Primitives at Breaking More Waves

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Throwing Muses and Lunchbox on skatterbrain!

Part of this month’s playlist!

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Fishboy at WithGuitars

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Throwing Muses at Innocent Words

Here’s some praise from the arbiters of culture:

‘Hersh transmits a visionary quality to her songs.’ —Mojo, 4 stars

‘Purgatory/Paradise is unlike anything I’ve heard all year.’ —Pitchfork, 8.0

Every part of Purgatory/Paradise has meaning for the band and its listeners, making it a satisfying artifact in a time when music is becoming increasingly disposable. May they ever go against the grain. —AllMusic, 4 stars

UK TOUR DATES

September
17th – Glasgow @ Oran Mor
18th – Leeds @ Irish Centre
19th – Manchester @ Manchester Academy
20th – Holmfirth @ Picturedome
21st – Norwich @ Waterfront
23rd – Bristol @ Trinity Centre *
24th – Brighton @ Concorde 2 *
25th – London @ Islington Assembly Hall *
26th – London @ Islington Assembly Hall *
* w/ Tanya Donelly

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Joanna Gruesome at DIY

On 22nd September, Bristol’s Trust Fund join forces with Joanna Gruesome – one year on from their debut album ‘Weird Sister’ – for a special 12” release, out via Reeks of Effort (UK) and HHBTM (US). The new release brings together six tracks (three per band), all previously unheard.

Previously the release has fledged Trust Fund’s ‘Reading the Wrappers’ & ‘Scared’, plus Joanna Gruesome’s ‘Jerome (Liar)’. Now DIY is delighted to be bringing you the remaining half. On ‘Coffee Implosion’, JoGro’s forceful fuzz shows its sweeter, caffeine-fuelled side, while Ellis Jones and co.’s ‘No Pressure’ might be the most immediate thing they’ve put their name to.

Alongside a stream of the release, we had both bands wax lyrical on why they’re both so awesome.

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Throwing Muses at The Digital Fix

Throwing Muses have announced vinyl and cassette releases for last year’s Purgatory/Paradise via HHBTM/Throwing Music (28th October). 

They play: 

September 
17th – Glasgow @ Oran Mor 
18th – Leeds @ Irish Centre 
19th – Manchester @ Manchester Academy 
20th – Holmfirth @ Picturedome 
21st – Norwich @ Waterfront 
23rd – Bristol @ Trinity Centre * 
24th – Brighton @ Concorde 2 * 
25th – London @ Islington Assembly Hall * 
26th – London @ Islington Assembly Hall * 
* w/ Tanya Donelly 

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Lunchbox at Across The Kitchen Table

Yesterday Dougie the postie arrived at the door with a record from the US which I thought was strange as I wasn’t waiting for anything from there!

I opened it up and found a record by a band I had never heard of with a note.

“Hi There

You are receiving a copy of the new Lunchbox album titled “Lunchbox Loves You”. courtesy of Jigsaw Records and Crashing through publicity. Due to the unorthodox practices of Jigsaw, we do not have a fancy press sheet to show you. Instead, we just have this great record and the links below. Thanks for your time!”


I was curious as I hadn’t heard of the band before but Mike at Crashing Through Publicity had sent me the Luxembourg Signal single and a few other albums which I haven’t gotten round to reviewing. So last night I put the bright red vinyl on the turntable and gave it a listen.

The music is nothing radical new but if you like lo-fi indie pop, especially of the mid 90s variety then this will be right up your street.

I decided to have a look further into the band and it appears that this is the duo of Tim Brown and Donna McKean’s  second album  and first since 1999. Not sure what they have been doing for all of that time but for a part of it the formed a “fuzz-pop supergroup” with Mike Shulman of Slumberland Records and Stewart Anderson of Boyracer fame, called Hard Left.

You should give it a go. Here is the lead track off of the album.

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Throwing Muses at WithGuitars

HHBTM is honored to be handling the vinyl/cassette release and distribution for Throwing Muses Purgatory/Paradise. Released last November on CD with an accompanying book of lyrics/essay/artwork ,Purgatory/Paradise won the band some of the best reviews of their illustrious career. Coming on the heels ofKristin Hersh’s Rat Girl, a stunning piece of literature, P/P heralds a creative renaissance from one of the most unique artists in the history of rock.

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Throwing Muses at Slicing Up Eyeballs

Released last October as part of a 64-page album/book combo, Throwing Muses’ first new album in a decade — the 32-track Purgatory/Paradise — will be issued next month on both double LP and cassette by HHBTM Records, the label announced this morning.

The Muses — Kristin Hersh, Dave Narcizo and bassist Bernie Georges — began work on the record in early 2010, with Hersh posting demos online and soliciting funding for the project through the CASH Music platform she co-founded.

In January 2011, Hersh announced that initial recording sessions had been completed.

The album/book was published last Oct. 29, nearly a year after Hersh announced that she had “just finished writing the book that is the Throwing Muses’ new record.”

Now comes vinyl and cassette releases, set to arrive in stores almost exactly a year later, on Oct. 28. The double LP comes in a “super thick gatefold dual pocket Tip-On sleeve” with a fold-out, full-color insert and a download card. Both the cassette and LP releases can be purchased in deluxe editions that come with a canvas totebag and set of buttons.

The vinyl and cassette editions are both up for pre-order now.

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Throwing Muses at Wondering Sound

Throwing Muses‘ first new album in 10 years, 2013′s Purgatory/Paradise, is finally coming to vinyl — and cassette. Last fall, the Kristin Hersh-led band released the album as part of a multimedia set, packaging the 32-track CD within a 64-page book of lyrics, commentary, photos and art; Purgatory/Paradise was also available as an e-book-and-music app. Now, HHBTM Records has announced it will issue vinyl and tape editions of the album on October 28.

The vinyl release comes as a double-LP, with what a press release describes as a “super thick gatefold dual pocket Tip-On sleeve” and a fold-out, full-color, double-sided insert that’s 11 inches by 22 inches. There’s also a download card. The vinyl and cassette version each can be pre-ordered in deluxe packages with a Throwing Muses tote bag and set of three full-color buttons.

Hersh published a memoir, Rat Girl, in 2010. “My life used to be dressing rooms, hotel rooms, tour buses,” she told Douglas Wolk last year, in an interview for Wondering Sound sister site eMusic. “Now I speak directly with my listeners — and I would like to hide, I really enjoyed hiding — but I have to admit I’m a bit humbled by their brilliance.”

Pre-orders, which start shipping in mid-October, are available for vinyl here and cassette here.

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