THE FIERY FURNACES
The Fiery Furnaces, formed in Brooklyn, NY, in 2000, by siblings Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger, pushed the structural and sonic boundaries of pop for over a decade, with several highly-celebrated albums and EPs, released on Rough Trade and Thrill Jockey. On indefinite hiatus since 2011, the band's last album saw a digital-only release in 2009. Take Me Round Again, colloquially referred to as "The Friedbergers Cover the Friedbergers," features solo reinterpretations of tracks from the band's previous full-length album I'm Going Away, six from Eleanor, six from Matt. Restructuring songs had been a signature of the band, which anyone who had the pleasure of seeing them live -- or heard the brilliant, mind-melting 2008 live album, Remember -- can attest to. Peppermint Daydream Records is supremely pleased to bring Take Me Round Again to vinyl for the first time. Take Me offers a rare and beautiful glimpse into the stripped-down side of the Furnaces -- a side that before this album had likely only been seen by rehearsal space walls. From Matthew's tender take on "Keep Me in the Dark" to Eleanor's rollicking interpretation of "Cut the Cake," this LP is a must for fans and newcomers alike.
MARGARET THATCHER & THE SUPPLY SIDE
Margaret Thatcher & The Supply Side are what punk dreams are made of. Formed in the Spring of 1981 at unsuspecting liberal arts institution, Grinnell College, in Grinnell, Iowa, MT&TSS dominated the local scene. Notorious for the onstage antics of their fearless bandleader and vocalist, Dave Rude, the band (with Joel Robbins on guitar, Hope Hutman on bass, and Mike Alexander on drums) quickly became a favorite in the area. Though it was not until that Summer that MT&TSS would enter the legendary Trod Nossel Studios of Wallingford, CT, to craft a permanent document of their fierce musical and lyrical powers. The three-track 7" EP that was born from a one-day session that took place on July 14, 1981 was originally pressed in a limited edition of 500 copies, eventually sold out, and has since became a high-priced collector's piece on online marketplaces the world over. Peppermint Daydream Records is proud to bring Margaret Thatcher & The Supply Side back to vinyl for its first-ever reissue. Remastered from a first-generation tape by the original engineer and co-producer, Doug Snyder, this superb musical statement has never sounded better!
Austin shoegaze outfit Ringo Deathstarr have been on a tear lately, playing shows galore and cultivating a rabid and devoted fan base the world over. In the midst of prolifically recording, they also find the time to tour constantly -- including a coveted supporting slot for the Smashing Pumpkins. Peppermint Daydream Records is positively chuffed to bring the out-of-print albums Sparkler and Colour Trip back to vinyl. Sparkler, originally released in 2009, collects the band's first EP and early singles. Colour Trip, originally released in 2011, is the band's proper debut album, and contains the fan favorite "Kaleidoscope." On Colour Trip, All Music Guide says it is "definitely a trip worth taking," and on Sparkler, the Austin Chronicle found it to be "instant gratification for early Nineties noise pop." Pop Matters also notes that Ringo Deathstarr is "a group of musicians who clearly have a strong, sincere devotion to a classic sound and pull it off with surprising grace." Both albums are available on vinyl (limited to 1,000 copies each), and cassette (limited to 100 copies each).
Brooklyn-based artist Lee Sargent has just released his solo debut album, Modern Pictures. A founding member of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Sargent has crafted an album that weaves a gorgeous sonic tapestry of ambient and experimental electronic soundscapes. A thoroughly engaging work that will appeal to those who are already fans of the genre, and those who are new alike. This is one of those albums that was made for vinyl, and we are overjoyed to bring this spectacular work to that format, in a very limited quantity of 500 copies.