Need I say more? Probably that Brittle Stars' only album has finally been reissued! If you read my old blog you should be familiar with one of my favourite bands, who are re-uniting for a gig at Pop Mayhem! in Gainesville, FL in May. It's their 10th anniversary, so reason enough for Estelle to get a plane from Isreal. The reissue is on Ruined Potential and is available on three different-colour 10"s, with different sleeves as well. I got the one called 'Gregory go boom' in clear marbled vinyl! And I got a free split-7" as an extra treat, featuring Ola Porida and XOXO, Panda in a similarly exclusive package (maybe inspired by that Section 25 lp on Factory?). The 7" is probably more along the lines of the label's usual output, as they've also put out American Analog Set and Songs of Green Pheasant.
The bonus 7" was very warmly welcomed in fact, as the postage was ridiculous! It arrived super-fast though so maybe it was some sort of special delivery. You might be able to get the 10" from Tonevendor too, if they get more copies in. But they're only selling the blue version!. Or, in case you're not a vinyl fetischist, just hold on for the complete retrospective (i.e. also including the Garage Sale EP) on Clairecords, which is run by former BS members. Estelle now plays in a duo called Elephant Parade, and prior to joining BS she was in Crush 22 together with drummer Joshua. Their song "Wrap Around" is in the sidebar.
In other Clairecords news, the Tears Run Rings debut album Always, Sometimes, Seldom, Never is just out and it's truly brilliant. It's one of the best shoegaze records I've heard. The band includes members of Evening Lights and The Autocollants and first appeared on the scene last year with an ep on Swedish Lavender Recordings (split with Disaster Club Records in the US, to be exact).
EDIT: I just found Crush 22's Myspace page, from where you can download four of their demos!