On The Turntable: Flying Saucer Attack March 17 2017
Dave Pearce began his adventures in homespun shoegaze / drone-rock releases back in 1993 under the moniker Flying Saucer Attack with a series of releases on his own FSA Records, based out of Bristol, England.
The eponymous record is alternately titled "Rural Psychedelia" given that charmed epithet graced the back cover of the album. Pearce and company alternate between two complementary songwriting strategies. The more explosive and intense tracks build around the primordial post-VU drone-rock minimalism with surges of Jesus And Mary Chain blasts of noise that punctuate the chorus or a chord change. The iconic "My Dreaming Hill" and the outstanding cover the Suede's "The Drowners" belong to this camp of cracked art-drone-pop genius. In their more exploratory guise, FSA will set forth long drifts of tranced-out feedback and cavernous guitar drone with hypnotic rhythms that look back to the transcendent works of Amon Duul's first hippie incarnation and the Popol Vuh soundtracks. In fact two of these tracks give direct nods in the instrumental tracks "Popol Vuh 1" and "Popol Vuh 2." Still sounds so goddamn good after all these years.
Distance was first compiled back in 1994 as a collection of five tracks from the first three FSA singles with three tracks recorded during those same sessions. Those early self-published singles had quickly gone out of print, making this a necessity. These tracks follow the same dual track course laid down on the first record, with ungrounded echoplex bleariness set next to noise pop liberated through blown out Xpressway grit and shambolic radioluminescence. The punk throttle basslines that Rachel Brook gives to the FSA probably don't get due credit for providing the urgency for tracks like "Standing Stone" and "Soaring High," but these two tracks in particular highlight her influence on the FSA sound. It's still Pearce's chiming hypno-drone guitar that is center stage, dripping with a deep British folk melancholy that has been hot-wired and fried through a drugged-out noise not even Spacemen 3 had dreamed of.
First-time domestic release of these stellar albums on vinyl.
On The Turntable: The Morning Glory December 20 2016
The Morning Glory have a backstory that is almost too good: three teenagers from The Bronx and Harlem in that heady year of 1966, a mafia associate named Salvatore and an ill-timed heroin bust. It's the kind of quintessentially New York tale that could easily have been a plot point left on the cutting room floor of Scorsese's Mean Streets. Of course, none of this would be anything more than a good yarn to spin if the music didn't pass muster. Fortunately for us, it does.
Check out our review right here.
December Newsletter December 12 2016
So many cool records in the shop right now ... We got the new Kleenex / LiLiPUT double LP comp, The Caretaker's latest album, guitarist Rob Noyes' debut on Poon Village (with cover by Raymond Pettibon), totally essential reissues of Slapp Happy, Mor Thiam and Tommy Jay and an archival release of Harry Bertoia's glistening sound sculptures.
Also, don't forget to pre-order our Ennio Morricone LP. First 500 copies on color vinyl (mail-order exclusive).
Check here for more reviews and restocks.
On The Turntable: Autechre October 24 2016
Autechre is the pioneering experimental electronic duo of Sean Booth and Rob Brown who began their illustrious career of algorithmic abstraction as teenagers in their hometown of Manchester in the late '80s. Hip hop, acid trax, breakdancing, hardcore techno and Miami bass were equal influences for these precocious lads.
After a couple of false starts in the early '90s, Autechre emerged fully-formed as a dynamic presence for the nascent Warp Records. At this time, Warp championed the supple techno and acid breakbeat portent of Tricky Disco, Sweet Exorcist, LFO and Nightmares On Wax. The 1992 compilation Artificial Intelligence was the first introduction to many of the artists who would become the icons of abstract electronic music throughout the late '90s and into the new millennium. Richard James / Aphex Twin, Alex Patterson of The Orb, and Richie Hawtin all appeared on this compilation alongside Autechre, albeit under different guises.
With UK dance machine churning out compilations of faceless techno and acid house, Artificial Intelligence was markedly different in its radical pursuit of an electronic signature that didn't necessarily have to align with the dancefloor. The infamous genre descriptor Intelligent Dance Music came directly from this compilation marked by darkly playful experiments and cerebral riddles. Autechre, like Aphex Twin, distanced themselves from the IDM tag, yet Autechre were at the center of this research and development – producing one of the few bodies of work from the era that easily stands the test of time.
Across Incunabula, Amber, and Tri Repetae, Autechre tangle the vectors of dissonance, rhythmic eccentricities and cybernetic ambience with in unpredictably brilliant and uncompromisingly complex avenues.
Check out our reviews right here.
New Reviews: Yoko Ono, Joanna Brouk And More October 10 2016
We're super excited about the Yoko Ono reissue project on Secretly Canadian. The series kicks off with three important albums – featuring Ono's inimitable voice – that have been out-of-print for far too long.
Plus, this week we listed some of our favorite LPs from inventive musicians/composers who just so happen to also be women (because let's face it, men often get too much credit) including Daniela Casa, Eliane Radigue, Grouper, Cate Le Bon, Alice Coltrane, Ellen Fullman, Joanna Brouk, Puce Mary and Circuit Des Yeux. Too many records to choose from!
On The Turntable: Sublime Frequencies October 04 2016
This week we're featuring one of our favorite labels of global esoterica.
Sublime Frequencies began in 2003 under the curatorial helm of Alan Bishop and Hisham Mayet (along with a team of like-minded investigators) to celebrate cultural forms little known in the Western world.
If it wasn't for Sublime Frequencies, much of this amazing music may have otherwise been buried.
Long live Sublime Frequencies!
Check out our reviews right here.
On The Turntable: Jack Rose September 19 2016
This week we're psyched to highlight the long-awaited Jack Rose reissue series.
Rose created a prolific body of work before tragically passing away in 2009. Pivotal in reviving the introspective folk-blues-raga meditations of the Fahey school, Rose would reframe the solo guitar legacy for new audiences with his powerfully soulful performances.
Thankfully, VHF and Three Lobed have done a great service in reissuing these gems on vinyl.
Check out our reviews right here.
Oakland Store Moving September 15 2016
We're excited to announce that our Oakland store is moving! We found the perfect spot located off of Piedmont Avenue – right next door to our friends at Issues. Our new address will be 14 Glen Avenue in Oakland.
Our current Oakland location (4929 Telegraph) is open through Tuesday September 27th.
Stranded Oakland will then re-open on Saturday October 1st at our new East Bay digs.
The shop in SF will be open regular hours during the move.
New Reviews: Nick Cave, Roy Montgomery And More September 09 2016
A lil late getting this out today ... Like everyone else we were at the Nick Cave movie last night. It's beautifully shot and extremely touching. If you haven't checked it out, we highly recommended seeing it. We reviewed the record below, which came out today and is amazing.
This week our friends at Grapefruit sent us a promo of the upcoming Roy Montgomery box. It's epic so we wrote an appropriately sized review. Roy never ceases to amaze ... Also this week, we reviewed the latest Cass McCombs album – new label and another great record. Can't stop spinning this one in the shop.
Enjoy the reviews. Keep on listening!
Hello from San Francisco August 09 2016
We are excited to announce that Stranded has opened a new storefront in the former location of Aquarius Records. Stranded is the retail arm of the archival label Superior Viaduct. Some of our releases include Suicide, The Fall, Tony Conrad, Devo, Charles Mingus, Alice Coltrane and many more.
Those of you who have been regular AQ customers will be happy to know that the same folks who helped run this SF institution for many years are still here – behind the counter and laptops.
The new shop brings with it a fresh coat of paint, custom-made furniture, a lot of new and used records and a re-designed website. Continuing in AQ's tradition, we're going to review as many titles each week as possible.
You can expect a weekly email that features releases we love and upcoming titles you can pre-order.
So please make yourselves comfortable, check out the site, and let us know what you think.
Grand Opening Weekend July 30 2016
John Olson (Wolf Eyes) reading from Life Is A Rip Off and then ripping solo improv sax.
Upcoming In-Store: John Olson July 22 2016
Stranded SF in-store: John Olson reading
Saturday, July 30th at 3pm
John Olson of the band Wolf Eyes reads from his first book, Life Is A Rip Off, reviewing one record per day for one year … from the doom of death metal demo tapes to the hallelujah of Staples Singers gospel. Heavy.