false xmas (2011/KATORGA WORKS)
NEW-WAVE/INDIE-ROCK. ( ) is the vinyl debut of MERCHANDISE's David Vassalotti's pet project. How do you pronounce it? "false xmas" was originally released as a seldom-heard tape on Cult Maternal, but now the 2 tracks found its way on vinyl. This particular ( ) record finds David channeling NEW ORDER through a more lo-fi lens with even worse vocals reciting emotionally devastating prose. These 2 songs make up what is a perfect pop single. The band is called "( )" or "parenthesis".
xs on your eyes (2008/ABSOLUT KOSHER)
INDIE-ROCK. +/- (pronounced simply PLUS/MINUS) is probably one of the most underrated indie bands out there. On their 4th album, the band cut back on the sound bites, synthesizers, and programmed drum beats, relying instead on their own versatile musicianship - warm horn sections, classical guitar, and pedal steel guitar. "xs on your eyes" is distinctly more calm and confident in tone and is destined to become a favorite of many.
the checkered pasts of all kings present (2010/METASTASIS)
POST-HARDCORE. 1.6 BAND came up in the early '90s NYC hardcore scene. 1.6 BAND is one of those bands that makes your jaw drop when you see them live. Their musicianship, precise stop/start timing, and stage presence make you want to scream. Take the songwriting of DAG NASTY and the time changes of NO M EANS NO or VICTIMS FAMILY, throw in an angry screamer, and you have 1.6 BAND.
green street (2004/RIPTIDE)
INDIE/EMO-ROCK. With "green street", Eric Richter continues to define THE 101’s infectiously catchy sound, combining the finely honed atmospheric touch of his previous band ANTARCTICA, with the emotive drive of his CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE years, to create a well-crafted rock album with no end to its emotional depth or sense of tasteful simplicity. Richter’s writing here recalls the burning modern rock sound of JIMMY EAT WORLD and the introspection of early REM. For those out there who like rock served with pop hooks, buzzing with heady energy, intelligence, and real emotional depth, prepare to swoon to the sounds of THE 101’s "green street".
INDIE/EMO-ROCK. Featuring members of the defunct but forever legendary bands ANTARCTICA and CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE, THE 101 continues with the passion, beauty, and creativity where their previous bands left off. Contemporary and like-minded musicians (and friends) such as JIMMY EAT WORLD and RAINER MARIA, and their fans, will undoubtedly be pleased with "numbers" as it tugs at the heart-strings and brings its listener on a personal journey of self-discovery and inspiration.
curves that kick (2010/RELAPSE)
SLUDGE-HARDCORE. "curves that kick", the long out-of-print debut album from Southern California quartet 16, threw the doors open to a new, post-AmRep sound of discordance and discontent. Originally released on Pushead’s Bacteria Sour label in ’93, the album exposed the nascent beginnings of the soon-to-be infamous quartet. As "curves that kick" proved then and underscores now in its remixed and remastered form, 16 is its own unique, belligerent human animal. Vinyl comes with MP3 download code.
drop out (2010/RELAPSE)
SLUDGE-HARDCORE. The beastly, throbbing riffs and tortured screams of 16’s now-legendary "drop out" album sent shockwaves through the international music scene upon its ’96 release. It's obvious why over a decade later; the band made visceral anguish, angst, and disillusionment sound downright anthemic. 16 put an ugly, angry face on disenfranchised youth and "drop out" became a touchstone and soundtrack for the next generation of heavy rock trail blazers and trendsetters. Vinyl includes a MP3 download card.
amorine queen (2008/CRUNCHY FROG)
POST-ROCK. With their groundbreaking, catchy and consistently explosive rock 18TH DYE earned great recognition in the international music press during the '90s. Noise-rock has moved since the last time 18TH DYE were around, conquering new grounds in way heavier territory. So "amorine queen" seems to be their psychedelic album (in the same sense that WIRE went psychedelic) right down to the cover art. Way less minimal than where they were headed and very different production than Albini supplied. Vinyl version includes coupon for free MP3s of the entire album.
POST-ROCK. So, you wanna talk about contemporary avantgarde? Alright, how about talking about THE 1985, they are avantgarde as avantgarde can, they’ve got Andy Warhol-isms, they’ve got never-heard-of-before chemical drugs, they’ve got intense musicianship like krautrock, they’ve got weird style-dogmas like BAUHAUS, they’ve got underground credibility like early '80s wave from some NYC basement club or somewhere or early '90 San Diego art-rock.
1994 / SPIRES
POST-HARDCORE. Oakland's SPIRES builds on their soaring melodic chaotic sound while 1994 continues on in the vein of their "revolution summer" meets intricate, anthemic post-hardcore style.
lime green delorean (2011/BONE VOYAGE)
INDIE-ROCK. The Finnish veteran rockers 22 PISTEPIRKKO are back from the woods with a new album. They're best swimming the swampy blues rawk pool, while humming their trademark, sugar-coated pop-songs, blended with electronica oddities. It's not that everything they touch turns into gold, but if the world has been a more fair place, 22 PISTEPIRKKO would have been a more recognized and cherished act. Just like THE WHITE STRIPES all of a sudden became - using the exact same formula as the one 22 PISTEPIRKKO had been distilling, refining for years. DoLP comes with an etching on the d-side and includes a MP3 download card.
well you know (2008/BONE VOYAGE)
INDIE-ROCK. The fab three, back with guitar-based spaced-out bohemian blues-rock and proto-garage-psychedelia. 22 PISTEPIRKKO step forward with their idea of impressive simplicity, lively trio-playing and good melodies. Now, with the new album one can hear it in full bloom. P-K Keränen’s vocals and guitar playing have gathered depth that one doesn’t hear too often. Additionally, drummer Espe Haverinen simplified his playing to a great effect and sings more touching songs then on any other album. Asko Keränen's sonic bass, weird organs and effects add a room with a view, so specific 22 PISTEPIRKKO and just right for producer Kramer to play with those bits and pieces in a most gentle and subtle way.
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here waits thy doom (2013/WAR ON MUSIC)
METAL. "here waits thy doom" is the 4th album from the Canadian traditional heavy-metal heroes. "here waits thy doom" journeys even farther back into the realms of retro, reaching deep into the darkerst lairs of late '70s hard-rock and proto-metal. The result is a flawless onslaught of punishing, epic tracks with untouchable soaring highs and endless priceless licks. Now available on vinyl; repackaged in a heavy gatefold-jacket with brand new exclusive artwork.
the days and nights of everything anywhere (2007/POLYVINYL)
INDIE/POST-ROCK. The best music is always truly indefinable. Portland, Oregon's prolific 31KNOTS have described their sound as "post-apocalyptic vaudevillian punk", and while that's an apt description, it doesn't begin to express the level of demented-pop brilliance on the band's latest full-length, "the days and nights of everything anywhere. From the stuttering sequenced intro of the opener to the airy ambient ending of the closer, "the days and nights of everything anywhere" is the complete realization of the sound 31KNOTS have been working toward for the last 9 years.
trump harm (2011/POLYVINYL)
INDIE/POST-ROCK. In a day and age in which bands are exalted, obsessed over, and then forgotten as quickly as a web page can be refreshed, creating consistently adventurous and exciting albums for over a decade is no small feat. Moving into their 7th full-length, "trump harm", 31KNOTS are a living testament to the advantages of staying true to yourself over fleeting flash-in-the-pan glamour in an age of instant gratification. More than anything else, the sound of "trump harm" is yet another fresh take on the band’s unique brand of jagged yet melodic, gritty yet graceful, grandiose punk-rock. 31KNOTS executes each teetering musical jerk and halt and subsequent somersault with jawdropping agility. Vinyl includes a digital download card.