Summer Cats 7" out now, Black Tambourine pre-orders


17 Mar 2010, 18:24

Hello all-
We're excited to finally be kicking off some new releases for 2010. And what a way to start the year!

New Black Tambourine compilation now available for pre-order
Though they only released a handful of songs their two-year lifetime, Black Tambourine has been hugely influential in the world of indie music. Welding classic pop to waves of guitar noise, they wore their influences on their sleeves: The Jesus & Mary Chain, of course, but also folks like Phil Spector, Smokey Robinson, Love, Ramones, Shop Assistants, The Pastels, 14 Iced Bears, Orange Juice and the list goes on…
Black Tambourine gathers up all of the songs released by Black Tambourine, and handily trumps 1999's Complete Recordings reissue by including six previously unreleased tunes; four of those are brand new recordings the band made in Summer 2009 especially for this comp. We went all out to make this the definitive Black Tambourine package: all the songs have been remastered, we commissioned new liner notes, unearthed never-before-seen band photos and are pressing this on 12" vinyl for the first time, with a lovely gatefold jacket no less. The official release date is March 30, but we're taking pre-orders now and will begin shipping next week. The vinyl LP comes with a code for a free download.
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Summer Cats are back!
Melbourne Australia’s Summer Cats are keen students of POP in all of its flavors. From the motorik strum of Modern Lovers to the folky lilt of early Creation/Sarah label bands to the feedback-drenched noisy pop of the 00s, Summer Cats have got you covered. Their 2009 Slumberland album Songs For Tuesdays dazzled with its seemingly effortless song craft and sharp melodicism. Now Summer Cats are ready to release their first single since the album, and it's a corker.
Your Timetable is a well-honed slice of noise-pop, full of fuzz guitar, romping organ and a chorus to die for. Augmented by new second guitarist Jeremy Cole, Summer Cats turn "Your Timetable" into a glorious racket of barely-contained guitar squall and crashing drums. On the flip we have live favorite "TV Guide" finally given the studio treatment. "TV Guide" is an organ-driven bopper featuring excellent vocals from Scott Stevens, restrained guitar jangle 'n' strum, and yet another indelibly catchy melody and chorus.
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Twentieth Anniversary shows draw near
March 27th and 28th we'll be hosting a pair of 20th anniversary shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles that are practically brain-melting to think about. The current roster will be represented by the a-team of Brown Recluse, Summer Cats, Pants Yell!, Neverever, Devon Williams and Brilliant Colors. Where things get even crazier is with some of the bands that we've somehow managed to coax out of retirement. Hold onto your hats: Henry's Dress (first show in 13 years, full original line-up), Go Sailor (first show in 14 years!), The How (third show ever) and Boyracer (last shows ever? only Stew knows for sure!). That's quite a line-up, no? Both shows are all ages and start early to fit in all the bands. The SF show presale tickets are SOLD OUT, but there will be some tickets available at the door. LA presales are almost gone, but again there will be tickets on the door. Don't delay, these shows are going to be berserk.
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- We are now shipping the white vinyl second pressing of Brilliant Colors' Introducing album:
- Out soon: new 7's from Brilliant Colors and Manatee, a reissue of Chin Chin's scarce C86-era classic "Sound of The Westway," The Lodger's brilliant new album "Flashbacks" and more great music from Tender Trap, Neverever, Brown Recluse, Spectrals and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

Until next time-
Ma and Pa Slumber


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