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Superior Viaduct set to reissue EP’s from proto-punks The Urinals for Record Store Day

By Joshua Pickard; March 7, 2013 at 11:04 PM 

The Urinals

Along with the already announced plethora of riches coming our way on Record Store Day next month, we can also look forward to the vinyl reissue of three early EP’s from California proto-punks The Urinals.  Emerging from Los Angeles in the late 70’s, the band were often compared to fellow forward-thinking post-punkers Wire.  These EP’s formed the basis of much of what would form into the darkly melodic punk-tinged rock of the 80’s.  It’s telling that bands like The Gun Club and The Minutemen regularly covered The Urinals in concert and on record.  And so it has fallen to San Francisco archival imprint Superior Viaduct to reissue these well out-of-print releases and give them a new birth for those interested in the inception of LA punk in the late 70’s.  So keep a sharp eye out come April 20th for your own copies.  Check out a preview of the reissue below via Superior Viaduct’s Soundcloud page.

Domino Records set to release 10th anniversary edition of Four Tet’s Rounds

By Joshua Pickard; February 16, 2013 at 12:24 PM 

 Four Tet - Rounds

May14th will be here before we know it, and with it, the 10th anniversary of Rounds by electronic collage wizard Four Tet. To go along with the original album, Domino has packaged this edition with a a live set from Copenhagen recorded near the time of the original release.  Available on CD, vinyl and as a digital bundle, the album is already up for presale through Dom Mart.  You can see the tracklist for the live set below, as well as listen to Rounds-cut “As Serious As Your Life.”

Rounds Tracklisting:
1 – Hands
2 – She Moves She
3 – First Thing
4 – My Angel Rocks Back And Forth
5 – Spirit Fingers
6 – Unspoken
7 – Chia
8 – As Serious As Your Life
9 – And They All Looked Broken Hearted
10 – Slow Jam

Four Tet – Live In Copenhagen (Rounds Bonus Disc)
1 – She Moves She
2 – Everything Is Alright
3 – Spirit Fingers
4 – Glue Of The World
5 – My Angel Rocks Back And Forth
6 – As Serious As Your Life
7 – Hands, No More Mosquitos, Calamine, Tangle

Matthew Herbert reveals details of Herbert Complete Boxset

By Ray Finlayson; January 22, 2013 at 5:19 PM 

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Download a remastered version of Danger Mouse’s Beatles x Jay-Z mash-up classic The Grey Album

By Ryan Stanley; November 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM 

Back in 2004, after Jay-Z released the complete set of acapellas for The Black Album, budding production auteur and soon-to-be household name Danger Mouse embarked on a project that would end up breathing new life into an old idea – as well as launch one of the most lucrative and varying careers in recent memory. Unquestionably the most infamous mash-up album ever (and arguably the only infamous mash-up album ever), The Grey Album – made up of instrumentals culled from White Album samples matched with Black Album vocals – gained notoriety for the controversy surrounding its release, the cleverness of its concept, and the sheer quality of the music: Danger Mouse’s “Helter Skelter”-sampling version of “99 Problems” is still the definitive version of the song.

Eight years later, engineer John Stewart has re-mastered the entire original release and offered it up, like Danger Mouse did for the original project, for free – cop the download here via mediafire or here via Stewart’s website and then watch an amazing experimental promotional clip for the original album (The Grey Video) down below.

Matthew Herbert’s Bodily Functions to be reissued

By Ray Finlayson; November 26, 2012 at 5:22 PM 

Eleven years after being originally released, Matthew Herbert’s acclaimed masterpiece album Bodily Functions is being reissued. On December 17th the album will be available via Accidental Records, and will come in both a 2CD set, featuring an extra disc of remixes and reworkings, and a limited 12″ featuring more exclusive remixes. Artists reworking the material from Bodily Functions include Dave Aju, DJ Koze, Jamie Lidell, and Mr Oizo. You can check out the tracklistings below, along with the original album cut “Leave Me Now,” and the Dave Aju remix of “Foreign Bodies.”

Both the Bodily Functions special 2CD reissue and limited edition remixes 12″ will also be part of the Herbert Complete box set, to be released 4th March 2013, which will compile Herbert’s work from 1996 to 2006, and will feature exclusive, rare material.

Bodily Functions CD 1

01 You’re Unknown to Me
02 It’s Only
03 Foreign Bodies
04 Suddenly
05 I Know
06 Leave Me Now
07 The Last Beat
08 You Saw It All
09 On Reflection
10 About This Time Each Day
11 Addiction
12 I Miss You
13 It’s Only a Reprise
14 The Audience

Bodily Functions CD 2

01 Back to the Start (Mr. Oizo ‘Non’ Mix)
02 You Saw It All (DJ Koze Mix)
03 The Audience Vs Jamie Lidell and the Famous Szizlas
04 Foreign Bodies (Plaid Mix)
05 Leave Me Now (Recloose Mix)
06 Foreign Bodies (Dave Aju Mix)
07 Back to the Start (Herbert)
08 Suddenly (Phil Parnell’s Pianissimo Play Through)
09 Addiction (Nobukazu Takemura Mix)
10 Leave Me Now (Richard Devine Mix)
11 The Audience (Matmos Shifted My Tongue)
12 Addiction (Perry Farrell Version)
13 It’s Only (DJ Koze Mix)


A1 You Saw It All [DJ Koze Mix]
A2 Foreign Bodies [Dave Aju Mix]
B1 Back to the Start
B2 Back to the Start [Mr. Oizo ‘Non’ Mix]

Interpol announce 10th anniversary edition of Turn On The Bright Lights

By David Wolfson; September 28, 2012 at 1:18 PM 

Interpol took to their website today to announce the release of a 10th anniversary edition of their now-classic debut album, Turn On The Bright Lights. Out November 20th, the reissue will include a remastered version of Turn On The Bright Lights, a deluxe hardbound book with photos, a DVD featuring music videos and concert footage, plus a bonus disc that includes demos, b-sides, live versions, and unreleased material. Seems like quite the package. Preorders also come with a replica of the band’s first merchandise item, a button with the original Interpol logo. Order the reissue on either vinyl, CD, or digitally, over at the Interpol website, and read a statement from guitarist Daniel Kessler on the release below:

“In 2002, we released our first album, Turn On The Bright Lights. We had waited close to five years for the opportunity to record an album. Needless to say this was a memorable moment for us. We never had any expectations for how the album would be received. We just wanted to present our music as an album to anyone who would be open to hearing it. It was incredible to finally tour and see people react to these songs. We never could have imagined that the album would have reached so many people throughout the world.

We spent a good deal of time this past year digging through our archives and asking others to dig through theirs in the hopes of uncovering some forgotten material. The result of our hunting and gathering has yielded this Tenth Anniversary Edition of Turn On The Bright Lights. We wanted to do something special for the fans who have always supported us. We wanted to do something special for the best fans in the world. We hope you enjoy it.”

Sincerely yours,
Daniel Kessler

Beatles vinyl remasters to finally see release in November

By David Wolfson; September 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM 

UPDATE: The advance listing on Music Direct has been taken down. However, listings have subsequently popped up and been taken down elsewhere, and distributors have sent out press releases for the box set. EMI has not responded to inquiries concerning the remasters.

Ladies and gentlemen, the fabled Beatles vinyl remasters are coming. On November 13th, EMI will reissue the complete remastered Beatles catalog, including all 12 studio albums plus Magical Mystery Tour and Past Masters, as part of a 16LP limited edition stereo box set. It also includes a DVD with mini-documentaries. According to the description over at Music Direct, the remastering process took place at Abbey Road Studios over the course of four years. Directly from the press release:

“At the start of the restoration process, engineers conducted extensive tests before copying the analog master tapes into the digital realm using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution and a Prism A-D converter. Dust build-ups were removed from tape machine heads after the completion of each title. Artifacts such as electrical clicks, microphone vocal pops, excessive sibilance, and poor edits were improved upon as long as it was determined that doing so didn’t at all damage the integrity of the songs. Similarly, de-noising technology was applied in only a few necessary spots and on a sum total of less than five of the entire 525 minutes of Beatles music. Compression was also used sparingly and only on the stereo versions to preserve the sanctity of the dynamics.

A rigorous string of checks and balances ensured that the results exceeded expectations. Subject to numerous playback tests, songs were auditioned by the remastering team to determine if any lingering mistakes needed correction. The restored versions were also compared side-by-side against the original vinyl pressings (loaded into Pro Tools), and then again auditioned in the same studio where all recent Beatles projects, including Love, were mixed. Once all EQ issues had been addressed, another round of listening litmus tests occurred in still another location. Finalization required the approval of everyone involved in the remastering process. For this project, there was no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. Yes, it took a village to get it right.

Each album features original U.K. vinyl album artwork, original U.K. track listings, expanded booklets containing original and newly penned liner notes, recording notes, rare photos, and fold-out packaging.  Everything comes housed in a tall, glossy, hard black lift-top case augmented with a magnetic clasp.”

The box set goes on sale for $399.99, or you can buy the albums individually, all on 180 gram vinyl. Order yours over at Music Direct.


Xiu Xiu reissue The Air Force, release new video, and plan world tour

By Joshua Pickard; August 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM 

The long out of print ’06 Xiu Xiu release, The Air Force, will be re-released by Polyvinyl Records on October 9th. With newly designed packaging by Jamie Stewart and his brother Joe Stewart and re-mastered tracks on newly pressed 180 gram vinyl, this looks to be complete overhaul of the record.

Stewart has also just released tour dates which will take him across the US and then to Austrailia and on through a dozen European countries. Along with these dates, he’s released a new video for 2012 release Always cut “Born To Suffer.” Check out the tour dates and video below.

Bob Mould unveils new album, tour

By David Wolfson; June 6, 2012 at 2:04 PM 

Hüsker Dü/Sugar frontman and current solo artist Bob Mould has announced a new album to be released September 4th on Merge. Entitled Silver Age, it’s being presented as a return to the more melodic, rocking material that made Sugar famous, and was recorded with drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk/The Mountain Goats) and bassist Jason Narducy (Verbow). Above is the album art.

In addition, Merge will be reissuing most of Sugar’s catalog on July 24th, and Mould is going on tour to support the new release and reissues. The reissues will include Copper Blue, Beaster, and File Under: Easy Listening. Many dates on the tour will feature Mould performing Sugar’s classic album, Copper Blue, in its entirety, along with a set containing material spanning his entire career, from Hüsker Dü to Silver Age. Not something you should want to miss. Below, we have the tracklist for Silver Age and the tour dates.


1. Star Machine
2. Silver Age
3. The Descent
4. Briefest Moments
5. Steam Of Hercules
6. Fugue State
7. Round The City Square
8. Angels Rearrange
9. Keep Believing
10. First Time Joy

Tour dates:

6/06 – Rehoboth Beach, DE – Double L Bar
6/09 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club *
6/13 – San Francisco, CA – Blow Pop Happy Hour *
6/22 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom *
7/03 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest #
7/10 – Provincetown, MA – Boatslip *
8/04 – Cork, IE – Liss Ard Festival #
8/06 – Helsinki, FI – Tavastia #
8/08 – Oslo, NO – Oya Festival #
8/09-10 – Gothenburg, SE – Way Out West 2012 #
8/11 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Grote Zaal #
8/13 – Codroipo, IT – Villa Mainin # $
8/15 – Prague, CZ – 02 Arena # $
8/16 – St. Polten, AT – Frequency Festival #
8/18 – Hasselt, BE – Pukkelpop Festival #
9/07 – New York, NY – Webster Hall ^
9/08 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club ^
9/10 – Boston, MA – Paradise ^
9/11 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer ^
9/13 – Chicago, IL – Metro ^
9/15 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue ^
9/18 – Seattle, WA – Showbox ^
9/19 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom ^
9/21 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore ^
9/22-23 – Pensacola Beach, FL – DeLuna Fest ^ $

* = DJ Set
# = Performing Copper Blue
^ = Performing Copper Blue and other material
$ = w/ Foo Fighters

Blur’s discography getting the Deluxe Collection treatment

By Chase McMullen; April 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM 

It’s been 21 years since the release of Leisure, Blur’s debut, and the band has celebrated by compiling their body of work for one massive boxset. Their first five albums have been re-mastered, with the entire set overseen by Graham Coxon and producer Stephen Street. Aside from the seven album collection, more than 5 and a half hours of bonus material are included, 65 previously unreleased tracks, twice as many rare recordings, 3 DVD’s, and in a collector’s edition book, featuring unseen photos and a new interview with the band. There’s even a 7-inch vinyl featuring a track recorded under the band’s original name, Seymour.

Aside from the 21-disc Deluxe Box Set, all 7 studio albums will be available separately, each with a second disc of b-sides, previously hard-to-find tracks and exclusive bonus material.

Record collectors won’t be left in the dark, either, with six of the seven albums on double-vinyl, highlighting iconic artwork and visuals from Banksy, David Shrigley, Graham Coxon, and more. The vinyl box set will include a download code to access all of the bonus material digitally. Each of the 7 LPs will also be available separately on heavyweight vinyl.

Look out for the collection on July 31st, and head to Blur’s official site for the full info, including the entire tracklist and detailed bonus information.