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Last updated 11/12/2015

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Welcome To The New Dark Ages
• The third video single, Welcome To The New Dark Ages, from RFTT's 'Black Record' is released.
• The audio can be heard on Soundcloud.

• RFTT's new album, Black Record, is released Nov. 13. The initial production run will be on silver vinyl. Tour dates in the USA, UK and EU are announced.
Ubutique is now selling the cd and silver vinyl.
Pre-order the album and get a free download of 'Strychnine'and the bonus track 'I Sell Soul' immediately. On the release date the full album can be downloaded whilst waiting for physical product to be shipped.
See the 'Strychnine' video.
See the 'Coopy' video.

Architecture Of Language, 1979-1982
• The next in the series of Pere Ubu box sets is scheduled for release on March 16 2016.

Modern Dance, Dub Housing & Hearpen Reissues
• On August 21 2015, Fire Records reissued the Pere Ubu catalog 1975-1978 from high fidelity transfers of the original two-track mix tapes as a box set of 4 vinyl lps called Elitism For The People. They also released individual cd and vinyl editions of the albums The Modern Dance and Dub Housing. See main column below for details.
• For an outline of the issues involved in digital transfer and remastering click here.
• A box set of 'New Picnic Time,' 'The Art Of Walking,' and 'Song Of The Bailing Man' is planned for early 2016.

Ubutique Redefined
The offerings from the Fire Records partnership with Bandcamp can't be topped by Ubutique for value. Albums can be ordered in cd, vinyl or digital album editions. Purchase of cd or vinyl comes with free codes for download audio in a wide variety of formats. Any purchase also includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app. Ubutique will no longer stock albums released by Fire in this way.

Allen Ravenstine
Former Pere Ubu synthesizer Allen Ravenstine has released his first solo album, the pharaoh's bee, on It's in the Apple Lossless format.

Carnival of Souls
• A cd of one of the Pere Ubu Moon Unit opening sets was released by Fire Records on March 2 2015.
• The Pere Ubu album, Carnival of Souls, was released September 8/9 2014 on cd and vinyl.
• Order from Ubutique or Fire Records.
• In November 2013, a 'shock troops' version of the band toured in France, Italy, Croatia, the UK and Ireland playing the songs as works-in-progress. A recording of the Dublin concert is available on The tour was called 'Visions of the Moon.' Early demos were released on

• A 100 page paperback of 'liner notes.'
• Also available, The Book of Hieroglyphs by David Thomas in hardback or paperback, 268 pages.
• Also available, Chinese Whispers - the 'Missing Manual' to the album Lady From Shanghai, paperback, 100 pages.

RFTT Expresses Solidarity With Pere Ubu
In 2015, in order to express solidarity with Pere Ubu, RFTT renounced its 'US citizenship' and applied for creative asylum in Port Talbot, Wales. In 2014 Pere Ubu renounced its US citizenship and moved to Leeds, England, after a cabal of the American Federation of Musicians and a clique of government clerks in a small town in Vermont determined that Pere Ubu was unworthy of being granted permission to perform in America.

the pharaoh's bee
Allen Ravenstine's first solo album, the pharaoh's bee, is now available in the Apple Lossless format at

Elitism For The People, Pere Ubu 1975-1978
On August 21 2015, Fire Records released a box set of four vinyl lps caled 'Elitism For The People, Pere Ubu 1975-1978.' It consists of 'The Modern Dance,' 'Dub Housing,' 'The Hearpen Singles,' and a live set recorded at Max's Kansas City in 1977 called 'Manhattan.' Also in the box are a reprint of the 'Datapanik '77' poster. Included are codes for free audio downloads in the MP3 (VBR), MP3 (320 kbps), FLAC, Apple Lossless, AAC (iTunes), and/or Ogg Vorbis formats. Purchase allows unlimited streaming via the Bandcamp app. 'Elitism' is also sold as a digital box set.

Paul Hamann at Suma digitally transferred the original quarter-inch two-track analog master mix tapes at the highest resolution available, 192khz / 24 bit. That's more than four times the audio resolution of CD music. The vinyl was cut directly from those files on the best lathe Neumann manufactured. The down-sampling necessary for cd production and audio download files was accomplished after a two year study of the 'black arts' of the realms beyond human hearing. The result is probably the best fidelity that's been commercially produced and as close as can be achieved to audio transparency between the various media.

All releases are available in all territories. An April 18 2015 release of the box set in conjunction with National Record Store Day was limited to the UK and EU.

Fire has also released individual cd, vinyl and digital album editions of 'The Modern Dance' and 'Dub Housing.' Purchase includes free download audio codes and unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

'Irene' single release
'Irene,' the video for the first single from Pere Ubu's forthcoming album Carnival of Souls, complies with Ubu Projex Rule #2, 'Self Expression is Evil.' Clyde, a puppet from the Daisy Jordan Weebly Collection, hosts the song. "Singers should not be seen and not be heard" David Thomas says. The exclusive b-side 'Moonstruck' is a remix of the album track 'Drag the River' by Gagarin / Moliné.

The single can be purchased as a download.

Carnival of Souls sees Pere Ubu target Prog Rock in the continuation of their 'fixing things' manifesto; "a complex and sensual reaction to living in a world overrun with monkeys and strippers who tickle your ears, cajole you to join in with their cavorting and then become vindictive when you decline." The album is Pere Ubu's 18th album over a forty year career that has seen them break rules, confuse and continue to divide music critics globally.

Excerpt from the book 'Cogs, The Making of Carnival of Souls'
"The worst kind of musician is a singer. The dawning of wisdom for any singer is a healthy dread of singing. There are people who are in love with the sound of their own voice and evidently believe that their singing can add to others' joy and enlightenment. This is a bad attitude and a dangerous one. It feeds ego and self-esteem. It encourages paternalism.

"Don't feed the monkey!

"Far better that a singer should resent having to sing. Singing is a nasty social habit, like spitting in the street. Sometimes you gotta do it but you oughta be discreet."

Keith Moliné Solo Album
Keith Moliné has two electronic albums available on the Entr'acte label. The most recent of these is Crritic! (2013) It is themed around Moliné's work as a music journalist, and comprises two interlocking pieces carrying a dedication to Hans Keller, Desmond Leslie and Lester Bangs. 'I Only Asked' uses an interview recording - questions only - to modulate various sound parameters, and is a reworking of a piece first performed at Café OTO, London in March 2011. 'Hatchet Job' is based on a computer speech recording of all the negative reviews Moliné has penned for 'The Wire' magazine in the last ten years. These amount to around 50,000 words.

The album Ley (2012) is collaboration with trumpeter Andy Diagram from Two Pale Boys. It features acoustic improvisations recorded in Diagram's garden fed through Moliné's arcane modular software patches.

Both albums are available from the site following the respective links above. The following links might also be of interest:
Crritic! artwork
Crritic! video
Ley artwork
Ley video

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Buyer's Guide to Pere Ubu
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Pere Ubu Studio Albums
Historical Era:
The Modern Dance (1978)
Dub Housing (1978)
New Picnic Time (1979)
The Art Of Walking (1980)
Song Of The Bailing Man (1982)
Terminal Tower (1975 - 1981)
Datapanik In The Year Zero (Box)

Fontana Years:
The Tenement Year (1988)
Cloudland (1989)
Worlds In Collision (1991)
Story Of My Life (1993)

Modern Era:
Raygun Suitcase (1995)
Pennsylvania (1998)
St Arkansas (2002)
Why I Hate Women (2006)
Why I Remix Women (2006)
"Long Live Père Ubu!" (2009)

Orange Period:
Lady From Shanghai(2013)
Carnival Of Souls (2014)

Pere Ubu Live Albums
* - Denotes download only.
The Shape Of Things (1976)
Manhattan (1977)
Pirate's Cove* (1977)
390° Of Simulated Stereo* (1977 - 79)
U-Men Live At Intersate Mall* (1978)
Live At The Longhorn (1978)
One Man Drives While The Other Man Screams (1978 - 81)
I Walk The Line (1981)*
The Art Of Talking* (1982)
Waltz Across Texas* (1989)
Waltz By The Sea* (1989)
London Texas (1989)
Paradiso - Part 1* (1991)
Paradiso - Part 2* (1991)
Apocalypse Now (1991)
The Late Show* (1992)
A Ghost Town Goes Where You Want To Go* (2006)
Light It Up!* (2007)
Live at Grant Avenue* (2007)
Oh, Pennsylvania...* (1998 - 02)
The Annotated Modern Dance* (2010)
Glasgow* (2013)
Visions of the Moon* (2013)

Pere Ubu Specials
Lady From Shanghai (Demos)
Lady From Shanghai (Demos) #2
Lady From Shanghai (Demos) #3
Lady From Shanghai (Demos) #4

David Thomas Albums
* - Denotes download only.
Vocal Performances (1981) *
Winter Comes Home (1982) *
Variations on a Theme (1983)
More Places Forever (1985)
EREWHON (1996)
Monster Box Set
Mirror Man (1999)
Bay City (2000)
Surf's Up! (2001)
18 Monkeys on a Dead Man's Chest (2004)
Brunswick Parking Lot* 2003
A Map Only Tells Me...* (2008)
Mirror Man Act 2* (2009)
Let's Visionate!* (2009)
How's Things In Your Town?* (2005)
I Remember Mars* (1996)
David Thomas and The Holy Soul* (2010)
A Free Man (2012)*
Disastohouse 001* (2012)

Rocket From The Tombs
Strychnine* (2012)
Barfly (2011)
I Sell Soul / Romeo & Juliet (2010)
The Day The Earth Met... (1975)
Rocket Redux (2004)
When It's Too Late To Die Young* (2003)
Extermination Night* (1974)

Theatrical Productions
Lost in Art, the Pere Ubu Ballet
Mirror Man
Bring Me The Head Of Ubu Roi

Festival Productions
Disastodrome 1998
Disastodrome 2003

Other Recordings
Wait For It - Tom Herman
Jimmy Bell's Still In Town - 15-60-75
The Inward City - 15-60-75

Other Pages Of Interest
David Thomas and two pale boys
Other web sites
Unlikely Releases
News Archive
European Taxes
Where nowhere is
Accusations of Paranoia
Blue Hole Of Castalia

Fan Input:
iPod Ubu
Geography Lessons

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