Strange Brew run out of people to talk to...
...so poor old Jason Barnard had to resort to talking to me - but there's some great music in between my grating tones http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/http:/thestrangebrew.co.uk/fruits-de-mer-podcast
all manner of Fruits de Mer and Sendelica rarities are being offered by the band as contributions towards their 2015 touring fighting fund - well-worth a look
Astralasia test pressing charity auction
Well-worth a look; i know the seller, so i can vouch that it's genuine (although i can't explain how Marc Swordfish's signature went missing - but then again, this IS Fruits de Mer)
Shindig! 2015 festival guide
you can check out Fruits de Mer's 2015 gigs, along with a few more(!) in the new Shindig! festival guide...
Sidelong excursions and excesses
Did you always get an extra buzz out of finding an album with a side-long track on it, promising some kind of epic, instrumentally-led psych/prog/kosmische suite, ranging far and wide in musical over-the-topness?
(oh, maybe it was just me, then)
Well, if you did, stay tuned to Fruits de Mer over the next couple of months, because you're going to be in aural heaven.
If you didn't, errr......sorry
Fopp Records in Earlham St in central London always used to be worth a visit for cheap/odd CDs and the odd, very odd box-set. Sadly it seems to be more and more just another HMV outlet, primarily DVDs and books, with the CDs turning over very slowly and the (admittedly pretty substantial) vinyl section offering little or nothing under £13. Where are cheap CDs and vinyl being dumped and displayed these days?
The Worst Condition Record I've Ever Paid Good Money For...
...and i've just paid it - about £60 for a knackered copy of 'Touch' on the Deram label. But...it's a mono copy and I don't think i've ever seen one advertised - and the vinyl looks slightly less knackered than the sleeve. Will the mono mix be better? God knows, I don't think it can be as i love a bit of stereo madness but I recently bought a mono copy of Family's 'Music In A Doll's House' after searching for one for years because i read somewhere the mix is much better - and now i have to convince myself that it is (since posting this blog, i saw another copy, in better condition, at the Spitalfields Friday fair, so i bought that one as well - perhaps if i play them both at once i can produce an 'electronically created stereo' version, which i seem to recall being a feature of shoddy Marble Arch compilations of kinks tracks back in the 60s)
Records Are Better Than People
A nice little piece on some FdM releases from the owner of Specific Records in France - as long as your French is better than mine... http://recordsarebetterthanpeople.tumblr.com/post/107392931026/fruits-de-mer-special
Counting down to 'Games for May'
Less than five months to go to the first FdM gig of 2015 - and our first with Mega Dodo Records. I'm about to send everything off to the pressing plant for the 7" single that's part of the £15 ticket price - including an exclusive track by Schnauser and a live version of the classic 'Time Is Like A Promise' by Tir na nOg, while The Past Tense nipped into the studio to record a two-minute cracker especially for the single. But of course, the live music is the thing - five bands, my favourite London venue - you've got to be there!
Del Shannon - The Further Adventures of Charles Westover - first essential LP of 2015
Reissued by the great reissue label 'Trouble in Mind', thise is is orchestral psychedelia at its very best. If you've heard the epic 'Silver Birch' by The Chemistry Set on FdM, you'll know what to expect; if you haven't, check out 'Colour Flashing Hair' or 'silver Birch' on youtube, then get hold of the album - on vinyl, of course
HMV - neither fish nor fowl
I tried working through the vinyl racks at the local HMV earlier in the week - it was very frustrating, it's reached a point where there's enough there to be impossible for a vinyl junkie to ignore, but too little for there to be any chance of finding something 'unexpected', and then it's been organised by someone who knows 'A' goes before 'B' but that's about it - so Led Zeppelin rub shoulders with Lana Del Ray and London Grammar, while Goat and Henry Cow are nowhere to be seen.
Maybe I'll try again in a year's time
An early sighting of the first record-decks of spring
a couple of years ago, I called in on Sevenoaks Hi Fi in Kingston..."Do you sell record-decks?""Yes." "Great, what do you have?" "Well, we don't actually stock any...."
This time i called in, looking for an amp, but I noticed THREE new decks proudly displayed - god, i hope someone buys them, the shop needs encouraging - but this was a good sign for the vinyl revival, to my mind anyway
'Coltrane' in black?
I have a few copies available on black vinyl - please email me if you'd like to beat the Christmas rush
(that's Christmas 2015, of course)
The next time it leaves the house, it'll be in a box...
a pathetic introduction to one of Fruits de Mer's early autumn releases - a box-set of eight 7" singles - excessive? surely not. More news soon-ish
Bernie Winter's dog....
(...you have to over a certain age); the Schnauser single has been disappearing fast and I'm already down to a handful of copies, so don't take too long if you're toying with the idea of buying a copy - you know what those eBay chappies are like
one for sorrow, two for sleeve junkies
I've had a sneak preview of the sleeves to the forthcoming Tor Peders and Tir na nOg releases - and they are rather lovely...the tir na nOg sleeve is printed on a sort of linen-effect card, while the Tor Peders album has a raised embossing pattern all over the front, back and centrespread of the gatefold sleeve; of course it's the music that matters, but part of the joy of vinyl is in the presentation - and i've got to say these are pretty damn-good - now all we have crack is the Astralasia PVC outer sleeve...
Goldmine digs out an interview with Icarus Peel
well-worth a read for some back ground on Icarus, Crystal Jacqueline and The Honey Pot...http://www.goldminemag.com/collector-resources/spin-cycle/weird-scenes-inside-100-acre-woods-crystal-jacqueline-icarus-peel-honey-pot-full-wonder
Stranglers In The Night
an FdM club member shared a great story with me, which i have to share with you...
His daughter was walking through their local town the other day, wearing a FdM 'Roqueting Through Space' t-shirt when a guy came up to her and said, "cool label".
It was JJ Burnel.
Now, Andy Bracken and I are seriously impressed and a bit pleased with ourselves, given that 'Golden Brown' is one of the best 45s ever released (Andy would say THE best) although the young lass had to go home to ask her dad whether he'd ever heard of a band called The Stranglers!
If you have any good/bad/weird/unbelievable Fruits de Mer-related stories please let me have them!
I've just about run out of 'specials' that we took along to Crabstock in Wales, but if you'd like to buy a t-shirt or maybe an odd-coloured copy of one of the March releases, please email me and i'll see what i can do
We came, we saw, we Crabstock'd...
Thank you to everyone for making Crabstock in Cardigan a fantastic evening - the artists, the venue, the brewery and of course all the FdM fans who came along, picked up their goodie-bags, raided the merchandising stalls, drank the bar dry (true!) and enjoyed some great music; and a special mention the whole town, which organised a carnival through the town centre just to celebrate Crabstock (well, it felt like it!)
Crabstock On Ice is this Saturday - after which we'll be taking a bit of a break and then starting to think about the next live event - and we've already got two or three ideas brewing!