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Ryko Analog Vaults Opened for Meat Puppets and Arling & Cameron Vinyl Releases

02/24/2010
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On February 23rd 2010, Ryko proudly kicked off the relaunch of the Ryko Analogue Series with two special vinyl releases, the 1984 re-mastered Meat Puppets' classic, Meat Puppets II, and the double-vinyl collection of Arling & Cameron's Music For Imaginary Films.

The Ryko Analogue Series brings cult favorites and essential classics back to life. Ryko Analogue culls pivotal releases from its extensive musical catalog and presents them on special edition vinyl. Each re-issue is carefully crafted to deliver the finest quality sound and visual presentation. Common features include deluxe packaging and re-mastered audio. Ryko Analogue provides the ultimate listening experience for both the avid collector and new enthusiast of vinyl.

Meat Puppets Meat Puppets II: Originally released in 1984 on SST Records, Meat Puppets II is completely re-mastered on this special vinyl edition. This crucial release from the Meat Puppets stunningly captures how Curt Kirkwood, brother Cris Kirkwood, and Derrick Bostrom experimented with acid rock and country western sounds.

Curt, Cris and Derrick formed a band called Atomic Bomb Club in the late 1970s in Phoenix, Arizona and decided to rename themselves the Meat Puppets in 1980. Their early hardcore punk songs caught the attention of SST Records, who released their debut eponymous album. After two breakups in 1996 and 2002, the Meat Puppets re-formed in 2006. The new lineup, comprised of the Kirkwood Brothers along with various guest drummers, continues to tour extensively and record.

You all remember the Puppets, most likely from their star turn on Nirvana's Unplugged in New York. They were the long-haired dudes backing up Cobain and Grohl on "Oh Me," "Plateau"and "Lake of Fire." (All of those cuts were culled from the Puppets' 1984 masterpiece, Meat Puppets II.) Soon after sitting in on Unplugged, they released Too High To Die, and scored a big hit with "Backwater." Everything was cool. Rollingstone.com / Smoking Section by Austin Scaggs

Like apple and pie, like bass and balls, country n' hardcore just go together in that all-American way. Though the Meat Puppets' second record is often filed under this fusion (and credited as the first to make the connection), there was really a lot more going on here than the "cowpunk" label can account for. The main thrust of the album was more psychedelic, using the claustrophobic tightness of punk and the vastness of Americana as head-metaphors, analogies for two distinct states of being really goddamn freaked out. And, while many of their heirs got the punk part right, few could approximate the huge, haunted spaces that lurk in the darker corners of this album, threatening to swallow even the most manic of the band's outbursts. Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1980's (#94)

TRACK LISTING:

A1.) Split Myself In Two - 2:24
A2.) Magic Toy Missing - 1:22
A3.) Lost - 3:26
A4.) Plateau - 2:22
A5.) Aurora Borealis - 2:45
A6.) We're Here - 2:43
B1.) Climbing - 2:43
B2.) New Gods - 2:13
B3.) Oh, Me - 3:02
B4.) Lake Of Fire - 1:57
B5.) I'm A Mindless Idiot - 2:30
B6.) The Whistling Song - 2:57SE: February 2

Arling & Cameron Music For Imaginary Films: The Ryko Analogue Series celebrates the music of Arling & Cameron through the double-vinyl release of Music For Imaginary Films, a collection of theme songs for nonexistent movies and tv shows which was originally released on the Emperor Norton label in 2000. Available until now as a digital release, these pop collages from the minds of A&C demonstrate their zest for French pop, spy movie themes, lounge music, '70s light rock, and Japanese Shibuya-kei.

The Dutch electronic music duo of Gerry Arling and Richard Cameron began their partnership in 1994, holding 'easy tune' parties around Amsterdam. Collaborations with Pizzicato Five, Fantastic Plastic Machine, and Bebel Gilberto soon followed. The Emperor Norton label released the Voulez-Vous EP in 1998, and their debut album, All-In, in 1999 in the States.

High-concept albums are tricky, but Amsterdam's dance masters Gerry Arling and Richard Cameron pull off theirs with flair, humor, and not a little panache. With each cut styled after a different movie soundtrack genre, A&C merrily jump from theremin-inflected sci-fi sexcapades (''Spacebeach'') to funky cop romps (''Le Flic et la Fille'') to '70s disco epics (''Let's Get Higher''). The moods may vary, but the overall tone remains knowing and playful. Now if only someone could give these guys real film work. - Entertainment Weekly / EW.com (Grade: A)

A&C really cook, no matter how low-key or deliberately trivial they're sounding, and this is one way that they (usually, not always) avoid being camp or kitsch or cute. - Village Voice

Through a combination of Arling and Cameron's sharp studio skills, their sure feel for genre, and most importantly, an unfailing sense of humor, these two manage, somehow, to make the zillionth such retro LP sound fun and cool. (7.2) Pitchfork

It's almost as if they've been raised on a steady diet of "Laugh-In" reruns, sugary disco beats, James Bond films, and the Ray Conniff Singers. Billboard

TRACK LISTING:

A1.) Le Flic Et La Fille 4:26
A2.) 1999 Spaceclub 3:49
A3.) W.E.E.K.E.N.D. 4:15
A4.) Hashi 2:49
B1.) Let's Get Higher 4:31
B2.) Milano Cool 4:32
B3.) New Day 4:12
C1.) Zona Sul [Cocktail Mix] 3:43
C2.) Zona Sul [Samba Mix] 3:50
C3.) Spacebeach 5:56
D1.) Harrrmann 5:16
D2.) Shiva's R&R Dub 1:55
D3.) Shiva's Daughters 4:09
D4.) The Only Guy 3:05

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