I also picked up a few new CDs, including Goldfrapp's Seventh Tree, primarily for a decently priced ($17) deluxe package (includes extra DVD, handwritten lyric books, poster, postcards, etc).
I've gone on record in the past, saying that I am a fan of Goldfrapp. I love them, even though I don't have their new album, I did pick up Seventh Tree.
So, their new release, The Singles, which comes out February 7th, 2012, via Astralwerks Records, is perfect for me - it collects all their big hits throughout the years. For hardcore fans, you'll want to pick this up because it also comes with two new songs, especially written and meant for this collection: "Yellow Halo" and "Melancholy Sky". The video for the former is available now on youtube.com. Tip: their videos have always been amazing, so do yourself a favor and watch it.
Anyway, watch out for the greatest hits/singles album to be out in February, below is the track listing:
- Ooh La La
- Number 1
- Strict Machine (Single Mix)
- Lovely Head
- Utopia (Genetically Enriched)
- Happiness (Single Version)
- Ride A White Horse (Single Version)
- Black Cherry
- Yellow Halo
- Melancholy Sky
Originally released in 1996, Golden Calves' Money Band LP and Century Band 12" are being re-issued on January 31st, 2012, as double LP from Woodsist Records. The record is limited to 1,000 copies, the digital version is infinite!
I've never heard of Golden Calves (or Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice), so I can't really understand the minimalist album cover approach. As a fan of cover artwork, I have to say, I don't like the white boring album artwork. Before you mention The Beatles' "White Album", I don't like that either - despite owning two different versions of that album.
I'll leave it to songwriter, James Jackson Toth, to explain his album (and his 'naïve art'):
In hindsight, I like to think that the noise scene liked us and responded so positively to us because, in our own naïve way, we were subverting a very rigid paradigm. Touring with noise bands and moving in experimental circles but playing proper 'songs' is what made us weird. It was an exciting, unforgettable time.
These are not perfect records. Perhaps worse than so-called 'naïve art' is 'only-marginally-informed art' and that's what this is. I should have let my talents marinate for a while before rushing out records that now sound to me like thinly-veiled love letters to Siltbreeze. But f**k it, man. I was hopelessly arrogant then and remain so today. Why else would I greenlight this f**king thing?"
Diggs Duke tells me that his new release, Black Gold is available now via Bandcamp at any price (this means you can put in $0.00 and it will still let you download the EP).
There is a disclaimer on the website, which I'll change to lowercase, because it felt like he's screaming at you with the ALL CAPS.