Shop news: Constellation mega-sale

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.

Constellation sale runs from 10 June to 15 July, while stocks last.

 

Thank you.

New in our Web Shop: Elfin Saddle “Wurld” (Constellation)

We are thrilled to present a very special Constellation release: the DVD limited edition of the film Wurld by Elfin Saddle.  This title certainly thrills on the packaging front, and the content is every bit as wonderful.

Wurld is a year-long installation piece constructed, tended and developed by Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie, co-founders of Elfin Saddle, involving sculpture, stop-motion animation and time-lapse video. Using the backyard of their Montreal apartment as an installation site, Emi and Jordan worked on this installation every day for a year, evolved and devolved an entire miniature world, conjuring an historical arc of civilization from early settlement and relative harmony with nature to gradual industrialisation, mechanisation and the inevitable discontents of over-production, waste and decline.

The resulting work is a wondrous, unpretentious, gently mystical 23-minute video piece for which they also composed the soundtrack.

The Wurld DVD/10 inch+DVD release also includes 30 minutes of previously unreleased Elfin Saddle music, a 15-minute abridged and re-mastered version of the Wurld soundtrack and another 15 minutes of music additionally highlighting the band’s instrumental work. DVD comes in a custom screen-printed 25 pt. chipboard gatefold jacket with front cover die-cut window and DVD inserted in a printed sleeve. Contains a 5×7 inch full-colour title/credit insert and a set of three full-colour 5×7 postcards featuring stills from the Wurld film (each of which can be positioned to shine through the window cut) printed on 80C Proterra Oyster paper. Also includes a 7×14 inche duo-tone poster printed in burgundy and semi-opaque green metallic inks on Proterra Kraft paper featuring original artwork by Emi and Jordan All boards and papers are 100% recycled.

DVD contents:

  • the Wurld film
  • Elfin Saddle concert filmed at MACM
  • a sequence of “deleted scenes” from Wurld
  • a film of the rotating sculpture installed at the MACM set to the music of one of the new instrumental pieces
  • a video document of a 2005 art installation by Emi and Jordan that helps contextualise the couple’s broader art practice and history
  • 30 minutes of extractable WAV and MP3 audio files featuring the Wurld soundtrack and other new Elfin Saddle music.


Packaging notes:
This is a strictly limited edition deluxe release in hand-numbered copies.
DVD: 900 / 10 inch+DVD: 500

Track Listing
VIDEO CONTENTS:
1. Wurld film (23:20)

2. Elfin Saddle in concert at MACM (46:18)
3. Wurld outtakes (4:52)
4. Rotating Sculpture (5:03) (video for “A Sinking Celebration”)
5. Flora & Fauna art installation video document (7:10)

AUDIO CONTENTS:
1. Wurld Soundtrack (15:41)
2. A River Of Horses (5:17)
3. A Tree In Dark Water / A Sinking Celebration (8:13)

Order it now from the Southern web shop!