listen to samples of the new tuxedomoon album CABIN IN THE SKY.
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read about tuxedomoon

at the allmusic guide and search artists: tuxedomoon (this is the only way to use their system). this is an interactive database which accepts reviews and comments... give them something to think about.

this is the cramboy site with more great reading ...
and also this page about the reissue of tuxedomoon's classic 1981 album
desire

and also about CD Data recovery
software

a part of crammed discs eighties retrospective reissue of 14 classic crammed releases

or if you can read japanese

tuxedomoon discography

a list of cds available from cramboy discs

a very nice site made by Patrick Laschet with scans of many obscurities

a nice site by Guido Marcolongo includes many photos

where to buy
tuxedomoon CDs

in europe:
http://www.matson.it

in usa:
http://www.ab-cd.com

or direct from crammed discs
a list of our CDs available from Cramboy Discs

buying ltm CDs
soundtracks/urban leisure,
a variety of solo projects

buying russian CDs from neoacustica
Live in St. Petersburgh,
a variety of solo projects

It was 27 years ago that Tuxedomoon came barreling out of the electronic music lab of San Francisco City College and began making flirtatious, whimsical, provocative, idiosyncratic music. Music which shapeshifted with beguiling ease yet brimmed with an almost underworld magick and mystical
hypnotism.

Controversial but never egregious, their brand of punky, gothic postpunk experimentalism came with impossibly wide parameters - no-wave, classical, jazz, punk, funk were all simultaneously consumed and expurgated and gained
them a cult following immediately.

Their ability to invent and surprise (the band once managed, incredibly, to transform Marvin Gaye's soul classic 'Heard It Through The Grapevine' into their very own song) famously led to an interview in Warhol's 'Interview' magazine and a label deal on Ralph - imprint of Bay Area avant-garde icons
The Resident's.

Throughout the 80s and some of the 90s the band lived in Europe, absorbing more influences and sounds from their privileged position in Brussels. Today the core members are as disparate geographically as they are sonically, with Steven Brown in Mexico, Peter Principle in New York, Blaine Reininger in Greece, and Dutch trumpet player Luc Van Lieshout (who had joined the band in 85) residing in Brussels.

This very global, very postmodern situation perhaps goes some way to explaining the worldliness of Tuxedomoon's new LP 'Cabin In The Sky '. They have always made music that shrugs off musical influences as nonchalantly as a snake sheds its own skin or a duck discards water but the new album is something of an aberration, capturing the band in a rarely seen sentimental and reflective mood.

Impressionistic strings, wistful flourishes of brass and accordion, languorous electronic scribbles and lyrics sung in Italian and French provide unashamedly romantic textures, though of course shooting through and around the poignant violins of 'Annuncialto' and woozy sea sounds of 'The Island' are abrasive streaks, bittersweet cacophonies, and a sense of willful, wayward freeforming.

Transfer 'CabinS' onto a canvas and you have Pollock, Bacon, Miro and Dali all rolled into one, with the same themes of surrealism, whimsy, magic, and earthy ferocity all sharing the same space.

But it is without doubt the most consistently spacious, unhurried, gravity-defying album the band have made; certainly the closest they'll ever get to the sentimentalist soundscapes of contemporary electronic bands iike Air or the quiet ambient pastiches of Eno or Fripp.

Its subtle textures and melting-pot approach makes the band more relevant than ever. Sensing their evergreen appeal, the ever perspicacious German nightclub veteran DJ Hell put out a record of re-mixes of TM's '78 'dance' tune "No Tears" back in 2003, and then. Afterwards came a whole remix project of the 1980 TM album Half Mute, which the band then arranged
invited the band for a tour of Germany to promote, playing to their older fans as well as legions of fascinated newcomers.

In a consciously cyclic move, Hell adds his own production nous on Cabins (on the track « Here Til Xmas » which rides an electro pulse dug straight up from the deserted beatmine districts of Düsseldorf). He's not the only one. Contemporary artists and switch-doctors such as Juryman, Tortoise's John McEntire and German hipsters Tarwater (who provide the album's soporific denouement) all add their own modern touches to the LP.

Cabins could well be Tuxedomoon's first real pop album, if we can imagine that pop music has suddenly been allowed to follow a manifesto of creative freedom and write its own destiny instead of being subject to the forces of formula.

With spirits still entrenched firmly in a counterculture that predated our current over-the-counter culture, Tuxedomoon step forth and confidently deliver messages of defiance and diversity when they are perhaps most needed.

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