"Okay the cops just arrived, so act—a—cool, act cool…" - The UnicornsLive at the Carwash, 10/17/03
Never got to see them live a decade ago when their album opened my ears to the beauty of independent music. At the time I was so obsessed that I scoured the internet for all the bootlegs and material I could find (good ol soulseek), and as a result managed to hold on to some rare live material that wasn’t even on what.cd until I recently added it. You know what I’m talkin’ about. If you’re into that stuff, check out The Unicorns Live in Atlanta featuring an hour+ set from 2004 including band banter and all.
For those of you that never got an original pressing of The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? grab the remaster on 180g black vinyl here. Pink & black vinyl Ltd to 1500 copies is gone, but the ironically rarer and Ltd to 1000 on heavy weight is still available.
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POP Montreal, Blue Skies Turn Black and Insound present: The Unicorns + Light Fires + Each Other + The Adam Brown Sunday September 21st 2014 Metropolis Doors 7PM / Show 8:30PM $27 in advance / $30 at the door
Playing with Dot Wiggin Band + Freelove Fenner + Fakes. If you’re a fan of girl vocal harmonizing acts like Grass Widow, then Brave Radar is for you. Also has a very Broadcast influenced sound, which is never a bad thing.
In case you were asleep at the wheel this last week, Aphex Twin's first new studio album in 13 years just went up for sale on Warp, after a brief and cryptic track listing leak on TOR. While we wait for new material, please enjoy my all time favorite Aphex Twin song.
Aphex Twin - Syro 3XLP is available from Warp for pre-order now, with the current estimated shipping date of 9/19. With demand insanely high, I wouldn’t doubt if that gets delayed some.
Aphex Twin makes his return on Warp with new album Syro. Richard D. James has been releasing music since the beginning of the ‘90s. His first full-length album, Selected Ambient Works 85-92, came out in 1992 through R&S Records. The first Aphex Twin release on Warp would be 1993’s On EP, which was followed by four studio albums for the label, as well as numerous other EPs. Syro will be the first new Aphex Twin album since 2001’s Drukqs.
Growing steadily, but now confirmed, my far my favorite new electronic artist, Pye Corner Audio has been an unstoppable force with release after release. I just barely got my Intercepts 12”(OOP from Boomkat, and looks like Bleep’s pink variant it gone too) split between Pye Corner Audio and Not Waving yesterday, and already I find another PCA 12” release shipping. Heavy laden with dark coldwave sounds, listening alone can induce paranoia. I’m honestly surprised PCA hasn’t blown up with BOC and Aphex Twin fans hopping on board, but I guess any vocal lacking music is always slow to hit mainstream.
The quality of PCA and Not Waving releases never fails to disappoint, and the game has been upped with the gorgeous screen prints included in the Intercepts 12”. Any fans of Not Waving on here have likely seen the beautiful screen prints that have accompanied his slew of super limited cassettes, and it certainly looks like that was the driving influence behind the Intercepts screen prints. Check em out below.
Pye Corner Audio - The Black Mist EP is Ltd to 500 copies on heavyweight 180g vinyl and available for order directly from Front and Follow or via Boomkat. Records started shipping yesterday the 18th.
Cocteau Twins Vinyl Represses: Heaven Or Las Vegas & Blue Bell Knoll
Maybe the best ’90s album of all time, Heaven Or Las Vegas by the Cocteau Twins is getting its first repress since release in 1990 on heavyweight black vinyl, and its even being cut from brand-new HD 96/24 masters.
Don’t think I need to say more? I grew up listening to a cassette of this, and I’m looking forward to upgrading my physical copy.
Cocteau Twins -Heaven Or Las Vegas LP on heavyweight 180g vinyl is available from 4AD to pre-order now. Originally due out at the beginning of June, production delays have pushed it back to late August.
Definitely one of my most anticipated albums of 2014. The long awaited (for me at least) sophomore followup to their 2012 debut Tender Oppositeswill finally be upon us in about a month. The followup, Picture You Staring does not disappoint in the slightest, and I’m counting down the days till I can truly enjoy it on some wax. Arbutus also updated the store page for the album to indicate that pre-orders will come on limited coke bottle clear vinyl and a huge party scene poster!
Even more reason to be excited. Glad to see this release is getting a little something special from Arbutus, it deserves it.
Checked out the BSP Kingston last week for the first time, and I have to say they have a sweet little venue/bar. I was there last Thursday for a free show (happening all summer) featuring The Casket Girls and Dreamend from Graveface records (videos from the show to follow). Before the show even started I was totally digging their excellent choices of music, which included some White Fence. They’ve been on my radar, and I noticed the new album release on the what top ten slot, but I just hadn’t really given them a proper listen until now. Retro sounding psychedelic rock, that could easily be right at home decades earlier. Most music I listen to is dominated by female vocalists, but Tim Presley’s voice set against the loose 8 track songs recorded apparently in Ty Segall’s garage couldn’t be more perfect.