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Co-founded in 1978 by Chris Cutler, London-based ReR Megacorp remains a musician-led independent label after almost 40 years. Blithely disregarding market wisdom, it continues to release titles across a wide spectrum of genres.
ReR is home to cult bands This Heat, Henry Cow, Faust, Art Bears, The Necks...
BANG! BANG! RELEASE NEW ALBUM, TOUR 04/18/2007
Chicago rockers Bang! Bang! just finished the first leg of their 6 week tour, capping it with a brief return to the Windy City for a big CD release show on Saturday. The new album The Dirt That Makes You Drown officially hit stores on Tuesday of last week, and their show on Saturday at Chicago’s Beat Kitchen was a huge success. The band played to a nearly sold out crowd and were swarmed all night by fans anxious to hear all about the tour.
As for the new album, it’s flying off the shelves but is always available at Morphius.com. In fact, the next 50 people... More >
RAISE HIGH THOSE SCALPELS: THRUSHES DISSECTED 04/13/2007
Album: Sun Come Undone
First blog mention: A December 15 mention on Instrumental Analysis.
The Build-Up: Posts on Milk Milk Lemonade and Covert Curiosity were it, until...
The Dam-Break: ... this week, when the blogs went nuts for Thrushes' shoegazer-in-a-prom-dress track "Heartbeats." It was posted on Coast Is Clear, Largehearted Boy, Veritas Lux Mea, and So ... Where Is Helsinki? on Saturday; Here Comes The Flood, INDIEBLOGHEAVEN, Obscure Sound, and The Muso were among the blogs that followed suit, while... More >
A ROOM FULL OF TALENT: UNKNOWN INSTRUCTORS 04/11/2007
"Groove band Unknown Instructors is made up of Mike Watt (fIREHOSE, The Stooges), Joe Baiza (Saccharine Trust), George Hurley (fIREHOSE), Dan McGuire, David Thomas (Pere Ubu, guest vocals on three tracks), and Raymond Pettibon (cover art, vocals on "Twing-Twang"). All respected artists, all in one place. And they released The Master's Voice last month on Smog Veil Records. Master's follows up the previous album, The Way Things Work.
Starting with a bass groove and adding helter-skelter guitars and syncopating drums, topped off with a spoken-word poetry that... More >
VINYL BURNERS: ROCKERS AND STEPPERS 04/05/2007
Get Back offers the the cream of reissued reggae vinyl on thick 180 gram platters. Including Gregory Isaacs, Barrington Levy, Bob Marley, Derrick Morgan, Sly + Robbie, Yellowman, Peter Tosh, The Maytals and more:
BEAUTIFUL TAPESTRIES: MORE THOUGHTS ON THRUSHES 04/04/2007
Thrushes premise is strikingly simple. Rock music should be beautiful. Elevating grand canyon reverberation to high art and venerating Phil Spector as the patron saint of sonic emotion, Thrushes craft gorgeous noise pop and swirling dream rock lullabies. Armed with stacks of old Crystals records played at the dark edge of town, this is the sound of blood on blood.
For the week of March 28 to April 4th, both “Heartbeats” and “Aidan Quinn” from the Thrushes' debut Sun Come Undone were in the Top 35 blogged tracks in the... More >
STAFF PICK: FUNK, SOUL, SUN RA REISSUES 04/03/2007
During the long, cold Maryland winter, we here at Morphius consoled ourselves with the warm, robust sounds of the funk, soul and Sun Ra titles we've been bringing in for distribution. Here's some of our favorites, with big ups to Numero Group and Now Again, two of the best reissue labels!
FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY: DOUBLE DAGGER + PERE UBU 04/02/2007
Yes, that's right. Baltimore fans of Pere Ubu and hometown art punk outfit Double Dagger just might lose their minds as the two bands are teaming up for a show! Check out the sweet flyer, designed by Double Dagger's singer/graphic designer Nolen Strals:
WHAT WE NEED: BANG! BANG! + WILD BOYZ 04/02/2007
"Wasting no time, the frenetic “What We Need” has already been featured in a “Jackass” video [actually an Orbit gum commercial starring Steve-O of the MTV program Wild Boyz].
It’s the perfect pairing - someone has finally discovered that Bang! Bang! induce nothing but acceleration, deviance, and general misconduct. Flash spits out lyrics about cash, drugs, and the radio with an intensity usually reserved for the stage. “No Real World” and “Radio” from 2006’s Decked Out came close, but “What We Need” goes somewhere else entirely. This one’s covered in... More >
DOUBLE YER FUN: COFFINBERRY AND YO LA TENGO 03/30/2007
Coffinberry will be playing a very special after party following Yo La Tengo's performance at Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom. For those who have tickets to Yo La Tengo, admission is free. Big Takeover has compared the band to vintage Pere Ubu, The Strokes and The Oranges Band while describing Coffinberry as having "oodles and oodles of potential". Coffinberry's second full-length, God Dam Dogs, produced by Todd Tobias (of Guided By Voices fame) is slated for release on May first, but you can get a copy now from Morphius.
Comprised of... More >
DAWN OF MAN: CMJ REVIEW 03/26/2007
Produced by David Sitek from TV On The Radio and featuring some long-time DC scenesters, Dawn Of Man does the cock-tease with an EP that leaves you wanting more…much more…now. Icy-cool female vocals and washed out, reverby post-punk guitars anchor a delicate straddling of danciness, mid-’90s East Coast angularity and good ol’ fashioned insistent rhythm. You almost feel as cool listening to it as you imagine they knew they were making it.
--Kenny Friday, CMJ