Delayed for more than a year, the Les Chichis / GMC split 7" lathe cut
(fabriqué en France) finally sees its release... today!
Being a tiny edition (just 10 copies
, alas!), I only have three copies left for sale here
, as of writing.
High production costs + "rarity factor" mean it isn't as cheap as an A Beard of Snails Records record normally is.
"A few weeks" became more than a couple of months, but the wait has resulted in not one, but two fine, lengthy releases. Without further ado or delay:
Star Turbine / Miguel A. García & Valentina Vuksic (c76) - our final tape
The Big Drum in the Sky Religion "Hell Hath No Fury" (3x CD-R) - reissues of The B D in the S R's three full lengths for A B of S in one set; possibly (but not certainly) our final CD-R
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Two split 7" releases are at their factories in France and Germany, in line for cutting and pressing. Expect split singles from Les Chichis / GMC (ultra limited) and Caligine / The End Springs (less limited), as early as "the next month or so" - again, depending on the factories' backlogs, and other common challenges associated with reproducing experimental music on vinyl. More vinyl and/or lathe cuts hereafter, before we get too close to the end of the year. A Kokori 7" being one of them.
Heads up! Cassette Store Day, Sept. 7, 2013
Yep, that'll be a thing next month. For that one day, A Beard of Snails and Metaphysical Circuits will "merge," to take part in the "festivities," as a "seller."
There might be a brand new tape (or more) from Metaphysical Circuits in time for the 7th, but otherwise, it'll all be about large discounts (woohoo, a one-day sale, how original) on the two labels' current/remaining stock of cassettes. Like, €1 for most tape titles!!!
I don't have a physical store, so it'll be, y'know, meta... Mark your calendars! More details soon. Local-to-us shop Insula will be participating for sure.
Two new tapes, as promised/hyped, now available...
Il Rovescio Del Giardino "Extracts From Dying Circumstance" (c50)
Letterfounder meets Ragged Lines "Book Club Beatz" (c28)
Just one more tape release left to put out: a monster of a split (c76) between Star Turbine and Miguel A. García & Valentina Vuksic - due out in a few weeks. A Beard of Snails feels its work is (almost) done as far as the tape format (not particularly more popular than the CD-R format) is concerned. It has been an interesting challenge.
My previously mentioned Metaphysical Circuits label will continue to issue tapes (though largely avoiding the free improv, drone, noise, acid folk and weird rock A B of S has felt privileged to present plenty of to you the past six years.) Over the next month and a half, Metaphysical Circuits should have six or so new titles available, loosely file-able under "lo-fi electronica," "paranormal synth werx," and "ambient psych"...
But I digress! Going forward, A B of S will focus on scraping the necessary funds together to finally make our long-delayed vinyl and lathe cut releases a reality. Your orders are helping me attain this!
Just an update to say... "no updates yet!"
Specifically, no orders will be shipped out until after May 20. If all goes well, tapes from Il Rovescio Del Giardino and Letterfounder meets Ragged Lines will be out on or around 520, duuudes/'ettes.
Three new titles have unhatched!
Vejgaard Ambient / Andrew Perry/Dead Wood (split c58)
On the Wrong Planet "III" (c40)
Zaklanie "Día de los vivos..." (3" CD-R)
Alas, they can't ship 'til after Easter (April 2nd.) Just gotta grind it out, eh?
But do read more about 'em / purchase 'em now, if you want.
The nows and the futures
Up next (in the next... week or two), the label's final two tapes: a Letterfounder meets Ragged Lines c28 and an Il Rovescio del Giardino c50.
If you care about our catalog(ue) number scheme, you'll notice we're already starting on "ABOS4-..." with the Zaklanie 3-inch. Phase IV (like the film, eh?) of A Beard of Snails' existence will be intentionally short-lived, appropriately consisting of just four releases (ie., three more.)
Why only 124, 131, 137, and 144? Those particulars had been skipped or overlooked somewhere between 2007 and 2008 - back when A Beard of Snails was affiliated with The BSBTA Label Group and its shared catalogue number system (veterans may recall there were two other labels under the umbrella.) About time we finally put the unused numbers to use... while, concurrently, working to put the last four Phase III titles out.
Then what? I'll let you know when I know!
Yep, the cat's officially out of the bag: the tape label known (only) as Metaphysical Circuits is my doing as well. Check it out if you aren't already familiar; maybe even buy some new tapes from Asio Otus, or Sunny Dunes, or Noseph Janner / Levvels, or... ?
Finally (finding) time for the first (two) releases of 2013...
The Cats' Orchestra "Widow Fish Rumours" (c25)
Brandon Hurtado "A Path Through the Woods" (c28)
Limited copies; get one or both while you can!
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