Welcome back! This is the new, relaunched Valentine Records website (circa April 2014) – We figured it was a while since we last refreshed the site, so this time we’ve gone for a complete redesign – hope you like it!
First up, we’ve got several new releases on the way: including LPs by Babyslave and Shirokuma, as well as some brand new treats (scroll down for details). We’re also thrilled to announce that the fantastic Kurt Dirt will be releasing some new ‘product’ with us in the coming months.
On the live front, we can also unveil details of our new night: Desertshore – which kicks off at the Zombie Shack in Manchester on Saturday May 10th. Lots more details and advanced tickets can be found in the new Events section here.
Last but not least, we’ve updated all the artist pages (past and present), as well as uploading an extensive archive of images, video and info on past releases: ‘Sit right down and pour yourself a drink’… Speaking of which, there’s a few interesting reissues on the way (a couple of past favourites that have been out of print for far too long)… More soon
2014: Valentine Records take on Husker Dü – 23 tracks covering the SST legends’ seminal second album (aka hardcore/punk/rock/opera/psychedelic masterpiece Zen Arcade)
This project is to celebrate 30 years since the release of the original LP
Unlike our previous ‘cover’ albums (Sonic Youth’s Dirty, Pixies Doolittle and The Velvet Underground & Nico) this time we’ve decided to shake things up a bit….
Whereas before we’ve allocated one track per artist, this time we’re aiming for more of a collaborative process, with the entire roster (plus a host of special guests and collaborators) teaming up to tackle each track on the album.
As before, we’re not looking to replicate the original (as that would be a bit pointless), but to try and do something that’s both interesting/appropriate as both a tribute and a ‘different’ take on the songs. More details to follow soon…
Ok, enough is enough. This little ‘artefact’ has been under lock and key for FAR too long.
Originally recorded in 2008 as a one-off collaboration between Messrs Lucifer and Shirokuma, the resulting LP was self-censored (Kubrick style) by the artists – in spite of the wonderful artwork – courtesy of the immensely talented Mia Hague
Make no mistake, this is not an album that pulls many (or indeed any) punches. It’s grumpy, difficult and under the (probably deluded) impression it’s an ‘Electro Grinderman’ record – two slightly bitter older gentlemen kicking against the proverbial pricks – Kind of Nick Cave meets The Normal.
Pope Innocent X are available for weddings, funerals, bar-mitzvahs and children’s parties of all ages. Worst of all, now that this (jazz drenched) cat is finally out of the bag, they’re threatening to record a sequel…
Back to the present Pope Innocent X (the first LP) will be released through Valentine Records in May
Four years and a couple of (life changing) sabbaticals later – the third (and allegedly final) LP from label manager/tea-boy/occasional 10th Doctor impersonator Joe Ladyboy is finally here and among us.
Playboy Logic (for that is it’s name) takes it’s cues from both it’s predecessors (2006′s ‘Mekano Disco‘ and 2009′s ‘Excursions‘) and then throws several hundred new ideas into the mix. Thirteen tracks (with various uncredited segues/intros/outros) in 39 minutes this, in spite of it’s meandering gestation is not a record that waits around to make it’s point.
Collaborations this time out include new friends and old faces – not least of all a guest vocal from Damo Suzuki (recorded during last year’s TAGO>MAGO live improv); more instrumentation than your average BBC Prom; fleeting cameos from Iggy Pop, Mitt Romney, Brian Clough (or possibly not) and Neil Young’s first synthesizer
Valentine 059 can be downloaded now here