£23.99Limited edition colour vinyl LP is pressed on split colour blue and black vinyl.Visit product page →
One of Entertainment Weeklies 100 Best Soundtracks Of All Time.
A precursor to Lynch’s Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet sets a template for ethereal noir soundtracks in a modern, quite disturbed age. “The shock of the new fades by definition, but it has hardly done so in the case of Blue Velvet.” Dennis Lim, Salon, 2016
"The haunting soundtrack accompanies the title credits, then weaves through the narrative, accentuating the noir mood of the film." - John Alexander, The British Film Resource
You know that feeling you get when you’re shook awake in mid-dream? You were teetering on the ledge of a building, or maybe trying to free a butterfly from a spider web while wearing cricket gloves? Perhaps you’re running late for a train and your short cut takes you through a bad part of town, you’re being followed but the ever changing reflection in the shop window is a younger you, a healthier person – with a better hairstyle. It’s an anxiety thing, an off-kilter almost world, best summed up on the soundtrack for Blue Velvet, David Lynch’s 1986 film that nods somnambulantly to the shadowy netherworld of film noir.
Oedipal fantasies, finding a severed ear on your way home, voyeurism, crime and retribution, violence; they’re all there in abundance in the movie, a rotten sleazy commercialism set off against a set of strange situations that the edge of the seat is never far away from. And what soundtrack would suit such an experience? Of course a mix of orchestral pieces from composer and conductor Angelo Badalamenti inspired by Shoshtakovich’s 15th Symphony (which rumour has it Lynch played onset to create the ‘mood’) mixed up with trashy Hammond-led boogie and overblown baroque pop from Roy Orbison and Ketty Lester, suitable for any dive’s jukebox.
That awkward mix plays itself out in Isabella Rossellini as Dorothy’s rendition of the song ‘Blue Velvet’ that melds beautifully and indeed hauntingly into ‘Blue Star’, a broken piece of vintage pop. Similarly, the track ‘Going Down To Lincoln’ with its narrative audio shtick takes all of the previously-mused elements to create a perfectly disjointed travelogue. The soundtrack album starts with Bernard Hermann-styled Hitchcock-esque strings and violin slashes, which dally before deconstructing the themes and motifs into a disturbing procession that climaxes with Julee Cruise’s funereal ‘Mysteries Of Love’, a fittingly titled epilogue to an epic that concludes with the hero’s true love’s reality of a simplistic birdsong dream from earlier in the film.
It’s a cyclical trip that feeds directly back to the beginning and, yes, there’s that severed ear again, now ant infested laying on the ground, proving that dreams become real, or is it reality that becomes a dream?
1. Main Title
2. Night Streets / Sandy And Jeffrey
4. Jeffrey’s Dark Side
5. Mysteries Of Love (French Horn solo) (a)
6. Frank Returns
7. Mysteries Of Love (Instrumental) (a)
8. Blue Velvet (b) / Blue Star (a) - Montage
9. Lumberton U.S.A. (a) / Going Down To Lincoln – Sound Effects Suite
10. Akron Meets The Blues
11. Honky Tonk Part I (performed by Bill Doggett)
12. In Dreams (performed by Roy Orbison)
13. Love Letters (e) (performed by Ketty Lester)
14. Mysteries Of Love (a) (Vocal by Julee Cruise)
£11.99Remastered by Bob Weston and featuring new liner notes by MAGNET magazine editor Eric Miller, physical copies of Vee Vee includes sixteen bonus tracks and new cover art re-imagined by graphic artist Jay Ryan. Reissues of All the Nation's Airports and White Trash Heroes followed later in 2012.Visit product page →
The first full-length produced by Bob Weston, Vee Vee was a slight departure from the previous bombastic noisepop that characterized Archers of Loaf's previous work, and it proved that the band wasn't just a flash in the pan. The album became their best-selling album to date and landed them on the covers of most fanzines and at the top of college radio charts across the country. "Harnessed in Slums" and "Greatest of All Time" became anthems of the underground and led to successful tours with the Flaming Lips and Weezer.
1. Step into the Light
2. Harnessed in Slums
3. Nevermind the Enemy
4. Greatest of All Time
5. Underdogs of Nipomo
6. Floating Friends
10. Let the Loser Melt
11. Death in the Park
12. The Worst Has Yet to Come
13. Underachievers March and Fight Song
1. Harnessed in Slums (Bob Weston Radio Mix, 1995)
2. Telepathic Traffic (Bonus)
3. Don't Believe the Good News (Bonus)
4. Smoking Pot in the Hot City (Bonus)
5. Mutes in the Steeple (Bonus)
6. Mark Price P.I. (Bonus)
7. Bacteria (Bonus)
8. Equinox (Bonus)
9. Big Joe and Phantom 309 (Bonus)
10. 1985 (Bonus)
11. Fabricoh Worksong (Bonus)
12. Nostalgia (Bonus)
13. Let the Loser Melt (Bonus Demo)
14. Underdogs of Nipomo (Bonus Demo)
15. Nevermind the Enemy (Bonus Demo)
16. Don't Believe the Good News (Bonus Demo)
£11.99 £5.99New Zealand/New York City legends Bailterspace, offer up their best album to date with their first new recordings in 13 years. The band were once described by Pitchfork as "simultaneously beautiful, jagged, atonal, and supremely melodic" and 'Strobosphere' emerges at a time when the band's trailblazing sound has never been more relevant.Visit product page →
Revered as one of the loudest and most intense live bands of all-time, they haven't lost any of their bite or their love of tone, dissonance, and melody. The first single "No Sense" darts, snaps and swirls with alternating snare cracks, atmospheric surges and dirty buzz, featuring Parker's distinctive vocals.
£7.99'Peace on Venus' by Philadelphia's foremost purveyors of psychedelic rock, Bardo Pond. Delving deep in to their subconscious to bring it to the conscious, the band again dazzle us with their gift for heavy riffs laced with soaring vocals and swathes of sound.Visit product page →
The recording process of 'Peace On Venus' used the principle of the Quintessence, which is a principle cited by the 16th Century physician Paracelsus, who noted: "Nothing of true value is located in the body of a substance, but in the virtue thereof, and this is the principle of the
Quintessence, which reduces, say 20 lbs. of a given substance into a single Ounce, and that ounce far exceeds the 20 lbs. in potency. Hence the less there is of body, the more in proportion is the virtue thereof."
£11.99“Blank Realm are still bent on mixing the diamonds with the rough, and on Grassed Inn that particular swirl is at its most intoxicating.” Pitchfork 8/10Visit product page →
“Balancing the arty with the party to make for a set of danceable, hook-filled songs that bubble and bloom with an almost biological rampancy, shooting out tendrils of strange, snaking melody in every direction like vines enveloping a ruin” Guardian 4*
“A cracking selection of scuzzy, fuzzy psych-rock songs that recall Royal Truax and Sonic Youth” Uncut 8/10
“Blank Realm generate scruffy, VU’s-Sister-Ray-loving grooves, coloured up with blooping synths, and yowling, way-off vocals” Mojo 4*
Blank Realm's transformation across the Australian mystic from sprawling spaced out psychotic punk blues, through the startling maverick pop psychedelia of ‘Go Easy’ to the widely acclaimed ‘Grassed Inn’, continues in its unrelenting quest for that quintessential synergy of chiming pop anthems.
Hook-laden throughout they unleash their wild yet tender new album ‘Illegals In Heaven’ which offers up freaked out reflections on life, love and circumstance. As knowing as the Chills or the Pretenders, loner ballads are as gnarled and world weary as Dylan in a cacophony as bruised as Royal Trux yet with the playfulness of Half Japanese.
Recorded and produced with Lawrence English (head of the Room40 label) on a late night at The Plutonium studio in Brisbane, the album sees them on their first foray into a recording studio. While it wasn’t exactly Abbey Road, it truly captures the chaos and majesty of the band’s formidable live shows.
It would be all too easy to say that ‘Illegals In Heaven’ is their finest work to date, but the simple truth is that Blank Realm have been without peers for a trilogy of albums, so it just might be as Sarah huskily intones, "Gold" too.
1. No Views On It
2. River Of Longing
3. Cruel Night
4. Costume Drama
5. Dream Date
6. Flowers In Mind
8. Palace Of Love
9. Too Late Now
£9.99"I can't tune shit, I couldn't tune a one string bass dick, but luckily they do it for me, not the bass dick, the guitar."Visit product page →
- the one and only Dave Cloud
Recorded at the Memphis, Tennessee hallowed ground that is the annual Gonerfest, Mr. Cloud and his armed gang of musical assassins tear through their set in ways that only they can. Delivering a blistering, funny, caustic, confrontational, warts and all performance; they unabashedly pour cases of beer over the carcass of rock and roll. Capturing their fragmented glory, the end result leaves a rabid and dazed audience praying at their alter while the half-naked frontman tries to determine where he left his shirt and pants. In other words, a typical Dave Cloud and the Gospel of Power live set.
Dave Cloud is a Nashville icon, pure and simple as that. Over two decades of thrilling the locals with his incendiary shows, he has been praised all over the globe for his tales of motorcycles and money, nudist camps, siberian hypnotism, and girls girls girls. Joined by various members of Lambchop and Silver Jews, his status as a treasured outsider on the fringes of American alt-blues is encased in solid gold. He is an artist that should be experienced, and we have done just that with this release, transporting him straight through your ears and directly to your brain. Feel the fever setting in?
1. Intro by Kevin Younger of Armitage Shanks
3. Fantastic Rage
4. Subliminal Face
5. Hopelessly Addicted To You
6. Filipino Houseboy
9. Run The Jack On You
10. Take You Slow
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4 track EP cut at 45rpm on green vinyl. 1000 copies worldwide.
“Sweet psychedelic pop from your new favourite Swedes.. nocturnal track, California Owls is hypnotic, this is dream pop at its absolute best.” i-D
“Our dreamiest pick this week… "California Owls," pairs reverb-soaked vocals with a harpsichord-like synth that sounds like sunlight filtered through water.” NPR
“California Owls” could almost be Beach House. At least until it descends into a two-minute cascade of bird noises. Enchanting stuff.” Loud & Quiet / “Nilsson’s vocals bob in an ocean of reverb on ‘California Owls’ evoke everything from Czech cinema soundtracks to The Velvet Underground channelled through their uniquely distorted lens” Clash
“California Owls,” a tidy three and a half minutes of airy-pop gorgeousness followed by two more combining chirping birds and tones reminiscent of a distant calliope amidst the reliable retro-futurism.” The Vinyl District
Following the success of their critically acclaimed ‘To Where The Wild Things Are’ released in May, Death And Vanilla return with EP ‘California Owls’ EP, featuring two non-album tracks. Forming in Malmö, Sweden by Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson, Death and Vanilla utilise vintage musical equipment such as vibraphone, organ, mellotron, tremolo guitar and moog, to emulate the sounds of 60s/70s soundtracks, library music, German Krautrock, French Ye-ye pop and 60s psych. They revel in the warmth of older analogue instruments to create a more organic sound, each loose wire and off-kilter noise adding to the rich atmosphere.
Creating deliciously enticing soundscapes, full of moody moogs and breathless vocals, their influences are as diverse as their music. Passionate about the culture of the 60s/70s, Death And Vanilla have the retro-futuristic edge of Broadcast with Stereolab leanings and the electronic library sounds of the BBC Electronic Workshop. Opulent and timeless, ‘California Owls’ is a reverb soaked spectral-pop song drenched in 60s-psych while the dark and swirling melodies of ‘Follow The Light’ has a ‘Walk Away Renee pace’ (Guardian).
Their new EP brings together old songs with the new, much like the samples and the instruments they use, whilst capturing the haunting and wild dreamy experimental edge of ‘To Where The Wild Things Are’.
1. California Owls
2. Follow the Light
4. Reality From Dream
£16.99LP is yellow vinyl, CD is didgipack.Visit product page →
Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson AKA Death and Vanilla released their first full length self-titled eponymous debut LP in 2012.
It radiates sophisticated retro-futuristic psych-pop whilst channeling their passion for hauntology, library, krautrock and radiophonic music.
Mastered by Linus Sjölund at RED audio it was initially released on French label ‘Hands In The Dark’ which like their EP sold out on pre-order.
Fire Records will now release the album on black/yellow splatter vinyl and CD on May 13th alongside the ‘From Above’ 7” and their self-titled debut EP.
2. Dreams Of Sheep
5. The Unseeing Eye
6. From Elsewhere
7. Library Goblin
8. The Clearing
9. The Unseeing I
£14.9912” Blue Vinyl EP / CD digipack.Visit product page →
The first release for the Swedish Psychedelic dream-pop band, their self-titled EP caught the attention of French label ‘Hands In The Dark’.
They originally released EP in 2010 on CD an extremely limited edition run of 100 copies.
The EP will be reissued on blue vinyl to match the cover alongside the ‘From Above’ 7” and their self-titled debut long player.
1. Ghosts in the Machine
3. Run Rabbit Run
4. The Colour Of Space
5. Ascend And Descend
6. The Dödens Vaniljsås Theme
7. Between The Circles
£18.99Release Date: 23/02/2018Visit product page →
Magenta coloured vinyl LP, includes DL card. “The retro leaning Scandi duo fire up their Moogs and mellotrons, sonic archaeologists with a hauntological bent.. there is an alluring sexiness to their avant-Kraut Moog-pop excursions.” Uncut
“Recalling the eerie, haunted ambience of Angelo Badalamenti/Julee Cruise’s Twin Peaks soundtrack, Stereolab/Broadcast’s experimental vision of ‘50s lounge muzak/exotica and French ‘60s pop, or the narcotic country-noir of Mazzy Star.” The Guardian
Following on from the deluxe reissue ‘Vampyr’ last year, comes Death And Vanilla’s unreleased live score of ‘The Tenant’ on limited edition magenta vinyl. Originally scored by Philippe Sarde, this release sees Death And Vanilla reimagine the film’s soundtrack four decades on for a new audience.
The haunting instrumental is a foreboding piece of dark and cinematic avant-garde music that’s alienated, lonely and melancholic. Moments of hallucination and delusion mirror the lead character Trelovsky.
Recorded in 2015 at Cinemascore festival in Spain alongside a two-hour performance and screening of psychological thriller ‘The Tenant’ (1976). With the band at their most minimal, the accomplished musicians once again bring the dark narrative to life with their expansive and ethereal noir sound.
The recording features them as a trio – Marleen Nilsson (Farfisa Compact), Anders Hansson (Hagstrom Kent, Roland SP-404 and Technics SL-1200) and Magnus Bodin (Moog Prodigy and Musser M55).
Directed by Polish filmmaker Roman Polanski and based on the novel Le Locataire by Roland Topor, ‘The Tenant’ is the finale in his acclaimed apartment triology which included “Repulsion” (1965) and “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968).
1. Loctaire - intro
2. Zy And Choule
3. Church Music
4. Walls Have Teeth
6. Mouvement Panique
7. Free Design Kung-Fu
8. ”Do You Have Any Trouble With Your Neighbours?”
9. ”If You Cut Off My Head, What Do I Say? Me And My Head Or Me And My Body?”
10. Dioz Delirium
11. Everything Is Always Happening
13. The Bouncing Head
14. Music Box - outro
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2 vinyl editions, one blue one orange both on 160 gm vinyl, both include downloads.
Whether their muse lies in 60s sci-fi soundtracks, The Radiophonic Workshop, the prototype electronic sounds of The United States Of America, the retro-futuristic edge of Broadcast, the dream pop ambience of Angelo Badalamenti/Julie Cruise, or the shimmering shroud of Mazzy Star, will doubtless be raised in countless interviews.
But what matters more is that Death And Vanilla have woven a stunning tapestry that envelops all that preceded them, into a literally head-turning album, of kaleidoscopic proportions... Formed in Malmö, Sweden by Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson, Death and Vanilla utilise vintage musical equipment such as vibraphone, organ, mellotron, tremolo guitar and moog, to emulate the sounds of 60s/70s soundtracks, library music, German Krautrock, French Ye-ye pop and 60s psych.
They revel in the warmth of older analogue instruments to create a more organic sound, each loose wire and off-kilter noise adding to the rich atmosphere. After a handful of successful releases including a debut EP in 2010, their self-titled LP in 2012 – which sold out on pre-order – and a beautifully designed 7” single, the experimental pop duo were invited to compose a live soundtrack for the classic horror film, Vampyr (1932), for the Lund Fantastisk Film festival in Lund. Now, newly signed to Fire, the band return with ‘To Where The Wild Things Are.’
Named after the Maurice Sendak children’s book, the album is comprised of pop music with a wild, dreamy and experimental edge, celebrating imagination and the ability to travel to stranger recesses of the mind. ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ starts off with some of the most “pop” songs they’ve ever recorded, typified in the sweet and melodramatic “Arcana”, and the classic pop inspired “Time Travel”. Like Sendak’s book of the same name, the album then proceeds into stranger and stranger territory, resulting in some of the most experimental material Death and Vanilla have produced, such as the six minute “Something Unknown You Need to Know” and the machine-like, surf-guitar track “The Hidden Reverse”.
The band recorded the new album themselves in their rehearsal space, using just one microphone – a 70’s Sennheiser – which they bought at a flea market for a tenner. It is this unconventional recording process that gives Death and Vanilla their unique personality; using a trial and error approach to recording has rewarded the album with a strangeness that would not have otherwise been achievable.
Creating deliciously enticing soundscapes, full of moody moogs, swirling melodies and breathless vocals, their influences on ‘To Where the Wild Things Are’ are apparent and diverse, ranging from Ennio Morricone to Scott Walker, Tom Dissevelt to Norman Whitfield, The Zombies to Sun Ra, and Bo Hansson to The BBC Radiophonic workshop.
“Death And Vanilla are a Swedish haunted-pop duo who have found themselves caught in the vortex of retro-futurism circa 1969… they've got a good grip on the baroque psychedelia of the United States Of America and Free Design,” Aquarius Records
1. Necessary Distortions
2. The Optic Nerve
4. California Owls
5. Time Travel
6. Follow the Light
7. Shadow and Shape
8. The Hidden Reverse
10. Something Unknown You Need To Know
£30.99500 only 2LP, black and white marbled vinyl, printed inners, gatefold sleeve, download card included is for Cargo Collective Stores Only. A Standard LP and CD release will follow later.Visit product page →
Now re-issued as a double vinyl package, ‘Vampyr’ is full of “eerie haunted ambience” (©The Guardian), an atmospheric and spaced out 78 minutes that galvanizes Moog, glockenspiel, zither and vibraphonette in a beautiful piece of claustrophobia, a timeless slice of suitably scary sound filled with an unnerving sonic vibe that sticks in the psyche.
“The retro leaning Scandi duo fire up their Moogs and mellotrons, sonic archaeologists with a hauntological bent.. there is an alluring sexiness to their avant-Kraut Moog-pop excursions.” Uncut
“Recalling the eerie, haunted ambience of Angelo Badalamenti/Julee Cruise’s Twin Peaks soundtrack, Stereolab/Broadcast’s experimental vision of ‘50s lounge muzak/exotica and French ‘60s pop, or the narcotic country-noir of Mazzy Star.” The Guardian
1. Vampyr pt.1
1. Vampyr pt.2
1. Vampyr pt.3
1. Vampyr pt.4
2. Vampyr rehearsals
£7.99Recorded and broadcast way back when, an actual back yard barbeque Nick Hill had set up live on air at the radio station, WFMU. watermelon and everything...Visit product page →
This BBQ record nicely captures the sweetness of the season when Giant Sand were turning into something else. Nick Hill, An old buddy from Brooklyn, had an important radio show there as well as harbouring tremendously good taste. Once when the odds were tremendously against Howe making a plane outa NY on time, he turned the car around and fetched a 2 man kayak. They went kayaking in the Hudson river instead. "Have you ever seen New York city from a kayak? nothing but stunning. And wonderfully spooky, zipping under those giant rotting piers too. That was Nick Hill." He was the fellow responsible for presenting this record and getting it recorded and broadcasted way back when.
This collection of songs was recorded by WFMU over two live sessions for 'The Music Faucet' show in the summer of 1994 and 1995. This 25th anniversary reissue CD also features two bonus tracks, 'Yer Ropes' and 'Rolling Stones I Am' which featured originally as a not so 'secret track'.
"Giant Sand is a mood," says Howe' of Giant Sand, as if trying to oer a low-key explanation for his dizzying array of artistic exploration that includes a back-catalogue of some 40 albums as a singer, band-leader and producer. After growing up in Pennsylvania in the 1970's, it wasn't until he moved to Tuscon, Arizona that he met his musical soul mate,
the guitarist Rainer Ptaceck. The two formed Giant Sandworms and issued only a handful of recordings before the worms were put to rest: since then, Giant Sand have released 24 albums - an impressive haul when considering Howe's equally prolic output under other projects including Black Ranchette and Arizona Amp & Alternator as well as his solo releases.
1. BBQ Suite2. World Stands Still (BBQ Suite part i)3. Good & Gone (BBQ Suite part ii)4. I Wish You Love (BBQ Suite part iii)5. Romance Of Falling (BBQ Suite part iv)6. Seashells (BBQ Suite part v)7. Mope-A-Long8. Lean9. Get To Leave10. Lester Lampshade11. Blue Waltz Reprise12. Yer Ropes (Bonus)13. Rolling Stones I Am (Bonus)
£7.99Fire Records re-issues the rare and regarded 'Black Out' recording from 1993. Forged from the embers of the recording session which was 'Purge & Slouch' , and wholly acoustic, this collection of takes was originally released only in Germany. 'Black Out' sits proudly amidst the Giant Sand re-issue project.Visit product page →
"When we gathered for the grand experiment of 'purge & slouch" Howe Gelb recalls, "the idea of which was to record without having written anything prior for it . Some actual songs did pop out , perhaps for the sake of warm-up or while mics were being wired .. maybe just for the sake of vigorous deployment .. re-living some old songs there and then, we bundled em up after the fact for what would become "stromausfall" instead."
"This was a limited batch release on a small german label who took my original title "black out" and translated it .. the idea being that this is the sound that would happen during one .. songs without electricity attached". Since then, most of that original pressing made in germany has mysteriously self destructed so it is with pleasure we have
the opportunity to release the album again, including a bonus piano track for when the city goes dark.
"Giant Sand is a mood," says Howe' of Giant Sand, as if trying to oer a low-key explanation for his dizzying array of artistic exploration that includes a back-catalogue of some 40 albums as a singer, band-leader and producer. After growing up in Pennsylvania in the 1970's, it wasn't until he moved to Tuscon, Arizona that he met his musical soul mate, the guitarist Rainer Ptaceck. The two formed Giant Sandworms and issued only a handful of recordings before the worms were put to rest: since then, Giant Sand have released 24 albums - an impressive haul when considering Howe's equally prolic output under other projects including Black Ranchette and Arizona Amp & Alternator as well as his solo releases.
1. October Anywhere2. The Y Stop Jumble3. Steadfast4. Robes Of Bible Black5. Mt. Of Love6. The Replacement7. Severely Altered On The Hill8. Dreamville, New Mexico9. Seldom Matters10. Approximation Of Joy (Bonus)
£4.99Inaccurately yet affectionately dubbed the Godfather of Alt. Country by the British press, Tucson, Arizona-based musician Howe Gelb has remained the sole epicenter and creative force behind the ever-fluid configurations of Giant Sand for over a quarter century. 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of the bands 1985 debut long player "Valley Of Rain" - the point in which Howes music visions began - and will see the release of the complete works of Giant Sand, Howe Gelb, Arizona Amp and The Bands Of Blacky Ranchette a collection of works that maintains its own genre-defying singularity drawing on the not-so disparate threads of his south western roots, lo-fi, country, jazz, and punk ... "Giant Sand is a mood," explained Howe, as if to simplify the dizzying breadth of his prolific output as an artist.Visit product page →
2010 will also welcome the release of the new Giant Sand record "Blurry Blue Mountain" the follow up to the bands critically acclaimed 2008 album "ProVisions"
"These recordings were done in the space between the waking world and the sleeping one. there exists a point there with a broad landscape that has seldom been loitered in. as with every previous album, none of this was planned. every record has its own atmosphere. for me they are always a new place to live in and spend some time before moving on. On this album, it happened that every session we were able to record came between work loads that rendered us at that point of sleeping and waking. like the poppy fields in wizard of oz, we went in and out of consciousness at various times during recording. This is not a bad thing. nor does it make the record sound like we're asleep. it has the momentum of that place between sleep and being awake. and in that narrow slip of existence lies a landscape of reason that most of us hurry past in daily lives. this record is planted firmly there"
"Between the crystal clear focus of your day to day and the luxury of sweet fuzzy sleep, we welcome you to the blurry blue mountain".
- Howe Gelb
1. Fields Of Green2. Chunk Of Coal3. The Last One4. Monk's Mountain5. Spell Bound6. Ride The Rail7. Lucky Star Love8. Thin Line Man9. No Tellin'10. Brand New Swamp Thing11. Erosion12. Time Flies13. Better Man Than Me14. Love A Loser
£7.99'Center Of The Universe', originally released in 1992, is the eighth Giant Sand reissue in the series from Fire Records.Visit product page →
Howe holds 'Center Of The Universe' close to his heart, explaining the record ,"Could be my favourite. .. written in a one room cabin at the end of the road in the high desert around Joshua tree where I lived for a few years ... recorded back in Venice, California with the same slant as was instilled in the writing ... adorned with the 'psycho sisters' who show where the melodies in these songs were hiding ... now through the miracle of remastering, these tracks sound more vibrant and alluring".
What was a common approach to record making for Howe and Giant Sand, 'Center Of The Universe' would be the last of a kind, "it marks the last time I could work like this, before the advent of family life was to take over and populate the day .. this record marks the final time of isolation with a happy careless abandon and an immediate urgency delivered by a wired up acoustic guitar with stomp box distortion ready and willing".
"The experiment: to record a vocal in fragments while intentionally singing differently each time on the same song, then combining the takes instantaneously . The result was "loretta and the insect world".
"Giant Sand is a mood", says Howe of Giant Sand, as if trying to offer a low-key explanation for his dizzying array of artistic exploration that includes a back-catalogue of some 40 albums as a singer, band-leader and producer. After growing up in Pennsylvania in the 1970s, it wasnt until he moved to Tuscon, Arizona that he met his musical soul mate, the guitarist Rainer Ptaceck. The two formed Giant Sandworms and issued only a handful of recordings before the worms were put to rest: since then, Giant Sand have released 24 albums - an impressive haul when considering Howes equally prolific output under other projects including Black Ranchette and Arizona Amp & Alternator as well as his solo releases.
1. Seeded (`Tween Bone And Bark)2. Pathfinder3. Center Of The Universe4. Off Ramp Man5. Year Of The Dog6. Live To Tell7. Thrust8. Loretta And The Insect World9. Sonic Drive In10. Milkshake Girl11. Stuck12. Thing Like That13. Return To Fodder14. Unwed And Well Sped15. Solomon's Ride16. Slip Slice Suite (Bonus)17. Goin' To New Mexico (Bonus)
£7.99Realised through tragic circumstances, the passing of Rainer Ptacek and the birth of Calexico, it all came together at the end for Giant Sand. Arguably Giant Sand's finest album, the fruits of an astounding story and the mesmerising high point of the 25th anniversary reissue series.Visit product page →
'Chore of Enchantment' is released with a second disc of recordings from the time which was to be become 'The Rock Opera Years (Chore Bonus CD)', with all tracks except 'Music Arcade' produced by John Parish.
1. Overture2. (Well) Dusted (For The Millenium)3. Punishing Sun4. X-Tra Wide5. 19726. Temptation Of Egg7. Raw8. Wolfy9. Shiver10. Dirty From The Rain11. Astonished (In Memphis)12. No Reply13. Satellite14. Bottom Line Man15. Way To End The Day16. Shrine17. Shiver - John Parish Remix (Bonus)
£7.99Visit product page →2002's 'Cover Magazine' is a much less cryptic, typically literal title for one of Giant Sand's lighter alternative offerings. A collection of covers which says as much about Howe Gelb's personal musical taste as it does the friends he has made on his musical journey. Being in the fortunate position of looking back on Giant Sand's output with the 25th Anniversary reissue series, we are able to see the influences which have shaped the existence of the band at each turn and chapter. Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Nick Cave and of course Rainer Ptacek have all made an impression and the tables are turned as Giant Sand give thanks with renditions of Young's' Out on The Weekend', Cash's 'I'm leaving now' and Rainer's touching 'The Inner Flame'. More contemporary takes on PJ Harvey and Goldfrapp show Giant Sand are forever keen and willing to listen.
With Giant Sand's clattering percussion and Howe's meandering vocals, nothing should be assumed before listening. Each track is taken from a new (alternative, strange, weird, interesting, unexpected, intriguing) angle, so surprises are aplenty. A Black Sabbath lounge ballad anyone?
This 25th Anniversary edition features two bonus tracks, 'Summertime' and 'The Pilgrim (Chapter 33)'
1. El Paso / Out On The Weekend2. Johnny Hit And Run Pauline3. Iron Man4. Human / Lovely Head5. The Beat Goes On6. Plants And Rags7. Wayfaring Stranger / Fly Me To The Moon8. Red Right Hand9. King Of The Road10. I'm Leaving Now11. Blue Marble Girl12. The Inner Flame13. The Beat Goes On (Alternative)14. Summertime (Bonus)15. The Pilgrim (Chapter 33) (Bonus)
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