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.
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