ALL THE LATEST NEWS FROM FdM ....LUKEWARM OFF THE PRESSES... WHEN WE COME UP WITH SOMETHING VAGUELY INTERESTING
(AND MORE OFTEN WHEN WE DON'T)
RETURN OF THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
FdM is returning to its roots at the end of the year with four 7" singles - yes, a batch of releases with not a triple LP in sight. And they are all pretty bloody great! More news soon.
New friends of FdM, The Green Ray, have recorded their rather excellent version of the John Martyn classic song 'Dusty' for our 'Three Seasons' set.
you can see/hear it here HERE
...while LoveyDove have created something rather special in their rework of Peter Cook and Dudley Moores's 'Bedazzled' - both on vinyl (as part of 'The Three Seasons') and as a video...
UP THE WOODEN HILLS
...and Mark McDowell and Friends have revisited The Small Faces' hidden gem 'Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire', again for 'The Three Seasons'
NO SUCH THING AS BAD PUBLICITY
although there is such a thing as no publicity - which is a bit crap - so it's a relief to see some positive reviews coming in for 'the Three Seasons' as well as a belter for 'Fuchsia' - must get round to posting links on the REVIEWS page; some nice words from Shindig! for 'The Three Seasons' set are in the pipeline, apparently; I'm also hoping for something kind from Record Collector...
CRYSTAL JACQUELINE AND ICARUS PEEL RETURN TO GLASTONBURY
a double-header in mid-November to look out for at the scene of FdM's 10th birthday party
We've been bootlegged! Not really, it was a Mega Dodo limited-run 'special' but I've just found it on ebay - recorded at the Fruits de Mer/Mega Dodo 'Games For May' gig at the Half Moon a couple of years ago; priced at £100, I think I'll give it a miss (although I see somebody decided to cough up a ton for it, if you catch my drift)
Mr. PEEL BREWS UP SOMETHING STRANGE
In between recording numerous albums, the non-stop Icarus Peel had a quick chat with Jason Barnard, of the equally-tireless Strange Brew - and it makes fascinating reading.
Read it and weep HERE
Fruits de Mer's October releases - pre-ordering details are on our SHOP page (although the 'Decade/Decayed' CD is an FdM members club exclusive)
THE THREE SEASONS - A TASTE OF THE ELECTRIC PRUNES
one of the tracks on our new 'Three Seasons' 3LP set is this cracking cover of Love's '7 and & is', by The Electric Prunes...
...and odds are he'll come up with something pretty amazing - this time it's a double A-side 7", due on sale at the end of December, including a mindwarping cover of Dylan/Hendrix's 'All Along The Watchtower' - epic modern psychedelia
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
We'll be back in Cardigan from August 2-4 2019, with three nights and two days of live music, exclusive vinyl, great beer, giveaways and stuff like that - The Bevis Frond, nick nicely, Babal, The Alain Pire Experience and more already confirmed...check it out HERE
THEY'RE COMING HOME, THEY'RE COMING HOME...
..well, about a dozen of them are, anyway; available for the first time at our summer festival - the FdM 'three crabs' t-shirt. I reckon there are about 15 of them in a box waiting to be sorted out into sizes. If you're in the UK and you want one, please email me; if you're not in the UK, I'll be sending a few to Nick Leese at Heyday in the next week or so
16th Dream festival-goers had the chance to be mugged by us, as we created something for those nice cuppa teas that The Chemistry Set sang about. Sold on the FdM stall for the princely sum of £5 a pair, and with the catalogue number 'mug 1', how could anyone refuse them?
17th DREAM FESTIVAL, HERE WE COME
Thank you to everyone from outside the UK who was able to come along to the 16th Dream festival in Cardigan - I think it's fair to say it was a bit good!
Two days/three nights of great live music, new bands/old bands, folk/psych/prog/spacerock/you name it, copious amounts of beer was drunk, vast amounts of vinyl was consumed, 3D glasses were worn, the best part of 200 t-shirts were bought, lots of silly giveaways were...given away, old friends met up, new friends were welcomed to the annual gathering.
Pete Bingham has already set the dates for the 17th Dream - August 2-4 - in Cardigan's Cellar Bar, of course - book your B&Bs/hotels early, as I know a lot of people have already rebooked.
And if anyone has photos from the festival that you're happy for me to put on the FdM site and FdM facebook page, please send them through to me by email, or post them direct
16th DREAM FESTIVAL, HERE WE COME
It's going to be a bit quiet round here until August 9th as we focus on the 16th Dream Of Dr. Sardonicus festival - but we'll be back soon - probably around August 9th
for the fifth successive year, the Mantle Brewery in Cardigan is supplying the official beer for our summer festival. Many thanks to Ian, Domi and the team for their support - and for brewing a classic bitter, which will be on sale in special edition bottles throughout the weekend. If you can't make the festival, or you just want to enjoy a few bottles at home, you can order bottles online direct from the brewery
THE THREE SEASONS
It won't be long before I begin to get overexcited by our autumn three-LP set (not another one, surely?), remembering 1966-1968, arguably the most creative period in modern music (well, I think the sixties counts as modern, anyway). If I mention that The Yardbirds, The Electric Prunes and The Pretty Things all appear on the set, you might start getting pretty excited too.
CROMLECH III SPECIAL EDITION
I will have a batch of special editions of Sendelica's new 3 x 10" set for sale at the 16th Dream festival. They are 'special' in that they each includes a clear vinyl 8" lathe-cut with an exclusive track from the same sessions, and a collection of reprinted 3D Victorian postcards - so you can get extra mileage out of those 3D glasses
The Fuchsia reissue double LP is getting very close to a sell-out here at FdM Towers, so I'm going to build up a waiting-list until we're back from the Cardigan weekend festival and I know exactly what we still have in-stock
MORE FISH DESERTING...
check out 'DESEART ISLAND FISH' for new interviews with Elfin Bow, Mark McDowell, Claudio Cataldi, Kris Gietkowski, Allan Henry and Alain Pire - and don't miss Elfin Bow and the Alain Pire Experience at the 16th Dream festival
THE VINYL HAS LANDED
Fruits de Mer's late-July releases are now IN-STOCK!
god knows how, but we've actually beaten our scheduled release date - and both sets look as good as they sound
THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON CARDIGAN
Less than two weeks to go to the 16th Dream Of Dr. Sardonicus Festival and it looks like it’s going to be fine and sunny for all three days (not that it really matters as everything takes place in the Cellar Bar next to the castle).
Come down to Cardigan early/stay on an extra couple of days and explore the area!
SENDELICA IN 3D
If you're able to make it to our 16th Dream festival, be prepared for a 3D lightshow by Sendelica to celebrate the release of 'Cromlech Chronicles III' - photos WILL be taken!
WIN A COPY OF 'GOLDFISH'!
Our good friends at Record Collector are offering everyone a chance to win one of two copies of our 10 year, 3LP+7" retrospective. Full details are
...scroll down to the bottom of the email for the comp details
THE DREAM IS OVER...
...AND SO IS THE FRUITS DE MER WORLD CUP COMPETITION
the winner of the FdM World Cup competition is Peter Green - congratulations, Peter - you prize will be on its way to you very soon
MORE FISH DESERTING
Check out the 'DESERT ISLAND FISH' links for new contributions from Kris Gietkowski, Allan Henry from The NoMen and Alain Pire from the Alain Pire Experience (who will be playing at the 16th Dream festival)
STEAMPUNK RECORDS JOIN THE 16th DREAM PARTY!
If this year's festival goodie-bag wasn't bursting at the seams already, Steampunk Records have just offered us 150 copies of their new label sampler CD, and who are we to refuse - another whole bunch of new bands for you to explore!
I'LL DRINK TO THAT
Mantle Brewery's special edition '16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival' best bitter - now on sale! if you can't wait for the start of the festival in Cardigan on August 3, you can buy an early supply online direct from the Mantle Brewery
...and a lovely pint it is, too!
HANFORD REACH - THE VERY LATEST ARRIVALS IN THE 16th DREAM GOODIE-BAG
..and FINALLY...Hanford Reach, born out of the ashes of Sky Picnic, are supplying download cards to give everyone at this year's festival an exclusive listen to seven tracks they've been working on for their debut album (sorry, the download code on the photo is a dummy one!)
I AM VOYAGER 1 - EVEN LATER ARRIVALS IN THE 16th DREAM GOODIE-BAG
even later than Moon Goose comes this exclusive 7" from I Am Voyager 1 - and a very welcome one at that - a lathe-cut from the, er...lathe of Phil Macy, who is half of I Am Voyager 1, and is playing at this year's festival. Good grief, this year's goodie-bag is getting out-of-hand!
MOON GOOSE - LATE ARRIVALS IN THE 16th DREAM GOODIE-BAG
In an unusual spasm of self-bootlegging, the Black Mountains' finest space rockers Moon Goose have mixed the contents of ttwo previous EPs for this limited edition release, specially made for The 16th Dream of Dr Sardonicus festival (August 3-5, in Cardigan, Wales); the band say it's best listened to while driving along the A40 in an old bus!
'Seeds' by Moon Goose will be in the FREE Fruits de Mer Records goodie-bag that everyone who comes along to the festival (with a ticket!) will receive on the Saturday. The goodie-bag also includes exclusive vinyl from Sendelica, a 7" single from The Past Tense, CDs from the Soft Hearted Scientists and an album download from Simfonica
SWORDFISH - THE DECADE/DECAYED EDITS
While I was trawling the FdM archives compiling the tracks for 'Goldfish', Marc Swordfish was in another boat entirely, with a different net, doing his own thing, armed with a bunch of tracks from the FdM cellar that artists had agreed to let him loose on.
The result is a series of mixes - whole tracks, excerpts of tracks, strange links - that will be released as members club CDs in the second half of 2018 - exclusive CDs, not for sale, so don't ask, etc, etc...don't you wish you were a club member by now? Why aren't you (cue more etc, etcs)
BUT all is not lost - everyone who comes along to the 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival will get, as part of the FdM goodie-bag, an introductory CD with edits/new versions of two of the long mixes to give you a taster of what the autumn holds (or doesn't, if you're not a club member). a hint or two on the contents can be found
FUCHSIA + SENDELICA
Taking early orders now for our late-July vinyl releases - a great big reissue of Fuchsia's stunning debut LP, plus the latest installment in Sendelica's Cromlech Chronicles - this time spread across three 10" discs. Just head over to the FdM SHOP page....
This is an early heads-up regarding a rather special 7" single we're planning with Elizabeth Kearney aka Elfin Bow, to be released late this year. I wouldn't normally start talking up a release this far ahead, but Elizabeth is running a crowdfunding project to help finance her recordings, which are going to more than a little ambitious, and I thought some of you might want to get involved (I won't hold it against you if you pre-order the single from Elizabeth rather than me!). Here's the link...
THE THREE SEASONS
We're returning to the sixties for an autumn compilation - it's where we started and it felt like it was time for a revisit - this time were looking back at the spring, summer and autumn of love - the classic years of 1966, 1967 and 1968. More news soon
THE PRETTY THINGS' FINAL BOW
Hope you've got your tickets for FdM's alltime favourite band's last gig at the Half Moon, on July 13th? The band has just announced its last-ever gig as a full band - and it's going to be a spectacular finish - December 13th, with special guests Dave Gilmour, Van Morrison and Bill Nighy! Find out more
LATE ARRIVAL AT THE 16th DREAM FESTIVAL?
I'm hoping to have yet another 'something a bit special' for Fuchsia fans at this year's festival... our Fuchsia LP reissue in July will include the band's original 15 min demo in full, but we're also hoping to run off 100 one-sided 12"s with this track on it specially for the festival - with the label virtually replicating the one surviving acetate, which credits the recording to 'Tony Durrant Ensemble'! Don't know about you, but I'll be asking Tony to sign a copy for me
I think Tony will have a few copies at his Half Moon gig a few days after, but if you want to be sure, you'll need to be in Cardigan!
SCHIZO FUN ADDICT - NEW ALBUM
Our good friends Schizo Fun Addict have a new album coming out on the excellent Sugarbush Records label. It's called 'A Shoegaze Bossa Nova' and you can read all about it...
TIR NA NOG and HONEY POT/ACID REIGN GLASTONBURY LATHE-CUTS
Both completely sold out at the gig and there won't be any more pressed - sorry.
BUT there will be some copies of the Moonweevil 'Vertical Tide' LP/CD on sale at the 16th Dream festival - that one's not a lathe-cut, so I was able to get more of them pressed.
(and thanks everyone for the use of your Glastonbury photos)
NOW WE ARE 10
A big thank you to everyone who made May 12 in Glastonbury a grand day out - everyone who came along, queued, filled the FdM coffers, patiently tried to get in to see the bands, drank the pub dry...to all the artists who played to an (over)packed room, to Trevor Boyd for making it all happen, to Liz, Kev, Lizzie, Steve, Nessie and Craig for manning and womanning the FdM stalls, to Jet Wintzer for kindly providing the Schizo Fun Addict free LPs
...and thank you for all the kind comments at and after the event!
LAST ORDERS, PLEASE
I'm down to about 20 copies of the Permanent Clear Light 7" and 25 Goldfish 3LP sets, so if you're thinking about buying either...well, don't wait too long!
THE GOLD NEEDLES ON VINYL?
The Gold Needles are considering self-releasing their new album 'Pearls' on very limited-run vinyl - if you like the idea, please get over to their bandcamp page and register that interest
TIR NA NOG ON THE MARK RADCLIFFE SHOW
Many thanks to Mark Radcliffe for playing 'Columbine' by Tir na nOg on his BBC Radio 2 show.
It's taken from their new lathe-cut single - available at the Fruits de Mer Records 10th birthday gig in Glastonbury on May 12 - but you might be lucky and pick up a promo CD from Leo and Sonny atTir na nOg gigs after that
have a listen to Mark's show - and 'Columbine' HERE
...and check out Leo and Sonny's gig plans and more
THE HONEY POT LIVE - APRIL 27
AND the Crystal Jacqueline Band. if you're in or near Somerset on April 27, try to get along and support live music
FUCHSIA FIRST ALBUM REISSUE ...AND SOME
I'm continuing to work with Tony Durant to make sure FdM's summer reissue of Fuchsia's debut LP is well-worth the wait. Not enough that it will be the first time the album's been out on vinyl (legally) for years - but Tony has been putting together a bonus LP that helps tell the story of the LP from the days of Louise to the return of Fuchsia after decades away. . New recordings of old songs, previously-unheard demos and more...including a reprint of Richard Morton Jack's excellent 16pp article on the band, taken from a recent issue of Flashback magazine - more news soon
THE EVENING BEFORE THE DAY AFTER...
On May 11, Tir na nOg are playing the King Arthur in Glastonbury - tickets for our May 12 all-dayer sold out before the guys could spread the word to their fans, so they booked the venue for the night before too! Doors open at 7pm, advance tickets on sale
THE EVENING AFTER THE DAY BEFORE...
On May 13, the King Arthur will be hosting another evening of FdM-related artists - ideal if you've been to our 10th birthday bash, or even if you haven't. The Crystal Jacqueline Band are headlining, supported by Claudio Cataldi and Blue Lily Commission. Doors open at 7pm, tickets on sale on the door, more details
SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS ON VINYL
The Scientists' superb 'Take Time To Wonder' album has been pressed on vinyl for the first time by the almost-as-superb label You Are The Cosmos. They couldn't fit all of it onto a 12", so you also get everything on a CD just to compensate. Order your copy
HERE ...you need this.
MARK BARTON ON GOLDFISH
I asked Mark Barton, from ‘Losing Today’ to offer a few thoughts on Goldfish; in the end, he wrote some very kind words which will appear on the gatefold sleeve, but this was his first version and really sums up why so many labels and bands love Mark... Technology eh, you either love it or throw it frisbee like through the window. We had two drafts of this little write up. One a straight ahead flag waving cake baking anniversary homage. T’other, a tad more irreverent overview. Alas they are no more, disappearing to a place, who knows where, following the incident of the laptop in meltdown.
We was gutted, some of my finest words, all in the right order, know spelling mistakes I hasten to add, where enshrined within that tribute, the canter and flow of the words and phrases ushering forth such vivid beauty, positively Shakespeare-an with a dash of Carroll, Dickens and MR James for the obligatory haunting effect, in time people would marvel, scholars reflect and schools study.
So, Keith at Fruits de Mer asked me to write a little thing about ‘Goldfish’ in 200 words, I mean does he read our reviews, we’ve usually gotten barely half way through the first sentence, punctuation avoided without drawing breath on 200 words, given we’ve used over a 185 words we’d better get a wiggle on, hell’s teeth, what are we gonna say, do you think he’d like this……
…“Nice label, shame about the name”
FRUITS DE MER ON BBC RADIO 3!
Many thanks to Nick Luscombe for playing Jack Ellister's 'The Man With The Biochopper' on his Late Junction show on BBC Radio 3 - taken from the FdM retrospective 'Goldfish'
NICK'S SHOW IS HERE
The makers of the magazine Vincebus Eruptum have launched a new publication called Acid Beans, that focusses on psychedelia. I've done a little deal with Davide Pansolin, who is responsible for it, and we'll have free copies of the launch/sample issue for everyone who is at our 10th birthday gig
A FEW DETAILS HERE
THE STRANGE BREW INTERVIEWS PAUL EVANS
Magic Bus are playing at our 10th birthday bash on May 12th and Jason Barnard has caught up with the band's Paul Evans in advance of the gig to find out a little history of the Bus
READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE
THE STRANGE BREW INTERVIEWS MARKKU HELIN
The latest Strange Brew/FdM link is an interview by Jason Barnard with Permanent Clear Light's Markku Helin, where he talks about their new single and lots more besides, including sharing an unreleased track that he can't believe I won't release on FdM!
MUSIC WORKS INTERVIEW
Thanos, who runs the Music Works shop in Greece recently threw a few questions at me - you can see what i threw back at him by
CLICKING HERE (don't worry, it's short!)
THE PRETTY THINGS - CATCH THEM WHILE YOU CAN
So The Pretty Things have announced that they will stop playing live (at least as a full-on electric band) at the end of 2018. My all-time favourite band, underrated, overlooked, utterly brilliant. If you've never seen them on-stage, you only have a few chances left - and here's one essential gig - Putney's Half Moon on July 13th
GETTING TO AND FROM GLASTONBURY
If travelling to and from our 10th birthday gig looks a bit of a pain and you live somewhere between the venue and London, this coach service looks to be worth checking out (thanks, Craig) - there's a daily service from London to the middle of Glastonbury, and back (two on a Sunday)
THE STRANGE BREW JOINS FORCES WITH FdM
Jason Barnard has interviewed some great musicians over the years in his excellent Strange Brew blog, including quite a few people who have appeared on an FdM release at some point (and lots who haven't!). Jason is planning to add to his FdM interviewee list over the next few months, and has started with Mark Mcdowell, who is playing our Glastonbury gig and has his 'Dark Weave' album released on our Friends of the Fish sublabel next month; you can read it
HERE. Meanwhile, I've set up links to a bunch of Jason's earlier FdM-tinged interviews - hover over the 'STRANGE BREW' button that's now part of the contents list at the top of the page
MARK McDOWELL and FRIENDS - FRIENDS OF THE FISH
Available to pre-order now direct from Mark - a limited-run first-ever vinyl pressing of Mark's 'Dark Weave' album - hopefully available to coincide with our 10th birthday gig in Glastonbury on May 12 - Mark has signed off the test pressings, so it's all looking good. If you know Mark's song, 'Girls of Belvoir' (which appears on 'Goldfish'), you'll know that he creates a lovely, baroque sound (the CD release has been picking up some excellent reviews, and rightly so). 'Dark Weave' will have the catalogue number Friends of the Fish 24, it'll be pressed on green vinyl and will be limited to 300 copies. Check out the page set up elsewhere on the FdM site
Suit Yourself Modernists have interviewed Sidewalk Society about various things, including their 'Rolled Gold' LP...
16th DREAM MANTLE BEST BITTER
coming soon to a bottle of Mantle Brewery best bitter - the Fruits de Mer Records 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival special edition...on sale at the Cellar Bar, Cardigan at this year's summer festival - and a lovely pint it is, too
ON THE SLAB WITH GREGORY CURVEY
Check out 'Desert Island Fish' as Gregory Curvey, of The Luck Of Eden Hall and Custard Flux, shares his shady past with Fruits de Mer Records, including close encounters with Kiss and Tony Orlando, and his new recording project
THE RETURN OF THE £5 T-SHIRT
Yes, we'll have a bunch of each design on sale at the Glastonbury gig, and then some more at the 16th Dream festival - sizes, medium, large, XL and XXL. At Cardigan last year, Ant Barbeau nicked the t-shirt off Liz's back, so we'll try to turn up well-stocked this time - or at least have cameras at the ready when he sees her again at Glastonbury.
BEST WISHES TO MARK BARTON
Blogger/reviewer extraordinaire and supporter of countless independent labels and artists, Mark has some serious health problems at the moment and our fingers and other bodily parts are well and truly crossed, wishing him a full recovery.
Mark has been a friends of the fish since the early days, and has even written the sleevenotes for 'Goldfish'.
A LATE ARRIVAL AT THE DESERT ISLAND FISH BALL
Anton Barbeau spills the beans on bands he's shared a stage with, his musical heroes and his next album - just click on the 'Desert Island Fish' heading at the top of this page
FRUITS DE MER LIVES
...sorry, make that FRUITS DE MER LIVE - well maybe...we're formulating plans to record all three days of the 16th Dream festival, hoping to turn them into a live LP at some point (as usual, when i say "we" I mean "not me" - I struggle to change the speed on my record-deck, experts are involved and I'm being kept at a safe distance)
NEW FISH ON THE BLOCK
New FdM artists who've bared their soles for 'Desert Island Fish' include Permament Clear Light's Markku Helin, Simon Dowson and Mark English from The Gold Needles, and Todd Dillingham - read 'em and weep
GO GID, GO
Thanks are again in order to Gideon Coe, for playing Schizo Fun Addict's 'Ogdens Nut Gone Flake' and Superfjord's 'A Love Supreme' on his BBC 6Music show on Monday, March 20 - both taken from 'Goldfish'. One day, all BBC 6Music DJs will be like this...or not
TAKING ORDERS NOW FOR OUR APRIL RELEASES
The FdM SHOP is now open for early orders for both the Goldfish 3LP+7" set and Permanent Clear Light's 'Maurice' 7". Please note - we only take orders direct if you're in the UK, if you're not, the SHOP page gives you some suggestions on where to place your order to be sure of getting your copies
NIK TURNER'S NEW SPACE RITUAL TO PLAY 16th DREAM FESTIVAL
Sadly, Vibravoid are unable to play their scheduled UK summer gigs, including our summer festival, but I'm delighted to say Pete Bingham has worked his magic and Nik Turner's New Space Ritual will now be headlining on the Sunday night!
MOONWEEVIL - VERTICLE TIDE
I've been putting together the 100 copies of Moonweevil's new album that we'll have for sale at Glastonbury and - hopefully - Cardigan. Keyboard instrumentals, some quite experimental, from Cranium Pie's Rob Appleton, that fans of the Pie will love. The album comes with a CD that includes the album tracks and another 20 mins of music we couldn't squeeze onto the vinyl
SCHIZO FUN ADDICT - THE SUN YARD (RED VINYL)
Everyone who comes along to our birthday gig in Glastonbury on May 12 (well, everyone with a ticket) will get an exclusive red vinyl copy of the Schizos' LP - but a few of you will get it in glow-in-the-dark sleeve, hand spray-painted by Jet and Jayne from the band. They'll be given out randomly as people come through the door, so at least you haven't got to get there early to nab one of these.
INCOMPLETE ANGLER - NOW ON SALE
Dave Thompson's book on Fruits de Mer's first 10 years is on sale NOW...
here Dave has written over 200 books in his career and now he's lifting the lid on a can of worms, or a plate of whelks or...anyway, it's on sale now
The latest addition to this year's FdM goodie-bag at the 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival is an exclusive free audio download from TM Studios of the music from Simfonica’s epic 2017 DVD, 'Letters In Time'.
More details on the goodie-bag
HERE - 16th DREAM FESTIVAL
I HEAR A NEW WORLD
Joe Meek's bizarre 1959 concept EP, lovingly destroyed by The NoMen, with a little help from the Blue Giant Zeta Puppies. Released in partnership with Topplers Records and quite possibly the strangest release we've ever been involved in - so naturally it will be on the strange fish label. We'll have about 80 copies at the 16th Dream and..er..that's it really
ADVENTURES OF TIN...
The Honey Pot/Acid Reign 5" lathe-cuts on sale at our May 12 Glasonbury gig will be in tins designed to hold CDs - and will have the catalogue number 'tiny one' - just thought you'd like to know
I am very pleased to say FdM's first-ever LP reissue will be the classic 1971 debut by Fuchsia. On sale in late-July (just in time for the band's return to the UK to play our summer festival), we're extending it to a double album, including previously-unreleased tracks, along with a fold-out poster, gatefold sleeve and just maybe one or two other things
...not only that, but there'll also be 50 or 60 copies of a 5" lathe-cut featuring two new recordings by Tony Durant on sale at the 16th Dream festival - just one more reason to be there, as if you needed one
THE INCOMPLETE ANGLER IS ALMOST COMPLETE
Dave Thompson's book on Fruits de Mer's first 10 years is almost ready to go off to the printers - and Dave is now taking pre-orders
If you want a warts-and-all account of how to start a record label when you have more time than sense, want to inflict your musical tastes on other people and have a happy knack of persuading artists who should know better to contribute...well, look no further
Cromlech Chronicles III
Sendelica will be back just in time for the 16th Dream festival, and with a harder edge for this latest installment in their Welsh chronicles. As it's Part 3, It'll have a 3D front cover and it'll come as a set of three 10" records - all just for the hell of it.
And if you come to the festival, we'll have something that's ridiculously-good for you to take away in the FdM goodie-bag, as well as something 'different' lined up for the band's live set
Leo and Sonny, aka Tir na nOg, return to FdM with two new recordings, produced especially for our May 12 Glastonbury gig. One song is a re-work of 'Hall Of Mirrors', a song by Sweeney's Men from 50 years ago, the other has lyrices taken from the book 'Lud-in-the-Mist', written by Hope Mirrlees in 1926!
It's going to be a super-limited lathe-cut 7", we'll have just 50 copies to sell at the gig - and the duo will then have a handful themselves to dispose of as they wish, as well as some promo CDrs. One more reason to be a bit smug if you've booked your tickets for the birthday bash.
STALLING FOR TIME
I just wanted to clarify what we're planning in terms of Fruits de Mer stalls selling stuff in 2018; we're ONLY currently expecting to have stalls at:
May 12 - King Arthur, Glastonbury
August 4 and 5 - 16th Dream festival, Cardigan
...that means we're NOT planning to have stalls at ANY of the following:
May 11/May 13 - the gigs in Glastonbury before and after our birthday bash
August 3 - the first night of the 16th Dream festival
August 10 - Sendelica and Fuchsia's Half Moon gig
Sept 29 - The Dionysus Festival in Derby
...I hope that means we won't be inflicting so much damage on your wallets this year - and it will also mean Liz and I will get to enjoy more of the music!
We'll be celebrating 10 years of swimming against the tide while still wearing water wings (no, I've no idea what that means) at the end of April with a 3LP + 7" big bugger of a release - 43" of vinyl trawling through our back-catalogue, stopping off to visit artists such as Cranium Pie, Vibravoid, Tor Peders, Beautify Junkyards and nick nicely along the way, and trying not to trip over the Record Collector 'Plankton' compilation too oftem. More news soon
I USED TO BE INDECISIVE....
...but now I'm releasing a 7" EP with two different covers cos we couldn't decide between them. Permanent Clear Light's new EP has three original tracks, their most psychedelically-inclined to-date - the test pressings sound GREAT! No doubt there'll be questions raised in Parliament though, as one of the sleeves features some legs, which are now illegal in the UK. More news soon
NO LIVERPOOL PSYCH FEST
I was surprised to read that the organisers are taking a year off but never fear, the 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival will be running from August 3-5 in Wales (just down the road from Liverpool if you look at a small map) to cater for your psychedelic needs
SPRING 2018 RELEASES
I won't start taking firm orders for our April/May releases until the end of February at the earliest, and if you're already a club member or on the main FdM mailing-list be assured you won't miss out on any announcements - but if you're not, please email me - firstname.lastname@example.org - and I'll make sure get an early warning as and when the FdM shop opens for business
SAME SUN, DIFFERENT VINYL
Although we sold out of The Pretty Things' new single before it went on sale, we will have a batch on translucent orange vinyl waiting for anyone who fancies a copy at our Glastonbury and Cardigan gigs - although you will have to pay for them
MICE AND RATS IN THE STUDIO
FdM's vinyl guru Fran Ashcroft reveals all about his formative years, Beatles obsessions and problems with mice, in a new 'Desert Island Fish' interview
check out the winklepickers' section of the website for more revelations of a vinyl kind, with new contributions from Expose magazine's Henry Schneider, DJ Garry Lee and FdM club member Ray Canham
...AND WHILE YOU'RE THERE....
...have a read through our new 'Under The Counter' section, where friends of FdM share their experiences of record shops and shop owners...and look out for the shop owners starting to fight back!
GIDEON COE RIDES AGAIN
many thanks to Gideon Coe for playing 'Bite The Hand' by Moloko+ on his show on Jan 9th - taken from their Fruits de Mer lathe-cut 7" and Eggs In Aspic cassette (about halfway through his show)
listen in here
Mark Waters is featuring a whole load of FDM EPs and singles on this Sunday's Sounds Good.....radio show Jan 6th).
Sounds good is broadcast midday GMT every Sunday on
repeated the following Monday at 7.00pm GMT and also every Sunday on
2.00pm & 6.00pm EST (7.00pm & 11.00pm GMT)
Not only a record shop, but also a record label - and FdM's latest stockist; check out their website here or pay them a visit in Sutton Coldfield
FdM SELLS OUT AGAIN
This time it's our January 2018 releases - both the new Sendelica album and Pretty Things 7" EP are now empty spaces where they used to be in-stock - sold out on pre-orders alone (although we will have a special pressing of The Pretties single for sale at our 10th birthday bash and at our annual summer festival)
SCHIZO FUN ADDICT - THE SUN YARD
Fruits de Mer Records club members who ordered our January 2018 releases nice and early will be getting an exclusive vinyl pressing of the Schizos' album - and it's completely free thanks to the generosity of the band's Jet Wintzer - what better way to start FdM's 10th anniversary year than with an album from the band that started it all back in 2008?
If you're still not a club member or if you missed out, here's a chance to hear what you're going to be missing....the whole labum on soundcloud
Fruits de Mer stumbles into its 10th year of defying the odds, and releasing a few of them, with an ever-more-implausible series of releases; 'Goldfish' looks back at a decade of artists whose musical judgement has consistently exceeded their commercial nous, so they let us release their recordings, while 'the little goldfish' squeezes in two more tracks that nearly slipped through the net - more news soon
Permanent Clear Light will be back on FdM in spring 2018 with a new 7" EP - more news soon
LOST IN TRANSLATION
What happens when you dig through the FdM archives for a release that didn't happen? You find the demos and decide they need to be heard - more news soon
Sendelica will be the subject of a major PROG magazine feature by Kris Needs in the issue on sale in early Feb 2018 - congratulations to Pete and co, very well deserved.
THE FdM SHOP'S NOW OPEN
...for pre-orders for our Jan 2018 releases by The Pretty Things and Sendelica - get stuck in
RECORD COLLECTOR SPONSOR 16th DREAM FESTIVAL
I'm delighted to announce that Record Collector are confirmed as sponsors for next year's Fruits de Mer summer three-dayer in Wales.
Many thanks to Ian McCann and all the RC team for their support - for the third year running.
It's going to be our most 'international' festival yet, with Vibravoid, Fuchsia, Stay, The Fertliity Cult and The Alain Pire Experience all jetting in to play, while Sendelica will be catching the bus from just down the road.
One final band added to the line-up, Pete Bingham's Fellowship Of Hallucinatory Voyagers - a rare outing for the Sendelica leader's side project.
LOCK UP YOUR SHEEP...
Vibravoid are coming back to Cardigan - they'll be headlining the last night of the 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival, completing a terrific line-up of bands from across Europe.
CRYSTAL JACQUELINE, BLUE LILY COMMISSION, CLAUDIO CATALDI - LIVE
The Sunday night line-up at the King Arthur in Glastonbury after our May 12 10th birthday bash has a new recruit! As well as the Crystal Jacqueline Band and Blue Lily Commission, there'll be a solo set by Claudio Cataldi, who recorded the lovely 'Here She Comes Now 7" for us - got to see that!
I promise Liz and I WON'T have an FdM stall, we'll just be there for the music - tickets will be on sale on the door on the night - hope you can stay around for it
STRANGE THINGS ARE HAPPENING...
Just starting work with FdM bands old and new on a 2018 compilation of new recordings of classic and occasionally wilfully obscure 60s psych tracks - how about The Doors, The Monkees, Jimi Hendrix, Tintern Abbey, The Purple Gang and Alice Cooper for starters?
WE'RE ON OUR WAY TO CARDIGAN
Over half the tickets have already been sold for the 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival - better get over to the Sendelica bandcamp page and book!
HOW MANY ARTISTS CAN YOU SQUEEZE ONTO AN FdM 3CD SET?
How about The Honey Pot plus....Anton Barbeau, Beau, Gregory Curvey (The Luck Of Eden Hall),
Tony Durant (Fuchsia), Judy Dyble (Fairport Convention), Peter Jones and Tom Newman (July),
James Lowe (The Electric Prunes), Jim Milne (Tractor), Leo O’Kelly and Sonny Condell (Tir na nOg),
Nick Saloman and Ade Shaw (The Bevis Frond), Marc Swordfish (Astralasia), Dick Taylor (The Pretty Things)
Bruce Woolley (Buggles), plus Steve Palmer, Glenda Pescado, Ted Selke, Us and Them, Ilona V and Jay Tausig? You can read all about The Honey Pot's 'Ascending Scales' 3CD set
TEA BREAK OVER...
Now I've completely sold out of The Chemistry Set's 'Lovely Cuppa...' 7"; the last of the Kopf Musik 3CD sets have gone too - I still have a handful of the Kris Gietkowski 3CD set and I've just taken delivery of a final small batch of the Arcade Messiah 3CD sets - if you'd like either, please email (email@example.com) as I have too few copies to set up a proper PayPal link on the SHOP page
NOT ALWAYS HERE
The last copies of Stay's new 7" at FdM Towers will be heading for the Royal Mail in the morning - very sorry if you missed it, but you should still be able to pick up a copy from Heyday, Rough Trade, Norman or Shiny Beast. In any case, the band have produced a video to the title track that makes all FdM videos look very amateurish (mainly because they ARE very amateurish)
Goldmine Journalist Dave Thompson, DJ Martin Wright and FdM club members Steve Hallam and Till Wolff have added their vinyl obsessions to the Winklepickers section on the FdM website - if you'd like to bare your soul (or, preferably psych and prog), please email me
COLOR ME POP
The Chemistry Set and Stay singles have each been pressed in two colours of vinyl - the Chemistry Set smoky/clear copies have pretty much all gone, but you can buy a blue one, while you can still order either or both versions of Stay's EP from the FdM SHOP page (that's if you're in the UK, if you're not, please try Heyday Mail Order or Shiny Beast)
THE PIE RISES AGAIN
We'll have a stupidly-limited run of a solo LP from Cranium Pie's Rob Appleton for sale at our 10th birthday gig in Glastonbury - just 100 copies for sale - whatever I have left will accompany me to Cardigan for the 16th Dream festival. It is, as you might expect from the Cranium Pie contingent, suitably off-the-wall - and you can get a sneak preview, even buy a download, direct from Rob nowHERE
CROMLECH II BOX-SETS
You may have noticed that Sendelica have listed a limited-edition box-set version of 'Cromlech II' on their bandcamp page - they will have 55 copies and I'll have 55; with my copies, it'll have to be luck-of-the-draw for FdM club members who also buy the 'normal' edition, so no problem at all if you decide to try to order a set direct from Sendelica instead of from me - good luck!
'LOVELY CUPPA TEA' UPDATE
I'm running short of The Chemistry Set's new single already - but I'll have some copies at the Dionysus festival in Derby on October 7th - get 'em while you can!
3CD SETS UPDATE
I still have some sets of The Honey Pot's 'Ascending Scales' box-set available via the FdM SHOP but I'm now sold out of the Kopf Musik, Kris Gietkowski and Arcade Messiah sets. I've got short reprints of the Kopf Musik and Kris Gietkowski sets on-order and I'm hoping to get a few more of the Arcade Messiah 'Trilogy' sets, so if you'd like to join the waiting-list for any of them please drop me an email
ALL UK SEPTEMBER PRE-ORDERS WILL BE DISPATCHED BY MONDAY
All the direct orders I've received for The Chemistry Set and Stay singles will be in the post by Monday morning (Oct 2) - sorry for the slight delay on these releases
Radio DJ Lord Litter and FdM club member Dave Lovatt are among the new recruits to FdM's 'Winklepickers' section, where vinyl obsessives admit to their addictions. Do check it out, and if you'd also like to reveal all to the world, drop me an email
MOTHS - HALFDAN'S DAUGHTER
Just 50 copies of this Friends of the Fish 7" lathe-cut will be available for sale at our final gig of the year, from Moths - a band that you might have discovered on the 'Dust On The Nettles' acid-folk retrospective (I did, and the track from that compilation is included on the lathe-cut) and who've reformed after 40 years apart; they will be playing Dionysus on October 7th (lathe-cuts will be first-come-first-served on the day)
POSTCARDS FROM THE TEA-CUP
While I've been waiting for the September vinyl to arrive (latest news is that it's all due to reach FdM Towers on Sept 28 - my apologies for the delay), I've been running off a few Chemistry Set 'Cuppa Tea' postcards, with Paul Lake's lyrics on the reverse (it was that or watch Bargain Hunt or learn to play golf). If you ordered your copy of the single early enough from me, or from Nick at Heyday, you just might find one or two of them in your parcel, when it finally arrives
RODNEY BINGENHEIMER LOVES A CUPPA
The legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (The Mayor of Sunset Strip) played 'Lovely Cuppa Tea' on his radio show lrecently. He knew Elvis and The Beatles and broke The Sex Pistols, Ramones, Blondie and Sonic Youth in the States, so Dave McLean and Paul Lake are in good company
THE BOOK OF THE FILM
Facebook followers may have spotted some comments regarding an FdM book being in the offing...well it's true, Goldmine magazine's Dave Thompson has started work on a paperback looking back over 10 years of FdM. We're hoping Dave will be able to publish it around May 2018, which just so happens to be the label's 10th birthday.
In Dave's recent book, 'Goldmine's Essential Guide to Record Collecting', he asked whether FdM is the most collectible label of the 21st century - maybe he'll come up with the answer in his new book?
KOPF MUSIK + THREE OF A KIND 3CD SETS
Both sold out on pre-orders, but I am trying to get very limited re-pressings of both - if you're desperate for a copy of one of them, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
16th DREAM UPDATE
Latest additions to this year's bill are Schnauser and Ash Magna! Still, hopefully, a couple more names to be added - looks like we're going to have to start earlier on the Saturday and Sunday to fit everyone in
Over one-third of the tickets have already been sold, you can book your three-day pass HERE
GLASTONBURY - SOLD OUT
All tickets have now been sold for our May 12, 2018 10th birthday bash at the King Arthur in Glastonbury (150 capacity); it should be a great day - hope to see you there
A new section on the FdM website where various friends of the fish reveal their vinyl obsessions - shop owners, reviewers, club members and the like; plenty more to come in the months ahead - if you'd like to contribute, please get in touch
'Kopf Musik', Kris Gietkowski's 'Three Of A Kind' and Arcade Messiah's 'Trilogy' are all sold out here at FdM Towers - although I am trying to get a very short re-run of 'Kopf Musik' and 'Three Of A Kind' for people who just missed out; if i have any copies of 'Trilogy' left after I've posted out all September orders, I'll bring them along to the Dionysus gig in Derby
You may well remember the name from the classic late-60s albums 'Hello' and 'Welcome To The Citadel'...well,
Marc is back singing and playing live and he very kindly gave Fruits de Mer the first interview I've seen by him in a long, long time. Marc's a really nice guy, quietly feeling his way back into the music business - I think we'll be hearing more from him in 2018, meanwhile you can read some of his recollections HERE
16th DREAM UPDATE
I know it's nearly a year away but Pete Bingham already has most of the 2018 festival line-up sorted, with two rather intriguing new addditions:
- Opel (a one-off reunion by a duo who split up in the 90s but kindly donated a CD of their recordings to the 15th Dream goodie-bag)
- I Am Voyager 1 (another duo, one of whom is Phil Macy, FdM's lathe-cutter extraordinaire - i'll be trying to persuade Phil to bring a few samples along!)
You can book your three-day ticket HERE
...oh and our good friends at VOD Music in Mold will be bringing some of their shop stock along to sell on their own stall on the Sunday, so there'll be even more opportunities to give your bank balance a battering!
Well, we sailed past the 120 ticket sales target within a matter of days - fortunately, the venue owner has now agreed we can go up to 150, so it's not too late to book - there are 13 tickets left as I correct the typos from last night's posting - and you can buy one...
HERE ...and I'm delighted to say we've been able to add Jack Ellister to the bill to complete a pretty bloody wonderful line-up for our first trip to Glastonbury - not a bad way to celebrate our 10th birthday - hope you can make it
GET YOUR 2018 DIARIES OUT
...and grab a pen:
May 12 : Fruits de Mer goes to Glastonbury
August 3-5 : The 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival
- in Glastonbury, we'll be celebrating our 10th anniversary at a one-dayer in the King Arthur pub, and in Cardigan Pete Bingham is already planning our most international festival ever!
...and we've just added Stay to the 16th Dream festival and Magic Bus to the Glastonbury line-up
THE PRETTIES ARE BACK!
In a year full of amazing stuff, perhaps this tops everything for me - The mighty Pretty Things will be back on Fruits de Mer at the end of the year with a new 7" single! More news soon
CROMLECH CHRONICLES II
What better way to follow Sendelica's sold-out 'Cromlech Chronicles' than with 'Cromlech II'? So that's what we're doing - on sale in December. More news soon
ON OUR WAY TO PUTNEY
FdM's evening of world psych is tonight (August 10th) at the famous Half Moon pub in Putney Doors open at 7pm, with our usual mix of vinyl giveaways (a Sendelica 7") and vinyl exclusives (Fuchsia II on red vinyl, plus a 3DTanx/7shades lathe-cut 7") followed by some great live music:
7.30 Gregory Curvey
- tickets are £12 on the door
We'll have a very select brace of 7"s pressed for your pleasure at the end of September - from Stay and The Chemistry Set respectively
...not to mention a 3CD set extended version of The Honey Pot's 'Ascending Scales' and the Kopf Musik 3CD set of krautrock covers collected from FdM's back-catalogue more news soon
15th DREAM FESTIVAL TIMINGS
Here are the timings for the three nights in Cardigan...
FRIDAY DOORS OPEN AT 6.45 PM
FRUITS DE MER QUIZ 7.30 - 7.45
THE TELEPHONES ACOUSTIC 8.00 - 8.30
FUCHSIA 9.00 - 10.00
EARTHLING SOCIETY 10.30-12.00
SATURDAY DOORS OPEN AT 3.00PM
CHARIOTS 5.00 - 5.40
RED SUN 6.00 - 7.00
ANTON BARBEAU 7.30 - 8.30
SENDELICA 8.45 - 10.00
THE BEVIS FROND 10.30 - 12.00
SUNDAY DOORS OPEN AT 1PM
MARK MCDOWELL & FRIENDS 2.30 - 3.00
THE SPOOKERS 3.30 - 4.30
DEVIANT AMPS 5.00 - 6.00
CARY GRACE BAND 6.30 - 7.30
BABAL 8.00 - 9.30
I had to share this track from Anton Barbeau's new EP, 'Heaven Is In Your Mind'; i know i overuse the word 'classic' but this song - originally by Big Star - surely qualifies?
FUCHSIA ON CD AT CARDIGAN
I received an oversupply of Fuchsia 'Song' gatefold sleeves from the pressing plant and too many '71 programme concert reprints; i couldn't bring myself to throw them away, so they'll be on sale at Cardigan - with two CDs replacing the two vinyl singles - 80 sets for the princely sum of £5 a time
LATE BLOOMING PLANKTON
While searching round their cellar looking for prizes for the 15th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus quiz night, those nice people at Record Collector magazine found 25 copies of the PLANKTON LP+7" that had somehow escaped their attention; a quick bit of friendly negotiation and they'll now be for sale at the festival at £15 each; just to add a bit extra, I've also included a promo CD of the album and an A3 poster showing the cover designs that we had to choose from when putting the original album together
FdM ON RADIO 3
Thanks to Nick Luscombe for playing 'Look At The Sun' by Louise on his 'Late Junction' show (it's first track on the Fuchsia 'Song' double 7" - the first time Tony Durant got as far as demo stage with a band, back in 1967)
I'LL DRINK TO THAT
Cardigan's Mantle Brewery have taken delivery of their special edition '15th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus' best bitter. On sale at the festival, of course, but also in advance by mail order from the brewery's shop
FESTIVAL/HALF MOON POSTERS
One of the almost-too-many-to-mention £5 specials at the 15th Dream festival and Half Moon August 10 gig will be a set of FIVE FdM 2017 A2 festival posters, featuring the Lucid Dreams festival, Cardigan festival and the Putney gig - how do we do it, etc....
FESTIVAL /HALF MOON T-SHIRTS
Another of the almost-too-many-to-mention £5 specials at the 15th Dream festival and Half Moon August 10 gig will be various new FdM t-shirts - why do we do it, etc....
FUCHSIA II ON VINYL
for the first time, Fuchsia II will be available on vinyl - and only on Fruits de Mer Records. We'll have 100 copies on green/white vinyl at the 15th Dream festival and 100 on red/maroon vinyl at the Half Moon gig on August 10th...and that's it! All copies include an insert signed by Tony Durent, who'll be playing live at both events (it's almost as if we planned these things)
RECORD COLLECTOR DELIVERS...
...and how - our festival sponsors have come up with a pack of 10 LPs from their back-catalogue as first prize for the Friday night FdM quiz at the 15th Dream festival; it's an instant record collection - all praise RC!
THE COLLECTED ARCADE MESSIAH
A late addition to our autumn release schedule - all three of Arcade Messiah's superb instrumental prog albums collected together on a bargain-priced 3CD set; if you liked John Bassett's version of Aphrodite's Child's 'Four Horsemen' on the Side Effects box-set (for John IS Arcade Messiah), you'll want this - should be on sale late-September - more news soon
A couple of clips from the bonus 7" that comes with Astralasia's special edition of their double LP. You can find out more at
HERE I was going to bring a few along to our summer festival, but they've all gone
WE'VE LOST OUR BOTTLE
...but we'll find it in time for the 15th Dream festival - this is the label for the Mantle Brewery's 2017 special edition of its best bitter, produced specially for the Dr. Sardonicus three-dayer in Cardigan
We're spreading the pain just a little for anyone coming along to our summer gigs and hoping to buy the various lathe-cuts...there'll be a Bevis Frond 7" and a soon-to-be-announced one-sided 12" for sale at the 15th Dream festival, and then a split 7" featuring 7Shades & Three Dimensional Tanx at our evening of psych at the Half Moon in London a few days later
SEPTEMBER RELEASES ON VINYL
We'll have a very select brace of 7"s pressed for your pleasure at the end of September - from Stay and The Chemistry Set respectively (not to mention that 3CD set extended version of The Honey Pot's 'Ascending Scales' - but that's not vinyl, so I won't mention it) more news soon
THE BEVIS FROND AT WURZBURG
a storming two-hours from The Bevis Frond to end the second day of the festival, after sets by Julie's Haircut, Magic Bus and Vibravoid
DAMO AT THE LUCID DREAMS FESTIVAL!
Great sets last night from Ziguri, Sendelica and Damo Suzuki - doors open at 12.30 today for another 8 hours of live music - from Julie's Haircut, Magic Bus, Vibravoid and The Bevis Frond!
LUCID DREAM FESTIVAL - JULIE'S HAIRCUT MAKE THE CUT
With Electric Orange unable to play on Saturday, I'm really pleased that festival organiser Horst Sunhair from Sunhair Records has been able to bring in Julie's Haircut from Italy to complete the Saturday bill; I hope you'll remember the band from their terrific contributions to the FdM 'Strange Fish' box-set - wonderful stuff - and they have a new album out; I'm well made-up!
LUCID DREAMS - DON'T BE LATE!
If you're coming to Wurzburg, do check timings for this weekend's Lucid Dream festival (doors open at 3.30pm on Friday)
Just to remind you, everyone on Friday will get two CDs - the FdM festival compilation and nick nicely's two-track exclusive
Everyone on Saturday will get a free back-catalogue 7" from Fruits de Mer (in a new festival sleeve!)
There'll be an FdM stall on Saturday, selling the new 'Kopf Musik' 3CD set, Kris Gietkowski 3CD set and a selection of vinyl from the label (whatever Liz and I can get on the plane!)
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT THE 15th DREAM SUMMER FESTIVAL GOODIE-BAG COULDN'T GET ANY BIGGER...ALONG COME THE STRIPED BANANAS
Suddenly a NINTH CD has appeared! The Striped Bananas are a neo-psych band currently based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their fourth album is being released in July and will feature their classic atmospheric harmonies and driving psychedelia. Their exclusive 'Forbidden Fruit' sampler CD is a brief flavoring of all four albums, which will hopefully invite you to check out the motherships!
we have a few Astralasia 'Oceania' t-shirts and some new FdM shirts in-stock - sizes from Medium through to XXXL - check out our 'SHOP' page
UNDONE CD - A LATE ARRIVAL AT THE 15th DREAM BALL
The eighth CD for the FdM festival goodie-bag has just been confirmed - and it features a band that first appeared on an FdM compilation disc at last year's festival; Undone are a neo-psychedelic collective based in Macedonia. Their exclusive CD compilation 'Harbor' compiles songs from their four albums 'If We Are Here' (2011), 'Indeed' (2012), 'Family' (2016) and 'kNOWing Eva' (2017); we scour the world to find you new music!
You can find out more about the band
OUR BEST BATCH OF RELEASES YET?
So how the hell do you follow a new double LP by Astralasia, a Zappa single by Superfjord & Sendelica and a one-man remodelling of Egg's first album? Well, how about a new four-track EP by Anton Barbeau, The Action's classic 'Rolled Gold' recreated by Sidewalk Society and a double 7" spanning 50 years of Fuchsia's Tony Durant? I've heard the July releases, so you'll have to trust me when I say they are bloody good!
VINYLY HERE AT FdM TOWERS
...the Zappa singles, Astralasia's 'Oceania' double LP and Kris Gietkowski 'Egg' LP. All looking rather fine (the Astralasia sleeve even has some pretty creative spot varnish added to the waves, which works even better than I expected, and much better than I feared - that's why I didn't mention it in advance!). I'm already completely sold out of both colour version of Kris' album and the 'normal' edition of 'Oceania' - which just leaves me with limited supplies of the Zappa 7"
This might be a bit of a long-shot, but if you happen to be in Palermo for RSD 2017, do check out DJ Sergio Cataldi's stall (he's Claudio's brother) for a few bits of FdM vinyl, plus posters and the like - thank you Sergio for spreading the word!
find out more here
a few club members will find out more at Christmas...meanwhile we're keeping you in the dark
STRANGE, BUT TRUE
Here's the cover design, courtesy of Dan Lawrence, to Sidewalk Society's 'Strange Roads' album - due out at the end of July; a wonderful remake of The Action's hugely underrated songs on 'Rolled Gold' (and yes, we'll be investing in a bit of gold ink on the cover, because...well, you have to, don't you?)
Our April releases are due to reach FdM Towers and the Heyday Hotel on April 18th/19th - one or two days late, but I hadn't realised the 17th was a Bank Holiday when I set the on sale date. Liz and I will be packing and posting as fast as possible with the aim of getting everything to the Royal Mail no later than Friday
SURELY THERE CAN'T BE MORE BOWIE AND FLOYD TO COVER?
Hard to believe, but there are...a Bowie classic that took far too long to come together to make one of the members club compilations but is too good not to be heard, and a post-Syd Floyd track that could easily have been on 'Side Effects' if it had been recorded a few years ago...two different releases, more news soon
TWO BECOMES THREE
The Honey Pot's sell-out double LP 'Ascending Scales' has received such great feedback that Icarus Peel has been back in the studio, working on a bunch of new tracks and new mixes with The Honey Pot and some more special guests, including Leo and Sonny from Tir na nOg, Beau and Tractor's Jim Milne(!) - all with the aim of producing a limited-run 3CD set this summer with almost an hour of newly-recorded tracks added to the original selection
NEW DESERT ISLAND FISH
Check out the Desert Island Fish list (on the menu bar) for interviews with Superfjord's Jussi Ristikaarto, Beau and Rob Gould and find out about their musical beginnings/obsessions and plans for the future, including the Edward Woodward album, Jac Holzman fall-out and a Jack Russell terrier
NICK'S DOING NOT-SO-NICELY
Unfortunately nick nicely is not going to be able to play at the Lucid Dreams festival due to a health issue; but Nick has kindly agreed to give us two exclusive tracks that he was planning to play at the festival on a promo CD that everyone attending will receive with Nick and Fruits de Mer Records' compliments - details of a rather special late replacement below...(get well soon, Nick)
GUNTER SCHICKERT STEPS IN!
as nick nicely is unable to play the Lucid Dreams festival due to illness, Günter Schickert's band Ziguri (an "echo power guitar trio"!) will be playing instead - a real treat if you own Günter's LP on Sky, or his GAM album, recently re-released by Ultima Thule me, I've got the original GAM cassette!); so that's Damo Suzuki, Ax Genrich AND Günter Schickert playing the festival!
OK, so it's probably a bit late for me to post news that the FdM website has had server problems and has been slow to respond - but assuming you've got this far, I'm very sorry, I've been trying to resolve with the hosting company and fingers crossed it seems to be OK at the moment (please email me if it isn't!)
FRONDS OF THE FISH
Just in case you needed one more reason to make it to Cardigan this year, how about 80 copies of a Bevis Frond exclusive lathe-cut, featuring two previously-unreleased Nick Saloman demos?
THE ANT MAN COMETH
Not only is the irrepressible Anton Barbeau playing the 15th Dream festival, he'll also be making a very welcome return to FdM on vinyl this summer with a 7" EP that goes by the name of 'Heaven Is In Your Mind' - which just might be title of one of the songs
MARK McDOWELL TO PLAY CARDIGAN
Last live act to be confirmed for this year's festival is Mark McDowell and friends, who'll be playing the opening set on Sunday. If you remember Mark's gorgeous track, 'Girls Of Belvoir', from the Regal Crabomophone 2014 Annual, you'll be looking forward to seeing Mark live as much as I am
My apologies to anyone who's been searching the site looking for a way to buy Kris Gietkowski's album, I only had 350 pressed for sale as i thought it was a pretty 'esoteric' release, even for Fruits de Mer, but club members clearly disagreed as I've sold out of all my supplies a month before they actually reach me! Heyday, Clear Spot and Rough Trade will get their own deliveries, so it's well-worth checking their sites - and I have arranged with the pressing plant to get a re-press of 100 copies - fingers crossed it looks like I might even get a few more than that - please email me if you'd like to join the waiting list
BABAL ARE COMING...
Babal will be closing the 15th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival on the Sunday night at the Cellar Bar in Cardigan - get ready for a big finish on the Cellar Bar's small stage! (and if you're wondering about the FdM link, their lead singer Karen guests on Sendelica's version of Zappa's 'Don't Eat The Yellow Snow')
IF IT'S JULY...
...(it isn't yet - but it will be and when it is...) it must be time for more releases from FdM and, as well as The Honey Pot CD set, that will mean the return of Anton Barbeau with a four-tracker, Sidewalk Society's gold-standard labour of love LP and 50 years of Fuchsia's Tony Durant condensed into the space of two 7" EPs! Lots to tell you about all of these in due course - but the April vinyl is the priority right now, so I'll leave it there for now
GIDEON COE DOES IT AGAIN
Many thanks to Gideon for previewing Superfjord's 'Peaches En Regalia' cover on his BBC 6Music show - more news on our April releases very soon
FdM 7" BACK-CATALOGUE ALERT
I've just heard from Chris McGranaghan, who runs the excellent Those Old Records shop (www.thoseoldrecords.co.uk) that he has in-stock FdM singles by:
Schizo Fun Addict Tir Na Nog Stay White Sails
Schnauser Anton Barbeau Crystal Jacqueline
Luck Of Eden Hall Cranium Pie Beautify Junkyards
Us and Them Vibravoid Sideway Society
Me and My Kites The Chemistry Set Proud Peasant
Claudio Cataldi Bronco Bullfrog Magic Bus
nick nicely Jack Ellister
- some of these sold out at FdM Towers a long time ago, so it could be a great chance to fill in some gaps in your collection - at sensible prices!!!
A SHIRT FOR EUROPE?
Probably not - they're too bulky to take along to the Wurzburg festival - so in a couple of weeks time, I'll offer a few of our surprisingly-subtle 2017 FdM t-shirts for sale via the SHOP page
DAMO SUZUKI and FRUITS de MER - TOGETHER AGAIN!
I've just received the track by Damo that he's agreed can appear on the Fruits de Mer free compilation CD at the Wurzburg festival - it's taken from his album, 'Metaphysical Transfer'. This is the second link we've had with Damo - Ray Canham persuaded him to be photographed with the cover of our, 'A Phase We're Going Through' album many years ago!
BACK TO FUCHSIA II
If you're planning to be at our summer festival in Cardigan, or at the Half Moon on August 10th, I have some very good news, especially if you're also a fan of Fuchsia AND a vinyl nut - we'll have the first-ever pressing of Tony Durant's Fuchsia II album available on vinyl - there will be just 200 copies for sale - 100 at each event (and they'll be different coloured vinyl at each gig!); all copies will be autographed by Tony
AMAZING LUCID DREAMS POSTER
Horst Sunhair commissioned Ulrich Mönig to create this wonderful poster for our Wurzburg festival - just stunning!
I'm in the process of putting together two FdM comps for the goodie-bag - one featuring artists that are playing the festival, and one featuring artists that aren't! Lots more work to do on these, but this is what I've been promised at the moment.
joining the goodie-bag at the 15th Dream festival will be 'Straight to Dave', an exclusive compilation by the slightly-deranged NoMen; 'Straight to Dave' (great title!) comprises waifs and strays from their back-catalogue, and new recordings. Nice.
another addition to the 15th Dream festival FdM goodie-bag...an exclusive compilation by Suspirium, taken from their back-catalogue of over 40 albums! Suspirium is or are the duo of Brian Vogt and Tony Osborne and their music ranges from electronic to cosmic sounds - really looking forward to this one!
THREE DIMENSIONAL TANX/7SHADES LATHE-CUT
one of the 15th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival Fruits de Mer Records specials will be a lathe-cut 7" featuring tracks by two bands that are new to the label:
- there'll only be 50 copies available for sale - first-come-first-served - probably on the last day of the festival. If you haven't bought your tickets yet, what are you waiting for? Tickets available
One of the bands I'm especially looking forward to seeing at this year's Dionysus festival in Derby in October is The Moths. They recorded an album on the much sought after Deroy label back in 1970; a mere 39 years later they got together again and this will be one of their rare live appearances. Their song, 'Halfdan's Daughter' was included on the recent (and excellent) 'Dust On The Nettles' 3CD compilation and I'm delighted to say it will also appear alongside a newly-recorded song, 'Constant Fascination', on a a rare-as-hell Fruits de Mer 7" lathe-cut that will be on sale exclusively at the festival (first-come-first-served!)
There's a new section on the FdM website, or there will be once we sort all the coding and links out - 'Cod Histories', which reveals little-known and wholly ficticious facts about some of music's best-known and entirely-unconnected-with-FdM stars
ROB GOULD CD
I'm pleased to say Rob Gould is producing an exclusive run of his album, 'The Sad Robot Declared Peace With Himself', on CD - for the Cardigan summer festival goodie-bag; Rob has contributed to a number of FdM compilations, not to mention his own releases, and gave us a CD for last year's festival too - what a bloke! More details soon
News reaches me that Moloko+ are planning to get together again in the summer to resume recording after a mere 25 year break - I'd like to think the Record Collector indie compilation and FdM lathe-cut had small parts to play in their reunion - but probably not! Anyway, it'll be very interesting to see and hear what they come up with
The first CD for the Cardigan festival goodie-bag has been finalised - it will feature tracks from a band called Opel, who played a mix of indie/folk/electric in the mid-90s, but didn't quite make it onto vinyl or CDs - until now
Liz and I will be back in Derby on October 7th for the Dionysus festival, organised by The Telephones. We're hoping to have a surprise or two on the FdM stall and if you're one of the first 60 people to book your ticket, there'll be an FdM back-catalogue 7" waiting for you on arrival at the gig, thinly disguised in a Dionysus 2017 'intro to FdM' sleeve (one for the 2016 freebies recently sold on eBay for over £100!)
LUCID DREAM FESTIVAL GIVEAWAYS
everyone attending our first festival in Germany will get a free CD compilation on the Friday night (although the line-up on is still to be finalised), and on Saturday there'll be a free back-catalogue FdM 7" - generous to a fault, eh?
WURZBURG FESTIVAL - SOLD OUT
We're now officially sold out for our first live event of 2017 - you were warned!
FdM's EVENING OF WORLD PSYCHEDELIA
If you're not able to make it to Wurzburg or Cardigan, we've organised a little something to compensate - or to be more precise, Sendelica's Pete Bingham has organised it. We'll be returning to Putney's Half Moon on August 10th for a night of great live music featuring Sendelica from Wales, Fuchsia from Australia (their only London gig) and a special solo spot from The Luck Of Eden Hall's Gregory Curvey - all the way from the USofA! You can find out more
here; as usual, there'll be giveaways that are exclusive to the evening, and advance tickets are only £10 - a bargain, or what?
JACK ELLISTER 'ROOTS CONFERENCE'
Jack's new 'Friends of the Fish' album of great covers is available now. Jack has already sold out of black vinyl copies but still has a few available on purple vinyl - you can order direct from Jack via his website
WIN MOLOKO+ LATHE-CUTS
If you missed out on the Moloko+ 7" lathe-cuts in December (and if you're not an FdM club member, you definitely missed out), there's a chance to win a copy of both designs in the new issue of every vinyl junkie's favourite magazine, Record Collector