The Legendary Pink Dots
LEGENDARY PINK NEWS ARCHIVES
(UPDATES EARLIER THAN 2002)
NOW AVAILABLE: EDWARD KA-SPEL: "O`ER A SHALABAST'R TYDE STROLT AY":
Contact Beta Lactam Ring Records for more information. A *limited* number of "Shalabast'r Tyde" posters and t-shirts are also available now, so act quickly!
THE TERMINAL KALEIDOSCOPE:
Say hello to the new, revived and very useful TEKA website!
The Dots' own website terminalkaleidoscope.com is now more than just a mail order service. The site is run by Lisa Amend, who has given it a new design. Among other things, you can listen to snippets from newer Dots releases. Lisa is now also in charge of the Dotsography found on this site.
There's been a lot of LPD-related releases this year, but there's more to come. ROIR will release Chemical Playschool 15, a collection of older cassette-only tracks from LPD and EKS. Said label will also release "All the King's Men", one of two upcoming LPD studio albums. The other will be called "All the King's Horses" and will be released through Soleilmoon. There's no date yet for CP15, and the two studio albums will be out this fall, "...at the very earliest.".
NEW EDWARD KA-SPEL 10" PICTURE DISC - "LILITH & THE ROSE":
To coincide with the Legendary Pink Dots European tour, a 10" picture disc entitled "Lilith & The Rose" will be released this summer. The first edition of this release will be limited to 513 copies. The disc contains the following tracks: "Lilith (Version Apocalypse)", which is a completely re-recorded version of the classic "Lilith's Daughter" and an absolutely gorgeous piano piece entitled "The Rose". Both tracks are approximately 11 minutes in length. A postcard and 26" x 19" poster featuring the disc art will be included with the 10". You will also be able to order the poster separately. More information is forthcoming and will be posted in the usual places... or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. There is also an official website for this release: LilithAndTheRose.com.
NEW RELEASES AND OLDER NEWS:
Silverman: "Requiem Settings"
"Tanith and the Lion Tree" by Edward Ka-Spel will be issued for the very first time on LP by a new label, Flesh Eating Ants.
THE LPDs TOUR EUROPE:
All dates are tentative so far.
14/5 - Studio Desmet (Radio Human) - Amsterdam (NL)
MIMIR 3 FINALLY AVAILABLE ON CD:
The third Mimir album was released in 1999, but it's not been available on CD until now. Streamline is the label behind the re-release.
THE FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN FOR "OPEN CIRCUIT":
Staalplaat's "Open Circuit" project (previously mentioned on this page) was supposed to be re-launched this year. However, the people at Staalplaat are now uncertain if this will happen. It possible that "Open Circuit" won't make a comeback at all.
LEGENDARY PINK BOX RE-RELEASED:
This US reissue contains full lyrics and two fold-out posters of artwork reproduced from the original vinyl box set. This classic LPD release is available now from Soleilmoon.
CHEMICAL PLAYSCHOOL 11/12/13 IS OUT NOW:
VOLUME 11 ("EXCESS") The Truth Is Out There \ In The Jar...O \ A Problem With The Natives \ In One \ London's Burning\ In The Blink Of An Eye \ Further Further Further Further Further\ 10th Shade* \ Schatten*
VOLUME 12 ("WHERE THE HELL????") Guinevere \ You Again \ Vavavavava\ Christmas On A Sunspot \ Shanty \ Rascal Helmut \ Bridge \ Where We'd Choose To Be \ Snarling At My Shadow \ And My Shadow Snarled At Me
VOLUME 13 ("I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW (I THINK)") Touched By The Moon \ No Names \ It's Ticking (But Not For You) \ Cat \ On A Hot Tin Roof \ Sleeping (But Not Sick) \ Push The Pie\ Part Two\ Part Three \ Learning To Swim \ Still No Names \ Pedestal \ I Told You...NO GODDAMN NAMES \ OK, It's Betsy The Bumblebee \ Bye Bye
* Previously available only as bonus tracks on the vinyl edition of Nemesis Online.
The double CD version of "Textures of Illumina" was released in March.
"Synesthesia" is the title of a CD of previously unreleased LPD recordings which was released in March on Italian label SPKR. It's described by Edward Ka-Spel as a "companion to the CP box".
And as if this wasn't enough, another Edward Kaspel LP/CD will be relased by Beta Lactam Ring Recordings in late April/October (respectively). The title is "O'er A Ahalabast'r Tyde Strolt Ay". Tracks include "An Ill Wind", "O'Riley's Comet" and "Safer Than The Open". Listen to soundclips at the BLLR site. The CD version, set for an October release, will include remixed versions of the LP tracklist as well as bonus material.
Subsconscious are planning to release a series of "outtake" CDs with many of their artists under the title "FRom tHE vAult". This includes a Teargarden outtake CD entitled "Eye Spy With My Little Eye ". It will be released sometime next year, and will be limited edition of 1000. To be sure to get a copy, one might "subscribe" and get all "FRom tHE vAult" CDs at a special price. Read more about it here.
"BRAIN IN THE WIRE":
The compilation CD "Brain in the Wire" includes the exclusive LPD track "Old Sparky". It was originally given away to subscribers of The Wire. Now it's released "officially" by Brainwashed Recordings, this time with a second disc of (non-LPD) material from various artists who reside on Brainwashed. A 'secret' third disc will contain a few surprises. Read more here.
OFFICIAL LIVE ARCHIVE UPDATE:
Five whole new LPD concerts are now available from theLPD Official Live Archive. The shows in question are Amsterdam 1986-01-07, London 1990-05-12, Wuppertal 1991-06-12, Chicago 1993-05-15 and Copenhagen 1995-09-18. It's fun, it's free and it's MP3!
"CASTE O' GRAYE SKREEENS"
Brand new Edward Ka-spel solo album album entitled "Caste o' Graye Skreeens" has now been released by TEKA / World Serpent. The album consists of two tracks; "Our Captain's Eye" and "Lights Out". The CD is a digipak, "My first" says a proud Edward. Jon Whitney has reviewed the album in The Brain. Go there to read the review and listen to soundclips.
SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:
Beta Lactam Ring Recordings have released "A Perfect Mystery" on vinyl (with an extra side of unreleased material), and the Russian Teargarden compilation "For Those Who Walk With the Gods" has seen the light of day. Soleilmoon has also re-released the classic Legendary Pink Dots album "Island of Jewels" from 1986 and "The Lovers" from 1985. The latter has fully restored artwork, featuring "all five faces".
THE DOTS AND THE CURRENT SITUATION:
"To put it mildly, it has been a traumatic year so far. Unexpected and unwelcomed changes in the Dots' line-up could not have occurred at a more awkward time, and it meant a hectic, nervous preparation for the European tour. Having said that, the later shows felt particularly joyful and now the debate concerns whether the band actually needs to expand ...or not.
Recordings for the next LPD album begin in the Autumn, and there are tentative plans to work with a drummer, a cello player and even a brass band. Whatever happens,the Dots plan a return to USA and Canada next Summer.
Slowly the band is recovering from what seemed to be quite a crisis at the beginning of the year. The disappearance of so much of our back catalogue for 2-3 years indeed put us in trouble (as you are aware, there are many mouths to feed at Chez Dots), but a big thank you to Soleilmoon, SPV Poland and Beta Lactam Ring Records for putting things back together.
Sing while you may"
(Extracts from a recent LPD newsletter)
LPDs CONTRIBUTE TO NEW CEVIN KEY SOLO LP:
Cevin Key's new album is called "The Ghost of Each Room". Edward Ka-Spel sings on one track, and other Dots can be heard performing as well. Visit Metropolis Records for more info.
"The Maria Dimension", "Shadow Weaver", "The Golden Age" and "Any Day Now" have now been re-released by SPV Poland, and more LPD re-issues are to come. All CDs have new artwork, which bears no resemblence to the original covers. Curious? More info here.
EXCLUSIVE LPD TRACK ON BENEFIT CD:
A new compilation CD from moving on music features an exclusive Pink Dots track entitled "Out There Pt 2", which is a companion track to the first track on the forthcoming Chemical Playschool boxset. It's available now from TEKA mailorder (38 Dutch guilders/20 US $). For more info visit Moving On Music's website.
LOVE AND LOUD COLOURS - UPDATE:
Production is still underway for an illustrated book of lyrics by Edward Ka-Spel, which will also include a CD-single featuring an exclusive four-part EK creation. The collection will be available mostly through mail order, but, if supplies last, copies will be available at select Legendary Pink Dot appearances following publication.
Production update: the music and corrected lyrics arrived from Holland in the spring of 2001. As such, we'd like to set a new (and hopefully final) publication date of 23 January 2002 (with heartfelt apologies to the anticipant and ever-patient). Advance reservations (without payment yet) are being accepted now for the first 834 copies, which will be numbered and beribboned. For more information, go to the website at its new address: www.loveandloudcolours.com.
FIRST SOLEILMOON RE-RELEASES ARE NOW AVAILABLE:
"The Crushed Velvet Apocalypse" (1990) and "The Golden Age" (1989) have now been re-released on CD. Visit www.soleilmoon.com for more info.
EXIT FRANK VERSCHUUREN - ENTER RAYMOND STEEG:
After six years with the Legendary Pink Dots Frank Verschuuren (aka Frankie Pett) has decided to move on to other things. New soundman is Raymond Steeg, who worked with the Dots in the early nineties. Raymond will do the sound on the current european tour.
EXIT RYAN MOORE:
Ryan Moore has left the Legendary Pink Dots. A message from Ryan can be found here.