Thanks to David Brogan for the thoughtful post about Volcanic Tongue’s physical shop closure: http://notunloved.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/volcanic-tongue-shop-rip.html
We do love lists! Thank you to VT’s resident blues scholar Andrew Ross
For David and Heather Leigh…Some memories of the shop and VT life:
(1) First purchase - MV&EE and Charalambides LPs, life was never the same again
(2) Favourite instore - Spencer Clark
(3) Drink - Yeti Imperial Stout (well maybe JD with ice and Trooper ale)
(4) Gig - Heather Leigh presents Sonic Whitey at the Old Hairdressers
(5) Staff night-out - Kinning Park Complex with Flower-Corsano / Group Inerane
(6) Inspiration - David’s 15 questions
(7) Thanks - chats, kindness and friendship.
Volcanic Tongue has made the decision to close its physical shop, which is officially shut as of today. For the vast majority of our customers this will not change your experience with us whatsoever, other than receiving your orders even quicker as we return full circle to our roots and once again become an underground music mailorder exclusively.
A lot has gone into this decision and it makes sense to us that after ten years running the shop that we’d want to make a significant change and the time is now. In the past two years we sadly lost two major figures that were an integral part of the day-to-day running of Volcanic Tongue: David’s father, Tom Keenan (who built both of our shops entirely by hand) and Volcanic Tongue’s most long-term customer, friend and employee, Shaun Falconer. After their deaths running the physical space didn’t make sense any longer, it’s simply not the same without them. Also, the two principle owners of Volcanic Tongue, David Keenan and Heather Leigh, are very busy with their own creative work outside of the shop which means energies are divided and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to run both a mailorder and physical shop as efficiently as possible. Logistically, not having the shop will mean an extremely significant reduction in overheads so we can carry a lot more stock from the smaller labels we love who have lost out due to our physical shop expenses/demands and we can make sure the labels and artists we support are paid in a timely fashion.
We’re so grateful to all of our loyal customers in Glasgow, the UK and the travelers from all over the world who have made pilgrimages to the shop over the past ten years. We’ve met so many remarkable people from all walks of life; the shop was truly a lightning rod for the extraordinary. There were so many unforgettable in-stores at both locations but I think we can all agree that the magical nights in The Hidden Lane will be remembered for a long time to come and featured some of the best gigs of the last few years. We’re thrilled that Golden Lab Records will soon be releasing Mad Nanna’s live set from Volcanic Tongue on LP, a fitting memento of what the VT shop experience was all about.
Please bear with us during this short transition period, there could be minor delays processing and sending orders and responding to correspondence but we’ll be fully on track very shortly. Keep an eye on the website as we will be adding all of our shop stock to our on-line inventory, including one-offs, used and very rare items.
Could all customers who currently have reserves please get it touch to clear them as soon as possible. Locals, please email us to arrange collecting your reserves as well.
A massive thank you to all of our amazing customers and all of the artists and labels we work with. We’re feeling super positive about this change and are really excited about entering a new phase in our lives and with Volcanic Tongue.
Check out the Volcanic Tongue Shop photo galleries we’ve started on
for memories of the store, we’ll be adding more soon and if you have photographs of the shop please email them to us so we can share yours as well.
Tip of the Tongue: Hollywood Autopsy - s/t LP Little Big Chief Records http://www.volcanictongue.com/tips
Volcanic Tongue Newsletter: http://www.volcanictongue.com/news
Sweet Kelly: Ketamine At Kinko’s
Tip of the Tongue: MV & EE - Alpha Lyrae LP Child Of Microtones http://www.volcanictongue.com/tips
Volcanic Tongue’s Heather Leigh has updated her web site, you can follow her here: http://wishimage.com/
Scale Be Thy King: The Black Mirror Of William Basinski online essay and 5-hour curated playlist by David Keenan: http://svilova.org/gallery/exhibitions/
Svilova proudly presents The Disintegration Loop 1.1 by the American artist and composer William Basinski. The piece comes from Basinski´s attempt to digitize his previous recordings on magnetic tape. The tapes had at the time reached such state of fragility that they had begun to disintegrate when played. The process of which became a completely new work, reaching its climax on the morning of September 11th, 2001, in New York City where he lived at that time. While Basinski and some friends sat on a rooftop and listened to the material, they witnessed the attack on the World Trade Center. With a camera borrowed from a friend, Basinski spontaneously shot the video for The Disintegration Loop 1.1 Focusing the camera on the cloud of smoke bellowing out from Ground Zero, the video records the last hour of daylight on 9/11.
In 2002 musician and critic David Keenan wrote a review of The Disintegration Loops in the music magazine The Wire, exposing the work to a wider audience. On the occasion of this exhibition at Svilova we have invited Keenan to write a text and compile a playlist as a complement to Basinski’s work. Through 12 paragraphs, Keenan’s essay, Scale Be Thy King: The Black Mirror of William Basinski, walks us through a variety of interpretations, providing insight into The Disintegration Loops as an almost mystical experience; heart wrenchingly beautiful meditative viewing that oscillates between instilling feelings of hope and despair.
Reverse Diorama: David Keenan has launched a new web site www.reversediorama.com
CHALAQUE + SMOKE JAGUAR + DESMOND MCKENNA
Thursday, 17th July 2014 8PM
Looking forward to having Chalaque back in the shop with a new lineup, Smoke Jaguar make a rare live outing and we’ve just added Desmond McKenna to the bill as well. THERE WILL BE GUITARS!
Nick Mitchell of Chalaque will be bringing along a ton of Golden Lab Records merch to sell at the show including special editions and one-offs, exciting!
The shop will be open all afternoon, music starts at 8PM.
The Hidden Lane
Unit 24A Argyle Court
1103 Argyle Street
Glasgow, Scotland G3 8ND
phone: 0141 204 3322
All Volcanic Tongue in-stores are free but we suggest a donation of £4.00+ to go directly to the artists.
Chalaque/Golden Lab Records: http://goldenlabrecords.com/
Smoke Jaguar/Nyali Recordings: http://nyalirecordings.com/
The sun is blazing, we’re BLASTING the killer Devin Flynn - Light Show Music For Joshua White & Gary Panter LP and the shop is open til 6! Closed tomorrow (Thursday), open Friday 2-6 and Saturday 12-6.
Don’t forget the Zaimph, Heather Leigh, Richard Youngs show at Nice N Sleazy tomorrow night! Doors 8PM, show starts at 8:30 sharp!