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 three or four ‘Producers’ overseeing whole blocks of the album – bringing in a variety of guests to sing/play/program/perform as suits each track.
We’ll let you know who’s overseeing which tracks shortly – but, for now we’d love to hear ‘expressions of interest’ from anyone/everyone who would like to contribute
Assuming all goes to plan, we intend to release the project on 7th July 2014 which is (there or thereabouts) the actual anniversary. You never know, we may even attempt to perform it live…
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.
One last thing – the original album was recorded in a mere 24 hours – we’ll (obviously) be spending a bit more time on ours, but hopefully we can aspire to at least some of the spontaneity/feel of the 1984 classic…
To get involved please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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…
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