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Solid Gold is a collection of some early IDIB 12"s,
most of which are out of print. Tracks were carefully
selected and programmed by our own Johnny Jewel.
This entire compilation is the brainchild of Johnny,
and he put a lot of time into the tracklisting. We
hope you enjoy it. Its perfect driving music. This
is a cd only release, and is for sale in our store (link
is over there on the right column). We lowered all
of our prices as well on everything. We are trying
to accommodate the overseas people who get screwed
over with the high shipping rates, which seem to
keep going up and up and up...
This is a MAILORDER/GIG only release! enjoy!

mizzell, Monday, 28 June 2010 13:56 (eleven years ago) link

only $5!

mizzell, Monday, 28 June 2010 13:59 (eleven years ago) link

I got it in the mail yesterday. It's pretty great! I hadn't heard 50% of it before - the T&K stuff has sort of a simple house sound with some guitar riffs on top of it. The Solange track is really haunting classic-sounding italo number. The Tiedye song at the end is... somethin' else; there are some *really* earnest, passionate vocals on top reminiscent of the DJ Kaos "Love the Night Away" track from last year, with a familiar Lissvik sheen on top. It went from amusing to engrossing on my first listen.

They could very easily do a couple more volumes of these with some of the really rare Chromatics tracks (that amazing Springsteen cover that was on one of the ultra-rare 12"s) and some other stuff, which would be awesome, but I'm pretty eager to hear the "Into the Black" disc (the looooong-awaited follow up to "After Dark") too!!!

I would give them open access to my bank account to just auto-deduct money and send me new stuff as often as possible; I love this label.

Becky Facelift, Monday, 28 June 2010 14:21 (eleven years ago) link

pretty eager to hear the "Into the Black" disc (the looooong-awaited follow up to "After Dark") too!!!

this * 100K.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 28 June 2010 14:30 (eleven years ago) link

i went cold on this label pretty quickly tbh. everything up to and incl "cable dazed" is solid gold tho

wavestation (r1o natsume), Monday, 28 June 2010 14:44 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

Finally after months and month of preparation, we are
able to announce the first four releases on our new
sister label PERSEO. This label will focus mainly on edits
and things of that nature. The label was born when
Mike heard the infamous Bruce Springsteen edit by
Martin Vogel almost two years ago. It prompted him
to try to figure out a way to release it, and thus Perseo
was born. SInce then it has become a way to showcase
some of Mike and Johnny's favorite edits out there, as
well as a way to release some of their own work. Like
Italians, expect the quality to be top notch and the
records to be limited editions, usually around 400 copies
per release. The first three releases are:

--M VOGEL "Tough" 12" (aka: The Boss- the one that started it all)
--BOTTIN "Eagle/Stork" 12" (Steve Miller/Level 42)
--MIKE SIMONETTI "That Look" 12" (3 obscure house tracks)
--PERSEO "Edits Volume One" cd (this collects the three records
above, plus a bonus track from Mike not on the vinyl)


Becky Facelift, Monday, 2 August 2010 00:30 (eleven years ago) link

IDIB Fact Mix.

Barnaby, Hardly, Monday, 2 August 2010 11:44 (eleven years ago) link

finally got ahold of that 'solid gold' comp, and it's excellent- as to be expected i guess, since i was familiar with most of the tracks. made me realize i kinda slept on that t&k stuff, though i'm still on the fence about solange.

and now it's time to seek out this perseo thing, i heard samples of those house edits simonetti is releasing and they are damn encouraging. excited for most of the stuff on this new label actually

a lagoon par la mer (psychgawsple), Tuesday, 3 August 2010 04:27 (eleven years ago) link

FACT KIX TRACK LISTING (top of my head)- 1. Amon Duul, 2. obscure synth record lol, 3. HAUNTED HOUSE, FOXES, ITALO 45 rpm played on 33, ODYSSEY song about cocaine, latin 33rpm slowed all the way down to -8, everybody gotta learn somtime, then like 3 or 4 house tracks from '90 and some dumb end track for shits and gigs. there you have it. the mix... i think?

jaxon, Tuesday, 3 August 2010 18:35 (eleven years ago) link

weeeird mix. i like the housey part haha

a lagoon par la mer (psychgawsple), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 01:39 (eleven years ago) link

wow. what a genius. nobody has ever made a mix like that before. incredible

fur q (r1o natsume), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 02:20 (eleven years ago) link

this springsteen ish is great

the itsytitchyschneider (s1ocki), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 02:25 (eleven years ago) link

yeah simonetti posted it to his blog a few months ago

max, Wednesday, 4 August 2010 02:26 (eleven years ago) link

it's just so deep, the idea of re-edits. mindblowing

fur q (r1o natsume), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 03:35 (eleven years ago) link

don't worry, Mike's been making fun of disco edits for years...

are disco edits the new electroclash?

dan selzer, Wednesday, 4 August 2010 03:44 (eleven years ago) link

haha betty botox otm i guess

fur q (r1o natsume), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 03:48 (eleven years ago) link

not sure anyone ever said edits were mindblowing?

and the mix IS weird, i guess i've never been too stoked on simonetti's mixes and i don't mean weird in a positive sense. i'm all for oddball selections/sequencing but those things just don't go together very well and it was not fun to listen to imo

a lagoon par la mer (psychgawsple), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 06:09 (eleven years ago) link

except for the house songs that is

a lagoon par la mer (psychgawsple), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 06:11 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Intriguing. The only Appaloosa track I've heard was on one of those Kitsune compilations and it didn't sound like something that would come out on Italians. Eager to hear this.


APPALOOSA "Intimate (Glass Candy Remix)" 12 inch Single

After turning down almost every imaginable group & record company on the planet, Glass Candy returns from the studio with their second remix in 11 years ...This time it's Appaloosa's "Intimate". Imagine the romantic Human League fronted by Nico covering Stereolab. That's about the only way we know how to describe this record. Glass Candy dips them in their signature analog glitter with some of Johnny's heaviest drums to date as the synthesizers gnaw at your speakers. The result is a beautiful pop song that will haunt you. This is also the first glimpse from our forthcoming AFTER DARK 2 compilation out later this year. The B side features the original version from Appaloosa. Who is in the studio working on their debut Lp for IDIB later this year. Bonus tracks include instrumentals, drums, and vocals. Special mail order only version on Opaque Ivory vinyl ! Not in stores

Becky Facelift, Wednesday, 18 August 2010 14:23 (eleven years ago) link

Cable Dazed is I think my favourite thing this label has put out so far. Why does this seem to be the only release by these guys, like are they both members of some other band or something?

plax (ico), Friday, 20 August 2010 11:04 (eleven years ago) link

^^ love the invisible conga people 12" and want more, please
don't know if they have other projects

mizzell, Friday, 20 August 2010 13:54 (eleven years ago) link

discogs says they're playing (individually) on some other people's records/might be involved in those bands. and then there's a few remixes they've done. cable dazed is awesome, yes.

willem, Friday, 20 August 2010 14:01 (eleven years ago) link

Ditto plaxico except replace "Cable Dazed" with "One Night at the Raw Deal" by Twisted Wires. LinnDrum breakdown! I'd like to hear more of them.

matt2, Friday, 20 August 2010 16:56 (eleven years ago) link

'nite' may be my favorite single of the 00s

dayo, Sunday, 29 August 2010 11:12 (eleven years ago) link

now I really want to get my juno 106 up and running.

dayo, Sunday, 29 August 2010 11:22 (eleven years ago) link

I like the Appaloosa track, though it does sound more current (or au courant maybe?); and certainly less otherworldly) than a lot of the IDIB stuff.

Simonetti Tweeted recently about listening to some new Chromatics tracks, which I'm really excited about. They mentioned something a couple of years ago about recording a Neil Young cover, which I always wanted to hear but never surfaced.

She Got the Shakes, Thursday, 2 September 2010 13:32 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

did anybody end up getting the perseo comp? I can't stop playing simonetti's 'slow glow stick'

dayo, Thursday, 4 November 2010 14:33 (eleven years ago) link

The Solid Gold compilation has suprised me in how enduring it has been for me this year.

get the fuck out of my mouth (boxedjoy), Thursday, 4 November 2010 20:33 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

the desire album is rather good.
think i prefer it to chromatics/glass candy releases, though i am currently succumbing hard to the chromatics album, even in its non-deluxe form, more and more having not 'got it' to start with.
also, i really like the way the ITDIB cd releases are packaged, but they are a bugger to spot in the racks.
very much doubt i am ever going to see the perseo edits compilation in the racks in bristol, so may have to resort to ordering from the label website.
do they ship to uk ?

mark e, Friday, 19 November 2010 16:05 (eleven years ago) link


just sayin, Friday, 19 November 2010 16:19 (eleven years ago) link


mark e, Friday, 19 November 2010 16:19 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

Johnny Jewel's SoundCloud features a lot of downloadable instrumental mixes of popular IDIB tracks.

Gukbe, Sunday, 6 February 2011 06:10 (ten years ago) link

this label has been too quiet for too long.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 6 February 2011 06:12 (ten years ago) link

they throw a lot of parties it seems

Gukbe, Sunday, 6 February 2011 06:15 (ten years ago) link

I wouldn't hate seeing another Desire album this year.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 6 February 2011 06:17 (ten years ago) link

That album is my favourite of the bunch, so I'm right there with you.

Gukbe, Sunday, 6 February 2011 06:19 (ten years ago) link

wasn't there supposed to be a sequel, in 2010, to the after dark compilation?

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 6 February 2011 06:21 (ten years ago) link

Solid gold?

blank, Sunday, 6 February 2011 22:22 (ten years ago) link

Much as I love Solid Gold, if that is intended to be the After Dark follow-up then I'm going to be left feeling very cheated. Johnny Jewel was so prolific two years ago, why can't he have more music ready for us now?

o0o00h really? (boxedjoy), Monday, 7 February 2011 09:33 (ten years ago) link

solid gold is not after dark 2

just sayin, Monday, 7 February 2011 10:11 (ten years ago) link

no shit, but it's a similar thing for those that don't buy 12"s. I guess most of the after dark stuff was unreleased at the time, though.

blank, Monday, 7 February 2011 18:56 (ten years ago) link

Greg Dulli/The Twilight Singers cover "Don't Call" by Desire (it's pretty good!):


She Got the Shakes, Friday, 18 February 2011 17:33 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...


... in order to make room for new releases such as Mike Simonetti's "Capricorn Rising" EP, Various Artists "After Dark 2", Glass Candy's "Body Work" 2xLP and Farah's "Into Eternity" LP...

Very excited, just hoping that Johnny Jewel hasn't let the quality control dip in any way.

ha ha ha ha jack my swag (boxedjoy), Thursday, 21 April 2011 21:24 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

hmm .. does it really cost $14 to ship from the US to Europe (UK) !?

mark e, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 07:51 (ten years ago) link

a cd that is ..

mark e, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 07:53 (ten years ago) link

That's got to be some kind of oversight - I've ordered from them US -> UK before and it was nothing like that. Email Mike and I bet he'll set you the right price.

She Got the Shakes, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 08:39 (ten years ago) link

ah ok.
can u give us a clue as to how to communicate with him, as i cant find a contact page. ta.
[not a personal friend so cant request FB etc .. ]

mark e, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 08:44 (ten years ago) link

(sent a PM to you with it)

She Got the Shakes, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 08:58 (ten years ago) link

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