Now Shipping: EXEK's A Casual Assembly October 05 2018

Now shipping the latest from Melbourne's post-punk neophytes EXEK. A Casual Assembly echoes like the lost soundtrack to a Kubrick or Jarman film, with even more stripped-down, dreamlike tones than on their last LP.

Also, don't miss EXEK on tour right now. Here is the full list of dates.

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Now Shipping: Alvin Curran and Phill Niblock September 24 2018

Shipping this week, we have the 1975 solo debut album from Alvin Curran, co-founder of Musica Elettronica Viva. Canti E Vedute Del Giardino Magnetico stands as a crucial bridge between American and European avant-garde traditions – interweaving eerie field recordings with voice, brass and sublime keyboards.

Also shipping is Phill Niblock's second LP, Niblock For Celli / Celli Plays Niblock. Originally released in 1984 on India Navigation, the album features reed player Joseph Celli (who has collaborated with John Cage, Pauline Oliveros and Ornette Coleman). Enchanting drones that the composer says should be played loud.

Both first-time vinyl reissues hit stores this Friday.

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Antarctica Starts Here September 14 2018

Excited to finally announce our new imprint Antarctica Starts Here ... Superior Viaduct's third sub-label (along with W.25TH and États-Unis), ASH celebrates the beautiful, strange and essential music of the '60s and '70s.

The first set of releases includes Jackson C. Frank's devastating self-titled LP, Simon Finn's psychedelic folk masterpiece Pass The Distance, Lee "Scratch" Perry and The Upsetters' frenetic Scratch The Upsetter Again and Double Seven, and last but not least, Curtis Mayfield's classic Curtis/Live!

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Now Shipping: John Bender's Pop Surgery September 05 2018

Now shipping Pop Surgery, originally released in 1983 and delving further into John Bender's unique brand of bedroom electronics with layers of distorted keyboards, disjointed drum machines and dubbed-out vocals.

"When I was making Pop Surgery, I was absorbed in Prince Far-I, Slapp Happy / Henry Cow, David Cunningham and the machinations of Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound label. For my own music, I became focused less on harnessing my machines into song-like structures and more on stretching the boundaries of their sound."

This first-time standalone reissue comes with liner notes by the artist.

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Labor Day Sale September 01 2018

We have several great records coming out this fall. More announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, we have a couple special-priced bundles for Labor Day Weekend.

A dizzying selection of singles and CDs – punk, avant-garde and beyond – all from our catalogue.

Offer ends Tuesday September 4th at midnight, Pacific Time (while supplies last).

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Just Announced: EXEK's A Casual Assembly August 29 2018

Right on the heels of their Ahead Of Two Thoughts LP released earlier this year, A Casual Assembly is the latest offering from Melbourne's EXEK. The EP coalesces around a stirring theme for synthesizer, trumpet and bass, bringing together reference points to Laurie Spiegel, Jah Wobble and The Velvet Underground's "The Gift."

Frontman Albert Wolski's disembodied narration – at times reminiscent of Samuel Beckett or Robert Ashley – unfolds over a series of dark vignettes set in a dystopian near-future. Autotune has been banned, secret police patrol the redoubts of the wealthy, and world beaches have been cleared of their sand for the construction of enormous urban prisons. As these events turn more fraught and absurd, Wolski reveals just how much is gained through EXEK's stripped-down arrangements and dreamlike tones.

A Casual Assembly echoes like the lost soundtrack to a Kubrick or Jarman film.

Recommended for fans of Normil Hawaiians, Jenny Hval and Harmonia.

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Also, be sure to check out EXEK on tour in the US this fall in a rock n' roll club near you.

Just Announced: The Fall's Totale's Turns and The Rough Trade Singles August 28 2018

This week we're making a bunch of announcements, and the first is for The Fall because simply put, there will never be another band like them. We should all be eternally grateful ... May you rest in peace, Mr. Smith.

While Totale's Turns (It's Now Or Never), recorded live in 1979 and 1980, remains a gripping exhibit of The Fall en masse, The Rough Trade Singles collects the four singles recorded for this influential British label in 1980 and 1983. Absolutely some of the best material the band would ever release.

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Just Announced: Takehisa Kosugi's Catch-Wave August 24 2018

Composer, multi-instrumentalist and mixed-media artist, Takehisa Kosugi has stood on the forefront of the Japanese avant-garde for over six decades. In the 1960s, he was part of Japan's first improvisational music collective, Group Ongaku, and contributed to Fluxus in New York. In 1969, he founded the influential, experimental ensemble The Taj Mahal Travellers, and in 1975 he would release his first solo album, Catch-Wave.

"Mano-Dharma '74" features improvised violin drones and voice with various oscillators, echo delays and layered tape experiments that the artist made in New York in 1967. While Kosugi's continuously changing spectrum of sound shifts gradually (almost imperceptibly), photocell synthesizers create ultra-low frequencies to disturb the crestless sound waves. The brighter the light is, the harsher the noise becomes.

Catch-Wave's second sidelong piece, "Wave Code #E-1," is a three-part performance for solo vocalist. As Kosugi describes in the liner notes (translated into English for this edition), the concept of onomatopoeia played an essential role in the type of sounds he generates with his voice, manipulated through customized electronic circuits and at times recalling Gregorian chant, throat singing and cosmic soundscapes.

This first-time vinyl reissue is recommended for fans of Tony Conrad, Eliane Radigue and Fennesz.

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Photo by Shigeo Anzai

Now Shipping: Faust and Lovisoni / Messina August 17 2018

Shipping this week, Faust's classic third album and Lovisoni / Messina's seminal LP originally on Cramps.

The Faust Tapes is a sardonic collage of outtakes from their secluded Wümme studio, featuring the band's best-known songs ("Flashback Caruso" and "J'ai Mal Aux Dents"), while Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo falls somewhere between meditative avant-garde and radical new age, yet with a singular beauty.

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Flash Sale: Brigitte Fontaine August 10 2018

In the past few years, we reissued Brigitte Fontaine's classic run on the Saravah label – Brigitte Fontaine Est...Folle, Comme À La Radio (with The Art Ensemble of Chicago), self-titled and Je Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme – and together these albums represent Brigitte's unique impact and unmistakable voice.

Now is your chance to catch up. We're offering a special-priced vinyl bundle of our Fontaine series.

Offer ends Sunday August 12th at midnight, Pacific Time (while supplies last).

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Just Announced: Alvin Curran and Phill Niblock July 27 2018

Coming this September, we have Alvin Curran's solo debut Canti E Vedute Del Giardino Magnetico and Phill Niblock's spellbinding Niblock For Celli / Celli Plays Niblock – two essential LPs in the avant-garde canon.

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EXEK First-Ever US Tour July 25 2018

Soon after the release of Ahead Of Two Thoughts, Melbourne's EXEK are making a highly anticipated run across the US.

Following in the footprints of bands such as This Heat, Swell Maps and early PiL, the band is truly something to experience live. Highlights include appearances at Gonerfest and Cropped Out, as well as a West Coast swing with Exploded View and a massive Halloween blow out with Thee Oh Sees.

Tour Dates:

  • Sept. 29th Gonerfest, Memphis
  • Oct. 1st at RKDE, St. Louis (with Sick Thoughts and Trampoline Team)
  • Oct. 3rd at Empty Bottle, Chicago (with Gentle Leader and Brian Case (FACS/Disappears))
  • Oct. 4th at State Street, Indianapolis (with The Research Network)
  • Oct. 5th Cropped Out, Louisville
  • Oct. 7th at Outer Limits, Detroit (with Lost System and Werewolf Jones)
  • Oct. 8th at Now That’s Class, Cleveland (with Glass Traps)
  • Oct. 10th at Saint Vitus, NYC (with Richard Papiercuts and Orion)
  • Oct. 12th at Ceremony, Brooklyn (with Lake Ruth and Marbled Eye)
  • Oct. 14th at TBA, Philadelphia (with Honey Radar)
  • Oct. 15th at TBA, Baltimore
  • Oct. 16th at Gallery House, Richmond (with Fried Egg)
  • Oct. 18th at The Earl, Atlanta (with Night Cleaner and Uniform)
  • Oct. 19th at Circle, New Orleans (with Pscience)
  • Oct. 20th at The Parish, Austin (with Exploded View)
  • Oct. 21st at TBA, El Paso
  • Oct. 22nd at Club Congress, Tucson (with Exploded View)
  • Oct. 24th at The Whistle Stop, San Diego (with Exploded View)
  • Oct. 25th at The Glass House, Pomona (with Exploded View)
  • Oct. 26th at The Echo, Los Angeles (with Exploded View)
  • Oct. 27th at White Horse, Oakland (with The World and Preening)
  • Oct. 28th San Francisco (with Exploded View and Marbled Eye)
  • Oct. 31st at Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles (Halloween with Thee Oh Sees)

Now Shipping: Alice Coltrane's Lord Of Lords July 20 2018

Now shipping Alice Coltrane's Lord Of Lords. Originally released in 1972, her final album for Impulse!

Shining a vital light on the devotional path that Coltrane would follow for the rest of her career.

This first-time reissue has been carefully remastered from the original master tapes.

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July 4th Sale July 02 2018

Only halfway through 2018 and already quite a year! We're proud to have added Spacemen 3, The Mekons and EXEK to our roster as well as finally reissuing This Kind Of Punishment's first two albums. More news soon!

To celebrate July 4th, we're offering 20% off our catalogue. Now's your chance to catch up, tune in, drop out.
(Sorry, offer does not apply to pre-orders nor Steve Reich's Drumming 2xLP which hits stores this Friday.)

Simply apply discount code July4th2018 during check-out.

Offer ends Wednesday July 4th at midnight, Pacific Time.

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Just Announced: The Faust Tapes and Pop Surgery June 29 2018

Coming out this August, we have Faust's seminal third album, The Faust Tapes, and John Bender's most ambitious title to date, Pop Surgery. Two incredible records from 1973 and 1983, respectively.

Also, by a strange twist of fate, Faust and Bender will be performing on the same bill next month in Ohio.

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Now Shipping: Steve Reich's Drumming 2xLP June 22 2018

Now shipping 2xLP version of Steve Reich's Drumming, originally released in 1972 in a small private edition and written for eight small tuned drums, three marimbas, three glockenspiels, piccolo and voice.

With Drumming, Reich sculpts a new sonic territory to illuminate the radical potential of Minimalism.

This first-time reissue has been carefully remastered from the original master tapes.

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Just Announced: Lovisoni / Messina's Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo June 18 2018

Of all the releases on Italy's legendary Cramps Records, Raul Lovisoni and Francesco Messina's seminal LP from 1979 has long remained among the most beloved. Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo not only introduced the world to the work of two gifted composers, but also is notable for being produced by electronic pioneer Franco Battiato. A sister album to Prati Bagnati would be Giusto Pio's breathtaking Motore Immobile, likewise graced with the maestro's gentle hand around the same time.

Lovisoni and Messina are both central figures within the Italian avant-garde. Part of a generation of artists who contributed to a radical rethinking of musical practices and composition, they reveal Minimalism as it's rarely known: delicate melodies, subtle harmonic interplay, incorporating diverse creative traditions and slowly giving way to an ever-expanding open space.

Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo's meditative title track, inspired by René Daumal's surrealist novel Le Mont Analogue, features Messina on synthesizer and Michele Fedrigotti's impressionistic piano, while on Lovisoni's "Hula Om" and "Amon Ra," solo harp, crystal glasses and Juri Camisasca's radiant vocal drones further ascend into the stratosphere. Skirting the outer edges of ambient, new age and experimental music, Prati Bagnati has a transformative beauty unlike anything else.

Superior Viaduct's edition reproduces the original sleeve design and is recommended for fans of Jon Hassell, Luciano Cilio and Popol Vuh.

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Now Shipping: Steve Reich's Drumming 2CD June 04 2018

Now shipping 2CD version of Steve Reich's polyrhythmic masterpiece, Drumming. (Vinyl coming in July.)

Originally released in 1972 on John Gibson + Multiples in an edition of 500 copies, this early realization of Drumming was recorded at its premier performance at Town Hall, New York in 1971.

First-time CD release features Steve Reich, Art Murphy, Steve Chambers, Jon Gibson and Joan La Barbara.

Includes liner notes by the composer and photographs by Peter Moore.

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Now Shipping: Spacemen 3's First-Ever Recording Session June 01 2018

Shipping this week, Spacemen 3's first-ever recording session from 1984. These early demos feature the band's three-piece line up with Jason Pierce, Pete Kember and Natty Brooker.

For All The Fucked-Up Children remains the perfect introduction to Spacemen 3, paying homage to their psychedelic/blues roots and offering compelling clues that point toward the evolution of their signature sound.

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Now Shipping: Spacemen 3's Taking Drugs May 18 2018

Shipping this week, Spacemen 3's Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To.

Featuring the legendary Northampton demos, which secured the band's first record deal with Glass, Taking Drugs captures the inspired spark of mid-'80s psychedelia and remains a vital document of S3 at this stage.

Double LP release comes with gatefold jacket and liner notes by Byron Coley.

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Now Shipping: Franco Battiato's Clic May 11 2018

Shipping this week, a longtime fan favorite by electronic music pioneer Franco Battiato.

In the 1970s, Battiato made several groundbreaking records. Clic is at the center of the cycle, featuring the maestro on VCS3 synthesizer and piano. Battiato's beautiful and expansive tour of the cosmos stands on the precipice between avant-garde and pop stardom – an essential entry in the Italian experimental canon.

This first-time domestic release reproduces the original gatefold jacket and 8-page booklet.

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More Reissues by Alice Coltrane and Spacemen 3 May 04 2018

Coming out this June, we have Alice Coltrane's Lord Of Lords and Spacemen 3's For All The Fucked-Up Children. Rarely do records as astonishing and singular as these appear in the same breath.

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Now Shipping: Spacemen 3's Playing With Fire and Recurring April 27 2018

Now shipping two classic records by Spacemen 3.

Originally released in 1988, Playing With Fire finds the band at the freest, most confident point in their career – cementing their rightful place on the vanguard of otherworldly rock 'n' roll. While 1990's Recurring surely reveals a deep divide within the S3 camp, their final studio album maintains a cohesive, dreamy feel with chief sonic officers Sonic Boom and Jason Pierce backed by fellow travelers Will Carruthers, Mark Refoy and Jon Mattock.

Both LPs come with notes by Marc Masters and extra photos. It doesn't get much better than this.

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Just Announced: Franco Battiato's Clic April 09 2018

We're excited to announce the next title in our Franco Battiato archival series.

Originally released in 1974, Clic is a gorgeous and seminal work of the Italian avant-garde. Bold melodies, kosmische textures and meditative compositions foreshadow the uncompromising experimentalism that would dominate much of Battiato's mid-1970s oeuvre.

For fans of Harold Budd, Gavin Bryars and Lovisoni / Messina's Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo.

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Photo by Roberto Masotti