All you cat lovers, remember all the millions of cats mewling through the world’s rooms lay all their hopes and trust in you, as the little mother cat at the Stone House laid her head in my hand, as Calico Jane put her babies in my suitcase, as Fletch jumped into James’s arms and Ruski rushed towards me chittering with joy.
William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside (1986)
A little over a year ago, my friend Andrew Paine (of Sonic Oyster Records fame et al) and I jointly released a limited edition compilation album, The Continuing Saga of the Visiting Kitten. It came out on our conjunct of a label, Sonic Dust Recordings.
We promised at the time that all proceeds from this release would be donated to Cats Protection in the UK and I’m so pleased to be able to report that all copies of the album have been sold. After the deduction of manufacturing costs and postage charges, the net amount of £232 has been raised from sales of the album, a very pleasing figure given that there were only 100 copies of the album available and they were sold relatively inexpensively. With the use of Gift Aid for the charity donation, which adds an additional 25% to the amount, we’ve been able to donate a total of £290: wonderful!
Here’s a scan of the thank you letter from Cats Protection (click the image to open a bigger, more easily readable version in a separate window):
Andrew and I would like to thank all the cat-friendly artists who, in addition to the two of us, gave exclusive material for the album (texlahoma/Matthew Shaw, Richard Youngs, Space Weather, Alistair Crosbie and ILK); and can we also thank all those who were kind enough to buy it in the first place: we hope that, as well as the satisfaction of making a financial contribution towards the great work that Cats Protection does, you also found something of value in the compilation itself. You’ve made us very happy that we could make this donation! Thank you thank you thank you! My own cats, Hamish & Bob, two beautiful brothers who were rescue cats from Cats Protection, thank you, too, from the bottom of their kittyhearts.
And we’re talking seriously about curating a second volume to be released later this year, in a different format and with more exclusive material; felinophiles, stay tuned for more!
The final plug: if you’re in the UK, you can also make separate one-off or regular donations to Cats Protection here.
We’re only half way through January and already 2011 is shaping up to be a very busy and intriguing musical year for me. Here are the highlights, some of which are more definite than others.
• The new Fougou album, Further from the Centre of Disturbance, to be released soon on Greengage Sounds. Matthew and I also have another, ‘acoustic’ Fougou album, The Boleigh Working, ready for release, with new recordings planned for the fairly near future.
• A tape of short and melancholic synthesizer pieces for the Overland Shark label run from Kansas by Andrew Heuback. Almost finished, this is provisionally titled Suburban Electrification.
• One side of an hour long split tape with Grant Evans’ project Nova Scotian Arms for the Tranquility Tapes label.
• An album, on CDR and as yet untitled, for Susan Matthews‘ Siren Wire Editions label.
• An album, on tape and again so far untitled, for a new label operated by Jen Marquart and Cory E. Card from Rochester, NY, //cae-sur-a//.
• A new collaborative project with Eddie Keenan of The Driftwood Manor, provisionally called The Powder Tower.
• Further recordings with Alistair Crosbie and Andrew Paine as Space Weather; and I hope further recordings with both of them for collaborative projects.
And there are bound to be other things I’ve forgotten. More on all of these soon, I hope.
I’m delighted to say that the first available recording for some considerable time by Alistair Crosbie and me, a set entitled Disused, will be available on Alistair’s excellent Lefthand Pressings imprint on Friday 5 October 2007.
The material for this hour-long disc of dual monochromatic, time-slurring pieces was originally recorded here in Edinburgh in 2006 and remained, to all intents and purposes, completed for a long while. We decided to return to it earlier this year and the two tracks have now been reworked, reperformed and revived. My warmest thanks to Alistair for releasing this, and with such beautiful photographs (each disc has a different print attached to the cover).
Volcanic Tongue had this to say of the disc:
New limited two-part drone tunnel from these two Scottish avant heads, with Lavelle being a one-time collaborator with Richard Youngs and Crosbie best known for his emotionally-charged solo work and his collaboration with Opaque, Nackt Insecten et al. This collaboration conjures distant fuzzy Industrial-primitive whorls of metal sonorities and wind-scorched drones in a way that sounds a little like the whole David Jackman/Organum approach to improvised scrape and klang.
So there you are.
In other news, Alistair and I have also agreed to work on a retrospective set of our myriad recordings as Inversion. There are hours and hours of forgotten and rather startling material in the vaults, so a multi-disc release is planned. More news on this as and when work commences.