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Magic Arrows - Sweet Heavenly Angel Of Death Jun 7, 2019

For our reissue of Magic Arrows' classic album "Sweet Heavenly Angel Of Death," we embarked on one of our most ambitious projects ever. The project began when Magic Arrows and Brian Grainger of Milieu and Coppice Halifax made us aware of an alternate, demo version of the album, featuring alternate takes and unreleased tracks. From there, we began also trying to collect rare Magic Arrows tracks from the era, such as "Yaphet Kotto," originally release on a split 7" with String Threory and "She's A Light / Iowa," originally released on a 2005 compilation for Darla Records.

The real challenge came in tracking down the masters, as Magic Arrows had lost most of them. Thus began a journey that lasted months trying to reassemble the lost vaults of Magic Arrows. The project would not have been possible without the assistance of Brian Grainger and Erik Kowalski, who had obtained the original files from Magic Arrows years ago. Magic Arrows was also able to recover many long lost tracks himself along the way. The project became so massive, it unearthed multiple albums worth of unreleased Magic Arrows content, much of which still has not seen the light of day. We hope that may someday change, but we had our hands quite full with this reissue alone, so we kept our focus here.

After the long and twisting journey it was to compile the album, our next step was obtaining the blessing of the original label, Wobblyhead, to reissue the album. This too proved a bit of a challenge, but eventually we were able to get in touch with Jeff Baumann and Rob Sevier from the label. The granted us their support and even provided us sealed CD copies of the original album to sell.

We ultimately ended up with two different versions of the album. The first is a direct reissue of the original Wobblyhead album, with no changes to the track list. This is available digitally for the first time, with original CD copies from Wobblyhead also available. The second version, which we call the Expanded Edition, is essentially a demo version of the album, with nearly every song differing from the final album versions. There are also several rare and unreleased tracks from the era, including the ones mentioned above, as well as a new remix from Coppice Halifax. This edition has been pressed on double cassette or a digital edition available exclusively from our Bandcamp page. The album was lovingly remastered by Brian Grainger, but we should note, due to the original recordings being aged home demos, the sound quality sometimes varies. Our version features all new artwork from the always excellent Eric Lee.

If that wasn't enough for you, over at our sister label, Silverback Anarch, we've also released an all new double album of material from Magic Arrows - "The Best Of Vietnam" (XXX021). This album was actually intended to be the final Magic Arrows album, but some other projects have since surfaced. Magic Arrows considers it one of the most accomplished works of his career, so be sure to check it out.

Dorosoto - "Nasty Audibles" (XXX020) sees the return Dorosoto with an all new EP. Silverback Anarch is handling digital distribution, while a cassette edition is available via Illuminated Paths. A music video for the song "Data Crunch" can be seen here.

Forrest has released a new album called "Dronoeuvres" over at the Afterhours Ltd. label.

High Tides has released a new digital EP called "Deja Bu" on Rad Cult.

Halogen is the pre-Alpha Aesar collaboration of Dorosoto and 21 Jumpsuit. "Ideas And Forms (1998 - 2000)" is available on the European label Bulbless! Records, available on digital or as an extremely limited, hand-designed CDr.

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1. Untitled 1
2. Nobody Is Going To Tell You These Things
3. Jude's Theme
4. Buffalo Gals
5. Stand By Me
6. Train Yourself
7. Nervous
8. Churchman
9. A German
10. Untitled 2
11. Burning Sermon
12. Officer Wind
13. Buzz
14. Keef
15. Alliance Interlude
16. Alien Rescue Vessel
17. He's Coming
18. One Thousand Dances (Coppice Halifax Remix)
19. Death Track
20. Yaphet Kotto
21. She's A Light / Iowa
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21 Jumpsuit - The Magic Room Mar 29, 2019

21 Jumpsuit has returned with his third release in 11 years, also likely his final one. "The Magic Room" sees him going back to basics, with six tracks of pure electronica. The album is available now via our Bandcamp page, as well as all major digital platforms. We've also made the first two 21 Jumpsuit albums, "Hero Article" and "I Heard You Were Away", available across digital platforms for the first time.

If you're still thirsty for more 21 Jumpsuit, the very rare Halogen recordings have been made available via Italian label Bulbless. Halogen is the pre-Alpha Aesar collaboration of Carl States (21 Jumpsuit) and Warren Kroll (Dorosoto, Forrest). "Ideas And Forms 1998 - 2000" showcases the early electronic sounds that would later evolve into "Alpha Aesar." The album is available on digital, or as an extremely limited (15 copies), hand-made CDr, designed by Italian artist Francesco Peluso.

Over at our sister label, Silverback Anarch, we recently released a couple titles by Hot Tin Roof. Hot Tin Roof is the project of Tom Lash, a one-time member of the bands Lucky Pierre and Prick. A staple of the 1990s alternative and industrial scene in Cleveland, Ohio, the Hot Tin Roof recordings have remained long out of print and difficult to find. We worked closely with Tom Lash to compile an album highlighting the career of Hot Tin Roof, as well as a special Christmas release this past December.

Hot Tin Roof - "Fixation" (XXX0018). Compiled by Hot Tin Roof founder Tom Lash, this collection brings together highlights of his entire career. Most of this material is available digitally for the first time.

Hot Tin Roof - "XMAS Songs" (XXX019). A special holiday release from Hot Tin Roof.

High Tides, the duo of Dorosoto and Mall Security, have released their sophomore album, "Paradise Daze," on LP, cassette and digital via our friends at Rad Cult. The boys also just recently finished a string of West Coast North American dates with Black Moth Super Rainbow.

We will return very soon with our next release, a reissue of "Sweet Heavenly Angel Of Death" by Magic Arrows. It was perhaps the most challenging release we've ever done, due to the sheer effort it took to unearth a wealth of unreleased material and present it in a new and cohesive manor. We'll have more details soon.

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1. Bootbox
2. Bumble
3. Rug Doctor
4. Diamonds
5. Bumo
6. Uncorrupt

The Magic Room - Cover

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