The Tartufi Summer Stunner Tour

The lovely San Francisco trio better known as Tartufi are about to embark on a series of US tour dates as of this Saturday to bring their unique blend of blissful loops and pop-rock tendencies to the west coast.

Fresh out of the studio where they have just laid down the material for their next album, (due out early next year folks- mark it well in your 2013 diaries), what better way is there to celebrate than to come and share the joy and potentially some great new tracks with you?

For those of you lucky enough to be around the west coast, be sure to catch them on one of the following dates:

For more info on the band you can visit their groovy web site.

You can also grab their records and a lovely shirt from our webshop too!

And in case that wasn’t enough, here’s a link to another video to get you all excited.

 

Little Annie unveils new video for “Billy Martin Requiem”

With World Aids Day around the corner, Little Annie aptly releases a video for one of the most powerful, sentimental and alluring album tracks on Genderful, Billy Martin Requiem.

December 1 marks the 22nd annual World AIDS Day, and while there is still no “cure” for or viable vaccine against HIV, the positive strides made battling the virus over the last few years are undeniable. New drugs are making what was a death sentence now a manageable – if serious and chronic – condition. Generic versions of these medications, along with ambitious public health policies are helping make real inroads against the disease in the developing world.  There is space for much optimism this year.  But what’s lost sometimes with the good news is a space to contemplate what has been lost to us – irrevocably. The talent unrealized, the creativity and vitality extinguished, the knowledge and experience that won’t be passed on to new generations – this was and continues to be the fall out from the AIDS epidemic.

Which brings us to Little Annie and her song/video “Billy Martin Requiem”.  This astonishing track – from Genderful, her collaboration with Paul Wallfisch (Southern Records) – is perhaps the most New York centered selection on this most NYCentric collection.  It is a song that Annie says she has been trying to write for years. For how does one address the catastrophe of AIDS without falling prey to either to platitudes and cheap sentiment or to the black void of grief?  If you’re Annie you do so with humor, compassion and most knowing sadness. She did, after all, see it all back in the day. She cut her teeth on the downtown music/art scene – back in the bad, old days of the late 1970’s when the Big Apple was a bankrupt, crime-ridden, graffiti-tagged Hell. (Unless of course you were an artist, a free spirit, a thinker and/or a gay man – in which case that Hell was Heaven.) And she was in the trenches of what she calls “the war”, and watched as – to paraphrase Allen Ginsberg – the best minds of a generation disappeared.

Over a sexy, loping groove Annie sets herself adrift on her own stream of consciousness – her mind flowing back to the day. Back to her youth in Yonkers – just north of The Bronx, back to Yankee Stadium – which her train would pass as she headed south and then back to Billy Martin, the Yankees’ ill-starred manager who would die in a drunk driving accident. “No they don’t make ‘em like Billy anymore”, sings Annie. From there she neatly segues to the male disco diva Sylvester, whose “high pitched call to glamour” was the soundtrack to her youth, to gay men God lead her to and so many of whom would be lost to AIDS. “And though it hurts like hell to say it, he was only one of millions. They don’t make them like Sylvester anymore” says Annie before launching in a role call of great artists lost to HIV. The song is elegant and simple and gently devastating

Danny McKernan’s video for “Billy Martin Requiem” is likewise elegant, simple and powerful – hearkening back to the days when promo clips where about the happy collision of a great song, a charismatic performer and film maker with a vision, as opposed to the bloated/vacant visual intravaganzas our eyes/ears are more often than not subjected to these days.

Both the song and the video gently ask the audience to never forget what is missing from this world due to HIV, and to remember the brilliance that has passed from our midst.

Our first book!

Southern's first book!

We are chuffed as chips to be publishing our very first book.  This is an exciting moment for us, and we couldn’t be happier that the book in question is Steve Ignorant’s autobiography, The Rest Is Propaganda.  Written with Steve Pottinger over the last two years, The Rest Is Propaganda tells the story of a young boy growing up in Dagenham, East London, in the shadow of the Ford factory.  How that boy eventually went on to form the influential punk band Crass with Penny Rimbaud is only one part of the story of how Stephen Williams became Steve Ignorant.

Now available to order from our web shop: http://bit.ly/igsbook

We have plans for some other books in the pipeline at the moment. After all, we’re already part of a one struggling industry, why not join another? Ha!

Thanks.