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April 8th

15 years ago today, Dead Rat Orchestra played their first gig, at Colchester Arts Centre, supporting Montreal-based duo Hanged Up (Constellation Records). Unhurried by the audience’s expectations of entertainment, the trio created a 40-minute improvised piece with swelling waves of harmonic distortion, unearthly insectoid chittering and metallic glissandi, rhythmically underpinned by loosely-interlocking loops and glitching music boxes. To understate the obvious: the performance provided little evidence of the group’s future interest in traditional folk music. On the 15th anniversary of that first performance, we painstakingly remastered the audio track for inclusion in the forthcoming Hopewell Sound 4-CD box-set, which will…

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Gaffa Tape Sandy festival tour

Garage rock power trio Gaffa Tape Sandy hit the festival circuit to promote their forthcoming single (details TBA). As they still have the boundless energy of youth, they’ve decided to kick off their festival tour with two on the same day. Starting with a 4pm performance at Live at Leeds, followed by a 3-hour drive back to rural Suffolk, to headline the Bury Fringe All-Dayer. What could possibly go wrong? Here are the dates in full: 5 May – Live at Leeds 5 May – Bury Fringe All-Dayer, Bury St. Edmunds 6 May – Sound City, Liverpool 17-19 May –…

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Gaffa Tape Sandy – Beehive lyric video

Those of you who don’t like listening to a song unless you can see the words appearing on a screen in front of your face at the same time are in luck. Gaffa Tape Sandy have released a lyric video to their smash hit Beehive. Fans of correct apostrophe usage, look away now.

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Nathaniel Mann in Xingu Province

Nathaniel Mann sends his greetings from the Amazon rainforest, where he has been taking part in Musicians in Residence Brazil – a massive jolly, funded by the British Council and the PRS Foundation. He has been working in Mato Grosso with the State Orchestra and at the Instituto Homem Brasileiro (the Institute for the Brazilian Man). The residency has also taken him deep into Xingu National Park (near Cuiabá), where he has been recording music with the Wauja indigenous community, for whom music plays an integral part of society and culture. Before travelling to South America to top up his…

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MacGillivray heads east

Kirsten Norrie will be invoking her MacGillivray persona for a short tour of eastern England, in support of her new mini-album Watermarked in Flame, out on antigen records next week. Here are the dates: – 15 March at Colchester Arts Centre, with Harpoon Group and Holkham (featuring Robin Alderton of Dead Rat Orchestra and Simon Keep of Fishclaw) and Iain Sinclair – 16 March at The Smokehouse in Ipswich, with Sealionwoman and Polly Preacher – 20 March at The Horse Hospital, London, with The Doomed Bird of Providence and Harpoon Group – 25 March at Asylum Studios, Bentwaters, with Brigid Mae Power The Horse Hospital event is the official…

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Webstore offline

Webstore offline 26th January 2018 Apologies to everyone who attempted to take advantage of our January sale and was unable to buy anything, because of problems with the webstore. When the e-commerce plug-in updated, some of the template files we use proved to be incompatible with the new version of the plug-in. A fix is on its way. For those who can’t wait, stock is available at Discogs or at Amazon (if you want to give £3.53 in seller fees to a struggling multinational that can hardly afford to pay its taxes). We will be running a February half-price sale of old stock, which will...

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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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