....LUKEWARM OFF THE PRESSES... WHENEVER WE COME UP WITH SOMETHING VAGUELY INTERESTING
(AND MORE OFTEN WHEN WE DON'T)
SO, WHAT DOES 2020 HAVE IN-STORE?
As usual, I'm telling Liz next year will be more relaxed than this one turned out to be...the only event we're planning to have an FdM stall at will be the 18th Dream in Cardigan (I think that's enough for anyone!) and there will definitely be less releases in total - the only slight problem being that they are all starting to look like big, multi-disc projects, with the first batch of releases including something that's second only to the original strange fish box-set in scale. More news on that soon (but don't tell Liz).
NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL INFLATION
Two weeks after the Thunderbolt gig and a copy of the Crystal Jacqueline Band 'All Over The World' 7" has sold on eBay for £131 and the Lounge Bar Orchestra 8" for £171; at least one person who came along to the gig will be able to afford to go to the 18th Dream festival in style and a number of us can tell our
somewhat sceptical partners, "well if I DID ever sell my records....".
ASTRALASIA/MUSHROOM PROJECT 'LALO ELIJAH' UPDATE
All my copies of this new 'Friends of the Fish' release have already gone - the album is one track split over 2 sides, it's the band's homage to Lalo Shifrin, soundtracks like 'Model Shop' and, of course, early Spirit. All done totally live in one take at 3am.
But you might still be able to get one from the band - have a look at their Facebook page
OUTSIDE AND INSIDE THE THUNDERBOLT
The Thunderbolt was packed on Saturday night (not least because it was pouring down and few of us were brave enough to venture outside), the highlight being the Fruits de Mer Records pop-up megastore (of course).
YOU TOO CAN LOOK LIKE YOU WERE AT THE THUNDERBOLT
We've unpacked the car following the gig, and we still have a few of the FdM t-shirts - drop me an email if you'd like to buy one (only medium/large/XL left). You won't look as good as Crystal Jacqueline does in one, but at least you can pretend you were there
Another sell-out gig on Saturday - lots of thanks to Record Collector magazine for all their support and publicity - with a great turn-out on the day despite the incessant rain (we should probably have been selling FdM umbrellas rather than giving them away!). Thank you to everyone for making it a cracking day.
PSYCHIC LEMON - DIDN'T SEE THEM COMING
Our latest booking for the 18th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival are Psychic Lemon - signed to the rather good Drone Rock label (damn them) and recently described as, “pioneers for the new wave of modern krautrock” - have a listen to track from their new L...P
EX NORWEGIAN TO PLAY CARDIGAN ON AUG 6
all the way from Miami Beach to Cardigan Bay, Ex Norwegian will be playing a free gig in the Cellar Bar to kick-off the 18th Dream festival - get over to Wales a day early for a flying start to a great weekend of music. If you came to this year's festival, you'll already know the band through the free compilation CD they gave everyone as part of the FdM goodie-bag; if you didn't, here's a taster...
"OUTSIDE, OUR WORLD..."
"Walking into the Cellar Bar is like passing through a dimensional membrane. Outside, our world, inside, Fruits de Mer's..."
I rather like that - Record Collector magazine's review of the 17th Dream Festival
CRYSTAL JACQUELINE CROSS-EXAMINED
Here's Jacqui talking to Icarus Peel and MegaDodo's John Blaney about here new album, her double EP, the Thunderbolt gig, some exclusive vinyl and more...
PAST IT, MISSED IT
Still 10 days to the official release date and we've already sold out of The Past Tense's 7"/CD package here at FdM Towers. But there is still hope - you can still buy a set from Heyday, Norman Records, Rough Trade, Shiny Beast - or direct from the band at their gigs.
AND we're down to the last 8 copies of Crystal Jacqueline's double 7" EP - the world's gone mad, I tell you.
THREE MORE GOOD REASONS TO GET TO THE THUNDERBOLT ON TIME
Record Collector magazine have very kindly given us three copies of their 2020 Rare Record Price Guide (essential reading, and worth £30 a time!) for the Fruits de Mer FREE raffle, which will take place around 2pm.
That's in addition to albums on RC's own label and other stuff.
We're all heart - or at least Record Collector magazine is.
Many thanks to Maxine Peake for playing two FdM tracks (SFA's 'Suspiria' and Saturn's Ambush's 'White Horses') on her BBC 6 Music special - a suitably eclectic mix of tracks, laced with great stories.
OUR NOVEMBER RELEASES HAVE ARRIVED - AND THEY'RE ALREADY ON THEIR WAY TO YOU
...but only if you ordered them. Great work by the Record Industry pressing plant to turn them round really quickly and Liz, Jo (Liz's daughter) and I managed to get all the pre-orders in the post this morning - it's been a while since we had a batch of singles-only releases and I'd forgotten how quick and easy they are to pack. I hope you enjoy them.
MUSHROOM PROJECT - A FEW COPIES AT THE THUNDERBOLT
I'm hoping to have just 10 copies of The Mushroom Project LP 'Keepers Of Castle Mound Vol 1' on sale at the Thunderbolt gig (quite possibly the last copies available anywhere). The project is the brainchild of Astralasia's Marc Swordfish, released on his own Fungus label, and there's more to come....(see below)
MUSHROOM PROJECT - NEW ALBUM - THUNDERBOLT EXCLUSIVE
...the more to come is the new Mushroom Proect LP 'Lalo Elijah' - a pretty remarkable one-take, 45 minute recording of the Spirit classic, 'Elijah', spread across two sides of vinyl - a 'Friends of the Fish' joint release with Marc Swordfish's 'fungus' private label.. Fingers crossed I'll have 50 copies of the 150-run album on sale at the Thunderbolt - ahead of its November 4th launch
THE PAST TENSE - TIME STANDS STILL
Here's a taster for The Past Tense's 7"EP/CD album package - excerpts from the four tracks that will appear on vinyl side of things- raw, authentic, bloody good - and available for pre-order from our SHOP
BETWEEN THE DEAD KENNEDYS AND A DEAD CASSIDY
Nestling somewhere between reviews of Jello Biafra and a 70s pop idol, Goldmine's Dave Thompson waxes lyrical about The Past Tense's 7"EP+CD album package...."It’s the energy, the enthusiasm and the sheer raw contagion that gives the package its glory, and it doesn’t matter whether you buy the single and get a free album, or buy the album and get a free single, either way, you’ll be hooked"
You can read it in full
HANFORD FLYOVER - JUST ANOTHER DAY
Here's an excerpt from Hanford Flyover's gorgeous remake of the Neon Pearl song - just one of four similarly lovely tracks on the new 'Sunny Spells' 7" EP (which is now available for pre-order from our SHOP)
"WERE YOU TRULY WAFTED HERE FROM PARADISE?"
OK, not exactly news but I had to share this from Graham Lovatt (who I've confused with Graeme Lockett, aka Head South By Weaving, oh how we laughed) - what did Jeremy Clyde from Chad & Jeremy get up to in his spare time? Well, here he is chatting up Lorraine Chase..
AN INTRODUCTION TO CRYSTAL JACQUELINE
‘Shards - an Introduction to Crystal Jacqueline’ - an exclusive compilation CD in...er...unusual packaging. Tracks pulled together from Jacqui’s releases on Fruits de Mer and Mega Dodo Records.
Just 50 copies for sale - first-come-first-served - at our November 2 gig at the Thunderbolt in Bristol - and just £5 a copy
...and of course no Fruits de Mer gig would be complete without the traditional Fruits de Mer Records £5 t-shirts - wear them with pride, wash them with care...
NOW TAKING PRE-ORDERS FOR OUR NOVEMBER RELEASES
The FdM SHOP page is now open for business - for the Nov 2 releases by Crystal Jacqueline, The Past Tense and the 'Sunny Spells' EP
AND THEN THERE WERE EIGHT
We're down to the last eight tickets for our November 2nd gig at the Thunderbolt - you have been warned
FICTIONAL ZAPOROZHIAN COSSACK JOINS 18th DREAM FESTIVAL LINE-UP
Fred Laird's new band, Taras Bulba, are the latest addition to next summer's line-up - more news soon
THE SOUND OF THE OMEROYD SOUND
If you're coming along to the Thunderbolt and you're wondering who or what The Lounge Bar Orchestra are (or were), a little bit of background is revealed along with a
sneak preview of one of the tracks, the theme to the TV series, 'The Washing Line' HERE
LONDON UNDERGROUND SIGN ON
Another little treat for the first in the queue at the FdM/MegaDodo Thunderbolt gig - we'll have 18 copies of the London Underground's original pressing of their 'Four' LP for sale - signed on the back cover by all three members of the band.
As well as Tir na nOg, Crystal Jacqueline Band, Green Seagull, The Past Tense and Jack Ellister playing live and lots of giveaways, there'll also be two Fruits de Mer Records limited-run lathe-cut singles for sale - a 7" from The Crystal Jacqueline Band and The Lounge Bar Orchestra 8" (I've just spent a day trimming and folding the sleeves!).
Last tickets available now from
Four tracks from an early 2020 mammoth CD set - a taster for what is to come - 60s psychedelia revisited - with tracks vy Schizo Fun Addict, Hanford Flyover, Us and Them and...did someone mention Chad & Jeremy? Oh yes. - more news soon
NATHAN HALL COMES UP WITH A STRANGE BREW
Nathan is quizzed by StrangeBrew's Jason Barnard about his latest Sinister Locals album and the Soft Hearted Scientists single, 'Please Red Me'.
Read all about it HERE
17th DREAM REVIEW
Very nice write-up by The StrangeBrew of this year's festival - and completely unexpected, otherwise we'd have plied the reviewer with huge about of Mantle 17th Dream best bitter
Kind words HERE
MAN ON LONDON UNDERGROUND
Just in case you hadn't noticed, Pete Bingham has pulled off a double coup for the 2020 summer festival - Italy's brilliant LONDON UNDERGROUND will be headlining on the Sunday night, while legendary Welsh rockers MAN will be top of the bill on Saturday night - not too shabby, eh?
The Past Tense had never got round to a full-blown FdM release, but now they've gone for it in style with a 7"EP+CD album package to celebrate them playing our Thunderbolt gig - a four-track EP plus an all-new 10-track CD - and every one is a 60s cover, delivered with a real passion for 60s mod/psych/freakbeat - more news soon
BACK WHERE WE STARTED
For our first few years, Fruits de Mer was a 60s/early 70s covers label - a sort of time-warped Hot Hits; after a while we followed in the footsteps of pure-as-snow May West and drifted. I'd like to think we've visited some interesting and unexpected places along the way, but this autumn we go back to our beginnings with three vinyl releases that are all 7"s and all packed with tracks that were first recorded in that golden period of 1966-1973.
Of course next year we'll be switching off the sat nav again, putting on the company blindfold and careering into the mists of time, but it's good to be revisiting our roots.
AND SO IT GOES...
I'm pleased to say there'll be another Dr. Sardonicus festival next year - it'll be in the Cellar Bar in Cardigan from August 7-9 and the line-up is looking..well, pretty bloody great, as it happens!
The first of our start-of-November full-run vinyl releases will be a double 7" EP from Crystal Jacqueline and The Honey Pot; it's called 'I Talk To The Wind', and that might just give you a hint regarding one of the tracks on it. More news soon
OLD GOSSIP, NEW TITLE
we've done a bit of re-organising on Facebook...
All the out-of-date news, gossip and senseless Fruits de Mer drivel is now HERE
- this page is now officially 'Fruits de Mer Records archives and back-catalogue' - snappy, eh?
And you'll get all our latest news, gossip and senseless drivel at
- bet you're almost as excited as we are.
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SENDELICA - NINE MILES HIGH
here's an excerpt from the sidelong epic track by Sendelica - taken from their new double LP 'Cromlech Chronicles IV', on sale now from...er, well us, actually.
TODD DILLINGHAM - ASTRAL WHELKS AT THE THUNDERBOLT
There'll be a rather special - and exclusive - free CD for everyone at the FdM/MegaDodo Thunderbolt one-dayer on November 2 - a copy of Todd Dillingham's 'Astral Whelks' album, with a new sleeve design by his brother Mick Dillingham. Todd died last year - a true musical eccentric - and a great friend of Fruits de Mer. Todd's wife Pam kindly let us release a compilation CD we'd been working on with Todd just a few months before he died, which we gave to everyone at the 17th Dream festival, and now Mick has come up with a new look to Todd's 'Astral Whelks' album (yes, Todd was coming up with mad fishy puns while FdM was still cod roe).
CRYSTAL JACQUELINE BAND LATHE-CUT
We'll have two exclusive lathe-cuts for sale at the Thunderbolt gig, the first of which will be a single from the Crystal Jacqueline Band. It combines a cover of The Wildweeds' 'I'm Dreaming' with 'All Over The World', from the brilliant film, 'Still Crazy'. 'I'm Dreaming' is a new recording by Jacqui and co, while 'All Over The World' is an extended version of the recording that appeared on the FdM members club CD 'Strange Fruit And Veg' a few years back but for some reason has never made it onto vinyl - until now.
A VERY GOOD CAUSE
many thanks to Pete Bingham from Sendelica for his winning bid of £200 for the Fruits de Mer-styled speakers at the 17th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival. They were donated by FdM club member Nigel Vernon and all proceeds will go to Nigel's chosen charity, the Alzheimers Society
GOODBYE TO THE 17th DREAM
Our best yet? I say it every year, but it probably was - amazing music, good weather, everyone seemed to be happy (or at least drunk), and we'll be back in 2020 for the 18th Dream - August 7-9.
Thank you everyone for making it so much fun, as well as just a bit knackering.
SENDELICA CROMLECH CHRONICLES IV
Welsh spacerock meets 60s West Coast USA.
Three sides of extended instrumentals, with the 4th side UV overprinted - now in-stock and it looks as good as it sounds; it's a new printing technique offered by our pressing plant - not a picture disc but a disc with a picture on it!
OUR JULY VINYL IS IN THE BUILDING
..and indeed some of it has already left FdM Towers- all pre-orders placed direct with us here at Fruits de Mer will be in the post no later than Friday (July 25). We're long sold out of the London Underground double LP and we're down to the last few copies of 'Windmill' on clear vinyl, so please don't take too long in getting your order in
THE LATEST ARRIVAL AT THE 17TH DREAM FESTIVAL
an unexpected bonus at the festival – I Am Voyager 1 will be giving everyone an exclusive and FREE 5” lathe-cut on Sunday, featuring their version of Syd’s ‘Golden Hair’, which we released a while back on one of the Bowie members club CDs.
I Am Voyager 1 will be playing an acoustic set on Sunday afternoon and are led by Phil Macy, lathe-cutter extraordinaire (Phil produces all the FdM lathe-cuts by hand and can produce anything from 5” to 12” discs, in quantities of 1 to 100 - find out more HERE).
So that means the FdM freebies at this year’s festival total 13 CDs, a 7” Elfin Bow single, a 5” I Am Voyager 1 lathe-cut and a poster from Psychotron Records – good grief, there’ll be no room in the car for anything else.
BUMPER CROP OF SHINDIG REVIEWS
All hail Shindig! reviewers for an outbreak of good taste and a load of great reviews for our July releases in the latest issue.
ASTRALASIA 'KETTLE' - SPECIAL EDITION
a sneak preview of some of the music contained on the bonus LP that is part of the special edition of Astralia's double LP - on sale at the 17th Dream festival, naturally.
Have a quick listen HERE
ASTRALASIA 'KETTLE' - SPECIAL EDITION
I may have mentioned an 'extra' with this special edition, other than the bonus LP? Well, here's a first sighting - it's a bloody Rubik's cube. The downside is that it will be hell to post - that's why I'm hoping to sell most of my copies at the festival - the good news is that there's no right answer to it, so all you have to do is twirl it round a bit and then put it down with a smug smile on your face - no-one will ever know
THE BLUE PETER APPROACH
Take a bunch of 10p tote-bags (found on ebay), a tin of black gloss, a £2.50 paint roller and an FdM stencil and what do you get? A bunch of unwanted 10p tote-bags with FdM painted on them. Don't worry - I'm not going to try to sell them to you - but if you're early in the queue at Cardigan and you buy a special edition of an FdM album you'll find yourself the (proud?) owner of one.
17th DREAM RAFFLE PRIZES
I'm gathering together prizes for the the Fruits de Mer Records raffle on Saturday afternoon at the 17th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival...
Lots of vinyl albums to be won, courtesy of:
- Record Collector magazine - our rather wonderful festival sponsors
- Mercy and the Wild Sea (who have also kindly given us an exclusive CD version of their album to inclusion in the FdM gooide-bag)
- Das Blau Palais - who have not only given us some vinyl copies of their LP 'Welt Am Draht' as prizes, but have also given us enough copies of the album on CD for us to include one in every goodie-bag
everyone's a winner at the 17th Dream festival (well, not exactly everyone - you'll have about a 1 in 6 chance of winning)
THE RETURN OF THE £5 T-SHIRTS
yes, they'll be back at Cardigan - so cheap that even Primark are looking worried. How do we do it? Why do we do it, is probably a better question.
PSYCHOTRON POSTERS AT THE 17th DREAM FESTIVAL
some rather special late arrivals for the Fruits de Mer Records 17th Dream festival goodie-bag - courtesy of Psychotron Records....
I've just taken delivery of 150 of their fantastic 'Spirit Of The Sixties' posters - repros of classic posters featuring The Doors, Stones and more. They usually retail at £10 a time but Pete and Linda Bonner at Psychotron are kindly giving everyone at the festival a sample poster for free (they'll be at the festival, so you can thank them personally!).
Read all about them HERE
ELFIN BOW SPECIAL EDITION 7" - FREE AT THE 17th DREAM FESTIVAL
The free Fruits de Mer Records 7” everyone who comes along (with a valid ticket!) will get on Saturday will be an exclusive white vinyl version of Elfin Bow and Gary Lloyd’s ‘Who Know Where The Time Goes’ 7”.
Elizabeth Kearney (aka Elfin Bow) has drawn about 30 different label designs for it – here are just a few of them (a bit of a sod for obsessive collectors – you’ll only get one) and she’s very kindly signed most of them (AND there’s a few of her original drawings mixed in with the laser copies - luck of the draw on who gets those); it makes for a really lovely copy of a fantastic single. Elizabeth is playing a solo set on Friday night, but I hope she’ll be able to stay around on Saturday/Sunday to enjoy the rest of the festival.
16th DREAM LIVE - SPECIAL EDITION
..and as if that wasn't enough, the special editions of our 16th Dream Live double LPs will include - amongst other things - an Elfin Bow lathe-cut 7" that includes an exclusive recording of 'Edith's Song' from last year's festival.
NEED A STIFF DRINK?
The Mantle Brewery’s special edition best bitter is ready for buying and drinking…
It looks almost too good to open the bottle – but that would be silly. It’ll be on sale at the festival, or from the Mantle Brewery just down the road from the Cellar Bar – or you can order online for home delivery - https://mantlebrewery.com/…/fruits-de-mer-special-edition-…/
- it’s a lovely pint.
VOYAGERS 16th DREAM LP
Pete Bingham and co are self-releasing a 200-run pressing of the Fellowship Of Hallucinatory Voyagers set from last years festival - for sale at the 17th Dream; a 'Friends of the Fish' special release
SENDELICA SINGLES ON FdM - THE CD!
another 17th Dream festival special from Pete and the gang - a very limited run of CDs featuring a whole load of tracks that they've released on FdM 7"s over the years - CDs are good for some things, and this is one of them. Not on on FdM sub-label, but essential all the same!
17th DREAM FESTIVAL LINE-UP CHANGES
The Fellowship Of Hallucinatory Travellers, with Paul Sax from Curved air guesting, and Lost Tuesday Society have kindly stepped in after Red Sun had to cancel their UK tour and nick nicely lost all his stage gear after a gig in the USA; unfortunately SEN3 will NOT be able to fit in a Sunday afternoon slot, but Sarah Birch will be playing a solo set featuring songs from he debut album - lovely stuff!.
HERE IS UPDATED FULL RUNNING ORDER
FRIDAY DOORS OPEN 6.30
KRIS NEEDS DJ SET 11.15
FELLOWSHIP OF HALLUCINATORY VOYAGERS + SPECIAL GUEST PAUL SAX (CURVED AIR) 10.15-11.00
ELFIN BOW 8.45-9.45
THE LOST TUESDAY SOCIETY (ACOUSTIC SET) 7.30-8.30
SUNDAY DOORS OPEN 12.30
THE BEVIS FROND 9.00
3D TANX 7.00-8.15
MARK MCDOWELL 5.15-6.30
SARAH BIRCH 3.30-4.30
I AM VOYAGER ONE 2.00-3.00
GOOD ON YER, GID
BBC 6Music airplay for the Soft Hearted Scientists' new single from Gideon Coe in the last week - he played 'Moths Mistook Us For The Moon', which sounded almost as good on DAB as it does on vinyl
SENDELICA - No.1 IN GERMANY!
Eclipsed Magazine has made 'Cromlech Chronicles IV' its underground album of the month - which is nice
FESTIVAL SPECIAL EDITIONS
We've been putting together the special editions of the '16th Dream Live' and Astralasia's 'Different Kettle Of Fish' releases - for sale at this summer's Dr. Sardonicus festival; somewhere within them there'll be a heady mix of bonus LPs/CDs/lathe-cuts and posters; limited-runs of both - it'll be first-come-first-served in Cardigan
WHEN SENDELICA MET THE STRANGE BREW
There's an excellent new interview with Pete Bingham on the strange brew website, with Pete talking to Jason Barnard about the latest Sendelica release, about 'Windmill', Kris Needs, Alex Paterson and more - he even drops a hint about some stoned pandas...read itHERE