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!
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.
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).
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.
Also, be sure to check out EXEK on tour in the US this fall in a rock n' roll club near you.
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.
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.
Photo by Shigeo Anzai
Now Shipping: Faust and Lovisoni / Messina August 17 2018
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.
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).
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
Just Announced: The Faust Tapes and Pop Surgery June 29 2018
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.
This first-time reissue has been carefully remastered from the original master tapes.
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.
Now Shipping: Steve Reich's Drumming 2CD June 04 2018
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.
Includes liner notes by the composer and photographs by Peter Moore.
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.
Now Shipping: Spacemen 3's Taking Drugs May 18 2018
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.
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.
More Reissues by Alice Coltrane and Spacemen 3 May 04 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.
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.
Photo by Roberto Masotti
Now Shipping: The Mekons Singles April 06 2018
Shipping next week, we have The Mekons' first two 7-inches – both originally released in 1978 and featuring songs that never appeared on any of their albums. While Never Been In A Riot is a sardonic response to The Clash's White Riot, Where Were You? is the perfect anthem for every taciturn punk, young or old.
Recommended for fans of Stiff Little Fingers, Gang of Four and The Ex.
Limited edition color vinyl.
Just Announced: Steve Reich's Drumming March 30 2018
Steve Reich's Drumming is regarded as one of the most important musical works of the last century. Distilled through his studies of African percussion in Ghana during 1970 and Balinese gamelan music, Reich revolutionized our understanding of polyrhythms, sculpting a new sonic territory to illuminate the radical potential of Minimalism.
Divided into four sections, performed without pause, Drumming is written for eight small tuned drums, three marimbas, three glockenspiels, piccolo and voice. The singers recite melodic patterns that mimic the sounds of the instruments, gradually rising to the surface and then fading out. The overall effect can be transfixing – pulling listeners into the rhythm and possessing a raw immediacy, directness and energy.
The premier performances of Drumming took place in December 1971 in New York City – first at The Museum of Modern Art, then at Brooklyn Academy of Music and finally at Town Hall where this recording was made – and featured the composer along with a cast of longtime collaborators including Art Murphy, Steve Chambers, Russ Hartenberger, James Preiss, Jon Gibson, Joan La Barbara, Judy Sherman, Jay Clayton, Ben Harms, Gary Burke, Frank Maefsky and James Ogden.
Originally released in 1972 by gallerist John Gibson in a small private edition, Drumming represents the culmination of Reich's investigation into rhythmic phase relationships and its early realization captures a remarkably organic feel, especially compared to the more widely known version on Deutsche Grammophon from 1974.
Photo by Peter Moore
Now Shipping: États-Unis II March 23 2018
Shipping next week, the second set on SV's limited edition imprint États-Unis.
We have very few copies left, so now is your chance to get them all in our special-priced vinyl bundle.
Just Announced: Spacemen 3's Taking Drugs March 21 2018
Excited to offer out another thunderous title in our Spacemen 3 reissue series.
Originally released on Father Yod in 1990, Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To features the legendary Northampton demos. These primal versions of "Sound Of Confusion" and "Losing Touch With My Mind" roar at the nexus point between the band's garage beginnings and expansionist future.
Double LP includes notes by Byron Coley and eight additional tracks not on the original release.
Now Shipping: Spacemen 3's Dreamweapon March 09 2018
Shipping this week, the first title in our Spacemen 3 reissue series.
Billed as "An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music" (although consciously omitting the sitar), Dreamweapon remains the "Sweet Sister Ray" of '80s Britain. First time available on vinyl domestically.
Just Announced: The Mekons March 02 2018
No band captures the DIY punk ethos better than The Mekons. Like fellow Leeds misfits Gang of Four and Delta 5, The Mekons form a rowdy and illuminating piece of the UK post-punk puzzle, fusing everyday political concerns with a no-holds-barred approach to performance.
Their debut Never Been In A Riot first appeared on Fast Product in 1978 and delivers three startlingly original tracks that never appeared on any of their albums, while Where Were You? remains one of the most epic songs written with just two chords, a lasting monument to the punk era.
Limited edition color vinyl.
Now Shipping: Cindy Lee's Act Of Tenderness February 21 2018
Shipping this week, the debut album by Cindy Lee on our W.25TH imprint.
Act Of Tenderness is "an eerie fever dream of fleeting, utterly heartbreaking classic girl-group melodies, sometimes obscured by abrasive noise and buried under a heavy layer of murk" (Gorilla vs. Bear).
Everyone in our record shop has a different favorite tune, so we decided to stream the entire album and let you decide for yourself. Recommended for fans of Deerhunter, This Mortal Coil and Epic Soundtracks.
SV Catalogue Bundle 2018 February 16 2018
We have some great titles coming out in the next few months and even more to be announced real soon.
In the meantime, now is your chance to get your hands on this special-priced bundle that shows the diversity of our catalogue – including The Fall, Arnold Dreyblatt, DNA, Ornette Coleman, Brigitte Fontaine, Glenn Branca, The Flesh Eaters, MX-80 Sound, 100 Flowers and Martin Rev.
Offer ends Monday February 19th at midnight, Pacific Time.
Just Announced: Spacemen 3's Playing With Fire and Recurring February 02 2018
We're excited to finally announce a couple more Spacemen 3 reissues.
Playing With Fire, originally released in 1988, is easily the band's crowning studio achievement, complete with stuttering tremolo guitars, wistful melodies and Stooges-level blowouts. 1990's Recurring lays bare the essence of Spacemen 3's sound, rooted equally in aural expansion and phenomenal songwriting.
Now Shipping: This Kind Of Punishment LPs January 31 2018
Shipping this week, the first two albums by New Zealand legends This Kind Of Punishment.
Originally released in 1983 on Flying Nun, TKP's self-titled debut is a contemplative, inventive collection of ideas corralled via 4-track recordings, minimal instrumentation and an austere performance style entirely of the Jefferies brothers' own making. 1984's A Beard Of Bees proffers a grey, near-Mancunian influence with earthy baritone vocals, shimmering guitars, melancholic piano and VU-inspired noise.
Now Shipping: EXEK's Ahead Of Two Thoughts January 18 2018
Shipping this week, the sophomore album by EXEK. Conjuring the ghosts of PiL, This Heat and Swell Maps, Ahead Of Two Thoughts was produced by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring).
"A modern Australian band who sound like 4AD enigmas Dif Juz and painter Jean-Michel Basquiat's group, Gray? Yes, please! Melbourne's EXEK execute a stark, dour DIY strain of dub that sounds like grimmest 1981 post-punk, and in 2018, that's paradoxically fresh." – Dave Segal, The Stranger
Just Announced: Cindy Lee's Act Of Tenderness January 16 2018
As Cindy Lee's first long-form statement, Act Of Tenderness makes use of antipodal themes to create a living sound: static with grace, distortion and sugar, all masterfully arranged with crooked nods toward pop classicism. These snowy pieces give the album a decidedly cinematic feel, albeit one bent more towards Eraserhead.
Just Announced: Spacemen 3's Dreamweapon January 05 2018
August 1988, Spacemen 3 embark on one of the strangest events in the band's already strange history. Billed as "An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music" (although consciously omitting the sitar), the group would play in the foyer of Watermans Arts Centre in Brentford, Middlesex to a largely unsuspecting and unsympathetic audience waiting to take their seats for Wim Wenders' film Wings of Desire.
Spacemen 3's proceeding set, forty-five minutes of repetitive drone-like guitar riffs, could be seen as the "Sweet Sister Ray" of '80s Britain. Their signature sound is at once recognizable and disorienting – pointing as much to the hypnotic minimalism of La Monte Young as to a future shoegaze constituency.
Just Announced: États-Unis II December 15 2017
Eariler this year, we released the first set in our États-Unis series, and they sold out in a flash.
We're excited to announce the second set which includes early '60s recordings of Jean Dubuffet, the sole LP release by San Francisco Tape Music Center affiliated composer Warner Jepson, fierce electric guitar works from Remko Scha, the first record by LAFMS-related performance artist John Duncan and (last but not least) the transcendent glass compositions of Annea Lockwood.
Each album pressed in a limited edition of 500 numbered copies on clear vinyl.