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Tartufi open a can of whup ass on the United States of America

Our dear, dear, dear, wonderful, slightly crazy, crazily talented duo, otherwise known as Tartufi, have rolled their sleeves up and are putting America over their knees and giving it a spanking.  But you know, it hurts them as much as it’s gonna hurt America, and they are only doing it out of love.

Lynne-n-Brian have booked themselves one massive tour of the US of A and they are saddling up their van and waving goodbye to San Francisco and hello to the open road tomorrow.  And as if that’s not enough, they also have a new video for the song “Church Of Hanging Leaders”, off their stupendous album Nests Of Wave And Wire, to boot!

Wow! That was nuts, huh? I definitely want some of the drugs coffee that the director of that video was consuming! (Who btw is Emile Rosewater who is lovely.)

But THAT’S NOT ALL, FOLKS!!! Oh no!  Not only do you get a tour and a new video, but you get a set of steak knives as well!  Okay, that’s a lie, but you do get a BRAND spankin’ NEW record from Tartufi, yes you do.  Entitled The Goodwill Of The Scar, this record is super special.  Available on a limited pressing of 500 copies on vinyl or by download only – it’s a 30 minute journey of wonderment courtesy of Tartufi.  Recorded once again with everyone’s favourite studio guy, Sir Tim Green (of The Fucking Champs, and back in the day Nation Of Ulysses), this record will only be available direct from the band on tour.  Oh, and from our web shop for those of you unlucky enough to not be able to make it to show.  Which surely must mean you’re dead and don’t need a record anyway.  If you’re not into vinyl (please stop reading our blog now and go away quietly) then you can buy The Goodwill Of The Scar on download, also from our web shop.

Okay so that’s tour, video, steak knives, and new record.  Tick, tick, tick those boxes.  NO WAIT!  There’s more.  Yes there is also a brand new web site. It’s a true thing of beauty, it is.  It’s enough to bring a proud record label to tears.  My favourite bit is the lyrics.  You know, I always thought Lynne was just making up a bunch of nonsense – in a kind of that-mad-bird-from-Cocteau-Twins kinda way.  But no!  It turns out there are actually WORDS and she’s got some poetry going on there.  Check out this passage from the new record:

Those who flee from the fire
The birds in the trees will go hungry they’ll freeze by this pyre
The churches are closed from steeple to spire
So much to be gathered from this west facing wire
I’m sending a signal that we all have expired
Have been beaten by wasps and we’re hungry we’re wounded we’re tired
I will follow you through this ocean of blue

That explains a lot, doesn’t it?

Okay enough rambling, the drugs coffee is starting to wear off now.  It’s obvious to me that Tartufi have not been getting any sleep, busy that they have been with all this activity.  Going on tour will be like a holiday for them!

Tartufi Spring 2010 USA Tour in full:

Mar 24 – UCSD Che Cafe –w/ Writer and Swim Party La Jolla, CA
Mar 25 – Conspire Phoenix, Arizona
Mar 26 – High Mayhem Sante Fe, New Mexico
Mar 27 – Bash Riprock’s In the Depot w One Wolf / Seryn Lubbock, Texas
Mar 28 – KESSLER THEATER — Raided X+ Festival w/ Darktown Strutters / Telethon / The Great Tyrant Dallas, Texas
Mar 29 – Alabama Music Box Mobile, Alabama
Apr 1 – Static Age Records w/ The Judas Horse & Pilgrim Asheville, North Carolina
Apr 2 – The Milestone — DUO-FEST!!!! Charlotte, North Carolina
Apr 3 – Broad St Cafe — w/ Bronzed Chorus & Maple Stave Durham, North Carolina
Apr 4 – Studio B w/ The Bronzed Chorus Greensboro, North Carolina
Apr 5 -The Golden West Baltimore, Maryland
Apr 6 – 119 Gallery Lowell, Massachusetts
Apr 7 – Armadillos w/ Giraffes? Giraffes! and Christopher Barry Keene, New Hampshire
Apr 8 – University of Rhode Island w/ 14 Foot 1 Kingston, Rhode Island
Apr 9 – PAs w/ Soccer Mom & Varsity Drag Somerville, Massachusetts
Apr 10 – Death By Audio w/ Starring & Thunderhole Brooklyn, New York
Apr 12 – TBA Cleveland, Ohio
Apr 13 – McCormick’s w/ The Splanchic Ganglion South Bend, Indiana
Apr 14 – Ronny’s — w/ Jared Grabb (from Scout’s Honor) Chicago, Illinois
Apr 15 – St Olaf College w/ Dewi Sant Northfield, Minnesota
Apr 16 – UMINN –The Whole w/ Dewi Sant Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 17 – Northland Studios Des Moines, Iowa
Apr 18 – HI-DIVE Denver, Colorado
Apr 19 – Astroland Boulder, California
Apr 20 – Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado
Apr 21 – College of Eastern Utah Price, Utah
Apr 22 – Tonic Lounge w/ Clint Sleeper & Touques Reno, Nevada

Thanks!

Chrome Hoof returns to orbit

We are very pleased indeed to receive word from Chrome Hoof that their return to our galaxy is imminent. After nearly three years of exploration they are preparing for re-entry, and they are ready to tell the tales of the last few years spent wandering.

We have received the following missive….

Chrome Hoof prepare to launch. (photo by Steve Bliss)

“I, a lone ship’s biscuit, was the only witness of sound enough mind to relay the following events…

Our malfunctioned vessel drifted downwards in the briney ooze while the groaning super-structure straddled Crush Depth – instantaneous pulverization. In these moments pregnant with doom and collective madness, personnel had elected to arm all thirteen torpedos and fire them simultaneously into the black void that cradled their chromium craft. These probes of destruction were equipped with untested launch programs: Crystalline, Labyrinth and the Core Delusion, so no-one aboard knew what abominations were about to be unleashed. Then, Deadly Pressure crackled in the air whilst our spirits were temporarily lifted with tales of Bunker’s Paradise – the legendary domain whereby one can reside for evermore if able to propel themselves forward, beyond the twin guardians of the Anorexic Cyclops and the ever-ravenous Vapourise unit.

The audio platter, known as Crush Depth, serves as a document to the hour that followed.” – M.

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Web shop : Peterbilt CDs unearthed!

Deadline
Deadline
Rain
Rain

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.

Tartufi scores the #1 Overlooked Album Of The Year accolade

Tartufi = Love
Tartufi = Love

Okay so that’s us being a bit cheeky.  Actually the good folk at Drowned In Sound call it the “Lost 9 of 09″ and they’ve awarded the number one spot to our dear, lovely Tartufi for their epic Nests Of Waves And Wire album.  Tartufi are just about the best thing to happen to us this year.  Genuinely lovely, warm, hard-working people who have an incredible musical gift.  The kind of band you’d cut your right arm off for and know that you’d never regret it.  To celebrate the DiS piece and so that everyone can bathe in the warm glow of splendid noise that is Nests Of Waves And Wire, we’re practically giving the CD away all this week in our web shop.  Only £5 – and you get a free instant mp3 download of the album to go with it.  (Well, instant if you use Paypal.  Might take a couple of hours if we have to process your credit card.)  And we’ll send you a free tour poster as well.

And what, prey tell, are the dynamic duo of Tartufi up to at this moment in time?  Well, they had a tough Autumn – their European tour was aborted due to no fault whatsoever of the band, and this in turn made their US tour go bust (it was supposed to bookend the European trip).  But, did they cry?  Did they wail?  Did they gnash their teeth?  YES.  THEY DID ALL OF THOSE THINGS.  And then they started writing their next album.  As we speak – this very minute – they are sequestered in the studio with the wizard that is known to you humanoids as Tim Green and the co-engineer  known only as “Chopper” and they are recording an EP.  Not just any EP, mind – it’s just one song.  And it’s 100 minutes long.  Okay, maybe it’s only 30 minutes long.  But it’s looooooong, got it?  Said EP to be released on (drum roll) Southern Records (fanfare) in April.   On vinyl and download only.  Which is pretty cool, don’t you think?

But why would we want to release a one-long-ass-song vinyl-only EP in April? That’s insane, right?  Well, not if you know that TARTUFI ARE GOING TO BE TOURING IN M*****F*****G MAY!  Sorry for shouting.  And for asterisk-swearing.  Sorry, Santa.  But yes, it’s true.  Tartufi now have an actual serious booking agent working a real (note – not imaginary) tour of Europe, in May.  Everybody say hell yeah!  Yes yes yes.  We’ll be keeping you posted, don’t worry.  And after the tour in May you can expect a whole spanking brand-new album in the Autumnal months.  2010 is like, the Official Year Of Tartufi.  Get ready.

And while you dream your little dreams of next year, take a minute to remember all the sweet words that the lovely smart people said about Tartufi in 2009.  We love them all.  The people that is.

“A haunting record of mercurial, generically evasive songs, the hefty running times of which belie the fact they are neither self-consciously epic or ‘progressive’, nor look-at-me weird; calling this music ‘schizophrenic’ implies a wackiness that’s entirely absent. Indeed, Nests of Waves and Wire’s considerable sense of coherency comes both from its uniformly melancholic tone and the slow but purposeful pace with which the songs unfold. It doesn’t sound like Tartufi are making it up as they go along; more like they’re somehow uncovered a collection of very strange old spirituals and decided they might have a go covering them. In a folk-noise-metal-choral-ambient style.” - Drowned In Sound #1 Lost Album of 2009

“An expansive lattice of twinkling loops, math-rock crunch and none-more-giddy harmonies. Animal Collective fans in search of further post-psych rapture should bend an ear to these compulsive, crisply produced workouts.”Mojo 4 out of 5 stars

“This is huge. Imagine Animal Collective boxing their way out of rock’s paper bag without putting down their guitars first and you have it, crudely. The San-Franciscans charge from played-with-shards-of-broken-glass guitar to crescendos that manage somehow, to sound both jubilant and doomed.”NME

“Suffice to say, Nests Of Waves And Wire is more than the sum of its very varied parts. At times the sheer musical breadth and vastness of tracks…are almost overwhelming. As dramatic as the changing of the seasons NOWAW is a vital celebration of the power and immensity of sound and the human voice. Perfect springtime listening.”Wears The Trousers

“A dizzying construct of lunatic prettiness. It all flows together, like a fantastical alien river.”Rocksound 8 out of 10 stars

“With each twist on Nests Of Waves And Wire there is something new to obsess over, whether it’s complete u-turn in the previous drum pattern, an obtuse reverberation chamber that swallows the whole middle section…or a vocal hook that contradicts everything you thought you’d gathered from the first 20 minutes of the album. It becomes so utterly unpredictable…the purest and most essential thing about it.”Rock A Rolla

“Multi-layered hollering is mounted on crazy synths and disjointed loops and the beats are ever changing; the whole thing a savage maelstrom of sound.”Alternative Ulster 7 out of 10 stars

“Tartufi build intricate loops of organic alt rock and lay freak folk riffs over clattering campfire rhythms. The effect is rapturous, strident.”PLAN B