THE LINES – hull down – OUT NOW

All Posts,New Music,Old Music — Dan on May 16, 2016 at 11:22 pm

TheLines_hulldown_500px

 

As of this past friday, “hull down” by The Lines is available to purchase on LP or via digital, stream digital and soon on CD as well in limited quantities. I don’t need to go on and on about how cool this record is, about how surprising a mix of post-punk, new wave, krautrock, dub, electronics, acoustics, songwriting, tape-editing it is. I do want to share some more info about it from others, and maybe say a thing or two about it.

First, make sure you check out Rico’s blog Rico’s Reel where the latest post is a track by track run down of the LP with insights into the history and production of the material. Especially good reading for the gear nerds our there.

Second, make sure you tune into dublab this Wednesday, May 18th at 10am when Rico will join Ale (Alejandro Cohen of Languis, Pharaos and Psychic Powers) on the air. Interview? DJ? Talk Radio? Not sure but looking forward to it!

Third, there’s been some kind words written online that are worth checking out, like this review from Loud and Quiet, Tim Gabriele’s short but sweet write-up here, this extensive article with contributions from Rico at Cold War Night Life, Red Bull Music Academy’s interview going deeper into Rico’s 80s productions, or Andy Kellman’s review on Allmusic comparing hull down to Cabaret Voltaire and On-U sound and giving me official commendation for my work with Acute, which I initially read as condemnation.

Finally, just wanted to give a tiny bit of background about this release from our perspective. One of the most fun things about doing a reissue label is when you begin discussing reissuing a favorite artists recordings and they tell you they’ve got some unreleased stuff and would you like to hear that as well? I’m really proud of the various bonus-tracks and previously unreleased material that has been strewn throughout the small Acute catalog and this is another fantastic example.

I first got in touch with Rico as far back as 2003, around the time of our first releases. It took 5 years to get our Lines CDs out (Memory Span compiling the singles and Flood Bank the LPs for those not keeping track). At some point during that Rico first mentioned these tracks, sometimes referred to as just “the 1983 album”. Of course I was beyond excited to get to hear this stuff and when I finally did…what can I say, it blew me away.

It was clearly the Lines, many of the trademarks that made the singles and LPs so great, but was a clear development from that material, which only made sense as they were always moving forward. And it isn’t just a single direction but represented exploration in several directions, some of their most experimental music and some of their catchiest songs. Some of it exciting in it’s rawness and immediacy, some of it shocking in it’s sublime beauty. It was a no-brainer, Acute definitely wanted to release this, perhaps not long after the initial 2 CDs, so sometime around 2010?

Well things don’t always work out as planned. Rico found the time to get back to it and put it shape, then Acute got a bit quiet and continued it’s uniquely deliberate and thoughtful pace (read: slow). By the time we jumped on the lucrative and forward-thinking vinyl bandwagon hull down was definitely gonna be. By then still only a few people had even heard the material. A few friends and special fans of the band had the chance to preview it and of course were blown away. But as before, life and laziness gets in the way and for various reasons I decided it was time to put Acute Records to rest. But not before at least one last release, something that we had long been hoping to do and promising to do. Being that it’s an extension of 2 CDs that were GREAT Acute CDs from back then and being a great collection of unheard stuff really made it seem like an ideal and appropriate way to go out. All this essentially being written to say….sorry it took so long!

COMING SOON FROM THE LINES

All Posts — Dan on April 6, 2016 at 10:02 am

Jo tensai-1

 

Happy to announce the premier of hull down by The Lines, Acute’s latest release. I know it’s been a while, this site and the label have been pretty quiet, and this release has been long in the making. I know a new release from Acute is always super exciting news, but it’s even more exciting when you realize this isn’t your every-day reissue…in fact it’s not a reissue at all.

The Lines started recording the music on hull down after the release of their second and final LP but none of it was ever released. Tweaks were made over the years and perhaps the interested generated by Acute’s FANTASTIC archival releases of The Lines singles and EPs on Memory Span and LPs on Flood Bank helped inspire the band to dust off the old tapes, blend some bits together and come up with what technically is a new/first release of some cool music. It’s a really unique record that shows the band exploring sonically and structurally, from spliced krautrock post-punk to new wave funk to The Lines signature atmospheric ballads and surely has something for everyone. It even has a Tensai Rhythm Machine, as pictured above.

This release will be available soon on vinyl with a limited run of CDs. Check out the release page here which will be updated with further samples and ordering information when available and make sure you follow The Lines on Facebook for more information. In the meantime, check out the first “single”, Single Engine Duster:

THE LINES – hull down

— Dan on April 3, 2016 at 1:15 pm

TheLines_hulldown_500px

The Lines
hull down

Available to purchse on vinyl and limited CDs via Carpark Records here.

Acute Records is elated to bring you new music from U.K. post-punk and proto-new wave pioneers The Lines in the form of hull down, a “lost” album of sorts. After the release of their cult-classic singles, EPs and LPs (compiled on Acute’s Memory Span and Flood Bank releases,) The Lines continued to record, first in a series of home experiments and then in William Orbit’s Guerilla Studios. Unfortunately these recordings were never finalized as band members began to drift apart.
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Rico Conning continued working at Guerilla, spending the better part of the 80s engineering and remixing such artists as Wire, Coil, Renegade Soundwave, Depeche Mode and many others of your favorite bands, often in collaboration with Mute’s Daniel Miller.

Some of the skills utilized on those era-defining records are prefigured in the more dance-oriented selections on hull down, such as the new wave grooves of “Single Engine Duster” and “Raffle” or the vocoder electro-funk of “Where in the World,” These tracks marry drum machine programming with classic post-punk textures in a way not dissimilar to other artists making the post-punk to dancefloor transition circa 1983. Songs like “Flat Feet” and “Archway” recall the atmospheric post-punk dub of their prior LPs, but with a decidedly more electronic sheen. Other compositions include instrumental experiments exploring cross-sections between home-recorded DIY post-punk and sequencer rhythms. 

Over 20 years after these sessions, the original cassette tapes were dusted off and different incarnations have been blended or cross-faded to create a version of what might’ve been a third LP, an alternate 80s where The Lines continued developing and exploring.

Selected tracks from the record:

To experience the full story of The Lines, make sure you check out Acute’s single’s and EP (and outtakes!) collection, Memory Span and the LP collection Flood Bank. Both of the pages for those releases feature additional unreleased songs as well as photos and other ephemera.

Follow The Lines on Facebook and make sure you check out Rico’s Reel to read Rico blogging his amazing career in audio including every Lines track.

RVNG FRKWYS VOL 5: MIRROR MIRROR RE: IKE YARD/THE LINES

All Posts — Dan on March 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Just wanted to spread the word about another label’s project that is tangentially related to Acute Records. RVNG are old friends of ours who have been straddling several awesome sound worlds for a few years now. Due to their insistence on an eclecticism based on quality and interest rather then an easily definable sound and brand (though unified by excellent and inventive graphic design and production), they have quietly been making waves in many corners and scenes and when possible, drawing connections. Their earliest releases included a series of DJ mixes that were well ahead of their time. The 4th of these was RVNG PRSNTS MX4 FEAT. CRAZY RHYTHMS, Crazy Rhythms being the pioneering and unheralded DJ duo of Mike Simonetti from Italians Do It Better and myself, from Acute Records and this blog.

After a few years of mixes and edits RVNG graduated to original music by favorites such as Regal Degal, the occasional exciting krautrock synth reissue like the recent Harald Grosskopf release and the fascinating and labor-intensive FRKWYS series.

FRKWYS is RVNG’s idea of marrying some of today’s young ‘uns with pioneers, influences and likeminded thinkers of previous generations, all packaged in beautiful thick sleeves with wraparound Folkways style packaging. The first release saw Excepter mixed and reworked by Chris and Cosey, JG Thirwell (Foetus) and Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto. The next volume was a collaboration between Alexis of ARP, The Alps (and Tussle once upon a time) and Anthony Moore of Slapp Happy and several fantastic minimalist and/or new wave art rock albums from the 70s and on. The last volume was Psychic Ills meeting Hans Joachim Irmler of Faust, Juan Atkins and Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers.

All great stuff, but the latest volume found me pitching in on a virtual brainstorm session with the RVNG staff. They were going to be working with Mirror Mirror, one of the new bands I find really fascinating these days. I couldn’t really define what I like about them, but there was a sort of dark baroque glam art-rock vibe I really appreciated. I’m not sure how it came down to this, but with a tiny bit of suggestion, RVNG ended up pairing them with some Acute favorites coincidentally and some Acute artists. So FRKWYS VOL. 5: MIRROR MIRROR finds the band being remixed by  Stuart Moxham of Young Marble Giants and the Gist, Alig Fodder of Family Fodder (both favorites here!) and more relevantly, Stuart Argabright from Ike Yard (and Death Comet Crew, Voodooists, etc) and Rico Conning of the Lines.

Stuart and Rico have both been busy for all the years since the material we’ve released on Acute, in a wide range of settings in front and behind the scenes, but this pairing is a great way to cross generational and scene boundaries and to hear the magic alchemy of marrying the spark of youth with the wisdom of experience. Check out samples of all 4 mixes, and all the other great releases on RVNG here.

 

THE LINES – FLOOD BANK

— Dan on March 9, 2010 at 2:47 am

The Lines
Flood Bank

iTunes (USA Customers only)
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Acute Records couldn’t be more proud than to announce the release of our 11th CD, and our 2nd by The Lines, Flood Bank. With our previous critically acclaimed compilation Memory Span, we introduced (and reminded) music fans of a truly fantastic band of the post-punk era. While Memory Span compiled their singles and EPs, Flood Bank contains the band’s two LPs, Therapy and Ultramarine.

When listening to Memory Span, you can hear a progression as the band develops their songwriting and production. On these LPs, while the songwriting is as strong as anything on Memory Span, you hear the results of their further explorations in sound, production and process. One key change was, as singer/guitarist/trombonist Rico says in one of two vintage interviews included in the liner notes, “What’s happened is the focus has gone from me as song-writer and focal point. Now songs start as a rhythm and Joe and Nick, then me and Mick overdub melody and noise.” This results in music with an acute sense of atmosphere and rhythm, a sublime sense of space with a refined subtletly. However dig just below the surface and many of the qualities that made Memory Span such a hit remain; infectious melodies, angsty guitar, funky rhythms, and songs that will get into your brain and stay there.

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Airlift
[audio:http://www.acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU011/TheLines_Airlift.mp3]

control-click to download

I love so many things about this song, it’s pace, the sound, and note in the chorus they recycle a melody from False Alarm, one of the great tracks from the Cool Snap EP that appears on Memory Span. I guess it’s just so good that it deserved another life!

The Lines didn’t just experiment with the production of these LPs, but with the songwriting—angsty post-punk numbers, punk-funk grooves,  instrumental exercises in noise, and even a few beautiful ballads. I wanted to preview one of them here but it was hard to chose, they’re all favorites of mine.

The Landing
[audio:http://www.acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU011/TheLines_TheLanding.mp3]

control-click to download

And just so you don’t think Flood Bank is totally melancholy, there’s a few tracks that will put the angst in your pants as well as anything…

Have a Heart
[audio:http://www.acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU011/TheLines_HaveAHeart.mp3]

control-click to download

And that’s just 3 of 16 songs, an hour and 15 minutes of music. In compiling Flood Bank, we spliced the two LPs together to create what we think is a more listenable CD. Of course the original tracklisting was chosen to suit both sides of two LPs, but since this was going to be one very long CD, we felt it would flow better and create a different experience if we scrambled it up this way. In this day of iTunes and iPods and CD-rs, you can always change the tracklisting back to reflect the original LPs.

If you own both Memory Span and Flood Bank you will have the complete recorded output of the Lines except for 1 song. The original vinyl release of Ultramarine ended with a song called Respit, a backwards version of the first song on the album, Stripe. However, combining both LPs would’ve been to long to put on 1 CD, so we had to cut a song. Here it is.

Respite
[audio:http://www.acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU011/TheLines_Respit.mp3]

control-click to download

And there you have it. I’m really excited about this. When we released Memory Span last May, I talked a lot about how the music of The Lines takes a while to grab people’s attention, but when it does it never lets go. Sure enough, in addition to the small cult of fans who’d been waiting years for the CD, new fans have been taking to it like a long-lost family member. I don’t know if that metaphor really works, but you get the idea. And here we are now, presenting a follow up where the music is perhaps even more subtle and mysterious, and maybe more rewarding. Hope you dig it.

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ORIGINAL SLEEVES

THE LINES – MEMORY SPAN

— Dan on March 8, 2010 at 7:37 am

The Lines
Memory Span

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Between 1978 and 1983, The Lines released 5 singles, 1 EP and 2 LPs to mixed reviews and little sales. One reviewer at the time noted that “The stumbling block for instant accolades seems to be the puzzling paradox that these are lasting pieces of work which require several listens before they finally take root in your soul.” Sure enough, anybody who’s spent enough time with these records has developed a cult-like devotion to The Lines. Over the years, these few records have become rare and expensive collector’s items and have never been released on CD until now.Acute’s first Lines reissue “Memory Span” represents 5 years in the growth of one of the most interesting bands of the era. Their music evolved from skeletal and taut post-punk scorchers to atmospherically recorded dubbed out bliss. The singles possess an angular and melodic thoughtfulness and precision that bring to mind Wire, Joy Division, the Feelies or Mission of Burma. Included are the seminal cult-classic power-pop/punk first single, “White Night”, it’s more taut and post-punk follow-up, “On the Air” 7″, the Cool Snap! EP(a desert-island disc to Chuck Warner of Messthetics), the more atmospheric and new wave Nerve Pylon and Transit singles, the rare final 12″ House of Cracks/Old Town and 2 early unreleased tracks.

Although they played shows with bands like The Cure, Bauhaus, The Sound and Birthday Party, and featured members of prag Vec and Alternative TV, they were never part of any scene. They never toured and rarely spoke to the press. For 5 years they rehearsed, performed and recorded to little acclaim, leaving only 8 releases on vinyl. While unappreciated in their time, they perfectly encapsulate the best qualities of the era: angst-ridden angularity, danceable catchiness, sublime dub-influenced atmospherics, sonic experimentation and killer hooks, with an unrivalled consistency.

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Selected tracks from the CD:

2Split Seconds

[audio:http://acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU010/TheLines_TwoSplitSeconds.mp3]

Nerve Pylon

[audio:http://acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU010/TheLines_NervePylon.mp3]

Unreleased web-only downloads, notes by Rico Conning:

Hamilton Park

[audio:http://acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU010/TheLines_HamiltonPark.mp3]
The earliest existing Lines recording, from around spring/summer ’77. Obviously we were basically copying Can, and trying to show our new pal Hywel Philips what kind of music we were into, and you can hear him trying to shed some of his west coast stylings and go along with us. This was recorded in my bedsit room in Hamilton Park, Highbury..

Rituals of the House

[audio:http://acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU010/TheLines_RitualsOfTheHouse.mp3]
This is a compilation of different jams recorded at the “House of Cracks” which was 2 adjoining crumbling houses in Stoke Newington that me and Jo and Mossop roomed in circa 1978-81. Long before the days of crack cocaine, “Cracks” referred to the physical state of the building and the mental state of the occupants. Some of this material was released on a cassette-only compilation called “Hot Club of London” in 1980.

Don’t Need Surgery (First Peel Session)

[audio:http://acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU010/TheLines_DontNeedSurgery_Peel1.mp3]
Recorded January 1980 at the BBC studios in Maida Vale. Mick Linehan hadn’t been with us long but he was already well up to speed. Also, we got to stick our noses in the Radiophonic Workshop.

On the Air (Alaska Demo)

[audio:http://acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU010/TheLines_OnTheAir_Alaska.mp3]
By the time we recorded the “Alaska” demo we were pretty well rehearsed so we took the opportunity to throw down another version of this song. We were still thinking that “Cool Snap” might be a whole album…

Nerve Pylon (Alaska Demo)

[audio:http://acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU010/TheLines_NervePylon_Alaska.mp3]
I actually prefer this version to the later one because it’s slower and more relaxed. Plus it has that funky jaw harp.

Study #4

[audio:http://acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU010/TheLines_Study4.mp3]
A guitar solo with drum machine recorded by me during the Nerve Pylon session at the Barge Studio. Originally part of some incidental music done for a student theatrical production, the details of which I remember nothing.

Radiobass

[audio:http://acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU010/TheLines_Radiobass.mp3]
A compilation of bass guitar solos with drum machine, recorded by Jo on his ghetto blaster circa 1980-82. I still plan to remaster the complete work at some point.

Transit (Second Peel Session)

[audio:http://acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU010/TheLines_Transit_Peel2.mp3]
Recorded at the BBC’s Regent Street studio, January 1981. I subsequently rewrote the song for the single release, somewhat controversial at the time amongst the Lines fraternity.

Cat Bug Jeep

[audio:http://acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU010/TheLines_CatBugJeep.mp3]
This was recorded for a cassette compilation, the details of which I forget, but we took the opportunity to record several tracks that day. At the time we were figuring out how “Ultramarine” was going to sound, and experimenting with some different miking and recording techniques.

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PHOTOS

EPHEMERA

SINGLES AND EPs

LINKS

THE LINES LIVE IN LONDON!

All Posts — Dan on February 2, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Good thing there’s enough exciting news to support my new One Post Per Day in 2010 policy. Sorry I got off to a late start. Just kidding, I won’t be blogging daily, but I created an Acute Records fan page on facebook so you should join that for perhaps more regular if frivolous updates.

Not at all frivolous, news has just come down that the Lines are going to be playing again! Secretly, most of the band from the classic line-up which gave us the material presented on the Memory Span and Flood Bank compilations (still available!) have been meeting in London and rehearsing. There may have even been a secret show under the radar. With this upcoming show they’ve made the mistake of letting me know about it before-hand, so I’m going to do what I can to spread the word around the world! Now considering I’m generally capable of getting an average of 3-8 people to come to my own DJ events in New York City, there’s no telling what promotional power I have across the Atlantic. Will I be able to incite hordes of UK post-punk-era music enthusiasts to check it out?

They are playing at a place called Bull and Gate, once home of Stump. Also playing are Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and Jowe Head and ye Demi-Monde. Jowe Head of course was an original member of the Swell Maps and later joined the Television Personalities. Among other projects, he had a great band called the Palookas whose records were often produced by Rico of the Lines.

Hard to contain my excitement abount this. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing not just their unreleased material from various parts of the 80s, some of which will be coming from Acute soon enough, but material written as recently as the last few months, and all I can say is…it’s the same but different, it’s clearly the Lines and is totally fantastic. So I have no idea what you’d get with The Lines live in 2010…whether a hit parade of Lines classics on Acute or Faust Tapes style experiments or something in between. Can’t wait to hear more and maybe even get them over the states sometime.

Some details:

The Lines
Jowe Head and ye Demi-Monde
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Bull & Gate, 389, Kentish Town Rd, London, NW5 2TJ
Sunday, February 7, 2010
8-11pm
£5

Facebook event page.

Listing information from Bull & Gate:

The Lines
Post-punk legends The Lines performed and recorded in the late 70s and early 80s, but never truly broke-up. Sessions continued through the 80s, which will see the light of day soon, and now, many years after their last show, they are playing together again.

Jowe Head & The Demi-Monde
Head was a founder member of the legendary Swell Maps and went on to join the Television Personalities. He is backed by a new band called The Demi-Monde for an ambitious new album called “Diabolical Liberties”. The sound is psychedelic, using electronic and acoustic instruments, with a european folk influence plus indian and moorish elements.

Valerie & Her Week of Wonders
“Three years ago I started writing little lullabies for my animals… and then the diabolical Jowe Head arrived, and a band of merry corruptors joined with him to twist and torture and turn them into the dulcet pop soundtrack of my child’s heart breaking.”

THE LINES UPDATE

All Posts,mp3,Old Music,Radio — Dan on February 25, 2009 at 12:14 pm

The Lines are back! I’m excited to report that The Lines have been rehearsing again for the first time in many years. They hope to play some shows and record some music. I’ll do my best to keep you informed here on this blog, but the best way to follow them would be to check out their myspace page here. We’ll be adding more press and information and the guys will be be posting to the blog with announcements, such as this one…

Resonance Radio appearance

Dear best friends,

we have been cordially invited to join Mr Ambrosia Rasputin on his wednesday evening, wireless show. Show starts at 9.pm so make sure your generators are fully wound and batteries loaded. We will play some of our recorded music, which has not been heard since the mid – 1980s and then, only by a minute portion of the conescenti. We will also play music by other artistes, and although there will only be three of us: Rico; Michael and Nick, we aim to perform live, making it up on the spur as it were. Resonance Radio 104.4 Fm

So definitely tune in tonight, 9pm UK time, to Resonance Radio 104.4 Fm in London, or online here.

Meanwhile, accolades for Flood Bank continue to pour in. Check out Andy Kellman’s 8/10 review at allmusicguide, an extensive 8/10 review by Timothy Gabriele for PopMatters, and Kris Need’s 4 star review for Record Collector in which he states The Lines are “Monstrously ahead of their time”. Extra thanks to Kris for letting us use his 1981 interview with the band from Zig Zag magazine in the liner-notes for Flood Bank. Both Lines releases got a mention in Simon Reynold’s ‘Year in Reissues’ feature for The Wire’s 2008 Rewind issue, where Flood Bank was also listed in the Office Ambience chart.

Also make sure you check out the January 2009 issue of Dazed and Confused magazine for a great 4 page feature on the band with some more of Martin Mossop’s photography. Great article, but features the glaring mistake of calling Acute a “Brooklyn” label. I know Brooklyn is the hippest place on earth, but technically we are based in DC and the slightly less hip borough of Queens. Gotta represent!

What can we expect in the future? Hopefully some live shows and new music and in the meantime, they’ve been going through the archives and digging out more old stuff, unreleased stuff better than most bands released stuff, I assure you! More info about that soon!

THE LINES’ FLOOD BANK CD OUT NOW!

All Posts,Old Music — Dan on November 3, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Acute Records couldn’t be more proud than to announce the release of our 11th CD, and our 2nd by The Lines, Flood Bank. With our previous critically acclaimed compilation Memory Span, we introduced (and reminded) music fans of a truly fantastic band of the post-punk era. While Memory Span compiled their singles and EPs, Flood Bank contains the band’s two LPs, Therapy and Ultramarine.


Therapy released October 1981


Ultramarine released March, 1983

When listening to Memory Span, you can hear a progression as the band develops their songwriting and production. On these LPs, while the songwriting is as strong as anything on Memory Span, you hear the results of their further explorations in sound, production and process. One key change was, as singer/guitarist/trombonist Rico says in one of two vintage interviews included in the liner notes, “What’s happened is the focus has gone from me as song-writer and focal point. Now songs start as a rhythm and Joe and Nick, then me and Mick overdub melody and noise.” This results in music with an acute sense of atmosphere and rhythm, a sublime sense of space with a refined subtletly. However dig just below the surface and many of the qualities that made Memory Span such a hit remain; infectious melodies, angsty guitar, funky rhythms, and songs that will get into your brain and stay there.

The development from and comparison to the earlier material couldn’t be more clear then on the first song we’re sharing from Flood Bank, Airlift.

Airlift
[audio:http://acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU011/TheLines_Airlift.mp3]
control-click to download

I love so many things about this song, it’s pace, the sound, and note in the chorus they recycle a melody from False Alarm, one of the great tracks from the Cool Snap EP that appears on Memory Span. I guess it’s just so good that it deserved another life!

The Lines didn’t just experiment with the production of these LPs, but with the songwriting—angsty post-punk numbers, punk-funk grooves,  instrumental exercises in noise, and even a few beautiful ballads. I wanted to preview one of them here but it was hard to chose, they’re all favorites of mine.

The Landing
[audio:http://acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU011/TheLines_TheLanding.mp3]
control-click to download

And just so you don’t think Flood Bank is totally melancholy, there’s a few tracks that will put the angst in your pants as well as anything…

Have a Heart
[audio:http://acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU011/TheLines_HaveAHeart.mp3]
control-click to download

And that’s just 3 of 16 songs, an hour and 15 minutes of music. In compiling Flood Bank, we spliced the two LPs together to create what we think is a more listenable CD. Of course the original tracklisting was chosen to suit both sides of two LPs, but since this was going to be one very long CD, we felt it would flow better and create a different experience if we scrambled it up this way. In this day of iTunes and iPods and CD-rs, you can always change the tracklisting back to reflect the original LPs.

If you own both Memory Span and Flood Bank you will have the complete recorded output of the Lines except for 1 song. The original vinyl release of Ultramarine ended with a song called Respit, a backwards version of the first song on the album, Stripe. However, combining both LPs would’ve been to long to put on 1 CD, so we had to cut a song. Here it is.

Respite
[audio:http://acuterecords.com/sounds/ACU011/TheLines_Respit.mp3]
control-click to download

And there you have it. I’m really excited about this. When we released Memory Span last May, I talked a lot about how the music of The Lines takes a while to grab people’s attention, but when it does it never lets go. Sure enough, in addition to the small cult of fans who’d been waiting years for the CD, new fans have been taking to it like a long-lost family member. I don’t know if that metaphor really works, but you get the idea. And here we are now, presenting a follow up where the music is perhaps even more subtle and mysterious, and maybe more rewarding. Hope you dig it.

We’ll have a web-page for the release soon, in the meantime you can buy it the following ways:

iTunes (USA Customers only)
$11 + shipping in the USA: Add to Cart
$12 + shipping in Canada/Mexico: Add to Cart
$14 + shipping, rest of the world: Add to Cart

DAZZLE SHIPS—THE LINES RELEASE PARTY

All Posts,event,Old Music — Dan on June 16, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Dazzle ships is back, after last months amazing Arthur Russell movie after-party. This time we’re doing a little CD release party for Memory Span by The Lines, which I’m sure you know all about, because you’ve been reading this blog. Jeremy and I will be joined by dj Ray Velasquez and we’ll be playing some post-punk funk, new wave dub, and all kinds of sounds from the era. The Lines stood on their own and were defiantly not part of any specific scene, but we’ll play some likeminded sounds, some influences and followers, some peers and bands they shared the bill with, and mostly, some more music by The Lines. For more information, see the flyer below and check out the event page on Facebook.

Start Time: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 9:00pm
End Time: Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 1:00am
Location: Heather’s Bar
Street: 506 East 13th St.
City/Town: New York, NY

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