Today would have been the Clara Rockmore’s 105th Birthday. Clara Rockmore was a Lithuanian virtuosa performer of the theremin, this unique electronic musical instrument used by Keiki and Baby Fire.
We made it! We are 5 years old !
5 years ago we released Keiki's second album with a beautiful ass on the cover. iTunes even refused to publish the cover as it because of that! To celebrate this anniversary, you'll be able order this album for 5 euros from now !
But that's not the main news.
We've been struggling for months to release three new albums. We got many issues whose reasons were way beyond our control, one of them being huge pressing plant delays. At the root of this was this stupid marketing fair that has now become the Record Store Day. We won't go into details regarding the problems with RSD in this post. If you are curious, you can read these excellent articles on the subject:
- Is Record Store Day In Crisis? A Quietus Investigation
- Vinyl Won't Really Make a Comeback Until We Have More Record Presses
Consequently we had to postpone these releases several times in a row. So much that we even stopped to try announcing release dates!
The funny thing is that all this shit happened to us while we were trying to manufacture our first truly satanic release : All About Satan from (r). Luckily we aren't superstitious. We didn't have decoded this as a sign meaning that it was really bad to run a label called Cheap Satanism Records.
Anyway the story behind All About Satan is too nice not to produce it. Two years ago the excellent Italian band Larsen played at Café Central to present its album with Little Annie. The band stayed at our place after the gig and Fabrizio Palumbo, one of the Larsen's founding member, noticed the name of our label. He then told us that he was planning to record a concept album around Satan and that it would make sense for us to release it. About one year later, Fabrizio sent us the recording. Honestly we had totally forgotten his proposal when we received his mail. We nevertheless listened to it, enjoyed and painfully press it as a beautiful pink vinyl!
We don't have a similar story to tell about the Blind Thorns' debut album and Agatha's second album as a duo but we are really glad to be one of their co-producers. When we received the Blind Thorns' demo, it was a blast from our first listen. So we couldn't refuse to be part of this adventure. Concerning Agatha, we aleady are big fans of Goatness, its previous effort. It was thus a pleasure for us to be able to put our logo on the new LP of the band.
These three incredible albums are now available of order.
(*) This is our humble tribute to Evil Superstars.
cd1d est le genre d'initiative qu'on crèverait d'envie de voir en Belgique. Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas, c'est une fédération (française) de labels indépendants dont la plus grosse vitrine est le site cd1d.com sur lequel vous pouvez acquérir facilement les productions de ses membres.
En attendant qu'on voie une pareille structure voir le jour en Belgique, on a décidé de jouer l’incruste et s'associer au modèle français. Il vous est donc possible d'écouter, de commander ou de télécharger des sorties Cheap Satanism Records sur le site cd1d.com. C'est particulièrement intéressant si vous êtes basés en France ou que vous souhaitez faire des commandes incluant des sorties d'autres membres de cd1d. Nous vous invitons d'autant plus à y jeter un œil que nous venons d'y ajouter nos quatre dernières sorties : 10 pieces de Keiki, Google A Gun de Joy As A Toy, Xin de Hypo & EDH, Morire Per La Patria de Fuzz Ochestra.
Cerise sur le gâteau pour les initiés: les versions digitales sur CD1D sont également disponibles en FLAC.
Keiki has already released several records: 3 albums and one EP. Only one of these wasn't put out by Cheap Satanism Records: the debut album 10 Pieces. It has now almost sold out. To celebrate the record's 5th anniversary, it made sense to us to make it available to a wider audience through a digital release.
4 years ago Waltham Holy Cross - the 2nd album of the Brussels-based satanic pop duo Keiki - hit the store. This was the first release of Cheap Satanism Records.
Few weeks ago Cheap Satanism Records released Xin from the Parisian duo Hypo & EDH. This was our 15th release. Between these two records, we've organized almost 40 parties! You can use our agenda as a time machine to browse the history.
Now it's the time to celebrate our 4th birthday with you by inviting you to 4 parties!
The next two weeks we'll be glad to welcome (back) Fuzz Orchestra, The Invisible Frog, Germanotta Youth, Keiki, Antz Up Girls, Martin Bisi, Von Stroheim, The Flying Westmalle Lovers, Enablers, Joy As A Toy, PoiL, Live Footage and Cha!Selektor. Three of them will take place at Café Central and the closing party will take place at Magasin 4.
Last but not least, you might have noticed that we've at last unveiled our new website. It has been a real development hell. We've worked for 6 months on a home-made development we were pretty proud of. Unfortunately the laptop on which we've made this development was stolen. Then we've decided to give a try to some all-in-one services. We've spent a month playing with Limited Run. It certainly looked promising but it required too much template hacking in order to get something that would have looked sexy to us. We've also played with Goodsie which appears too limited and too expensive for us. Then we've discovered Squarespace.com. Honestly it certainly one of the best product we've used for years. It's sexy, dead simple and yet powerful. There are of course some glitches and frustrating limitations but it's definitely worth its price. If you look for hosted web content management with e-commerce capabilities, Squarespace is one of the best option available on the market!
But let's come back to the website. It will be a continuous work in progress during the coming weeks. You can expect more sections, editorial content, sections and more... We'll also plan to add a Distro section to our Squarespace powered web shop where we will sell stuffs from friends we would like to support. So please feel free to come back regularly, add us to your your news reader, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.