ghost town (2011/POLYVINYL)
INDIE-ROCK. "ghost town" is the 2011 album from Mike Kinsella, aka OWEN. Kinsella is best known for his other bands AMERICAN FOOTBALL and CAP'N JAZZ. The album features some of OWEN's loudest, rock-leaning moments to date - exemplified by the forcefully crescendoing outro and a screeching electric guitar solo. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
i do perceive (2004/POLYVINYL)
INDIE-ROCK. Ex-AMERICAN FOOTBALL, CAP'N JAZZ, JOAN OF ARC, and OWL member Mike Kinsella's "i do perceive" differentiates itself from previous OWEN releases. While the poetic songwriting and intricate musicianship remain, upbeat arrangements accompany each song's development culminating in an effect that is both majestic and wonderful.
new leaves (2009/POLYVINYL)
INDIE-ROCK. Much has changed for Mike Kinsella (AMERICAN FOOTBALL, JOAN OF ARC, CAP'N JAZZ) since 2006's solo album "at home with owen". As he began writing his 5th album, Kinsella became a husband and a father. "new leaves", like its title suggests, is a new beginning for Mike Kinsella. Recorded over the course of 2 years "new leaves" retains elements of earlier OWEN material - but here, instead of lamenting failed relationships, Kinsella focuses on the new beginnings they allow. Thick 180gr vinyl includes a digital download card.
the seaside (2009/POLYVINYL)
INDIE-ROCK. The 7 tracks on "the seaside" are a collection of OWEN songs previously only available as bonus tracks on Japanese album releases plus 1 song previously only available on a 7". CD release is strictly limited to 3000 copies.
Bits (2008/SUB POP)
"BITS" is album number four for Brooklyn’s OXFORD COLLAPSE, but it’s a first for them in many ways. Some of those ways will be immediately apparent to those of you who’ve followed their raucous, boyish exploits since their 2006 Sub Pop debut "Remember the night parties", or from their earlier efforts. Their charming lack of guile, combined with a capable and focused aim towards the better of the ‘80s college-rock cognoscenti and Trouser Press favorites, has made for music that has found its way into backyards and across rooftops all over the city. Recorded in chunks throughout 2007 with Eric Emm at the Brothers Studios, and Chad Matheny in spaces all over town, "BITS" corrects for time and experience, and shows a band artistically riding its own peaks. The tension is still present in their three-way interplay (listen to them firing off of each other, squealing out of control at the end of “Back of the yards”) but the direction and presence in this set is open, flowing against anything they’ve done before. It’s the sound of fun turning into purpose, of a great band writing and playing their best songs, and knowing how great that feels. This is the new OXFORD COLLAPSE, as a band and as a record: straightforward; memorable; mature, but not necessarily grown-up; just better. It’s all heart and ingenuity, the joyous racket that connects C86 pop to the present, made by three guys who are realizing that they can be mayors.
OXYMORON / BONECRUSHER
noize overdose (2006/KNOCK OUT)
STREET-PUNK. Two albums of 8 tracks each, each representing both a legacy and a new beginning. The 1st CD of the split pair sounds immediately familiar. The OXYMORON chapter ended with ''bad co.'', and so it only makes sense that the overlying story goes under this name. The solo album by the OXYMORON mastermind, Sucker, bears precisely that title. BONECRUSHER was formed in 1992 as part of the Orange County punk scene. Today, BONECRUSHER are icons of Californian street-punk, they are still on their own feet: free and credible, real working class. The 8 previously unreleased tracks that make up ''noize overdose'' serve once more to underline the band's class.
a hiding place for fake friends (2008/EULOGY)
POST-HARDCORE/METALCORE. PADDOCK PARK was formed in the summer of 2007 with their in-your-face screams, brutal breakdowns and catchy melodies. After the debut self-released highly anticipated MCD "with false hope", PADDOCK PARK is ready to unleash their 1st full-length album, "a hiding place for fake friends", and are more than ready to hit the road. For fans of CHIODOS and UNDEROATH.
PAINT IT BLACK
cva (2003/JADE TREE)
HARDCORE. PAINT IT BLACK delivers unabashed, uncompromising hardcore, negating the preconceived boundaries between the personal, political, melodic and aggressive, accentuating a much-appreciated axiom: maximum intensity. Features current and ex-members of LIFETIME, KID DYNAMITE, GOOD RIDDANCE and THE CURSE.
PAINT IT BLACK
new lexicon (0/REFLECTIONS)
HARDCORE. PAINT IT BLACK's "new lexicon" was not easy to produce, but it's gritty, thunderous and ugly - just the way hardcore should be. "new lexicon" marks PAINT IT BLACK's 1st recording with new drummer Jared (HOPE CONSPIRACY, NONE MORE BLACK) and boasts guest vocals from Jeff (NAKED RAYGUN). An aggressive clarity with a thick low-end up front (think BAD BRAINS' "Roir sessions"). Feedback, bass booms and cymbal crashes are twisted into haunting ambient interludes and serpentine waves trailing behind the buzz saw riffs. With little debate, this is PAINT IT BLACK's finest recordings so far, with 15 songs clocking in at a dizzying 30min..
PAINT IT BLACK
paradise (2005/JADE TREE)
HARDCORE. PAINT IT BLACK’s follow up to last years urgent and trouncing "cva" is epic in comparison. Not simply in terms of song length, but more importantly in terms of subject matter. "paradise" contains all the mile-a-minute passion of the last release coupled with a more thematic tone, exploring the personal pains of divorce, the more global concerns of war and how the 2 are hopelessly intertwined. The end result is a heroic look inward and ultimately a catharsis guised in uncompromising intensity and spirit.
last breath (2008/AMUNNITION)
HARDCORE. First released in 1996 and unavailable for years, these original copies of the PALEFIRE "last breath" MCD were recently uncovered and are available again for a limited time only. PALEFIRE was a part of the Orange County hardcore scene in the mid '90s and featured Brett of FM BATS on guitar and Dan of ADAMANTIUM on 2nd guitar. A song was later released on the "guilty by association" compilation on Indecision Records, so don't miss your chance to hear where it all began.
amongst the flock (2007/DEAD SERIOUS/BRIDGE NINE)
HARDCORE. Bands have fused hardcore and metal before, but PALEHORSE adds a new dimension to the sounds that have made HATEBREED and INTEGRITY cornerstones within the hardcore world. Now, PALEHORSE is taking the groundwork laid and mixing it with the discordant melodies from modern influences like HIS HERO IS GONE and the intricate guitar work that is not far off from '80s thrash-metal. Combine this broad range of influences with the drumming, the raspy vocals and lyrics touching on everything from religion and politics to personal struggle, and you have a record that is going to surprise everyone who hears it.
secrets within secrets (2005/MARTYR)
HARDCORE. With their explosive debut "secrets within secrets" from 2005, PALEHORSE offer genuine crossover appeal of traditional late '80s NY hardcore fused with today's modern trends. Recorded by veteran engineer Dean Baltulonis (Madball, Modern Life Is War), "Secrets within secrets", reminds us that when we stop looking and begin to see, we become aware.
Same (2006/JADE TREE)
Seattle's Panda & Angel paint a very melancholy picture on this, their debut for Jade Tree, borrowing elements of Low, Cat Power, The Shins and even PJ Harvey to craft these six songs into something completely new.
HARDCORE. Bringing a release like this with a simple phrase like "PANIC is back" would be too easy. The members of this (dare we to say legendary already) band originated in Boston were never gone in the 1st place. Hardcore and punk is what they do and what they do best. These 6 songs going under the title "circles" might very well be the best songs PANIC has ever written! Features ex-members of THE TROUBLE, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, IN MY EYES. Find the strength inside to replace the hate with pride and fucking rise!