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XPRESSWAY were the darker, more experimental record label cousin of New Zealand’s Flying Nun. Operating out of Port Chalmers  on the South Island, Xpressway was originally a late 80s/early 90s cassette label and later branched into singles and LPs. They were a real cult taste there for a while, putting out early moody, shape-shifting sounds from the Dead C, Alastair Galbraith, the Terminals and more.

This ad came from Siltbreeze magazine #6 around 1990 or so. (Yes, before Siltbreeze was a raunched-out music fanzine before it was a label). Tom Lax from Siltbreeze was probably Xpressway’s biggest US-based champion; I’d certainly never heard of the label before he started yakking about them and running cool ads like this one.

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While we were spending our time obsessing about New Zealand’s Xpressway tapes and records; cuddling up to the Victor Dimisich Band, The Terminals and the like; and searching every nook and cranny of record stores and the internet for Fall ephemera, this Boston band called THE IN OUT were recording this mindblower of a song, “Club Blackout”. This song is incredible – a farfisa-driven, ear-scraping wormhole straight off of “This Nation’s Saving Grace” but better than any single song on that great record.

From 1997’s “Cosmosis” album on Dark Beloved Cloud records. I know what my most-wanted vinyl LP is now. Anyone know if there’s a legal download floating around out there somewhere?