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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.

They ought to be ashamed

We had to share this one.  In the rumble-tumble world of music, we have become (sadly) accustomed to being bootlegged, having our hard work distributed for free by total strangers, generally being ripped off and not ever earning a proper wage for anything. That’s just the world we live in, no need to cry in our soup.

But this is a new low.  A well respected label (we all have many of their ace releases in our collections – paid for with real money and everything!) and a well respected author (ditto, our cash = his pockets).  And yet this is how they want to do “business”.  Not a “how’s your father?” or a polite “we’d like to use your artwork to sell our book and not actually pay you for it, may we please?”.  Oh no, and entirely new approach: we’ve put your artwork in our book and you have 14 days to stop us.  Nice.

Jon SavagesouljazzNeedless to say we wrote to them and told them NO YOU DO NOT HAVE OUR PERMISSION.  Jokers.

From :XXXXXX@soundsoftheuniverse.com
Subject : PUNK 45s Sleeve Artwork Permission
Message Body : Hi – I’m writing from Soul Jazz Books in London – we are planning to publish a book towards the end of this year to be called “PUNK 45 The Singles Cover Art of Punk 1975-82″, edited by Jon Savage and Stuart Baker. The book will feature cover art from hundreds of Punk singles from this period, along with contributions and interviews etc. from artists, writers, designers and other key figures. We would very much like to include in this book artwork taken from the following Crass Records singles: CRASS – NAGASAKI NIGHTMARE HONEY BANE – YOU CAN BE YOU If you have object to our using the artwork listed above I’d be grateful if you could let me know within the next 14 days, in order that we can remove the artwork from the book. Thanks & all best wishes, Steve

Arbouretum – A Gourd Of Gold

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From the time we started Latitudes, we’ve held a secret wish list of bands that we intended to lure into our studio.  We’ve cut a major notch in our bedpost by finally scoring with Arbouretum, a band that meets universal approval at Latitudes HQ.

Arbouretum offer up four cover versions of the brilliant Gordon Lightfoot, the oft-overlooked Canadian singer-songwriter who helped define the folk-rock sound of the Sixties and Seventies.  The highlight of the session is unsurprisingly the song that Lightfoot considers to be his finest work, the ballad telling the tale of the doomed cargo ship the Edmond Fitzgerald, which sank in Lake Superior in 1975, taking 29 crew to their watery graves.

Available as an edition of 1000 hand packaged CDs in foil blocked envelope style folder with colour insert, and 1000 LPs – 500 on 180g black vinyl and 500 on 180g gold vinyl with die cut custom sleeves, foil blocked inner liners and colour insert.  Also available is a limited edition shirt with the cover art.

from the liner notes:

On the surface, Gordon Lightfoot might seem an odd choice for potential interpretation. Despite mass appeal and a long career, he never really received the critical acclaim of his contemporaries, and I’ve always felt his songwriting eclipsed the performances and often insimpatico production of his albums. Trust Arbouretum to really unearth the essence of his spirit. Their main tool is the diversity of mood and approach: from the gravitas of the aforementioned Wreck through the upbeat breezy Carefree Highway, the furrowed brow of Protocol and finally the ecstatic meditative Early Morning Rain. These are exactly what cover songs should sound like – immediately familiar, reverent yet fresh and worthy. (Tony Sylvester)

Track Listing:

  1. The Wreck Of The Edmond Fitzgerald
  2. Carefree Highway
  3. Protocol
  4. Early Morning Rain

Now available to pre-order from our web shop.

Thanks.

Rudimentary Peni – Cacophony reissue

Having barely caught our breath after shipping out Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric, we are very happy to say that the next Rudimentary Peni reissue is now on the presses.  We are really enjoying putting together these reissues and seeing all of the interest in the band.

BOO02 Rudimentary Peni Cacophony Four years after the release of Death Church, Rudimentary Peni surprised us by returning with Cacophony. At the time it confounded and delighted fans in equal measure. With retrospect it is considered by many to be the band’s masterwork, as well as one of the most visionary and radical works in the history of British punk. Cacophony could be considered a concept album in the sense that its spirit is obsessed with the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Musically it is a glorious melting pot of noise-punk, heavy guitar riffs, experimental rhythms, and psuedo-pop melodies. What is truly remarkable is the vocals of Nick Blinko, who throughout the 43 minutes of Cacophony assumes at least a dozen personalities and moves from punk screams to vaudevillian characterisations to Shakespearian monologues to pop choruses, and back again. Fans of HPL will find many reference points to delight them, whilst even those who have never read the work of the horror writer will come away from Cacophony feeling as if they have been immersed in one of his stories. Throughout the album, a sense of the darkest black humour pervades – we are the audience for a kind of grotesquely jovial pantomime of word-play and musical adventure. Most definitely a headphones-on, lights-off experience.

  • Remastered from the original analogue tapes.
  • All original artwork presented in fine detail.
  • CD version in gatefold sleeve with 20 page lyric booklet.
  • Vinyl edition comprises 180g black vinyl, gatefold sleeve, poster, 8 page full size lyric booklet and download card.
  • A limited edition shirt featuring the cover art.

“Cacophony is the exact point where genius meets madness.” – Punknews.org
“Cacophony is, in fact, the Ummagumma or Trout Mask Replica of British punk.” – Scaruffi.com
“The most original, outlandish, compelling, amusing and downright weird LP I’ve ever laid ears on.” – KKKKK Kerrang (April 1989)
“Very rarely have the aggressive dynamics of punk pock been harnessed with such convincingly odd and macabre thoughts.” – 4/5 Sounds (January 1989)


Track Listing:
1. Nightgaunts
2. The Horrors in the Museum
3. The Only Child
4. Architectonic and Dominant
5. The Evil Clergyman
6. Brown Jenkin
7. Crazed Couplet
8. Sarcophagus
9. Lovecraft Baby
10. Dream City
11. C12 H22 011
12. Zenophobia
13. Sunset for the Lords of Venus
14. Beyond the Tanarian Hills
15. Imps of the Perverse
16. The Dead Loved
17. Periwig Power
18. Kappa Alpha Tau
19. American Anglophile in the World Turned Upside-Down
20. Memento Mori
21. Better Not Born
22. Arkham Hearse
23. The Old Man Is Not So Terribly Misanthropic
24. Gentlemen Prefer Blood
25. Sonia
26. The Day the Universe Ceased (March 15, 1937)
27. The Crime of the Century
28. Musick in Diabola
29. Shard
30. Black on Gold
Total Running Time:  42:43

Available to pre-order now from the Southern shop.

NoMeansNo European Tour

Okay people, time to start doing your stretching exercises and double your vitamin dose in preparation for one of the most highly anticipated events on the over 70’s calendar – it’s the NOMEANSNO tour of Europe!These guys know how to take a venue, blow the doors off and leave the audience half-deaf and covered in sweat and beer.  This is what the joy of live music is all about.

NoMeansNoWrongnam Style European Tour

05.08.13 Amsterdam, Netherlands (Sugar) Melkweg
05.09.13 Obernausen, Germany Druckluft
05.10.13 Bielefeld, Germany Forum
05.11.13 Lubeck, German Treibsand
05.12.13 Flensburg, Germany Volxbad
05.14.13 Copenhagen, Denmark Loppen
05.15.13 Halden, Norway Feelgood
05.16.13 Lillehammer, Norway Felix
05.17.13 Trondheim, Norway Blaest
05.18.13 Oslo, Norway Parkteatret
05.19.13 Aalborg, Denmark 1000 Fryd
05.21.13 Nottingham, UK The Doghouse
05.22.13 Manchester, UK Sound Control
05.23.13 Dublin, Ireland Whelans
05.24.13 Cork, Ireland Crane Lane
05.25.13 Belfast, Ireland Voodoo
05.26.13 Glasgow, Scotland Stereo
05.28.13 Edinburgh, Scotland Electric Circus
05.29.13 Newcastle, UK The Cluny
05.30.13 Exeter, UK The Cavern
05.31.13 London, UK The Lexington
06.01.13 Bristol, UK Exchange
06.02.13 Brighton, UK The Haunt
06.04.13 Nijmegen, Netherlands Doornroosje
06.05.13 Nurnberg, Germany K4
06.06.13 Prague, Czech Republic Lucerna Music Bar
06.07.13 Leipzig, Germany Ut Connewitz
06.08.13 Frankfurt, Germany Au Fest