unconsciously Screamin'"
7. "Stand In Line"
8. "God's A Wheeler Dealer"
9. "Agonizing"
10. "One Shot"
11. "Cold Day"
12. "Jam"

dow, Thursday, 1 March 2018 00:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Hate to admit it but that Flaming Lips box is actually kind of appealing, especially since it's apparently pretty cheap (Amazon had it for $35 pre-order). I could tolerate them all the way up to Hit To Death In The Future Head.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 1 March 2018 01:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Still haven't heard Scratch Acid---good?

From Kill Rock Stars:



"Her songs always at least suggest pop, and the sense of tune at their core adds an inviting thrill to Stern's fitful guitar and Zach Hill's ridiculously, miraculously agitated drums" - The AV Club

Visionary guitarist Marnie Stern's critically acclaimed 2008 album, This Is It & I Am It & You Are It & So Is That & He Is It & She Is It & It Is It & That Is That, has been repressed on clear w/ electric yellow swirl vinyl for this year's Record Store Day, April 21st, 2018! This Is It... was produced and features drumming by Zach Hill (of Hella and Death Grips) and includes fan-favorite songs like "Transformer," "The Crippled Jazzer," and "Ruler." This is the first time the album has been available on vinyl since its initial 2008 pressing of 1,000 copies.


dow, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 20:36 (one month ago) Permalink

On March 23, Craft Recordings will release The Thousand Incarnations Of The Rose: American Primitive Guitar and Banjo (1963-1974) on 2LP, CD, and digital. This new compilation celebrates the groundbreaking, inventive approach to traditional instrumentation brought forward by an impressive group of maverick artists whose interpretations of folk, blues, and traditional song gave rise to one of American music's most unique and influential stylistic schools, known today as American Primitive. Featured artists on the compilation, which serves as a "Who's Who" of the genre, include John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Robbie Basho, Harry Taussig and more. The two-LP vinyl edition features deluxe gatefold packaging, and a tipped-in booklet containing new liner notes by compilation producer Glenn Jones and illustrations by Drew Christie. The CD configuration comes housed in a softpack and features a booklet containing both Jones' notes and Christie's artwork.

Preorder the release on Amazon or find it at your local record store.

The Craft Recordings release comes in connection with a three-day festival by the same name, The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose, which promises to be a music festival unlike any other. Taking place at multiple venues in Takoma Park, MD from April 13th - 15th, the festival brings together for the first time more than 25 acoustic fingerstyle guitar and banjo players from every era of the American Primitive/Guitar Soli movement and every corner of the United States; pairing legends such as Peter Lang, Max Ochs, Harry Taussig, and Peter Walker with modern day heavy hitters like Glenn Jones, Marisa Anderson, Daniel Bachman, and Nathan Bowles. There will also be documentary screenings and rare footage of John Fahey, Robbie Basho, and Jack Rose, plus panel discussions with scholars and musicians. It is only fitting that Takoma Park, Fahey's boyhood home, will host the festival this year, which commemorates the 60th anniversary of his very first recordings.

For tickets and additional information, including lineup and event schedule, please click here.


When guitarist John Fahey sat down to record The Takoma Park Pool Hall Blues for Fonotone Records in 1958 he could not have imagined that he was starting an artistic movement or that generations of players would follow in his footsteps. The number of players who have since taken up the American Primitive mantle has grown exponentially year-by-year and album-by-album. The term has come to refer to a certain approach to playing the guitar (or banjo) that favors emotion and mood over virtuosity for its own sake. With his minimalistic, self-taught approach to writing and recording, incorporating folk, blues, American roots music, and sound collage, Fahey laid the foundation for others to follow in his style. Leo Kottke, Peter Lang, and Robbie Basho, Fahey's labelmates on the Takoma label, all shared aspects of Fahey's approach to fingerstyle acoustic guitar, expanding and building upon the sounds that Fahey brought forward with his inventive approach to the instrument. Later, contemporary artists like Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Ryley Walker, and Vetiver, among many others, would cite Fahey as being highly influential on developing their own signature styles and approaches to music.

Track Listing:


Side One:

1. John Fahey -- Night Train to Valhalla (2:14)

2. Leo Kottke -- The Ice Miner (1:54)

3. Leo Kottke - Anyhow (2:04)

4. Peter Walker - April In Cambridge (3:11)

5. Harry Taussig - Water Verses (1:52)

6. Harry Taussig - Children's Dance (3:48)

7. Sandy Bull - Little Maggie (4:08)

Side Two:

1. John Fahey - On the Banks of the Owchita (3:50)

2. Peter Walker - Gypsy Song (3:41)

3. Max Ochs - Raga (1) (4:53)

4. Max Ochs - Raga (2) (4:13)

5. Billy Faier - Longhorn Express (4:35)

Side Three:

1. Robbie Basho - The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose (13:56)

2. Fred Gerlach - Eyrie (5:52)

Side Four:

1. George Stavis - Winterland Doldrums (9:31)

2. Peter Lang -- When Kings Come Home (4:35)

3. John Fahey -- The Portland Cement Factory at Monolith, California (4:26)


1. John Fahey -- Night Train to Valhalla (2:14)

2. Leo Kottke -- The Ice Miner (1:54)

3. Leo Kottke - Anyhow (2:04)

4. Peter Walker - April In Cambridge (3:11)

5. Harry Taussig - Water Verses (1:52)

6. Harry Taussig - Children's Dance (3:48)

7. Sandy Bull - Little Maggie (4:08)

8. John Fahey - On the Banks of the Owchita (3:50)

9. Peter Walker - Gypsy Song (3:41)

10. Max Ochs - Raga (1) (4:53)

11. Max Ochs - Raga (2) (4:13)

12. Billy Faier - Longhorn Express (4:35)

13. Robbie Basho - The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose (13:56)

14. Fred Gerlach - Eyrie (5:52)

15. George Stavis - Winterland Doldrums (9:31)

16. Peter Lang -- When Kings Come Home (4:35)

17. John Fahey -- The Portland Cement Factory at Monolith, California (4:26)

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Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 20:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks, I should have read that press release, thought would just be about the festival.

xp A few more re National Record Store Day:

Release Date: 4/21/2018
Format: LP
Quantity: 1600
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

An Evening With Ornette Coleman (Part 2) is taken from a 1965 concert at Fairfield Hall in Croydon, England. This album captures Coleman during a transitional period that showcases his experimentation with contemporary classical forms. The recordings have been released in various forms over the years, though the last US vinyl pressing is now over 40 years old. Presented as the second in a two part series, this reissue shines a new light on the fantastic recording from a world-renowned jazz great. Pressed on 180gram color vinyl at Pallas in Germany, this limited edition release features new artwork and is exclusive to Record Store Day 2018.

A1 Falling Stars 8:35 A2 Silence 9:27 B1 Happy Fool 7:21 B2 Ballad 5:27 B3 Doughnuts 6:19
Didn't know about Part 1!

The Allman Brothers Band
Live At The Atlanta Pop Festival, July 3 & 5, 1970

Release Date: 4/21/2018
Format: 4 x LP
Label: Legacy
Quantity: 3000
Release type: 'RSD First' Release

The Allman Brothers Band was one of Georgia's top live acts still looking for a break when they were hired to open the three-day Atlanta International Pop Festival. The band's Southern-blues style, bolstered by jams that stretched to epic lengths, won over audiences--and two days later, after legends like Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and B.B. King took the stage, the Allmans were invited back for a second set. Recorded nearly a year before At Fillmore East established them as one of America's hottest bands, fans can now discover these landmark nights in Allman Brothers Band history with this individually numbered, limited edition box set, available on vinyl for the first time and packaged in an oversize slipcase with an eight page booklet of photos and liner notes.

7/3/70 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Statesboro Blues 1.3 Trouble No More 1.4 Don't Keep Me Wonderin' 1.5 Dreams 1.6 Every Hungry Woman 1.7 Hoochie Coochie Man 1.8 In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 1.9 Whipping Post 1.10 Mountain Jam Part I 1.11 Rain Delay 1:14 1.12 Mountain Jam Part II
7/5/70 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Don't Keep Me Wonderin' 2.3 Statesboro Blues 2.4 In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 2.5 Stormy Monday 2.6 Whipping Post 2.7 Mountain Jam

Have heard the CD of this, maybe a decade ago; the parts I remember were incredible, esp, Oakley's bass.

Neil Young
Tonight's The Night Live At The Roxy

Release Date: 4/21/2018
Format: 2 x LP
Label: Warner Bros.
Quantity: 7500
Release type: 'RSD First' Release

The legendary first live performance of Tonight's The Night from Los Angeles' Roxy Theatre in 1973. Side 4 of this double LP contains an etching of the Roxy logo. Previously unreleased. The Record Store Day 2018 edition includes a collectible photo reprint.

Side A- Intro, Tonight's The Night,Roll Out the Barrel, Mellow My Mind, World On A String, Band Intro Side B Speakin' Out, Candy Bar Rap, Albuquerque, Perry Como Rap, New Mama, David Geffen Rap, Roll Another Number (For The Road), Candy Bar Rap 2 Side C Tired Eyes Rap, Tired Eyes Rap, Tonight's The Night-Part II, Walk On, Outro Side D (Etching) Tylerw mentions rough sound not being too much of a prob.

dow, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 21:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Royal Trux (Neil Hagerty/Jennifer Herrema) are making their entire cumulative catalog (40 lps including Royal Trux, NMH, RTX, Howling Hex, and Black Bananas) available via their new home at Fat Possum. The releases will be made available to the public via streaming for the first time and the scheduled roll out has the first 3 chosen albums arriving on all streaming outlets including Spotify, TIDAL, Amazon, Google Play and Deezer this Friday, March 9th.

1993's Cats and Dogs, 1998’s Accelerator and 1999’s Veterans of Disorder

are the first 3 albums the duo have chosen to roll out. Since picking up where they left off, Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty have gone back to work on their first studio LP in nearly 18 years. The band will self-produce, but will include an impressive roster of unexpected co-producers and collaborators on the new record's rumored 15 new tracks.

Stay tuned for the announcement coming via Instagram launching Royal Trux TV which will unleash a vault of previously unseen films, videos and live footage as well as the band's long out-of-print scripted films What Is Royal Trux? and Live At Gettysburg along with newly created content for the forthcoming new record created by Herrema and Hagerty.

dow, Thursday, 8 March 2018 18:46 (one month ago) Permalink

A bunch of Rhino vinyl for National Record Store Day, Lou Reed and Hawkwind most inneresting to me, but quite a few others somebody might like, orig. press release here:

dow, Friday, 9 March 2018 03:13 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The Yachts finally get their due:

Great new wave / power pop.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 25 March 2018 19:31 (four weeks ago) Permalink

This initial volume of the band’s complete recorded output comes in a limited-edition CD box set, each featuring Def Leppard’s first four studio albums — along with some choice bonus live and studio material — all spread across 7CDs. The Volume One collection contains all of Def Leppard’s iconic 1980s recordings – On Through The Night, High ‘N’ Dry, Pyromania and Hysteria - with reproductions of the original packaging. Furthermore, this collection includes a replica 3-inch CD of the band’s original independent EP, the self-titled The Def Leppard E.P. The Volume One collection also houses bonus material including Live At The LA Forum 1983, originally released as a bonus disc in the deluxe CD version of Pyromania. The box set also includes Rarities Volume 1 which has been specially compiled by Joe Elliott, containing rare B-sides and recordings from Def Leppard’s early years, all in a newly commissioned sleeve. Each album in the Volume One box set was mastered by longtime band producer/soundmaster Ronan McHugh and frontman/vocalist Joe Elliott at Joe’s Garage in Dublin, Ireland, and cut by Greg Moore. Housed in rigid boxes, the Volume One collection also contains a hardback book with rare photos by longstanding band confidant Ross Halfin and liner notes by Classic Rock’s Paul Elliott. Def Leppard bandmembers Joe Elliott, bassist Rick Savage, drummer Rick Allen, and guitarist Phil Collen have all also contributed their personal introductions to the collection.

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 04:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Major upheavals at Sony Legacy, one of the best reissue/box set/catalog operations in the industry.

For 28 years, [Sony] has been host to one of the most popular catalog labels in the business, Legacy, which has won multiple Grammy Awards for beautifully curated collections from Sony’s vast repertoire — which includes Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson and many others — as well as new releases from heritage artists like Willie Nelson and Earth, Wind & Fire. But in recent months management found the business to be too oriented toward physical releases, and a major reorganization is under way, a source close to the situation tells Variety. By mutual consent, Legacy president Adam Block agreed to step down earlier this year, and longtime publicity chief Tom Cording is transitioning to a consulting role; several other staffers have or will leave the company.

Yet Legacy, which is housed within Sony’s Commercial Music Group under the direction of president Richard Story, is also staffing up in the digital space, with nine new roles and more likely to come. The source tells Variety that the company felt renewed urgency in realizing it did not have sufficient staffers specializing in deep catalog, streaming, marketing and analytics. The insider stressed that the company will continue to release lavish boxed sets and other physical product, but it has moved to correct that imbalance.

Promoting catalog on streaming is a dramatically different proposition than pushing physical product, according to music-retail veteran Amy Dietz, exec VP and GM of global distribution and services platform InGrooves, who spent 15 years as an executive at Warner Music’s Alternative Distribution Alliance. “Format changes have always given catalog a bump,” she says. “But what’s different now is the idea of lifetime value — before, you were trying to get people to buy something once, but now you’re trying to get people to keep coming back.”

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 13:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Reminds me of somebody quoted in Goldmine Magazine long ago: "How many times do they expect me to buy my collection?"




Formed in Stratford, near New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1981, Nocturnal Projections was the explosive project of legendary and prolific brothers Graeme and Peter Jefferies (who would later form This Kind of Punishment before launching their solo careers), who along with friends Brett Jones and Gordon Rutherford, created some of the most energetic and influential avant-garde punk rock to emerge from the country.

Largely ignored during their tenure (but revered and referenced in the years after their breakup) and often compared to UK contemporaries like Joy Division, Comsat Angels, The Fall, or Wire, Nocturnal Projections stood well apart - never enjoying the luxuries of unlimited studio time, music videos or international fame, the NPs possessed a driven, rough-hewn serrated edge that cut through the lot comparisons to the UK post-punk exports of the era. They were ahead of their time, completely singular, and for those that had the benefit of seeing Nocturnal Projections play live – formative, with a dedicated cult following to this day.

As residents of New Plymouth’s Lion Tavern during their first year as a band, they perfected their soaring, impactful live set locally (often as the only band, without an opener and 3 hours to fill!) before heading off to Auckland in January of 1982, performing with bands like The Fall, John Cooper Clarke, and New Order at venues like The Mainstreet Cabaret, The Rumba Bar and Reverb Room. *The band recorded three EPs at Stebbing Studios in Auckland: The self-titled and self-released 7” single released April 1st of 1982, with the “Another Year” 12” EP following later that year. Their self-titled three song 12” was recorded in 1983, and released by the band posthumously that June, after the band called it quits. The Jefferies would move on and regroup with Rutherford and sound engineer Andrew Frengley shortly after the NPs fell apart to work under the This Kind of Punishment banner.

Complete Studio Recordings comprises the three original Nocturnal Projections studio records, direct to board recordings on a 24 track and not a synthesizer to be found! This release is a crucial part of New Zealand’s punk history, remastered and collected for existing fans and new audiences.

Frantic and fast punk anthems like Nerve Ends In Power Lines, Isn’t That Strange, and In Purgatory are a shot in the gut, while slower, more introspective tracks like Difficult Days and You’ll Never Know reveal what the band had in store later with TKP. Nocturnal Projections are hard to pin down: bright, slashing, and prominent guitars with driving solid basslines and drums in tight lockstep, all with Peter Jefferies’ urgent signature baritone vocals soaring alongside – the result is still perhaps the most energetic, unique, and fresh music to ever emerge from the post-punk scene.

Inmates In Images pulls the best of the best from board recordings of live sets between 1981 and 1983, including the never-before-released tracks: “Blank Faces” and “Late Night”, along with unheard versions of previously released songs - and includes Peter and Graeme’s song “Walk In A Straight Line”, written in October of 1980 and originally intended for their earlier band The Plastic Bags.

We were better live. If you went to the shows that’s when you really got Nocturnal Projections. What you have here is an attempt to document those performances. Much debate, trawling of archives, and careful re-mastering has gone into this set. If you weren’t there, then this is probably as close as you’re gonna get to it. If you were, then I hope this album brings back some memories. Certainly works for me.
- Peter Jefferies. December, 2017

Listen: Nocturnal Projections (samples from both LPs)

Nocturnal Projections
Complete Studio Recordings
April 27, 2018
Dais Records

1. You'll Never Know
2. Isn't That Strange?
3. Could It Be Increased?
4. Difficult Days
5. Out Of My Hands
6. Understanding
7. Another Year
8. In Purgatory
9. Nerve Ends In Power Lines
10. In Darkness

Nocturnal Projections
Inmates In Images
April 27, 2018
Dais Records

1. Inmates in Images
2. Walk In A Straight Line
3. Moving Forward
4. Blank Faces
5. Don't Go
6. Restoration
7. Alone In The Corner
8. Words Fail Me
9. Late Night

dow, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 23:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The final Pere Ubu catalog box set will be out next Friday; it includes The Tenement Year, Cloudland, Worlds In Collision, and about a dozen other tracks.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 28 March 2018 23:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Like Cher's next final farewell tour?

Newly Remastered And Back In Print!

Deutsche Elektronische Musik
Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1972-83


Newly remastered, fully licensed and back in print! Out next Friday worldwide in all good record stores or direct from us early right now!

AVAILABLE AGAIN! Soul Jazz Records new 2018 edition of their long out of print classic first “Deutsche Elektronische Musik – Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1972-83” is ‘a near-definitive guide to some of the world’s most extraordinary music’ (The Guardian).

Featuring a stunning line-up of groups including Cluster, Can, Faust, Popol Vuh, Neu!, Amon Düül, Harmonia, La Düsseldorf and Tangerine Dream as well as a host of lesser known groups such as Kollectiv, Ibliss, Between and many more. This new edition is fully re-mastered and features all the original artwork and tracks.

The first seeds of German rock and experimental electronic music were planted in 1968, as students and workers in Paris, Prague, Mexico and throughout the world demonstrated against mainstream society, the war in Vietnam, imperialism and bourgeois values. The birth of a counter-culture, drug experimentation and social change expanded musical worlds. Germany experienced its own cultural revolution fuelled by these worldwide student and worker revolts and by a generation’s desire to rid itself of the guilt of war.

German rock and experimental electronic music grew out of this worldwide counter-cultural revolution of 1968. The objectives were to create new music, ‘free’ from the past, many German youth turning their back on mainstream society. From the opening of the first collective/cooperative, Kommune 1, in Berlin, to the formation of the Baader-Meinhof terrorist group and the bombings, kidnappings and killings of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (RAF), young Germans sought out new values and a lifestyle outside of ‘the system’.

These cooperative and communal experiences led to a number of new collective German bands forming such as Amon Düül, Faust, Can (all featured here) and others and these ideals drove this new movement. A music that gave seed out of the cultural ‘nothingness’ that young Germans felt as a consequence of Germany’s role in the Second World War. A generation who grew up stifled by the recent history of Nazi atrocities, the guilt of their parents’ generation and their disillusionment at the reintegration of old Nazis into mainstream society.

Influenced equally by the electronic experimentalism of Stockhausen, the progressive rock of Pink Floyd and the black American jazz and soul music played at the occupying armed forces bases, young German artists seamlessly created out of this a new unique music with its own unique identity.

Double CD pack with large 36-page outsize booklet encased in slipcase. The vinyl edition is made up of TWO separate volume heavyweight loud gatefold double albums (+ free download codes) featuring all sleevenotes and text.

Double Vinyl Record A is tracks 1-13

Double Vinyl Record B is tracks 14 - 24

Digital download does not include track 3 and 23 which are physical only

***** GUARDIAN REVIEW (John Savage)

***** GUARDIAN REVIEW (Dave Simpson)

2x LP Record A/CD1:

1. Can – A Spectacle
2. Between – Devotion
3. Harmonia – Dino
4. Gila – This Morning
5. Kollektiv – Rambo Zambo
6. Michael Bundt – La Chasse Aux Microbes
7. E.M.A.K. – Filmmuzik
8. Popol Vuh – Morgengruss
9. Conrad Schnitzler – Auf Dem Schwarzen Kanal
10. La Düsseldorf – Rheinita
11. Harmonia – Veterano
12. Faust – It's A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl
13. Neu! – Hallo Gallo

2x LP Record B/CD2:

1. Cluster – Heisse Lippen
2. Ibliss – High Life
3. Moebius – Hasenheide
4. Amon Düül II – Fly United
5. Popol Vuh – Aguirre 1
6. Ash Ra Tempel – Daydream
7. Tangerine Dream – No Man's Land
8. Amon Düül II – Wie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Strasse
9. Roedelius – Geradewohl
10. Can – I Want More
11. Deuter – Soham

Also available on 2CD, MP3---more info, audio:

dow, Thursday, 29 March 2018 00:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Chris Squire’s FISH OUT OF WATER Limited Edition Boxed Set & 2CD Set To Be Released April 27, 2018!
Official limited edition deluxe boxed set includes 2CD, 2DVD, 1LP and 2×7-inch singles!

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of an official limited edition deluxe boxed set of Yes founder CHRIS SQUIRE’s legendary 1975 solo album FISH OUT OF WATER. Recorded in the late Spring and Summer of 1975 whilst Yes was on hiatus as members recorded their respective solo albums, FISH OUT OF WATER was a breath-taking work, and equal in standard to any Yes album in terms of sheer invention and creativity. The album was essentially a collaboration between Chris Squire and his friend Andrew Pryce Jackman, a gifted arranger who had been a member of The Syn, Squire’s pre-Yes group. The sessions saw contributions from former Yes drummer BILL BRUFORD, Yes keyboard player PATRICK MORAZ and noted musicians MEL COLLINS and JIMMY HASTINGS. Released in November 1975, FISH OUT OF WATER was a Top 30 chart hit in the UK and made the US Billboard Top 75 album chart, going on to sell nearly 500,000 copies worldwide.

The highlight of this limited edition deluxe boxed set is a stunning new 5.1 Surround Sound mix (exclusive to this set on an NTSC / Region Free DVD), along with a new stereo mix, from the original multi-track master tapes by JAKKO JAKSZYK and a new re-master of the original 1975 mix by Paschal Byrne. FISH OUT OF WATER also includes four bonus tracks of the single edits of “Lucky Seven” and “Silently Falling”, along with both sides of the 1981 single by CHRIS SQUIRE and ALAN WHITE; “Run With the Fox” and “Return of the Fox” (appearing on CD for the first time).

The boxed set also includes a replica 180 gram gatefold LP with poster of FISH OUT OF WATER (mastered and cut from the original tapes at Abbey Road studios), along with two seven inch singles of “Lucky Seven” b/w “Silently Falling” and “Run With the Fox” b/w “Return of the Fox”, both in picture sleeves. To complete the content is a visual DVD (NTSC / Region Free) featuring the 1975 FISH OUT OF WATER promotional film featuring the songs “Hold Out Your Hand” and “You By My Side”, along with a 2006 interview with Chris Squire conducted by Jon Kirkman and a 2006 audio commentary by Chris Squire. Finally, the set also contains a 36-page book with an essay by Sid Smith featuring exclusive interviews with BILL BRUFORD, PATRICK MORAZ, GREGG JACKMAN and JAKKO JAKSZYK.

Also available as a 2CD set which features a stunning new Stereo mix from the original multi-track master tapes by JAKKO JAKSZYK and a new re- master of the original 1975 mix by Paschal Byrne.

Always justly proud of his first solo album, it was Chris Squire’s long held wish that a 5.1 Surround mix would be undertaken of the work someday. This Esoteric Recordings edition finally brings this to fruition and is a fitting tribute to the artistry of Chris and his collaborator, Andrew Pryce Jackman.

Track Listing:







grawlix (unperson), Friday, 30 March 2018 19:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Eh dunno if I've ever heard exotica, but this is Numero so maybe

Numero Group’s Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights 3 LP in stores 5/25

In the late ’50s to the mid-’60s, somewhere between Elvis’ last Ed Sullivan Show appearance and the Beatles’ U.S. invasion, a strange musical movement surfaced in America seemingly from some fantasy island in the South Pacific. Known as Exotica, the music blended together wildly disparate musical styles — easy listening and lounge; jazz and surf — to concoct a fizzy colorful sound that felt both marvelously mysterious and delightfully fun. While originally a rather short-lived phenomenon, Exotica (and its stars, such as Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, Esquivel, Yma Sumac, and Les Baxter), has never disappeared from the cultural radar.
Come to think of it, maybe Brian Wilson was tripping to some of this.
More info, audio here (at least they're Numero-thorough, got various subsubgenre groupings etc)

dow, Tuesday, 3 April 2018 18:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink
Press photo by Sasha Eisenman

As Royal Trux's Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty are officially holed up a private studio in Orange County, California to begin their first new LP in over 18 years, the band's next slate of reissues, 1989's Hand of Glory, 1990's Twin Infinitives, 1992's Untitled and 2000's Pound for Pound, will be live on all streaming sites this Friday, April 6th.

The band's new label Fat Possum are helping unleash the classic Trux catalog into the streaming world. The new LP (which is yet to be titled) is slated for an early 2019 release on Fat Possum.



dow, Thursday, 5 April 2018 19:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

lol that is such a disjointed selection of releases

sleeve, Thursday, 5 April 2018 20:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

hunger is doing a reunion gig here in pdx in conjunction with the new reissue of their record. i'm considering it, but i'm kind of old so probably not.

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Friday, 6 April 2018 00:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Five Temptations albums from their psychedelic soul period - Puzzle People, Psychedelic Shack, Sky's The Limit, Solid Rock, and Masterpiece - are being reissued June 1 on the Elemental Music label. These are all long out of print, newly reissued on CD with original artwork and track listing/timings and digitally remastered audio, packaged in deluxe gatefold mini-LP style jackets with inner sleeves and info.

Pre-order links:
Puzzle People
Psychedelic Shack
Sky's the Limit
Solid Rock

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 18:52 (one week ago) Permalink

The soundtrack to the 70s BBC TV children's series 'The Changes', with music composed by Paddy Kingsland of the Radiophonic workshop was released in full for the first time yesterday on digital, remastered from the 1/4" mono masters.

There's a limited edition double vinyl edition for RSD:

Jeff W, Saturday, 21 April 2018 07:12 (yesterday) Permalink

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