29 August 2011
Stephin Merritt's Obscurities out now 
Obscurities, a collection of Stephin Merritt's hard-to-find recordings dating back to (and before) his time on Merge Records (1994-99) is out now. Find the new release at your local reseller or purchase it directly from the Merge Records Store, which offers free shipping on all US orders. The $17.98 vinyl edition includes a coupon redeemable for all tracks as downloadable 320kbps MP3 files.

via the House of Tomorrow Newsletter

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Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.

Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".

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