11 June 2009
NEW PRE-ORDERS: CURSILLISTAS & TEMPERA; PLUS CURSILLISTAS & WHITE LIGHT TOUR 2009 Hey folks, Thanks for sticking with us during the silent film era. Some exciting announcements; first and foremost, a big hullabaloo hootenanny going down tomorrow night at Space Gallery for all you Portland (Maine) folks: We're converting SPACE into a living room house party for a night; quilts, afghans, pillows, rugs, and tea by lamplight as you enjoy live performances from TEMPERA, WHITE LIGHT, and CURSILLISTAS. Then, we kick up a dance storm with a performance from AM FRANK (members of VISITATIONS) ... those analog-synth-punk No-Wave party starters with a bagful of dance moves, strobe lights, and a great reverence for Vega/Rev. And, finally, the return of MOD NIGHT, Ian Paige's 60's soul, garage, and general Nuggets-Stax-Motown throwdown dance party DJ set. We'll wrap things up with a special DJ set from the Joint Chiefs (members of Cursillistas); moving your dance pants into obscuro-70's territory with some hard funk, heavy psych, classic rock, and dub-reggae jams. Should be a fun trip for all you heads... Doors at 8pm, music starts at 8:30 sharp, with DJ sets starting around 11pm. 18+ and $6 cover! Of course, I should mention that this is all in celebration of L'animaux Tryst's first three full-length 12"LP vinyl releases and a tour kickoff for Cursillistas and White Light... details on the records a little furthur down; but here's the tour info: CURSILLISTAS & WHITE LIGHT: TRAVEL LIGHT TOUR 2009 6/12 - Portland, ME @ Space Gallery [w. Tempera & AM Frank] 6/13 - Northampton, MA @ King St. Manor [w. Nathan Blehar (Hobbs)] 6/14 - Montague, MA @ Montague Bookmill [w. MV & EE] 6/15 - Delaware Water Gap, PA @ La Societe Expeditionnaire HQ [w. Lewis & Clarke] 6/16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Monster Island Basement [w. Predator Vision & Sudden Oak] 6/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Marvelous 6/18 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Morning Glory Coffeehouse [w. Tom Carter, Steve Gunn, Shawn David McMillen, & Gorman] 6/20 - Bloomington, IN @ The Clinic [w. Elephant Micah & Gorman] 6/21 - Knoxville, TN @ The Birdhouse [w. Gorman] 6/23 - Loudenville, OH @ The Gorge Overlook at Mohican State Park [w. Gorman & Requiltings] 6/25 - Kittery, ME @ Buoy [w. Tempera] 6/27 - New Sweden, ME @ Thomas Park [Arootsakoostik Festival; w. Chriss Sutherland, Dead End Armory, many others] Added incentive for coming out to these shows: Cursillistas & White Light will have a special, very limited edition [150 copies] tour split 12"LP entitled TRAVEL LIGHT, which will only be available on this tour. (If there are copies left after the tour, some may be made available through L'animaux). Come on out and say hi! We'll also have lots of presents for anyone who provides us with a place to crash (or a yard to pitch a tent in) for a night, or a shower, or a vegan meal, or wireless internet. Road trips. PRE-ORDERS ON NEW L'ANIMAUX GOODS: LTFR-1201 CURSILLISTAS' LES BICHES 12"LP & CD L'animaux Tryst's first-ever release, Cursillistas' Les Biches, sold out over two years ago and has remained out-of-print until this deluxe reissue courtesy of Time-Lag Records and L'animaux Tryst. Each track has been remixed and analog-remastered from the original souce audio, with four previously-unreleased bonus tracks from Les Biches-era recording sessions added on. The songs themselves marked a transitional period for Cursillistas, where early folk influences were beginning to be pushed into the realm of psychedelic improvisations, live looping, and bizarre instrument choices [three of the songs are led by toy xylophone]. While still rooted in acid-folk-pop, the album marked a clear shift to more experimental tendencies and a more "full band" sound. Pressed onto 180-gram heavyweight black vinyl, packaged in a letterpressed three-fold art paper jacket (with hand-sewn button enclosure and vellum insert mounted over a silkscreened design), and including a CD version of the album, this pressing is limited to 300 copies. [CD version is also sold seperately]. http://www.lanimauxtryst.com/cursillistaslesbiches.htm LTFR-1202 TEMPERA'S TEMPERA 12"LP & CD When it comes to quality control and prolificacy, one can't imagine a band doing much better on either count than Portland, Maine's own Tempera. Considering the thousands of minutes of original material they've committed to tape, microcassette, and hard-drive over the past four years, it's hard to believe that this is still officially Tempera's debut long-playing album. And befitting the band's thorough self-scrutiny (in itself a rare characteristic amongst experimental improv groups in this era) the music is decidedly top-tier. This self-titled LP contains two side-long, long-form improvisations, with kraut-rock inspired tom-heavy drumming backing ethereal vocals and synth tones and drones; smooth, blissed-out ambient passages building to cymbal crashing climaxes. Here, Tempera's Nicholas Barker and Corinna Marshall are joined by electric pianist/drummer Robert Stillman [of Robert Stillman's Horses] to hit that ecstatic, transcendent zone. Pressed onto crystal clear 12" vinyl (and including a CD version of the album with a bonus track), packaged in a silkscreened art paper "poster-style" fold-over sleeve, and limited to 300 copies. http://www.lanimauxtryst.com/temperatempera.htm BOTH TITLES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER; ALL PRE-ORDERS WILL SHIP OUT ON OR BEFORE JULY 7TH. PLEASE VISIT HTTP://WWW.LANIMAUXTRYST.COM/ORDER.HTM TO PLACE YOUR ORDER. In other news, you may notice that the website's gotten a bit of a re-vamp.. We're still working on it so please excuse the broken links. Email lanimaux[at]gmail[dot]com with questions... Also, as mentioned in a previous blog post, the Sequin Trails tape that was sent out with a few of the Summer Haunt subscriptions has been recalled, and will be replaced with an exclusive new Cursillistas cassette entitled "Peace Pipers". 45 minutes of incense-soaked blissed desert wanderings on acoustic guitar, electric slide guitar, baglama [saz], and voice, from the Cursillistas duo that will be bringing you the JOINT CHIEFS LP on Digitalis later this year. Think of "Peace Pipers" as a prequel, or addendum to that LP, with no material repeated. We'll be assembling tapes as soon as we're back from tour, so they'll ship when the new Tempera and Cursillistas LPs & CDs are ready. If you send your copy of "Slumber Beneath The Leaves" back to us, you'll get the Cursillistas cassette sent to you + a shipping credit for whatever it cost to return the tape to us. [Please use the cheapest shipping rate available to you]. Thanks! For now there are no plans to make "Peace Pipers" available to the world at large, so you Tryst Haunt subscribers are getting a real exclusive here. We're only making 75 copies, for the first 75 subscribers to the series. Speaking of the Tryst Haunt Series, we're having a special sale going on for the next couple weeks: all seasonal sets of three 7" records are available for just $15 + shipping while supplies last... it's a good time to complete the set if you've ordered just one or two seasons so far. The total translates to $18 US [media mail], $21 [US Priority, or Canada], and $24 [Worldwide]. Visit http://www.lanimauxtryst.com/trysthaunt.htm to order. Other specials going on: Order the Tempera LP + CD and get their split single with Bad Bus from the Tryst Haunt Series for just $4. And for US orders, if you pre-order both the Tempera and Cursillistas LP + CD sets, shipping is FREE via Media Mail. Those specials are at the pre-orders and specials page of the site.