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Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Damnably Records News...
Damnably had a really wonderful year in 2011 and thank you all for helping us achieve so much.
Janice, Simon and I wish you all a great Christmas and happy 2012.
We have News of 2 new releases coming in 2012 on Damnably and a new gig from one of our favourite bands.
Damnably Record News
Geoff Farina of Karate/Secret Stars/The Glorytellers is to release his first solo album in twelve years on Damnably on Feb 27th 2012.
'Wishes of the Dead' is ten tracks of effortlessly complex guitar picking that follows on perfectly from 'The Boarders Door' (2010) that saw Chris Brokaw and Geoff Farina tag-team new songs.
The Single 'Hammer and Spade' features bonus live recordings of an old Secret Stars song 'Not About a Birthday'
and 'St. Anne's Reel' which is a traditional fiddle tune Geoff picked up on his travels.
Press sheets and artwork attached and promos being sent out this week.
Japanese legends Shonen Knife are busy writing and recording a new album right now in Osaka, Japan-their 18th to date and plan to tour the UK/Europe late spring/early summer next in 2012. More News to follow and
their video for the 'Sweet Christmas' single is @ http://youtu.be/1X_X1yPbqKk
Damnably Gig NEWS
Tickets on sale Thursday Dec 22nd 10am
Versus are a cult North American indie rock band formed in 1990 in New York City playing their first UK show since 1996!
The band released their sixth album 'on the ones and threes' on Merge records in 2011 to critical acclaim and are in the UK at the behest of JEFF MANGUM (NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL) for ATP.
Richard and Fontaine were to remain the two core members throughout the band's history.
The band was noted for their marriage of indie pop songwriting and vocal harmonies to the "loud-soft" dynamics of grunge and alternative rock.
They were also noted for their proficient and disciplined musicianship and for their credo of "meat, sports and rock", neither of which had much currency in the early 1990s American indie scene.
They named themselves after the Mission of Burma album Vs.
Versus has counted at least one, usually two and sometimes three of the Filipino-American Baluyut brothers as members throughout its existence,
and was perhaps the most prominent example of a wave of American indie bands emerging in the early 1990s which featured Asian American members.
Merge Records was Versus' most recent record label, although they have maintained a long involvement with TeenBeat Records, and released two CDs through Caroline Records in the mid 1990s.
The band makes an appearance in the 1994 cult roadmovie Half-cocked.
"In some ways, Versus were the quintessential indie rock band. Versus' growth throughout the decade, from mawkish noise-popists beholden to their underground-approved influences (on 1993's The Stars Are Insane) to mature, reliable, genre-bounding songwriters (on 2000's Hurrah) mirrors the growth, for better or worse, of the genre as a whole. The group's two Caroline Records releases-- 1996's Secret Swingers, and 1998's Two Cents Plus Tax-- sound as close as most any other records to a definitive indie rock sound"
Pitchfork 6.3-'one the ones and threes'
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