Fleeing from Pigeons Records

A record label and blog from the same idiot that gave you Bearded Magazine

Right record, wrong format

Recently, I’ve spent way too much time and money buying records on vinyl that I previously owned on either MP3 or CD. The reasons for this are varied, but predominantly it’s because I simply don’t like CDs and I DJ mostly with vinyl.

Despite being the oldest popular format, the future of physical music – in my eyes – is vinyl. You get many records released with a free download code these days, and I can’t really see CDs being the predominant physical format in a decade’s time.

Unfortunately, pressing quality vinyl records is expensive, so the majority of small independent labels simply cannot afford to put out their fine releases on a format to suit. Recently, Tough Love Records got into a tricky situation when the company they’d tasked with pressing the 12″ copies of the new William record Slightly Delighted went into liquidation – costing the small independent label £1,200 – more than a small sum for a label born from a Coventry bedroom (you can buy the record in CD format to help them out here).

So the risks and costs of vinyl are high and, until it becomes a more popular format, they’re unlikely to fall. It means many records fall behind the wayside when it comes to a fan wanting a crisp pressing.

In no sort of order, here are my top three(ish) records that haven’t (to my knowledge) made their way to 12″.

Hanne Hukkelberg – Little Things / Rykestrasse 68 / Blood from a Stone

Hanne is a wonderful person, she produces records of utmost beauty that is only surpassed by their originality. Using sledges, typewriters, bicycle chains and a whole host of other weird and wonderful instrumentation, she creates what I begrudgingly call immense soundscapes. Created in a variety of locations, from remote Norwegian islands to the centre of Berlin, her three records are all wonderfully varied, but equally brilliant – it’s just a shame that The Leaf Label in the UK, and Nettwerk worldwide, haven’t been able to press these records to a standard befitting her music. Buy them in polycarbonate plastic format.

Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish – Inside a Whale’s Cock Vol.1

A phenomenal mix of music and cut-ups that mixes a blend of humour with cutting political commentary and satire. With the two lawyer dodgers Cassetteboy failing to clear samples for their usual cuts of irrelevance, DJ Rubbish’s useless rhymes and a host of guests falling into Streets parodies, hip-hop and R&B originals. There’s no way anyone would get the money together to put this out on vinyl, it’d be worth it to put this hidden gem in a special format though. Buy it in polycarbonate plastic format.

Tryo – Mamagubida

An enchanting release from the French four-piece. Nods to scathing political commentary and a love of the green herb pepper this French-language reggae release. The CD artwork is designed to look like a cardboard box, which is a reference to the band’s formation as homeless buskers on the streets of France. Recorded almost entirely live, this record started the band’s fierce popularity across the channel, and a deal with Sony watered down the political intensity of their future releases. Despite the disappointment, their debut still retains its charm and brilliance over a decade after its release. Buy it in polycarbonate plastic format

Other notable mentions
The Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir – Fighting and Onions
Antarctica Takes It – The Penguin League
Bearsuit – Cat Spectacular
Beestung Lips – Songs to and from an Iron Gut
The Beta Band – The Three EPs
Brakes – The Beatific Visions
Caroline Martin – I Had a Hundred Reasons to Stay by the Fire
Cass McCombs – PREfection
Ed Cox – Clowncore
Electric Soft Parade – No Need to be Downhearted
Friska Viljor – bravo!
Gable – 7 Guitars with a Cloud of Milk
Grandmaster Gareth – The Party Sounds of Grandmaster Gareth
Gruff Rhys – Candylion
Jackie Balfour – Chip Pan Fire
John Peel – Fabriclive.07
Misty’s Big Adventure – And Their Place in the Solar Hi-Fi System / The Black Hole
MIT – Coda
Pagan Wanderer Lu – Fight My Battles For Me
Ralfe Band – Swords
Ratface – On Ice / Down with Ratface / Enough Ratface
The Rudy Trouve Septet – Songs and Stuff Recorded Between 2003 and 2007 Part One

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Ratface – …On Ice!

RatfaceOnIceArtist: Ratface
Title: …On Ice!
Cat: FFP-R04
Run time: 40:28

Few may know Ratface now, but those who do have a strong affiliation with the artist who has developed his sound and style since embarking on his solo persona in 2007. His debut …On Ice! is close to being the perfect debut: brash, naive, but honest, it contains a set of tracks that don’t beat around the bush trying to be cool or fit in to scenes or genres, it is just an artist showcasing his unique style, his unique sound, and the result in invigorating. Astoundingly, Ratface’s material since his debut has just got better with each release, but this is a fantastic starting point, and we are incredibly proud to be giving it its first digital release.

Tracklisting
1. Digging Holes 6. The Monk and the Whore
2. Playing Games 7. The Vampire Song
3. The Coffee Shop 8. The Paranoia Song
4. Bony King of Nowhere 9. Four in the Morning
5. The Big Sleep Coming 10. One of these Days

FREE DOWNLOAD (MP3 192kbs)

Other formats are currently unavailable with this release. You can still donate to us though.

Releases by Ratface

Ratface – …On Ice! Debut album from Swindon’s finest, “a dance around the bedroom bed breaker” …On Ice! is a blistering introduction to the world of Ratface. Naive but bombastic in all the right ways, the production is as raw as the lyrics, and makes for a phenomenally personal record.
Ratface – Down With Ratface A digression, but also an advancement into diversity from his debut, Down With Ratface, showcases Ratface’s ability to change the mood at will whilst keeping you interested and listening. Bearded reviewed as thus: “a real showcase of the man’s ability as an artist, rather than a punk rocker trying to go hip-hop.”
Ratface – Enough Ratface Ratface’s second release through DIY label Bumtapes, again it showcases a diversion in Ratface’s talents as a producer and artist. With just nine tracks on it, Enough Ratface still clocks in at over 30 minutes, it is packed full of his own personal style of beats n’ lyrics that just keep getting better with each new release…CD £4.50 – Buy from Ratface

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Ratface speaks!

In anticipation of our reissue of Ratface’s debut …On Ice! on Monday, here is an interview Bearded writer Peter Clark conducted with the man himself back in January. It’s a good indication of just how normal good musicians are and should be – even the geniuses.

The interview was filmed by Sam Vines.

For a taster of what Ratface is about, visit his Myspace page.

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Bearded: An Introduction

A video that works as an introduction to what Bearded magazine was about, talking to a variety of bands, artists and fans as well as me – Gareth Main – about why there needs to be more support in the media for independent music.

Although Bearded isn’t in print form after the current issue, I think it is still relevant to how I feel about Bearded online and Fleeing from Pigeons Records – bringing smaller, independent artists and record labels more of the tools of major labels.

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Incoming…

In these early days for Fleeing from Pigeons, we have got something of a glut of new releases coming for you and hope to have a constant stream to keep you all entertained. Following our first two releases (FFP-R01 and FFP-R02) I can confirm our next two records coming over digitally.

Firstly, we have Pagan Wanderer Lu‘s release Make Archive (2001-2005) – a collection of the Cardiff-based Ominchord-basher’s pre-Brainlove Records tracks. Essentially a best of the DIY CDRs he’s been producing almost seamlessly for the period mentioned in the title. It’ll be available from Easter Monday – 13 April.

Secondly, I’m personally incredibly excited about giving Ratface a digital distribution channel. Anybody who has asked me ‘what music are you into at the moment?’ will have been tired by my constant answer of Ratface, and now – finally – those people can either get what I was talking about, or just think I have no taste at all. We’re starting with the digital release of his very first record – …On Ice! – that came out through At the Library Records in 2007. That’ll be out on 27 April, but there’s plenty more new and old Ratface to come.

There’s plenty more of everything to come…

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Ratface – …On Ice!

RatfaceOnIceArtist: Ratface
Title: …On Ice!
Cat: FFP-R04
Run time: 40:28

Few may know Ratface now, but those who do have a strong affiliation with the artist who has developed his sound and style since embarking on his solo persona in 2007. His debut …On Ice! is close to being the perfect debut: brash, naive, but honest, it contains a set of tracks that don’t beat around the bush trying to be cool or fit in to scenes or genres, it is just an artist showcasing his unique style, his unique sound, and the result in invigorating. Astoundingly, Ratface’s material since his debut has just got better with each release, but this is a fantastic starting point, and we are incredibly proud to be giving it its first digital release.

Tracklisting
1. Digging Holes 6. The Monk and the Whore
2. Playing Games 7. The Vampire Song
3. The Coffee Shop 8. The Paranoia Song
4. Bony King of Nowhere 9. Four in the Morning
5. The Big Sleep Coming 10. One of these Days

FREE DOWNLOAD (MP3 192kbs)

Other formats are currently unavailable with this release. You can still donate to us though.

Releases by Ratface

Ratface – …On Ice! Debut album from Swindon’s finest, “a dance around the bedroom bed breaker” …On Ice! is a blistering introduction to the world of Ratface. Naive but bombastic in all the right ways, the production is as raw as the lyrics, and makes for a phenomenally personal record.
Ratface – Down With Ratface A digression, but also an advancement into diversity from his debut, Down With Ratface, showcases Ratface’s ability to change the mood at will whilst keeping you interested and listening. Bearded reviewed as thus: “a real showcase of the man’s ability as an artist, rather than a punk rocker trying to go hip-hop.”
Ratface – Enough Ratface Ratface’s second release through DIY label Bumtapes, again it showcases a diversion in Ratface’s talents as a producer and artist. With just nine tracks on it, Enough Ratface still clocks in at over 30 minutes, it is packed full of his own personal style of beats n’ lyrics that just keep getting better with each new release…CD £4.50 – Buy from Ratface

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