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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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

dow, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 21:05 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

Anyway it's on youtube

dow, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:22 (one year ago) Permalink

dow, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:23 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

damn that's cool

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

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

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

Rolling Giant Album Covers

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

Numero stuff:

Step By Step: Time After Time b/w Now She’s Gone


Soaring falsetto lead from 13-year-old Johnnie Gee, who, alongside brothers Jerome and Dewitt and a handful of kids from their Milwaukee stomping grounds, formed Step By Step in 1969. Gee and company’s 1972 sweet soul double sider for Jim Kirchstein’s regional powerhouse Cuca Records is among the rarest singles produced by the Sauk City outfit over its 13-year run, barely making it outside of Wisconsin before appearing on 2007’s Home Schooled: The ABCs of Kid Soul album. Step By Step’s “Time After Time” has since become a highly sought after single on the low rider circuit, and was prominently featured in season two of Aziz Ansari’s breakout Netflix series Master of None. Both sides have been remastered from the original analog Cuca 1/4" tape, with two previously unreleased songs tacked onto the digital version.

Scientists: Weird Love


Unhinged Aussie grunge captured just as the Scientists were imploding/attempting to explode. Recorded over three days in February 1986, Weird Love is the band’s last ditch effort to bring their bad vibes to bedrooms the world over, a colossal failure and brilliant mistake that sounds best when blasting out of a 1982 Corolla’s blown Alpine tweeters.

Teen Expo: The Cleopatra Label


From a basement in New Jersey, Tommy Falcone remade himself into a DIY Phil Spector. From 1962 to 1970, he founded and ran Cleopatra Records, discovered and mentored young Garden State talent, wrote songs and produced wild studio effects, and quit his day job to promote it all himself. Trained as an accordionist, Falcone had a whirlwind imagination and an omnivorous approach to genre, expressed through acts like the Centuries, the Tabbys, Johnny Silvio, the Inmates, Bernadette Carroll, the Hallmarks, Vickie & the Van Dykes, the Shandillons, Eugene Viscione, the Shoestring, and more. Cleopatra became a time-capsule of every 1960s pop style imaginable—garage rock, psychedelia, surf, girl groups, soul, novelties, exotica, even a crooner—a kaleidoscope of sound in search of the ever-elusive hit record.

Do you stream?

Every week we take one record from our extensive vault and issue it digitally. Some of these might become physical products in the future, but for most of them their fate resides in the cloud. Follow along with our most adventurous project on Spotify, Apple Music, or Bandcamp.

dow, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:09 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Out July 27---haven't heard the Lighting Hopkins s/t, but the Guthrie and Spence collections are well worht checking out.

Say hello to the Smithsonian Folkways Vinyl Reissue Series! After plunging deep into our unrivaled collection, we have selected some of our most influential recordings for long-awaited vinyl reissue. The first installment includes three classic albums:

1. Struggle - Woody Guthrie

Originally release: 1976
Features "Hang Knot", "Pretty Boy Floyd", "Ludlow Massacre", and more!
2. Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin' Hopkins

Originally release: 1959
Considered one a catalyst for the "blues revival" of the 1960s
3. Bahaman Folk Guitar - Joseph Spence

Originally release: 1959
"Cult favorite" for such noted performers as Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, the Incredible String, and Brian Wilson
The series offers fans and collectors a chance to own these masterpiece albums; meticulously redesigned from original prints and materials, photos, and remastered from original LP master tapes. Each record also features the classic black textured Folkways tip-on style album jackets and the liner notes booklet that was included in the initial release.

dow, Sunday, 22 July 2018 19:47 (ten months ago) Permalink

Out now on Strut, vinyl and CD:


Remastered editions of Beginning of the End’s two albums, 'Funky Nassau' (1971) and 'Beginning Of The End' (1976 - released on 2LP for the first time). All official releases in conjunction with bandleader Ray Munnings. Nassau gone funky!

These definitive official reissues of ‘Funky Nassau’ and ‘Beginning Of The End’ are remastered by The Carvery from original tapes and feature full length tracks from the studio sessions. Both albums feature a history of the albums and the band by Munnings, alongside rare photos. ‘Beginning Of The End’ appears on loud- press 2LP for the first time. The CD edition features both albums + extra singles recorded by the band.

dow, Sunday, 22 July 2018 21:39 (ten months ago) Permalink

Also from Strut---if you're into Ethopian jazz etc. grooves at all, this guy shouldn't be slept on (unless you're a close personal friend):

We continue our work with the “Godfather Of Ethio Jazz”, Mulatu Astatke, with the first official reissues of his early classics ‘Afro Latin Soul’ Volumes 1 and 2 from 1966, recorded as The Ethiopian Quintet.

The albums were the first experiments in Astatke’s pioneering sound, fusing Ethiopian cultural music with Afro Latin and jazz forms. “I have always felt a deep connection between Latin and African music,” he explains. “I travelled to Cuba and listened to their musicians; the tempo, rhythm and feeling was very similar to different African forms.”

Astatke would start to perfect his Ethio jazz sound on his later album for Worthy in 1972, ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ (STRUT129) but the two volumes of ‘Afro Latin Soul’ stand as important recordings documenting his early career.

‘Afro Latin Soul’ Volumes 1 and 2 come in their full original artwork and are painstakingly remastered by The Carvery. All formats feature personal liner notes by Mulatu Astatke.

More Info, Audio:

dow, Monday, 23 July 2018 21:07 (ten months ago) Permalink

i saw those discs yesterday! shoulda grabbed em.

brimstead, Monday, 23 July 2018 21:34 (ten months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Strut present a brand new edition of Oneness of Juju’s Afro-jazz classic ‘African Rhythms’, originally released on Black Fire in 1975 and first reissued on Strut in 2002.

Remastered from the original sessions and featuring rare photos and extensive liner notes, this new repress also features Part 1 and Part 2 of the original 45 version of ‘African Rhythms’ and the previously unheard ‘Afrobeat’, recently unearthed from the original tapes. Back out on Strut on 21st September!

dow, Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:34 (ten months ago) Permalink

Luaka Bop Announces Preacherman Reissue, Universal Philosophy: Preacherman Plays T.J. Hustler’s Greatest Hits, Out October 12th Listen To “Feel It”

Tim Jones is known by several different monikers; Preacherman, Midi Man and Ironing Board Band to name a few. Though perhaps his most notable is the one that describes him best, T.J. Hustler. In 1979 as T.J. Hustler, Jones self-released one extremely rare LP, Age Of Individualism. In the years since, he’s released two even rarer CD’s as Preacherman, of which the tracks on this forthcoming reissue, Universal Philosophy: Preacherman plays T.J. Hustler’s Greatest Hits (out October 12th on Luaka Bop), are taken.
Watch Universal Philosophy Teaser Video —

n the 1980’s Jones was a technician for IBM in both Las Vegas and San Jose where he repaired Selectric Typewriters and word processors during the day. At night he world perform in the Las Vegas lounges. Thoroughly fascinated by technology and also an engineer in his own right, Jones adapted a Hammond B3 organ to play a Moog synth with some of the organ's keys (some still played the organ) and also adapted the organ's foot controlled bass levers to play two Moog synth bass pedals (a failed item Moog made for a few years). Thinking he wasn't much of a live performer, he had a custom wooden puppet made named T.J. Hustler. Together, Tim Jones/Preacherman and T.J. Hustler would perform long philosophical soliloquies.

These days Jones, (“pronounced JOANZ”, says Tim), is CEO and founder of Up Productions and lives with his 103 year-old mother — the eldest living person in Oakland — in a stunning apartment overlooking Lake Merritt. With his Casio CTK-7200 keyboard, equipped with five wireless mics, a P.A., Jones performs karaoke, easily matching whatever song request you might have. Unfortunately, T.J. Hustler (the puppet) live in a storage unit in Las Vegas, Nevada, along with the modified organ

Perhaps even more so than his first album, Universal Philosophy grants listeners access, virtually for the very first time, to Jones’ outlook, his purpose, and the way he lives and experiences life on this planet. The music presented here is otherworldly, homespun, folk art funk; concise and stream-of-consciousness simultaneously.

Universal Philosophy will be released on vinyl (with gatefold jacket), CD and digital.

Universal Philosophy: Preacherman Plays T.J. Hustler’s Greatest Hits Tracklist:
01. That’s Good

02. Feel It

03. Tell Me Why

04. Out Of This World

05. Age Of Individualism

06. Up And Down

07. The Wrong Way (CD Version Only)

dow, Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

That "Feel It" link again

dow, Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:06 (ten months ago) Permalink

Bobbie Gentry 'The Girl From Chickasaw County - The Complete Capitol Masters' Available September 21 Via Capitol/UMe
Career-Defining Deluxe Eight-Disc Box Set Featuring Seven Remastered Studio Albums And A Wealth Of Rarities

Includes 75 Unreleased Recordings And Never Before Issued Live Tracks Taken From Her BBC TV Series

In 1967, an enigmatic singer, songwriter and producer named Bobbie Gentry rose out of the Mississippi delta and enchanted audiences around the world with her beautiful, captivating voice and her "Ode To Billie Joe." An unconventional, beguiling song with simple acoustic guitar and sparse production, and notably without a discernible chorus, the song introduced Gentry and her style of storytelling that was very different to the confessional song writing of other emerging female singers. The song caused a lot of commotion as it shot to number one in America and knocked The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" off the top spot. When the album Ode To Billie Joe was released the following month, it topped the charts and was the only record to displace Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band from its 15-week reign. Over the next several years, Gentry, whose birthday was this past Friday, July 27, released seven studio albums and broke ground in numerous ways as one of the first female musicians to write, produce and even publish her own music. She also produced her elaborate stage shows via her own production company and was the first female singer songwriter to be afforded her own BBC TV series in the UK where she was wildly popular. She became one of the most iconic and influential artists of the 1960s and 70s, and then in the early '80s she made her final appearance and disappeared from the public eye completely, never to return.

Capitol/UMe are proud to announce that on September 21, they will release the first major retrospective of this most groundbreaking artist with The Girl From Chickasaw County – The Complete Capitol Masters, an eight CD box set that includes all seven of Gentry's studio albums sensitively remastered from the original tapes, supplemented by over 75 previously unreleased recordings including her 'lost' jazz album, outtakes, demos, rarities and an eighth disc of live performances taken from her celebrated series for the BBC. The release has specially commissioned cover art by David Downton and includes an 84-page book with a comprehensive essay by boxset compiler Andrew Batt, rare and unseen photos, eight postcards and a facsimile of her original handwritten lyrics for "Ode To Billie Joe." Pre-order The Girl From Chickasaw County now:

Gentry's seven albums for Capitol Records featured some exceptional material. She was an artist who could turn her hand to fit country, folk, soul, pop, Americana, blues and jazz, and this box set brings all the magic together. Pick outs include the classic originals of "Ode To Billie Joe," swamp funk mover "Mississippi Delta" (complete with an alternative version), classy Glen Campbell duet "Mornin' Glory," her definitive cover of "Hushabye Mountain," pop-soul triumph "Fancy," and from her final album, the melancholy "Lookin' In."

In addition, there are superb previously unreleased recordings including originals like "I Didn't Know" and "Joanne" alongside essential covers of "Conspiracy Of Homer Jones," "God Bless The Child," and "Spinning Wheel." Also included are intimate acoustic performances of "The Seventh Son," "Feelin' Good," "Seasons Come, Seasons Go" and "Belinda." For the rarities and obscurities fan, making their appearance on CD/digital for the first time are "La Siepe," Bobbie's Italian-language entry to the 1968 San Remo song festival, UK number one single "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" sung in Spanish, and a little-known duet with Kelly Gordon; "Love Took My Heart And Mashed That Sucker Flat." Lastly there's disc eight featuring live recordings from her BBC TV series, including an inspired pairing of "Niki-Hoeky with Barefootin'," and dazzling takes of "Refractions," "Ode To Billie Joe," "He Made A Woman Out Of Me," and an extended "Your Number One Fan."

Gentry's career blazed brightly for a few short years, but only now is the full extent of her artistry coming into focus. When we think of empowered female stars we think of Beyoncé, Madonna, or even Dolly Parton, but before all of them there came the girl from Chickasaw County. When she emerged in the late 60's women were just starting to make their mark in the music industry, but female identity was polarized between the light entertainment star and the confessional singer-songwriter. Gentry developed her own unique persona, which was a hybrid of both; part creative songwriter, and part musical theatre performer. A storyteller at heart, Gentry created characters and situations that were often inspired by her Southern childhood, and the media and public alike were fascinated by the contrast between her glamorous appearance and the rural simplicity of her origins. Romanticized over time, these stories have coalesced into a classic version of the American dream; a rags-to-riches story that took Gentry from the Delta backwoods to the world's most glittering stages.

Her disappearance intrigues us quite as much as what was thrown from the Tallahatchie Bridge: Why did she disappear? What has she been doing? Where is she now? But 'Where is Bobbie Gentry?' is not the question we should be asking: Gentry was a trailblazer who was years ahead of her time; a successful writer, singer, musician, performer, producer, publisher, and businesswoman. What we should really be asking ourselves is 'Who was Bobbie Gentry?' - The Girl From Chickasaw County provides more answers to that question than ever before, definitively re-appraising the musical legacy of this influential and iconic artist.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Friday, 17 August 2018 00:08 (ten months ago) Permalink

Intriguing, but no idea if could sustain my interest for that long (I've got the original Ode To Billy Joe LP; it's okay but overuses the title track instrumental approach just a bit, not on every track though.)

From Drag City, watch out now:

...why, it was just around the time that rock met its end - back in '96 or so - groups around the world were still pushing the music
forward, despite the problem being environmental, which meant that a band like Ghost was taking rock and folk and the traditional sounds of music from before the time of nations and making new things that one might JAM OUT to - but the magnetic pull of the Earth was twisting against their noble actions with a violent, vertiginous pull. Still, they persisted - but following the epic sessions for
Lama Rabi Rabi, their fourth album in six years, head Ghost
Batoh needed to CHILL - and so he assembled a group to make some good old rock and roll the way it had been when he was growing up. Maybe that's what Cosmic Invention were thinking
in their heads or feeling in their hearts---Help Your Satori Mind
may be rooted in great American, British and Japanese rock of the 60s and 70s, but it explodes through our speakers like a now sound! After the original release - on, you guessed it, The Now Sound - several Cosmic Inventors joined Batoh back in Ghost, and the CD-only release of Help Your Satori Mind faded into the memory that inspired it in the first place. Now that the past is dead again, it seems a perfect time to push this record into the public eye once more - this time on vinyl, with previously unreleased material! It's OUT NOW and the future is only a moment away - what are you waiting for?

dow, Friday, 17 August 2018 16:49 (ten months ago) Permalink

Also from Drag City:

(well, technically it's a binder)

..C is for CDs! As in, no Bitchin Bajas release has ever been issued on CD - until this new boxset! Rebajas is the name of the boxset, which collects all their albums up to this point for the first time on non-LP or -CS format - and while the album title doesn't mean what you think it does, the collection does: nearly seven hours of organs, synths, saxes, field recordings, ambience, drone and minimalism, inducing equilibrium with a seemingly limitless onslaught that begs to be thrown into the multi-disc CD changer and NEVER removed! Specially packaged to replicate the eternal essence of listening to Bitchin Bajas, which includes sitting around with a 12" jacket in front of you, Rebajas is definitive, adding via quantitative measures in a way that equals their qualitative streak (still unbroken). There aren't many of these being made (because, you know, CDs) - so don't sleep! Preorder Rebajas today.

dow, Friday, 17 August 2018 16:51 (ten months ago) Permalink

Southern Californian groove metal kings DEVILDRIVER are set to reissue revamped editions of their first five albums via BMG on CD on September 28, 2018. Limited edition LP versions will be available as part of Rocktober promotions in the U.S. with DevilDriver, The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand, and The Last Kind Words on October 2 and Pray For Villains and Beast on October 16. For more information and updates, please visit

Formed in Santa Barbara, CA in 2002 when vocalist and frontman Dez Fafara's previous band Coal Chamber were winding down, DEVILDRIVER became Dez's new focus in the world of heavy music. The five-piece have since become a constant and dynamic force in the metal world over the best part of the last two decades. Originally signed to Roadrunner Records, in 2003 the group then featured guitarists Jeff Kendrick and Evan Pitts (who was replaced by Mike Spreitzer later that year), bassist Jon Miller and drummer John Boecklin. It's been a constant uptick for the quintet since they first blasted a hole through the zeitgeist in 2003 with their pivotal self-titled debut. Their almost psychotic dedication to the road is legendary and their mastery of the circle pit beyond dispute. Now their fans can get their hands on their catalogue in revamped, remastered form, with all but one title being pressed on vinyl for the very first time.

The five albums being reissued are DevilDriver (originally released in 2003), The Fury Of Our Makers Hand (2005), The Last Kind Words (2007), Pray For Villains (2009) and Beast (2011). The releases have been remastered by Andy Pearce (Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Anthrax, Kreator) and will be available to buy on limited edition colored vinyl and in deluxe CD format, many featuring bonus tracks and all featuring expanded liner notes and exclusive interview material with frontman, Dez Fafara. For all albums, with the exception of Beast, it'll be the first time ever they've been available in vinyl form (each will be limited to 1500 copies in the U.S.). The Fury of Our Makers Hand features six rare bonus tracks, Pray For Villains includes four bonus tracks and Beast includes three additional cuts. Full details and track listings are below.

DEVILDRIVER - Gatefold digipak CD, Vinyl LP (White, Orange & Gold splatter)

1) Nothing's Wrong
2) I Could Care Less
3) Die (And Die Now)
4) I Dreamed I Died
5) Cry For Me Sky (Eulogy of The Scorned)
6) The Mountain
7) Knee Deep
8) What Does It Take (To Be A Man)
9) Swinging The Dead
10) Revelation Machine
11) Meet The Wretched
12) Devil's Son

THE FURY OF OUR MAKER'S HAND - Gatefold digipak CD, Gatefold vinyl LP (Blue & Orange splatter)

1) The End Of The Line
2) Driving Down The Darkness
3) Grinfucked
4) Hold Back The Day
5) Sin & Sacrifice
6) Ripped Apart
7) Pale Horse Apocalypse
8) Just Run
9) Impending Disaster
10) Bear Witness Unto
11) Before The Hangman's Noose
12) The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand

CD Bonus Tracks
13) Unlucky 13
14) Guilty As Sin
15) Digging Up The Corpses
16) I Could Care Less (Live)
17) Hold Back The Day (Live
18) Ripped Apart (Live)

THE LAST KIND WORDS - Gatefold digipak CD, Vinyl LP (Yellow, beige & green half/half splatter)

1) Not All Who Wander Are Lost
2) Clouds Over California
3) Bound By The Moon
4) Horn of Betrayal
5) These Fighting Words
6) Head On To Heartache (Let Them Rot)
7) Burning Sermon
8) Monsters of the Deep
9) Tirades Of Truth
10) When Summoned
11) The Axe Shall Fall

PRAY FOR VILLAINS - Gatefold digipak CD, Gatefold vinyl LP (White, red & black splatter)

1) Pray For Villains
2) Pure Sincerity
3) Fate Stepped In
4) Back With A Vengeance
5) I've Been Sober
6) Resurrection Blvd
7) Forgiveness Is A Six Gun
8) Waiting For November
9) It's In The Cards
10) Another Night In London
11) Bitter Pill
12) Teach Me To Whisper
13) I See Belief

CD Bonus Tracks;
14) Self-Affliction
15) Dust Be The Destiny
16) Damning The Heavens
17) Wasted Years

BEAST - Gatefold CD Digipak, Gatefold vinyl LP (green & purple swirl)

1) Dead To Rights
2) Bring The Fight
3) Hardened
4) Shitlist
5) Talons Out
6) You Make Me Sick
7) Coldblooded
8) Blur
9) The Blame Game
10) Crowns of Creation
11) Before The Hangman's Noose
12) Lend Myself To The Night

CD Bonus Tracks
13) Lost
14) Fortune Favours The Brave
15) Grinfucked (Live)


dow, Friday, 17 August 2018 16:56 (ten months ago) Permalink

The Rough Guide To Barrelhouse Blues

Jazz And Blues Legends, RGNET1375CD, 28 September 2018
Barcode: 6.05633E+11
Named after the rough and ready bars where labourers gathered to drink and dance, barrelhouse was a raucous form of piano blues that got the juke joints swinging. From early pioneers such as Cow Cow Davenport and Speckled Red to the boogie-woogie legends Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons, this collection charts the rise and incredible influence of this good-time blues.

Track List
ListenSpeckled Red: The Dirty Dozen
ListenJimmy Yancey: Slow And Easy Blues
ListenCripple Clarence Lofton: Strut That Thing
ListenWill Ezell: Heifer Dust
ListenWalter Roland: Watcha Gonna Do?
ListenCow Cow Davenport: Cow Cow Blues
ListenRomeo Nelson: Head Rag Hop
ListenRoosevelt Sykes: 32-20 Blues
ListenClarence "Pinetop" Smith: Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
ListenSkip James: If You Haven't Any Hay Get On Down The Road
ListenTurner Parrish: Fives
ListenBert Mays: You Can't Come In
ListenMeade Lux Lewis: Honky Tonk Train Blues
ListenCharlie Spand: Soon This Morning Blues
ListenHerve Duerson: Avenue Strut
ListenVictoria Spivey: Hoodoo Man Blues
ListenHenry Brown: Henry Brown Blues
ListenLittle Brother Montgomery: Vicksburg Blues
ListenJabo Williams: Pratt City Blues
ListenPete Johnson & Albert Ammons: Barrelhouse Boogie
ListenBob Call: 31 Blues
ListenFreddie ìReddî Nicholson: You Gonna Miss Me Blues
ListenMontana Taylor: Detroit Rocks
ListenLouise Johnson: On The Wall
ListenLeroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell: Barrelhouse Woman No.2
The term ‘barrelhouse’ derives from the cheap bars or ‘juke joints’ of the rural South where African-American labourers gathered to drink and dance at the edge of small towns and levee camps. It was in these rough wooden shacks where the liquor was served directly from the barrels that the piano came into its own, as roving musicians hammered out high-spirited tunes for the drinkers and dancers and got the bar swinging. In turn, the style of up-tempo piano blues that developed in these establishments came to be known as barrelhouse.

The raucous playing style of the opening track by Speckled Red perfectly sets the scene for this rough and ready world, with his classic ‘The Dirty Dozen’ being based on a game of exchanges of insults and vulgar remarks that have long been a part of African-American folklore. In some respects a precursor of rap music, he was told to ‘clean it up for the record’.

Cow Cow Davenport was another key pioneer of the style, and whilst his seminal 1928 recording of ‘Cow Cow Blues’ owed much to a ragtime style, it was perhaps the first recorded example of the style that was to become known as ‘boogie-woogie’, with its infectious left-hand bass pattern and right-hand melodic improvisation. Within months, Clarence “Pinetop” Smith recorded ‘Pinetop's Boogie Woogie’, which was the first known use of the term ‘boogie-woogie’ on a record and cemented the term as the moniker for the genre. Consisting entirely of instructions to dancers, ‘Pinetop's Boogie Woogie’ was adapted by Ray Charles for his song ‘Mess Around’.

Other popular blues pianists to emerge from the barrelhouse circuit include Jimmy Yancey, Roosevelt Sykes and Cripple Clarence Lofton, an artist famed for his energetic stage presence. Although born with a limp, from which he derived his stage name, it could be said that it was somewhat exploitative as he started his career as a tap dancer. Lofton’s rough and ready approach is in great contrast to other featured gems including the precise ragtime-infused playing of Will Ezell on ‘Heifer Dust’ and Walter Roland’s slick accompaniment to ‘Watcha Gonna Do?’, his comical duet with blues diva Lucille Bogan. Leroy Carr was another incredibly influential blues piano pioneer whose life was cut short in 1935 by acute alcoholism, and here he closes out the album with his long-time sidekick Scrapper Blackwell on the fittingly titled ‘Barrelhouse Woman’.

Tracks from this release and a lot more:

dow, Friday, 17 August 2018 17:07 (ten months ago) Permalink

From Sound Of The Universe

Harold McKinney (Tribe)
Voices And Rhythms Of The Creative Profile

Deep, Detroit jazz from 1974! A reissue of this CLASSIC release on cult label, Tribe by pianist, Harold McKinney! Features Wendell Harrison on flute and Marcus Belgrave on trumpet - and includes the ESSENTIAL cut 'In The Moog' as featured on the Soul Jazz release 'Black Fire! New Spirits! Radical And Revolutionary Jazz In The U.S.A. 1957-1982' + heavyweight Ode To Africa + version of Freedom Jazz Dance!
More info, audio:

dow, Friday, 17 August 2018 17:15 (ten months ago) Permalink

An absolute stone cold killer on Charles Tolliver’s Strata-East label, originally released in 1974. Check the haunting, funky title track ‘First Impressions’ for some quickfire proof! An ESSENTIAL deep jazz reissue pressed on 180g audiophile vinyl!
More info (incl. on other Strata-East reissues), audio:

dow, Friday, 17 August 2018 17:20 (ten months ago) Permalink

Palm Unit
Hommage A Jef Gilson

Back in the day, French pianist, composer and all-round jazz superstar Jean-François Quiévreux, a.k.a. Jef Gilson, was up there alongside the likes of peers John Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, and Sun Ra. In a fitting homage to the decades worth of sublime music, and his sad passing away in 2012, Palm Unit have released a lively, honest tribute, upbeat and contemporary re-interpretative vision of his legacy.
More info, audio:

dow, Friday, 17 August 2018 17:24 (ten months ago) Permalink

The 24 Carat Black
Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth

HEAVY, HEAVY, HEAVY break-heavy deep, deep funk - check out the incredible vocal cut Ghetto Misfortunes Wealth and the moody left-field instrumental cut 24-Carat Black theme.
More info (incl. re other Stax reissues), audio:

dow, Friday, 17 August 2018 17:28 (ten months ago) Permalink

Billy Parker's Fourth World
Freedom Of Speech (Remastered 2017 Edition)

BILLY PARKER'S FOURTH WORLD w/ Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cecil Bridgewater, Cecil McBee, Donald Smith (Lonnie Liston's brother). 180 gm gatefold sleeve vinyl reissue.
More info, audio:

dow, Friday, 17 August 2018 17:33 (ten months ago) Permalink

psyched for this, these tapes/records are very cool and super hard to find

Dark Entries is honored to reissue the first 4 full-lengths from Carolyn Fok / CYRNAI, an Asian-American female solo artist from the Bay Area. The 6xLP box set contains all of Carolyn’s officially released music as CYRNAI between 1980-1990, as well as bonus materials. Most of these songs will see their first vinyl appearance ever in a deluxe edition limited boxed set (333 copies). Remastered by George Horn, the set features an exclusive 48-page booklet with photos, quotes, interviews and liner notes written by Carolyn and introduction by Greg Allen (author of ‘Klaus Schulze, Electronic Music Legend’). Over 70 songs, 4 hours of music, spread across six records plus an exclusive bonus 7” of cover songs by The Cure and Gang Of Four all packaged in a black matte wrap box with crimson red foil stamping.

Carolyn’s adventures in sound began with recording stories on a tape recorder at age 9 in 1976. A short time later, exploring the scattering of musical instruments and effects units her father left lying around the family home. She became especially fascinated by his TEAC reel-to-reel recorder that set off a lifelong fascination with sound design. By the age of 16 Carolyn had become inspired by industrial electronic act Cabaret Voltaire, as well as anarcho-punks Crass. Creating the stage name CYRNAI, a rearranging alphabet of Carolyn Fok, she played in several Bay Area bands including Treason, A State Of Mind, Trial and Rhythm & Noise between 1983 and 1991. Her debut release as CYRNAI, 1985’s 12” EP ‘Charred Blossoms’, followed by the cassette albums ‘Parts of The Insomnic Wheel’ in 1986, ‘Hypno-Seizure’ in 1987 and two versions of ‘To Subtle-Drive’ in 1989/1990.

Despite having been featured in publications including Electronic Musician, Keyboard and with a long term association with Industrial music, Carolyn has remained an intensely private musician, artist and writer until now. However, she has launched an ambitious project that involves releasing her vast archive of music as a ‘memoir’ via her website Having spent extensive time in the studio amassing around 100 albums worth of electronic and experimental music, field recordings, collaborations, band projects and more, these are now being released in one place. “Her time is beyond due to be recognized, represented and attributed for her contributions to experimental analogue culture with sounds still fresher than tomorrow.” Eloise Leigh (New Age Rage, Berlin Community Radio)

sleeve, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 14:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

Mott The Hoople / Mental Train: The Island Years 1969-1971

August 31, 2018 by Paul Sinclairtags: 1960s, 1970s, Mott The Hoople
6CD box set • Island albums + bonus tracks • disc of unreleased outtakes

Universal Music will, in November, issue Mental Train: The Island Years 1969-1971, a new six-disc Mott The Hoople box set which delivers everything the band recorded during their time at Island Records including many bonus tracks and unreleased material.

Mental Train includes the four albums – Mott The Hoople (1969), Mad Shadows (1970), Wildlife (1970) and Brain Capers (1971) – each of which include eight or nine bonus tracks, including A-sides, B-sides, demos, rehearsals and alternate takes.

The fifth CD includes more unheard and unreleased music from the Island archive while the final disc features live material recorded at Fairfield Hall, Croydon on 13 September 1970 and a BBC Radio One In Concert from the Paris Theatre, London on 30 December 1971.

The studio albums have all been remastered from the original tapes (where available) by Andy Pearce and this set comes in what looks like the familiar Universal ‘shoebox’ package (Tears For Fears, Simple Minds etc.) with a a 50-page booklet designed by Phil Smee with sleeve notes by Kris Needs.

Mental Train: The Island Years 1969-1971 will be released on 2 November 2018.
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Box Summary

Disc One: Mott the Hoople plus bonus tracks
Disc Two: Mad Shadows plus bonus tracks
Disc Three: Wildlife plus bonus tracks
Disc Four: Brain Capers plus bonus tracks
Disc Five: The Ballads of Mott The Hoople
Disc Six: It’s Live and Live Only

Originally released November 22 1969 – Island Records ILPS 9108

You Really Got Me

At the Crossroads

Laugh at Me

Backsliding Fearlessly

Rock and Roll Queen

Rabbit Foot and Toby Time

Half Moon Bay

Wrath and Wroll

Bonus Tracks

If Your Heart Lay with the Rebel (Would You Cheer the Underdog?) (Instrumental Take 2)

Rock and Roll Queen (Single A side)

Road to Birmingham (Single B side)

Road to Birmingham (Guy Steven’s Mix)

You Really Got Me (Complete take)

You Really Got Me (Vocal mix)

Rock and Roll Queen (Guy Steven’s Mono Mix)

Rock and Roll Queen (Kitchen Sink Instrumental)

Little Christine (2 Miles)

Originally released September 1970 – Island Records ILPS 9119

Thunderbuck Ram

No Wheels to Ride

You Are One of Us

Walking with a Mountain

I Can Feel

Threads of Iron

When My Mind’s Gone

Bonus Tracks

Thunderbuck Ram (BBC Session)

Thunderbuck Ram (Original Take with Organ)

No Wheels to Ride (Demo)

Moonbus (Baby’s Got a Down on Me)

The Hunchback Fish (Vocal Rehearsal)

You Are One of Us (Take 9)

Going Home (2 Miles)

Keep A-Knockin’ (Studio version)

Originally released March 1971 – Island Records ILPS 9144

Whiskey Women

Angel of Eighth Avenue

Wrong Side of the River


Lay Down

It Must Be Love

The Original Mixed Up Kid

Home Is Where I Want to Be

Keep A-Knockin’ (Live)

Bonus Tracks

Midnight Lady (Single A side)

The Debt (Single B side)

Downtown (Single A side)

Brain Haulage (Whiskey Woman)

Growing Man Blues (Take 10)

Long Red (Demo)

The Ballad of Billy Joe

Lay Down (Take 8

Originally released December 1971 – Island Records – ILPS 9178

Death May Be Your Santa Claus

Your Own Backyard

Darkness, Darkness

The Journey

Sweet Angeline

Second Love

The Moon Upstairs

The Wheel of the Quivering Meat Conception

Bonus Tracks

Mental Train (The Moon Upstairs)

How Long? (Death May Your Santa Claus)

Darkness, Darkness

Your Own Backyard (Complete Take)

Where Do You All Come From (Backing Track)

One of the Boys (Take 2)

Movin’ On (2 Miles)

Black Scorpio (Mommas Little Jewel)

Unheard and unreleased music from the Island archive

Like a Rolling Stone (Fragment)

No Wheels to Ride (1st House)

Angel Of 8th Avenue (Tape 816)

The Journey

Blue Broken Tears (Tape 816)

Black Hills (Full Ralph’s Version)

Can You Sing the Song That I Sing (Full Take)

Till I’m Gone (2 Miles)

The Original Mixed Up Kid (BBC Session)

Ill Wind Blowing (2 Miles)

I’m A River (Vocal Rehearsal)

Ride on The Sun (Sea Diver) (2 Miles)

– Tracks 1 – 7: Fairfield Hall, Croydon, 13 September 1970
– Tracks 8 to 12: Paris Theatre, London, BBC Radio One, In Concert, 30 December 1971

Rock and Roll Queen


No Wheels to Ride / Hey Jude

Thunderbuck Ram

Keep A-Knockin’

You Really Got Me

The Moon Upstairs

Whiskey Women

Your Own Backyard

Darkness, Darkness

The Journey

Death May Be Your Santa Claus"

Stevolende, Friday, 31 August 2018 20:25 (nine months ago) Permalink

Good news, thanks! Rock and Roll Queen rounded up some of that, an LP's-worth of singles edits, but don't think it ever did come out on legit CD---The Ballad of Mott prob did, and is a pretty good overview.

dow, Monday, 3 September 2018 18:22 (nine months ago) Permalink

Don't think this one came out on CD either! Xgau nails it:
Shades of Ian Hunter: The Ballad of Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople [Columbia, 1979]
Exemplary discophilia. The Mott 45s on side one are all the young stiffs--great album tracks edited down for an AM exposure that was rarely forthcoming, they race along with an almost punky punch on LP. The B sides and miscellaneous on side two are uneven, natch, but worth getting to know (as owners of Greatest Hits have already learned with two of them). Those circumspect enough to have passed up Ian's two solo albums are now rewarded with side three's best-of. And side four excerpts the solo Ian that was never released here, to impressive effect. A genuinely obsessive compilation. A-

dow, Monday, 3 September 2018 18:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

Atlantic put Rock and Roll Queen out on CD back in the 80s. It's OOP and doesn't sound very good. When Rhino started their Atlantic Remasters series in the 90s, they did those four Mott albums (which Atlantic had in the US,and Island issued everywhere else) plus a new best of that era called Backsliding Fearlessly, which had some rarities as bonuses.

The Ballad of Mott was a two-disc set by Colombia Legacy that mainly focused on their post-Atlantic/Island work, but it did included four tracks (one per album) from that period. And yes, that Shades comp hasn't actually been reissued on CD (although there is another, less in-depth Hunter comp on CD w/that title), although pretty much everything that's on it has been either reissued on its on own or as bonus tracks on Mott/Hunter albums. It is a really good collection, and still can be had on nice vinyl for $5-10.

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 3 September 2018 19:06 (nine months ago) Permalink

I should also note that the Atlantic/Island Mott albums have all been OOP for awhile on CD, so this box is most welcome!

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 3 September 2018 19:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

Also, Re:Shades--there is nothing from the Atlantic/Island era on it. It starts with "All The Young Dudes" and proceeds in chronological order from there.

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 3 September 2018 19:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

Initially released in 2014, Jane Weaver’s The Silver Globe was a conceptual delicacy – a mythical jaunt set to a motorik rhythm, played out in an overgrown forest of ideas. Described in the album’s original press release, it was “a synth-ridden post-apocalyptic prog-pop opus based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and re-filtered past experiences.” After a minimal stateside release, Fire Records is now reissuing the album on November 9th on limited-edition clear vinyl with the existing artwork updated by Andy Votel and on CD in a card wallet.

Featuring tracks co-produced by David Holmes, guest appearances by Australian vintage space-rockers Cybotron, a recycled chunk of a Hawkwind track, an intricate Damon Gough guitar solo, some Suzanne Ciani waves and post production, plus remix flourishes by Andy Votel, The Silver Globe is a shiny beautifully polished gem. It’s “a full-scale leap into the cosmic void of contemporary space rock” (Quietus).

“As a child of the 1970s I can thank my friends’ brothers for their space rock record collections and concept album sleeves that I would spend hours looking at, then my first love for Kate Bush followed by a heavy dose of disco and synth pop,” says Weaver. “I guess The Silver Globe is just a subconscious inspired imprint of those things that have never left me, married with an accidental viewing of a vintage Polish sci-fi film that was so bizarre I couldn’t stop thinking about it and so it became my muse.”

Since those heady beginnings, Weaver has been celebrated for her Modern Kosmology, “an album that melds cult cornerstones into a lean and thrillingly addictive slice of unearthly pop” (Guardian). It was named a top 10 album of 2017 by the likes of MOJO, Rough Trade and Drowned in Sound, while the Guardian, Uncut, The Quietus, and Q placed it in their top 25.

advance track:

Praise for The Silver Globe:

"One of those cut-glass, unfailingly true English voices, completely untouched
by even the slightest tinge of R&B, that have the ability to make a song sound like
the soundtrack to a chilly drawing room. . . Weaver’s voice is the key to [The Silver Globe]:
she can’t help but add melody, even when what lies beneath is the drone."
– The Guardian, 4/5 stars

“Atmospheric, deeply odd, funky and wistful, but never less than superb.” – Uncut, 8/10

"The Silver Globe [leaves] no doubt that she is amongst today's most striking sonic auteurs." – MOJO, 4/5 stars

“[Jane Weaver’s] main achievement here is the fact that she effortlessly distills aspects of both the early electronic/library music/hauntology craze, and her psych folk grounding, into one highly accessible album. This is no mean feat – while these genres can prove to be notoriously esoteric and abstract, there are inventive moments here which wouldn't sound out of place on mainstream alternative radio.”
– All Music, 4.5/5 stars

Jane Weaver – Loops In The Secret Society UK Tour Dates:
Oct. 17 – The Pleasance, Edinburgh
Oct. 18 – Leaf, Liverpool
Oct. 21 – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Oct. 30 – City Varieties, Leeds
Nov. 6 – Hackney Arts Centre, London
Nov. 7 – Trinity Centre, Bristol
Nov. 8 – Komedia, Brighton
Nov. 9 – Arts Theatre, Nottingham

dow, Monday, 10 September 2018 18:45 (nine months ago) Permalink


Pre-order available at Stones Throw and Bauhaus' Bandcamp for Nov. 23 release. Official reissue, produced entirely by the band with Leaving Records, and distributed by Stones Throw.

The Bela Session captures the first time Bauhaus recorded together, January 26th, 1979, just six weeks after forming as a band. This is the first release of that complete recording session, including three previously unreleased tracks. This also marks the first official reissue of the single “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” on vinyl for over thirty years. The audio has been newly mastered from the original analogue tape by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios.

Bauhaus are a four-piece from Northampton, England: Peter Murphy (vocals), Daniel Ash (guitar), Kevin Haskins (drums), and David J (bass). The band emerged from the post-punk alternative music scene of the early 80s with a string of innovative albums and a powerfully dramatic live presentation.

“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” is considered the original gothic rock record and a cornerstone of the specific genre.

Originally released as a 12-inch single in August 1979 by Small Wonder Records, “Bela Lugosi's Dead” failed to make the pop charts but remained a staple of the U.K. independent singles chart for many years. “Bela” has widely influenced contemporary goth culture as well as popular culture at large. Among many highlights, a live recording of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” was the soundtrack to the opening scene of 1983 horror film The Hunger (David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve, and Susan Sarandon); it’s been covered by Nine Inch Nails, Massive Attack, Nouvelle Vague, Chvrches and others; cited as an influence on authors Chuck Palahniuk and Neil Gaiman; used on Saturday Night Live’s skit “Goth Talk”; and the band itself was parodied on Beavis & Butthead and South Park.

Three months after releasing “Bela,” the group signed with label 4AD who released their debut album In The Flat Field. They then moved to the larger parent company, Beggars Banquet and between 1981 and 1983 released a further three studio albums, as well as peaking at #15 with their cover of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” in the UK singles chart. After disbanding in 1983, members of the band went on to form Love And Rockets and Tones On Tail while Peter Murphy enjoyed a successful solo career.

40th anniversary: Late 2018 will also mark the ruby anniversary of Bauhaus. Beggars Banquet/4AD will be reissuing records from the band’s catalog on limited edition color vinyl, details to be announced.

Leaving Records: a Los Angeles-based label founded in 2008 by Matthew “Matthewdavid” McQueen. Leaving Records has partnered with Stones Throw Records since 2013.

Vinyl details: The Bela Session will be issued on 180 gram white vinyl (ltd. 1000) and 180 gram Black vinyl; Printed inner sleeve with facsimile of the recording session's tape box; 20 x 20-inch poster of the original "Bela" 12-inch cover. Pre-order at Stones Throw or Bauhaus Bandcamp.

Track List:
“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (9:36)
“Some Faces” (2:29) previously unreleased
“Bite My Hip ”(2:57) previously unreleased; later reworked, re-recorded as “Lagartija Nick” in 1983
“Harry” (2:56) later released as a B-side in 1982
“Boys” (3:03) previously unreleased; later re-recorded and released as the B-side of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”

by the light of the burning Citroën, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 17:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

Harmony In My Head: UK Power Pop & New Wave 1977-81:

Cherry Red's been on a roll, though this one is a bit too narrow for my tastes compared with their recent punk and post-punk boxes.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 13 September 2018 14:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

From Numero:

Basement Beehive is the product of a dream we had years ago. Feverish from Rhino’s excellent One Kiss Can Lead To Another box, we started making piles of girl group tracks that were mere whispers in the collector abyss. It started out as a Sweet 16 45 box shaped like a birthday cake (replete with a carton of Numero-branded candles). Then it was a series of regional surveys. Finally we boiled it down to a kick-ass mix tape of 28 crucial tracks, with an additional 28 on the compact disc version. That process took four years. The world has fallen apart in less time.

From the work we started on Basement Beehive a dozen other projects have come into focus as well, all collecting the complete output of wildly obscure girl groups, available for your streaming pleasure, and perhaps someday on a physical format. You never know. The important thing is that we found these groups and are telling their stories for the first time. We’re not hoarders of obscurity, nothing has to stay in the basement forever.
(2LP, 2CD, various digital formats, also spotify playlist)
Who do we become when we live our dreams? It’s all here—the high hairdos, the dreams and schemes, the tender camp, the wedding bell fantasias and chaste tragedies. Sister acts, studio receptionists, classmates, angelic voices of the 1960s; some legendary, many hidden in the basement of expired rainbows. Gathered on this deluxe double CD are 56 (28 on the 2LP) foiled escape attempts, now free to soar in girl group heaven. also streaming mini-sets
Trailer, though may have to go via above link, ditto mini-sets

dow, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 17:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

Just got a new CD of Roscoe Mitchell's Sound in the mail - his debut, and the first AACM-affiliated album, originally released on Delmark in 1966. This new edition features the "Original Analog Mix"; I don't know what that means 'cause I don't have a previous CD edition in the house to compare it with, but I asked Chuck Nessa, who produced the album, so maybe he'll let me know. Anyway, it also includes two bonus tracks, and it's an essential free/avant jazz document, so get one if you're into that stuff.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 21 September 2018 15:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

Mønk is a live album recorded in Denmark in 1963, with Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, John Ore on bass and Frankie Dunlop on drums - one of his best bands IMO. Out today on Gearbox; the tapes were literally found in a dumpster 20 years ago.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 28 September 2018 20:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

I have never listened to Kate Bush, but I know she has many fans here.


Studio Album Catalogue Remastered For The First Time On Vinyl And CD As Four Vinyl Boxes And Two CD Boxes, With Many Rare Tracks Making Their Vinyl Debut

Vinyl Boxes 1 + 2 And CD Box 1 Out On November 16

Vinyl Boxes 3 + 4 And CD Box 2 Will Follow On November 30

The Original Album Artworks Are Retained Within New Artwork For The Boxes, Although The Artwork For The CDs In Box 1 Have Been Redesigned Using Elements From The Originals

LOS ANGELES - Kate Bush will release remastered versions of her album catalogue on vinyl and CD in November. This is the first (and definitive) program of remastering undertaken by the artist and includes the release of many rarities and cover versions on the vinyl and CD formats for the first time.

The vinyl albums - all Kate's studio work - will be released in four separate boxes, the first two, VINYL BOX 1 (4LP, $99.98) and VINYL BOX 2 (3LP, $74.98) will be available on November 16, and the latter two VINYL BOX 3 (6LP, $149.98) and VINYL BOX 4 (4LP, $99.98) will be available on November 30. CD BOX 1 ($99.98) and CD BOX 2 ($89.98) will also be available in November. The live album Before The Dawn is included in CD Box 2 in its original mastered form.

The albums, many of which have been unavailable on vinyl for a decade, have been remastered by Kate Bush and James Guthrie. Kate's ten studio albums are spread over three vinyl boxes, whilst the fourth box contains many rarities previously unavailable on vinyl, including a whole disc of cover versions. The total number of vinyl discs is 18.

Album Listing:

The Kick Inside
Never For Ever
The Dreaming

Hounds Of Love
The Sensual World
The Red Shoes

Director's Cut
50 Words For Snow

12" Mixes
The Other Side 1
The Other Side 2
In Others' Words

The track-listing for the fourth vinyl box and the final 4 CDs of the second CD box:

1. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
2. The Big Sky (Meteorological Mix)
3. Cloudbusting (The Orgonon Mix)
4. Hounds Of Love (Alternative Mix)
5. Experiment IV (Extended Mix)

1. Walk Straight Down The Middle
2. You Want Alchemy
3. Be Kind To My Mistakes
4. Lyra
5. Under The Ivy
6. Experiment IV
7. Ne T'Enfuis Pas
8. Un Baiser D'Enfant
9. Burning Bridge
10. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) 2012 Remix

1. Home For Christmas
2. One Last Look Around The House Before We Go
3. I'm Still Waiting
4. Warm And Soothing
5. Show A Little Devotion
6. Passing Through Air
7. Humming
8. Ran Tan Waltz
9. December Will Be Magic Again
10. Wuthering Heights (Remix / New Vocal from 'The Whole Story')

1. Rocket Man
2. Sexual Healing
3. Mná na hÉireann
4. My Lagan Love
5. The Man I Love
6. Brazil (Sam Lowry's First Dream)
7. The Handsome Cabin Boy
8. Lord Of The Reedy River
9. Candle In The Wind

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 4 October 2018 14:04 (eight months ago) Permalink



The arrival of Creedence Clearwater Revival's 50th anniversary brings an unprecedented celebration of everything the band contributed in their short but startlingly epochal time together (1968 - 1972). To commemorate this milestone, Craft Recordings is releasing a deluxe box set comprising the band's complete seven-album studio output: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys, Cosmo's Factory, Pendulum and Mardi Gras.

Each album in this collection has been mastered at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios, benefiting from an exacting process that allows for an exceptional level of sonic clarity and punch, bringing these classic recordings a new vibrancy. The 180-gram LPs come housed in handsome tip-on jackets replicating the packaging of the original pressings. Along with the complete studio album collection comes an 80-page book featuring new liner notes from music journalist Roy Trakin, archival photos and reproductions of band ephemera - offering something for both new and the most diehard of Creedence fans.

Using high-res transfers from the original analog tapes, the half-speed mastering process involves playing back audio at half its recorded speed while the cutting lathe is turned at half the desired playback speed. The technique allows more time to cut a micro-precise groove, allowing more accuracy with frequency extremes and dynamic contrasts. Abbey Road Studios' award-winning engineer Miles Showell explains, "I've tried to be as authentic as I could, and just make it sound like music. Not over-hyped, not over-processed. Up until now a lot of processing has been done on these recordings, so my approach was to strip them right back and just expose them for what they are - because what they are is great music."

Although the band members were together for only four years under the Creedence Clearwater Revival appellation, they managed to accomplish more than many artists do in a lifetime. Powered by John Fogerty's visceral growl, along with Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford's gritty, in-the-pocket punch, they've sold over 30 million records in the U.S. alone, releasing 14 Top 10 hits, six Platinum albums (two of which went to number one) and one Gold album. They also managed to play over 150 tour dates around the world, including a headlining spot at Woodstock.

Over the last 50 years, Creedence Clearwater Revival's canon has become a part of the Great American Songbook. Songs like "Bad Moon Rising," "Down on the Corner," "Fortunate Son," "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?," "Proud Mary," "Born on the Bayou," "Travelin' Band" and "Up Around the Bend" have been ingrained into pop culture - not just as rock staples, but as classic standards.

This hardworking band offered beautifully simple and relatable music for the every-man or -woman. Blue-collar Americans saw their experiences and sociopolitical concerns reflected in Creedence's class-conscious broadsides ("Run Through the Jungle," "Who'll Stop the Rain," "Fortunate Son") and portraits of working class life ("Cotton Fields," "Proud Mary").

In 1993 Creedence Clearwater Revival were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During his speech honoring the band, Bruce Springsteen noted, "I stand here tonight still envious of that music's power and its simplicity. They were hits filled with beauty and poetry and a sense of the darkness of events, of history. An American tradition shot through with pride, fear and paranoia. They rocked and played great together... they weren't the hippest band in the world, just the best."

Creedence also had a gift for transforming other musicians' songs in their own image. Impressive covers of classic tracks from all genres are dotted across their albums; from Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You," Dale Hawkins' "Susie Q" and Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly," to the Leadbelly--popularized, blues-gospel evergreen "Midnight Special" and the Marvin Gaye-popularized Motown hit "I Heard It Through the Grapevine."

With so many memorable songs that continue to grace our radio waves and television and movie screens, plus lyrics that still resonate today, Creedence Clearwater Revival is, truly, America's greatest rock 'n' roll band. This lovingly remastered and restored Complete Studio Albums (Half-Speed Masters) box set represents a package worthy of the Creedence legacy, marking 50 years since the Fogertys, Clifford and Cook brought us a body of work that has inspired and electrified generations of fans.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 4 October 2018 15:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

House Of Love anyone?

koogs, Thursday, 4 October 2018 15:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

ECM is putting out a 21CD box of all their Art Ensemble of Chicago releases, plus albums featuring AEOC members, next month.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 5 October 2018 00:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

New alb and reissues from The Glands, also prev unreleased Jonny Polonsky; see their own threads.

And this here:

On December 7, Merge Records will make two elusive classics by California legends Redd Kross widely available for the first time!

Hot Issue contains a dozen turn-of-the-century new digs and old finds recorded by the band in Hollywood between 1980 and 2007. Available on limited-edition translucent fluorescent green Peak Vinyl, licorice black vinyl, and CD, this collection of top-quality recordings features Redd Kross rarities and focuses on the band’s most explosively creative period from the early ’90s straight through to Researching the Blues, all mastered from the original source tapes for optimal audio fidelity by Bill Inglot and Dave Schultz at d2. An energetic compilation created to be a complete play experience with unreleased and rare tracks unearthed from the Jeff McDonald archives, Hot Issue is a total must for all Redd Kross fans around the world!

Hotter than anything printed by a Hearst daily, the 12-song “Versión Especial" of Redd Kross’ Teen Babes from Monsanto is all art, no filler, direct from the source, pure from the tap. Available on CD or engraved on your choice of virgin black vinyl or limited-edition translucent pink Peak Vinyl, the album features specially designed packaging that allows you to choose between two different front covers with just a flip of the wrist! Experience vintage teenaged Redd Kross as presented by Monsanto: 100% genuine, chemically inspired brilliance fueled by processed junk food.

Pre-order these albums individually in the Merge store, or reserve both as a Peak Vinyl bundle on the cheap! Love live Redd Kross!

(Are these guys good?)

dow, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 17:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

They're great.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 18:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

Will check thx.

As featured on prev RRs:

Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip
compilation out on Halloween, hear C.T. Pilferhogg's 1973 rager "You Haul"
Rare 60s-70s pre-metal, hard rock singles series curated by L.A.'s Permanent Records & RidingEasy Records

"So rare that diehard fuzz junkies say you'd have a better chance of winning the lottery than finding a physical 45 rpm single by one of the bands featured on their latest installment." -- Dangerous Minds

"Will do for hard rock, proto-metal and heavy psych what Nuggets did for garage rock, and bring it to a wider audience of collectors and music fans." -- The Guardian

"We're huge fans of the Brown Acid series... Think of it as a companion to the essential Nuggets compilation but covering artists and records that never made it out of their hometowns." -- Ultimate Classic Rock
"So rare that diehard fuzz junkies say you'd have a better chance of winning the lottery than finding a physical 45 rpm single by one of the bands featured on their latest installment." -- Dangerous Minds

"Will do for hard rock, proto-metal and heavy psych what Nuggets did for garage rock, and bring it to a wider audience of collectors and music fans." -- The Guardian

"We're huge fans of the Brown Acid series... Think of it as a companion to the essential Nuggets compilation but covering artists and records that never made it out of their hometowns." -- Ultimate Classic Rock

Loudwire recently premiered the first single, "Peace of Mind" by Blizzard from 1973 HERE.

"The Sorcerer" from Pegasus dropped last month on YouTube

The Brown Acid series is curated by L.A. label RidingEasy Records and retailer/label Permanent Records. The Quietus hosted a full album stream of the previous edition Brown Acid: The Sixth Trip HERE.

About Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip:

Everybody's favorite source for the hard stuff is back in business, with ten more lethal doses of rare hard rock, heavy psych and proto-metal! These obscure tracks have all been licensed, the bands have been paid, and the sources are all analog. The quality of tracks seems to increase along with the number of Trips and this cohesive collection comes outta the gate with both guns blazing!

Pegasus recorded one single in Baltimore in 1972 and they made it count. "The Sorcerer" is a throbbing ripper that prior to this was basically unknown. However, it doesn't seem too far fetched to speculate that Black Flag lifted the riff for "No Values" from this track eight years later. Unlikely, but possible, especially considering how big a Black Sabbath fan Greg Ginn is. Pegasus was lauded back in the day for "how much they delivered that Black Sabbath feel."

You may not already be familiar with Schizo, but you should know at least one of the French freaks behind this short-lived group. Richard Pinhas was the co-writer and uncredited, wah-wah abusing guitarist in Schizo after his stint in Blues Convention. Schizo recorded just two singles, the first being the heavier of the two, before Pinhas went on to record with Heldon and then going solo. The band had a unique vibe that didn't sound unlike Lemmy fronting a gang of stoned Martians.

Youngstown, Ohio is the most commonly referred to city of the entire Brown Acid series. This town of just under 150,000 people may've had the highest (literally and figuratively) per capita output of heavy 45s. Blue Amber recorded this in 1971 at Gary Rhamy's analog Mecca, Peppermint Recording Studios. This two-riff boneheaded banger sounds like a caveman protest song with an extraordinary amount of delay on the vocals. No wonder this 45 fetches three-figures on the rare occasion it comes up for sale.

Batting clean-up, we have Negative Space, the only LP sourced track on this album. This crunchy jam comes off the band's 1970 record entitled Hard, Heavy, Mean, & Evil. At over six and a half minutes, "The Calm After the Storm" is the longest track included on this volume, but it never gets dull. Fun fact: before changing the name to Negative Space, Rob Russen called his band Snow and released the "Sunflower" 45 in 1969 - you might recall that groover from the First Trip.

We generally stick with American artists for this series, but every now and again something foreign grabs us and shakes us to the core. One example is the Schizo record from France, another is this Swedish 45 by Zane. These crazy Swedes did one incredibly damaged (hence the title) record on the MM label in 1976. These proto-punkers relied heavily on synth for this tune and mixed the drums so obnoxiously loud, you might think the kit is in the room with you. This is a weird one that somehow sounds like Zolar X covering Wicked Lady. Brown Acid material all the way!

B must be short for Bangers, 'cuz this side is full of 'em! The flip of this Trip begins with a virtually unknown Oklahoma record from 1973. Blizzard was Rod McClure's high school band, but you couldn't possibly guess that teenagers recorded this heavy slab on the Token (should've been Toking) label. It's one of the best we've comped and it sounds like a hypothetical MC5/Hendrix collaboration. The "Under the Ice" level drum fills will knock your socks off if the heavy shred doesn't first.

OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain and apparently where the fuzz goes seepin' in your brain! Third World is the second Okie inclusion on this Trip and we couldn't be more stOOOOOked to be sharing this very obscure single with y'all. If the heavily distorted two-note riff doesn't grab ya, the apocalyptic Grand Funk vibes will. Once they get their mitts on ya, Third World will take you back to 1971 and leave ya there. Can we hitch a ride too?

Ever heard of Virginia, Minnesota? We hadn't either until we got in touch with Calvin Haluptzok and got the back story on his band Sweet Wine. This bitchin' one-off 45 must've melted the snow off the roofs of the households brave enough to play it when it came out in 1970 and it's still red hot nearly 50 years later. This vino may be sugary, but it packs an incendiary punch! Sadly, Calvin passed before we could get his music re-released, but it was nice to have reached him before it was too late. The Sweet Wine legacy lives on thanks to the Brown Acid archivists.

C.T. Pilferhogg wins the award for most puzzling band name in our series. What's not puzzling is how righteous both sides of their self-released 1973 single are! Featured here is the A-side "You Haul" which is one of the best examples of a poor man's Deep Heep (Deep Purple meets Uriah Heep) we've ever heard and the demonic Echoplex-laden laughs mixed into this track are out of control. The band was touted as "Southwest Virginia's Finest Boogie Band", but don't let that fool ya.vThey could bang heads with the best of 'em.

The closer on the Seventh Trip is one we hold very near and dear. Not only is this record the one that's taken us the longest to secure the rights to, it's also one of the very best examples of heavy psych you'll ever hear. The track rings your bell (literally) straight out of the gate and the dank psychedelic vibes kick in immediately. Summit's "The Darkness" was recorded in a basement studio in Kansas City in 1969 when the lead guitarist was only 16. The band was from a rural Missouri town, played only one impromptu gig in Clinton, and pressed only 125 copies of this, their only single. It should come as no surprise that it sells for hundreds of dollars when it's offered. That's a small price to pay for such greatness.

About the Brown Acid series:

Some of the best thrills of the Internet music revolution is the ability to find extremely rare music with great ease. But even with such vast archives to draw from, quite a lot of great songs have gone undiscovered for nearly half a century -- particularly in genres that lacked hifalutin arty pretense. Previously, only the most extremely dedicated and passionate record collectors had the stamina and prowess to hunt down long forgotten wonders in dusty record bins -- often hoarding them in private collections, or selling at ridiculous collector's prices. Legendary compilations like Nuggets, Pebbles, ad nauseum, have exhausted the mines of early garage rock and proto-punk, keeping alive a large cross-section of underground ephemera. However, few have delved into and expertly archived the wealth of proto-metal, pre-stoner rock tracks collected on
Brown Acid.

Lance Barresi, co-owner of L.A./Chicago retailer Permanent Records has shown incredible persistence in tracking down a stellar collection of rare singles from the 60s and 70s for the growing compilation series. Partnered with Daniel Hall of RidingEasy Records, the two have assembled a selection of songs that's hard to believe have remained unheard for so long.

"I essentially go through hell and high water just to find these records," Barresi says. "Once I find a record worthy of tracking, I begin the (sometimes) extremely arduous process of contacting the band members and encouraging them to take part. Daniel and I agree that licensing all the tracks we're using for
Brown Acid is best for everyone involved," rather than simply bootlegging the tracks. When all of the bands and labels haven't existed for 30-40 years or more, tracking down the creators gives all of these tunes a real second chance at success.

"There's a long list of songs that we'd love to include," Barresi says. "But we just can't track the bands down. I like the idea that Brown Acid is getting so much attention, so people might reach out to us."

Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on October 31st, 2018 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available for digital (with immediate download of the first single) at Bandcamp, physical pre-orders at RidingEasy Records.
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: October 31, 2018

01. Pegasus "The Sorcerer"
02. Nobody's Children "Good Times"
03. Blue Amber "We Got Love"
04. Negative Space "The Calm After The Storm"
05. Zane "Damage"
06. Blizzard "Peace of Mind"
07. Third World "End of Time"
08. Sweet Wine "Things You Told Me"
09. C.T. Pilferhogg "You Haul"
10. Summit "The Darkness"

On The Web:

dow, Thursday, 11 October 2018 22:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

Reissues on vinyl and cassette, just added as stream (all 12 tracks):

A fucking great record. Gut-wrenching and powerful. Corin (Sleater-Kinney) and Tracy (the Lies) caught many people's ears off guard with their loud & passionate early 90's debut. Now it's your turn.
released March 1, 1994

Recorded and engineered by John Goodmanson Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 1993 in Seattle.

Produced by Heavens To Betsy.

All songs copyright Heavens To Betsy.

Corin Tucker - guitar, vocals, drums on #6

Tracy Sawyer - drums, bass, guitar on #6, screams on #5

Also added (17 tracks):

dow, Thursday, 11 October 2018 22:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Another recent add on Kill Rock Stars' bandcamp---handy for a rainy day:

2017 repress of The Raincoats' self-titled debut album.

“Within a minute, they seem to have trashed every female stereotype in rock and roll… I was amazed” – Greil Marcus, ‘Rolling Stone’ 1980.

The Raincoats, seminal post-punk band, ‘godmothers of grunge’ and inspiration to a generation of riot grrrls, are celebrating over three decades of breaking rules and doing things the way they think they should be done with a film that maps the band from its formation in the late 1970s when Gina Birch met Ana da Silva, and their journey to becoming one of the most important underground bands Britain has ever produced. Made up of rare archive footage, much of it unseen, and a series of new interviews with people who knew the band in the late seventies as well as artists and musicians who have been affected or inspired by their work, The Raincoats, Fairytales – A Work in Progress documents how Ana and Gina, along with their manager Shirley O’Loughlin and the various musicians who flowed in and out of the band’s many formations, created a sound that, while inspired by punk and rock music that had come before, was uniquely and uncompromisingly powerful and female, and which has held a fascination over all those lucky enough to have stumbled across it. The famous story is of course that of Kurt Cobain travelling to the Rough Trade shop in Talbot Road in 1992 in an attempt to replace his worn out copy of The Raincoats LP, a trip that in the end led to reissues of the band’s back catalogue and the offer of a tour with Nirvana that sadly never took place. The Raincoats have always impressed; in 1980 John Lydon announced in Trouser Press, “Rock’n’Roll is shit…music has reached an all-time low – except for The Raincoats.”

The band’s first gig was in November 1977 and by 1978, with a line-up including Palmolive of The Slits and Vicky Aspinall, they were an all-female band. Rough Trade Records released the band’s first single, "Fairytale in the Supermarket"/ "In Love"/ "Adventures Close to Home" in May 1979 and the women went on their first tour. The Raincoats, Odyshape, The Kitchen Tapes and Moving had all been released by 1984 and Ana and Gina turned to solo projects. It wasn’t until 1994 that The Raincoats performed together again on stage, to celebrate the reissues of their albums and since then they have only made rare live appearances, most noteably at Robert Wyatt’s 2001 Meltdown where they performed as the four-piece we will see them as tonight – Ana and Gina are joined by Anne Wood on violin and Jean-Marc Butty on drums.

The Raincoats inspire in their fans a kind of generous enthusiasm and genuine respect that is rare and difficult to explain. Delia of the band Mambo Taxi put it best in the sleeve-notes to the 1993 reissue of Moving, “How do you explain love at first sight? How can I put into words how much I like The Raincoats without falling into a sea of superlatives? … I love them and I don’t care if it’s sycophantic because it’s true.”

-Nazmia Jamal
released February 6, 2012

dow, Monday, 12 November 2018 23:37 (seven months ago) Permalink

Martin Dupont - The Complete Collection 1980-1988

Minimal Wave is proud to present The Complete Collection 1980-1988, a five LP box set by the highly lauded French group Martin Dupont. The band formed in Marseille in 1980 and consisted of Alain Seghir, Brigitte Balian, Beverley Jane Crew, and Catherine Loy. They were immensely talented with a rare dynamic between them that was likely inspired by a combination of their magnetic personalities, creative vision and and the home studio where they recorded. The music they made was colorful, enthusiastic and delicate, but also melancholy and mysterious. A mixture of hot and cold, light and dark. They made electronic music that incorporated guitars and clarinets and are described by many as a New Wave band yet they truly transcended genres. They had some mainstream success finding themselves opening for bands like The Lotus Eaters, The Lounge Lizards and Siouxsie and the Banshees, without any intention of ever being a commercial enterprise. In Beverley Jane Crew’s words, “the songs just tumbled out in a completely organic and spontaneous way and as soon as they were recorded on the four track, they were shared with friends on tapes, openly and excitedly.”

They released three studio albums: Just Because, Sleep Is A Luxury and Hot Paradox, one cassette entitled Inédits 1981-1983 and one 7” single entitled Your Passion. In 2008, Minimal Wave released a compilation of selected tracks entitled Lost And Late. Now one decade later, we are excitedly releasing our first box set for this phenomenal band.

The Complete Collection 1980-1988 consists of all of Martin Dupont’s recorded material to date in the form of five 180 gram vinyl LPs and spans 60 songs recorded between 1980 and 1988. Along with the five LPs, the box contains a 12 page LP-sized full color booklet featuring previously unpublished photographs of the band, their history, and select song lyrics. The box itself is bound in platinum grey linen, with black foil type and both booklet and box are designed by NYC based artist Peter Miles. All five LPs are pressed on black 180 gram vinyl and feature the original artwork of the French artist Yves Cheynet. The box set is limited to 500 copies, limit one per customer please. Pre-order information will be available very soon. In the meantime, please email your full name along with subject line “Martin Dupont Box Set” to info at minimal wave dot com if you are interested in securing one.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:53 (seven months ago) Permalink


um, this part:

Made up of rare archive footage, much of it unseen, and a series of new interviews with people who knew the band in the late seventies as well as artists and musicians who have been affected or inspired by their work, The Raincoats, Fairytales – A Work in Progress documents how Ana and Gina, along with their manager Shirley O’Loughlin and the various musicians who flowed in and out of the band’s many formations, created a sound that, while inspired by punk and rock music that had come before, was uniquely and uncompromisingly powerful and female, and which has held a fascination over all those lucky enough to have stumbled across it.

seems to refer to a film, and not the debut LP? any insight there?

sleeve, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 03:18 (seven months ago) Permalink

The ninth Melodies International release is a reissue of Bobby Wright's sought-after 1974 7-inch, Blood Of An American.
ad seen on

it's quite stunning:

any relation to Willie Wright?

niels, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 12:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

xp dunno why ref to the film was stuck in there, but intriguing:
From Wiki On 28 March 2009, The Raincoats-Fairytales-A Work in Progress, directed by Birch and produced by the Raincoats, was screened at the British Film Institute in London.
From BFI

interviewee Geoff Travis
interviewee Caroline Coon
interviewee Lucy O'Brien
interviewee Vivien Goldman
interviewee Robert Wyatt
interviewee Ditto, Beth
interviewee Peaches
interviewee Viviane Albertine
interviewee Green
interviewee Andy Gill
interviewee Ana da Silva
interviewee Gina Birch
interviewee Shirley O'Loughlin
interviewee Jean-Marc Butty
interviewee Anne Wood
interviewee Vicky Aspinall
interviewee Jane Woodgate
Directed by Gina Birch
Production Company Gina Birch
Producer Gina Birch
Producer Ana da Silva
Producer Shirley O'Loughlin
Live Footage Filmed by Maria Helena da Silva
Live Footage Filmed by Manuel Castilho
Live Footage Filmed by Paulo Castilho
'Scream', 'Jumps', 'USA' Super 8 by Gina Birch
'Roadsigns' & 'Burning' Super 8 by Gina Birch
'Her Room' Photography Ana da Silva
Still Photographs Shirley O'Loughlin
Additional Stills by Janette Beckman
Additional Stills by Carlos van Hijfte
Additional Stills by Annette Weatherman
Additional Stills by Rocco
Additional Stills by Carmen Knoebel
Additional Stills by Pat Kepic
Edited by Gina Birch

trailer may still be here, although "this plug-in is not supported" (on my Chrome, anyway)

dow, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:58 (seven months ago) Permalink

Birch says she also plans to interview Sonic Youth members Kim Gordon, Steve Shelley and Thurston Moore for the documentary during her visit to America.

“The film will weave together films made from the ’70s onward,” she says, “both of our live footage and segments from Super 8 films that were made at art school as well as new creative sections — with work about gender, feminism, clothes and creativity.”

dow, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 17:05 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

A couple I've been digging in recent Tweets (longer takes on Rolling Country and Charlie's own thread)
Both done right by Ace:
Charlie Rich, Too Many Teardrops - The Complete Groove & RCA Recordings: Choirs, strings oops upside your head, get bearable and even occasionally useful, incl. killing weakest songs. Always we get Big Ol Charlie on lil cat feet---that voice, them keys! 40 tracks---I like a lot, love several.

George Jones/Jones Boys: Live in TX '65: Brave ballads of self-torture x "C Jam Blues," "White Lightnin'," "Bony Maronie," "B Bowman Bop." Panhandle Rag," "Jole Blon," JB trusty/Bladerunner crooner also cool w girl part on "We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds," heavy guests too Guests are steel guitarist Buddy Emmons and fiddlers Red Hayes and (on "Jole Blond") Rufus Thibodeaux ("Two-By-Four," George calls him). The JBs crooner is Don Adams---android-sounding, strangely satisfying.

dow, Thursday, 20 December 2018 01:49 (five months ago) Permalink

After buying those and related, this popped up in my Amazon Recommends:

Marianne Faithfull--Come and Stay with Me: The UK 45s 1964-1969

dow, Thursday, 20 December 2018 02:14 (five months ago) Permalink


Jackie DeShannon, Stone Cold Soul--The Complete Capitol Recordings

dow, Thursday, 20 December 2018 02:17 (five months ago) Permalink

And! Another one on Ace:
Cover Me--The Eddie Hinton Songbook

A cult hero among those who know and love their Muscle Shoals music, Eddie was a fixture of the Shoals recording scene in the mid-late 60s. As well as being a prolific and immediately recognisable session guitarist, and a great singer who sadly recorded far too infrequently, Eddie regularly wrote fine songs with a peer group that at various times included Donnie Fritts and Dan Penn. 'Cover Me' features a comprehensive selection of Eddie's best-known copyrights, many of which are now regarded as classics of 60s southern soul. Not all of Eddie's songs are as well-known as his biggest hit, the much-recorded 'Breakfast In Bed', but there are several others here that could and should have been just as commercially successful.

Track Listings
Disc: 1
1. Breakfast in Bed - Dusty Springfield
2. Down in Texas - Oscar Toney JR
3. Cover Me - Jackie Moore
4. A Little Bit Salty - Bobby Womack
5. Sure As Sin - Candi Staton
6. 300 Pounds of Hongry - Tony Joe White
7. Masquerade - Don Varner
8. Always David - the Sweet Inspirations
9. Poor Mary Has Drowned - Brick Wall
10. It's All Wrong But It's Alright - Eddie Hinton
11. Help Me Make It (Power of a Woman's Love) - Mink Deville
12. Save the Children - Cher
13. Every Natural Thing - Aretha Franklin
14. If I Had Let You in - the Box Tops
15. Satisfaction Guaranteed - Judy White
16. Standing on the Mountain - Percy Sledge
17. I Got the Feeling - the Amazing Rhythm Aces
18. Home for the Summer - the Hour Glass Featuring Greg and Duane Allman
19. Lay It on Me - Gwen McCrae
20. People in Love - Lou Johnson
21. Where You Come from - Bonnie Bramlett
22. Seventeen Year Old Girl - Mickey Buckins & the New Breed
23. Love Waits for No Man - Al Johnson
24. Where's Eddie - Lulu

dow, Thursday, 20 December 2018 02:21 (five months ago) Permalink

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