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Flaming Lips / Outcast / Arcade Fire @ Fuji Rocks 2014
2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest

The transition from indie darlings to stadium-rockers is rarely a painless one, although a decade on from the release of its debut album "Funeral," Arcade Fire proved that it has at least navigated that path better than most. The band's performance was mature and assured, although lacking the latent spark of aggression that had originally marked it as such an exciting prospect. Occasionally there was a flicker of the Win Butler and co. of old, such as the wonderfully anarchic and incongruous modular synth solo during "Reflektor." The group's renditions of "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" and "No Cars Go" were also particularly spirited, even if the latter's lyrics are perhaps a little bit too timely: "We know a place where no planes go."

Conversely, it's hard to imagine The Flaming Lips ever changing their style for anyone. Wayne Coyne, as ever, looked delightfully shambolic, outfitted in a combination of tinfoil and an "Attack on Titan" cosplay bodysuit that he'd no doubt copped from Don Quijote the night before. Naturally, he was flanked by giant dancing mushrooms. The group wasted no time, jumping almost straight into fan favorite "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1″ while unleashing a shower of confetti, setting the tone for a relatively short but saccharine sweet love-in. - [Japan Times]

The Fuji Rock Festival has been happening has been happening the last weekend of July since 1997. Originally held at the Base of Japan's most famous mountain, since 2000 Fuji Rocks has happened at Naeba Ski Resort and the 2014 was last weekend (July 25 - 27), featuring Arcade Fire, Outkast, The Flaming Lips, Saint Vincent, Franz Ferdinand, White Lung, Slowdive, SBTRKT, Disclosure, The Waterboys, Yoko Ono and lots more over its three days. Pictures from all three days are in this post.

Outkast, Lorde, Temples are among the Fugi Rocks performers who are in Chicago's Grant Park this weekend for Lollapalooza. Lot more pictures from the 2014 Fuji Rocks Festival below...

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by Bill Pearis

Franz Ferdinand @ Glasslands (more by P Squared)
Franz Ferdinand @ Glasslands

Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos is a little miffed that the riff in Paloma Faith's new single "I Can't Rely on You" bears a little resemblance to "Take Me Out." (Via P4k.) He took to twitter to call out the song's writer, producer and featured performer -- Grammy-winner Pharrell. "Hey @Pharrell - I love your tunes. If you want to borrow a riff, just ask..."

The resemblance is definitely there, though I don't know that I would've noticed if it hadn't been pointed out to me. Also I probably would've never heard this song at all if it weren't for this. That said, I'm not sure he should really be throwing stones here. "Take Me Out," much as I love it, has a riff that owes more than a little to Led Zeppelin's "Trampled Underfoot."

Stravinsky said "lesser artists borrow, great artists steal." Listen to the trickle-down theory in action, below...

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Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
Vampy Weeks

The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags  Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...

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Franz Ferdinand @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 10/22/13
Franz Ferdinand @ Hammerstein

Scottish dance-punks Franz Ferdinand returned earlier this year with their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, and after doing a surprise, intimate show in Brooklyn over the summer, they brought their tour (which also hit Chicago) back to NYC this past Tuesday (10/22) to pick on a venue their own size, Hammerstein Ballroom. Opening the show was dream pop musician Frankie Rose (who played her own show a month ago) and Casual Sex.

Franz played a chunk of their new album at the show, but also delivered the hits, playing old favorites like "The Dark of the Matinee," "This Fire," "Michael," and "Take Me Out." Pictures from the show are in this post.

They continue, along with the full setlist and some videos, below...

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by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

ARS: Catherine O'Hara, Griffin Dunne & Terri Garr (photo via @anniehartforsure)
ARS

In the course of doing what we do here at BV, we've already posted a bunch of videos this week like Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Glasser, Kanye West, Sarah Neufeld, Goldfrapp, Mates of State, Lou Doillon, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out Au Revoir Simone remaking an '80s Scorsese classic, plus videos from Franz Ferdinand, Wavves, Father John Misty, Waxahatchee, Julia Holter, Eagulls, and one of Disappears covering U2, below.

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Franz Ferdinand @ Glasslands (more by P Squared)
Franz

Franz Ferdinand, whose new album is out now, covered "Oblivion" by MTV host Grimes. Watch below...

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Franz Ferdinand at Glasslands in July (more by PSquared Photography)
Franz

Franz Ferdinand will release their new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, next week (8/27) via Domino, and after coming to NYC for a "listening party" (aka surprise show), they've now made the album available to listen to from the comfort of your computer. Check it out at NPR.

Franz Ferdinand's tour brings them back to NYC on October 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Streams of two tracks from the new album, below...

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by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

Action Bronson appealing to a new demo
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We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like Annie, Fiona Apple, Metz, TV Ghost, Noun, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Patrick Stickles joining The Hold Steady, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from Franz Ferdinand, King Khan & the Shrines, Action Bronson, KEN mode, Chance the Rapper, Sebadoh and more, below.

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Franz Ferdinand @ Glasslands - 7/23/2013

After playing 'Live on Letterman' on Monday night (7/22), Franz Ferdinand stuck around NYC for a "listening party" for their new album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, at Glasslands last night (7/23). They were billed to be DJing the night, but they ended up more than DJing, and playing a surprise live set. Pictures, including one of the setlist, of the show are in this post.

Franz Ferdinand will return to NYC for a much larger, not surprise show when their tour hits Hammerstein Ballroom on October 22. Tickets for that show are still available.

More pictures, and a video of the band playing "Take Me Out" at the show, below...

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Franz Ferdinand - 'Live on Letterman'
Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand are returning in August with Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, this first album since 2009, and last night (7/22) they came to NYC to tape an appearance on last night's The Late Show with David Letterman, where they performed "Right Action." After the taping, they stuck around the Ed Sullivan Theater to play a full set for the online series Live on Letterman. They played about half of the new album, and of course old favorites like "The Dark of the Matinee," "Ulysses," "Take Me Out," etc. Videos of both performances are below.

Franz are sticking around NYC for an album listening party at Glasslands tonight (7/23), which they'll also be DJing, along with guest DJ Liv Spencer. RSVP is closed. Their tour also brings them back to NYC for a live show on October 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom (tickets).

Videos below...

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Franz Ferdinand at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Franz Ferdinand

As you may know, Franz Ferdinand are back this year with a new album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (stream two tracks) and a tour which hits NYC on October 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom (tickets).

But the band will also make their way to NYC much sooner than that for an hour-long Live on Letterman concert this Monday (7/22), which will stream live on CBS.com and VEVO at 8 PM EST. The concert precedes their appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, which airs later that evening on CBS.

Franz are also hosting a listening party for the new album the next day (7/23) in Brooklyn at Glasslands, where they'll be DJing along with a DJ set from Liv Spencer (Still Going, House of House). RSVP for the Live on Letterman performance and the listening party is open now.

Updated dates are listed, along with streams of the two new singles, below...

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Franz Ferdinand at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Right Action

Franz Ferdinand are back this year with their first new album since 2009, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. The album's not due out until August 27 via Domino, but today the band released a double a-side single that features album tracks "Right Action" and "Love Illumination." "Right Action" was produced by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor, and mixed by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT). Listen to both songs below.

Franz also announced a tour in support of the new album, which hits NYC on October 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Song streams below...

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Franz Ferdinand at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Franz Ferdinand

As mentioned, Franz Ferdinand are finally releasing their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, on August 23 via Domino, and now they've announced a tour in support of that album too. The tour brings the band to NYC for a show on October 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom, their first headlining show here since 2009. Tickets for the Hammerstein show go on sale Friday (6/21) at 11 AM with Citi Cardmember and Live Nation presales starting Tuesday (6/18) at 10 AM.

All dates (including ACL) are listed, along with the trailer for the new album, a live in the studio video of "Bullet" and a video of Franz playing one of the new album's tracks at Primavera Sound 2012, below...

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We're coming up on the 10th anniversary of Franz Ferdinand's first single, "Darts of Pleasure," and the band have just announced details of their fourth studio album. Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action will be out on Domino on August 27. What can we expect? "The Intellect Vs The Soul, played out by some dumb band," says frontman Alex Kapranos.

The band's last LP was 2009's Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. While no tracks have been released from the new record, you can check out a teaser trailer, cover art and tracklist below.

Franz Ferdinand recently played Coachella and will hit October's ACL Fest in Austin. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

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acl lineup

The 2013 ACL Festival happens in Austin, TX on two consecutive weekends: October 4 - 6 and October 11 - 13. Weekend passes are on sale now and the full line-up is below...

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Sigur Ros / Bat For Lashes / Spiritualized
Coachella 2013 - Day 2
Coachella 2013 - Day 2
Coachella 2013 - Day 2

"It was a mixed bag for veteran acts on Saturday. On one hand, The Evens, featuring ex-Minor Threat and Fugazi man Ian MacKaye, drew a respectable (and respectful) Gobi Tent crowd early in the day; the Descendents' influential melodic-punk found a fairly large following at the Outdoor Theatre under the stars; and New Order brought a solid throng along for its night-capping Mojave Tent performance (despite going up against headlining Phoenix and post-rock favorites Sigur Rós, among others). But reunited D.C. garage-soul outfit The Make-Up, underground hip-hop icon El-P and British ska survivors The Selecter played to some of the weekend's sparsest audiences in the Gobi Tent." [Las Vegas Weekly]
Coachella 2013, now streaming live, continued on Saturday with the previously discussed sets by Phoenix (and R Kelly) and The Postal Service (Jenny Lewis included), as well as Sigur Ros, Bat For Lashes, Major Lazer, Descendents, 2 Chainz, Savages, The Evens, and many more. Pictures from Friday are HERE and HERE.

UPDATE: Pictures from Sunday are HERE.

Saturday photos are in this post and continue below...

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by Bill Pearis

citizens

If you miss those mid-'00s days when everyone had a music blog that they worked on during frequent downtime at their office job (was it just me who did that?) -- and the music people blogged about then -- you might want to check out UK band Citizens!, whose fizzy, danceable synthrock recalls the heyday of Franz Ferdinand and, um, Moving Units. In fact FF's Alex Kapranos produced Citizens!'s debut album, Here We Are, which is out now via keepers-of-the-flame label, Kitsune. You can watch a couple of the video from that below (the "True Romance" video is kinda amazing), along with a Spotify stream of the whole thing.

Citizens! just arrived in North America for a tour that will hit NYC on Monday (3/4) for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with HITS and Grayshot. Tickets for that show are still available. After that, the band will make it's way to Austin for you-know-what. All tour dates are listed below.

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Franz Ferdinand / Jack White / Bloc Party, Outside Lands 8/12/2012
Outside Lands 2012 - Day 3 in Photos
Outside Lands 2012 - Day 3 in Photos
Outside Lands 2012 - Day 3 in Photos

Outside Lands might be the only major festival where 93 percent of the musical acts on the bill could walk the grounds without getting recognized.

The headliners certainly had their fans - particularly the Vermont jam band Phish, which played nearly 3 1/2 hours of droopy guitar licks to twirling dancers on Friday. But the rest of the acts on the three-day bill drew less discriminating crowds.

On Sunday, the kids waiting for the Swedish electro-pop troupe Little Dragon to take the stage in Lindley Meadow sang along to the sounds of John Fogerty floating through the trees from the Polo Field. The 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival filled his hour-long set with classic rock staples such as "Bad Moon Rising" and "Up Around the Bend."

But turntables were as prevalent as guitars. One of the biggest draws of the weekend was Girl Talk, the 30-year-old Pittsburgh DJ Greg Gillis, who on Saturday in Speedway Meadow did nothing more than stitch together hundreds of familiar riffs and beats from other peoples' songs in rapid-fire bursts.
If you didn't know where to head at any given time, all you had to do was jump into the nearest stream of young people. It was almost impossible to go wrong with more than 70 acts on the bill, including the Black Keys, Foster the People, Best Coast, the Arctic Monkeys and the Roots. - [SF Gate]

San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival wrapped up another successful year on Sunday (8/12) with performances with performances from Stevie Wonder, Jack White Franz Ferdinand, Regina Spektor, fun., Bloc Party and loads more.

Pictures from Day 1 are here and Day 2 are here. More pictures from Sunday are below.

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photos by James Richards IV

Frank Ocean/Bloc Party at Lollapalooza - 8/4/12
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 2
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 2
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 2

Lollapalooza continued in Chicago's Grant Park yesterday (8/4) after beginning one day earlier (8/3). Day 2 gave us sets from Frank Ocean, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, tUnE-yArDs, The Tallest Man on Earth, Neon Indian, Chief Keef, Bear in Heaven, Washed Out, The Weeknd, and more. Unfortunately, during Neon Indian's set (which was cut short), the festival was shut down due to "dangerous weather," causing the tens of thousands of fans to flood the streets of Chicago in evacuation. But the fest reopened at 6 PM CST with an updated schedule. A number of performances were cancelled, including Alabama Shakes, B.O.B., Chairlift, and the Temper Trap, but others, like tUnE-yArDs, were rescheduled and took place at later times after the gates reopened.

If you aren't at the fest, have you been streaming it online? Today's stream begins at 1:30 CST.

Pics of day 1 are HERE. More pics of day 2 are below...

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Osheaga

We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5Tickets are still available for the three-day event.

In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The WeekndPassion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMTSantigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.

Full Osheaga lineup is below.

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Outside Lands

"Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department."
Pretty massive lineup for the San Francisco festival this year. Check it out below....

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Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)
Lolla

Chicago Sun Times reports:

Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.

The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.

Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.

The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.

Check out the full list below...

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Blondie

New wave/post-punk pioneers Blondie recently released Panic of Girls in the UK, their third album since reuniting in 1997, and ninth overall. The album includes the single "Mother," which they recently performed live and acoustic from Abbey Road. Check that video out, which includes an interview below. The music video, which B-52 Kate Pierson makes a cameo in, for the track is below too.

Panic of Girls now has a US release date of September 13 via the band's own imprint. They will head out on a North American tour in September and October in support of the album's stateside release. The tour hits NYC on September 12 and 13 at Highline Ballroom. Ticket info is not available yet, but check ticketweb for updates.

Beirut, whose track "Sunday Smile" is covered by Blondie on Panic of Girls, also has a North American tour around that same time. Beirut's tour hits NYC on September 21 and 22 at Terminal 5. Tickets for both of those shows go on Amex presale Wednesday (7/6) and general sale Friday. Listen to the cover below.

Speaking of Blondie covering indie bands, Debbie Harry contributed a cover of Franz Ferdinand's "Live Alone" to their Record Store Day Covers EP with help from the band themselves. LCD Soundsystem offered their take on the same song, though their cover is twice as long (obviously). Stream the entire EP below, which also features covers by Stephin Merritt, ESG, and Peaches. The Record Store Day release was a limited edition colored 12" vinyl. A few are available on ebay. The EP is also now available as a CD and black vinyl. CD versions are on sale at Amazon.

All Blondie tour dates, video, and the EP stream below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Orange Juice - Felicity (MP3)

Orange Juice

In what I hope (but don't promise) to be a regular feature, I'm gonna recommend a couple notable new reissues. What with the holiday season it full swing, either of these would make good holiday presents for the serious indie music lover.

Firstly is Domino Records' new Orange Juice box set, Coals to Newcastle, that compiles nearly everything the Glasgow legends ever recorded. (The single mix of "Rip it Up" is mysteriously absent.) This marks the first time 85% of this material has ever been released in America. Polydor reissued their albums on CD in 1997 but they fell out of print almost immediately. You can now chart the band's progression from their shambolic, jangly beginnings on Postcard Records through myriad line-up changes and transformation into what could be called an indie equivalent of Chic. Even the weird stuff -- like the high life-inspired "Million Pleading Faces" on Rip It Up -- is pretty good. And even if, like me, you shelled out the dough in the mid-'90s for the Polydor reissues (which went out of print almost instantly) there's previously unreleased 12" mixes, dub versions, rough mixes, non-LP singles, radio sessions, live tracks, and interviews. There's also a DVD containing rare Orange Juice television special Dada with Juice, and a Derek Jarman-directed video for "What Presence?" that I'd never seen before. (Why is this not on Youtube?) At $70 it ain't cheap, but if you think of it as less than ten bucks a disc it's not so bad. And well worth the money. You can stream 18 tracks from the box set over at Domino's website and download classic OJ single "Felicity" above.

While on the subject, OJ's Edwyn Collins' new album, Losing Sleep, is one of the year's best. His first made since two brain haemorrhages nearly took his life in 2005 and left him at first without the ability to walk or talk, let alone write songs. That it exists at all is a miracle, that it's as great as it is a testament to his spirit. Helping him out on the album are a cavalcade of talent -- Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame, The Drums, The Cribs, Franz Ferdinand, The Magic Numbers -- but always in the service of getting Collins' songs on record. Like his last two albums, Losing Sleep hasn't been released in America but is well worth picking up on import. Hey Domino... how about putting this one out too.

Speaking of Domino, the label just reissued Robert Wyatt's entire back catalog on CD and vinyl. If you don't own Rock Bottom, Nothing Can Stop Us and Shleep... now is the perfect time. Then move on to the rest of his records.

Ominbus

The other notable reissue is the four-disc "Omnibus Edition" of The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, my personal favorite Fall album. The 1984 record was the first fully made with Mark E. Smith's then-wife Brix, who brought pop smarts to the Mancunian band's somewhat difficult sound, and their first produced by the great John Leckie.  Along with guitarist Craig Scanlon, bassist Steven Hanley and drummer Karl Burns this is the classic Fall lineup in my opinion. The Omnibus Edition restore's the album's original running order, putting singles from the same time "Oh Brother!," "C.R.E.E.P." and "No Bulbs" on the second disc with their b-sides and rough mixes of album tracks. The third collects radio sessions, and the fourth is a live recording from their performance at the 1984 Pandora's Music Box Festival in Norway (set time 3:15AM) that shows what a powerhouse live band the Fall were at the time. The box set sold out in the UK, but seems to be easily gettable here in the U.S.

Beggars Banquet also reissued The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall on vinyl (just the album) which lets you hear classics like "2X4," "Slang King" and "Disney's Dream Debased" in their analogue glory. Also out on vinyl: its follow-up, This Nation's Saving Grace which is widely considered by people not me to be their best-ever album. (It is a very close second.) It gets the Omnibus treatment in January. Save up, kids.

An Orange Juice video below...

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