Thursday, September 15, 2005

4AD 3D CD

It surprised us that there was ever a year zero for 4AD - it seems to have been around forever and a day. But before 1980, there was only a willowy nothingness (admittedly, a fair portion of the records they'd go on to produce would also be a willowy nothingess, although in lovely sleeves). Which means the label has hit its quarter century, and time for a jubilee. Sadly, this doesn't mean Vaughan Oliver designed mugs and street parties hosted by The Pale Saints, but there is going to be a cracking series of gigs:

1980 Forward:

Thursday 17th November TV On The Radio plus special guests The Scala

Friday 18th November Minotaur Shock & Magnétophone plus special guests The Luminaire

Saturday 19th November The Breeders plus special guests Blackheath Halls
(also : an exhibition of the artwork of Vaughan Oliver / v23)

Sunday 20th November The Breeders plus special guests Blackheath Halls
(also : an exhibition of the artwork of Vaughan Oliver / v23)

Monday 21st November Kristin Hersh performing the songs of Throwing Muses The Scala

Tuesday 22nd November Kristin Hersh performing songs from Hips And Makers onwards The Scala

Wednesday 23rd November The Mountain Goats plus special guests Bush Hall

Thursday 24th November Celebration plus special guests The Water Rats

Friday 25th November Mojave 3 & Mark Kozelek performing the songs of Red House Painters Conway Hall

Sunday 27th November Blonde Redhead & Johann Johannsson The Scala

Now, obviously there's some 4AD bands we'd all have liked to have seen doing their stuff who aren't on the list, which is a pity; that's what happens if you deal in fragile butterfly acts, though. Their pearly dewdrops drop. Their permanent record, though, will be honoured in a compilation album pulling together the best of 4AD's back catalogue. And, apparently, if you buy the album from 4AD.com, you'll be allowed to define exactly what you think that 'best' is: you can create your own hugely limited best of, which will be "hand made" and delivered to your door.

Blimey. Wonder what they'll do in 2030?