Interview - Dep Downie of Monorail Music
This Saturday we will be teaming up Monorail to present a once in a blue moon showcase for Mississippi Records at Kinning Park Complex. The night will featue a brand new live film/talk/slide show presentation by Eric Isaacson (Mississippi Records label boss and store owner) plus THREE live acts, all of whom have released records on the Mississippi Record label; Marisa Anderson, Lori Goldston & Dragging an Ox Through Water.
Ahead of the event we spoke to one of the label's biggest fans - Dep Downie of Glasgow-based record store Monorail Music. Dep has been stocking and championing the label's diverse output in Monorail since discovering it in 2007. We chatted about he discovered Mississippi Records and what makes it so special to him...
In 2007 Stefan Schneider (To Rococo Rot) was visiting Monorail. We were chatting away and he said the shop had great stock but that we were missing one thing....Mississippi Records! I hadn't heard of them so asked him about the label.
The fact that it was a record shop doing a label was very compelling but also really mysterious as there was virtually no information online about them, there were plenty of reviews but no website or mailorder from the source. Did they want to sell records? Even finding a complete discography was difficult, so it was a slow process of piecing everything together, kinda like pre-internet days which was frustrating but also refreshing.
The first 3 new releases we got into the shop were by the Edinburgh band Dog Faced Hermans "Mental Bloc for All Ages" LP, a compilation called "Last Kind Words (1926 - 1953) and a record which didn't even have any information on the sleeve but turned out to be by The Thai Orchestra which I think was actually a pseudonym for a band called Siamese Temple Ball.
So in that first order there was an anarcho-punk record, a blues folk compilation and an international / world LP, all in these cool looking hand made d.i.y covers... I was hooked!
Since then I've tried to buy everything they put out. I think of it a bit like being part of a record club. I usually have no idea what I'm getting and although I can't say that I have loved every release and given them all repeated plays they do all have this beautiful aesthetic and feel to them. After more than 150 records & over 80 tape releases I've still to hear one that I didn't think was worthy of being released which is pretty incredible. I always look forward to hearing what's next. A fascinating label, one of the best!
Mississippi Records night - 13th September
Delighted to be teaming up with Monorail Music to present a once-in-a-blue-moon Mississippi Records night, taking place at Kinning Park Complex on Saturday the 13th of September. The night will feature a brand new live film/talk/slide show presentation by Eric Isaacson (Mississippi Records label boss and store owner) plus THREE live acts, all of whom have released records on the Mississippi Record label; Marisa Anderson, Lori Golston and Dragging an Ox Through Water. Marisa plays emotive acoustic and electric whirlwinds, Lori wanders across borders with her atmospheric cello playing and DAOTW gloriously ruptures songs rooted in folk and country traditions
Don't miss out on what we expect will be a very special evening. Tickets onsale now...
Ela Orleans & Maja Borg at Late at the Tate
Delighted to be presenting Ela Orleans and Maja Borg's new audio-visual work as part of Late at the Tate, taking place at the Tate Britain on the 3rd of October. Entwining new musical material written and performed by ethereal experimental pop artist Ela Orleans with specifically developed non-linear experimental film works created in collaboration between Orleans and Maja Borg, the piece debuted to acclaim at Counterflows Festival 2014. This will be the 2nd performance of the piece and the London debut.
Welcome to our new website, kindly designed by our friend Alistair Clark!
For our next show we are delighted to welcome to debut Scottish performance self-described 'psych-brain duo' Lovers Ritual, featuring two singular figures in contemporary experimental music - Maya Dunietz and Ilan Volkov. Support for the show comes from improviser and poet Ivor Kallin (aka Ambrosia Rasputin) and a solo set from Neil Davidson. Saturday the 23rd of August at the Old Hairdressers. Hope to see you there!