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BLOOM, KATH - Finally

Kath Bloom is a fifty year old American legend of folk, country, blues and avant-garde music, but very few people have ever heard of her.\r\nShe has been making records since the late 70s, and has had her music featured in the movie Before Sunrise by Richard Linklater (starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy), but since 1984 has released no new material of her own bar a few self-distributed cassettes and CD-Rs.\r\nThe daughter of world-renowned oboist Robert Bloom, Kath was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, where she trained as a cellist. However, she soon gave away formal musical education for the acoustic guitar, which she taught herself over long afternoons spent among the tombstones of her local cemetery.\r\nAfter a brief romance and musical collaboration with journeyman songwriter Bruce Neumann, she met avant-garde guitarist Loren Mazzacane Connors in 1976, teaming up with him for a series of now highly sought-after recordings of traditional blues and folk songs and Blooms originals. Some records were released in editions of as few as fifty, most no more than 200 copies, until the duo released their swansong Moonlight in 1984.\r\nWhile Connors astounding solo work from that time has been compiled into a four CD set by Sonic Youths Thurston Moore, Bloom and Mazzacanes duo recordings still languish in un-re-released obscurity, except for a single CD compilation that is now almost as hard to find as the original LPs. \r\nAlthough Chapter Music, unfortunately, cannot help in that regard, it can present a compilation of Kath Blooms heartbreaking, lovelorn and remarkably beautiful songs recorded since the early 90s, when after a period of child-rearing, family life and daily financial struggle, Kath began to return to the studio. These are songs recorded on the fly in friends lounge rooms or cut-rate studios, but they reveal a mother-of-three songwriter as accomplished and affecting as any of her more hallowed colleagues such as Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch or Hazel Dickens.\r\nIn the mid-nineties US director Richard Linklater stumbled across her music and used the song Come Here in Before Sunrise, but despite an initial flurry of interest, little came of the exposure and Kath soon returned to domestic obscurity. \r\nTen years later, perhaps Kath Blooms moment has finally come, and one of the best singer/ songwriters of the last 25 years will be accorded some long-overdue recognition. - Chapter Music.

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This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

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