There will actually be some Acute related posts coming up, as we are working on another release finally, which I will announce shortly. In the meantime I need to write a few other things. In light of next week’s Philip Glass/Steve Reich reunion concerts at BAM, which I’m giddy as a schoolgirl to attend, and Aphex Twin’s upcoming record release, a sure sign of the late 2014 IDM revival, and the release next week of my very first EP, on the fantastic Golf Channel label, which I will plug here, there and everywhere starting in a few days, plus my visit to my college radio alma-mater WOBC, 91.5, Oberlin, Ohio, topped off by my cleaning out the studio and discovering some old papers, I felt it timely to post my first application for said radio station. I will not subject you to the first 6 questions and answers. Number 7 stated Use the back of this page to design a sample playlist. Most programs are 2-3 hours in length, so be sure to include enough material. This is the most heavily weighted part of the application, so think hard!!! Application due Sept 8th, 9PM. For what it’s worth, Todd Hutlock and/or Jim Haynes marked this a “High Maybe”. I did get a show after all, because of and/or despite the following. Keep in mind, this was 1993 and I was an 18 year old college freshman, so that should excuse some selections and otherwise make me seem cool. After the fold, if you dare.
Sorry it’s been so many months since a post. Acute’s been quiet since we knocked out three awesome vinyl releases right out of the park around the turn of 2013. We still exist and have a few releases we may get out there but have been been busy elsewhere. In the meantime just wanted to do a quick update to let you know about some news related to artists that have been or are of the Acute family. Where to start?
THE METHOD ACTORS
I should probably start here since I’m a few days late. Vic Varney from The Method Actors told me about Art Rocks Athens, a special exhibition running from May 1st through Dec 31 of artifacts related to the Athens music scene of the late 70s and early 80s. There will be displays, screenings, performances etc. Check out the website linked above and the facebook page here.
No Trypes news but plenty of action with Speed the Plough, the band the Trypes evolved into. Late last year, Bar None released a beautiful retrospective, The Plough and the Stars, featuring a “best of” CD, a 12″ with 6 new songs and a live set, a large booklet and a digital download card with even more goodies. A great intro to the band or a great way to catch up with old favorites. Since then, they’ve been recording more new material and have a bunch of shows lined up, at the In the Pines festival in Beacon NY next Saturday the 10th, a gig at Tierney’s in Montclair NJ the following saturday the 17th, and a show in Brooklyn at the Fifth Estate on May 23rd.
Ike Yard are working on a new album, “Rejoy” and also make an appearance on a fantastic new compilation from Factory Benelux called Of Factory New York, a benefit to assist Michael Shamberg, who ran Factory US. Lots of Factory favorites devoted tracks to this compilation, with iconic Lawrence Weiner artwork, including Ike Yard’s Kino. Do I have most of these songs already? Of course. Do I have them all in one place with killer artwork and for a good cause? Not yet. Vinyl has, along with Kino, such Dan Selzer dancefloor staples like ACR’s Do the Du, Quando Quango’s Love Tempo, 52nd Street’s Cool as Ice, Cabaret Voltaire’s Yashar (John Robie remix) a live version of New Order’s Your Silent Face, Konk’s Baby Dee, Section 25′s Looking From a Hilltop, Streetlife’s Act on Instinct, Marcel King’s Reach for Love, Thick Pigeon’s Subway, Arthur Baker’s Come On and Anna Domino’s Summer.
THE PREFECTS/THE LINES/THEORETICAL GIRLS
What a gig that would’ve been. Nothing that exciting! Following the release of the awesome book Punk 45: Original Punk Rock Singles Cover Art, edited by Jon Savage and Stuart Baker, Soul Jazz has started a series of punk 7″ compilations, organized by location/period/etc. Not unlike say, a Chuck Warner CD. The first volume is called Punk 45: Kill the Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys its Young. Underground Punk in the United States of America, Vol 1. 1973-1980 and features U.S. Millie by Theoretical Girls, from the very first Acute release (and the Roir New York Singes Scene compilation before that). The second volume is Punk 45: There is No Such Thing as Society. Get a Job, Get a Car, Get a Bed, Get Drunk! Underground Punk in the UK 1977-81, Vol 2. and features no less (or more) than TWO Acute related tracks. The first LP ends with the cult-classic White Night by The Lines and the second LP (and whole shebang) ends with Going Through the Motions by The Prefects.
And speaking of the Prefects…lets talk about The Nightingales, the band the Prefects evolved into. They’ve got a new album out called For Fuck’s Sake, recorded at Faust Studio in Germany. Self-released, or as they say “No interference or outside opinions, no label, no distributor, no catalogue number, no bar code or logo shit, blah blah.” The record is killer and it’s getting great reviews and buzz. Once again and continuously they prove they’re not just some nostalgia act reunited to cash-in on those lucrative post-punk revival riches, but a living-breathing and evolving hard-working band just getting better and better. Killing it on tour and hopefully hitting the states soon. They’ve even got a proper video:
But if you want a blast from the past…check out this old documentary on John Peel that’s been making the rounds, featuring a discussion with a younger Nightingales and a searing performance from them at the end of part 3.
THE FIRE ENGINES
And talking about vintage footage…Innes Reekie, who contributed his Fire Engines notes to our Hungry Beat compilation, has posted “coming soon…” regarding the long spoken of documentary, The Sound of Young Scotland. So even though this teaser is from 2007, let’s watch it again and cross our fingers that we’ll get to see it soon.
I think that’s enough for now. I have to go update one of my other blogs then maybe try to get some actual work done.
Viva show. Pyjamarama. Archives. New.
Minds a Magnet
1. Dean Warehan – Emancipated Hearts
2. Alessi Brothers – Seabird
3. Stereolab – U.H.F. – MFP
4. Distant Correspondent – Merge
5. Electrelane – At Sea
6. Arp – Judy Nylon
7. The Clean – Thumbs Off
8. Able Tasmans – Dileen
9. Laughing Clowns – Eternally Yours
10. His Name is Alive – The Phoenix, a Pool of Ice
11. Ultra Vivid Scene – Lightning (72 B.P.M. – 4 A.M.)
12. MGMT – Introspection
13. Lansing-Dreiden – Metal On a Gun
14. Bizarros – Mind’s a Magnet
15. Lou Reed – City Lights
Viva show. Pyjamarama. Archives. Up and About.
1. Disclocation Dance – Rosemary
2. Grow Up – Joanne
3. The Farmer’s Boys – More Than a Dream
4. Subject – Be Carefull
5. Recipe – Upriver
6. Alex Fergusson – Stay With Me Tonight
7. Peter Gabriel – Moribund the Burgermeister
8. Noah Wall – Red Station
9. Lou Reed and John Cale – Work
10. Michael Nyman Band – Bird Anthem
11. Talking Heads – Found a Job
12. Prinzhorn Dance School – Your Fire Has Gone Out
13. The Knife – I Just Had to Die
14. The Gist – This Is Love
15. Steve Miro – Up and About
16. A.T.R.O.X. – Against the Odds
17. Van Der Graaf Generator –
Viva show. Pyjamarama. Archives. Scattered.
1. Fleetwood Mac – Albatross
2. Neu! – Neuschnee
3. Stereolab – John Cage Bubblegum
4. Electrelane – On Parade
5. Sensational Creed – Nocturnal Operations
6. Blanche Blanche Blanche – Mercantile Rugs
7. David Bowie – So She
8. Tom Verlaine – Kingdom Come
9. Total Control – Love Performance
10. Wet Hair – Color and Shape
11. The Offset – The Loop Swing
12. Wire – Culture Vulture (Joakim Edit)
13. Roy Montgomery – Above All
14. Nocturnal Projections – Difficult Days
15. Regal Degal – Winning and Breaking
16. Tirez Tirez – Scattered
Sad to say that the vinyl edition of The Trypes Music For Neighbors is now sold out, but glad to share the news that there’s another way to hear The Trypes on vinyl. You may recall that the vinyl came with an additional download of 7 more otherwise unreleased songs, primarily from rehearsal recordings that took place at the legendary Hoboken club Maxwell’s in the mid 80s. Well The Trypes were invited to contribute a song to the latest issue of Yeti magazine, their second issue featuring an attached 7″ EP. Rather than be redundant with the Acute vinyl release, the band chose one of the digital bonus songs, Our Obsessions.
If that wasn’t enough, the other three recordings on this record are from The Great Unwashed, Moon Duo and Karen Dalton (singing Fred Neil). The whole magazine is an embarrassment of riches, and it’s tough to actually call it a magazine as it’s a nearly 200 pg perfect bound full color book. A far cry from the old black and white zine days. Filled to the brim with art, comics, photography, essays, interviews etc, including musical highlights like a collection of vintage New Zealand concert posters and an oral history of Codeine. Pick up your copy here, cheap at any cost!
For more information on the Acute release, free downloads and information on purchasing the digital edition, see here.
In other news, sorry for the radio silence. Quietly and slowly working on some new (old) releases. If you really miss hearing from me, you can check out my tumblr, Danecdotes, with plenty of Acute-friendly material. I’ll be back soon with some more Viva playlists and to tell you about how fantastic Vic Varney from the Method Actors recent material is. Until then, that copy of Yeti should help you bide your time.
Sorry there hasn’t been an update in a while. In Acute land, glad to see The Trypes’ Music For Neighbors show up in quite a few best of/year end lists. There are a few still secret (and maybe not so secret) Acute releases forthcoming, but as those efforts move forward, I’ve been distracted by some other projects. For instance, I’ve decided to take on more freelance design work, particularly in the music/media packaging world. If you’ve ever seen an Acute CD or LP, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t or you don’t, I’ve got a partial portfolio page here. Let me know if you need any help in the design and print-production worlds.
Speaking of printing, I’ve also been working on setting up my letterperss print-shop, Sheffield Product (real website soon.) If you’ve seen the aforementioned Trypes LP, you’ve seen the results of that process. You may have also seen it in such places as The Electric Information Age Album from Inventory Books/Project Projects (printed with Haven Press), the limited letterpress edition of Franklin Bruno/The Human Hearts last release Another, Tropical Jeremy’s Electronics in Meta Africa mix CD on Lectric Sands and some of your friends business cards and wedding invitations. Also printing stuff like the above Joy Division themed poster, which I’m selling on Etsy.
I’ve also been working on my own music, which I’ve been posting to Soundcloud under the name New York Endless. As the name may suggest, my tracks have more to do with melodic krauty techno sounds with heavy new wave and italo by way of detroit filtering than what would fit on a label such as Acute, though there’s a few mixes on there that are definitely Acute friendly. Please check them out. Hopefully more soon.
But while there genuinely is some Acute stuff going on slowly, I feel OK about the general landscape of reissue land. I had intended to write another big post about all the great reissues that were coming out, but that was weeks and months ago, so I’ll just briefly mention such awesome stuff as Superior Viaduct‘s Factrix and Noh Mercy releases which are soon to be joined by such long-needed faves as 100 Flowers and Monitor.
Also wanted to talk about Fame, Jon Savage’s Secret History of Post-Punk, out from our good friends Caroline True Records and featuring Acute hook-ups The Method Actors and The Prefects along with such favorites as Pere Ubu, Mars, Kleenex, Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Thomas Leer and Robert Rental, Rema Rema, etc etc.
Then there is the hottest label of the year, Blackest Ever Black, who killed it with the 1-2 reissue punch of releasing the first vinyl edition of the Flaming Tunes cassette, which I wrote about at length when it was first on CD, and the beautiful Black Rain release, featuring atmospheric cyberpunk soundtrack work from Ike Yard’s very own Stuart Argabright. Speaking of Ike Yard, their Factory LP got the vinyl reissue treatment from France’s Desire records, which got so much attention you’d hardly even remember it was previously reissued on an awesome CD compilation featuring tons of other great tracks.
Unseen World’s reissue of Laurie Spiegel’s The Expanding Worlds is in my top 5 releases of the year.
Durutti Column’s Short Stories for Pauline, Sensations Fix on RVNG, Peter Zummo’s Zummo With an X, Michael Nyman’s first record, The Dead C’s Harsh 70s Reality, F. J. McMahon, Can’s The Lost Tapes (which I didn’t really get into. Yet)
Medical Records, Dark Entries, Vinyl on Demand, the reissue world is not a lonely one. That David Kilgour record I should probably check out. And speaking of…Capture Tracks about to repress tons of Flying Nun stuff. I shockingly have NO early Chills vinyl, and am praying for The Gordons. Sorry I couldn’t do all these releases justice, but I thought it worth mentioning. I liked some new records this year too. Regal Degal, Django Django, Pye Corner Audio, Wet Hair and Grimes were a few new records that got listened to this year.
So here’s to 2013. Happy New Years. Get a flu shot and see you around.
Another new Viva show so soon! Up now, just click on aforementioned link and select “Flaming Desire” from the pulldown. In quickie non-viva news, for those in the NY area, I am djing tomorrow (friday the 7th) in the Bedford back-room at the Touchy-Feely party. Facebook details here.
1. It’s Immaterial – The Worm Turns
2. Kissing the Pink – Mr. Blunt
3. XTC – Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her, Kiss Her
4. Frida – I Know There’s Something Going On
5. Fuego – Misa Criolla
6. Kevin Harrison – Fly
7. Prince Rama – Those Who Live For Love Will Live Forever
8. Bill Nelson – Flaming Desire
9. The Bilders – Alligator Song
10. Robyn Hitchcock – Listening to the Higsons
11. The Go-Betweens – A Bad Debt Follows You
12. Able Tasmans – The Theory of Continual Disappointment
13. The Chills – Pink Frost
14. The House of Love – Happy
15. The Durutti Column – Jaqueline
16. Robert Wyatt – At Last I Am Free
I’ve got a new Viva show. Airing tuesday at 1pm. If you miss it, or I’m wrong about when it’s airing, it will be in the archives. That’s how I started my last post about my last Viva show, which also started with Pye Corner Audio. Sorry I’ve been slacking on this blog and on Viva, a lot going on these days. Have some ideas for some blog posts that I just haven’t gotten around to. Some Acute releases. Other news. But for now, some sounds.
Tomorrow is Already Here
1. Pye Corner Audio – Sleep Games
2. Beak> – Said It All
3. Stereolab – Tomorrow is Already Here
4. Sam Willis – Weird Science
5. Broadcast – Sixty Forty
6. Pink Industry – Don’t Let Go
7. Tropic of Cancer – Be Brave (Richard H. Kirk Mix)
8. Gist – Clean Bridges
9. Walter Jones – Made in Holland
10. Some Bizarre – Don’t Be Affraid
11. Forma – FORMA339/333
12. Grimes – Oblivian
13. Luke Abbott – 2nd 5th Heavy
I’ve got a new Viva show. Airing tuesday at 1pm. If you miss it, or I’m wrong about when it’s airing, it will be in the archives.
1. Pye Corner Audio – We Have Visitors
2. Grimes – Caladan
3. Stratus – Beneath the Wheel
4. Luke Abbott – Hand Drawn Maps
5. Psychemagik – Persian Rub
6. F.C. Judd – Automation
7. Roman Flugel – Krautus
8. Bill Nelson – Hope for the Heartbeat
9. Listening Center – New Narratives
10. Rins Thomas – Attiatte
11. Francis Bebey – Afrique Secours
12. Laurie Spiegel – A Folk Study
13. Tod Dockstader – Bottle Dervish
14. Beak> – Liar
15. Chevalier Avant Garde – Blue Plate
16. The Knife – This Is Now
17. Todd Terje – Swing Star, Pt. 1