Rudimentary Peni’s Archaic reissue… wasn’t easy

boo08-500pxRudimentary Peni’s Archaic was originally released in June 2004 on ten inch vinyl and CD. Some tracks are written by Grant and some by Nick whilst others are co-written by both members. Archaic deals more with personal experience than the majority of the bands previous releases. The twelve songs on the album cover a variety of, shall we say, darker topics including mortality, despair, cremation, and the closing of the British national health service.  The brevity of the lyrics (often a single line) is matched by the pummelling harshness of the guitar riffs, which hammer away as if pouring salt into an open wound.

We’re now proud to present the remastered version of Archaic. The vinyl version is on 180g white wax and features gatefold sleeve, 6 full size double-sided art cards, bonus poster, and download card.  Also available: CD version in gatefold wallet with 16 page art/lyrics booklet, and a limited edition shirt.

Truth told, we had a bit of trouble with this one. Firstly, in between cutting the vinyl and being ready to press it, our original pressing plant managed to damage one side of the metalwork. We decided to move to another pressing plant and had the damaged side recut there. We pressed the album, only to discover that it now had two B-sides. That original plant had also managed to mislabel the metalwork, so the side we thought was damaged (A) was actually side B. Now we had to recut B again at the new plant. This time we pressed it on white vinyl so there can be no confusion. Honestly, the final cuts are much better sounding than the ones we discarded, so we’re not going to cry into our milk for too long about it. About 50 copies of the double-B side version on black vinyl made it into circulation via our mail order department before we caught the mistake. Those customers have already been sent replacements at no charge. All of the rest of the double-B side vinyls have been destroyed.

Next up in the Rudimentary Peni reissue series is Death Church, in January.

Personnel
• Nick Blinko
• Grant Matthews
• Jon Grenville

Track Listing:
1. One and All
2. Suffer
3. In Crematorium Flame
4. Lost
5. The Rain
6. Mercy of Slumber
7. The Curse
8. The Enlightened Dreamer
9. X N.H.S
10. Farewell Tomorrow
11. House of the Void
12. Rehearsal for Morality

Total Running Time: 15:33

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Little Annie’s Prayer

Little Annie (the artist formerly known as Annie Anxiety) has been a part of the extended Southern family from the very beginning.  Having encountered Crass in NYC at the fag-end of the Seventies, she was entranced enough by Steve Ignorant’s tales of life in the communal Crass home of Dial House that she upped sticks to move across the pond and become part of their clan – gigging with them and writing lyrics for some of their songs including the seminal feminist punk anthem “Shaved Women”. (Read part of the story here.)

A decade or so later she was living in the garden of On-U Sound mastermind Adrian Sherwood’s East Ham home and making records with the On-U posse.  In 1992 she released the album Short And Sweet on the On-U Sound label.  It included this song, “Bless Those” aka “Little Annie’s Prayer”, in which Annie bestows benedictions upon all of society’s outcasts – the ad men and jazz men, boxers and bankers, the glamourous, dangerous formless and spineless…

If the tune sounds familiar, it may be because it was notably recorded by Living Colour (whose ranks included On-U compadre Doug Wimbish, a co-writer of the song).

We still prefer Annie’s version, and the hint of mischief in her voice when she croons “…and those that could go either way”.

You can pick up the remastered reissue of Short And Sweet in our web shop, and enjoy a 33% discount on any of Little Annie’s CDs if you enter the code “Annielovesme” at check-out.  (Valid until 31 October 2013.)  Be sure to stop by Annie’s Facebook page to thank her if you do!

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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.

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