LULU'S AUGUST 2021 NEWSLETTER
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MIKEY YOUNG - “CURTAINS” LP [PRE-ORDER]
Hey all <3 <3
It’s been a huge month at Lulu’s. Obviously we all got locked down again (lots of love for all of you who still are), which was a bummer, but we tried to utilise the time away from the shop and have some exciting things in the pipeline.
Biggest news has been the launch of the new LSD Club subscription service. For those who didn’t see the announcement, LSD Club subscribers will get 4 Lulu’s Sonic Disc Club releases sent to them over the next twelve months, all in an exclusive colour, plus a bonus members-only scarf.
We’ve been blown away by the response from everyone, and extremely grateful and humbled that so many ppl trust us and want to be involved - rest assured there’s plenty of heat on it’s way to you all.
Back in the shop, the shelves are currently stacked with some amazing new releases from the last month, plus a bunch of crucial restocks. We’re stoked to have up-to-date catalogues from intercontinental like-minded freaks Minimal Wave, Public Bath Press, Radio Raheem, Wrought Material, and 550BC back in stock, plus some incredible stuff from locals such as Bloody Fist Records, Tenth Court, Butter Sessions and heaps more.
Fingers crossed we get a full month, pls go get vax’d if you can, see you on the dancefloor.
MIKEY YOUNG - “CURTAINS” LP [PRE-ORDER]
Lulu’s Sonic Disc Club
Foregoing the more conventional structures of his previous solo ventures, ‘Curtains’ is a gorgeous exploration of soundscapes and scenes from behind the eyelids of Mikey Young.
Finding its beginnings in San Francisco as demonstrations for a film score, the subtleties and complexities of Young's minimalism work here as a kind of sonic collage made of dulcet synth lines and percussive loops. A wonderful magic eye illustration for the ears, piecing together sounds that initially seem only faintly connected, slowly coming into focus as you let go and begin to see and understand the secret paintings.
Deeply textured tones carve an instrumental narrative; delaying, staggering, layerin’ and repeatin’ sounds created through soft synths, an OP-1, acoustic and electric guitars, and a Linnstrument. The balancing-act-arrangement of each vignette sets a backdrop primed for melodies to dance about and float above or sink into the landscape. Melodies that are, like a familiar dance partner, equally happy to follow or to lead.
This meeting of Sun Ra’s magnificent Arkestra, Eddy’s invisible current, and Klaus Shultz’s tangerine flavoured dream is a rich addition to the tapestry of which Mikey Young is an important part.
LIFE STINKS I LIKE THE KINKS - "#6" ZINE
This is a collection of writing from autumn 2021 under the influence of The Kinks song ‘Autumn Almanac’.
It includes writing on The Kinks, Scott Walker, class war, football, roast beef, Steve Goodman, Yanka Dyagileva and polio.
Written by DX.
Published by Mont in Winter 2021.
LAKES - "PAINTED WREATH" 3xCS
Sean Bailey’s LAKES are not an easy time. They are not a fun time. For these reasons, they are one of the best examples of Melbourne post-punk: winter music, isolation music, serious music.
From inception, they were the anomaly of the lineup at any Melbourne show by virtue of being serious. There’s nothing essentially good about being serious, a quality that in the wrong hands yields self-important, overwrought drudgery, but fortunately in Sean Bailey’s case it meant that LAKES were presented without compromise or hesitation, and they demanded more of the audience than most bands would dare. LAKES eschewed the ironic distance or narcissistic frippery of most post-punk and took an anti-fascist, peace-punk aesthetic to a neo-folk historically dominated by totalitarian fetishists.
This compilation of LAKES in its most realised and mature incarnation (2012-2017) reveals Bailey’s song writing at its finest. This catalogue of songs has clear antecedents in the apocalyptic folk and martial industrial of Current 93 and Strength Through Joy, but also the anarcho-punk of Crass and The Mob, two sounds reconciled within LAKES, and rarely elsewhere. Sean Bailey took all of this very seriously, and worked in isolation crafting a brilliant discography of songs crafted out of private dreams and nightmares and home recorded in private rituals, or together with collaborators in live performances that bordered on the ceremonial in their intensity and lack of entertaining frippery. Painted Wreath is a heavy trip.
TURQUOISE DAYS – “FURTHER STRATEGIES” 2xLP
This new wave gem has received a loving re-issue through MINIMAL WAVE. TURQUOISEDAYS’ deeply charming charisma lies in their almost fearless songwriting filtered through simple, effective melodies and raw homemade tones. You can imagine these tunes being performed to great effect by more professional outfits of the era (and since) but it’s hard to imagine any so great as the naïve art on display here. After hearing the duo’s most well recognised number Grey Skies, a few thoughts tend to run through one’s mind; “Wait, have I heard this before? It’s so familiar. How have I not heard this before? Maybe I’ve heard it in my dreams. This is definitely going on my next mixtape. Where has this been all my life? Heavens above, I need more.” And Further Strategies is there to catch you as you come back floating down from the clouds, launching you further into a journey of moody synth and drum machine driven tracks which peer into two minds that have unlocked imagination and created fire out of their scarce cache of sticks and stones.
BOBBY WOULD - "WORLD WIDE WORLD" LP
Low Company is a UK label specialising in neo-psych and low fi electronics. We back them because they released Itchy Bugger, a store favourite that we will stock as long as it's in press. When we saw a new record from Itchy Bugger side project Bobby Would, we had to get some copies for Australia.
Bobby Would's dank, claustrophobic atmosphere is a perfect place to sit in 2021. A few layers of jangly guitars backed by bare bone percussion and suffused with Bobby's crooning out of some distant abyss are the minimal palette from which Bobby has crafted this very special album of evocative songs. If you're into Itchy Bugger, Lower Plenty and the more menacing and blown out songs from The Clean, get hip to the world wide world of Bobby Would.
SHUTDOWN 66 - "COME ON GIRL GIMME HALFA CHANCE" LP
Sound Flat Records
Melbourne garage punk legends get the reissue treatment for this long sold out and extremely limited (100 copies only!) 2003 LP. For fans of Nuggets and Brave From The Grave style dirty 60's garage punk noise! Notable for being one of the first recordings by Eddy Current Suppression Ring's Mikey Young and featuring one of the first songs he wrote in the style, this is a piece of Melbourne rnr history.
XR - “XR” POSTER / DL
XR is the new recording project featuring Xanthe Waite (Terry, Primo) and Raven Mahon (Grass Widow, Green Child), and sits at the intersection of all of these bands perfectly: rich with catchy melodies, never quite going where you'd expect and always landing somewhere you want to be.
"XR" features 7 songs that come as a download code with these unique risograph posters hand painted by the band.
Please note that when posting these we will have to fold them, so best option if you live in Melbourne is to come into the store.
ANTIDOTE - "THOU SHALT NOT KILL" LP
UNITED MUTATION - "DARK SELF IMAGE" LP
THE ABUSED - "LOUD AND CLEAR" LP
Radio Raheem Records
Get better. 1983 was a hell of a year for punk music in America. In the fallout from releases from the two years prior by Bad Brains, Negative Approach, The Fix etc. the trail was blazed and the American scene began to catch up and try their hand at increased speeds, increased aggression and increased bluntness. Hardcore was well and truly born and growing into an identity of its own. Enter: The Abused and Antidote. They really should need no introduction but it will suffice to say they are worthy contenders for the inevitable GOAT conversation. Added metallic guitar work and some downright crazy ideas made for a most potent concoction which still blasts you away every damn time. United Mutation also released their first 7” in this most auspicious year, turning the freak factor up to 11. For good measure, because it makes for a truly excellent addition to round out the royalty from that time, I will include GISM’s 1984 Detestation LP as it ties in brilliantly with the absolutely mental mangled rock guitar and psychotic songwriting with the aforementioned records. It has never been surpassed. Hardcore for hardcore. WTF else?
LULU’S DIGI MIX: AUGUST 2021
Resident Lulu’s cru disc spinner Yas has once again put together a playlist of nu hits and deep cuts you might have missed for ur listening pleasure.
For those jacked into the matrix, we’ve got a Sp***fy playlist avail for your convenience at:
Alternatively, for those who prefer their digital broadcasts closer to the pirate radio end of the spectrum, you can find what you’re looking for at:
If anything takes your fancy, all records in the mix are currently available and would love to live at your house. <3 <3