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WEEK STARTING 31 Jul

Genre pick of the week Cover of Presence - Deluxe Remastered Edition by Led Zeppelin.

Led Zeppelin

Presence - Deluxe Remastered Edition

Originally released in 1976, Presence was recorded during a whirlwind 18-day session at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany. The album—which peaked at #1 in both the U.S. and UK and was certified triple platinum—crackles with energy on Zeppelin classics like “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” and “Achilles Last Stand” and delivers powerful jolts of the group at its visceral best.

This deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin’s Presence newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page is accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release selected and compiled by Page. The companion audio disc that accompanies Presence has five unreleased reference mixes from the sessions, which reveal works in progress. Along with alternate incarnations of “For Your Life” “Achilles Last Stand” and “Royal Orleans,” there is also the previously unheard instrumental curiously titled “10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod).” 

STAFF COMMENTS

Andy says: A previously unreleased instrumental is the draw for Zep completists on this deluxe version of their last truly great LP.

The Bachs

Out Of The Bachs

    “Out Of The Bachs” was released in 1968 as a private pressing of 150 copies and it’s one of the rarest USA 60s garage / teenbeat albums ever.

    The band consisted of five young kids from Chicago, regulars at local teen dances, who decided to release an album as a testimony for their fans before splitting up. Recorded and mixed in just 10 hours at a makeshift studio, “Out Of The Bachs” offered 12 amazing self-penned songs with a sound ahead of its time. Pure teenage-angst vocals, crashing Rickenbackers, fuzz outbursts, killer moody tracks…

    Sadly, all previous reissues of the album failed to capture the true sound of the original, until the Time Lag label reissued it in 2011, remastered from a pristine original vinyl copy. Out of print for many years, we present a new vinyl reissue using the same audio master as the Time Lag edition.

    File next to Rising Storm, Fantastic Dee-Jays, The Savages…

    Best audio source just like the ultimate, OOP Time-Lag reissue

    Insert with detailed liner notes and rare photos

    “…One of the most legendary US garage-era LPs. Strong all through, in a crude garage folkrock style with some psychy edges and no covers, which is unusual. The band emits a rather unique, timeless vibe…” – Patrick Lundborg (Acid Archives)

    “…Quite simply the greatest 1960s private press side of all time. Much more than simply another garage punk album, ‘Out Of The Bach’s is the holy grail of post-acid teenage satori” - David Keenan (The Wire, Reverse Diorama)

    The Band

    Music From Big Pink

      "None of the Band's previous work gave much of a clue about how they would sound when they released their first album in July 1968. As it was, Music from Big Pink came as a surprise. At first blush, the group seemed to affect the sound of a loose jam session, alternating emphasis on different instruments, while the lead and harmony vocals passed back and forth as if the singers were making up their blend on the spot. In retrospect, especially as the lyrics sank in, the arrangements seemed far more considered and crafted to support a group of songs that took family, faith, and rural life as their subjects and proceeded to imbue their values with uncertainty. Some songs took on the theme of declining institutions less clearly than others, but the points were made musically as much as lyrically. Tenor Richard Manuel's haunting, lonely voice gave the album much of its frightening aspect, while Rick Danko's and Levon Helm's rough-hewn styles reinforced the songs' rustic fervor. The dominant instrument was Garth Hudson's often icy and majestic organ, while Robbie Robertson's unusual guitar work further destabilized the sound. The result was an album that reflected the turmoil of the late '60s in a way that emphasized the tragedy inherent in the conflicts. Music from Big Pink came off as a shockingly divergent musical statement only a year after the ornate productions of Sgt. Pepper, and initially attracted attention because of the three songs Bob Dylan had either written or co-written. However, as soon as "The Weight" became a minor singles chart entry, the album and the group made their own impact, influencing a movement toward roots styles and country elements in rock. Over time, Music from Big Pink came to be regarded as a watershed work in the history of rock, one that introduced new tones and approaches to the constantly evolving genre." - All Music.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: The album that changed the whole of rock music, when it was released in 1968. Even The Beatles grew beards and got all earthy, warm 'n groovy. Essential.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: Back to black vinyl edition.

      The Band

      Stage Fright

        "Stage Fright, the Band's third album, sounded on its surface like the group's first two releases, Music From Big Pink and The Band, employing the same dense arrangements, with their mixture of a deep bottom formed by drummer Levon Helm and bassist Rick Danko, penetrating guitar work by Robbie Robertson, and the varied keyboard work of pianist Richard Manuel and organist Garth Hudson, with Helm, Danko, and Manuel's vocals on top. But the songs this time around were far more personal, and, despite a nominal complacency, quite troubling. Only "All La Glory," Robertson's song about the birth of his daughter, was fully positive. "Strawberry Wine" and "Sleeping" were celebrations of indolence, while "Time to Kill," as its title implied, revealed boredom while claiming romantic contentment. Several of the album's later songs seemed to be metaphors for trouble the group was encountering, with "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show" commenting on the falseness of show business, "Daniel and the Sacred Harp" worrying about a loss of integrity, and the title song talking about the pitfalls of fortune and fame. "The Shape I'm In" was perhaps the album's most blatant statement of panic. the Band was widely acclaimed after its first two albums; Stage Fright seemed to be the group's alarmed response, which made it their most nakedly confessional. It was certainly different from their previous work, which had tended toward story-songs set in earlier times, but it was hardly less compelling for that." - All Music.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: Todd Rundgren got involved (engineering) on their third, much more personal LP. Mega!

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP Info: Back to black vinyl edition.

        The Band

        The Band

          "The Band's first album, Music from Big Pink, seemed to come out of nowhere, with its ramshackle musical blend and songs of rural tragedy. The Band, the group's second album, was a more deliberate and even more accomplished effort, partially because the players had become a more cohesive unit, and partially because guitarist Robbie Robertson had taken over the songwriting, writing or co-writing all 12 songs. Though a Canadian, Robertson focused on a series of American archetypes from the union worker in "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" and the retired sailor in "Rockin' Chair" to, most famously, the Confederate Civil War observer Virgil Cane in "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." The album effectively mixed the kind of mournful songs that had dominated Music from Big Pink, here including "Whispering Pines" and "When You Awake" (both co-written by Richard Manuel), with rollicking uptempo numbers like "Rag Mama Rag" and "Up on Cripple Creek" (both sung by Levon Helm and released as singles, with "Up on Cripple Creek" making the Top 40). As had been true of the first album, it was The Band's sound that stood out the most, from Helm's (and occasionally Manuel's) propulsive drumming to Robertson's distinctive guitar fills and the endlessly inventive keyboard textures of Garth Hudson, all topped by the rough, expressive singing of Manuel, Helm, and Rick Danko that mixed leads with harmonies. The arrangements were simultaneously loose and assured, giving the songs a timeless appeal, while the lyrics continued to paint portraits of 19th century rural life (especially Southern life, as references to Tennessee and Virginia made clear), its sometimes less savory aspects treated with warmth and humor." - All Music.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Andy says: Just as good as the first, maybe without the same impact. Includes the world-classic "The Night They Drove Old Whiskey Down".

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          LP Info: Back to black vinyl edition.

          BEAK> < KAEB

          Split EP

            Invada Records release a brand new four track ‘double B-side’ EP, featuring two tracks from BEAK> and two from their ‘alter-ego’ < KAEB, who differ in the aspect that < KAEB can have an ever expanding and floating membership.

            The 4 track EP features ‘The Meader’ and ‘The Broken Window’ by BEAK> and ‘When We Fall’ and ‘There’s No One’ from < KAEB, the latter featuring vocal contributions from Californian based artist Jonwayne.

            Bulldog Breed

            Made In England

              Originally issued by Deram Nova in 1969, this album is an unheralded English prog / psyche classic. Featuring members of The Flies, Please, T2 and Gun, the Bulldog Breed sound a little out of time, this lost gem was issued in 1969 but sounds more like the psychedelic prog of the 66 / 67 period. There's phased vocals, great guitar lines and lots of tasty wierdness.

              “’7 of diamonds’ started from a glass of tea with too much sugar. I was pushing down my spoon into the sugar till the bottom of the glass. It was creating a really nice atmosphere and I thought I needed something different like bigger grains, I took a empty glass and I used water and cooking salt the result was amazing so I jumped into the studio to record it and ‘7 of diamonds’ was born.”

              Originally hailing from the northern Italian province of Verona, florestano – aka producer and multi-instrumentalist Leonardo Salvaro - spent a majority of the last five years traveling nomadically through Asia, Europe and South America, which, he says, has vastly influenced his creative process. "When you travel the way I used to you have a lot of time in which you’re alone; being alone and far from home could help a part of your artistic expression obligating you to look more into your emotions and what really matter for you."

              Employing both analogue and digital recording techniques, almost all of florestano’s compositions start at his old black piano and his drums before he moves into more experimental territory with synths as well as field recordings. Often taking cues from renowned avant-garde composers Bernard Parmegiani and Iannis Xenakis, florestano’s electronic soundscapes and compositions show a natural affinity for oriental cinematic scores, classic lieder’s music especially Hugo Wolf and 90s US west coast experimental scene.

              Goldberg

              Misty Flats

                * First ever vinyl reissue
                * First time ever on CD/Digital
                * Essay by Peter Relic interviewing Goldberg, including unseen archive photos
                * 180-gram remastered album housed in a deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jacket
                * LP includes download card for full album

                Barry Thomas Goldberg was 23 in 1974, the year his Minneapolis power pop group, The Batch, split up. Rudderless, he set about recording solo album Misty Flats, and though few would hear it in its day, he hit on something very special indeed.

                “In 1974, the world was weary, the Vietnam War was ending, America was at this place where it didn't know where it was heading, it was the fumes of Watergate days,” says Goldberg now. “I'd just left my band, and I didn't know where I was heading either. And that's what Misty Flats represents: neither high road nor low, but somewhere in between."

                Where The Batch were a harmony-drenched power pop band in the mold of Big Star and The Rubinoos, Misty Flats was an album of ecstatic desolation, an unhinged loner-folk gem that came from a unique place: "I wanted to make the first punk rock album, and if I'd recorded those songs with a band, maybe that's what it would've been," Goldberg says.

                The album was, instead, recorded in mono in a two-day recording binge on a two-track Ampex tape machine. It features just Goldberg and his friend Michael Yonkers, author of the cult 1968 LP Microminiature Love, playing guitar, bass, harmonica, and vocals between them.

                In it, we hear echoes of Goldberg’s childhood in Las Vegas, where trips to the movies were surrogate babysitters for his single mother. “Hollywood" and "Stars In The Sand" dream of LA life, where "Pop And Ice" has a narrative straight from hard-edged '70s cinema about a drummer who’s drafted into the army. "Never Came To Stay" details his return to Minneapolis, where he remains to this day, working as an administrator for the Minnesota Twins baseball team.

                Back in ’74, Yonkers had crushed several vertebrae at work and used his payoff to fund five albums: four of his own and Goldberg’s Misty Flats, which was pressed in a run of just 500. “We were into art, not commerce,” notes Goldberg now, but at the time he was frustrated his album was allowed to drift off into obscurity. Goldberg forged ahead to record a 24-track rock album called Winter Summer which languishes in the vault to this day; Misty Flats, however, is finally widely available in this deluxe LP, CD.

                Led Zeppelin

                Coda - Deluxe Remastered Edition

                Deluxe edition of Coda newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release selected and compiled by Page. The appropriately titled Coda was Led Zeppelin’s final album of studio recordings. Released in 1982, it was comprised of eight unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. It peaked at #6 on the album charts and has been certified platinum in the U.S.

                Coda is the only Led Zeppelin deluxe edition to include two companion discs, featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974. The oldest song in the collection is also perhaps the most interesting. The frenetic blues jam “Sugar Mama” was recorded in 1968 at Olympic Studios during sessions for the band’s eponymous debut. The song was completed but never officially released until now. “Baby Come On Home” from the same session is also included in the set. Also included is the previously unreleased “St. Tristan’s Sword,” a rollicking instrumental recorded during the Led Zeppelin III sessions in 1970. 


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Andy says: Who'd have thought that Leppelin's least alluring album of the day, would end up being the most interesting release in this deluxe/remastered series. Includes the hallowed Indian version of "Friends". For proper fans: essential.

                Led Zeppelin

                Coda - Standard Remastered Edition

                The appropriately titled Coda was Led Zeppelin’s final album of studio recordings. Released in 1982, it was comprised of eight unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. It peaked at #6 on the album charts and has been certified platinum in the U.S. 

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Andy says: Something old, something new, and then there's "Bonzo's Montreaux" which is a John Bonham drum piece (with extra electronics by Jimmy Page) that is the only drum solo ever worth hearing!

                Led Zeppelin

                Coda - Super Deluxe Box Set Edition

                  Deluxe edition of Coda newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release selected and compiled by Page. The appropriately titled Coda was Led Zeppelin’s final album of studio recordings. Released in 1982, it was comprised of eight unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. It peaked at #6 on the album charts and has been certified platinum in the U.S.

                  Coda is the only Led Zeppelin deluxe edition to include two companion discs, featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974. The oldest song in the collection is also perhaps the most interesting. The frenetic blues jam “Sugar Mama” was recorded in 1968 at Olympic Studios during sessions for the band’s eponymous debut. The song was completed but never officially released until now. “Baby Come On Home” from the same session is also included in the set. Also included is the previously unreleased “St. Tristan’s Sword,” a rollicking instrumental recorded during the Led Zeppelin III sessions in 1970. 

                  • Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:
                  o Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
                  o Companion audio on CD in card wallet.
                  o Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
                  o Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
                  o High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
                  o Hard bound, 72+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
                  o High quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered. 


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Andy says: The ultimate version of Led Zep's posthumous odds'n sods collection, impeccably presented, as all these super deluxe boxes have been.

                  Led Zeppelin

                  In Through The Out Door - Deluxe Remastered Edition

                  On its release in the summer of 1979, In Through The Out Door topped the U.S. and UK album charts and has since been certified six-times platinum. Sadly, it would be the last album that Led Zeppelin recorded prior to drummer John Bonham’s passing the following year. Among the seven album tracks are “Fool In The Rain” and “All My Love,” two songs that remain rock radio staples to this day.

                  Deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin’s In Through The Out Door newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release selected and compiled by Page.

                  The album’s companion audio disc features an unreleased rough mix of every track from the original album, including early versions with working titles such as “The Hook” (“All My Love”), “The Epic” (“Carouselambra”), and “Blot” (“I’m Gonna Crawl”). 

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Andy says: A lighter touch came to play on the final Zeppelin album, with keyboard player John Paul Jones more prominent than ever before, certainly in the writing process. The extra disc brings a fascinating insight into how this all went down.

                  Led Zeppelin

                  In Through The Out Door - Standard Remastered Edition

                  On its release in the summer of 1979, In Through The Out Door topped the U.S. and UK album charts and has since been certified six-times platinum. Sadly, it would be the last album that Led Zeppelin recorded prior to drummer John Bonham’s passing the following year. Among the seven album tracks are “Fool In The Rain” and “All My Love,” two songs that remain rock radio staples to this day.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Andy says: Their final LP in their lifetime featured a greater contribution from keyboard maestro John Paul Jones but it's Jimmy Page's thunderous opener "In The Evening" which ultimately steals the show.

                  Led Zeppelin

                  In Through The Out Door - Super Deluxe Remastered Box Set Edition

                    On its release in the summer of 1979, In Through The Out Door topped the U.S. and UK album charts and has since been certified six-times platinum. Sadly, it would be the last album that Led Zeppelin recorded prior to drummer John Bonham’s passing the following year. Among the seven album tracks are “Fool In The Rain” and “All My Love,” two songs that remain rock radio staples to this day.

                    Deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin’s In Through The Out Door newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release selected and compiled by Page.

                    The album’s companion audio disc features an unreleased rough mix of every track from the original album, including early versions with working titles such as “The Hook” (“All My Love”), “The Epic” (“Carouselambra”), and “Blot” (“I’m Gonna Crawl”). 

                    • Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:
                    o Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
                    o Companion audio on CD in card wallet.
                    o Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
                    o Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
                    o High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
                    o Hard bound, 72+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
                    o High quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered. 


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Andy says: Stunningly presented, ultimate version of this, Led Zeppelin's final proper LP.

                    Led Zeppelin

                    Presence - Super Deluxe Remastered Box Set Edition

                      Originally released in 1976, Presence was recorded during a whirlwind 18-day session at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany. The album—which peaked at #1 in both the U.S. and UK and was certified triple platinum—crackles with energy on Zeppelin classics like “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” and “Achilles Last Stand” and delivers powerful jolts of the group at its visceral best.

                      This deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin’s Presence newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page is accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release selected and compiled by Page. The companion audio disc that accompanies Presence has five unreleased reference mixes from the sessions, which reveal works in progress. Along with alternate incarnations of “For Your Life” “Achilles Last Stand” and “Royal Orleans,” there is also the previously unheard instrumental curiously titled “10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod).” 

                      • Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:
                      o Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
                      o Companion audio on CD in card wallet.
                      o Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
                      o Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
                      o High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
                      o Hard bound, 72+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
                      o High quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered. 


                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Andy says: Fall into this Led Zep boxset and you'll never get out alive! Everything you could want from the band's last LP before their powers waned.

                      Led Zeppelin

                      Presence - Standard Remastered Edition

                      Originally released in 1976, Presence was recorded during a whirlwind 18-day session at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany. The album—which peaked at #1 in both the U.S. and UK and was certified triple platinum—crackles with energy on Zeppelin classics like “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” and “Achilles Last Stand” and delivers powerful jolts of the group at its visceral best. 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Andy says: A harder, leaner sound features on this unique Zeppelin LP. Jimmy Page has his magnum opus guitar epic "Achilles Last Stand" which hurtles along, but elsewhere this record still swings deep and heavy.

                      Next up on Deep Distance following quick fire sell outs of all it’s previous output this year comes the killer new full length from Brooklyn based Long Distance Poison. Following releases across esteemed US labels such as Foxy Digitalis, Ecstatic Peace and Steve Moore’s VCO, the band unleash “Human Program” -it’s debut full length for the UK- for Deep Distance in late July.

                      Their sound has been described as offering up “deeply sonorous, dense buzzing drones and psycho-active electronic materials. Somewhere between Acre, Phil Niblock, Expo 70, 3 Leafs and Popol Vuh with an obvious synthedelic-neoshamanic musical purpose”; as well as possessing “god-like genius” by Julian Cope!

                      "Long Distance Poison present an irresistible concoction of convergent psychedelic and analog electronic energies, everything from a love of nature, and Rothko-like visual aesthetics, to musical influences like Sky Records, John Carpenter soundtracks, minimalism, and a less-hyper Mother Mallard or post “Phaedra” Tangerine Dream. Also of note is the unusual male / female dynamic of the record, itself an unusual occurrence in modern electronic music.

                      With modular synthesizer systems and both contemporary and vintage analogue keyboard synthesizers, LDP uses random and pseudo-random clocking, gating, triggering and frequency sequences “that create the appearance of static and unified 'songs' from a series of random, chance, intuitive events bound by various contexts.”

                      A wonderful LP (recorded by Brendon Anderegg of Mountains) and released as a clear vinyl pressing of 300 late July, the set offers up a killer insight and introduction to this increasingly acclaimed band and is destined like output from both artist and label here to sell out rapid style. 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Barry says: Sure to be a rapid sell-out, this limited release from Long Distance Poison combines the dark wistfulness of horror film scores and spacey drones of VCO alumni and label boss Steve Moore. A tour-de-force of synthesiser worship and calculated songwriting. HIGHLY Recommended!

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Ltd LP Info: 300 only clear vinyl LP.

                      “Zero Set” represented a milestone in latter-day Krautrock, created in 1983 by a hugely authoritative triumvirate of the German avant-garde: Dieter Moebius, Conny Plank and Mani Neumeier. The musician, producer, remixer and self-confessed Krautrock fan Richard Fearless has dismantled the outstanding track “Speed Display” and bequeathed two new versions to Bureau B.

                      Dieter Moebius was a member of seminal bands like Cluster and Harmonia. He was active as a solo artist and in various collaborations (with Conny Plank, amongst others). Conny Plank is seen as the definitive Krautrock producer, having worked with Kraftwerk, Neu!, Cluster and Ash Ra Tempel. Last but not least, Mani Neumeier, Guru Guru founder, figurehead and drummer.

                      Delving into Conny Plank’s tape archives, Bureau B came across the original “Zero Set” multitracks. Having just meticulously curated 'Kollektion 4' for the label, Richard Fearless seemed like the perfect remixer. He once described his love of Krautrock and related movements as follows: “I always listen out for music with a sense of space; where compositions are stripped down to the barest components while retaining the power to conjure emotion. If you can trigger emotion with the most minimal amount of sound, that’s job done as far as I’m concerned.”

                      The original was powerful enough, driven forwards by Mani Neumeier’s machine-like drums and incessant bass synths, yet Fearless has managed to crack up the energy levels even further. On the A-side he has grafted rhythmic patterns onto a four-to-the-floor beat and compelling bass signature. Feedback, echoing voices, a sprinkling of synth - only the most essential elements, nothing which risks overloading the mix. Meanwhile on the B-side, the original track is barely recognisable. Fearless has plucked just a few notes from the bassline and crafted a fine slice of hypnotic electro-dub with minor chord echoes.

                      The Myrrors / Cult Of Dom Keller

                      Fuzz Club 10" Split Single No. 7

                        Number 7 in the Fuzz Club 10" split single series brings together The Myrrors (US) and Cult Of Dom Keller (UK).

                        There is certainly something mysterious about The Myrrors. Their first album “Burning Circles in the Sky,” was recorded in 2008”, but only saw a physical release late in 2013 (Fuzz Club Records) after becoming what can be considered a YouTube "hit" in the underground scene with millions of views. Their critical acclaimed second album "Arena Negra" was released on Beyond Beyond and Beyond in 2015 and the band was invited to play “Levitation Austin 2015" the incarnation of Austin Psych Fest.

                        Nottingham based DIY sonic alchemists Cult Of Dom Keller have been creating whacked out soundscapes and songs that appear to have been born from another universe, all from the confines of their sonic bunker. The group have gained most ground in the past year after a line-up change in December of 2013, at first being joined on bass by Jason Holt (lead guitarist in Pete ‘Sonic Boom’ Kember’s post-Spacemen 3 group ‘Spectrum’), and then later completed by Al Burns on drums. 

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Ltd 10" Info: Edition of 500, 10" Vinyl (white vinyl, numbered insert).

                        Conrad Schnitzler

                        Kollektion 05: Compiled By Thomas Fehlmann

                        Things come full circle. In 1976 Thomas Fehlmann arrives in Hamburg to study art at the HfBK. In 1979 he attends a guest lecture by Conrad Schnitzler, who demonstrates to students how the 'extended definition of art' established by Joseph Beuys can be applied to music. This proves to be a crucial element in Fehlmann's decision to become a musician. And now, over 35 years later, he has compiled Bureau B’s fifth collection: 16 pieces from the early 1980s by the man who broadened his horizons, Conrad Schnitzler. The gateway to Schnitzler's sonic cosmos has been flung wide open.

                        Conrad Schnitzler (1937-2011), composer and concept artist, is one of the most important representatives of Germany's electronic music avant-garde. A student of Joseph Beuys, he founded Berlin's legendary Zodiak Free Arts Lab, a subculture club, in 1967/68, was a member of Tangerine Dream (together with Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese) and Kluster (with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius) and also released countless solo albums. Thomas Fehlmann rose to prominence in the seminal band Palais Schaumburg with Holger Hiller. Their debut album in 1981 was a milestone in German post-punk music. In 1988 Fehlmann founded the Teutonic Beats label and in 1990 he became a member of The Orb. He has played an important role in Berlin's electronic and club scenes ever since, as a musician, producer, remixer and DJ.

                        Thomas Fehlmann on this Kollektion: "So the question is, are we talking about a 'mix' or what is the most accurate way to define this kind of compilation? If 'mix' overreaches slightly, the fact remains that I have strung together various pieces from Conrad Schnitzler's white period - the CON series - in a seamless arrangement which creates its own state of dramatic tension. The tracks retain their original form and tempo. This is not a study in montage. I have restricted myself to picking the right moment to move from one piece to the next, cross-fading. Okay, I did edit one track. Mixing implies a deeper incursion into the source material, dismantling and reconstructing it in new combinations. I would have found that too crude a method when each individual piece carries its own unequivocal message. The sound is the sound of Conrad Schnitzler. I was looking for a form which would condense Conrad Schnitzler's versatility, his inventiveness and wit into a single journey. The new running order adds a certain friction to the aura of each as new connections are made. My choices were musical, not chronological, bathing these works from the early 1980s in new sensuous light. It is quite remarkable to see how intensely the sparks still fly. Preparing this collection closes an elementary circle in my life, without which I may have followed a completely different path."


                        Skip Bifferty

                        Skip Bifferty - 180g Vinyl Edition

                          Skip Bifferty might not exactly have been the Rolling Stones but they could have given the Idle Race or the Creation a run for their money. "Guru" is the trippiest number here, a tabla-laden piece of minimalist psychedelia that's all voices chanting and pounding percussion, and it works. In all, it's cheerful psychedelia with a hard edge and some great virtuoso playing, pleasingly heavy guitar, soaring choruses, and eerie psych-pop lyrics evoking variant states of mind, somewhat akin to Pink Floyd's early singles laced with the kind of heavy edge that the Creation brought to the genre.

                          Speed, Glue & Shinki

                          Eve

                            Ex-Foodbrain guitarist Shinki Chen, bass player Masayayoshi Kabe (also know as M Glue) and Phillipino Vietnam war veteran Joey `Pepe' Smith, who doubled as both the trio's drummer and vocalist, released two legendary albums in the early 70s. "Eve", the earlier of the band's two efforts, was probably the band's only 'real' recording as the self-titled 2nd release in 1972 was put together by Smith from studio outtakes of Chen's guitar playing and tracks omitted from "Eve".

                            "Eve" is a bluesy, psychedelic album, with Chen's Hendrix-style guitar playing firmly underpinned by Smith's insistent percussion style modelled on the playing of his idol, Ginger Baker. The band dissolved immediately after the release of "Eve" as the other two members found Smith's drug-fuelled lifestyle (he was a huge fan of amphetamines and diligently applied himself to establishing a prodigious habit) decidedly unappealing. Chen decided he didn't want to record again, and became a successful live artist, Joey went back to the Philippines and started the power trio Juan de la Cruz Band, and Masayoshi Kabe would win fame with the band Pink Cloud. In spite of their short-lived activity, Speed, Glue and Shinki were important, first and foremost as pioneers of the Japanese psychedelic rock scene.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Darryl says: This immense stoned psyche rock classic was joint first in Julian Cope's Top 50 Japanese album chart alongside the Flower Travellin' Band's "Satori" album.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Ltd LP Info: Pressed on 180g virgin vinyl.

                            Speed, Glue & Shinki

                            Speed, Glue & Shinki (Tiger)

                              Following on from the gutsy blues-rock groove of the band’s first and probably only genuine studio release, Speed, Glue & Shinki’s second release, often referred to as “Tiger” brought together a number of tracks not included on "Eve", as well as some new recordings that took a very different musical slant. Joey Smith decided that as he could he handle himself admirably on drums, it was time to challenge a new instrument so he bought a synthesizer. Drafting in friend Mike Hanopol to take over the bass-playing duties from the departed Masayoshi “Glue” Kabe, Smith managed to produce an album of two halves, the first being some of the strongest SGS-esque material ever, the second being some fine electronic instrumentals in the Tangerine Dream mode.

                              Following the release of the album Smith and Hanopol flew back to Manila to become Filipino superstars, while Shinki eschewed the recording of his music in preference to live recordings and Kabe found alternative employment in the highly popular band, Pink Cloud. However, the band’s legacy lives on in “Tiger”, a compendium of the sound of "Eve" and a taste of where the band might have gone had time, personalities and huge amounts of illicit drugs not exerted their influences.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Darryl says: No.15 on Julian Cope's list of top Japanese albums.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              2xLtd LP Info: 180 gram double vinyl.

                              Spiritualized

                              Amazing Grace - Vinyl Edition

                                Jason Spaceman returns to the garage. It's not quite the drug'n'drone hypnosis of his early Velvets / Stooges infatuation but it was recorded live and the whole thing took only three weeks. The sound is raw, minimal and compared to "Let It Come Down" refreshingly lo-fi. But, don't worry, there's no less elegance here; there's just more urgency. And it's still crammed full of Jason's usual passions; gospel, blues, country, jazz and garage-rock. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Still awesome then!

                                Spiritualized

                                Songs In A&E - White Vinyl Edition

                                  'Songs In A&E' comes five years after Spiritualized's previous album - 2003's 'Amazing Grace' - and following Pierce's near death experience in 2005, after he had contracted advanced periorbital cellulitis with bilateral pneumonia. Indeed, the album takes its title from the long period Pierce spent in the Accident and Emergency ward during this illness and it is also dedicated to the staff at the Royal London Hospital where he was treated.

                                  However, most of the songs were written before Jason fell ill. The record was about a family that wasn't his, but when he revisited them Jason felt it predicted his near-death experience in some way. Musically the album marks a return to "the more expansive elements of Pierce's sound even though it features the fewest noise-scapes and most terse songs in Spiritualized's history.

                                  New songs such as "Death Take Your Fiddle" and, especially, "Sitting on Fire" - which sounds as if Pierce recorded the vocal from his deathbed - are eerily prescient, while "Don't Hold Me Close," a tender duet with film-maker Harmony Korine's wife, Rachel, recalls Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. Throughout the album there are interludes of church chimes, otherworldly beeps and odd noises. In places it could be mistaken for an album of elevator music made for funeral homes and released on electronic label Warp. It is quite a trip.

                                  Jacqueline Taieb

                                  The Swinging Mademoiselle

                                    Here's the first compilation of Jacqueline Taieb's incredible and much sought after '60s singles. This is French '60s beat / swinging mademoiselle at its best! The only one real French girl in the garage! Includes hits such as '7 Heures Du Matin', 'Le Coeur Au Bout Des Doigts', 'Qu'est Ce Qu'on Se Marre A La Fac De Lettres'... Grab it while you can! Limited to 300 copies.

                                    The Velvet Underground & Nico

                                    The Velvet Underground & Nico

                                      What can you say? Everything a rock and roll record should be? Sexy, dangerous, moody, poignant, poetic, arty. One of the most influential records ever. A music peopled with misfits, dreamers, musicians and magicians. A world created by Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Moss and Mo Tucker for us to step into, for us to believe in. And to think in '67 no-one was listening! 

                                      45th Anniversary Edition includes remastered sound from the original tapes, original gatefold sleeve artwork with peelable banana sticker on front, 180g heavyweight vinyl.

                                      Very few can lay claim to the kind of legacy created by Annie Nightingale. Best known as the first female DJ on the BBC, she is also Radio 1’s longest serving broadcaster, and holds the world record for the longest ever running radio show.

                                      Throughout her 50-year career, Annie has always specialised in championing underground music, staunchly supporting artists from classic rock and pop, through new wave, acid house, breakbeat, grime, trap and much more. Ever refusing to compromise her taste, she describes the personal value of her selections, saying: ‘if I couldn’t choose the music I played, I wouldn’t want to do it at all’.

                                      Such is her impact that a number of her great heroes of the British invasion - The Byrds, The Who, Paul McCartney, Prodigy and The Rolling Stones - have all agreed to share their music in this special collection. In the case of the latter, this will be their first appearance on any compilation not exclusively featuring their own tracks. In bringing together such a diversity of artists - all of whom she helped break to a mainstream audience - Annie leads the most fitting tribute to a peerless career


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