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Artist: GARBAGE & THE FLOWERS, THE
Title: Eyes Rind As If Beggars
Format: Double CD
Label: Bo Weavil/Fire
Country: UK
Price: $16.00
"Fire Records & Bo Weavil Recordings are extremely proud to present the long-awaited re-issue of The Garbage & The Flowers classic double album Eyes Rind As If Beggars, a sprawling collection of fragile melodies, abrasive improvisations and velvet voices. The story of The Garbage & The Flowers, by some measure Wellingtons most brilliant pop band, is equal parts classic underground rocknroll and a hazy ramshackle history pockmarked with bursts of genius and stoned rehearsals. Rare is it for any band to garner so much underground acclaim while leading such a nebulous existence. A small handful of releases, compilation appearances and few live shows make for a curious stop/start history. Tension can produce the goods and tension was what watered The Garbage & The Flowers. Yuri Frusin (guitar, songwriting) and Helen Johnstone (viola, vocals, now bass) met in their teens sometime in the 1980s. Naming themselves after a line in Leonard Cohens "Suzanne" and taking cues from The Velvet Underground, the band has existed in some shape or form since, with help from Paul Yates, Heath Cozens, Torben Tilly, Rachel Davies, Kristen Wineera, and Stuart Porter. When asked recently about the group, original drummer Tilly offers a particularly apt description of their sound: "What I loved about the music we created is that it sounded like it had come from somewhere faraway, that it had traveled a lot of distance and gathered some dust and debris along the way. That said, despite its unhinged qualities we were never really a noise-band even though some strange and beautiful electromagnetic noise would make it to tape. Most of the time it was all deeply rooted in a song." This, of course, is one of the greatest parts of The Garbage & The Flowers charm. They really did seem out there, on their own, absorbed in their own world, dropping gem after gem of fractal noise-pop onto slowly corroding four-track cassettes, willing these songs into existence just long enough to let them catch breath and glide away from the speakers for a few moments, before Frusin and Johnstone would knuckle down and write yet more beautiful melodies for beautiful losers. This is a rocknroll classic which will whip the wigs off all the crystalline clowns today. Includes a bonus full-length disc of additional material (compilation tracks, previously unreleased material, etc.), plus a 24-page booklet with notes and photos." -Bo Weavil/Fire.

Artist: GARBAGE & THE FLOWERS, THE
Title: Eyes Rind As If Beggars
Format: Double LP & CD
Label: Bo Weavil/Fire
Country: UK
Price: $27.00
"Fire Records & Bo Weavil Recordings are extremely proud to present the long-awaited re-issue of The Garbage & The Flowers classic double album Eyes Rind As If Beggars, a sprawling collection of fragile melodies, abrasive improvisations and velvet voices. The story of The Garbage & The Flowers, by some measure Wellingtons most brilliant pop band, is equal parts classic underground rocknroll and a hazy ramshackle history pockmarked with bursts of genius and stoned rehearsals. Rare is it for any band to garner so much underground acclaim while leading such a nebulous existence. A small handful of releases, compilation appearances and few live shows make for a curious stop/start history. Tension can produce the goods and tension was what watered The Garbage & The Flowers. Yuri Frusin (guitar, songwriting) and Helen Johnstone (viola, vocals, now bass) met in their teens sometime in the 1980s. Naming themselves after a line in Leonard Cohens "Suzanne" and taking cues from The Velvet Underground, the band has existed in some shape or form since, with help from Paul Yates, Heath Cozens, Torben Tilly, Rachel Davies, Kristen Wineera, and Stuart Porter. When asked recently about the group, original drummer Tilly offers a particularly apt description of their sound: "What I loved about the music we created is that it sounded like it had come from somewhere faraway, that it had traveled a lot of distance and gathered some dust and debris along the way. That said, despite its unhinged qualities we were never really a noise-band even though some strange and beautiful electromagnetic noise would make it to tape. Most of the time it was all deeply rooted in a song." This, of course, is one of the greatest parts of The Garbage & The Flowers charm. They really did seem out there, on their own, absorbed in their own world, dropping gem after gem of fractal noise-pop onto slowly corroding four-track cassettes, willing these songs into existence just long enough to let them catch breath and glide away from the speakers for a few moments, before Frusin and Johnstone would knuckle down and write yet more beautiful melodies for beautiful losers. This is a rocknroll classic which will whip the wigs off all the crystalline clowns today. Includes a bonus full-length disc of additional material (compilation tracks, previously unreleased material, etc.), plus a 24-page booklet with notes and photos." -Bo Weavil/Fire.

Artist: GARBAGE & THE FLOWERS, THE
Title: The Deep Niche
Format: CD
Label: Grapefruit
Country: USA
Price: $10.00
"If you were a certain type of music fan in the mid-90s, you may have heard tell of an incredible, incredibly hard-to-find double-album by The Garbage & The Flowers, Eyes Rind As If Beggars. Each jacket was hand-painted, and all 300 copies sold out in a flash. Thankfully, the great BoWeavil label reissued it in 2013. If you havent heard it, please do listen? OK, you heard it now? Youre welcome! The group was Helen Johnstone, Yuri Frusin and Paul Yates - an inspired trio who emphasized lyrical collaboration and sound manipulation as part and parcel to their melodies. They didnt last long as a group, but luckily, they got a lot of their songs recorded. The Deep Niche is music they made before Eyes Rind and it is every bit as revelatory. Johnstone sings over raucous and raw instrumentation. Its real rock, the real real thing. Torben Tilly joined just in time to contribute some keyboard to the track "29 Years," although he mostly was their guitarist. Just in time, too, because The Deep Niche presents a band fresh to playing with some massive tools - The Tools Of Rock, natch. These songs are every bit as powerful as what you hear on Eyes Rind As If Beggars. Believe it." - Grapefruit.

"Wellingtons most brilliant pop band, is equal parts classic underground rocknroll and a hazy ramshackle history pockmarked with bursts of genius and stoned rehearsalsÂ… They really did seem out there, on their own, absorbed in their own world, dropping gem after gem of fractal noise-pop onto slowly corroding four-track cassettes, willing these songs into existence just long enough to let them catch breath and glide away from the speakers for a few moments, before Frusin and Johnstone would knuckle down and write yet more beautiful melodies for beautiful losers." - Bo Weavil.

Artist: GARBAGE & THE FLOWERS, THE
Title: The Deep Niche
Format: LP
Label: Grapefruit
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"If you were a certain type of music fan in the mid-90s, you may have heard tell of an incredible, incredibly hard-to-find double-album by The Garbage & The Flowers, Eyes Rind As If Beggars. Each jacket was hand-painted, and all 300 copies sold out in a flash. Thankfully, the great BoWeavil label reissued it in 2013. If you havent heard it, please do listen? OK, you heard it now? Youre welcome! The group was Helen Johnstone, Yuri Frusin and Paul Yates - an inspired trio who emphasized lyrical collaboration and sound manipulation as part and parcel to their melodies. They didnt last long as a group, but luckily, they got a lot of their songs recorded. The Deep Niche is music they made before Eyes Rind and it is every bit as revelatory. Johnstone sings over raucous and raw instrumentation. Its real rock, the real real thing. Torben Tilly joined just in time to contribute some keyboard to the track "29 Years," although he mostly was their guitarist. Just in time, too, because The Deep Niche presents a band fresh to playing with some massive tools - The Tools Of Rock, natch. These songs are every bit as powerful as what you hear on Eyes Rind As If Beggars. Believe it." - Grapefruit. "Wellingtons most brilliant pop band, is equal parts classic underground rocknroll and a hazy ramshackle history pockmarked with bursts of genius and stoned rehearsalsÂ… They really did seem out there, on their own, absorbed in their own world, dropping gem after gem of fractal noise-pop onto slowly corroding four-track cassettes, willing these songs into existence just long enough to let them catch breath and glide away from the speakers for a few moments, before Frusin and Johnstone would knuckle down and write yet more beautiful melodies for beautiful losers." - Bo Weavil.

Artist: GARBAGE & THE FLOWERS, THE
Title: Stoned Rehearsal
Format: LP
Label: Quemada
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"The Garbage and the Flowers have been around since the early nineties and have released some of the most beautifully delicate sounds ever pressed to vinyl. They just havent done it all that often. From their 1992 single on Twisted Village to their double LP on the Now Sound from 1997 to their Skulltones single in 2010, G&TF have casually offered us glimpses into their genius. Stoned Rehearsal is exactly what the name implies. Recorded in 2007 to an audience that consisted solely of two Rainforest Dingoes and a Tibetan terrier, Stoned Rehearsal finds our heroes and heroine relaxed and loose. And for those of us who live in another hemisphere, it gives us the best representation of the live G&TF live experience we’re likely to get. Stoned Rehearsal was originally released on cassette by the band but was barely heard out of Australia. Even if you found a copy, you may be one of those unfortunate souls with a tape that the band forgot to dub (gee, wonder how that happened). It is now presented to you lovingly re-mastered and on god’s preferred medium." - Quemada.

Artist: GARBAGE & THE FLOWERS, THE
Title: Alamo Rose
Format: 7"
Label: Skulltones
Country: USA
Price: $7.00
"Garbage & the Flowers first vinyl release in a dozen or so years finds their course steady, still crafting fragile melodies and harmonies wrapped in an intimate fidelity on their own timetable. Certainly things have changed since the mid-90s they operate out of Australia now, not New Zealand but their songwriting and fuzzed out folk atmosphere sound just as good as ever. The scales in "Alamo Rose" wind around measured rhythms and hiss, leaving you wishing for one more go around of the refrain before the song crumbles on the turntable." - Skulltones.
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Artist: GARBAGE & THE FLOWERS, THE
Title: Catnip/Carousel
Format: 7"
Label: Twisted Village
Country: USA
Price: $4.50
"First early release by a this no-longer defunct NZ outfit; a double LP retrospective came out more recently on The Now Sound label." - Twisted Village. 1992 single. Highly recommended!
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