We've noticed that the new Occultation inserts which come free with initial copies of The Granite Shore's Flood of fortune 7" are proving extremely popular, indeed, scans of them are starting to appear on a number of websites. There a couple of variations but everyone who's ordered the 7" from us so far should've had at least one. In response to a number of enquiries, the insert was designed by Elena Milego and the photo on the front is taken from a 1947 copy of Penguin Music Magazine which has some wonderful information on the record-making process, much of it still relevant today. The back of the insert shows the Occultation catalogue to date, from The Wild Swans' English Electric Lightning 10" through to our next release, which will be The Distractions' Black Velvet EP. We do take enormous care over every aspect of our releases, and it's been very gratifying to find that so many people seem to appreciate this.
Speaking of The Distractions, they were in the studio in Liverpool last week, at work on new recordings for us. The session was engineered by Richard Turvey of The Wild Swans, who also played piano and organ and featured founder Distractions Mike Finney (vocals) and Steve Perrin (guitar, vocals, tambourine), another former member Nick Garside (bass), Nick Halliwell of The Granite Shore (guitar, vocals) keeping up the Occultation connection, plus Stuart Mann (drums). We're absolutely thrilled to welcome The Distractions to Occultation and look forward to a number of releases by the most unjustly unheralded of Manchester groups. There will be the aforementioned Black Velvet digital EP to kick things off (that's currently being finalised, shouldn't be too much longer now), then an album entitled Nothing comprising their 1978 TJM 12" EP and 1979 Factory single plus the legendary 1995 recordings. Then there'll be a new single taken from the June 2010 Liverpool sessions - format to be determined.
11 June, 2010
Just a note to let you know that all advance orders for our two latest releases, The Granite Shore's Flood of fortune and Jonathan Beckett's She's A Vampire EP have now been posted and are on their way to you - if you've not already received them. Initial copies of Flood of fortune come with a special Occultation insert.
Next up will be The Distractions' Black Velvet EP, followed by an album entitled Nothing, featuring their first two singles plus the legendary 1995 recordings, and there will also be a new Distractions record to follow, work on recording that begins next week.
09 June, 2010
We received the promo CDs for Jonathan Beckett's She's A Vampire digital EP on Monday and began posting out initial orders immediately. The digital EP itself will be released worldwide on 30th June 2010, though the promo CDs will be available only from us and at Mr Beckett's live performances - and only while the very limited stocks last. All advance orders for both this and the new Granite Shore single have now been posted so thanks to everyone who did order. And if you've not yet done so then the Shop is just over here.
04 June, 2010
We've just taken delivery of The Granite Shore's Flood of fortune 7" (RHEA7DA006) and we'll be starting to process orders over the weekend. They sound absolutely fantastic - the vinyl version was actually mastered from a 96KHz version of the track so this isn't just vinyl snobbery, there's a good scientific reason why it sounds better. We already have the Flood promos so these will start to go out very soon - we should also have the promos of IO7DA005, Jonathan Beckett's She's A Vampire EP over the next few days.
01 June, 2010
The promo CDs of the new Granite Shore single arrived this morning, and very nice they are too. Here's a photo, with one of the incredibly rare promos for the first single (only a few were pressed) for comparison. We're expecting to receive the vinyl very soon and the Jonathan Beckett promos hopefully won't be far behind.