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Taang! Records and Swirlies set release date for vinyl reissue of Blondertongue Audiobaton

-Vinyl reissue out November 25 via Taang! Records

STREAM: “Vigilant Always


(Photo by Swirlies – click image for high-res version)

On November 25, 2016Taang! Records will release a vinyl reissue of the long out-of-print Blondertongue Audiobaton LP by 1990s shoegaze icons Swirlies.  The album remains one of the most influential records from the early US shoegaze scene, and was recently ranked #11 on Pitchfork’s 50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time

The vinyl reissue will be in stores on November 25.  Advanced orders can be placed online and via mailorder from Taang! Records.

Also, Swirlies are offering limited quantities of a special edition of the LP through the band’s online store and will be announcing tour dates and upcoming releases via Facebook.

Swirlies formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the summer of 1990, and quickly established themselves as central players in the nascent US shoegaze scene (Lilys, Velocity Girl, etc.). Between 1990 and 1992, Swirlies released singles on Slumberland, Pop Narcotic, Simple Machines, and Nervous Records. In 1992, the band signed to Taang!, where they issued number of EPs and LPs, including the early singles compilation What To Do About Them EP (1992), the shoegaze classic Blondertongue Audiobaton LP (1993), the epic They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days In The Glittering World Of The Salons LP (1996), and the remix LP Strictly East Coast Sneaky Flute Music (1998). In the early 2000s, the band released The Yes Girls LP (2000) on its own Sneaky Flute Empire label and Cats of the Wild: Volume Two (2003) on Bubble Core. Since 2003, the band has continued to release cassettes, CDs, and downloadable albums (e.g., the Swirlies’ Magic Strop series) on Sneaky Flute Empire.  In July 2016, a new Swirlies track was released as part of Joyful Noise Recordings’ 2016 Flexi Disc Series.


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Blondertongue Audiobaton (Vinyl Reissue)
[Taang! Records]
Release Date: November 25, 2016

1. Bell (Prelude)
2. Bell
3. Vigilant Always
4. His Love Just Washed Away
5. His Life of Academic Freedom
6. Pancake
7. Jeremy Parker
8. Park the Car by the Side of the Road
9. Tree Chopped Down
10. Wrong Tube
11. Wait Forever