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What is? Well, pretty much everything. I have swung by Recordbag today, and I got back a few records I had left in their care on a sale or return basis and almost forgotten about, to be quite honest. If there is anything missing from your Zelle collection, now is the time to strike! Both our Bill Direen LPs are back in stock, and so are Seafog‘s Raise Your Skinny Fist LP; our first Robbie Burns comp, Ae Fond Kiss, and Francisca GriffinsThe Spaces Between (CocoMuse Releases).

Ferocious – self-titled debut out now

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Ferocious, that’s Bill Direen, Mark Williams and Johannes Contag and NOT just another incarnation of the B(u)ilders. The trio’s eponymous debut CD is now available on the Rattle label. If you’re in Wellington, do’t miss the release show on February 28.

Zelle Records on Spotify etc

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MarineVille: Penguins Ate My Chips (ZR009, 7 March 2017)

Yes, it’s true. The ban has been lifted. I may not like it, but Spotify and all those other streaming services whose names keep illuding me are still around after all those years that I have been trying to ignore them out of existence. The first test balloon that I have launched is the MarineVille album Penguins Ate My Chips (ZR009, 2017). It has been uploaded to RouteNote and is currently being reviewed by RouteNoters. Once that process is finished, you should be able to listen to the album through Spotify and everybody else.

From Dunners to Wieden, from the Water of Leith to the Wien River

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Last week, I took a few of my records to Sissysound Record Store, a brand new vinyl shop in 1040 Wien (Wieden, on the south bank of the Wien River) run by a very nice, decent and charming music enthusiast named Holger. The Zelle Empire keeps spreading. But he has also lots of other swell things. Go and check out his shop.

“Cut” sold out!

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Yesterday, we sold our very last copy of Bill Direen‘s Cut album to Galea Records, Vienna, Austria. If you have difficulty tracking down a copy, please let us know. We have a rough idea of where the remaining unsold ones are …

Bill Direen/Bilders: Cut. ZR011, released in 2018. Cover artwork by Ronnie van Hout.

Jay Clarkson & The Containers album

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Kia ora, Zelle whānau!

I regret to inform you that the new album by Jay Clarkson & The Containers will not be a Zelle record after all. The band has decided against it. Rest assured that there are no hard feelings. Any payments down will be duly refunded. The really good news is, however, that production of the new album Wakey Wakey World is going ahead regardless. We will keep you posted, of course.

Ngā mihi nui,