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Night School Records showcase at West Germany, Berlin, on Saturday 25 June: CC Dust, Liberation (electronic pop solo project of Rat Columns’ David West) and Apostille, plus Blackest’s own Carla dal Forno. More info here.


 

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


 

Rat Columns’ Fooling Around EP out now

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The Fooling Around E.P. by Rat Columns is out now on 12″ vinyl and digital formats. For us it’s the ultimate summer record, light on its feet but full of regret and longing, and the title track in particular surely counts among the very finest to have appeared on this label. The 12″ is housed in a duotone reverse board sleeve with photocopied lyric sheet and download code; you can order it direct from Blackest Ever Black here. Digital is available from Bandcamp, iTunes, Bleep, Boomkat and all the usual suspects, and of course it is streaming via Spotify, Apple Music et al.

Late August sees Rat Columns embark on an extensive European tour; tour dates as they currently stand are listed here.


 

Rat Columns’ Fooling Around E.P. now available to pre-order

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Rat ColumnsFooling Around E.P. will be released by Blackest Ever Black on July 31, 2015.

The brainchild of Perth’s David West, Rat Columns first caught our attention with the very fine Leaf LP on R.I.P. Society last year, and we’re pleased now to be providing the first vinyl outing for the heart-stopping extended version of its most memorable track, ‘Fooling Around’ – a modern rock ‘n roll classic co-written by West and Total Control’s Mikey Young.

‘Fooling Around (Long Version)’ is backed with three new Rat Columns songs, all previously unreleased, for this edition of 500 (housed in full-colour LP-style sleeve with download card and lyric sheet included). More information here.


A note from the administration

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A general update on incoming releases. After a delay due in equal parts to the Record Store Day fall-out and some last minute design tweaks, the physical and digital release of Barnett + Coloccia‘s Weld (BLACKEST042) has been pushed back a couple of weeks to June 15 (copies pre-ordered direct from Blackest will ship a week earlier) – apologies for any inconvenience this might cause you. Six Six SecondsTearing Down Heaven 10″ and digital release (BLACKEST038) will be available at the same time.

Also running a little late, this time due to a manufacturing fault beyond our control: I Can’t Give You the Life You Want (BLACKESTUSA001), the US compilation we’re putting out in association with LA’s Mount Analog. We’re working hard to have it ready to ship before the end of June; we’ll update you as soon as we have a clearer idea of whether we’re going to succeed.

Attentive listeners to our Berlin Community Radio show will be aware of a forthcoming Ossia 12″ (BLACKEST046) due out on Blackest Ever Black in June/July; we also have an LP from F ingers (BLACKEST044) and a 12″ EP from Rat Columns (BLACKEST043) coming out this summer, and a 2xLP/CD/digital compilation of Regis‘s BEB productions, including several previous unreleased tracks, is slated for August. All of the above will be available to pre-order soon.

Other things that will be emerging over the course of the next 6-8 months: new titles from Secret Boyfriend (BLACKEST045), Dalhous, BremenTarquin Manek and Tropic of Cancer (a new EP); the AD Jacques LP we’ve been promising since 2012; the second release on our A14 sub-label; and several archival editions. And yes, the new album from Raime will be out in Autumn of this year.

Thanks, as ever, for your attention.