September 26, 2006

Today's Hotness: Slumberland Records, Anton Corbijn, Shellac

Whorl -- Maybe It's Better / Christmas>> This ILM thread hipped us to the very exciting news that Slumberland, one of our all-time-favorite indie labels, is back with some new singles and a snappy site redesign. One of the best things about the Slumberland site has always been the discographical information and MP3s the label offers. With the redesign the old discographical info has been greatly enhanced. Even more exciting still: the site is offering more downloads, including many of our top ten favorite songs of, you know, all time. While the actual excercise of compiling that list would be more exhausting than it is worth, it would definitely include the Lilys cut "Claire Hates Me" [download here], Velocity Girl's Earth-shaking single "My Forgotten Favorite [download here] and Whorl's "Maybe It's Better" [download here], which we most recently rhapsodized here at Tiny Idols over the summer. Really, the entire Slumberland site deserves your attention, but here are some more highlights: Lorelei, Rocketship, Swirlies, Small Factory. Truly amazing music that knocked our socks off then and still knocks said socks now. Please go check it out for yourself.

>> Tripwire here digs up a subtitled video clip of director Anton Corbijn, who tells some Dutch outfit about the progress being made on the Ian Curtis biopic "Control." One interesting factoid: Corbijn apparently is financing half of the film's 4.5M Euro budget himself. Where does a photographer get more than 2M Euros? Anyway, the clip also features shots of Corbijn at work on the film and archival footage of Joy Division to boot. It's well worth checking out.

>> Aversion is the first to hip us to news about the first new Shellac record in what will be seven years. According to this item, the uncompromising trio of Steve Albini, Todd Trainer and Bob Weston will issue in early 2007 via Touch And Go a set entitled Excellent Italian Greyhound. No more details here.

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