Genre pick of the week Cover of All I Want / Black Metal by Max Jury.

Max Jury

All I Want / Black Metal

    Brand new Marathon Artists Singles Club release by Max Jury. Max Jury is a singer-songwriter from Des Moines, Iowa. A love of great American songwriting from the likes of Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons & Paul Simon, has helped him hone and craft his own skill. He has been managed by Marathon Artists since 2013.

    An undeniable talent, 21 year-old Max Jury is sure to establish himself as an American great in his own right.

    Mute are proud to present the 21st anniversary deluxe editions of The Afghan Whigs’ landmark album ‘Gentlemen’.

    ‘Gentlemen At 21’ features the original album newly remastered along with bonus content consisting of rare Bsides, live performances and previously unreleased demos.

    ‘Gentlemen At 21’ presents the original record’s 11 tracks, updated but still retaining the 1993 album’s blistering swagger. The same 11 tracks that have made a visceral connection with fans over the last 21 years - the deeply dark and confessional lyrical content, the no-frills production qualities and Greg Dulli’s soul-baring vocal performances captured on tape. In addition, the album includes all the original demos for the album, which were recorded at John Curley’s Ultrasuede studio space in Cincinnati.

    The bonus material also includes the original ‘Debonair’ single B sides, including ‘Mr Superlove’ and a cover of the southern blue-eyed soul classic ‘Dark End Of The Street’ along with three songs recorded live for KTCL in Denver, previously issued on the ‘What Jail Is Like’ EP. The set comes packaged with a faithful reproduction of the original sleeve art and its striking front cover image, an homage to Nan Goldin’s iconic ‘Nan And Brian In Bed, New York City’.


    3xLtd LP Info: The 3LP edition is limited to 500 copies.


    Dýrð í Dauðaþögn

      Ásgeir’s Icelandic album, available here for the first time on vinyl.

      The fastest selling Icelandic debut artist of all time releases his Nordic Music Prize-nominated debut on vinyl.

      At just 21 years of age Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir made an instant impression on his country’s music scene with the release of his debut album ‘Dyrd í dauðathogn’ breaking all records to become Iceland’s fastest selling debut album of all time, beating The Sugarcubes, Bjork, Sigur Ros and Of Monsters And Men.

      Produced by Gudmundur Kristinn Jonsson, ‘Dyrd í dauðathogn’ immediately recalls the heavenly vocals of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and light electronic touch of British glitch pop sensation James Blake.

      On release the album received six nominations for the Icelandic Music Awards - Best Album, Best Song (‘Leyndarmál’), Best Male Vocalist, Best Songwriter, Best Producer and Best Lyricist. The album also received the Icelandic Kraumur Award and a nomination for the Nordic Music Prize.

      Ásgeir was one of 10 winners of the European Border Breakers Award 2014, alongside Disclosure, Woodkid and Icona Pop.

      So far only released in Iceland and Scandinavia ‘Dyrd í dauðathogn’ is the original album recorded in Ásgeir’s native tongue. Now the album receives its first release in mainland Europe on vinyl for the very first time.

      Ásgeir has gone on to achieve tremendous success with the English translation of the album (‘In The Silence’) achieving Top 40 status in the UK, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium and Australia.

      This deluxe edition features ‘Dyrd í dauðathogn’ - the original album that made Ásgeir a folk hero back home and now available for the first time in the UK / EU - plus the Englishlanguage version ‘In The Silence’ and a third CD containing eight unreleased tracks, including Dot Major (London Grammar) and Liam Howe remixes of ‘King And Cross’.

      The package also includes a 20 page booklet including lyrics, track by track sleevenotes and a personal message from Ásgeir.

      At just 21 years of age Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir made an instant impression on his country’s music scene with the release of his debut album ‘Dýrð í dauðaþögn’ breaking all records to become Iceland’s fastest selling debut album of all time, beating The Sugarcubes, Bjork, Sigur Ros and Of Monsters And Men.

      Produced by Gudmundur Kristinn Jonsson, ‘Dýrð í dauðaþögn’ immediately recalls the heavenly vocals of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and light electronic touch of British glitch pop sensation James Blake.

      The past year has seen Ásgeir’s extraordinary domestic popularity translate far beyond Iceland’s shores, the Top 40 UK success of ‘In The Silence’ repeated in France, Holland, Belgium and Denmark upon its release in January. As word spread and venues grew ever larger, lead reviews and features in international titles such as The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Die Spiegel and Le Monde followed.


      Biophilia Live

        “A dazzling audiovisual spectacle that benefits from the full cinematic treatment... an imaginative stand-alone artwork.” - The Hollywood Reporter

        The critically acclaimed documentary film which captures the multidimensional concert centred on Björk’s eighth studio album, titled ‘Biophilia Live’, will be released on audio-visual formats via One Little Indian Records.

        The film documents the intimate ‘Biophilia’ performance at London’s Alexandra Palace where Björk was accompanied by unique musical instruments, collaborators and visuals. Shot by directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland and produced by Jacqueline Edenbrow / Gloria Films, the film also features science and nature archive and found footage inspired by the themes of the album, as well as animation which has been augmented with the music of ‘Biophilia’.

        The infinitely creative journey presents a culmination of work that represents one of the most original musical endeavors of a generation.

        The DVD and Blu-ray formats also feature extra content filmed during Biophilia’s residency at Japan’s Miraikan Museum and the options of stereo and 5:1 surround sound.


        3xLP Info: 3xLP+DVD.

        The Blind Shake

        Breakfast Of Failures

        Minneapolis three-piece The Blind Shake crafts dense, massive locomotive music—powerful sounds with the ability to careen through one cinematic, post-apocalyptic chase scene after another. The band’s latest album Breakfast of Failures comes clanging and crashing through these confused times.

        Fronted by brothers Jim and Mike Blaha along with friend Dave Roper on drums, the trio was tunneling through the underground since before telephones could talk. With six full-length albums to their credit, several singles, three collaborations with psych legend Michael Yonkers and another with downstroke warrior John Reis, The Blind Shake continues to push the sliding scale between catchy punk songs and pitch-red noise.

        “The Blind Shake is at once spacey, primitive futuristic, and brutal: a kind of backyard extraterrestrial minimal surfpunk party. One guitar, one baritone guitar, a fuckload of reverb, and a drummer who deserves an Olympic medal.” - SF Weekly.


        Singles Going Steady - 180g Vinyl Edition

          'Singles Going Steady' is THE definitive collection by Manchester punk band Buzzcocks, first released in 1979. It was the first Buzzcocks album to be released in North America and intended as an introduction to the band for the American public, coinciding with a US tour. After healthy sales on import in the UK over the next two years, and following the group’s split in early 1981, the album was belatedly released in the UK as a Greatest Hits album.

          Side One features their eight UK single releases from 1977 up to 1979 in chronological order, while Side Two featured their corresponding B-sides, also in chronological order.

          NME called it ‘is the best Buzzcocks long-player to be realised’ and signified the band as follows: ‘Employing the most traditional of beat group formations and turning their attention to the most elemental considerations, Shelley and the Buzzcocks created pop of such intense truthfulness it literally hurts.” Pitchfork listed 'Singles Going Steady' as 16th best album of the 1970s.

          Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

          Kicking Against The Pricks

            Kicking Against the Pricks is Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' third album, released in 1986, and consists of cover versions. For this record the Bad Seeds line-up is Cave, new drummer Thomas Wydler, Mick Harvey, Blixa Bargeld and Barry Adamson. Cave would later downplay the importance of the record, but said it helped the band develop musically. Remarking on the song selection, Cave said, "They were all done for different reasons. Basically a list of songs were made and we tried to play them. We tried songs by all sorts of people that never got on the record. Some songs were tributes, like the Tom Jones song; other, we didn't think were ever done particularly well in the first place. Some had haunted my childhood, like "The Carnival Is Over". The strings were arranged by Mick Harvey and played by the Berliner Kaffeehausmusik Ensemble. "The Hammer Song" is an entirely different song than the track with the same title on the 1990 Bad Seeds album The Good Son. Vinyl is heavyweight 180 Gram.

            Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

            This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it's original format.

            China Drum


            China Drum are back…

            After taking 13 yrs out from writing and releasing what they called "frazmatic pop racket", China Drum have returned in 2013 firstly playing a sell out, one off, reunion show at The Garage in Highbury. The success of this left the band Amazed and dazed, so, the band together with David Houston (who originally prompted / arranged the first reunion show) organised a UK tour in December 2013, this was just as well received and enjoyed equally by the band and fans.

            As it snowballed, China Drum started writing new material and recording the tracks soon after.

            'Dere Mewn!’ is a compilation of Colorama's Welsh language songs recorded between 2007 and 2013. It includes two new songs, "Rhedeg Bant' and 'Mari Lwyd' along with all of Colorama's recorded output in Welsh across their previous releases.

            Also included is “Hapus?” which was released on the Aficionado label and now available for the first time digitally.

            Colorama has recently toured with Edwyn Collins and collaborated with Edwyn on the music for the full length Documentary about Edwyn's life “The Possibilities Are Endless”.

            Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem have teamed up to release “Catholic”, the lost opus of disco pioneer Patrick Cowley and Indoor Life vocalist Jorge Socarras.

            Perhaps one of the most revolutionary and influential people in the canon of disco music, Cowley created his own brand of hi-NRG dance music, “The San Francisco Sound.” Born in Buffalo, NY on October 19, 1950, Patrick moved to San Francisco at the age of 21. He studied at the City College of San Francisco and met Jorge Socarras in 1973 through mutual friends. The duo’s first collaboration was a ten-minute trance-inducing epic that Cowley composed for a performance piece by Socarras in 1975. Patrick, who played drums, guitar and keyboards, provided the perfect match for Jorge’s vocal talents. Between 1975 and 1977 they recorded an album’s worth of material before Socarras moved to London and Cowley started playing synthesizers for Sylvester. Upon Jorge’s return to San Francis co in 1979, the duo would re-record some of the “Catholic” songs with Patrick’s newly acquired equipment. Meanwhile, Socarras met the musicians with whom he would form Indoor Life, and in 1980 Patrick co-produced their first album. The “Catholic” album was offered to San Francisco’s Megatone Records who passed on it. Fast forward to 2007 when Honey Soundsystem was contacted by John Hedges, former co-owner of Megatone Records. Hedges’ was moving to Palm Springs and invited the crew over to his basement to collect over 2,000 records from his collection. Among the archives were three moldy boxes of quarter inch reel to reel tapes featuring unreleased music by Cowley, including the “Catholic” material. The reel was passed on to Stefan Goldmann of Macro Recordings in Berlin who was able to track down Jorge Socarras and clear the rights. “Catholic” was finally released on CD in 2009. “Catholic” is a genre-bendin g concept album that ranges from minimalistic proto-techno to synth-driven post-punk, pre-dating the dance punk acts LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture by almost 30 years. It shows a much broader range than any Cowley or Socarras material available and gives a totally new perspective to one of the most inspiring eras in music history. Influenced by Tomita, Wendy Carlos, the Velvet Underground, and Roxy Music, “Catholic” prefigures acts like Talking Heads, Units, The Human League or Chris & Cosey. Patrick forges a unique electronic sound from his collection of synthesizers, modified guitars, and self-constructed equipment while Jorge’s vocals go from hypnotic to camp, singing about gay love juju and tackling classics by Donovan and Stoller & Leiber.

            Featuring over 80 minutes of music never before released on vinyl, this compilation contains two bonus tracks not featured on the CD release. The tapes were meticulously restored by mastering guru Rashad Becker at D +M in Berlin, then remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. The vinyl comes housed in a glossy dual pocket gatefold featuring the intended album cover from the original “Catholic” photo shoot in 1979, and the original hand-lettering by Arch Connelly aka A. Style intended for the first 45rpm single. Inside the gatefold sleeve contains lyrics and an essay from Jorge Socarras. For the 32nd anniversary of Patrick’s death, Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem present a glimpse into the minds of these two geniuses. These recordings shine a new light on the experimental side of a disco legend who was taken too soon. All proceeds from “Catholic” will be donated to the San Francisco AIDS Housing Alliance.

            Julee Cruise

            Floating Into The Night - 180g Vinyl Edition

              “Floating Into The Night” is the 1989 debut album by vocalist Julee Cruise featuring songs written and produced by composer Angelo Badalamenti and film director David Lynch (who wrote the lyrics). The songs "Falling" and "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart" were both featured in Lynch's cult television series Twin Peaks, while "Into the Night", "The Nightingale" and "The World Spins" also appeared in the show. The instrumental version of “Falling” was the theme song for Twin Peaks while the album as a whole is almost an unofficial soundtrack to the series. The track “Mysteries Of Love” was prominently featured in Lynch’s classic film Blue Velvet. Cruise’s dreamy, light vocals match perfectly with the music and lyrics to make this album sound like it is unattached to any era or time. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with a double sided insert by Plain Recordings.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Andy says: A damn fine record!

              Cursive release an expanded, deluxe reissue of their 2003 breakthrough album The Ugly Organ via Saddle Creek. This deluxe remastered edition is available on double CD and 180g double vinyl, with eight additional tracks on the accompanying disc. These tracks – written during the same sessions as and originally intended for The Ugly Organ – were previously found across the band’s 8 Teeth To Eat You split with Eastern Youth, their ‘Art Is Hard’ and ‘The Recluse’ singles, and the Saddle Creek 50 compilation.

              The packaging for both The Ugly Organ (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered] 2xCD and 2xLP includes a booklet with extensive liner notes comprised of rare photos, original artwork drafts, handwritten lyrics, a list of all tour dates from the era, and an introduction written by Kyle Ryan of The AV Club. 

              From the maniacal opening notes and carnival barker howl that launch the album, The Ugly Organ wasted no time searing itself into a listener’s ears and quickly established Cursive as a musical force with which to be reckoned. The album arrived three years after the underground success of their 2000 LP Cursive’s Domestica, which introduced frontman Tim Kasher’s particularly confessional and conceptual songwriting style, and saw him delving even further into and refining that craft. A self-aware examination of artistic constraints (or lack thereof), relationships, sex, and the intersection of all three, The Ugly Organ wowed critics and audiences alike with its cerebral, cathartic blend of songs that are alternately hushed and restrained, riotous and dissonant. Fiercely intelligent and cohesive – the liner notes laid the songs out like a play, complete with stage directions – across its diverse sonic landscape, the album landed Cursive on the Sunday Arts & Leisure section cover of The New York Times (which also called it “a marvelous collection of riddles and left turns, conceived as a single piece of musical theater”) and earned accolades from Rolling Stone (“a brilliant leap forward”), Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Alternative Press (★★★★★), MAGNET (“The best punk record you’ll hear all year”), Esquire, and SPIN, among many others, as well as a place on numerous year-end best lists.

              The Ugly Organ feels as vibrant and vital today as it did upon release more than 10 years ago. A landmark album, it not only catapulted the Omaha, NE-based band from the simmering indie underground to the forefront of a genre, and was the second Saddle Creek album to break the 100,000 sold mark, but also served to inspire a host of young bands in its wake.

              Cursive has also announced a new run of tour dates early next year, beginning February 10th in Salt Lake City and wrapping up on March 21st with a hometown show in Omaha. The tour also includes a show at The Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA on February 20th and two nights at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY on March 10th and 11th. Each night’s setlist will feature songs culled from across the band’s seven albums – including their most recent, 2012’s I Am Gemini – in addition to drawing heavily from The Ugly Organ. A cellist will also accompany the band throughout the tour to perform on all The Ugly Organ-era songs. A current itinerary is below.

              Two decades, six albums and with little sign of slowing up, dEUS curate their own works with news of a compilation album ‘Selected Songs -1994-2104’.

              Formed in 1991, with their acclaimed debut album ‘Worst Case Scenario’ following in 1994, dEUS have evolved both musically and in terms of personnel under the guide of founder members and long term friends vocalist Tom Barman and multi-instrumentalist Klaas Janzoon.

              Culled from the band’s album repertoire and including a live version of ‘Sun Ra’ from 2005’s ‘Pocket Revolution’, ‘Selected Songs 1994 - 2014’ is available on a double CD through Play It Again Sam.


              Miracle Witness Hour (Live In Ohio 1977)

              Spuds rejoice, for the Miracle Witness Hour is at hand! In 1977 DEVO played an intimate show to an eager handful at biker bar turned total dive The Eagle Street Saloon in Cleveland, Ohio. Unbeknown to those canny onlookers, they were to testify to the healing power of DEVO! But what of us now? Beautiful mutants fear not, FUTURISMO are here to rectify your late party syndrome. Televised through the antennas of time we give you DEVOs’ most intimate unreleased live record ever - Miracle Witness Hour!

              Released for the first time on any format, this remastered document of de-evolution is finally given the attention it truly deserves. A rare glimpse into the embryonic stages of the groundbreaking band way before the masses knew how to ‘whip-it good’, the Miracle Witness Hour boasts primal versions of the bands most recalled avant-pop songs such as ‘Jocko Homo’ and ‘Mongoloid’ moments before Brian Eno got his hands on them, juxtaposed against some of their rarer experimental gems. Seemingly fitting for the kind of off the wall experience that would have DEVO’s dehumanised art house sci-fi set against the backdrop of Eagle Streets’ dingy and ruptured old world interior.

              Synonymous with innovative ideology, it was only a few months later that David Bowie would declare them “the band of the future!” but it was at the Miracle Witness Hour that DEVO were already proving that the future was already happening. Like surrealist preachers transmitting a challenge to the preconceptions of pop music, it’s the playful live imperfections in this recording that genuinely make the Miracle Witness Hour an original and intimate experience - so intimate that you can make out individual handclaps of the sparse crowd.

              This FUTURISMO release revitalises this event with exciting artwork and packaging that enforces the bands forward thinking approach to the aesthetics that shaped the following decade. The outer sleeve comes die-cut revealing the box-fold reversible cover inner sleeve, containing a second sleeve and housing rare images as well as brand new liner notes by DEVO founding member Gerald Casale.


              LP Info: Ultimate virgin - white vinyl.

              Ltd LP Info: Hot dust - Red glitter vinyl. Indie stores exclusive.

              Faerground Accidents

              We Hate The Same Thing / Dangerously Close

              Sex, style and subversion from Sheffield but sounding international Faerground Accidents stand out like a unique band in a sea of indie grey. With dark and powerful songs that will be proper hits they are like an edgy version of Pulp with a lipstick wearing androgynous singer who is a genuine star.

              They are trouble in a time when we need trouble but have the songs to back it up.

              Indie has become boring- too many sensible bands. We need the freaks!

              They write pithy, darkly funny songs that will be anthems in 12 months time.

              A month before release they are picking up radio play on 6music and there is already lots of press interest- this one is going to take off.

              Flake Music

              When You Land Here, It's Time To Return

              James Mercer (The Shins, Broken Bells) formed Flake Music in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1992 with Neal Langford on guitar, Phil Higgs and then Marty Crandall on bass and Jesse Sandoval on drums.

              Flake Music was a collaborative affair with each member contributing to the songwriting process. From 1992 to 1997, Flake Music released several singles before releasing ‘When You Land Here, It’s Time To Return’ in 1997. Upon the album’s release, Flake Music began touring largely due to support from Modest Mouse.

              In 1996, Mercer started The Shins as an additional outlet for his songwriting, eventually releasing The Shins’ acclaimed debut ‘Oh, Inverted World’ was released in 2001 on Sub Pop. · Flake Music’s ‘When You Land Here, It’s Time To Return’ was originally released on Northern California label Omnibus Records. This reissue includes the full original album - remixed by Kennie Takahashi and remastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering - and a reinterpretation of the album art.

              Frazey Ford

              Indian Ocean

                Frazey Ford, best known as the lead voice of The Be Good Tanyas, returns with her second solo effort, Indian Ocean, a lush album filled with songs about pain and dealing with tough truths, but also about love, contrition and being bold. Part of what gives Indian Ocean its gilded edge is the work of Al Green’s band, The Hi Rhythm Section, the iconic architects of the famous singer's instrumental sound. There's affirmation in its 11 songs, as Ford's self-possession and passion puts flesh to the musical bones.

                On the follow up to 2010’s critically acclaimed Obadiah, Ford unleashes an unbridled full-throated ebullience that takes listeners down to where the soul rivers run deep. The Hi Rhythm Section, Charles Hodges (organ), Leroy Hodges (bass) and Teenie Hodges (guitar), the latter who recently passed away, helped Al Green pen some of his most famous songs. Ford is the beneficiary of their almighty talents, the trio accentuating her sensual and opulent vocals with deep-bottomed bass, subtle backbeats, and airy flights of organ. They're joined by the golden horn arrangements and the undulating tides of Debra Jean Creelman and Caroline Ballhorn's backing vocals that kick off the restless but hopeful album opener, "September Fields." John Raham, Frazey’s creative partner and co-producer, brings his considerable talents helping to create the album’s delicate musical balance.

                Lisbon groove experts Gala Drop return to Golf Channel for the first time since 2010's outstanding "Overcoat Heat EP", with a sophomore LP of kaleidoscopic sounds perfect for the Balearic crowd. The line up's taken a slight re-edit since last time out, with Tiago Miranda leaving to concentrate on his Interzona13, and Detroit legend Jerry The Cat taking over percussion duties without missing a beat. This switch sees the ensemble further embrace organic sounds, bolstered by Jerry's exceptional skills behind the skins, whether the rhythm be Krautrock, psyche, reggae lilt or funk break. Their music takes on the bustling heat of the streets of Lisbon but, like the city itself, never escapes the proximity of the open seas and panoramic scenery beyond. Each track provides a potent sensory hit as blistering psyche-funk guitars cut through the heat haze of the summer swelter, and echo drenched vocals spiral with the redolence of a night on the pipe. When the irresistible basslines arn't busy propelling the track forward at warp speed, they're bringing a warm island lilt to proceedings, adding a dubby flavour to this esoteric melting pot. Gala Drop may herald from Lisbon, but they're truly children of the world.

                Gallon Drunk

                The Rotten Mile

                  Gallon Drunk album "The Rotten Mile", at last released on vinyl! Originally released in U.K. in 2007 on CD, this awesome record finally sees itself reissued now on vinyl with previously unseen photography as well as liner notes by James Johnston.

                  Gallon Drunk is actively touring these days and delivering incendiary live acts that prove them to be one of the best bands to ever come out of England. Vaporing from London smoggy sounds and melodies of distortion, swamp, jungle, rock and pure intensity, they fulfill this terrific record which meant back in 2007 the return of Gallon Drunk taking themselves into the evolution and orientation that their latest records "The Road Gets Darker From Here" and "The Soul of the Hour". During these years James Johnston as well has been actively taking part in other projects such as member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Lydia Lunch´s Big Sexy Noise. Bang! Records is proud to take part in Gallon Drunk's history by releasing this masterpiece.

                  Get Well Soon

                  The Greatest Hits

                    Konstantin Gropper, artistically known as GET WELL SOON, will be releasing three different EPs on three consecutive Mondays during November. These EPs will be available exclusively on limited edition 10” vinyl, as well as in the usual digital formats. Each EP has its own theme and its own release date. Konstantin Gropper explains: “These EPs are projects I’ve been meaning to do for quite a long time, but neither “concept” would have been suitable for an entire album, nor would they actually all add up to a coherent album, plus I do love these smaller formats. What’s more beautiful then three nice little 10inches with gorgeous black and white artwork all by the same artist (in this case, celebrated German painter Hermann Schenkel)?” he asks. 

                    Cover versions have a bit of a tradition with Get Well Soon. This EP is just a small collection of songs that I wanted to reinterpret. It has been my long-standing plan to cover only superhits on one record (I thought, I‘d learn something), but somehow that got lost somewhere along the way. That‘s why there are only three superhits and three secret hits on thsi EP. These versions were developed for very different reasons and occasions over the years. I hope the selection is quite controversial.

                    I Am Kloot

                    From Here To There (Official Soundtrack)

                    The masterful I Am Kloot will release the soundtrack to the TV Drama ‘From There To Here’. Staring Philip Glenister (Life on Mars), the plot centres around the tragic and comic misadventures of two families in Manchester at the time of the ‘96 IRA bombing. Kloot’s deft handling of the soundtrack provides both light and shade that recalls some of their greatest work.

                    Bio (amended from Peter Jobson, bassist of I Am Kloot)

                    So we were invited to score a drama set in our home town of Manchester and we were delighted as it was something that we had always wanted to do. The name I Am Kloot is inspired by the classic Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland noir drama “Klute”. The 1996 IRA bomb had a big effect on everyone living in the city and in the drama it acts as a trigger that begins to unravel a family. The events of June 15th 1996 were something we witnessed, lived through and worked through and so the story is close to our hearts.
                    We were initially given three pieces of footage and asked to compose music for each as way of an audition. The first scene lead up to a bomb exploding, the second depicted a romantic meeting between two characters and the third was a montage which the music composed set the tone for the entire series. There are three members of I Am Kloot so we took a scene each and produced very different pieces of music which has inspired us to change the approach to the way we work. Our usual approach would be three of us in a room following each other’s ideas to an agreed conclusion.

                    Producing each piece separately resulted in three diverse pieces of music. “The bomb” was composed by Andy Hargreaves (Drummer) and is very rhythm orientated based on a discussion around how the Dirty Harry scores of Lalo Schifrin were so evocative and effective and predominately composed of drums. The romantic scene “Joanne and Daniel (part 1)”, was composed by myself Peter Jobson (Bass player / multi-instrumentalist) and was set on a pier by the sea so the sounds of waves lapping sat beneath a major scale country blues acoustic guitar progression with a harmonica melody that implies burgeoning romance but uncertainty. The third piece “From There To Here” was composed by John Bramwell (Singer / multi-instrumentalist). This piece was used as the main theme of the drama reoccurring throughout the series in different guises. It consists of a Minor key acoustic guitar progression with a very evocative melody played on different instruments each time it appears in the drama. Firstly the melody is played on a melodica, then an acoustic guitar and lastly whistled. The theme as well as the melody being played on different instruments has a different tempo and velocity each time it appears so as to suit the mood of the scene.

                    We got the green light on the project from these three pieces and subsequently were given all three hour long episodes to watch and absorb. We were then provided with specific times and durations of pieces that were required to be composed. Some of the pieces were very short and some up to nine minutes long.
                    For the first time we found ourselves working as individuals on the same project; emailing each other files of musical ideas. This after fifteen years of recording all together in one room was very refreshing and resulted in a varied piece of work allowing each member of the group to play to their strengths with no time pressures being applied. A hint at what may come in the future from the band as we all enjoyed this way of working. Each member of I Am Kloot has quite different musical tastes and influences. This project allowed for many disparate approaches. It was an ideal remit for us in that we were able to discuss our ideas and take on specific tasks separately; allowing each of us to draw on our personal influences and then score what we imagined. This made for a diverse piece of work and more so we discovered a great deal about ourselves musically that up until now we did not know. Old dog new tricks, Eureka, Satori, call it what you want; for the lads it’s a fuckin result!

                    Most of the pieces of music were written and recorded spontaneously playing live along to the visuals which gives the pieces energy and is very in keeping with the way we like to compose. Our initial ideas are the best, we were never great revisers. A small amount of arrangement then takes place which nearly always entails removing rather than adding to the piece as space in music is a crucial part of the dynamic, it also gives the instruments that are recorded the sonic space required to provide their full tonal range. In a three piece band space is a welcome unpaid fourth member.

                    Inspired very much by the work of Bernard Herman, John Cage and the cartoons of Walt Disney we used what is really Foley artist techniques; everyday sound affects mixed in within the music. There are moments of swords pulled across stone, coins dropped and ratchet spanner clicks all of which create a mood you do not hear much of in television scores. In my opinion there is no substitute for these techniques, not only is it a joy to discover, record and place these sounds, the variety of what Shane Macgowan calls “music that’s in the ground” is limitless. These for me are the magic sounds within music. As a listener you are not sure if they are in the score, in the room or in your imagination; Subtle and fleeting to the point of existential. Delicious.

                    Kid Wave

                    Gloom EP

                    Kid Wave have announced details of the release of a new single. Gloom will be released of Heavenly Recordings on Monday 24th November 2014.

                    Produced by Rory Atwel and recorded at Lightship 95, the single, available as a 4-track 7”, features the tracks Gloom, Brimstone and Young Blood & All I Want, both of which appeared as part of the band’s first download only release on Heavenly in September of this year.

                    Kid Wave started out in 2011 as a recording and writing project for Lea Emmery when she moved to London from the East coast of Sweden. She was joined in 2013 by Serra Patale, originally from Perth in Australia, Londoner Harry Deacon and Mattias Batt, who hails from the same town in Sweden as Lea.

                    Kid Wave are: Lea Emmery (vocals & guitar), Harry Deacon (bass), Serra Patale (drums) & Mattias Batt (guitar).

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Ltd 7" Info: Limited to 300 copies only.

                    80s indie stalwarts trading in politically energised guitar pop – a true treasure chest of hooks, riffs and leftist messages.

                    Excellent value and a must have for anybody with an interest in the 1980s’ British independent and alternative scenes or politically minded guitar pop.

                    McCarthy disbanded in 1990 and two of its members went on to form the wonderful Stereolab. Other members have gone on to work in popular music and the media, and the band often receive exposure from Manic Street Preachers, who regularly cite their work as both beloved and influential.

                    Albums packaged in mini LP replica wallets, and presented – along with a booklet - in a hard clamshell case.

                    Contains countless classic originals and classic live sessions versions.

                    75 tracks, including 3 indie top ten albums and several indie chart hit singles

                    Also includes 12 songs recorded for the legendary John Peel.

                    The Ministry Of Wolves

                    Happily Ever After - Black Vinyl Edition

                      The Ministry Of Wolves are Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten / Crime & The City Solution), Mick Harvey (cofounder of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) and Paul Wallfisch (Botanica / musical director at the Theater Dortmund). 

                      Limited vinyl release for independent retailers only. ‘Happily Ever After’ is a companion piece to the debut album, ‘Music From Republik der Wölfe’. 

                      ‘Music From Republik der Wölfe’ and ‘Happily Ever After’ are based on the writings of the Brothers Grimm, in particular Anne Sexton’s ‘Transformations’ (1971), the Pulitzer Prize winning poet’s reworking of the Grimm’s fairy tales. In the hands of The Ministry Of Wolves, these morality tales and warnings are as dark as you remember them from childhood. 

                      Unreleased tracks on the album are ‘The Wonderful Musician’ and ‘The 12 Dancing Princesses’ - unheard before this release. German versions of tracks from the debut include ‘Der Goldene Schluessel’ (‘The Gold Key’), ‘Die Weisse Schlange’ (‘White Snake Waltz’) and ‘Der Froschkoenig’ (‘The Frog Prince’).

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Ltd LP Info: Limited to 75 copies.

                      The Ministry Of Wolves

                      Happily Ever After - Coloured Vinyl Edition

                        The Ministry Of Wolves are Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten / Crime & The City Solution), Mick Harvey (cofounder of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) and Paul Wallfisch (Botanica / musical director at the Theater Dortmund).

                        Limited vinyl release for independent retailers only. ‘Happily Ever After’ is a companion piece to the debut album, ‘Music From Republik der Wölfe’.

                        ‘Music From Republik der Wölfe’ and ‘Happily Ever After’ are based on the writings of the Brothers Grimm, in particular Anne Sexton’s ‘Transformations’ (1971), the Pulitzer Prize winning poet’s reworking of the Grimm’s fairy tales. In the hands of The Ministry Of Wolves, these morality tales and warnings are as dark as you remember them from childhood.

                        Unreleased tracks on the album are ‘The Wonderful Musician’ and ‘The 12 Dancing Princesses’ - unheard before this release. German versions of tracks from the debut include ‘Der Goldene Schluessel’ (‘The Gold Key’), ‘Die Weisse Schlange’ (‘White Snake Waltz’) and ‘Der Froschkoenig’ (‘The Frog Prince’).

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Ltd LP Info: Limited to 50 copies.

                        The Phrogs

                        Baby I'm Gone

                        Southend-on-Sea band, The Phrogs were a regular fixture as the live band in Mod and 60s clubs in the mid to late 90s. 
                        Crocodile Records now release this neat little slice of rhythm'n'blues from the band, recorded back in 2001 at the legendary Toe Rag Studios.

                        Piccadilly Records

                        End Of Year Review 2014

                          Back in the day, confronted from October onwards by a raft of Christmas-related albums from the major labels, and barely a squeak of a release from the independents, we decided to compile our own top 50 albums of the year, and promote that over the festive season instead.

                          Nearly two decades on, and with the arrival of the World Wide Web, Piccadilly Records Top 100 has become one of THE essential end of year charts to check out. Our End Of Year Review booklets have also become increasingly sought-after, and now come packed with our Top 100 albums, Top 20 compilations, Top 20 reissues/collections, staff charts and reviews of our favourite albums all wrapped in lush artwork (perfect bound this year!) by Piccadilly pal Mark Brown ( The perfect read for any music lover over Crimbo.

                          This booklet is free instore or just 1 pence (plus p+p) via the website. Or if you prefer, you can view it online here as a PDF (be warned though it's a large PDF file so it's probably not worth trying to download this on your phone!)

                          Enjoy the read!

                          Please note: If you're ordering this on its own you will be charged our standard rate of postage and packing for sending a CD/7".

                          Primitive Parts

                          TV Wheels / The Bench

                          Primitive Parts are three friends, Lindsay Corstorphine (Sauna Youth / Monotony / Cold Pumas), and Male Bonding's Kevin Hendrick and Robin Christian. They have previously released a single Open Heads / Signal on the SEXBEAT label and contributed a cover of The Yummy Fur's ‘Chinese Bookie’ to last year’s Collective Hiss compilation (Faux Discx). TV Wheels / The Bench, the band’s second engagement with the Faux Discx label (Soft Walls / Omi Palone / Sex Hands / Hookworms) was written in a narrow room in Homerton, between two churches on a Thursday evening in the summer of 2014. It was recorded to tape by Mark 'Knuckles' Jasper at Soundsavers.

                          Primitive Parts have recently played with The Homosexuals, Ultimate Painting and Juan Wauters and are touring the UK early next year.

                          Ian Rankin, Nik Colk Void & Tim Burgess

                          A Little Bit Of Powder

                            Oxfam are pleased to announce a unique collaboration with international bestselling author Ian Rankin and Tim Burgess, the singer with indie legends The Charlatans.

                            A Little Bit of Powder is a short story that Ian Rankin wrote for Tim's label O Genesis. There will be a limited edition 12" vinyl release that will be available at Oxfam shops alongside selected record stores.

                            The record features acclaimed actor Craig Parkinson reading Ian's short story with theme music by Tim Burgess and Factory Floor's Nik Void. There is also a version of the theme featuring vocals by Tim

                            Ian Rankin:
                            I had a great time writing the story. I wanted it to involve music and musicians and to take place at Christmas. A friend had told me this anecdote about a songwriter's final wishes, and that gave me the idea. Like Tim, I'm a big fan of Oxfam, so it's great that A Little Bit of Powder can help a favourite charity.

                            Tim Burgess:
                            One of the reasons for starting a record label was so that we work on projects like this - our last release was with Professor Tim O Brien using the sound archive from Jodrell Bank and we've released poetry on vinyl, sleeves that play when you put them on your turntable and them there's the more regular label stuff like records by The Vaccines and R Stevie Moore. I knew Ian was a big fan of vinyl and we became friends over a shared love of music.

                            To get a short story from Ian Rankin was amazing. We wanted to make it a release where someone else benefitted from the money and Oxfam was top of our list. Both Ian and I buy lots of records from charity shops and we put it to them and they loved the idea too.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Ltd 12" Info: Limited to 500 copies.

                            Gayna Florence Perry and Robin Surtees are perhaps best known for their work with cult Eighties band Shiny Two Shiny. Signed to Red Flame Records, they released one mini LP entitled ‘Halfway Across The Rainbow’ and one single ‘Waiting For us’ c/w ‘Ritual Hate’, in 7” and 12” formats. A mixture of bright and breezy synth pop with some darker undercurrents both records made a dent in the indie charts gaining positive reviews in the music press for releases and live appearances and acclaim from John Peel as well as daytime airplay on Radio 1. They also toured Europe and appeared on TV. At the start of 1984 the band played at the ‘Big Brother’ music festival at the ICA in London, supporting Pink Industry. But by this time the writing was on the wall for Shiny Two Shiny.

                            Singapore Sling

                            The Tower Of Foronicity

                              'Sometimes you need to burrow through the darkness of your soul to find the light in your life. This album is definitely dark at times, but through it all, it comes with a sense of release and freedom' - Levitation Magazine.

                              The return of Icelandic Singapore Sling is upon us with their seventh studio album, recorded in the winter of 2011-2012 titled ‘The Towers of Foronocity’ and you will be anticipating this one for good reason. Twelve tracks of that dark, moody and broody sound that we all have come to know so well. It’s like a surrealistic dream sequence out of a David Lynch movie. Walls and walls of sound, layered between darkness and light. The album contains some of the bands best songs to date, including the opening track “You Drive Me Insane” with it’s thump coming at you, it’ll have you tasting the blood (of Singapore Sling) immediately. The band was born in 2000 as a result of nobody making the music that Singapore Slings Henrik Bjornsson wanted to hear. So he simply decided to make it himself, instead of complaining and doing nothing. It was born out of love and hate. Love of the various music from the past, mainly rock 'n' roll, and hatred of the majority of the music around him. He named the band Singapore Sling (after the film by Nikolai Nikolaidis) shortly before the first show in he fall of 2000. The first proper record, The Course of Singapore Sling, was released in 2002 and named "The Course Of" because of bad luck and freaky incidents that surrounded the recording of the record. The course went on and so did they.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Ltd LP Info: Limited edition of 750 copies on 180 gram transparent vinyl.

                              Nottingham's Sleaford Mods are a duo that need little introduction, having fiercely penetrated people's consciousness on a large scale with their sixth album Austerity Dogs in 2013.

                              Since then they've garnered critical acclaim with their subsequent work and now they're joining forces with Ipecac Recordings to release a physical version of their previously released digital compilation Chubbed Up, which is released on October 28th. This version will include three previously unreleased tracks "The Committee", "Bring Out The Canons," and "Fear Of Anarchy" - check out the full track list below.

                              Sleaford Mods started out sometime during 2006 whilst Jason Williamson was living in Nottingham. Born out of part frustration and part accident, it quickly found its feet as an aggressive verbal onslaught on all that is contrived and connected to the day-to-day hammer of low paid employment and domestic siutations arising from that trap. After a year of working ideas out in both the studio and in live performances, Williamson moved south and took the cause to London for a couple of years and trod the boards there for a couple of years, before returning to Nottingham in 2009.
                              Soon after that return he met Andrew Fearn and the Sleaford Mods became a duo. Fearn’s first work was on the production of “Wank” – the Mods’ fifth CDr album. Soon after that started stalking the stage and studio with Williamson. Andrew’s involvement meant that Jason was now able to stop creating the samples and loops that littered the early recordings and concentrate on the lyrics, whilst Andrew created numerous tunes for Jason to vent his spleen over.

                              Just after the release of “Wank” the duo were invited to play a three day festival curated by Nottingham’s Rammel Club. During that weekend a working relationship with Nottingham’s abstract-punk Harbinger Sound label was formed. A relationship which – a year later – resulted in the release of the “Austerity Dogs” vinyl album. This release would be followed by numerous shows around the UK and Europe, including further festival appearances. As word- of-mouth praise for the album slowly spread out and onto the record-buying publics’ radar, “Austerity Dogs” soon sold out of its intial run of 300 copies and has gone one to, as of today, a fourth pressing of the vinyl edition and a CD version was also released. Rave reviews would start to appear in magazines as diverse as The Wire and Uncut, along with interviews being published both on paper and on-line, both here and abroad. The album featured, and topped, many writers polls for the best records of 2013.

                              Sleaford Mods

                              Tiswas EP - Orange Vinyl Edition

                                “In times of complacency, what we really need is a band to rock up and tell everyone to fuck off.” NME. “Stream-of-consciousness tirades that conjure up a world of sticky cafe table-tops, grinding hangovers, and the cold comfort of consumerism.” The Guardian

                                It’s been an utterly insane year for SLEAFORD MODS. Once dismissed around their native Nottingham as "two skip rats with a laptop", their last two albums, ‘Austerity Dogs’ in 2013 and this year’s ‘Divide And Exit’, both on Harbinger Sound, have achieved the kind of critical acclaim that less inspired bands could only dream of. Equally, their live gigs have become rapid-fire, explosive, cathartic performances, drawing in endless sold-out crowds of people blown away to finally witness something that matters and actually has something to say.

                                November 24th heralds the arrival of some highly-anticipated new music from front gob Jason Williamson and music master Andrew Fearn in the shape of the ‘TISWAS EP’. Released through Invada Records (the Bristol label responsible for BEAK>, DROKK and numerous soundtracks including Drive / OldBoy), the ‘Tiswas EP’ features four brand new studio tracks alongside ‘Tiswas’, lifted from the ‘Divide And Exit’ album.

                                It is released on both yellow and orange Tiswas coloured vinyl (3000 units in total – 1500 of each variant) and sees Sleaford Mods pushing and developing their bile and style.

                                Sleaford Mods

                                Tiswas EP - Yellow Vinyl Edition

                                  “In times of complacency, what we really need is a band to rock up and tell everyone to fuck off.” NME. “Stream-of-consciousness tirades that conjure up a world of sticky cafe table-tops, grinding hangovers, and the cold comfort of consumerism.” The Guardian

                                  It’s been an utterly insane year for SLEAFORD MODS. Once dismissed around their native Nottingham as "two skip rats with a laptop", their last two albums, ‘Austerity Dogs’ in 2013 and this year’s ‘Divide And Exit’, both on Harbinger Sound, have achieved the kind of critical acclaim that less inspired bands could only dream of. Equally, their live gigs have become rapid-fire, explosive, cathartic performances, drawing in endless sold-out crowds of people blown away to finally witness something that matters and actually has something to say.

                                  November 24th heralds the arrival of some highly-anticipated new music from front gob Jason Williamson and music master Andrew Fearn in the shape of the ‘TISWAS EP’. Released through Invada Records (the Bristol label responsible for BEAK>, DROKK and numerous soundtracks including Drive / OldBoy), the ‘Tiswas EP’ features four brand new studio tracks alongside ‘Tiswas’, lifted from the ‘Divide And Exit’ album.

                                  It is released on both yellow and orange Tiswas coloured vinyl (3000 units in total – 1500 of each variant) and sees Sleaford Mods pushing and developing their bile and style.

                                  Stockholm Monsters

                                  All At Once

                                    Captured Tracks is pleased to present the Stockholm Monsters full catalogue in this special vinyl only reissue. Formed in Manchester in 1980, Stockholm Monsters were signed with Factory Records in 1981. Discovered at a show in Manchester when the band was still teens, New Order's Peter Hook took the young band under his wing and went on to produce the majority of the band's catalogue, under the alias Be Music.

                                    Their first single, "Fairy Tales", didn't appear until 1982, due to the tardiness of the songs producer Martin Hannett. Drawing early praise from influential music magazine's NME and Melody Maker, along with touring with New Order, the band seemed set for success. However through numerous line-up changes, delays in recording and the onslaught of bands such as the Happy Mondays the band never quite hit their mark. During their time with the Factory Records, Stockholm Monsters released one LP (Alma Mater) and a series of 7"s and singles including a scathing take down of Factory's primary indie label rival, entitled "How Corrupt is Rough Trade". Available in a limited run, this complete collection gives new light to one of Factory's lost artists.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    2xLP Info: Double LP and free 7".

                                    Stress Waves

                                    Orphic Ruin

                                      More heat from Ono to keep us warm during the Winter months. Stress Waves is two guys from Brisbane Australia; Nick Williams on vocals and Errol Hoffman on synth, guitar, bass and mixing! The music has an air of Manchester in its bloodstream, gloriously melancholic and wallowing in its own dark desires. It will, of course, appeal to any fans of Joy Division, Depeche Mode, Cabaret Voltaire and sounds like it's been heavily influenced by Cocteau Twins. Williams' does the morose with distinction and finesse, making unhappy sexy and fiendishly cool. Hoffman's soundbeds are beautifully textured, pluming deep into synthetic textures while heavily reverberated, gated drums echo away in the distance. Like the darkest dreams of Martin Hannett re-imagined through a Drexciyan outboard.
                                      50 copies only with riso inlays.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      Cassette Info: 50 copies with riso inlays.

                                      Third Eye Blind

                                      Third Eye Blind - Yellow Vinyl Edition

                                        Third Eye Blind is the eponymous debut for the American alternative rock band Third Eye Blind, originally released in 1997. It spawned several singles, including top 10 charting “Semi-Charmed Life”, “Jumper”, and “How’s It Going to Be”. While Third Eye Blind peaked at #25 on the Billboard 200, it spent 104 weeks on the charts. It is the group’s bestselling album, having been certified 6x Platinum.

                                        Third Eye Blind is catchier than the average post-grunge album, and that fact alone reveals a lot about the band. Instead of relying on standard, plodding grunge influences, Third Eye Blind draw heavily from the simple hook-laden traditions of classic Arena Rock, which makes the album more immediate. Third Eye Blind is easy on the ears, and its straight-ahead professionalism makes it a pleasurable listen for post-grungers.

                                        The Underground Youth

                                        Beautiful & Damned

                                          "The Underground Youth blend the sounds of shoegaze, post-punk and psychedelic rock with their own hauntingly beautiful twist." The Underground Youth is the name under which Manchester’s underground poet, Craig Dyer, has produced his records since 2009. In 2011, Fuzz Club Records started putting out his prolific catalogue, bringing to light a number of LPs and singles that had only circulated virally on the Internet. Since then, The Underground Youth, with Craig and Olya Dyer as the core of the band, have expanded to a four piece, gaining a solid international fan-base and touring all around the UK and Europe. Gideon Coe has spinned their single “Juliette” on BBC6 and they took part to the “Reverb Conspiracy – Volune One”, curated by Fuzz Club and Austin Psych Fest. In June, they rocked up the Eindhoven Psych Lab and they are set to headline Paris Psych Fest in July.

                                          Drown In Sound said of their Eindhoven set: “combining the mesmeric rhythms of The Velvet Underground - Olya Dyer's driving beats make her the new psych generation's Mo Tucker - with rippling feedback associated with Bad Moon Risingera Sonic Youth and a dash of the Mary Chain thrown in as well, they're a captivating force”. The Underground Youth.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Ltd 10" Info: 20 mins+ EP on 10" vinyl (black), limited to 400 copies.

                                          What Sunstone Records say about this record:
                                          "This 3-track EP finds us bang in the middle of where we wanted we to be when we started this label over a cold beer in Barcelona bar back in 2013 – it’s all the things we like presented to us in the form of a 3-track compact 7” single – it was the wonderful Active Listener site that introduced us to the gentle, sonic vibrations of White Candles – all those records we treasured by bands such as the greatly missed Broadcast and American electronic psych pioneers such as Fifty Foot Hose and Ruth White were echoed in their work, alongside those wonderful BBC Radiophonic albums that we had hoarded over the years not only in our collections, but in the back of our conscious minds."

                                          Limited to 300 copies.

                                          Jack White

                                          Would You Fight For My Love?

                                          The 7" single "Would You Fight For My Love?," the second single off Jack White's second album Lazaretto with non-album B-Side "Parallel".

                                          Front Cover Photographer: Angelina Castillo; Model: Elle Long

                                          Various Artists

                                          All Ready For The 25th - Wishing You A Sartorial Christmas

                                            Yuletide means many things to many people. Sartorial’s Christmas Album All Ready For The 25th reflects this perfectly, from traditional readings of carols by saw-player David Coulter to chart classics covered by Department S (I Believe in Father Christmas) & Serious Drinking, a brilliant take on Human League’s December chart-topper Don’t You Want Me Baby (Jesus)? Mute Records latest signing Cold Specks (whose debut album is nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, Canada’s equivalent of the Mercury Award) make Mary Margaret O’Hara’s Christmas Evermore their own whilst original material includes Father’s Christmas by Porky The Poet aka Phill Jupitus and Sickmass by Psychic Pussies plus slightly left-field takes on We Three Kings by The NJE and Good King Wenceslas by Maracapella. Robyn Hitchcock’s cover of Beefheart’s There Ain’t No Santa Claus on the Evenin’ Stage is accompanied by fellow Soft Boys guitarist Kimberley Rew’s tune All I Want Is You For Christmas, not forgetting contributions from Missy Le Pink, Dear Thief and James Kyllo.

                                            Sartorial head-honcho Terry Edwards has raided his address book for some top-drawer draws here. Several of his musical co-conspirators, in addition to those already named, jumped at the chance to contribute to a project which was guaranteed to be energetic, enigmatic and eclectic, including Tom Waits collaborator Bent Clausen, ex-Madness bassist Mark Bedford plus members of Gallon Drunk, Underground Railroad and Edwards’ first band The Higsons. But make no mistake - this isn’t just a list of names. It is far more than the sum of it’s parts, and may well be the Best Christmas Album In The World - EVER!!

                                            Various Artists

                                            Bay Area Retrograde Vol.1 & 2

                                              Dark Entries have combined 'Bay Area Retrograde (BART) Volume 1' and '2' on a single CD! BART is Dark Entries’ compilation of underground music from San Francisco (and the greater Bay Area) made between 1978-1988. Towards the end of the 70s, San Francisco’s experimental music scene clashed with the aftermath of punk and gave birth to a vibrant underground. By the early to mid 80s the DIY music scene of the Bay Area was a hotbed for experimental and quirky new wave, post-punk, and synth-pop, quite similar to New York’s no wave scene and Berlin’s neue Deutsche welle. This compilation connects the (transit) lines between these varied musical offerings and tells the secret story of eleven forgotten Bay Area bands.

                                              'BART Volume 1' features a Korg-heavy assault from Danville’s utterly obscure Nominal State; two little-known left-field electronic dance gems from Batang Frisco and Quiet Room; Berkeley’s answer to darkwave, Necropolis of Love; a synth-driven drama fest from drag performance troupe Wasp Women; quirky lo-fi gothic pop from one man band Distant Thunder; a gay hi-NRG anthem delivered by Danny Boy and the Serious Party Gods; two lesser know gems from SF synth legends Voice Farm and Los Microwaves; and the futuristic pulsing synth-punk of Standard of Living and the Units. BART Volume 2 features slow, dystopian horror from pioneering industrial group Factrix; crushing, motorik noise from acid punks Chrome; amphetamine-driven synth-punk from Red Asphalt; an early demo, never released on vinyl, from legendary post punk band Tuxedoomon; chilling atmospheric drone from Ki Di Me; leftfield new wave from Indoor Life featuring Patrick Cowley on synths; Los Microwaves more sinister side project Baby Buddha; gay drag icon Timmy Spence delivering an unknown camp classic, a pure instrumental electro-pop workout from Human Being Men; TR-808 fueled synth pop from Menlo Park duo Wonders of Science, and a poetic yet somber and haunting song from the mysterious Zru Vogue. All tracks have been carefully remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley.

                                              Each CD contains a deluxe 12-page booklet designed by Eloise Leigh, featuring original photos and fliers from each band’s personal archive. BART is the acronym for Bay Area Rapid Transit, the main rail transportation system for the San Francisco Bay Area. This CD is by no means a definitive compilation but merely opens the tunnel to the underground of the Bay!

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