Bender in NYC March 26 2017
If you're in New York, check out these three shows by the inimitable John Bender.
Photo by Lichtwaas.
Just Announced: The Pin Group March 06 2017
New Zealand's Pin Group emerged out of the early '80s Christchurch scene and, with just two stunning singles and one brilliant five-song EP, have become an archetype for nearly all indie bands ever since.
Ambivalence was not only The Pin Group's hypnotic debut, but also the very first release on Flying Nun. While guitarist Roy Montgomery, bassist Ross Humphries and drummer Peter Stapleton build off each other's jittery riffs, Montgomery's uncanny baritone pierces the torrential clangor. Conjuring both Wire's Chairs Missing and VU's White Light/White Heat, the band captures a truly unique sound – evocative, yet austere.
Wasting little time, The Pin Group released Coat in November 1981, merely two months after their first single. On the title track, Humphries' distant vocals call out as tense rhythms gradually push listeners over the edge. B-side track "Jim" could easily have been recorded in Manchester circa 1979, but remains a master class in NZ post-punk atmospherics, menacing from start to finish.
The Pin Group went back into the studio in January 1982 to record their third and final classic release. Featuring an expanded five-piece lineup with Mary Heney on guitar/vocals and Peter Fryer on viola, Go To Town is a work of taut perfection. Showcasing the band's dramatic chiaroscuro textures and arresting lyrics, "Long Night" and "When I Tell You" make staggeringly clear how much sonic ground The Pin Group covered in their unfortunately short tenure.
These first-time standalone reissues, featuring Ronnie van Hout's original sleeve designs, are pressed on color vinyl and limited to 1,000 copies each. The 12" includes liner notes by Liz Harris. Now is the time to discover again the monochrome magnetism of this unparalleled and legendary band.
March Madness February 10 2017
In addition to the five limited edition LPs coming out on États-Unis, we'e releasing four more incredible records in late March.
Ending our Bert Jansch series, we have Birthday Blues and Rosemary Lane – two hidden gems in Jansch's classic Transatlantic catalogue. Then we dive further into the American minimalist tradition with Jon Gibson's Two Solo Pieces and Arnold Dreyblatt's Propellers In Love.
Now Shipping: Ennio Morricone February 03 2017
Shipping this week, we have the first-time vinyl reissue of classic 1972 soundtrack Un Uomo Da Rispettare from maestro Ennio Morricone. Variations of noir-jazz abstraction frame the composer's grand vision, while dissonant chords and angular arrangements recall his work with Gruppo Nuova Consonanza.
First 500 copies on color vinyl (mail-order exclusive).
États-Unis January 27 2017
After a long time in the making ... Superior Viaduct finally unveils the sub-label États-Unis, focusing on unconventional sounds from truly unique artists. The first set in the series comes out on April 7th and features German post-punk (Die Tödliche Doris), Fluxus (Joe Jones), a glimpse into the legendary LAFMS catalogue (Le Forte Four), early electronic music (Tod Dockstader) and San Francisco sound artists from the late 1950s (Highlights Of Vortex).
Each album pressed in a limited edition of 500 numbered copies on clear vinyl.
Now Shipping: Jack Orion and Intents And Purposes January 20 2017
Jack Orion, originally released on Transatlantic in 1966, features Jansch along with guitarist John Renbourn. The perfect entry point into Jansch's brilliant catalogue.
1967's Intents And Purposes remains not only Dixon's defining statement as a composer, but also one of the most luminous moments in the history of avant-garde jazz.
Now Shipping: Plaster Falling December 09 2016
John Bender's second album from 1981 is a minimal-synth tour de force. Setting bright analogue melodies against half-whispered vocals, Plaster Falling expands the lo-fi chromatic hues found on Bender's debut.
This first-time standalone reissue is pressed on translucent blue vinyl in a numbered edition of 1,000 copies.
Cyber Monday 2016 November 27 2016
It's the perfect time to catch up on our past releases. (Sorry, discount does not apply to pre-orders.)
Simply apply discount code CyberMonday2016 during check-out.
Offer ends November 28th at midnight, Pacific time.
Now Shipping: TKP single and Fall LPs November 18 2016
Hitting stores on Black Friday! An archival single by New Zealand legends This Kind Of Punishment. The previously unreleased Radio Silence was recorded in 1984 and reflects this seminal band's unique alchemy of poignant melody and four-track claustrophobia. Pressed on limited edition color vinyl, these will go fast!
Also shipping this week, we have the next titles in our Fall reissue series. If there even could be a masterpiece in The Fall's expansive and unique catalogue, it would be Hex Enduction Hour. Collecting their most experimental and improvisational recordings, Room To Live is built on Mark E. Smith's by-now characteristic dressing-downs of square life. This is the first time that both albums are available on vinyl domestically since 1982.
Now Shipping: It Don't Bother Me and A Taste Of DNA November 11 2016
It Don't Bother Me shimmers with poetic lyrics and brilliant fingerpicking. This first-time domestic release is remastered from the original master tapes and features liner notes by Richie Unterberger. Essential British folk LP that belongs next to John Martyn, Roy Harper and Nick Drake in every record collection.
A Taste Of DNA is thee classic No Wave EP. Featuring Arto Lindsay, Tim Wright and Ikue Mori, this first-time vinyl reissue includes notes by Marc Masters and is recommended for fans of The Contortions' Buy and Red Crayola's The Parable Of Arable Land.
Just Announced: Autumn Releases (Part 2) November 04 2016
Closing out 2016, we proudly offer releases by This Kind Of Punishment, Ennio Morricone, John Bender and Bill Dixon – four unique artists that reflect different aspects of why Superior Viaduct exists in the first place.
Thanks for following our crazy path these last five years! We promise that next year will be even crazier.
Now Shipping: Forever Came Today LP October 14 2016
The Flesh Eaters' third full-length album was originally released on Ruby Records in 1982.
Forever Came Today reverberates with bluesy primeval swagger and Chris D's heart-wrenching vocals.
This first-time vinyl reissue is highly recommended for fans of X and The Gun Club.
Now Shipping: Grotesque October 07 2016
Our reissue campaign of The Fall's early records continues with their third full-length album.
Grotesque (After The Gramme), their first LP on Rough Trade, holds an unshakable position in the band's canon. Produced by Mayo Thompson from Red Krayola and with cover artwork by Suzanne Smith.
First time available on vinyl in the US since its initial 1980 release.
Just Announced: Autumn Releases (Part 1) October 01 2016
Plus, we'll have a few Summer titles that have been delayed including DNA's A Taste Of DNA.
More announcements coming soon. Stay tuned.
Now Shipping: Bert Jansch and Slates September 23 2016
We are honored to present the first-time domestic release of Bert Jansch's self-titled debut, a unique strand of folk music that would become a major influence on everyone from Nick Drake, Donovan, Jimmy Page, Neil Young and more. Remastered from the original master tapes with liner notes by Richie Unterberger. Get it here
Also shippng this week we have The Fall's Slates – truly one of Mark E. Smith's finest performances, equally matched by a band at the peak of their powers. The only Rough Trade 10" record that matters! Get it here
Plus, don't forget this month there is free shipping on all domestic orders from the SV site. Simply enter coupon code September2016_FreeShipping during checkout.
Free Shipping for September September 01 2016
Summer is almost over! We hope that you're as excited as we are about this fall's releases. Unfortunately, some release dates had to be pushed out. Thanks everyone for your patience.
To show our appreciation, our site has free shipping this month on all Superior Viaduct releases.
Offer applies only to orders shipping within the US and ends September 30th at midnight (Pacific Time).
Simply enter coupon code September2016_FreeShipping during checkout.
Hello from San Francisco August 19 2016
We are excited to announce that Stranded, the retail arm of Superior Viaduct, has opened a new storefront in the former location of Aquarius Records. Those of you who have been regular AQ customers will be happy to know that the same folks who helped run this SF institution for many years are still here – behind the counter and laptops.
The new shop brings with it a fresh coat of paint, custom-made furniture, a lot of new and used records and a re-designed website. Continuing in AQ's tradition, we're going to review as many titles each week as possible.
You can expect a weekly email that features releases we love and upcoming titles you can pre-order.
So please make yourselves comfortable, check out the site, and let us know what you think.
July 4th Weekend Sale July 01 2016
To celebrate Independence Day, we have 20% off our catalogue and t-shirts. Over 80 LPs and CDs!
(Sorry, offer does not apply to June/July titles, pre-orders and non-SV releases.)
Simply apply discount code July4th2016 during check-out.
Offer ends Monday July 4th at midnight, Pacific Time.
Now Shipping: Suicide and The Fall LPs June 24 2016
Now Shipping: Laraaji & Sun Araw June 03 2016
As the inaugural release on our W.25TH sub-label, Professional Sunflow blends Laraaji's soulful vocals and signature instrument, zither, with the free-floating rhythms of Sun Araw's Cameron Stallones and Alex Gray.
Record Release Show: Laraaji & Sun Araw May 20 2016
Laraaji & Sun Araw
Saturday June 11th, 8pm
at The Lab, San Francisco
Laraaji's musical radiance has continued to shine brightly over four decades, starting with 1980's Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (third in Brian Eno's classic ambient series). Sun Araw emerged in 2008 with transformative recordings that combine classic dub and reggae effects with elements of noise, drone and psychedelia.
This first-time live collaboration in the US celebrates the release of Professional Sunflow – the inaugural record on Superior Viaduct's W.25TH imprint – featuring Laraaji's soulful vocals and signature instrument, zither, along with Sun Araw's Cameron Stallones (guitar/keyboards) and Alex Gray (computer synthesis).
Photo by Bérangère Tiran.
Now Shipping: John Bender and Steve Reich LPs May 09 2016
Bender's 1980 debut album, I Don't Remember Now / I Don't Want To Talk About It, is the holy grail of minimal lo-fi electronics. This first-time standalone reissue is recommended for fans of Pere Ubu, Brian Eno and Robert Ashley. First pressing on limited edition red vinyl with hand-stamped jackets and full-color poster. Get it here
Originally released on Shandar in 1971, Reich's Four Organs / Phase Patterns is one of the most highly regarded avant-garde recordings of the past 50 years. This first-time vinyl reissue features the composer along with Philip Glass, Art Murphy, Steve Chambers and Jon Gibson. Get it here
Just Announced: Suicide and The Fall LPs May 06 2016
We are excited to announce SV's reissue of four classic albums that truly deserve to be in every record collection.
Suicide's influential self-titled LP was originally released in 1977. Martin Rev's utterly singular "instrument" pounds out a synthetic soundscape, while Alan Vega obsesses over cinematic imagery. This vinyl release has been carefully restored from the original mixes and fully sanctioned by the band. Liner notes by Thurston Moore. Pre-order here
Originally released in 1980, Alan Vega Martin Rev (the second album from quintessential New York band Suicide) features glistening keyboards, early rhythm machine sounds and evocative vocal treatments. Produced by Ric Ocasek. This first-time vinyl reissue includes the original track list and artwork. Pre-order here
The Fall's debut album, Live At The Witch Trials, amounts to the sinister foundation of the band's diverse sound. As Mark E. Smith's mesmerizing bark dictates, "We are The Fall, northern white crap that talks back." First time available on vinyl domestically since its initial release in 1979. Liner notes by Brian Turner. Pre-order here
Dragnet is arguably The Fall's best-known album, revealing a cohesive sound and fierce songs that would further build the band's cult following. First time available on vinyl domestically since its original release in 1979. Liner notes by Brian Turner. Pre-order here
Laraaji & Sun Araw on W.25TH April 29 2016
W.25TH is the first sub-label of Superior Viaduct, focusing on inventive sounds from contemporary artists as varied and edgy as you have come to expect from us. Our inaugural release is the first-time collaboration between ambient icon Laraaji and LA experimentalists Sun Araw.
Professional Sunflow features soulful vocals with dreamy layers of percussion, new age textures and vibrant melodies. The live performances on this double LP – recorded in Germany and Switzerland – combine prewritten elements and improvisation.
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