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10 Jul
New Arrivals: May & June edition

Catching up here with some purchase highlights from May and June and I know I’m late posting this! There’s been so many records coming out that it’s tough keeping up (and I’m on a budget now).

The Depreciation Guild – Dream About Me 7″ – Kanine Records
I think you all know how much I love this single and the fact that it was so so very close to being a Shelflife release. I received my physical copies a few weeks back and it turned out so good. I must admit it is a bit strange seeing it in person after working in it for so long. Kanine did us proud!

Socialist Leisure Party – Turktown Saints 7″ – Cloudberry
Another fantastic release by Socialist Leisure Party. Some say this is even better than the Shelflife one (shhhhh!!!), but it’s all essential — meaning buy both, they complete each other! Order a copy from the Shelflife shop or direct from Cloudberry.

Seeland – Tomorrow Today CD – LOAF
Seeland is Tim Felton (ex-Broadcast), Billy Bainbridge (ex-Plone) and Neil McAuley. Luckily Skatterbrain tipped me off to them, and wow, I’d be surprised if this wasn’t on my top 10 albums of the year. An exceptional release!

Mock Stereo – Demo CD – Unreleased
And this may just be the demo of the year! Mock Stereo is a synth pop duo from Tel Aviv. It’s not anything that we’d ever really release on Shelflife, but it’s so damn catchy that we’re almost considering it. If you have a soft spot for cheesy 90s euro dance pop, you’ll love this. Listen on their myspace. The Elastica-esque “The Word” and “Super Daddio” are the stand-out tracks.

Service Clan Patch – Service
I recently joined Service Clan for life and received my Service patch. I know you’re all jealous! Join up and get The Embassy’s online-only releases!

The Kick Inside – Oh Vanity 7″ – Oddbox
Debut 7″ single from both The Kick Inside and Oddbox records. It reminds me of a more Smith-y My Teenage Stride. Order a copy here

Durutti Column – I Get Along Without You Very Well 7″ – Factory
I finally found this single for a few bucks at Amoeba (SF). I forgot how good it was. Lindsay Wilson sings the A-side. This was Fac 64 released in 1983.

Harrison – Demos and Rarities vol. 1-2 CD – Riverhead
Who ever thought we’d see a double cd demo and rarities collection from the lost UK band Harrison? Not me! Their “(There Is) No Refrain” 7″ has eluded me all these years, but now I have more Harrison than I can handle. I also never realized they sound a lot like Orange Juice, which is always a good thing in my opinion. Pick these up from here!

Liechtenstein – Survival Strategies In A Modern World 10″ – Slumberland / Fraction Discs
Slumberland is still flying high and this record is another masterpiece. Too bad Liechtenstein are not getting the same attention as The Pains, they surely deserve it.

Comet Gain – Broken Record Prayers LP – What’s Your Rupture?
What’s Your Rupture really outdid themselves on the packaging of this double LP gatefold collection. Gorgeous!

Tennishero – High Scenes 12″ – Fastcut
I love this single! Oddly enough, they do a remix of Durutti Column’s “Sketch For Summer,” the same song Thieves Like Us sampled in “Drugs In My Body.”


  1. What a haul! My god, I miss buying new music. Should just be another month until I can do so. That Harrison compilation is at the top of my ‘to buy’ list.

    Comment by jennifer — 11 Jul @ 8:30 am

  2. True, Harrison sounds so much like Orange Juice…. there’s a song I’ve had on repeat all week long, “Madly in Love”, should have been a single by itself I think!

    You got a lot of nice things these past months Ed!

    Comment by Roque — 11 Jul @ 10:51 am

  3. i love that kick inside single as well! and i still need to order my copy of that “dream of me” 7″ – i’ve been watching the video all too much!

    Comment by matthew — 11 Jul @ 11:52 am

  4. oh, and glad to hear you like that seeland lp! i think it’ll be one of my favorites of the year too.

    Comment by matthew — 11 Jul @ 11:52 am

  5. And Service has just released a new lovely track… Thanks for the tennishero tip the sketch for summer remix is ace !

    Comment by Pierre — 11 Jul @ 5:25 pm

  6. Yeah, that Korallreven track is so good. I hope we hear more from them, whoever they are.

    Comment by ed — 11 Jul @ 8:48 pm

  7. Jennifer, sorry to hear you can’t buy any new music. You’ll love the Harrison cds!

    Roque, I like “Madly in Love” as well. There are so many good songs on there. I’m surprised at how good the quality is on all the non-released stuff. Shame an LP wasn’t released back then.

    Oh and Matthew, Laura says thanks for Seeland too, I think it’s her favorite thing at the moment.

    Comment by ed — 11 Jul @ 8:53 pm

  8. Just got that Depreciation Guild single and it’s beautiful.

    Oh Ed! I saw Days play in Bristol last Sunday and they were so incredible and such lovely people. I was in pieces through the whole thing. Amazing!

    Comment by Marianthi — 14 Jul @ 10:24 am

  9. Awww, that’s great to hear Marianthi. Someday I hope I get a chance to see them.

    Comment by ed — 16 Jul @ 10:11 am

  10. ed. think i read somewhere that korallreven is marcus joons and johan duncanson.

    Comment by Andreas — 30 Jul @ 8:13 am

  11. Hey Andreas, Yeah I heard that was well. So excited for more songs from them. Makes sense Johan is involved.

    Comment by ed — 30 Jul @ 11:15 am

  12. Where did you get the Comet Gain LP collection!!!!???

    Comment by Robin — 1 Aug @ 1:41 pm

  13. Robin, you can order a copy of the Comet Gain LP here:

    Comment by ed — 2 Aug @ 12:13 pm

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