Newsletter January 2006

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Happy New Year (and all that guff) to all of you.  We’re back at work on our self-appointed task of world domination, the receding holidays having been a confusingly quiet interlude.

This month, we have extended our collection of our CD reviews, carried on our site or linked directly to others.  We couldn’t have asked for a better collection for Lene Lovich’s Shadows And Dust, her first release in nearly 15 years.  Unfortunately, she is still underground as far as the more mainstream media are concerned.  Maybe she never even surfaced.  We link to many online and newspaper reviews, all of which are massively favorable.

Johnny Reinhard’s newly definitive version of Charles Ives’ Universe Symphony provoked confusion and heated controversy in academic circles, reflected in some fairly cautious if respectful early reviews.  However, now that the music has had time to sink in, and it does repay investigation big time, the ongoing response has become often superlative.  We extended the review collection to include, among other raves, the five-star All Music Guide commentary.  And we thank sincerely the many Japanese people who, through whatever communication channels, have been buying our CD long-distance.

We flaunted two holiday specials, Hilly Kristal’s Mud, in its special Christmas version, and BETTY’s Snowbiz.  Being studiously passé, or historically aware, we are going to keep them available permanently.  Snowbiz is, of course, obviously a universal winter album.  And holidates vary.  Maybe they celebrate Christmas, or whatever cultural angle they indulge, on Mars on a different day from us, just as we have different times in different parts of our world.  Um.  Maybe we haven’t survived the holidays as well as we thought.

In the evolution department, Thorne’s home page will be growing steadily but quietly as we approach the long-delayed release of The Contessa’s Party.  In just over a month or so there will be a spate of club remixes based on the Contessa by Thorne and others, provoked and encouraged by the massively positive reaction to advance copies by some luminaries of New York’s dance culture.  Some will even be available for free download, all will be let loose on the US dance scene.

At the Stereo Society studio, as the Contessa’s ProTools remixes are being cooked and concocted downstairs, James Rosenthal is leading the charge on the Shirts’ album mixing.  Every so often, Thorne ambles upstairs to confuse everyone.  Every so often, Rosenthal drifts down to rescue the boss from another tight technological corner.  Life goes on in 2006.

As does BETTY Rules, BETTY’s ‘exception to the musical’ playing successfully in its second run at Washington DC’s Theater J (the first engagement sold out every night).  Just two weeks left now – get on over.

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