Tuesday, 3 January 2017

SJI: A look ahead to 2017.

After being very lax as regards updates, I've pretty much caught up with things. There'll be things I've missed, releases I've overlooked, photos and posters that I can't find on social media any more, even some set-lists here and there, but by and large we're where we need to be.

It's always worth while keeping an eye on the SJI Soundcloud page - tracks often get posted there first, and sometimes they don't become part of a larger project until much later (if ever). For example, if you weren't following the page you'd have missed sji's imagining if The Velvet Undergound had released a Christmas album:

It's also worthwhile following the SJI and Mario's Recording Services Facebook pages (the latter gets more updates than the former):

SJI Facebook Page HERE
Mario's Recording Services Facebook Page HERE

I also wanted to particularly point out that SJI were the subject of some impressive (boy) detective work courtesy of the Cloudberry Cake Proselytism V.3 blog, who gave us a lovely write-up HERE.

Which reminds me I need to scan and upload a great write-up that Pete Dale (Milky Wimpshake, Red Monkey etc) published in his fanzine A Love Letter For the Future. I can't find anything about it online, which is how it probably should be.


The first gig of the year is with the brilliant Nev Clay at The Prohibition Bar, Gateshead, on the 12th January. Event Page HERE:

There will be a limited edition cassette of new material on Concrète Tapes. On their website they describe it as "truly uncategorisable".

There will also be a cassette release of a collaboration project with Cath Tyler (Cath and Phil Tyler, Fret!, Cordelia's Dad). Watch out for more details, it is called Blackdamp.

It's likely that this year we'll get around to releasing Artefacts: Sacred and Profane, as well as reissuing Ashington. The tracks are all mastered, we just need to do something with them. Here's a taster from Artefacts; it features Nev Clay on vocals and Richard Dawson on guitar:

Also this year, for the fifth time, there will be an Almanac project- an EP a month for 12 months. They'll go out to subscribers first and get uploaded to Bandcamp shortly thereafter. For details of previous Almanacs, head back through the blog. Almanacs 3 and 4 are all up on Bandcamp.

That's all for now, more as it happens. x

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