22 April 2014

Chronicle - A few answers

Thanks for the great interest in the release.

A few answers in brief (in follow-up to my recent post):

Price - £24.50 plus postage. I am waiting for a physical copy to weigh!

Pre-order - will be here and not until next month

Reservations - first come first served ONE per person

Distribution - worldwide in indies although I will have my limited mail order copies too.

Chorlton Arts Sales - I do not know yet but will post more as we go

21 April 2014

Dirk Wears White Sox and Record Store Day

Record Store Day has become a really good focus for people to go and support their local shop/store  keeping this network of the music industry alive for us to survive and thrive.

I was not doing anything this year particularly special. There were a few things that caught my eye and then I noticed John Robb's blog about the original Adam and the Antz line-up re-forming to play Dirk Wears White Sox at the Apollo in Hammersmith on Record Store Day.

This was the first album I bought which truly meant something to me and I would say it till forms part of my top twenty-five albums. This album was the start of my love affair with music and collecting.

I walked down Berwick Street to see what Sister Ray were doing and queued as ironically and by accident not design Adam played 'Cartrouble'. This had sold out along with several other titles I fancied... a shame but I had not got there til mid-afternoon.

At six o'clock I was looking at eBay to see copies selling at 60/80 quid and buy it nows post 100 pounds. I did manage to get a copy at the show; some were on sale here at 40 pounds - but this of course would be too include the 25% or so merchandise commission on sales by the venue.

That feels kind of wrong - I hope that it does not feel like an ebay frenzy on the hangover. The Quietus wrote a brilliant piece - PLEASE take the time to read it here

I had thirty or so individuals ask me if I would be selling the Chronicle album on the kooky site as they were not near a physical shop.

I am glad to be doing it mail order and still through the independents that it means that everyone gets a chance to buy one.

Chronicle - The Durutti Column - Final details

The Durutti Column album Chronicle is now in production. It will see the light of day in July 2014.

Available as a deluxe box package, it will be limited to 1050 copies as a two disc format with additional content in physical and digital content. It is the album that was previously announced (but will no longer be) a Record Store Day release. This package was carefully put together with some help from Daniel Mason who has worked on some great collaborations with releases including Joy Division, Primal Scream, Bjork and Brian Eno; to name a few.

In more detail...

1) Two Compact Discs of Music.

This is essentially the tracks which were commissioned for the Bridgewater Hall show in Manchester way back when... Additionally; Vini has worked with Caoilfhionn Rose Birley on a few titles and also revived 'Dry' (DRY ON THE ROCKS) and 'The Final Cut' (JUAN MONTERO & THE DRUM).

Chronicle One

Embattled Heart And Battling
Poppy & Pancho
The Rest Of A Life
The Water Colour Class - Feat. Jill Taylor
Nine Years
Mercy In The Cathedral
To Raise A Gentle Smile
Pancho And Poppy
Fanfare Reprise

Chronicle Two

Free From All The Chaos - Feat. Caoilfhionn Rose Birley
Electrostatic - Feat. Caoilfhionn Rose Birley
Follow - Feat. Caoilfhionn Rose Birley
Misery - Feat. Caoilfhionn Rose Birley
Big Bill Rance
Vin + The Tabla Bong Guitar
Martin Jackson Was Here
Dry On The Rocks
Running Bass For Sharrock
The Changes Go Up And The Changes Go Down
Good Work Vin And Keir
Juan Montero & The Drum

2) Booklet

Contains photographs taken by Vini over his life including friends, family, people he has worked with and Red Kites (Milvus milvus). Bruce Mitchell has provided a background to the project; how it came about, the brief and where it ended up in the form of an essay.

3) Certificate

Each copy comes with a foil blocked certificate

4) Map

Every copy will have a random map. It will be a small part of Manchester detailing a location linked to his life. There are six in total and the mail order ones only will have all six.

5) Bonus Material In a Digital Format

And there is plenty of it! The third compact disc wallet will house a special insert. This will supply the unique download code required to access:


Live tracks - from the last shows - unreleased

Music stems from A Paean to Wilson - mix your own version


Mike Mitchell's extensive details of the band's live performances


More unseen photographs from Vini's personal collection


Press and promotional images of the band from the 1980's to the present.


Accounts from fans and admirers of the artist.

This will all be housed in a custom-made box covered in claret coloured fabric.

Two hundred copies will be available mail order from kooky and will feature all six maps and an additional couple of badges.


This will be sold to independent shops first and foremost. Whilst we could not get it out for Record Store Day we would still like you to be able to go to a shop and buy it.


I hope it will all be ready for the SOLD OUT Dave Haslam Q&A and music event on the 21st May which is part of the 2014 Chorlton Arts Festival. I am unsure if I can sell them there but I will let you know as soon as I do.

Many many many thanks to all the individuals who have taken the time and effort to keep asking about how when where and why this album is going.... I hope also that those who were concerned about availability outside of RSD can all get one.

12 April 2014

Chronicle - The Durutti Column - NEWS

The Durutti Column album 'Chronicle' is unfortunately delayed.

This is mainly down to the production costs involved and delivery schedule meant that we were unlikely to get it ready in time and/or provide an album at a price we would be happy with.

The band, label Kooky and distributor Cargo are very sorry and disappointed that it will not form part of the Record Store Day series of releases for 2014.


It will be available soon and  more details to be announced once they are available.