Inventory management exercise

UPDATE: Hilariously, our e-commerce plug-in has stopped working, so it's currently impossible to buy anything! If you can't wait for this to be sorted, please e-mail your order to info (at) antigenrecords (dot) com and I will sort it out personally. Thanks for your patience. Welcome to the antigen records winter sale. There's 50% off everything* in the webstore until the end of January!

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New calendar discovery

Still feeling disappointed that we reached the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar without a global catastrophe? Fear not, a new calendar has been discovered! This one ends ominously on 31 December 2013 – so we probably only have one year to live!

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Caveat Emptor 2 mispressing giveaway

As you may have noticed from reading our Facebook page, the first pressing of the Caveat Emptor 2 compilation CD had defective disc art and is being repressed. Rather than chuck them all in a skip, we gave out a shedload at the Godspeed You! Black Emperor / Dead Rat Orchestra gig at the HMV Forum on Monday night.

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You wait three months for a new release and then three come along at once…

We are privileged to be in a position to reissue the first three EPs by the Dead Rat Orchestra, to celebrate 10 years of free-folk freakery from this trio of wood-worrying beardies. They have been merrily exploring the outer reaches of acoustic music for the best part of a decade, and have recently received long-overdue national recognition for their soundtrack to the BBC documentary The Guga Hunters of Ness.

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Farewell for now, Sons of Joy

26th June brought the Sons of Joy to the Ipswich Fringe festival for what was widely rumoured to be their final performance... for a while at least. Matt Simpkins (voice, fiddle and drum) heads off to Oxfordshire in August, to study to become an Anglican priest. Daniel Merrill (backing shouts, violin and stomping) is also leaving the fair county of Essex, to study in London.

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Tidings of Joy

Having sat on their arses for a whole month, Sons of Joy finally get around to releasing their long-awaited second album. With their debut from November 2011 now a distant memory, Messrs Merrill and Simpkins approached BBC Radio Suffolk's David Butcher at 8pm with a plan to learn, play, record, digitise and release their second album in 4 hours.

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Songs of Joy CD is OUT NOW!

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Songs of Joy, the debut album by Sons of Joy. This is a remarkable CD, recorded in less than four hours in a garden shed, with one microphone and no post-production. It has the immediacy of an Alan Lomax field recording and the earnest intensity of the pre-war gospel pioneers. It truly is music to feed the spirit.

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