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.
Shipping Next Week: 2016 Punk Singles April 01 2016
Shipping next week, some of the best music ever made. All from New York and Manchester, circa 1978-79.
Suicide is the classic proto-punk duo composed of Alan Vega and Martin Rev. Their first single, Cheree, was originally released in England just months after their landmark self-titled LP. Their second single, Dream Baby Dream, has been covered by many artists – most famously Bruce Springsteen. First-time vinyl reissue and first-time domestic release. Limited edition red vinyl.
The Fall's debut Bingo-Master's Break-Out and their follow-up It's The New Thing boldly announce the arrival of this UK group that eschewed the cosmetic elements of punk and New Wave. While Mark E. Smith's acid-tinged poetry illuminates the dour North, the band's snot-nosed scrabble afflicts the shape of pop to come. First-time vinyl reissue and first-time domestic release. Limited edition blue vinyl.
DNA recorded their lone single just prior to the pivotal No New York sessions with Brian Eno. Featuring original lineup with Arto Lindsay (guitar/vocals), Robin Crutchfield (keyboards) and Ikue Mori (drums), You & You perfectly captures the anti-movement of No Wave. First-time vinyl reissue. Limited edition clear vinyl.
These five singles can be found in stores everywhere on April 16th. Very few copies left for pre-order.
Now Shipping: Outside The Dream Syndicate March 18 2016
Finally! We have Tony Conrad's stunning debut from 1973, Outside The Dream Syndicate, featuring the seminal German avant-rock band Faust. No other record captures – so completely and instantly – the intersection of avant-garde and rock forms. This first-time vinyl reissue and long out-of-print CD include liner notes by Jim O'Rourke and Branden W. Joseph. First 500 copies on clear vinyl with special poster (mail-order exclusive). Standard black vinyl (without poster) available everywhere on April 8th. Get it here
Also, don't miss Tony Conrad and Faust perform "Outside The Dream Syndicate" at Big Ears festival in Knoxville, TN on April 1st. Also, check out Faust on tour in the US including a sold-out show in San Francisco at The Chapel tomorrow night.
Now Shipping: Call Me Burroughs March 11 2016
Originally released in 1965 by The English Bookshop in Paris and later by ESP-Disk' in New York, Call Me Burroughs marks not only the recorded debut of William Burroughs, but also for many the first encounter with his inimitable voice.
Reading from Naked Lunch and Nova Express, two of his best-known works that utilize the cut-up method, the author guides us through sci-fi innerscapes, narcotic nightmares, reports from the edge of the apocalypse.
First-time vinyl reissue. Get it here
Harriet Crowder, Portrait of a Man (William S. Burroughs, 1960) © Harriet Crowder. Artist's edition may be purchased here.
2016 Punk Singles March 04 2016
Superior Viaduct is once again releasing five limited edition singles on the same day. All from New York and Manchester, circa 1978-1979. Pressed on color vinyl and available this April.
This year we have Suicide's first two singles, Cheree and the startlingly beautiful Dream Baby Dream; The Fall's first two platters of wax, Bingo-Master's Break-Out and It's The New Thing; and the perfect punctuation mark, You & You by No Wave trio DNA.
Now Shipping: February Releases February 05 2016
Our first batch of 2016 releases has finally arrived. We have the stunning soundtrack to Chris Marker's La Jetée, a rare outtakes collection of Ornette Coleman's legendary Atlantic period and two essential CDs by Steve Reich and The Flesh Eaters. In stores everywhere on February 26th. Pre-orders shipping immediately.
La Jetée is the classic French sci-fi film which inspired Twelve Monkeys. While Chris Marker creates some of the most hauntingly beautiful imagery in cinema, what animates the film's frozen pictures is its sparse and unsettling soundscape. This first-time release features gatefold jacket and 10" x 6.5" film still. Get it here
Originally released in Japan only, To Whom Who Keeps A Record features the classic quartets with Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins and Ed Blackwell – recorded during the crucial years of 1959 and 1960. This first-time vinyl reissue includes liner notes by Byron Coley. Get it here
Four Organs / Phase Patterns is one of the most highly regarded avant-garde recordings of the past 50 years. Originally released on Shandar in 1971 and featuring Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Steve Chambers, Art Murphy and Jon Gibson, this CD release is recommended for fans of Neu!, Glenn Branca and Tim Hecker. Get it here
On Forever Came Today, The Flesh Eaters' third full-length album originally released in 1982, the group dives deeper into full-throttle rock demonology, bluesy primeval swagger and obsessive imagery. This first-time reissue is highly recommended for fans of X and The Gun Club. Get it here
Upcoming Concert: faUSt February 02 2016
faUSt / Heron Oblivion / Bill Orcutt
with DJ sets by Paul Costuros / Darragh Skelton
Saturday March 19th, 8pm
at The Chapel, San Francisco
"There is no group more mythical than Faust." Thus wrote English musician and eccentric Julian Cope. Which says it all really. Neither the habitus nor the music of this Hamburg group is easy to grasp. While some laud Faust as the best thing that ever happened to rock 'n' roll, others dismiss them as shameless dilettantes. Their collage of Dadaism, avant-garde rock and free improvisation has radically divided opinion for decades. When their first LP was unleashed on the world in 1971, Faust were very much the prophet in his own land, as the saying goes: few were interested in listening to their music in Germany. Not so across the Channel – where the band's career really took off and British critics first applied the semi-derogatory term "krautrock" to try to get their collective heads around Faust's revolutionary sound. This rare San Francisco performance – featuring original members Werner "Zappi" Diermaier and Jean-Hervé Péron – is a can't miss event.
Upcoming Concerts: Fullman and Niblock January 18 2016
Ellen Fullman: Resonance Is Harmony
with Kyle Bruckmann (oboe) and Luciano Chessa (dan bau)
Saturday January 23rd, 8pm
at The Lab, San Francisco
Ellen Fullman: Harbors and Past the Angels
with Theresa Wong (cello)
Sunday January 31st, 8pm
at The Lab, San Francisco
Ellen Fullman began developing her installation The Long String Instrument in 1981, in search of tonalities that could not be achieved with traditional instruments. For the month of January 2016, the composer will be artist-in-residence at The Lab where she has installed an expanded version of her instrument – over one hundred strings, spanning 53 feet in length. Last year Superior Viaduct reissued The Long String Instrument album, the first document of Fullman's acoustic explorations.
Saturday February 13th, 8pm
at The Lab, San Francisco
Phill Niblock is a New York-based minimalist composer, multi-media musician, and director of Experimental Intermedia Foundation. Since the mid-1960's he has performed at venues around the world from the Museum of Modern Art to Akademie der Kunste, Berlin. His densely layered drones have inspired a younger generation including Glenn Branca and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo. Niblock says, "What I am doing with my music is to produce something without rhythm or melody, by using many microtones that cause movements very, very slowly." His landmark debut album, Nothin To Look At Just A Record, was reissued by Superior Viaduct in 2013.
For this special performance at The Lab, Niblock will perform recent compositions and screen footage from his breathtaking "Movement of People Working" series. Co-sponsored by Stranded and The Lab.
Photo by Robert Szkolnicki.
Photo by Katherine Liberovskaya.
Just Announced: Conrad, Burroughs, Bender January 15 2016
As promised, 2016 is getting off to a crazy start with classic debuts from Tony Conrad, William Burroughs and John Bender.
In the 1960s, Tony Conrad was a member of legendary NYC group the Theater of Eternal Music, alongside John Cale, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and Angus MacLise. His debut album, Outside The Dream Syndicate, came out in 1973 and features semimal German avant-rock band Faust. No other record captures – so completely and instantly – the intersection of avant-garde and rock forms. This first-time vinyl reissue and long out-of-print CD release include liner notes by Jim O'Rourke and Branden W. Joseph. First 500 copies on clear vinyl with special poster. Mail-order exclusive. Pre-order on vinyl or compact disc.
William Burroughs has had pervasive influence on counterculture in the past 50 years – from the Beats to punk rock and even hip hop. Originally released in 1965, Call Me Burroughs marks the author's recorded debut and features readings from his best-known works. An eerie, deadpan drawl guides the listener through sci-fi innerscapes, narcotic nightmares, reports from the edge of the apocalypse. This first-time vinyl reissue is recommended for fans of Hunter S. Thompson, Patti Smith and Throbbing Gristle. Pre-order here
John Bender recorded voraciously between 1978 and 1980 at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio. I Don't Remember Now / I Don't Want To Talk About It, his first album from 1980, is the holy grail of minimal lo-fi electronics. Layers of fractured melodies, distorted synthesizers, hollowed-out rhythms and claustrophobic vocals reflect a distinct punk-meets-experimentalist sensibility. This first-time standalone reissue is recommended for fans of Pere Ubu, Brian Eno and Robert Ashley. Limited to 1,000 numbered copies. Red vinyl with hand-stamped jackets, each one unique. Pre-order here
Early 2016 December 11 2015
If you thought this year was badass, just wait for 2016 ...
Chris Marker is (hands down) our favorite filmmaker. We are honored to present the first-time release of the soundtrack from La Jetée, which features both French and English voiceover narrations, sparse and unsettling soundscapes along with Trevor Duncan's impressionistic score. Pre-order here.
Steve Reich remains one of the most important figures in 20th century music and Four Organs / Phase Patterns is one of the most highly regarded avant-garde recordings of the past 50 years. Pre-order on compact disc or vinyl.
Ornette Coleman's name is synonymous with artistic freedom. To Whom Who Keeps A Record is a collection of outtakes from his legendary Atlantic period (Change of the Century, This Is Our Music, etc.). Liner notes by Byron Coley. Pre-order here.
Forever Came Today is the perfect introduction to The Flesh Eaters' dark sense of humor and positively bleak form of rock 'n' roll. This first-time reissue is recommended for fans of X and The Gun Club. Pre-order here.
Cyber Monday 2015 November 29 2015
We are having a sale! 20% off all catalogue titles and t-shirts.
It's the perfect time to catch up on our past releases. Plus, we'll throw in a free tote bag with orders of $150 or more.
(Sorry, discount does not apply to Black Friday releases, pre-orders, and non-SV titles.)
Simply apply discount code CyberMonday2015 during check-out.
Offer ends November 30th at midnight, Pacific time.
Now Shipping: Avengers LP November 20 2015
First and only album from classic '77 San Francisco band, The Avengers' self-titled LP fuses incisive guitar hooks, explosive rhythms and adolescent venom. "The Pink Album" (as it's known) remains their definitive statement – collecting the seminal Dangerhouse EP, sessions recorded with Sex Pistols' Steve Jones and a half-dozen revelatory demos.
"The Avengers were a no-hyphen-required punk band of the most basic and brilliant variety." – Byron Coley