Allison teamed up with John Loder as the very first Southern employee back in 1985 when they had the idea of starting up a record distribution company.
Prior to that she published a fanzine (Savage Pink), played in bands, promoted shows, ran a venue (for about a week before the mayor shut it down), worked at a record distributor, and generally fought the punk wars.
Now she is the owner & chief pot washer of Southern.
We got our delivery late but they are finally here! The first run of 1000 copies of the very wonderful WIVE cd (Exile On Mainstream) come in sweet little hand-printed cotton bags.
Featuring drummer/programmer Matt Irwin and violinist Hannah Murray from A Whisper in the Noise, we’ve been spinning this beautiful album in the Southern office quite a bit.
Difficult to classify, the music of Wive blends a lot of different styles – usually a warning light goes on here for us – but the fusion is truly organic and it’s only when you begin to try to describe it that you end up sounding like a genre nerd on acid. Part eletronic/glitch, semi-classical, new folk, nostalgic pop.. it’s all there. A band that, were they from Montreal, surely would be hanging around Hotel2Tango with the Constellation mob.
WIVE gets the very highest recommendation from the web shop elves, and we advise you to snap up one of the limited edition copies now! Meanwhile, check out the track “Lazarvs And Dives” which is Dawn’s favourite.
Southern Records is very pleased to be invited to host a venue at this year’s Camden Crawl. If you don’t know the Crawl, it’s an “urban festival” in London, spanning two days, 40 venues, and 200 bands, with a focus on new, cutting-edge music. And they have some “heritage acts” too (that means folks who are old enough to be your parents but still know how to rock out).
We’ll be hosting the Blues Kitchen on Sunday 2nd May. We don’t know what bands will be playing yet. The way it works is all of the venue hosts (fancy pants label folks and journalists mostly – but only the cool ones) get to nominate all their favourite bands. A HUGE LIST (like 400 pages long)(ok maybe only 6 pages long) is then compiled and all the hosts vote for the bands they want to go through. The bands with the most votes go to the top of the list and the Crawl starts phoning em! Eventually they end up with a list of bands that have been nominated, voted in, and who are available to play. Once that list is finalised, they lock all us hosts in a room with no food and water and we fight to the death for the bands we want to play our venue.
In the process of closing our warehouse and moving the shop late last year, we dug up some boxes of stuff that we’ll gradually be adding to the shop. Our first box is a real find – copies of two now out-of-print CDs issued in 2007 on Guy Piccotto’s Peterbilt label.
Back in 1990, Peterbilt issued limited 12 inch pressings of two previously unreleased tapes by early Washington DC hardcore bands Rain and Deadline. Both singles have long been high on the want lists of collectors of rare DCHC. In 2007 Peterbilt pressed up CDs of the two releases – as far as we can tell only 1000 of each were pressed. We found 23 copies of each CD and you can buy them while they last in the shop.
Our Christmas day was darkened by the passing of Mr. Vic Chesnutt, a very special person who brought much light into the world with his creative energy and unique and beautiful perspective on life. We were privileged to work with him for a few short years and we know the world is a less wonderful place without him.