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.
Love that Freelove Fenner consistently film their own videos on Super 8, really adds the perfect authentic aesthetic. With the heightened popularity of Fear of Men, I’m still surprised that these girls haven’t taken off more. Well enjoy them as your secret treat while you can, because their time is coming soon.
Do grab their debut Do Not Affect A Breezy Manner LP and equally excellent split reissue of their first two EPs Pineapple Hair & In The Bottle Garden, all available from Fixture Records here
Check out a demo from Mac DeMarco’s 2 Demos, which includes (you guessed it) demo‘s and sketches from Mac later to appear on his sophomore album Salad Days. Also included are previously unreleased instrumentals demos.
This was previously only available on cassette (almost out of stock from CT now), but largely due to Mac’s cult following, has gotten a proper vinyl release with a variant on orange vinyl that is sure to fly off the shelves. How many artists do you know that are releasing companion demo versions of not one but two albums? Exactly, now you get it. Also the Salad Days Demos that was only originally available as part of the $45 special edition box set from CT is getting a separate black vinyl release.
Apparently volume 3 of The Pitchfork Review, which is some “quarterly of long-form feature stories, photography, design, cartoons and other ephemera, The Pitchfork Review documents music culture, past and present," contains a vinyl single featuring this new song from King Tuff and one from The Lentils.
Huh, didn’t know any of this was on the way, but I do love all things King Tuff.
I love the original iconic JP movie art so much, that I might’ve been worried about the album art had I know it was on the way. But each of the two versions album art was done spectacularly, and couldn’t be more perfect. Especially the version A gatefold interior, almost worth not have the Amber just for that. Ogle some pictures below before you breakdown and snag a copy for yourself.
I spent much of my childhood listening to the JP soundtrack on cassette until I wore that thing out, and its been on my mind to snag a vinyl copy of this for too long. Brilliant reissue Mondo. Well played, well played.
That about sums up my love for all things King Tuff. Wish it was coming a little sooner than September 23rd, but I guess I can content myself blasting his first two albums while cruising these hot summer days. I honestly had no idea this was even on the way, but it sounds like its wasn’t completely planned on their end either:
It was produced and recorded by Bobby Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, California, in the hot winter of 2014.
No one involved was prepared to make a record, but an invisible hand pushed them to do it. Perhaps it was God or that special someone we all know and love called The Devil.
So STFU and pre-order that deluxe loser edition Sub Pop wax, cause Kyle never disappoints.
King Tuff - Black Moon Spell LP is up for pre-order from Sup Pop now, and all preorders will receive the fancy Loser Edition on glow-in-the-dark and black splatter colored vinyl. In addition, customers who pre-order will also receive the following, while supplies last:
-An embroidered patch featuring art from the album cover.* -An instant download of the first single, “Eyes of the Muse”. -Advance access to stream Black Moon Spell in full, 1 month before street date, exclusively from your SubPop.com account.
Obligatory post to share a pic of my hand dipped one of a kind Tobacco vinyl that finally arrived after a month of manufacturing delay, and then then another month being lost in world of forgotten mail that is the USPS. It was sold out pretty instantly, but you can still grab it on yellow vinyl, a killer album regardless of the extra fancy vinyl variant.
Damn this track is good. Happy to hear I’ll catch some new tracks when I see them play Pearl Street end of September. Oh yeah, fall tour schedule is up as well. The new album, Ritual in Repeat is out 9/9
Grab the first single as a free download from Tennis for the cost of an email.
New Beverly album is even better than I was expecting. This track in particular has some nice harmony going on, giving me some serious Grass Widow vibes. The vinyl is delivered and pretty as you can see. Go grab one for yourself.