July 4th Weekend - SV Catalogue Bundles June 30 2017
And here we are again ... Halfway through the year and another 20 releases under the SV banner. Thanks everyone for your support! We can't wait to tell you about what's coming in the next few months.
To show our gratitude, we created three vinyl bundles that highlight the diverse artists in our catalogue.
Offer ends Tuesday July 4th at midnight, Pacific Time (while supplies last).
Flash Sale: Bert Jansch June 23 2017
For a limited time, you can have five LPs from Jansch's classic Transatlantic catalogue – Bert Jansch, It Don't Bother Me, Jack Orion, Birthday Blues and Rosemary Lane – at half the regular price.
Offer ends Sunday June 25th at midnight, Pacific Time.
Photo by Brian Shuel
Just Signed: EXEK June 20 2017
We are excited to announce the signing of Melbourne band EXEK.
Scheduled to be released in late 2017 on our W.25TH imprint, the forthcoming album Ahead Of Two Thoughts follows on the heels of EXEK's recent Japanese tour and pushes headlong into haunted, post-punk territories. Together EXEK's songs form a never-ending loop of dub-infected textures and anxious lyrics.
EXEK began as a studio project with frontman Albert Wolski before the 2014 formation of the four-piece line up with Andrew Brocchi (synthesizer), Henry Wilson (bass) and Sam Dixon (drums). With the addition of Nell Grant on saxophone, the group's sound entered another dimension that reveals EXEK to be conjuring the ghosts of PiL, This Heat and Swell Maps.
Look for EXEK on tour in Australia this summer and in the US in early 2018.
Just In: Die Tödliche Doris LP June 09 2017
For those who missed our États-Unis series, we just received a limited black vinyl repress of the Die Tödliche Doris LP as well as a warehouse find of clear vinyl for Highlights Of Vortex, Le Forte Four and Joe Jones.
Die Tödliche Doris' debut, originally released on Zickzack in 1982 and produced by Neubauten's Blixa Bargeld, transfixes listeners with disquieting lullabies of profound anxiety and manic lacerations of punk minimalism.
This first-time vinyl reissue includes a reproduction of the original 24-page booklet.
Now Shipping: Tony Conrad's Ten Years 2xLP May 26 2017
"Ten Years began with image before sound, a row of quadruple projections arranged side-by-side, all the shuffling stripes cascading into each other. Over the next two hours the music throbbed and the projectors incrementally shifted inwards, their beams gradually uniting to form one pulsating, overlapping picture." – Andrew Lampert
Originally released in 1968, Cosmic Music features tracks from John Coltrane's final quintet (with Pharoah Sanders, Jimmy Garrison and Rashied Ali) and from Alice Coltrane's first session as a bandleader.
Fiery incantations and inspired improvisations from the spiritual center of the '60s musical universe.
This is the first time that the album has been reissued with its original private-press cover.
Now Shipping: Tony Conrad's Ten Years 2CD May 05 2017
This previously unreleased recording features Conrad (violin), Rhys Chatham (long string drone) and Laurie Spiegel (bass pulse), recorded at The Kitchen, New York in 1972. Edited by Jim O'Rourke.
As Chatham recounts in the liner notes, "When I first listened to this recording after not hearing it for over 40 years, it transported me back to the early Kitchen and the heyday of early minimalism, played outside the Dream Syndicate."
Now Shipping: Gibson, Dreyblatt, and Jansch April 28 2017
We are excited to be shipping Jon Gibson's Two Solo Pieces (gorgeous recordings originally released on Philip Glass' Chatham Square imprint), Arnold Dreyblatt's Propellers In Love (a peerless work of second-generation American minimalism) and finally Bert Jansch's Birthday Blues and Rosemary Lane (two hidden gems in Jansch's classic Transatlantic catalogue).
Now Shipping: Cindy Lee's Malenkost LP April 24 2017
Shipping this week, the second release on our W.25TH imprint. Cindy Lee's Malenkost is hauntingly familiar yet of another plane, a magical collision of Brill Building hooks and uncompromising No Wave.
"Cindy Lee is intensely dark and cathartic, an eerie fever dream of fleeting, utterly heartbreaking classic girl-group melodies ... one of the best things we have heard all year." – Gorilla vs. Bear
In stores everywhere on May 5th. Pre-orders shipping immediately.
Record Store Day: The Pin Group April 17 2017
Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 22nd. Our store Stranded will be open at 9am in both San Francisco and Oakland locations. If you're in the Bay Area, be sure to stop by and say Hello.
Available in stores everywhere on RSD, our limited edition Pin Group singles are recommended for fans of Joy Division, Wire and Flying Nun Records. (Sorry, the 12" was delayed. We'll be shipping Go To Town EP next week.)
The singles are sold out for mail-order, but you can find them at your local record shop this weekend.
Just Announced: Cosmic Music and Perverted By Language April 07 2017
Coming out this May, we have John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane's Cosmic Music (first time reissued with its original cover) and The Fall's Perverted By Language (first time available in the US on vinyl). So good!
Now Shipping: États-Unis April 05 2017
Shipping this week, the first five LPs in our États-Unis series.
We have the various artists compilation Highlights Of Vortex (San Francisco sound artists from the late 1950s including Henry Jacobs et al.), Tod Dockstader's Eight Electronic Pieces (1961 debut from this pioneer of early electronic music), Die Tödliche Doris' first album (manic lacerations of punk minimalism), Le Forte Four's Bikini Tennis Shoes (first release on the LAFMS imprint) and Fluxus artist Joe Jones' In Performance.
Each album pressed in a limited edition on clear vinyl.
Our special-priced vinyl bundle sold out on pre-order. Individual titles still available right here.
Tony Conrad's Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain March 31 2017
Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain is the quintessential work of artist/filmmaker/composer Tony Conrad. Superior Viaduct is honored to present the previously unreleased 1972 recording of Ten Years's breathtaking premier performance, featuring Rhys Chatham and Laurie Spiegel. Available on vinyl and compact disc.
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.
Just Announced: Gibson, Dreyblatt, and Jansch 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 on clear vinyl.
Buy individual titles right here or get them all in our special-priced vinyl bundle.
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.