Idle Hands & Blackest Ever Black – Take 5, Bristol, 09/01/16

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Happy new year. We begin 2016 as we mean to go on – impulsively? – with a party in Bristol co-hosted with our friends Idle Hands. It takes place this Saturday 9 January at the one and only Take 5 Cafe, with music from Rhythmic Theory, Ossia, Idle Hands bossman Chris Farrell, and yours truly. If you’re in the area, hope to see you there.

Mailorder customers, thanks for your patience while we catch up on things this week: we’ve a huge backlog of orders to ship and emails to respond to after three weeks off, and we’re working our way through it as quickly as we can.


 

Fortunes past, fortunes begun

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Blackest Ever Black will be based in Melbourne, Australia for the remainder of the year, but our mailorder will continue to operate more or less as normal from Berlin during this time. However, please note that any orders placed after December 10, 2015 will not be processed until January 2016 – given how many packages sent during the Christmas period end up delayed or lost, it’s simply not worth it.

Customers who pre-ordered Chris Farrell’s No Vampire (pictured above), New Private Window’s The Desperate Hours, Blackest Ever Black’s Id MudId Mud (second edition), or one of Jasmine Deporta’s signed Tropic of Cancer prints, please note that these items are all in the process of being shipped – we’d hoped to have them all dispatched by the end of last week, but it’s all taken a little longer than we imagined. If things go to plan, they should all be on their way by the end of this week (November 27). Thank you for bearing with us.

Tarquin Manek’s Tarquin Magnet and Rhythmic Theory’s ‘Forgotten Realms’ 12″ will be out in the first week of December, with Bremen’s Eclipsed following soon after. That will be your lot for 2015, though in the next couple of weeks we will announce – and list for pre-order – our first releases of 2016.


 

Blackest Ever Black & Idle Hands on Berlin Community Radio

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Following a month off, Blackest Ever Black will be back on Berlin Community Radio on Monday 26 October, 6pm-8pm CET, joined for this show by a special guest and very old friend of ours: Chris Farrell, boss of the Idle Hands record store and label in Bristol. We first crossed paths 12 or so years ago, when Chris was working at the late Imperial Records in Bristol; he’s played records for us at a couple of BEB parties in the past, and this month also sees the release of his No Vampire mixtape through our Krokodilo imprint. Oh and we’re planning to hatch a joint label, Silent Street, in 2016, if time allows. Chris taught us at least seven tenths of what we know that’s worth knowing, and our tastes intersect at a lot of different levels – from winsome indie-pop on up (or down?) – so it should be an interesting couple of hours of music. Listen live at berlincommunityradio.com.


 

Krokodilo Tapes from Chris Farrell and New Private Window

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The latest two instalments in our Krokodilo Tapes are available to pre-order now. No Vampire is a slaughtering 90-minute reggae mixtape from our old friend Chris Farrell, the man behind the Idle Hands record store and label in Bristol; The Desperate Hours is a collage of “self-surveilling internet field recordings and derivative, masturbatory ambience” by Leicester’s New Private Window.

Each of these titles is available in an edition of 100.