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Moonshake

Eva Luna - 2023 Reissue

    Moonshake was formed in 1991 by David Callahan (vocals, guitars, samplers), formerly of The Wolfhounds, and New York musician Margaret Fiedler (vocals, guitars, samplers). Callahan and Fiedler recorded a demo for Creation Records, and were joined by John Frenett (bass) and Miguel Morland (“Mig”, drums) to record and release the First EP for Creation in 1991 . They took their name from a 1973 single by Can. Both Fiedler and Callahan wrote songs, and they would (generally) sing on the songs that they wrote. Their output of shared inspiration produced wildly different results - Can, PIL, Kraftwerk, MBV, Erik B & Rakim were a melting pot that made Moonshake somewhat uncategorizable, and as Margaret noted in an interview, “Moonshake was a collision - it was supposed to be a collision.”

    Their debut album Eva Luna took its name from a novel by Chilean author Isabel Allende and the tracks on it are split evenly between the two songwriters. Callahan’s songs are somewhat

    angry, dissonant, post-punk affairs, while Fiedler’s are just as angular, but her quieter sometimes near whispered vocals compliment her writing partner’s equally. Producer/engineer Guy Fixsen, fresh from his work on My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, was instrumental in making the album cohesive.

    This album has been critically revisited often since its original release, with Tiny Mix Tapes describing their sound as “an updated take on Can and Public Image Limited’s rhythmic propulsion with noisier guitar work and a predilection for sampling influenced by The Young Gods.” Last year, in a wonderfully long piece to celebrate the album’s 30th anniversary, Louder Than War wrote that they were blown away by the album’s “utterly spellbinding, dizzyingly genre-defying approach at articulating explicitly the sound of a city in the throes of urban psychosis and derangement...Eva Luna really is one hell of a ground-breaking record, and it stands resolutely alone among all of the albums released in 1992 as no other band has managed to create anything remotely similar before or since. It really is a unique album with few equals.”

    In 1993, the original incarnation of the band split up, and Margaret Fiedler and John Frenett went on to form Laika with Guy Fixsen. Callahan and Morland continued on with guest musicians, with Callahan ultimately remaining the band’s sole original member. Moonshake ended in 1997 but their legacy is indisputable.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. City Poison
    2. Sweetheart
    3. Spaceship Earth
    4. Beautiful Pigeon
    5. Mugshot Heroine
    6. Wanderlust
    7. Tar Baby
    8. Seen & Not Heard
    9. Bleach & Salt Water
    10. Little Thing
    11. Secondhand Clothes
    12. Blister
    13. Beeside
    14. Home Survival Kit
    15. Drop In The Ocean
    16. Coming (BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session)
    17. Beautiful Pigeon (BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session)
    18. Sweetheart (BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session)
    19. Mugshot Heroine (BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session)

    PJ Harvey

    Dry - Remastered Vinyl Edition

      Dry is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter and musician PJ Harvey, originally released on Too Pure Records on 30 March 1992. The album was recorded at The Icehouse, a local studio in Yeovil. Critically lauded both on release and retrospectively, the album contains the singles “Dress’ and ‘Sheela-Na-Gig’

      Back in print for the first time in almost 20 years, Beggars Archive on behalf of Too Pure Records is pleased to announce the re-issue of Dry on vinyl. The album was remastered by the original producer “Head” and has been replicated to the original version as much as possible. 

      Pitchfork – “On her debut, Polly Jean Harvey matched Patti Smith’s incandescence with Bessie Smith’s lasciviousness, outplayed everyone on the British indie circuit, and became an instant star - 9.2”

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Available on vinyl for the first time in 20 years, PJ Harvey’s ‘Dry’ was a kick in the spine for indie music of the time, and remains as uncompromisingly raw and sonically hulking as it did back then.

      TRACK LISTING

      Oh My Lover
      Oh Stella
      Dress
      Victory
      Happy And Bleeding
      Sheela-na-gig
      Hair
      Joe
      Plants And Rags
      Fountain
      Water

      Stereolab

      The Groop Played Space Age Batchelor Pad Music

         ‘The Groop Played Space Age Batchelor Pad Music’ is an 8-track mini album, released in 1993.

        Often noted as being one of the most influential and original bands of the 90s, Stereolab were formed by Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier in London in 1990 and released 13 studio albums, 15 EPs and numerous singles. Simon Reynolds commented in Rolling Stone that the group’s early records form “an endlessly seductive body of work that sounds always the same, always different.”

        Theirs is a rich, overflowing palette, readily able to blur the gulf between Os Mutantes and the BBC Radiophonic Orchestra; merge Krzysztof Komeda with the Velvet Underground, Francoise Hardy with Neu! and Burt Bacharach with Esquivel. A deluxe blend, in other words, with ingredients plucked assiduously from pop’s coolest outposts: 50’s lounge, Rive Gauche chanson, Brazilian tropicalia, North American art rock, East European film music, Krautrock. hi-fi test recordings, mood music and more. Somehow they distil these apparently incongruent components into an ageless exotica that is all their own.

        TRACK LISTING

        Avant Garde M.O.R.
        Space Age Bachelor Pad Music (Mellow)
        The Groop Play Chord X
        Space Age Bachelor Pad Music (Foamy)
        Ronco Symphony
        We're Not Adult Orientated
        U.H.F. - MFP
        We're Not Adult Orientated (Neu Wave Live)

        Stereolab

        Peng!

          ‘Peng!’ is the band’s 1992 debut album. 

          Often noted as being one of the most influential and original bands of the 90s, Stereolab were formed by Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier in London in 1990 and released 13 studio albums, 15 EPs and numerous singles. Simon Reynolds commented in Rolling Stone that the group’s early records form “an endlessly seductive body of work that sounds always the same, always different.”

          Theirs is a rich, overflowing palette, readily able to blur the gulf between Os Mutantes and the BBC Radiophonic Orchestra; merge Krzysztof Komeda with the Velvet Underground, Francoise Hardy with Neu! and Burt Bacharach with Esquivel. A deluxe blend, in other words, with ingredients plucked assiduously from pop’s coolest outposts: 50’s lounge, Rive Gauche chanson, Brazilian tropicalia, North American art rock, East European film music, Krautrock. hi-fi test recordings, mood music and more. Somehow they distil these apparently incongruent components into an ageless exotica that is all their own.

          TRACK LISTING

          Super Falling Star
          Orgiastic
          Peng! 33
          K-stars
          Perversion
          You Little Shits
          The Seeming And The Meaning
          Mellotron
          Enivrez-vous
          Stomach Worm
          Surrealchemist

          Thee MVPs

          Sesh

            Thee MVPs are closing out a very solid 2017 with a brand new 45 of two solid gold rippers. Already this year the band have smashed a 36 day world tour across America, SXSW and the UK, opening for notable acts like Meatbodies, Television, Mystery Lights, Night Beats and Pulled Apart By Horses as well as numerous international and national shows.

            In the final months of a year we can all agree has been caked in shredded nerves, it's only fitting that Thee MVPs newest single ‘Sesh’ is a 3 minute stomper of low tuned riffs set against some Weezer-style vocals, which addresses the issue of the ‘session’. It only takes about 10 seconds to realise the lyrics ain’t the happy message that’s being rolled out on the upbeat guitars. A song about dealing with your lot as a millennial and using the drink just a tad too much to see you through the week, it’s the Thursday morning rush of the guilts soundtrack you brought on yourself for already having two benders this week.

            Mastered at Abbey Road and recorded by hard hitting producer Wayne Adams, Thee MVPs know their way around a tune and a riff and a beat in that way only a group with 200+ gigs and countless tours will know, with an upcoming UK tour supporting Together Pangea and some special release shows planned across the UK and mainland EU, dig in deep to these very excellent cuts of classic / punk / garage / pop / whatever rock.

            Pet Crow

            How Are You Wired?

              Derby-based Pet Crow formed nearly two years ago and in that relatively short space of time they’ve caused a stir within the DIY scene and beyond, being featured in publications such as Louder Than War, Upset Mag, New Noise, The Revue and The National Student.

              They’ve been featured on such shows as Radio X (formerly XFM) and Amazing Radio and shared stages with the likes of The Lovely Eggs and Menace Beach.

              Having drawn comparisons to a wide range of artists such as The Julie Ruin, MC5 and The Sonics, their sound is an energetic and groove-laden mix of garage-punk / rock with nods to riot-grrl and surf-rock.

              Seize The Chair

              Knew You'd Never Been There

                Sheffield-based Seize The Chair release ‘Knew You’d Never Been There’ on 7” on the Too Pure Singles Club.

                Warm and melodic with a soft grooving bassline, there’s a great 90s nostalgia to ‘Knew You’d Never Been There’.

                Backed with brand new track ‘Secret Sister’.

                For fans of Ride and The Charlatans.

                TRACK LISTING

                Knew You’d Never Been There
                Secret Sister

                The St Pierre Snake Invasion

                Dick E Mozart

                  “Dick E Mozart” is 1:16 of grunge fuelled hardcore brilliance backed with the equally brilliant “Appendages”

                  The St Pierre Snake Invasion are a 5-piece rock band based in Bristol, England. They consist of Damien Sayell (Vocals), Sam James (Drums), Szack Notaro (Guitar), Dave Larkin (Bass guitar) and Patrick Daly (Guitar). The band took their name from an historical event from 1902 when the eruption of a volcano on the island of St Pierre, Martinique, sent an army of 6 ft. long snakes to the mulatto quarter of St Pierre in a mad dash to avoid the flowing lava. They killed over 50 people before the town’s street cats fought them off. A tsunami soon followed, killing all in its path, leaving only two survivors.

                  Unqualified Nurse Band

                  Death Surf A52 / White Dove

                    Too Pure present the third instalment of the 2017 edition of the Singles Club with the awesome Unqualified Nurse band.

                    Derby’s Unqualified Nurse Band follow up 2016’s debut album ‘Debasement Tapes’ with the two headed beast that is ‘Death Surf A52’ / ‘White Dove’.

                    ‘Death Surf A52’ is a one note juggernaut that opens up into Dream Surf bliss, weaving its way through 50 shades of rock and roll with no intention of slowing down for anybody.

                    Significant other ‘White Dove’ staggers and struts and then before you know it you’re howling at the Harvest Moon.

                    Both songs recorded by Rich Collins at SNUG Recording CO, Derby and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Alex Wharton. 

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Death Surf A52
                    White Dove

                    Family Scraps

                    Mistakes

                      The Too Pure Singles Club is proud to announce the first single for 2017 will be by Family Scraps.

                      Family Scraps is Matthew Johnson (MJ) of Hookworms and Suburban Home Studio and this Too Pure 7" is his first release under the name.

                      Mistakes and It Follows are two songs about loss and were recorded at Suburban Home before and after the Boxing Day floods of 2015.

                      A full length album will follow in 2017.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Mistakes
                      It Follows

                      Grief Tourist

                      Strigoi

                        Too Pure Singles Club announce ‘Strigoi’, the latest release from Grief Tourist.

                        Grief Tourist were formed by drummer Lee Vincent and inspired by Ceremony’s ‘Rohnert Park’ album. You can tell, too. “I would send GarageBand recordings to Rich [Wells], who lives in Leeds,” says Vincent. “He would scream over the recordings and record them on a dictaphone in his front room, then send them back. The recordings had that gross quality we wanted, so we definitely wanted to replicate that when we recorded properly. He’s upgraded to screaming in his mate’s carpet shop now.” Morgan Sinclair completed the line-up and off the trio went to a Perspex Flesh show, which also influences their bludgeoning punk.




                        TRACK LISTING

                        Strigoi
                        Hung Again
                        Skull
                        Greef
                        Nails In
                        Not Here

                        Paul Draper

                        Feeling My Heart Run Slow

                          This two track vinyl, which includes a stunning collaboration with prog rock musician Steven Wilson, is released on Too Pure records to celebrate their 100th release and is limited to only 500 copies.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A. Feeling Your Heart Run Slow
                          B. No Ideas

                          Hippies Vs Ghosts

                          Wazo

                            Hippies Vs Ghosts are primarily Owain Ginsberg from Masters In France / We Are Animal and ‘Wazo’ will be the band’s debut 7”.

                            Since blasting on to the scene some 18 months ago, under this particular guise, Ginsberg has regularly blown listeners away with his kaleidoscopic, instrumental Morricone meets Krautrock sound, during which time he’s served up a number of quality EPs, one off tracks and a stunning debut album, ‘Mother Tongue’ (one of 2014’s finest).

                            In a parting gesture to a rather productive 2014, Hippies Vs Ghosts sign off with brand new 7″ single ‘Wazo’. ‘Wazo’ captures the very essence of Hippies Vs Ghosts; Krautrock indebted psychedelia of epic proportions. Propelled onward by a chugging bass and persistent percussives, it hurtles along at breakneck speed with menacing intent, bending and contorting through a sea of swirling noise and scorching riffs. Urgent, catchy, and oh so irresistible!

                            B-side companion ‘Hibou Calling’ is a much more tempered affair. A gentle acoustic strum, soft percussion and hushed repeated vocals fuse with some floaty sonic sounding atmospherics to soothe the soul and whisk one’s mind away to a lofty transcendental plain.

                            ‘Wazo’ is released as part of the Too Pure Singles Club.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Wazo
                            Hibou Calling

                            Deaf Club

                            Moving Still

                              Deaf Club, the collective identity of Polly Mackey (Vocals/Guitar), Paul Bates (Bass), Jac Roberts (Guitar), Sian Rosier (Keyboards) and Tom Ryan (Drums), first hit the UK scene in 2011 with their self released, four track EP, ‘Lull’. Instantly receiving critical acclaim, the band followed up with a Kissability sponsored two track cassette ‘Sunday’/’Mirrors’ which sold out in a heart beat.

                              Building on this already remarkable progress, ‘Moving Still’ is yet further evidence of a young, but powerful creative force rapidly gaining momentum as they hone their craft and refine the sound that defines Deaf Club. Bellowing guitars, an urgent, yearning vocal delivery and a driving rhythm section that hammers the point home. ‘Lights’ perfectly compliments ‘Moving Still’ with a catchy chorus and measured mystique.

                              Introducing New York based, alt. favourite Hesta Prynn. If you haven’t heard her brand of post-hipster-art-pop, you’re about to.

                              Having spent the past year touring with the likes of 30 Seconds To Mars, Tegan and Sara and Jay-Z and working in studio with everyone from Chuck Brody (Lykki Li, Ra Ra Riot, Wu Tang Clan) to Bear Hands to Clown from Slipknot and Tim Harrington from Les Savy Fav, this former Northern State MC is now set for her first official UK single release, "Turn It Gold".

                              "Turn It Gold" is an upbeat party track with an indie twist and a hook that just won’t let you be. Hesta (aka Julie Potash) says of the track “I wrote this song about partying in New York with my friends and that song that you just don't want to turn off. The jam that you love. The one you make a gold record in your headphones by playing over and over again”.

                              “Hesta Prynn is the cool funny alt. superstar you wish presented the news every night” – NME.

                              “M.I.A. and Miike Snow’s Lovechild” - NY Post.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Turn It Gold
                              Turn It Gold (Bright Lights Bright Lights Remix)

                              Electrelane

                              No Shouts No Calls

                                ‘No Shouts No Calls’ is the fourth studio album by Brighton based Electrelane. Originally released on Too Pure back in 2007 it’s widely considered the band’s most accessible work to date and it delivers a set of urgent, romantic epics.

                                Tracks like ‘The Greater Times’ and ‘To The East’ are direct yet complex, with soaring melodies, and the contrast between intimate, almost too-personal words and the swelling sounds around them is exquisite.

                                And while the album is dominated by the intense, impatient joy of ‘At Sea’, which rides glorious swells of keyboards and fuzzy guitars, its lightly heartbroken moments are just as lovely: ‘Saturday’ boasts beautiful call-and-response vocals and lyrics that feel like a nursery rhyme about a breakup; ‘Cut And Run’ pairs a lighthearted melody and ukulele with the painful realization that a relationship is likely over.

                                ‘No Shouts No Calls’ instrumentals are just as strong as the vocal tracks, and they revel in the pure emotional power of sound. ‘Tram 21’s mischievous organ and guitar interplay is jaunty and slightly trippy, while ‘Five’ is the album’s searing, insistent powerhouse.

                                ‘No Shouts No Calls’ might be some of Electrelane’s most accessible work, but it’s far from safe; in fact, its sweet vulnerability is exactly what makes it so special.

                                Finally available again on lavish double vinyl.

                                Electrelane

                                Singles, B-Sides & Live

                                  Electrelane are a band with a relatively long history – three albums and an EP as well as several singles over six years – yet their consistently uncompromising attitude and ability to release outstandingly fresh and unique records has kept them somewhat of an enigma, with each record feeling like a re-birth and the beginning of something very special. "Singles, B-Sides & Live" is not only a celebration of Electrelane's diverse work but also the first time that rare, non-album tracks have been available on one compilation. It includes limited 7" releases from Fierce Panda and Indenial as well as singles released on Electrelane's own label Let's Rock before signing to present label Too Pure in 2003.

                                  The awesome 1992 debut album from one of the most unique and compelling female artists of the past 20 years. A powerful, groundbreaking set, "Dry" serves as an introduction to Harvey's fierce, blues-tinged guitar and highly visual lyrical angle that picks at the scabs of female iconography. On these raw, angry songs she's joined by musicians Stephen Vaughan (bass) and Robert Ellis (drums, vocals, harmonium). Includes classic songs "Sheela-Na-Gig", "Dress" and "Oh My Lover". Essential.

                                  Stereolab

                                  Fab Four Suture

                                    This album compiles tracks from their recent series of limited 7" releases. "Fab Four Suture" handily compiles each track from the 7" releases together on to one album and shows that they've lost none of their magic. It is yet another must-own record from one of the UK's most influential bands of the last decade.

                                    Mclusky

                                    The Difference Between Me And You Is That I'm Not On Fire

                                      New drummer, new album, new single, new tour, Mclusky are back and primed to release the follow-up album to 2002's excellent "Mclusky Do Dallas". Life between these two records has seen a world outside of Cardiff fully embrace them. Amongst other things, they've toured virtually everywhere, broken many a guitar, survived a near fatal tour bus smash and seen their original drummer depart the band on their way. Not known for being slouches, they also released two interim EP's last year, from which, only the track "1956 And All That" has made it on to this album. Like its predecessor, this was recorded by Steve Albini in his studio outside Chicago but this time Bob Weston of Shellac fame has got in on the action (playing trumpet on "Forget About Him I'm Mint").


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