AR Kane - 69 : classic or dud?

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big shoegazer/post rock influence or just mumbling over non-sensical guitar noises??

ff, Thursday, 22 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

hurrah! its a tautology!

cw, Thursday, 22 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

It's a classic, just wish it didn't have "Sulliday" on it to spoil it.

Rob M, Thursday, 22 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

It's both, which is just fine by me.

Andy, Thursday, 22 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

big fat dud. Impossible to get into for some reason i still can't phantom. Which is strange because the music isn't that hard to get. Simon Reynolds writings on the band are classic though.

Omar, Thursday, 22 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

I think _i_ is the much better album; although they don't spend much of it doing the shoegazer-style stuff, what is there ("Down", "Supervixens" etc.) is far superior. _69_ is pretty seminal though, and it does have quite a few very lovely moments like _Sperm Whale Tripover_. So I'd say classic before dud.

Of course it bugs me that few care to acknowlege the brilliance of the Kitchens Of Distinction in taking A.R. Kane's basic sound and making killer pop songs out of it.

Tim, Thursday, 22 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Uber-dud. Bad at everything they tried (Noise, dub, ambient, pop). 69 was bad, the double album a nightmare.

Dr. C, Thursday, 22 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

I see once again that Dr. C and I live on considerably different planets. But I enjoy the one I'm on. ;-) I would refer everyone to my rather glowing review in the AMG, but apparently they're upgrading their network (hurrah! no more 'too many users,' I hope). Suffice to say -- almost sickeningly brilliant, and I mean that with all intentionality. The double-disc comp of rare/out of print stuff that a friend helped create for me just confirms it all the more -- pity about _New Clear Child_, though. The fact that the Veldt, the single most underrated band of the nineties that wasn't the Walkabouts, specifically wrote a song in homage to A R Kane on their full debut makes perfect sense to such as I.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Spot on Tim. Kitchens took the *sounds* that AR Kane faffed about with and made it into music worth listening to. Are they still together? I lost em after the second album...

Tom, Thursday, 22 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Do you mean the Kitchens or AR Kane? The Kitchens made a couple more fine records and released a stray single or two. Patrick Fitzgerald now has a solo-y outfit called Stephen Hero; he self-released an EP late last year, which Julian "Soupy" Swales plays on. There's also a Primal Scream/Weather prophets connection, but I forget where.

Andy, Thursday, 22 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Well, Andy took the words out of my mouth, so to hell with him. ;-) But yes, grand albums, great singles, Kitchens were wonderful and a half, to the point where my low-level case of tinnitus resulted from a particularly fantastic show they put on on their final American tour. Good way to go. ;-)

Saying that the Kitchens somehow improved on A R Kane is a strange idea. However *does* one improve on perfection? Thanks, I'm here all week.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Well I don't think that the Kitchens were necessarily the better band, and besides A.R. Kane were definitely pop-focused on a lot of i. I definitely think that they're more underrated though, and I think at a time when most British bands think they have to choose between writing unadventurous pop or making pretentious-yet-uncreative artwank eight minute singles, the Kitchens' ability to make pop that was swoonsome, catchy *and* risk-taking musically is an incredibly instructive example.

The Kitchens made two more albums, "The Death of Cool" (which is by far their best) and "Cowboys & Aliens". They then did another single in about '96 for Fierce Panda under the moniker of KOD I believe, but folded soon after.

Tim, Thursday, 22 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Cursed unfinished thoughts. A.R.Kane were hard to phantom although they weren't hard to get *sound-wise*, all that soft singing and gentle guitar sound. But I have to agree with the good Dr.C that with all the cool influences, they were shockingly bad at everything they tried to do (esp. the dub-angle and the amazing lack of melodies). I always felt that Talk Talk, Spacemen 3 and Primal Scream on "Higher that the Sun" took the same idea and then made something really amazing.

Omar, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Omar, can you really, *really* sit down and listen to "Catch My Drift" and then say they don't do dub well? Would Seefeel even exist without that song?

Tim, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

I would love to Tim, sadly I don't have the cd. Although scanning the titles of 'i' i'm tempted to buy that record on the basis of most of the song-titles. Napster doesn't help in this case.

Omar, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Hey, Ned, I think we ARE on the same planet, just a different part! Come over to my area one day. We play the Kingsmen and the Electric Prunes all day and look forward to when rock n' roll will evolve into something a little more sophisticated!

In fact, having kicked AR Kane to the ground yesterday, I've had a nagging wish to actually hear '69' or 'I' again to see if my criticism was valid. That's the problem with my 'culling the runts of the litter policy' (see another thread!) - there's no going back. Maybe Napster will turn up something. Ah well - back to "Louie Louie".

Dr. C, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Yes, but do you play Gonn and Adjeef the Poet as well? I have standards, see. ;-)

Really should give the _Nuggets_ box a long overdue relisten.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

patrick from the kitchens also did a solo record under the name 'fruit', it was really very sad and disappointingly dull. 'strange free world' is an amazing album.

keith, Friday, 23 February 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

three months pass...
Haha. I just bought it today for £5.99 (= US$8.49) today. That ranks as "cheap" for UK prices. I haven't heard it prior to this moment, and I will contribute an answer after I give it a few in-depth listens. =;-)

Kodanshi, Thursday, 31 May 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

one month passes...
sorry, just found the thread. classic, classic, classic. a masterpiece. baby milk snatcher is one of the greatest songs of the past 20 years. anyone heard tahiti 80s cover of a love from outer space? blimey, just goes to show that if you wait long enough, everything becomes popular.

Gavster, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

'69' sounds like the Cocteau Twins tuning up!

flowersdie, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

one year passes...
Has anyone heard "Frogtoise" by Schneider TM? it sounds like what "i" era (or as I like to call it "supercallifragilisticexpealidocious") A.R.Kane might be doing now with glitchy touches.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 1 November 2002 06:30 (twenty years ago) link

one year passes...
Mmm, might as well "correct" my previous postings. Repurchased 69 last year (quite easily btw and midprice) and of course now think it's quite amazing (esp. the second half). So this selling records and then buying them again after a period of time thing really seems to work. ;)

Omar (Omar), Tuesday, 18 May 2004 13:30 (nineteen years ago) link

Hurrah! Omar has seen the light!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 18 May 2004 17:24 (nineteen years ago) link

I acquired this from ebay recently and haven't yet given it enough time. Some obnoxious vocals amongst the pleasant ones which has turned me off a bit so far.

christhamrin (christhamrin), Tuesday, 18 May 2004 17:45 (nineteen years ago) link

two years pass...
woooo me and AR Kane are having a moment tonight! this is it

Dan I. (Dan I.), Friday, 25 August 2006 06:45 (sixteen years ago) link

69 is still a classic in my head, 'Spermwhale Trip Over' especially. A lot of those EPs are awesome too, the 'Lolita' one in particular.

NickB (NickB), Friday, 25 August 2006 07:38 (sixteen years ago) link

A lot of those EPs are awesome too, the 'Lolita' one in particular.

Always the Up Home! EP, always.

Venga (Venga), Friday, 25 August 2006 07:48 (sixteen years ago) link

whither Alex? I heard something he did with some Mexican guy wot calls himself Fax or something like that...seemed promising...then nothing...

pulled Sufi out the other day...didn't hold up as much as I thought it would...maybe more due to the lousy CD quality than the tunes...

hank (hank s), Friday, 25 August 2006 11:40 (sixteen years ago) link

I think Rudi is a big cheese at Virgin Digital now or whatever it's called. Or at least he was a year or so ago when they launched.

Venga (Venga), Friday, 25 August 2006 11:44 (sixteen years ago) link

I remember thinking COLOSSAL DUD at the time, after Simon Reynolds had persuaded me to buy their album, but I haven't heard them since

dud Hab 'C' dEva (Dada), Friday, 25 August 2006 12:13 (sixteen years ago) link

... mind you I bought "World of Echo" as well and didn't like that either, so that makes me the anti-ILM I suppose

dud Hab 'C' dEva (Dada), Friday, 25 August 2006 12:16 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm gonna listen to AR Kane tonight now! Woooo!

Sick Mouthy (Nick Southall), Friday, 25 August 2006 13:17 (sixteen years ago) link

i agree dada; i bought an a r kane elpee just last year after years of reynolds/ilm hype-pressure, still not feeling it.

his voice is a big part of this.

but also not enough rock.

a rapper singing about hos and bitches and money (Enrique), Friday, 25 August 2006 13:18 (sixteen years ago) link

sort of creepy how ILM seems to be on the same wavelength as me lately; first the Outside Closer thread pops back up after I go to the store and forget to look for it, then this one gets bumped right after I order 69 and i (side note: Stephin Merritt = secret AR Kane fan? he probably thinks they're white though)

bernard snow (sixteen sergeants), Friday, 25 August 2006 15:46 (sixteen years ago) link


Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 25 August 2006 16:02 (sixteen years ago) link

Ned don't do that to me

bernard snow (sixteen sergeants), Friday, 25 August 2006 16:08 (sixteen years ago) link

just finishing up with i; first quarter cheesy and dated and loaded with unpleasant mental associations, everything else totally great. even the interludes. "Catch My Drift" is probably forgettable outside of the context of the album, but right now it is providing the perfect comedown from the incredible "Down"-"Supervixens"-"Insect Love" triple-whammy.

gonna throw 69 in next; report to follow.

bernard snow (sixteen sergeants), Tuesday, 29 August 2006 22:22 (sixteen years ago) link

man why would anyone hate on "Sulliday"? that was great! at least twice as good as "Dizzy", which is probably my least-favorite track so far. not bad, though; lives up to its name, if nothing else.

bernard snow (sixteen sergeants), Tuesday, 29 August 2006 22:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Good, good...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 29 August 2006 22:51 (sixteen years ago) link

I suddenly see the Talk Talk comparison in "The Sun Falls Into the Sea" and "The Madonna Is With Child". Kind of facile, though; the only real similarity seems to be the occasional surfacing of a very distinctive sort of choked, yelping vocal.

bernard snow (sixteen sergeants), Tuesday, 29 August 2006 23:04 (sixteen years ago) link

All right, so now that that's over... I enjoyed 69 quite a bit, but I'm not sure how I really feel about it yet. It seems very monochrome -- they both do, actually, but i is grey like computer-generated images of variously-polished metals catching the light, and 69 is grey like watercolor paintings of unpleasant beaches. Taken together, they're absolutely great, but I worry that 69, though it offers a great counterpoint to i, is a bit too flat and unvaried to stand on its own.

But these are obviously just random fractured first impressions, and should be taken with enough grains of salt to kill your grandparents.

bernard snow (sixteen sergeants), Tuesday, 29 August 2006 23:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Okay, so, as predicted, my second listen to 69 was not nearly as enjoyable; kind of dull, didn't really do it for me. Maybe I'll listen again tonight. But -- and this I did not expect -- I now think that side 1 of i is pure genius, and "Crack Up" is easily their best song. Even "Snow Dream" is tolerable now. I can only assume that this is due to the sonic differences between my crappy car speakers and my crappy headphones.

bernard snow (sixteen sergeants), Wednesday, 30 August 2006 16:18 (sixteen years ago) link

can someone please, please e-mail me the unlisted/hidden song on this album, track 11? please, please? i've been looking for this on dc and 5l5k for months, but i only ever find the first ten songs.
i know we're not supposed to do this on ilm anymore, but i'm a badass.
thank you.

blood bitch (blood bitch), Saturday, 9 September 2006 01:55 (sixteen years ago) link

two years pass...

wow! did THE BELOVED just rip off A LOVE FROM OUTER SPACE and just make a whole album based on that one song or what?? i'm shocked.
another revelation from SPOTIFY!

piscesx, Monday, 30 March 2009 15:08 (fourteen years ago) link

three years pass...

About damn time!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 12:48 (ten years ago) link

i bought these dudes' album like 14 years ago or so and thought it was totally forgettable. maybe time to revisit?

Poliopolice, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 20:28 (ten years ago) link

they had three albums, first two are classics but quite different from each other

gonna send him to outer space, to hug another face (NickB), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 20:47 (ten years ago) link

A slightly obvious and yet also misleading comparison, but in some ways A.R. Kane's early singles are to '69' as Disco Inferno's singles are to 'D. I. Go Pop'. I understood the early hosannas a lot more once i'd heard "Lollita", "Up" and "Green Hazed Daze". '69' is quite an inscrutable album by comparison, at least at first.

Tim F, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 20:52 (ten years ago) link

great, closest to the I get is the Americana cd and that is far from complete and duplicates lp stuff.
Looking forward to this.

Were the 1st 2 lps remastered over the last couple of years? I have cds of both of them but I know at least i is pretty ancient.
New Clear Child wasn't as good neither was the Sufi material.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 21:20 (ten years ago) link

From Rudi on Facebook a couple of hours ago:

Derek. One little Indian owner, punk rocker and dedicated anarchist, man of the oppressed, anti corporate anti capitalist, animal rights activist, feminist, etc cliche etc. claims to have purchased the entire A.R.Kane catalogue for a few pennies, in perpetuity, and refuses to let the rights revert to the band ... [Insert four letter word of choice here]. As a result, we cannot do the '69' 30th anniversary box with Tees poster, goodies and dates we had been planning. Derek aims to re-press the vinyl (he does not have the masters so ripped from CD FFSake) and con y'all into buying it, and exploit the anniversary.We will take no part in this. A.R.Kane have never and will never see proceeds from OLI; no advance, no royalty. We made 69 on our own equipment with a £7K payment from RT - it sold 60,000 in year one. Never seen a penny. If I were you, and you want the re-issue, hang on in there ... cut from the original master tape is what you really need #ArtisticSlavery #MyArtToo

Let's expose them and their ilk - please share and Retweet, get the stories rollin'

@olirecords claim to have purchased our entire catalog from @RoughTradeRecs for a few pennies, in perpetuity, w'out our consent knowledge - they refuse to let the rights revert to the band - not so much #MeToo more #MyArtToo #ArtisticSlavery U ever had a powerful label rip u off?

— A.R.Kane (@InfoKane) January 2, 2018

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:48 (five years ago) link

I wonder if he's still holding a grudge for them leaving One Little Indian back in '87.

A.R. Kane had released an E.P. When You're Sad on One Little Indian records in late 1986. Frustrated by the lack of support from One Little Indian, Alex Ayuli of the band approached 4AD owner, Ivo Watts-Russell to see if they would release a record on his label.[2] Derek Birkett the owner of One Little Indian, was under the impression that 4AD were trying to poach his band and along with label designer Paul White and Einar Örn Benediktsson from The Sugarcubes visited the 4AD offices in Alma Road to confront Watts-Russell.[2] Colin Wallace, a 4AD staff member, convened a team from the warehouse to support Watts-Russell. Despite a heated argument where a furious Birkett told Watts-Russell "You don't do that. You fucking stole my fucking band", A.R. Kane signed to 4AD for a one-off release.[2] Following the release of the Lolita EP they voiced their disappointment with One Little Indian who had failed to deliver on a promise that they could work with producer Adrian Sherwood. Watts-Russell suggested that they instead work with Martyn Young of Colourbox.[2]

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:56 (five years ago) link

I'm no great fan of this band or that album but that is shitty behaviour from One Little Indian. Indie labels are the worst.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:24 (five years ago) link

It seems like there are multiple levels of *wrongness* to this (not all of it OLI) though I have no understanding of indie label economics.

I'm not sure the comparison to #metoo is a good one, mind.

djh, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 20:31 (five years ago) link

Wow, he used Einar as muscle for the meeting with Ivo Watts-Russell? I am imagining him playing the trumpet while they argued.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 20:44 (five years ago) link

Or mewling "I lost my pony/In the big town/I'm a cowboy in the big city/Looking for my pony/I'm a cowboy/I'm a cowboy/I'm a cowboy"

Sanpaku, Thursday, 4 January 2018 04:01 (five years ago) link

I dunno, I once saw Einar challenge an entire venue to a fight when he got pelted with something during a Sugarcubes show.

henry s, Thursday, 4 January 2018 04:22 (five years ago) link

Dude was volatile. I once asked Bjork to autograph my ticket stub after a Sugarcubes show. She was sweet. Said, "I don't have a pen!". He jumped in and offered to autograph it for me. I think he asked me to put the stub in the palm of my hand - can't recall - made a fist and punched the stub -HARD - with this stupid horned-skull biker ring he had on. Then he walked away.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 4 January 2018 06:13 (five years ago) link

Regarding that 'incident' as posted by Dan Worsley .. um, isn't that pretty close to almost fair? Obviously I wasn't there but both people had 'protection' 'in case' it kicked off which it didn't..

It's not exactly Don Arden with a headache is it?

Mark G, Thursday, 4 January 2018 10:13 (five years ago) link

I recall Einar yelling at the audience - who wanted them to come back on for an encore - at the end of a gig in '89 I once saw "YOU PAID TO SEE US, WE DID NOT PAY TO SEE YOU!!!!!"

MaresNest, Thursday, 4 January 2018 12:23 (five years ago) link

Quite a guy is our Einar. The closest I've ever been to getting into a fight in the entire time I've lived in Glasgow was after The Sugarcubes played here in '88 and he came over and started talking to my girlfriend and me at the bar after the show and within two minutes started throwing punches at me for seemingly no reason whatsoever. He was so drunk that he never managed to actually land a punch on me and was soon escorted from the venue by the security.

stirmonster, Thursday, 4 January 2018 14:12 (five years ago) link

It's not exactly Don Arden with a headache is it?

Just another classic 4AD punch-up!

erry red flag (f. hazel), Thursday, 4 January 2018 15:15 (five years ago) link

"he came over and started talking to my girlfriend and me at the bar after the show and within two minutes started throwing punches at me for seemingly no reason whatsoever."

did you say "OUCH! THAT REALLY HURTS!"?

OLI seem to be cunts from everyone I've had contact with who worked with them (Patrick from KOD, Ian from Disco Inferno, and Rudy)

akm, Friday, 5 January 2018 16:21 (five years ago) link

Chumbawamba hates him too fwiw

sleeve, Friday, 5 January 2018 16:32 (five years ago) link

OLI have a shitload of old bands that were on Rough Trade listed on their current roster, so I think they must have bought a job lot of rights off them: Camper Van Beethoven, Beat Happening, Galaxie 500, Opal, Souled American, Woodentops, Band of Holy Joy, Straitjacket Fits etc

faust apes (NickB), Friday, 5 January 2018 16:33 (five years ago) link

In 1997 One Little Indian acquired parts of the old Rough Trade catalogue including landmark releases in AR Kane’s ‘i’, Shellyan Orphan’s ‘Century Flower’, Galaxie 500’s ‘?‘ and The Woodentops classic ‘Giant’. The roster also includes Mancunion indie heroes of the 80’s and 90’s respectively, Easterhouse and Marion – as well as The Boo Radley’s pre-Creation ‘Every Heaven EP’.

faust apes (NickB), Friday, 5 January 2018 16:37 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

They're now known as Jübl and have a new EP:

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 21:29 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Yep, the album is now out, called 'DNA Cowboys' self-released via Bandcamp (digital) and their own website (vinyl). I really like it.

michaellambert, Thursday, 16 January 2020 22:22 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Um, can't believe I missed the Jübl album til now -- it's awesome! Finally fell in love with New Clear Child a few years ago so very much hearing/enjoying it in that context. Guess I should find the Sufi albums...

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Sunday, 14 February 2021 19:30 (two years ago) link

The first Sufi album is really great. The second, Lovers and Trippers, less so, kinda pedestrian trip hop.

henry s, Sunday, 14 February 2021 20:15 (two years ago) link

the first Sufi album has involvement from kevin 'the bug' martin.
something i only found out a few months ago.

mark e, Sunday, 14 February 2021 20:16 (two years ago) link

I think Virgin bankrolled the Sufi album as part of their ambient/isolationist series, which Kevin Martin was heavily involved with.

henry s, Sunday, 14 February 2021 20:22 (two years ago) link

good Sunday review on Pitchfork today

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 14 February 2021 20:33 (two years ago) link

Never really got on with New Clear Child but I do love the first track on it

Xp - oh wow!

would a nit be nice? (NickB), Sunday, 14 February 2021 20:36 (two years ago) link

It does seem like interest in them is picking up again, Nts radio did a one hour special on them a couple of months back

would a nit be nice? (NickB), Sunday, 14 February 2021 20:38 (two years ago) link

That new review is good to see!

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 14 February 2021 23:27 (two years ago) link

If only we could buy the album.
I have never ever seen a copy out in the wild.
And given the chaos, I doubt it will be up on bandcamp in the near future

mark e, Sunday, 14 February 2021 23:43 (two years ago) link

xzanfar, Monday, 15 February 2021 00:27 (two years ago) link

If only we could buy the album.
I have never ever seen a copy out in the wild.
And given the chaos, I doubt it will be up on bandcamp in the near future

― mark e, Sunday, February 14, 2021 6:43 PM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

On CD? The vinyl is still pretty cheap.

Evan, Monday, 15 February 2021 02:33 (two years ago) link

yeah cd.
not a big fan of vinyl.

mark e, Monday, 15 February 2021 10:38 (two years ago) link

My favorite of Alex's solo tracks

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 13:46 (two years ago) link

Meantime in good timing, Jübl just sent out this message:

heloo - we been quiet for a while - working ever so s sl o w l y on a handful of remixes and new stuff - will let you know when it comes real - hope the world's treating you good - J

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 17:09 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

seen this doing the rounds a bit - a piece in Mixmag of all places, on the Black roots of shoegaze, featuring an interview with Rudy Tambala. There's nothing new said in it if you've been following AR Kane's online presence lately but it's nice to see it stated so clearly:

that’s what the experimental edge of Black music always does; invent, innovate and create new shit, which is rapidly imitated and assimilated

boxedjoy, Friday, 28 May 2021 12:10 (two years ago) link

Quite right

Ned Raggett, Friday, 28 May 2021 19:26 (two years ago) link

Oh my god, that is reveletory. So awesome. I'd been looking for something like black shoegaze forever.

And that black artist database!

So psyched for more mixtape madness.


Howie Loved Your Mom (I M Losted), Friday, 28 May 2021 20:00 (two years ago) link

yeah thanks for the link!

and I M Losted, you probably know dean blunt already, but if not, this is total dream pop vibes:

building a hole (NickB), Friday, 28 May 2021 23:26 (two years ago) link

Yeah that Spotify playlist is distinctly lacking Dean Blunt and any recent Yves Tumor

boxedjoy, Friday, 28 May 2021 23:30 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Luaka Bop is releasing a new version of Americana on vinyl but the real news in ways is that there's a new Greg Tate piece with it, one of the last things he wrote before his passing. You can read it here:

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 December 2022 15:37 (six months ago) link

Wasn't this already a recent RSD release?

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 1 December 2022 15:38 (six months ago) link

They did, but this is a new variant per the PR:

Some of you might remember that way back in April we made a limited 2LP gatefold edition of Americana for Record Store Day (thirty years after its first release)—well, we held a few copies back for you. It has the same beautiful cover and artwork as the original (by Fabien Baron of Baron & Baron), but it comes with new notes by the late, great art and music writer Greg Tate, which were among the last things he wrote before he died.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 December 2022 15:39 (six months ago) link

I had the had to sit down and listen to it. It's got noise but also delicate and melancholy, it's got all of these jazz and reggae influences. Tough thing for a young band to pull off.

Funny this thread was's such a wintry record for me.

Picture of Chairman Mao (I M Losted), Friday, 2 December 2022 06:59 (six months ago) link

I don't understand the obsession with all the RSD-centric vinyl variants coming out these days.

Seems like such an arcane hobby...

I can't tell if he's trolling or not (ilxor), Sunday, 4 December 2022 19:22 (five months ago) link

Arcane, you say

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 December 2022 19:31 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

Per this FB post, remasters of Up Home, sixty-nine and "i" due late June on 12", digital and of course ethereal formats. (Per a followup, no CD plans yet unless there is demand.)

Ned Raggett, Friday, 21 April 2023 15:02 (one month ago) link

Nice! I was pleased to find a decent enough copy of ‘69’ on vinyl in Berlin for €3 a couple of weeks ago in amongst some big crates of vinyl outside a shop. Got a Cardiacs LP too.

hamicle, Friday, 21 April 2023 15:49 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

remasters of Up Home, sixty-nine and "i" due late June on 12"

I keep checking online to see if there have been any updates on this. Surely they should be announcing these reissues any day? Needless to say, I'm stoked

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 24 May 2023 20:36 (one week ago) link

Rudi showed off some test pressings on FB the other day, it's happening.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 24 May 2023 20:38 (one week ago) link

Beautiful news

you can see me from westbury white horse, Wednesday, 24 May 2023 20:40 (one week ago) link

Really enjoyed this NTS show featuring a great interview with Rudy and some music.

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 25 May 2023 00:49 (one week ago) link

^loved that, thank you for posting. His enthusiasm is wonderful, as are his recollections.

willem, Friday, 26 May 2023 19:57 (one week ago) link

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