new releases, special editions, festivals, gigs, cancellations, deliberate mistakes - whenever we have something vaguely interesting to share, we'll post it here (and we'll make something up when we don't)
YOU WAIT AGES FOR ONE INTRODUCTION...
...and then two turn up at once - or at least will do in late-April - more news soon.
A GOOD EACH-WAY BET
Dave McLean's 'Faintly Blowing' cover was chosen as one of seven 'tracks of the week' by PROG magazine's editor Jerry Ewing, with readers invited to vote for their favourite. Dave took an early lead, only to be overtaken by hot favourites Big Big Train in the back straight; coming round the final turn, second place looked assured but suddently rank outsiders Exporing Birdsong burst through and won going away. Still, a very creditable result for a psych track in a prog mag! You can see the runners, riders and results
Gregory Curvey and his new band will be releasing their next album via Fruits de Mer in June - although Curvey will be doing all the hard work - including taking orders and posting out copies - the poor fool! Lots more news soon.
Dave McLean goes it alone! Half of The Chemistry Set, Dave is releasing his first solo single - a spiffing (and spliffing) cover of Kaleidoscope's 'Faintly Blowing' on FdM, on April 1st.
Chemistry Set fans should be assured that Dave and Paul are working on new material.
COMPUTERCHEMIST JOINS THE PARTY
The latest addition to the Fruits de Mer Records goodie-bag at the 20th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival - a back-catalogue CD from Dave Pearson aka Computerchemist (could be any one of six CDs, the image shows just one of them). You'll already have heard Computerchemist on various FdM compilations, including 'Heads Together', check out the full Computerchemist catalogue
HEYDAY NO MORE
Very sad to hear that Nick Leese is retiring and closing down Heyday Mail Order at the end of March. Nick is a lovely, genuine bloke - he's been a supporter of Fruits de Mer Records from the very start and he was a massive help to me back at the start of 2012, when Andy decided to call it a day and I really needed to get support to keep the label going!!
Cecilia and Max have released a first track of their new album - it's called 'Humans'...
Why I am I telling you this? Well, other than it being a great song and performance by the Italian duo, and a rather nice trailer for their live set at this summer's Dr. Sardonicus festival, I might have more to tell you about the album in due course...
WHAT A PICTURE, WHAT A PICTURE...
a few more images from the latest FdM competition, showing Fruits de Mer releases in their natural habitat...
PEARL'S A DISCOGRAPHY
'Diving for Pearls II' has arrived at FdM Towers - the updated Fruits de Mer discography from Mark Brady; 80 close-typed A5 pages, it's a bit of a beast. It's not for sale, it's free with all FdM club members' orders for the new Soft Hearted Scientists triple LP 'Waltz Of The Weekend'.
FdM PHOTO COMPETITION
The latest Fruits de Mer Records competition - to win some exceptionally scarce FdM items - requires entrants to send in photos of Fruits de Mer releases 'in action', and they're flooding in...
ONE BIGGER THAN EIGHT
This summer's Dr. Sardonicus festival goodie-bag will include NINE CDs - the latest addition is an exclusive compilation from the Alain Pire Experience, including tracks from all their albums, including their next one!
Alain will be playing a solo set in the Cellar Bar on the Thursday night before the festival begins - and it's free entry for everyone with a festival ticket - not to be missed!
THE INFAMOUS FdM £5 T-SHIRTS RIDE AGAIN!
I thought we'd seen the end of our £5 summer festival t-shirts as trade prices shot up towards the end of last year, but a new suppier and we're back in business. I'm now certain that as well as ripping the shirt off your back on the FdM stall at the 20th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival I'll be able to sell you a new one.
SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS WALTZ INTO VIEW
Starting 2024 in style, we'll be releasing a gloriously over-the-top triple LP version of their latest album 'Waltz Of The Weekend' in late-February - all of their wonderful 75 minute CD ,plus an LP of 'extras' - availble for pre-order now from FdM if you're in the UK and from Shiny Beast if you're not