Carla dal Forno – You Know What It’s Like (BLACKESTLP015 | CD015 | DL015)

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You Know What It’s Like is an album for inbetween days, and occupies inbetween states: plain-speaking pop, disorientated by dub. Psychedelic folk delivered with (post-)punk economy. Drifting in space while still tethered to the ground. Astral tones blurred with earth sounds: wood, bone, breath, skin, dirt. Ending and beginning, dying and becoming. Longing for adventure and an unquiet life. Struggling to get out of bed.

This is Carla dal Forno’s debut solo album, following time in cult Melbourne group Mole House and an earlier association with Blackest Ever Black as a member of F ingers and Tarcar. It’s due out on October 7, 2016, on vinyl LP, CD and digital formats, and is available to pre-order now (pre-orders come with instant download of ‘What You Gonna Do Now?’). More information here.

Here’s the video for ‘What You Gonna Do Now?’:

 


 

 

Tarquin Manek live set on Berlin Community Radio this Friday

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Shub Roy’s Revelate show, home to “genre-less abstraction with a focus on noise, experimental, punk/post-punk, various threads of electronic music and more”, returns to Berlin Community Radio this Friday, 15 July with a live set of oneiric dubwise electronics, corroded cold wave and revelatory avant-song experiments from our very own Tarquin Manek (pictured above).

Melbourne native Manek released a solo album, Tarquin Magnet, on Blackest Ever Black last year, and is a member of the bands F ingers and Tarcar (he’s also behind LST and several other more incognito projects). Currently in Europe for recording sessions and selected live dates (please direct any booking enquiries here), he will release a new record in Autumn/Winter 2016.


 

Tarquin Manek: Do You Know The Mind Of A Bullet?

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Do You Know The Mind Of A Bullet? is a mini-album of sketches and improvisations recorded by Tarquin Manek (F ingers, Tarcar, LST) in Summer/Autumn 2015. Originally intended only to be released on a limited edition cassette given away with initial pre-orders of Tarquin’s new LP proper, Tarquin Magnet, in the end we decided that this music deserved to be made more widely available and so, in addition to the tape (which is sold out), Bullet? is now available as a free download. If you’re familiar with Tarquin Magnet, consider it a crucial addendum to that record; for the rest of you, it provides a good introduction to Manek’s work. More information here.


 

BLACKEST047: Tarquin Manek – Tarquin Magnet

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Tarquin Magnet is an album by Tarquin Manek (F ingers, Tarcar, LST), his first full solo release for Blackest Ever Black, and a unique synthesis of time-dilating folk jazz romanticism, brittle chamber dub and plasmic post-techno electronics. Due to be released in late November, it’s available to pre-order on vinyl and digital now; the first 30 vinyl pre-orders come bundled with an exclusive Manek tape, Do You Know The Mind Of A Bullet?, containing archival material unavailable elsewhere.

More information here.


 

Low Company compilation now available from BEB webshop

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The last remaining copies of Low Company, the limited edition (150 copies) cassette compilation we put together to mark the Five Wretched Years… event at the ICA last week, are now in stock and available to buy from the BEB webshop. The comp features exclusive tracks from Officer!, Ashtray Navigations, Dalhous, Af Ursin, F ingers, AD Jacques, Stefan Jaworzyn and Jac Berrocal, David Fenech & Vincent Epplay.


 

Rat Columns European tour

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Perth-based Rat Columns are touring Europe in late August and late September, celebrating the release of their Fooling Around E.P. on Blackest Ever Black, and their Do You Remember Real Pain? EP on Adagio830. The tour kicks off in Berlin at Bei Ruth this Friday, 28 August, and includes a couple of shows with BEB’s own F ingers. Below is a full list of dates as they stand; if you’ve any help or suggestions to offer for the shows marked ‘???’, get in touch.

28 AUG FRI – BERLIN @ BEI RUTH w/ Future Punx
29 AUG SAT – HALLE @ Hühnermannhattan w/ Future Punx
30 AUG SUN – PRAGUE @ OUTDOOR SHOW @ Štvanice w/ F ingers
31 AUG MON – GRAZ @ SUB
1 SEPT TUES – BUDAPEST @ Müszi w/ F ingers
2 SEPT WEDS – VIENNA / MUNICH / NURENBERG / BRNO???
3 SEPT THURS – DARMSTADT / OETTIINGER VILLA w/ Solids
4 SEPT FRI – LUZERN @ KLUB KEGELBAHN w/ Thee Irma & Louise
5 SEPT SAT – BASEL @ HIRSCHENECK w/ Thee Irma & Louise
6 SEPT SUN – BERN @ CAFETE w/ Thee Irma & Louise
7 SEPT MON – OFF
8 SEPT TUES – ???MARSEILLE???
9 SEPT WEDS – MONTPELLIER @ UP AND DOWN
10 SEPT THURS – BARCELONA @ ALMO2BAR w/ Zephyr Lake, $SDVORE & Heather
11 SEPT FRI – VALENCIA @ CSA LA RESIDENCIA
12 SEPT SAT – MADRID @ WURLITZER BALLROOM
13 SEPT SUN – BORDEAUX @ TBC (GENRE! SHOW)
14 SEPT MON – PARIS @ L’ESPACE B w/ Blank Realm & Kitchen’s Floor
15 SEPT TUES – BELGIUM? / LILLE? / AMSTERDAM? KOLN???
16 SEPT WEDS – BRIGHTON @ THE HOPE AND RUIN
17 SEPT THURS – LONDON @ MONTAGUE ARMS
18 SEPT FRI – LEEDS @ TEMPLE OF BOOM
19 SEPT SAT – MANCHESTER @ FUEL CAFE (WILMSLOW RD) w/ Apostille, Slowlight & Gut Model
20 SEPT SUN – OFF
21 SEPT MON – ANTWERP @ TBC
22 SEPT TUES – KASSEL @ NORDSTADT
23 SEPT WEDS – GRONIGEN @ DE GYM
24 SEPT THURS – NORTH OF GERMANY? BREMEN? HAMBURG? HANNOVER???
25 SEPT FRI – KOPENHAGEN @ Spillestedet Stengade w/ La Luz, Moon City Boys, Munnen
26 SEPT SAT – AARHUS
27 SEPT SUN – HAMBURG
28 SEPT MON – BERLIN


 

New distro stock: Thought Broadcast, Diät, Black Rain, Hour House

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Various new distro titles available from the Blackest Ever Black webshop this week. These include Social Acid, the latest release from the always compelling Thought Broadcast, released in an edition of 100 on Marco Raspberry Bulbs’ Personnel label, and already sold out at source; Hour House’s wonderful Chiltern House LP on Penultimate Press, which along with Diät’s Positive Energy is undoubtedly one of the records of the year; a re-stock of Penultimate’s handsome 2015 edition of the Ksiezyc LP (something no home should be without); and a brawny new collaboration between Black Rain & Shapednoise on the latter’s own Cosmorhythmatic label.

Still in stock: Hypnotic Sleep’s self-titled LP of drug-destroyed exotica on Berlin’s Static Age; Richard Youngs’ dub-deconstructing Primary Concrete Attack; and that 11-minute d-beat epic from Impalers on Static Shock. Enlivening additions to any record collection, to be sure.


 

F ingers: Hide Before Dinner

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Hide Before Dinner is a new album by F ingers – the trio of Carla dal Forno (Tarcar), Samuel Karmel and Tarquin Manek (LST, Tarcar). Deeply drugged, synth-daubed death-folk and DIY electronics of the highest order. It’s due to be released through Blackest Ever Black on August 31, 2015 on LP and digital formats. More information here.

This very special group will be on tour in Europe this Autumn, including a performance at the Five Wretched Years of Blackest Ever Black event at London’s ICA on September 26. Full list of dates to follow.

The first 20 pre-orders of Hide Before Dinner come bundled with a copy of F ingers new tour tape, Trilogy: They Got The Best Heart.