Shellac to release The End of Radio, a double BBC Radio Peel Sessions album, on Touch and Go, announce European dates

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We don’t need to be bombarded with “Spring is the season of change!” twenty times a day on the tee-vee. We know, you genius ad writers! Let the seasons change, you stay the same. Or almost the same, if you’d prefer. Discordant noise-rock vets Shellac will release a double album of Peel Sessions in June, which, to paraphrase what John Peel himself used to say about his heroes The Fall, are “always different; always the same.”

Shellac will release The End of Radio on June 14 through Touch and Go. Consisting of two previously unreleased BBC Radio Peel Sessions, the double set contains a bunch of songs recorded at the Maida Vale studios ten years apart, in 1994 and 2004. Some of the tracks’ original airings pre-date official releases on albums like Terraform (1998) and Excellent Italian Greyhound (2007) by years, making this session comp another good way to get into Shellac. More a “primer” than a “final coat,” let’s say.

The raw power of Messrs. Albini, Trainer, and Weston can be experienced live in Europe in May and June with shows scheduled in Switzerland, France and Portugal. Check out the dates and the The End of Radio tracklisting below — then go here to pre-order the 2xLP or 2xCD, or bundle them with a Shellac Lomo Logo t-shirt.


The End of Radio (previously unreleased BBC Radio Peel Sessions) tracklisting:

01. Spoke #
02. Canada #
03. Crow #
04. Disgrace #
05. Ghosts $
06. The End of Radio $
07. Canada $
08. Paco $
09. Steady as She Goes $
10. Billiard Player Song $
11. Dog and Pony Show $
12. Il Porno Star $

# John Peel’s BBC Radio One show in July 1994, BBC Maida Vale Studio 3
$ 2004 “Live From Maida Vale” session recorded live to stereo in front of a small audience, BBC Maida Vale Studio 4

Shellac live in Europe:

05.26.19 – Zurich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik ~
05.30.19 – Nîmes, France – This Is Not a Love Song Festival
06.03.19 – Bègles, France – Relache n°10, BT59 #
06.04.19 – Angers, France – Le Chabada $
06.05.19 – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
06.07.19 – Porto, Portugal, Primavera Sound

~ Love in Elevator
# The Messthetics, Decibelles
$ Decibelles

Brainiac reissues coming this March on limited-edition colored vinyl

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Gird yourself for the cresting wave of Brainiac nostalgia.

The Ohioan synth-punk band are the subject of an upcoming documentary, Transmissions After Zero; and now, Touch and Go have announced reissues of their output for the label on colored vinyl.

The group’s last LP, Hissing Prigs in Static Couture, is coming out on blue swirl, and their last EP — the still-presciently-titled Electro-shock for President — is coming on plain ol’ white. The reissues will drop March 8.

HOWEVER, there is also a special offer tied to these records: From now until February 11, those who pre-order these reissues will be eligible to BUNDLE their orders: If you pre-order Electro-shock for President or both Electro-shock… and Hissing Prigs in Static Couture, you will get a limited edition Brainiac shirt for your effort. (If you ONLY want to pre-order Hissing Prigs…, you will remain shirtless.) The shirt, per a press release, will NOT be available in the Touch and Go store after February 11, so you will be able to lord it over your slower-on-the-uptake friends who also love Brainiac.

In case you haven’t caught it, check out the documentary teaser below, and pre-order those Brainiac reissues right here, smart alec.