ADR 2014 in review

31/12/2014

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At a label fair last night, while perusing our table with a friend, I noted, “Shit… I had a pretty good year!”

In 2014 we released 15 physical albums and 9 videos. That is three more releases than we planned to do and six fewer videos (calculating that we’d meant to create some form of video for every release). We got 24 (to our knowledge) positive reviews on various blogs and print publications. Two titles sold out. We put on a small handful of shows and relaunched the NO LOVE imprint (just today, actually). And I indulged in our most excessive package to date for one of my own pet projects.

As we were at the start of 2014, we’re planning to drastically scale back operations in 2015. As with 2014, we’ll see how that goes (we already have two releases scheduled for January and one in February).

2014 Year End Top 5

(of Arachnidiscs Recordings 2014 releases according to Arachnidiscs Recordings)

#1. Dominic Marion: Totenbaum Träger / Projet Muet

Creeping drones and cinematic post-jazz improvisations.

#2. Uvesen: III

Creepinger drones and dark, reverb-drenched noise improvisations.

#3. Clara Engel: Ashes & Tangerines

Something like the haunting folkiness of Vashti Bunyan corrupted by the bombastic gloom of Nick Cave.

#4. Nite Audit: The Audiot

Apparently the Ween brothers, Beck and Lou Barlow had an orgy and Nite Audit is their love child. There’s something wonderfully ’90s yet incredibly current about Kyle’s music.

#5. Colin Fisher & Mike Gennaro: Sine Qua Non

It’s like Rashied Ali and John Coltrane on bath salts. Free jazz that breaks the chains of your mind.


NO LOVE in 2015 and RAINBOARD too

18/12/2014

NoLove2014 A little under a year ago we announced the intention of definitely possibly maybe resurrecting our previous incarnation, NO LOVE, as an “indie-rock” imprint. This was pretty much for the sole purpose of releasing a cassette by a friend’s band, but that discussion sort of faded away somehow and now they seem to have broken-up.

In the meantime we jumped on the chance to give an ecstatic “yes” (instead of the regretful “no” we’d prepared) to Rainboard as we were doing this thing anyway.

And thank heavens because The Midnight Slide is a corker set of ’90s alt inspired noisy shoegaze and space-rock, fuzzily psychedelic with no waves to be found. Not entirely a throw-back to the pre-grunge post-punk era of youths who were sonic or dinosaurs who were junior, it’s current to the noise-rock scene. It has the seasoned, mature sound of alt-rock veterans and the visceral edge of upstart indie-punks.

We’re releasing it, and launching the imprint, on December 31st, 2014. You can “pre-order” it now (inverted commas because we’ll ship immediately, holidays allowing) and take a listen below.


Tonight in Toronto! Blü Print: An Arachnidiscs Showcase

04/11/2014

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An eclectic showcase of Arachnidiscs Recordings artists and double-tape release celebration

COLIN FISHER & MIKE GENNARO (tape release)
face-melting free-jazz
https://arachnidiscs.bandcamp.com/album/sine-qua-non

HOLIDAY RAMBLER
depression era storytelling
https://soundcloud.com/arachnidiscs-recordings/holiday-rambler-auden

BEARD CLOSET
drone/noise/post-music guitar god
https://arachnidiscs.bandcamp.com/album/beard-closet-primate-pyramid

TRANZMIT (debut performance)
Dark elektro radio sampling, musique concrete, audio manipulation
https://tranzmit.bandcamp.com/


That SEMEN PRIEST interview

11/04/2014
So, our favourite electro-lunatics Semen Priest were interviewed by the blog Raised by Gypsies. And apparently they’re not huge Arachnidiscs fans and have some “interesting” ideas about how the music business works. Anyway, though it’s entertaining as all heck, I do feel the need to clarify a few inaccuracies in the Q&A. I’ve highlighted my clarifications in orange. You can read the full interview HERE.

3)     What is your relationship like with Arachnidiscs?
 
What relationship? Pretty sure Jakob hates us. And the feeling isn’t unmutual. They’ve done shit for us. Our album is fucking amazing and they just sat on it. It’s like we spend all our time kicking his ass to do shit and nothing gets done. He keeps pushing us to tour but isn’t giving us $$$ to tour. And no money to do a proper video. We have all these ideas and we can’t do them becau$$$e. Anyway, he never sent cops after us about the bloody condom thang, so… it’s all good? He knows we’re not serious about shit. Whatevs. 
It’s not really in my nature to “push” anyone to do anything. When they asked my why more blogs and websites weren’t writing about them, I suggested that they should play live and that if they played a show somewhere like Toronto that’d probably help with exposure. Though they’d voiced displeasure at the “cheap” and “shitty” Another Bad Day video I’d put together for them, producing another video was never discussed. I also SET UP THIS VERY INTERVIEW.

 
4)     You’ve released a split and a collaboration with Tranzmit.  What is your relationship like with Tranzmit?
 
Well, that’s fucking Jakob again. He’s TRANZMIT so the relationship is pretty much the same pile. But better. Which is super weird. Like schizophrenic weird. We like working with him as a musician more than as a label. He actually seems interested in doing the music stuff. Which WE DIDN’T EVEN ASK HIM TO DO. He fucking took our new single and “improved” it without asking. Removed our vocals and added all that radio shit and made it longer. The result is kind of amazing, so it’s fine, I guess. But, that fucking guy… GOTTA LUV HIS AZZ.
I was under the impression that when they sent me the project files, they wanted me to remix the track. The email only said, and I quote, “DU SUMPTIN WIT DIZZZZ YO!” I realized, later, my mistake in not clarifying their intentions.
 
5)     Who else would you be interested in collaborating with or sharing a split with in the future?
 
Dream collab? I dunno. DAFT PUNK, but that’ll never happen. *sadface* UNDERWORLD, Xcept they suddenly started to suck. *double-plus SADFACE*. How does that happen? A band makes amazing records for what? 15 years? Then they just turn to shit with that last one? I guess their first two records were crimes against hearing too. *shrug*…. That leaves Lady Gaga. I think we could perform CPR on her career. Call us. We’re ready to let you vomit cum on us.
 
But realistically? Maybe DOOMSQUAD? We heard one of those dude’s liked our tape. Which is probably a complete fucking lie. Or, what’s that girl called? Vile Bitch? No, Bile Sister? Yeah, I just googlized it and that’s her. Zsa Zsa’s a fan. Bile Sister. That’s a good name. Not as good as SEMEN PRIEST, but good name. All those assholes are in Toronto and we’re not in Toronto. And, you know what? Fuck smug-ass Toronto. I guess we could do email collabs like with TRANZMIT but… 
I’d like to apologize to Julie (Bile Sister), in advance, if they contact her. In that conversation about playing shows in Toronto, I suggested they get in touch with some “like minded” bands. Doomsquad and Bile Sister were part of the list I gave them. Ooops.
 
6)     Will “Grung Grindr” see a physical release?
 
Fucked if we know. Wanted it to be a 12″ but Arachnidiscs won’t do it. $$$ issues. We’re feeling out other labels. We’ll never self-release because only assholes self-release. It’s like literal figurative musical masturbation to put your own shit out. We didn’t even want to do Bandcamp but Arachnidiscs said we had to. 
At no time did we ever discus a 12″. At one point the track was going to be part of a future TRANZMIT tape, but they wanted it for themselves. I also never said they “had” to set up a Bandcamp, I just said it made more sense if the money for digital downloads went straight to them.
 
 
9)     Final thoughts, shout outs, etc… ??
 
EVERYONE SHOULD CHECK OUT R ALBUM BECAUSE ITZ THE BEST THING IN 4EVER. 4SRSLY.
I do have to agree it’s a good album.

How to open your Téléphone Maison tape

17/03/2014

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Hey, those foil-sealed Toujours Partout tapes by Téléphone Maison look sharp. But how do you get the nifty orange tape out without entirely destroying the nifty shiny packaging? It’s actually pretty easy, just follow these steps.

Update! A fan in the Netherlands has made an actual unboxing video for this release.

1) You will need one of these:

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If you don’t have one, go HERE, to our Bandcamp page and order one.

2) You’ll also need something sharp.

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3) Find the top of the cassette box.

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It should be the side with the sticker. But I’m not comfortable guaranteeing that. Also, the opening of the cassette box should be to the right of the sticker. Again, I’m not going to guarantee that’s always going to be the case. So look for a little indent like the one indicated above.

4) Using your handy slicing tool, make an incision along the top edge, tracing three sides of the box.

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If you do this reasonably carefully your Toujours Partout should open like any other cassette.

5) Place cassette in player and let your mind melt.

 


TRANZMIT cassette pre-order

21/02/2014

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This morning we opened up pre-orders for the ÜBERTRAGUNG cassette by TRANZMIT. It’s a sampledelic/bricolage throwback to 80’s electro-industrial acid benders. All voices and sounds sourced from the internet, cyberpunk style. Stream and/or pre-order below.

Release date: March 10, 2014.


The possible return of No Love

14/02/2014

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Back in 1989 Arachnidiscs Recordings began with demo tapes released on an imprint called No Love Records. Naturally, being a 1990’s label, No Love focused on punk and music that fell under the relevant-at-the-time label of “alternative” rock. In it’s days No Love never released a single vinyl record. Apparently, ten years on that bothered me so much that I looked for a new name for the label as we headed into the new century. Goodbye No Love, hello Arachnidiscs.

Anyway, if you’ve perused the Arachnidiscs  mission statement before, it’s clear there’s a number of genres not suitable to the Arachnidiscs aesthetic. This includes things like punk and alternative, no matter how weird the music is or how weird the people making it might actually be.

Lately, that’s kind of made me sad to say “no” to some pretty interesting projects so I’ve been toying with the idea of reviving the No Love imprint for a few select releases. I wasn’t going to announce it until agreements were nailed down with the bands, but how could I not announce this on Valentine’s Day?

Stay tuned? Maybe…

 

 

 


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