Somethings old something new 2015.

We’re starting to piece together the likely offerings for 2015. All of this is likely but I cannot say that is inevitable. There are known knowns and unknown unknowns and all of that.

Greater Reward 12″ vinyl.

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Not this one, but one after it.

This old thing still gets some deejay culture and so we are all well pleased to say it has got its handbag out on behalf of Optimo in Scotland. I don’t believe you have to be a DJ to have this but it certainly helps.

Petrol 12″

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This what comes up when you Google Petrol 12 inch.

So this was going to be the 12″ that was released by Normal Records in West Germany in 1986. But there’s so many versions of Petrol that you could do a whole album. Lordy! What will Dark Entries decide? Find out in 2015.

Clifford Darling, Please Don’t Live In The Past. 2x LP

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Relive the past with this luxuriously ironic title, presented in full colour for the first time. This the album that inspired this re-issue. What will Dark Entries think of next?

Stretcher 2x LP?

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Somebody is crazy enough to be talking about STRETCHING STRETCHER over 4 sides. That crazy is Medical Records but will their accountant find out in time?

Vinyl On Demand are demanding some stuff – more later.

And do not forget

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Rhine

Rhine is a new album for the first quarter of 2015. It’s the first singing album since Under Gail Succubus in 2006. Not nine years in the making, instead I have struggled with identity, which only recently allowed this to happen.

It’s a ‘Tom Ellard’ thing, but I usually cover releases here in more detail. You’re right to ask what difference between that and ‘Severed Heads’ – the latter has more baggage and is happier in a nursing home.

Recording started in 2012 when we were invited to play the Adelaide Festival early in 2013. The idea was to make a special item for that show, but the workload on the HH game made that impossible. Nevertheless there were some sketches done and an album seemed plausible, although not as a release as much as a nice thing to do. It’s around this time that the old Terse Tapes studio started to regrow with many “new old” synthesisers and tape machines coming back into use. Whatever the studio had lost in the great dying of 1998, it was made right.

Most of the sounds on Rhine are from hardware and magnetic tape. That makes little difference in the quality of the sound, but has focussed the music in some ways that’s been helpful and interesting.

The bigger it got the more it needed some kind of resolution. For a little while I thought it could be released by ‘Kaspar Stangassinger’ as a joke. But in 2014, the old Eighties Cheesecake LP was re-issued and some kind words said about it. It has been difficult to reconcile my day job (middle aged guy in university admin) with singing, and I don’t enjoy the same timeless visage as John Foxx, but you know, fuck, just get over it.

It’s a pop album somewhat like Cheesecake meets Gail. I have other ‘experimental’ albums available (for free!) so I don’t see the need to justify that. For two years it was called My Puppydog Face, and then that track got taken off* and I just stole the name Rhine from another project that is being absorbed into H3H. (You are keeping up with all these projects aren’t you?)

Although I’ve done very well out of music downloads I think it needs some kind of celebratory package and form, a fetish. A thumb drive seems to be the best format and I’m pricing this, with download as an instant gratification bonus. I understand that some are worried by this, but I will make sure that you get the best of each.

Currently the album is in mastering hell. One interesting thing about older hardware is that it creates vastly different textures that really don’t sit well together – that is, one track can be happily loud, while the one you wanted next to it sounds awful at a similar volume. One problem is screeching. The older machines are like parrots.

As more news comes, I will bring it here.

* But rumour has it that you might find that on the thumb drive somehow.