Can you guess who it is? This was taken way back in 2008 at the Supersonic festival in Birmingham.
We’re having one of our irregular spectaculars in the Southern Web Shop. The mail order elves are restless and if we don’t get them busy packing up parcels then we’re going to have real trouble on our hands.
Starting Friday 10th June we are having a mega-sale featuring the entire Constellation catalogue. A big hum-dinging 20% off our regular low-low prices means you can pick up CDs for around the £8 mark, and vinyl for £9 (prices vary according to release). To start shopping just pop over to our our shop from Friday and choose Constellation from the Labels list, or just use this link if you’re lazy like me.
Constellation Records is an influential Montreal, Quebec independent record label known for its contributions to experimental genres of music. It is most famous for releasing the albums of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, and Do Make Say Think. Constellation are anti-corporate, anti-capitalist, and anti-globalist; its mission, according to its founders, was to “enact a mode of cultural production that critiques the worst tendencies of the music industry, artistic commodification, and perhaps in some tiny way, the world at large.” It also hoped to recover and rebuild an independent music ethic that it saw as commodified and corporatized. The packaging of Constellation’s music also reflects this ethos; they eschew the ubiquitous jewel cases and ship their albums in unique hand-designed cardboard packages, which are made, as far as is possible, by local artists and artisans.
Just a few of the wonderful releases that you can acquire during our sale…
A Silver Mt Zion – 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons
On 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons, riffs are the backbone more than ever. Anchored by new drummer Eric Craven (ex-Hangedup), ASMZ works its slow build and burn with newfound patience, sinuousness and ferocity. Whether methodically framing walls of sound over the four-on-the-floor punk dirge of “1,000,000 Died To Make This Sound” or exploding in sheets of free noise and melody on “Black Waters Blowed”, the band has never rocked harder and has never sounded more determined, desperate and driven.
Sale price: CD £8 LP £11.20
Land Of Kush – Against The Day
Inspired by and named after the Thomas Pynchon’s novel Against the Day, this is a complex, intense, but accessible hour of hybrid, genre-defying music. The marriage of middle-eastern, north African and western modes and influences yields a recording that evades categorization.
Sale price: CD £8 LP £12
Jem Cohen – An Evening Twilight In Empires Of Tin
A unique film/live DVD hybrid featuring film vignettes from acclaimed filmmaker Jem Cohen with a live soundtrack from Vic Chesnutt, Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), and members of A Silver Mt. Zion.
Sale price £9.60
Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libres
A spectacular collaboration between Matana Roberts, one of the leading lights of contemporary African-American experimental music, and a group of Montreal musicians, recorded live at Hotel2Tango and edited into four 15 minute suites. On CD and double 10 inch vinyl set.
Sale price CD £8.40 LP £15.20
These are just a few of the wonderful releases that Constellation have contributed over the years. Please have a browse and use this opportunity to explore some of the less exposed corners of their rich catalogue.
This week only, we will be giving away one of our lovely tote bags for free, to all orders over £45! Don’t forget that all UK orders over £30 also qualify for free shipping. So, UK folks, you’d be getting a free tote bag and free shipping! Not to mention lots of lovely records. Unfortunately, at the moment we are unable to offer free shipping to international customers, but hey, you’d still get a free tote bag and maybe we’ll throw in some nice posters too!
**If you’d like to take advantage of this offer, please quote “FREEBAG” in the “Order Notes” section…you might also like to include some friendly words or a little joke, we like those.
We’ve been adding lots of exciting new releases to our web shop recently, so what better time to go and take a look at our site?!
You can see the lovely bags here
Special offer ends Monday 16th May 2011.
Our mail order elves are very excited about the forthcoming double vinyl version of Earth’s new album Angels Of Darkness, Demons of Light 1. We got the CD version a few weeks ago and our elves have been listening to it non-stop while packing orders, playing tetris with all of the lovely stock in the mailorder
cave room and sending our customers nice e-mails. What got them even more excited was when we heard we’d be getting a very limited number on lovely, green vinyl.
So, why not head over to our web shop and see what’s got our elves talking? And if you’d like to talk to the elves yourself, you can at [email protected] maybe you’d like to send them some words of encouragement as they brave papercuts (cardboard cuts are the worst) to bring you the very best in outsider music. Maybe you’d like to ask them for some recommendations on what’s coming up soon in our web shop or maybe you have a funny joke you’d like to share, the elves love a science-based joke, if you have any.
Earth – Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1
5 tracks, 60 minutes. Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1 is the first new studio album from Earth since 2008′s Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull. The introduction of cello (Lori Goldston) on this record brings a more fluid and textured sound, while still remaining heavy. Line up for Angels of Darkness… is: Dylan R Carlson – electric guitar & devices; Adrienne Davies – percussion; Lori Goldston (Nirvana, David Byrne, Black Cat Orchestra, Laura Veirs) – cello; Karl Blau (Laura Veirs, Microphone) – bass. Recorded at Avast Studios and produced by Stuart Hallerman (Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Built To Spill, Earth2). Released on CD and double vinyl.
Following the Extra Capsular reissues, Earth’s next offering is a brand new studio album, Angels Of Darkness, Demons of Light 1, a fine testament to the fact that they have come a long way since 1989. Drawing on inspiration from both British Folk-Rock bands the Pentangle and Fairport Convention and the North African Tuareg band Tinariwen, the new material, while still ‘heavy’ is much more fluid and melodically oriented, less dense and more textured and nuanced. It contains greater improvisatory interplay between the musicians.
The new album acknowledges previous recordings, sonically it cultivates the jazz infused Americana presented on The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull and as a further nod to the past, Earth returned to Avast studios to work with producer Stuart Hallerman (Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Built To Spill, and Earth2!) again. There have been some significant changes which have given birth to yet another new sound, the main change being the line up and so joining Dylan and Adrienne on the album is cellist Lori Goldston (Nirvana, David Byrne, Black Cat Orchestra, Laura Veirs) and Karl Blau (K Records, Laura Veirs, Microphones) on electric bass. The touring band will feature Dylan Carlson, Adreinne Davies, Lori Goldston, and Angelina Baldoz on bass.
There are many breaths of fresh air in this new record, many hopeful tones and drones as well as more eerie ones. One thing is for sure, this incarnation of Earth excels all expectations.
Released on CD and double vinyl.
3.Descent to the Zenith
5.Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light
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