Friday 27 January 2012

Southern Records news...

Southern Records are preparing for a busy year ahead and have been dropping hints of things to come.
Check out their most recent update below...

The year is kicking off with a bang with the new Latitudes vinyl packaging which Southern are debuting with the Sylvester Anfang II release next month. "We have felt for some time that we needed to up our game on the vinyl side with Latitudes, and we spent a lot of time with the paper, glue and scissors (old school!) until we came up with something special." - Allison, Southern Records
There are sessions on the way from The Entrance Band, Wino & Conny Ochs, Bardo Pond, Grumblin’ Fur, and Haxan Cloak.

Also continuing is the Crassical reissue series, which has been a phenomenal success thus far. The final album, Ten Notes For A Summer’s Day, is coming soon and there are two more pieces to the Crassical puzzle: a new edition of the book Love Songs (previously published by Pomona) which is a collection of all of Crass’ lyrics. And the “singles collection” Best Before is still in production. Penny Rimbaud is expanding this release as well, and the packaging will be a departure from the rest of the Crassical collection. Best Before and Love Songs may sneak into the schedule before the summer, but more likely we won’t see them until Autumn.

Southern are finally launching Exitstencilsms, the audio arm of Exitstencil Press, which is a publisher (mainly of books) founded by Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher way back before Crass. Exitstencil continues publishing radical works to this day, and now Exitstencilisms becomes the audio arm with a new edition of Acts Of Love by Penny Rimbaud. Acts Of Love is a collection of 50 poems which he wrote during the late 60s and 70s, which are illustrated by Gee Vaucher. Towards the end of Crass’ seven years together, Rimbaud went into the studio and created an audio version of the book with Crass vocalist Eve Libertine. The result was briefly released on vinyl by the Crass label, but has been out of print for eons. Exitstencilisms are now issuing the work as it was originally conceived - as a book, with a remaster of the audio accompanying it on CD. Further releases from Exitstencilisms will include the Exit performances from the ICES 72 festival (big feature in the current issue of The Wire), and small-run handmade CD works by Penny Rimbaud, Eve Libertine, and others.

There will be much more news... including

Three new bands Southern have signed!
A new label they are launching!
Stacks of awesome reissues!
More books!
Stay tuned for further details on all of the above soon.

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