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Remember the heady days when a band would “Get it together in the country?” regarding a forthcoming album. That’s exactly what The Legendary Pink Dots did when recording “Shadow Weaver” & “Malachai” back in 1992. The location was the first floor of a barn belonging to the band’s long term horn player Niels. Access to the studio involved climbing a stepladder, sometimes carrying an amplifier. There was an industrial toaster for the hungry, although no-one used the thing after a mouse came to a premature end inside it much to the horror of all who were there at the time. Guests came and went. The music went on, non-stop for 12 hours (at least) in a day. Seasons came and went. We played in heavy coats, hats, killed the power when a storm ruined an idyllic sunny day. And the tape kept running. For hours. After some requests we decided to share some of those raw sessions in a series entitled (appropriately) “Come Out From The Shadows”. The first volume appeared on cd a few years ago while the Second appeared as a download-only release . Now Volume 2 is also released for the first time on CD by Cleopatra Records. The sound has been enhanced and extra sessions have been added. It can be found here: https://legendarypinkdots1.bandcamp.com/album/come-out-from-the-shadows-volume-2-expanded-a-teaser Cleopatra have also just released the two out -of-print homemade cdr releases, “Five Days” and “Five Days-The Instrumentals” as a handsomely packed single cd .Sample this one here: https://legendarypinkdots1.bandcamp.com/album/five-days-five-days-the-instrumentals-a-teaser Both are also available as full length downloads and in physical format via The Cleo mail-order at this address: wearethelegendarypinkdots.bandcamp.com/album/five-days-complete
Imagine this scenario. A 43 show European tour in a small van which almost fell apart on the last day when the gear stick broke off in the driver’s hand on the highway from Kiel to Hamburg. A state of bewilderment and disorientation so great that half of the band decided to quit upon landing home again. Hang on…did I say “Home?” Home in 1988 was a squat in the centre of Amsterdam, and the eviction notice was waiting upon the band’s return. Even so, before dealing with that, EK had already committed himself to ANOTHER European tour opening for Skinny Puppy as they hit many of the same cities where the Dots had already just been. After that, the pending eviction seemed frighteningly close. There was literally no affordable living accommodation in Amsterdam, and the surviving Pink Dots were grateful to Niels who offered his caravan East of Nijmegen as shelter. We knew Niels’ farm from the recording sessions for “Any Day Now” a year earlier. Reaching it required a drive down an unpaved road for 40 minutes. It sat on the banks of the River Waal which periodically flooded, turning his home into an island only accessible by boat for days on end in the Winter. Horses, buffalo and tourists tended to block the road. One added advantage of our new location was the fact that the studio was just a few paces away. Hence, we recorded “The Golden Age”. Patrick still lived in London so he flew in for the 3-4 weeks it took to write and record the songs for what is my favourite LPD album from the 80s. Tragically the sound of the original was (in my opinion) ruined by poor mastering - it was a new technology back then and horrific accidents often occurred. The remaster is crystal clear by comparison. We’re extremely thankful to Metropolis Records who are presenting this 30 year old milestone as it was meant to be heard on double vinyl (with an exclusive bonus 4th side) and cd. It can be pre-ordered directly from the label here: https://www.metropolis-records.com/product/11682/the-golden-age-2018-remastered-edltd-ed-2lp or from our Bandcamp page here: https://legendarypinkdots1.bandcamp.com/album/the-golden-age-2018-remaster Both links will take you directly to the label and orders will be shipped from the US. We’ll also have a limited stock here in Europe and will ship from Germany. Those interested should contact us directly with a personal message Scheduled release date is 22 February. Also slated for release on the same day in its full glory on double vinyl and cd is “Shadow Weaver Part 2 (Malachai)”.The vinyl edition includes a long exclusive piece. Both formats can also be pre-ordered via The Metropolis Records mail order or through LPDs’ Bandcamp site here: https://legendarypinkdots1.bandcamp.com/album/the-golden-age-2018-remaster. EK 2019
December 24 2018 and a tradition needs to be maintained. Ladies & Gentlemen, here is a link for"The Legendary Pink Dots' Christmas Special 2018". Beyond the audio odyssey, a full text of the tale can be found on the page below. Feel free to Share the Love.https://legendarypinkdots1.bandcamp.com/album/the-legendary-pink-dots-christmas-special-2018
Sometimes it gets a little boring in Heaven and The Angels gather together on a large grey cloud discussing new techniques in harp strumming and how to make their existence just a little more interesting. Today's theme was "Fun with Hapless Travellers" beginning in East London with The District Line (the subway to the Centre) being suspended at 6am and it finished in Arnhem with all trains cancelled to my destination in Nijmegen. In between was a Eurostar Express stuck in a tunnel and a broken train acting as a barricade to darkest Rotterdam. Yup, Tour time is here...and things seem a tad ominous, with my own personal Guardian Angel still seemingly stuck at Passport Control. All will be forgotten tomorrow as we play the first show in Cologne (Helios 37). Hope to see you there unless you perhaps live in The Central African Republic which could cause a few logistical problems. EK PS.A big thank you to Bandcamp who featured us in their daily special! The link's right here....https://daily.bandcamp.com/2018/12/04/legendary-pink-dots-primer/?utm_source=notification&fbclid=IwAR0emUb7O6YIqwHB05tD7sCtsOr6JGvKQUD4mLmss7Z8aLg9plZWEegAbrw
It's tough to miss the monsters these days. They don't lurk in the shadows any more, they jump up and down in front of TV cameras poking their hideous tongues out at us. They emit blood curdling shrieks and describe them as tweets. Damn, sometimes it feels like it's Hallowe'en EVERY DAY. In fact, All Hallows Eve still occurs on just one day a year and The Legendary Pink Dots are happy to maintain a time-honoured tradition. Ladies & Gentlemen , we present "THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS' HALLOWE'EN SPECIAL 2018". Sing While You May....https://legendarypinkdots1.bandcamp.com/album/the-legendary-pink-dots-halloween-special-2018
The Pink Dots Winter Tour is expanding. Here is the latest update : 05.12.18 DE Köln Helios 06.12.18 DE Frankfurt Cave 07.12.18 DE München Backstage 08.12.18 CZ Prag Cafe V Lese 09.12.18 PL Wroclaw Stara Piwnica 10.12.18 DE Berlin Quasimodo 12.12.18 F Lyon Sonic 13.12.18 IT Milano Ligera 14.12.18 IT Bologna Freakout 15.12.18 CH Bern Dampfzentrale 16.12.18 NL Amsterdam Q-Factory Meanwhile, on the subject of updates, we just completed a dramatic sonic upheaval of an old anthology which first appeared as a cassette back in the early 90s but contains some of our finer but lesser known moments of the previous decade. Find the 2018 remaster of "Traumstadt 2" right here: https://legendarypinkdots1.bandcamp.com/album/traumstadt-2-2018-remaster
As the long hot Summer recedes here in London, I can’t help thinking back to the glorious seasons at the beginning of the 90s when The Dots worked on “The Maria Dimension”. It's predecessor, “The Crushed Velvet Apocalypse” was a highly composed affair and there was a strong desire in the band to throw the dice, press record and see what happened. Exotic instruments were strewn around the studio ; Bob Pistoor reserved a permanent corner for his sitar , kettle drums were hoisted up the stepladder….hell, we even tried recoding the sound of the mosquitoes. After a few weeks of improvising, the band took a month-long break. A rendezvous in a remote little town in Northern Greece named Floriana was organised between myself, Elke, with Bob and his girlfriend ,Sabine. From there we wound our way in a small car to the coast where I wrote the lyrics to “Belladonna” paddling in the sea. Yes there is a photograph and no, we did not have a smartphone. When we resumed recording back in The Netherlands, we gave shape to the hours of sessions, tried some dedicated thematic experiments (“Disturbance” ,”The Fourth Secret” ) and ultimately mixed “Maria Dimension” together with four pairs of arms stretched across the mixing desk twisting pots, pushing sliders, trying to keep the levels out of the red but usually failing. All these memories flooded back when I was remastering the “Maria Sessions” last week. The source of the album was a cassette in a box which nearly came to a premature demise due to the amount of plastic that could have either been waded through or tossed away a few years ago. Happily, we opted for the former option. We’re down to the last handful of the gloriously packaged double vinyl edition now, and it felt timely to give it new life with an updated edition on cdr together with “The Maria Sessions Volume 2” which had previously only been available as a download. You can find this small corner of Legendary Pink history right here (EK):https://legendarypinkdots1.bandcamp.com/album/the-maria-sessions-volumes-1-2
The Dots are leaving things late when it comes to Live shows this year with a tour planned for December, but further shows in Europe will no doubt be added early in 2019. This is what we have so far with more to be added in the coming weeks: December 5- COLOGNE / Helios; December 6-FRANKFURT / Cave; December 9- WROCLAW / Stara Piwnica ; December 10 - BERLIN / Quasimodo; December 13 - MILANO / Ligera; December 14 - BOLOGNA / Freakout; December 15 - BERN / Dampfzentrale Please spread the word!
Almost a year to the day when the Rainbow Spinners Tour concluded with emotional farewells at Frankfurt Airport, it's with great pleasure that we can point you towards the finished video for the opening song on the album by Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel. "Pulp Fiction" has been remixed with a new bass line added and re-imagined by the superb video artist David Mack .Enjoy....here is the necessary link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPTcq8neRWs&feature=share
It's been a while but that doesn't mean inactivity in the Pink Dots' wild and wonderful universe. In fact we have been preparing long awaited remastered and expanded reissues of our back catalogue and the first fruits of our endeavours will be dropping from the tree in around a fortnight. "Shadow Weaver" has been given a serious audio makeover and finally committed to double vinyl as originally intended, complete with a bonus (and exclusive) 4th side. Likewise "Any Day Now" from 1987 is also available in remastered and expanded form on double vinyl after being out of print for years, again with a bonus 4th side. The 2 remastered titles will be available on cd too and (via Metropolis Records only) as downloads. We have a few copies available in both formats from our Bandcamp site at legendarypinkdots1.bandcamp.com while both titles can also be obtained from www.metropolis-records.com. Meanwhile ,below is a taster for "Shadow Weaver": https://legendarypinkdots1.bandcamp.com/track/zero-zero-2
Record Store Day 2018 and The Pink Dots are delighted to announce the release of "The Tunnel", a mini-lp on the Noise Noise Noise label. Alas all 127 blue / magenta copies are now history in Europe but those on the other side of the Pond may be in luck by approaching the label directly (via their Discogs page at :https://www.discogs.com/seller/FacRecShop/profile ).Happily we still have some black vinyl copies in stock via our Bandcamp site :https://legendarypinkdots1.bandcamp.com/album/the-tunnel-of-love-a-mere-teaser The song featured is the first of a 4 part journey. Also just released is the CD edition of "The Man Who Floated Away" on Bisou Records, with Edward Ka-Spel teaming up with old friend Steven Stapleton (Nurse With Wound) for one piece and Colin Potter combining with Quentin Rollet for another. This can be found here: https://legendarypinkdots1.bandcamp.com/album/the-man-who-floated-away-a-misleading-teaser OR at these addresses: : https://icrdistribution.com; http://www.bisou-records.com/
We're happy to announce the first LPD related releases of 2018. First to land will be "The Man Who Floated Away "- a split vinyl release on Bisou Records featuring Edward Ka-Spel and Steven Stapleton collaborating on one side and close friends Colin Potter and Quentin Rollet combining on the other. Also slated for release early in February is Edward Ka-Spel's "An Abandoned Laboratory Volume 3" which features lots of previously unreleased material. See below!https://legendarypinkdots1.bandcamp.com/album/an-abandoned-laboratory-volume-3
A Happy Solstice to one and al....Oh Oh Oh.....https://legendarypinkdots1.bandcamp.com/album/the-legendary-pink-dots-christmas-special-2017
It's been a while but we're delighted to see the return of "Alena's Song Of the Week" on the Pink Dots' Bandcamp site.More to come!https://legendarypinkdots1.bandcamp.com/track/seven-veils-2
We're thrilled to announce a rare appearance of Edward Ka-Spel & The Silverman at The St.Ghetto Festival in Bern , Switzerland on November 18.Also on a rather stunning bill for this special Saturday Night is Mick Harris (presenting Fret) and The Residents!http://dampfzentrale.ch/festival/saint-ghetto-2017/
We are delighted to announce that our close friend Dakis of Random Tunes will be handling the booking for future European tours by The Legendary Pink Dots. First show planned by him is in early December in Athens and we hope for a few more dates around this event. We are also set to Play in Barcelona in October while there will be an EK / The Silverman event in Berne , Switzerland in November. Stay tuned for exact details....Website address for Random Tunes is: http://www.random-tunes.com/rt_v1/index.php
The Spinning Rainbows Tour featuring Amanda Palmer , Edward Ka-Spel and Patrick Q. Wright is about to enter it’s final stage , and what an exciting ,emotional ride it has been so far. Shows coming up are as follows: 9 June-Antwerp/ Trix Club (B) ;10 June-Amsterdam/Melkweg (NL);11 June-Paris/La Cigale (F);13 June-London/Heaven (GB);16 June:Vienna- Porgy & Bess (sold out) (A) ; 17 June-Duisburg Traumzeit Festival (D); 18 June-Mannheim Maifield Derby Festival (D). As if this were not enough, June 23 marks the release date of “The Brown Acid Caveat” by the Tear Garden together with the retrospective “Eye Spy Volume 2” collection.Both are presented on cd and glorious double vinyl. In the pipeline is a full on collaboration between EK and Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound on the piece “The Man Who Floated Away” which will form one side of a vinyl release on Bisou Records.A wonderful exploration by Quentin Rollet and Colin Potter is featured on the other side. Details of LPD live shows will follow in the next bulletin.
May the 5th is Rainbow Day. The album is unleashed And it's finally downloadable in it's entirety in pristine quality. right here:https://amandapalmer.bandcamp.com/album/i-can-spin-a-rainbow Blessed Be!
Delighted to announce the new solo album from Edward Ka-Spel , "High On Station Yellow Moon" on Soleilmoon records which also features contributions from Amanda Palmer. "I Can Spin A Rainbow" is also set for release on May 5 and look out for some delightful video clips to illustrate the songs.Finally, The Silverman is releasing a beautiful art edition of "Silver Mandalas" next month...it's very limited so stay tuned for updates.https://legendarypinkdots1.bandcamp.com/album/high-on-station-yellow-moon-a-mere-teaser