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Lush Announce Spooky, Split , and Lovelife Vinyl Reissues
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Lush are reissuing their three albums, Spooky , Split , and Lovelife . The reissues, remastered by Kevin Vanbergen, will put the records back on wax as individual LPs for the first time since the 1990s, following a 2016 box set release . They’ll be available from August 11 on black or clear vinyl, the latter exclusive to independent record stores and the 4AD online store . Bandbox will also carry a limited-edition bundle of all three albums in exclusive colors, with a fanzine on the band.
Lush reunited in 2015 but broke up a year (and a reunion EP ) later. Read Pitchfork’s Sunday Review of Spooky , and read about Split and Lovelife in the rundowns of “ The 30 Best Dream Pop Albums ” and “ The 50 Best Britpop Albums ,” respectively.
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Between “Nothing Natural,” “Fantasy,” and “Ocean,” Lush’s 1992 album Spooky boasts some of the band’s most hypnotic rhythms, but for the most part it shows them moving beyond the mist of their early years. “For Love” and “Tiny Smiles” are two of the band’s simplest and most direct pop songs, while “Superblast!” and “Laura” outline a new fizzy style of punk. For those who feel that the best Lush songs are those that wash the listener in a shimmering rain, there is “Monochrome.” If you listen closely, it's guaranteed to supply the sensation of gentle levitation.
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The Classics are must-see, must-read, must-play works revered by The Verge staff. They offer glimpses of the future, glimpses of humanity, and a glimpse of our very souls. You should check them out.
British band Lush’s first full-length album, Spooky (4AD, January, 1992) is a relic of a past which no longer exists, but which incessantly reminds you that it once did. You hear its reverberations in predecessors like Black Tambourine and in successors like Wild Nothing. What ties them all together is a dialogue, a certain way of looking at the world, which has everything to do with the tone, the sound, the feel, and often nothing to do with actual meaning. The meaning is conveyed in the delivery.
Spooky operates on the listener like any good story. It’s got a beginning, a middle, and an end. It ebbs and flows, and you feel the time passing as you listen: it starts with a sunrise and ends at nighttime. There is a warm and comfortable blanket of desolation spread over the whole affair, a thick production (provided by the Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie), heavy with effects, laden with harmonies and angelic, nearly indecipherable vocals. As you start to listen you wonder, “what are they talking about?” and as it ends you ask yourself, “does it even matter?”
you feel the time passing as you listen
The album works best as an album, though there are perfect songs sprinkled like glitter throughout -- “For Love” is maybe the best song Lush ever recorded, and “Nothing Natural,” which drones on for nearly six minutes, sums up their weird energy better than any other piece on the album. Still, it is best to take it as a whole organism, to let it soak through your bones, one song melting into another, at as loud of a volume as your delicate ears can manage. There are weird bits of noise -- random echoes and hints of laughter -- throughout the Lush back catalogue which can only be accessed in the right light, with the right ears, at the right moment. Such was their magic.
The opening song, “Stray,” which is just two minutes long, much of it spent on fading in and fading out, was my favorite track when the record crossed my path, in the summer of 1992. I assumed it was about a lost love, no longer accessible, and the longing which I imagined must come with such loss. Twenty-one years later I stumbled across an interview where the song’s writer, Miki Berenyi, wrote that it was about a stray dog that used to hang around the band’s practice space. That’s an apt way of thinking about Lush generally, actually: when you strip away the effects and the production, you are often left with breathlessly perfect pop songs about dogs or cars, but while you’re listening, it’s easy to wonder if this music was even made by humans. It’s shocking to dig through the layers and hear a structure of verse, chorus, verse, with two guitars, bass, and drums. It would be easy to allow that realization to drag you down to mundane, dry vocalled reality.
On the other hand, what more true expression of loss is there than the one that you feel for a dog?
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Lush: Spooky, Split and Lovelife – The Vinyl Remasters – Review
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Lush finally release their three excellent studio albums, remastered on vinyl for their still ever growing fan base with the revival of shoegaze and Britpop making a welcome return to the scene. Wayne AF Carey reviews…
Lush weren’t by any means my favourite band from the Shoegaze era. They were there but not on my early AF radar. I was going through a mental phase of early Psych like Spacemen Three and the stoned crowds of The Boardwalk checking out the likes of Dubsex, The New Fads and the early gritty Mondays sounds that were filtering through. These were the filthy days of pre Britpop that were still channeling through. The sounds of early Ride and Julian Cope going through his acid phase. Basically the ground roots of psych sound that had a plane crash with grunge before the explosion of Britpop. It was a messy time yet produced some of the most groundbreaking stuff you still hear nowadays with the revival of all music crashing into one massive melting pot. You may berate me for my mixed up collage of these years. They were a mess. A collision of different sounds totally fucked with my brain at the time yet I have a bit of clarity!
Psych, britpop, grunge, acid house, hip hop, techno, the so called post punk all collided into a massive mess at the time that fucked up the whole listening platters of us all. Not that it was confusing. It was just a pleasure to hear all this stuff in one foul blow, seeping into our ears. You had the choice to listen to everything without being lumped into one genre. We actually had it all without anyone telling us what to like. The beauty of the late eighties / early nineties.
Enough of nostalgia now. Lush have decided to release their (official) three great albums on vinyl in a period where we should rejoice the sound of those times. Spooky was their first debut album produced by Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) which had early fans divided as the production was a lot more polished than their early EPs yet to me remains a solid debut. Tracks like Stray with its foreboding bass intro and Miki Berenyi’s vocals sounding ethereal, crashing into a guitar wall of sound which also crashes in and out of Nothing Natural. You can hear Guthrie’s production input throughout this, especially on the echoing warped Tiny Smiles and the dream like Covert with it’s sweeping psych lifted from the book of Chameleons. The highlight is For Love with Berenyi’s vocals on top form making this a top 40 hit at the time and the wonderful Superblast which picks up the pace and remains firmly with a boot in the door of white noise shoegaze magic. A dreamy ethereal debut album, especially on the closing track Monochrome which still sounds great today.
Two years later the band were back after a minor line up change with Steve Rippon being replaced by Phil King on bass duties. Apparently Husker Du’s Bob Mould was the producer of choice, yet a little misdemeanour put a spanner in the works and Split was recorded instead with Mikes Hedges, then remixed with Alan Moulder. Personally this one is my favourite of the three, especially with the beautiful opening of Light From A Dead Star, a haunting song that tinkles and shines with a more upfront drum sound from Chris Acland (RIP). Tracks like Blackout and Hypocrite have a more punk pop sound that harks back to their early EP’s, giving a hint of what’s next to come later on. Easily the best track on here for me is the stunning Desire Lines which is a masterclass of shoegaze at it’s height and matches the more quiet moments of Ride when they released Nowhere and the epic track Paralysed. I like the fact that they could mix a bit of power pop with white noise, then pull back with that sparkling haunting sound so easily. The Invisible Man is an example, as is Undertow and the jangly dream pop of Lit Up is a treat. As on Spooky they end with a dream of a track in When I Die, a piece of beautiful singing from Berenyi backed by her best mate Emma Anderson, finalising that difficult second album.
Lovelife was the big one that produced three hit singles with the infectious ear worms of Ladykillers, 500 and the one you’ve all heard Single Girl which is still on rotation today everywhere. This time produced by live engineer Pete Bartlett who gave them a more abrasive punk production that their early fans were craving for. It’s not just the singles that make this album great though. There’s a theme flowing throughout regarding Miki’s past with dodgy partners as the lyrics contest to on I’ve Been Here Before especially. Papasan is spine tingling and still gets me every time I hear it, as it has shadows of Kristin Hersh on the entrancing Hips And Makers album which everyone should own. Jarvis Cocker even comes along for the ride on the country tinged Ciao! A cracking duet about a messy break up with funny as fuck consequences. The beauty is there with Tralala and the haunting Last Night with a tight drum beat and rumbling bass, with some lovely shimmering guitar overlays and chilling keys, followed by the pop punk of Runaways with the infectious riff flowing throughout. Closing track Olympia is another slice of beauty full of orchestral sound and smooth vocals from Berenyi at her height.
A cracking set of vinyl for old fans and new, especially if you can get hold of the clear limited edition vinyl which is almost sold out and I’m not surprised one bit!
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FUNNY HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE «16 TONS»
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The creative team of «Arma» keep their visitors in total ignorance about the new site for the club. However, the first party will take place on November 1 in the space on the fourth floor of the building on the Rochdelskaya street, and apparently, Halloween from «Arma 17» promises to be quite impressive.
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Celebrate Haloween with «Arma 17» on November 1, at 23:00 Entrance costs from 1000 rub.
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The party starts on October 31, at 22.00. The entrance is free.
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ROCK OF AGES. HALLOWEEN PARTY
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Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich stands in a glass cage as photographers photograph him in a courtroom at the Moscow City Court, in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. A Russian judge has ruled that American journalist Evan Gershkovich must remain behind bars on espionage charges. The case is part of a Kremlin crackdown on dissent and press freedom amid the war in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
A Russian judge ruled Tuesday that American journalist Evan Gershkovich must remain behind bars on espionage charges in a case that is part of a crackdown the Kremlin has intensified on dissent and press freedom since invading Ukraine.
Appearing in public for the first time in weeks, the 31-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter stood in a defendant’s glass cage in Moscow City Court, wearing blue jeans and a navy blue gingham checked shirt. He paced at times with his arms folded, talking through an opening with his lawyers and occasionally smiling as he acknowledged the other journalists crammed into the courtroom for photos before the hearing was closed because Russian authorities have declared the case secret.
Gershkovich is the first U.S. correspondent since the Cold War to be detained in Russia on spying charges, and his arrest rattled journalists in the country and drew outrage in the West. Gershkovich, his employer and the U.S. government deny he was involved in spying and have demanded his release.
“Evan is a member of the free press who right up until he was arrested was engaged in newsgathering. Any suggestions otherwise are false,” the Journal has said. Last week, the U.S. officially declared that Gershkovich was “wrongfully detained.”
Russia’s Federal Security Service arrested Gershkovich in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg on March 29 and accused him of trying to obtain classified information about a Russian arms factory.
In rejecting Gershkovich’s appeal to be released from pretrial detention, the judge ruled he must remain in jail until at least May 29. The journalist’s lawyers said they petitioned for house arrest or for his release on bail of 50 million rubles (about $610,000), but were rejected. The lawyers said they plan to appeal the ruling, which the Journal and its publisher, Dow Jones, called “disappointing.”
Russian journalist Vasily Polonsky posted a video in which he shouts, “Evan, hang in there. Everyone says hello!” Gershkovich then nods.
Gershkovich could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Russian lawyers have said past espionage investigations took a year to 18 months, during which time he could have little contact with the outside world.
He is held in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison , which dates from the czarist era and has been a terrifying symbol of repression since Soviet times, especially under Josef Stalin.
“It’s not a very nice place in general, but conditions are OK. He doesn’t complain,” his lawyer, Tatyana Nozhkina, said after Tuesday’s hearing.
Gershkovich had no medical complaints and was getting exercise by walking, she said, adding that he also was watching a cooking show on TV and reading, including Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.”
“He said that in the morning he eats porridge, and he wrote to his mother that it looks like his childhood,” Nozhkina said, a reference to his Russian heritage. His parents moved to the United States from the Soviet Union.
“He’s in good fighting spirit. He’s ready to prove his innocence and defend media freedom,” she said.
She added that Gershkovich has received letters from his parents and supporters, but hasn’t been allowed any phone calls. He also told his lawyers he was thinking about writing a book about the ordeal when he’s free.
The case has exacerbated tensions between Moscow and the West over the invasion of Ukraine and is another sign of the Kremlin’s crackdown on opposition activists, independent journalists and civil society groups. The sweeping campaign of repression is unprecedented since the Soviet era. Activists say it often means the very profession of journalism is criminalized, along with the activities of ordinary Russians who oppose the war.
On Monday, in the same courthouse where Gershkovich’s hearing was held, top opposition figure Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr. was convicted of treason for publicly denouncing the war and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Last month, a court convicted a father over social media posts critical of the war after his daughter drew antiwar sketches in school and sentenced him to two years in prison.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry summoned the U.S., U.K. and Canadian ambassadors over “crude interference in Russia’s internal affairs” after they attended the Kara-Murza hearing Monday.
After pressing authorities for days to grant consular access to Gershkovich, U.S. Ambassador Lynne Tracy, who attended the hearing, said Monday she had visited him in prison . She tweeted that “he is in good health and remains strong,” reiterating a U.S. call for his immediate release.
U.S. President Joe Biden spoke to Gershkovich’s parents last week and again condemned his detention.
“We’re making it real clear that it’s totally illegal what’s happening, and we declared it so,” he said.
The last American reporter to be arrested on espionage charges by Moscow was Nicholas Daniloff in 1986. A correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, Daniloff spent 20 days in custody before being swapped for an employee of the Soviet Union’s U.N. mission who was arrested by the FBI, also on spying charges.
A top Russian diplomat said last week that Russia might be willing to discuss a potential prisoner swap with the U.S. involving Gershkovich — but after his trial. That means any exchange is unlikely soon.
In December, WNBA star Brittney Griner was exchanged for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout following her trial and conviction on drug possession charges. She had been sentenced to nine years in prison and ended up spending 10 months behind bars.
Another American, Michigan corporate security executive Paul Whelan, has been imprisoned in Russia since December 2018 on espionage charges, which his family and the U.S. government have called baseless.
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