We are now distributing titles from Chicago-based experimental indie label Drag City Records!
The label was founded in 1990 by a couple of Dans of the Koretzky and Osborn variety and since then has helped bring to the public music from such brilliant and unique artists as Joanna Newsom, Jessica Pratt, Will Oldham, Bill Callahan, Six Organs Of Admittance and Pavement.
Just because I’m putting this record out does that mean I can’t talk about it? False modesty killed the dinosaurs, and now all we have is fake bones in the Smithsonian and footage from documentaries like Jurassic World. There isn’t a 39 Clocks doc yet, but just like the dinosaurs, the Clocks had rats and broken glass thrown at them in their time. But the book ain’t closed. Don’t miss your chance to be part of revisionist history again.
I went head to head on deep hair metal the other day with LITA Len - and I gotta say I was feelin’ pretty good coming to the plate with Dangerous Toys, Tora Tora Tora, and Kix. But guess what? He came right back with Scatterbrain, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Saigon Kick! Sat me down real quick. Now, I would never imply that a solid B-level hair act like Dokken could ever be drug down to these murky depths. That wouldn’t be right.
What happens when all the African, Psych, Post-punk, outsider Folk records and Horror soundtracks have been reissued? Laugh now, but don’t say a summer breeze don’t make-you-feel fiiii-yiiiiine, and don’t say I didn’t warn you when we announce pre-orders for the Toto reissue campaign of 2019. Let it begin.
If you’re a certain nerd of a certain age, you may recall the (great) Cherrystones comps of the early-mid aughts. Gareth Goddard aka DJ Cherrystones carved out the weirdo crate-digger niche well in advance of current weirdo reissue culture. Now that everyone’s finally caught up, he’s back to show who paid the cost to be the boss. In shameless self-promotion news, lookout for the 39 Clocks reissue coming in June!
For a brief moment in the early ’70′s the flood gates opened and everything was allowed. Wanna make a major studio film in Morocco with Jack Nicholson and no dialogue? Sure! How bout an anti-establishment/anti-music industry/anti-everything country record green-lighted by Nashville royalty? Knock yourself out! The L.A. Freeway ain’t the way, it ain’t free.
The last thing I remember I was in Gustavo’s backyard sipping a caipirinha next to the tiki torch. When I came to I was naked and alone on a bed of giant gunnera leaves covered in red clay body paint somewhere deep in the rainforest. The sound of tribal drums and chanting all around. Maybe three or four songs playing at once. I passed out again and waited for the doctor to come back.
We asked Thomas Hartlage of Shadoks Music to tell us picks for the top 5 Danish underground albums of all time. Hartlage has been collecting vinyl since the 70s and has been reissuing amazing underground/psych music via Shadoks for over a decade.
CULPEPER’S ORCHARD S/T LP – Denmark 1971
Here we have possibly the best Danish underground album from Denmark recorded in 1971. We just love every second of this album and we are happy to re-release it for the first time legit on LP. The LP version includes a rare poster, unseen photos by Jørgen Angel and extensive liner notes written by our friend Claus Rasmussen based on interviews with Cy Nicklin (lead vocals & guitars), Michael Friis (bass, organ, piano, flute) and others.The band was inspired by Westcoast bands such as The Byrds, and Crosby, Sills Nash & Young. The powerful music might be compared to Jethro Tull, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. A superb combination of heavy progressive and folk stylings, the album also has its very own identity and haunting songs.. They have played many great concerts and festivals and became one of the most Danish popular bands. Julian Cope wrote: Replete with extremely catchy songs, fiery Dervish-like guitar solos, confidently self-referential lyrics from a Wino Weinrichian poet/guitarist, all the while the entire ensemble spewing euphoric vocal harmonies over intricate and furiously hard-edged arrangements, this Album of the Month owes its artistic success not to any great dream of originality, but to the wild spirits of each of its performers and especially that of its primary writer – one Cy Nicklin – and his clear desire to contribute highly accessible Hippie Dream music that sat well alongside such million-selling contemporary heroes as The Moody Blues, Crosby, Tween, Nash & Young, Led Zeppelin, Traffic and The Who.
TERJE, JESPER & JOACHIM S/T – Demark 1970
Terje Bandholdt on drums, Jesper Schmidt on guitar and Joachim Ussing on bass recorded this album in 1970 for famous Spectator Records in Denmark (Moses / Blues Addicts / Days).For the first time reissued in original cover plus insert with many photos and band-story, this amazing heavy psych album beats most releases from Denmark, in quality and rarity. Massive guitar action all over, great heavy vocals and pumping rhythms lifts this album out of there grooves. Beside Moses the best heavy psych album from Northern Europe.
Beside Culpeper’s Orchard perhaps the most important underground prog album produced in Denmark. The whole concept of this album works out perfectly. Great songs, heavy, touchy, great guitars and organ, beautiful vocals, just a perfect match. Robert Lelièvre (vocals & guitar) did compose all of the music. He sadly passed away early in 1973. In February 1970 producer Freddy Hansson lost the master tapes which where just recorded and the album had to be re-recorded again. Thomas Puggaard-Müller on lead guitar, Henning Verner on piano, organ, vibes, Arne Würgler on bass & cello and Michael Puggaard-Müller on drums. Pan is a Danish rock band with cult status. Our release includes many unseen photos by the original photographer Teit Jørgensen including the poster, plus photos from Steen Møller Rasmussen, a 4 page insert with great stories and liner notes by our friend Claus Rasmussen, personal drawings by the family of Robert Lelièvre, the original single with cover – a complete PAN collection! After Pan split up musicians became members of bands such as Blast Furnace, Culpeper’s Orchard, Delta Blues Band.
In the early seventies Denmark was home to a wealth of progressive bands whose releases are now highly collectible and appreciated by music enthusiasts for their original Scandinavian sound. A little earlier in 1967 when rock music changed for good with the appearance of psychedelic rock and powerful blues trios like Cream and Jimi Hendrix Experience, it did not take long for Danish musicians to adopt the trio form and develop their own unique progressive sound. The most influential and long-lasting of these early Danish groups was the power-trio Young Flowers (1967-1970) from Copenhagen. They have recorded their single in 1967 and the first album “Blomsterpistolen” (flower-pistols) in 1968. This is their second amazing album “No.2″ from 1969 one of the most important albums from Denmark, full of fuzz guitar, great vocals and tight underground songs. Comes as the original in a heavy gatefold SILVER cover, which was the most expensive cover we have ever produced, plus rare poster photographed by Jan Persson, printed innersleeve and 4 page insert. The band is on tour right now playing lots of concerts in the original line-up. After the first album “Blomsterpistolen” No.2 might be the most sought after Danish underground album
Delta Blues Band was originally formed in 1968 in Copenhagen. In the spring 1969 they got the chance to record an album for the big record-company E.M.I. and their album was one of the first rock-albums using multitrack technique in Denmark. Just after the release of their debut album the brothers Thomas and Michael left the group to form the successful group PAN. By 1968 the main rhythm and blues group in Denmark was Beefeaters. However, Delta Blues Band was distinct from both Beefeaters and the many other groups playing a British inspired rhythm and blues in Denmark. Delta Blues Band was rather American blues inspired with a massive psychedelic touch (and light show). On concerts Delta Blues Band opened for Chicken Shack, Taste, Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (featuring Mick Taylor). This only album by Delta Blues Band is very rare and it is fetching very high prices among collectors. The underground blues sounds a tight and the album has a solid status among those early underground blues albums we like so much such as Keef Hartley Band, Peter Greens Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown. A jewel from beginning to end. The underground music I grow up with and love so much ever since.
For more information on Shadoks Music & Thomas Hartlage, check out this article about him!
Shock treatment never worked for me. But can we all just set aside our peevish differences for a minute and talk aboutOne Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest? The last scene where the Chief rips up the water fountain and busts the F outta there and then The Doc from Back To The Future goes batshit? C’mon!
Shirley Collins is the queen of creepy old white people music. The world ain’t gettin’ any younger – and depending on which side of the bed we woke up on, less creepy by the hour. Sad news for aspiring creeps, weirdos, and future shut-ins the world-over. Shirley is one of the last living bridges to this world, and if terror, mystery, and folklore get you going, get thyself to a Shirley LP ASAP!
You know how some people don’t like baseball then they have a kid, settle down, and start wearing a Yankees cap? KISS is like baseball – I never got it and still don’t. But I love Grand Funk. ”Nothing Is The Same” is one of the best grooves ever and one of my top DJ jams for life.
Go cop it. Bruce Kulick has played in both KISS and Grand Funk, which I suppose makes him a wash. KKB sounds like Grand Funk, not KISS. We’re good, Bruce.
In my dream last night I was walking through some strange Mad Max-ian desert-scape looking for a place to take a leak. I came upon an ancient Roman bath house and walked in. There was water running everywhere (I must’ve really had to pee) through underground gutters and aqueducts I could see running through the floor. So I start to pee through one of these holes, and this wild music comes ripping through the in-bath house stereo. “Whoa! I know this,” I think to myself. Just then I feel a tap on my shoulder. It’s Matt K – “Sick Sad World, bro. Isn’t it.” Then I woke up and took a leak.
Who were Sepi Kuu? What were they thinking? What drugs were they on? Some things we’ll never know. And that’s just fine, honey. At least we have what’s left of our senses. And they’re saying ghoulish guitar fuzz and moss-covered synths sound kinda right over a lumbering rhythm section manned by bearded tree giants. Like being lost in the same disorienting fog Parson Sound and Trad Gras Och Stenar stumbled out of. Fly into the mystery.
What’s going on with Thrones? Did winter ever come? Will it? Do they keep making the intro longer or am I high? The last thing I remember there was a fat guy in a fur coat fighting a popsicle. Now that I’ve given up following the plot, watching the show is more fun. I walk down the hill and drink a beer or two at Bekah’s while she gets stoned. Who’s got it? Who’s gonna get it? Who cares?! I’m just here for the hang, man.
Brooklyn-based label and record shop Captured Tracks teamed with legendary New Zealand label Flying Nun Records back in January 2013. We are now distributing these awesome releases!
Since 2009, Captured Tracks has been putting out great new indie rock/pop and post-punk (such as Mac DeMarco, DIIV, Beach Fossils, and Blouse) and reissues (Medicine, For Against). Meanwhile, Flying Nun has been helming the postpunk scene from Chrischurch, New Zealand since ’81, putting out the likes of The Clean, Chris Knox and The Dead C.
Captured Tracks’ founder/operater Mike Sniper is quoted as saying:
We at Captured Tracks are beyond ecstatic to work with Flying Nun Records for this series of reissues. As a young record collector, I always saw the label as a recommendation of¬†quality and a constant source of inspiration. I would comb the shelves of every record store imaginable to secure anything and everything I could find. When I first heard the news that they’d bought back the rights, this partnership was something that was lingering in the back of my mind. I’m more than pleased that we can have any sort of involvement in revitalizing this amazing back catalog and returning it to record shelves the world over.
The partnership’s first reissue, Toy Love was released in February 2013.
Joseph Bauer’s score to one of the most brutal independent horror films of the last five years, Deadgirl, is now available for the first time on vinyl in a limited edition of 500 copies on 180g, two-tone wax! Deadgirl is the story of two high school boys, Rickie and JT, who discover a beautiful zombie chick imprisoned in an abandoned mental asylum. She cannot die and she also cannot escape from these two hormonal, angsty trespassers. The film is very dark. Its score is vivid and brilliant: at times beautiful, at times melancholy and ambient, at times mischievous and exciting. Director Marcel Sarmiento supervised this release, which was sourced from the composer’s original master recordings.
Cat’s Eyes’ rich soundtrack to Peter Strickland’s inflammatory and sensual 2014 film The Duke Of Burgundy is now available for preorder! Harpsichord, violin, flute, and harp flutter through the tracks, lead occasionally by an ethereal female voice. The film itself tells the tale of a woman who studies butterflies and moths, and begins testing the limits of her relationship with her lover. It is visually stunning, as well unsettling and kinky as hell. Cat’s Eyes’ sumptuous and haunting score holds its own without even the context of the film. Check out this interview with Cat’s Eyes about their approach to the project and listen to a stream of the album.
Also, check out the film’s trailer:
We’ve got another gorgeous release from Mondo available for preorder: The Visitor soundtrack by Franco Micalizzi, with art by Jay Shaw. Pressed on black vinyl and randomly-inserted sunburst vinyl. In Giulio Paradisi’s 1979 film The Visitor… no, you know what? I’m just going to quote IMDB directly because it’s priceless and I couldn’t say it better myself:
John Huston stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they’ve experienced… somewhere between Hell and the darkest reaches of outer space.”
What more could you want? A fat, funky score to go along with it, you say? Well, here you go. This amazing 2LP, 180gram vinyl reissue of Micalizzi’s score just begs for a full, high-quality listen.
We’ve got three awesome new European underground reissues from Shadoks Music available for preorder this week!
This is Shadoks Music’s third release from the great Finnish psych band, Charlies. Recorded in ’69-’70 in the drunk tank of the local jail (one of the member’s fathers was a police officer, so they were granted access), this album finally achieves the heavy underground quality that the band felt their previous releases lacked.
Catching up with the love and peace sentiments of the rest of the Western world, Austrian band Nostradamus formed in Vienna in the late 60s. With influences such as The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, and King Crimson and the addition of a violinist, this album is one of the best and most unique Austrian releases of the time.
Also influenced by powerful trios like Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Young Flowers formed in Copenhagen in 1967. Progressive and with a uniquely Scandinavian sound, Young Flowers released a second album in 1960, ‘No. 2′, which has since become one of the most important and sought after Danish albums. Full of fuzz guitar, great vocals and an underground vibe, Shadok’s reissue comes as the original did with a silver cover. Plus this version comes with a bonus poster. Oh and by the way, the band has two upcoming shows in Denmark!
We’re delighted to present a fresh, bright label from London for whom we’ve just begun distributing. Futurismo‘s manifesto states:
We believe that neither pop nor art should be mutually exclusive, that the past and the future can synchronize in the moment, just as creativity, danger and fun can co-exist on the same plane. Life should be about fun after all. Serious fun.
Since it’s start in November of 2014, the label has put out several releases revolving around the genres of new wave, post-punk, no wave, avant garde pop, and synth punk. And with an eye to not only music, but art and fashion as well, Futurismo is a tastemaker to watch.
Delaney Jae Williams, the label’s director says:
My aim is to generally release objects by artists that need reappraisal or reinstating in the consciousness, using high-end production and forward thinking, innovative design. My intention is to give more attention to lesser known records than major labels give to revered recordings. My main interests are unreleased recordings and redux versions of existing records that include new artwork and extras.
We’ve got three great new releases from Futurismo available for preorder, each with multiple color variants: