MATT POND PA
last light (2007/POLYVINYL)
INDIE-ROCK. Over the course of 6 acclaimed albums, MATT POND has composed a world of poetic characters and bittersweet melodies. Each release presents a new emotional arc, drawing fans in closer with personal lyrics and endearing hooks. "last light" offers the most dynamic glimpse of this world yet. Set against Matt's pastoral imagery, this collection of songs follows a path from hopeless longing to the hope of new love - exploring all the delicate twists, turns, rifts, and revelations in between. Double vinyl comes on 180gr. and includes a MP3 download card.
MATT POND PA
the dark leaves (2010/POLYVINYL)
INDIE-ROCK. “the dark leaves” is the band’s 7th album. Compared with their last 2 records in particular, it’s a moody and subdued collection. Perhaps it doesn’t set a new benchmark like “several arrows later” but in its own, mild-mannered, quiet sort of way, it shares its predecessors' gifts. It’s the kind of record that demands your focused attention. Only with deep, concentrated listening are its true charms realized. It’s 10 tracks and it clocks in at just under 40min.. Brevity and subtlety give the illusion of slightness, but this record has surprising depth. Limited colored LP includes MP3 download code.
may day (2012/NIGHTSHOES SYNDICATE)
SINGER/SONGWRITER. Best known for his work as the frontman of THE GET UP KIDS and the NEW AMSTERDAMS, MATT PRYOR puts forth his 2nd solo full-length, with 12 heartfelt tracks. Vinyl version includes a digital download card.
MATT SKIBA / KEVIN SECONDS
split (2009/ASIAN MAN)
SINGER/SONGWRITER. This is a split release from 2002 featuring Matt Skiba from THE ALKALINE TRIO and Kevin Seconds from 7 SECONDS with 5 songs from each artist. Both Matt and Kevin play all the instruments on their recordings - extremely heartfelt music that will have you singing along instantly.
some days are better than others (2011/TEMPORARY RESIDENCE)
POST/INDIE-ROCK. The day has finally come! MATTHEW COOPER's spellbinding soundtrack to "some days are better than others" since before his creative breakthrough album, "similes" (released under his more widely known ELUVIUM moniker) was even made. The film stars James Mercer (Broken Bells, The Shins) and Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney) as strangers whose lives occasionally intersect as they navigate their way through the struggles of personal attachment and disconnection.
nervena (2010/NY VAG)
POST-PUNK. After great success in Sweden with both BEAR QUARTET and MABD, Mattias decided to go solo. This resulted in "nerverna". His best and most accomplished album to date. The music is simple and rooted in proto punk band like VELVET UNDERGROUND and Jonathan Richman but all held together by Mattias incredible lyrics. With this album he once again proves that he is one of the best and most interesting lyricists in Sweden. Taking the normal and ordinary and turning it into spectacular words and meanings. For fans of CRAMPS, VELVET UNDERGROUND, MODERN LOVERS and GUN CLUB!
old hands (2010/DERANGED)
HARDCORE. MATURE SITUATIONS, the band, was borne of the need to trivialize the grievances and tribulations of the elderly - so as to anger karma and preemptively flip off the inevitable pants-shitting, Viagra-snorting, hip-replacing, sour-milk smelling future of all men. Is nothing sacred? "old hands" deliever 4 new songs, featuring Chris Colohan (LEFT FOR DEAD, CURSED). Nice well-down Dead Kennedys art-work rip-off.
isolation (2012/VINYL RITES)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Massive speed fueled punk madness from Gainesville, Florida. Influenced by Japanese killers FRAMTID, MAUSER is drum-focused and driving, with simple and brutal punk riffs covered in distortion. On their 1st release, "end of the line", they played a couple mid-tempo rockers, but this is mostly straight forward hardcore-punk noise! They set themselves aside from most of the crappy noise-punk coming out of the US by actually being able to write great songs and having an incredibly clear, powerful and harsh recording. US-pressing!
MAX & LAURA BRAUN
telltale (2012/ARCTIC RODEO)
SINGER/SONGWRITER. Their music has grown, darker, fuller and more diverse in it's influences since those simple "dorset songs". Percussive drumming, melodic bass lines and shimmering pedal steel sounds ad facets beyond folk to Max and Laura's guitar playing and vocals that sit together so smoothly like perhaps only those of a brother and sister can.
our earthly pleasures (2007/WARP)
INDIE-ROCK. "our earthly pleasures" is the 2nd album from Geordie new-wavers MAXIMO PARK, and is the follow up to their impressive debut album, "a certain trigger". A bigger, louder and more expansive record than their debut, here we find the band in a more reflective mood, with singer Paul Smith's plaintive and heartfelt lyrics being backed by a band not afraid to experiment with their sound.
life & times (2009/REAPER)
HARDCORE. In 1986, at the height of the hardcore movement in New York City, the underground scene gave birth to one of the most original hybrids of hardcore. After over a decade, MAXIMUM PENALTY has had 7 releases, have toured the US and Europe, taken hiatus and have now returned with a vengeance. October 2009 will bring the fruits of a seed 1st planted in 1986 and since then been cultivated by many different hands.
MAXIMUM ROCK 'N' ROLL
#355 (december 2012) (2012/MAXIMUM ROCK 'N' ROLL)
HARDCORE/PUNK. The December issue #355 comes busting at the seams with the best from punk around the world. This month features an interview with Doomsday cover artist Avi Spivak, a interview with Portland-based punks of the world, the RED DONS and the ESTRANGED, Sweden’s crust megaliths AGRIMONIA. Russia’s hardcore band ANTIMELODIX explain their story and love for Finland. NAPOLNARIZ tell us what it’s like growing up punk in Puerto Rico and LA ARMADA examine their experience of coming to the US from the Dominican Republic. Peru’s anarcho-punks DHK tell us about their scene in Lima. BREATHING LIGHT from Chicago discuss race, culture and what it’s like to be a punk of color within the punk scene and beyond. Sweden punks VICTIMS take us on a trip with the 2nd part of their European tour-diary, a scene report from Ontario sheds some light onto this active part of the Great White North. This, plus all the columnists you love to hate (and hate to love!) and the most extensive record reviews in punk!
second best sunsets (2010/KISS OF DEATH)
PUNK-ROCK. After self-releasing their demo and the "lighter fluid" 7", MAYFLOWER has finally unveiled a sizable chunk of material. This LP is a cynical punk-rock jaunt in the vein of OFF WITH THEIR HEADS or DILLINGER FOUR. MAYFLOWER provide enough variation on this LP to keep it interesting at all times with their rough-around-the-edges brand of punk-rock. This one is perfect for drunken singalongs, but also features smarter-than-average songwriting.
the moonmaiden (2012/RESURRECTION)
METAL-PUNK. After the accidental suicide deaths of 3 drummers, MDK had the legendary Hiroaki Ishiyama flewn in from the small village of Kagoshimaken, Japan to record for this special release. This is an onslaught of blasphemous dark noisy metal-hardcore-doom fuck. This release contains 3 blasphemous attacks of noisy beer hardcore shit punk in-your-face metal. All copies (1st edition on blue) come with a nice glossy cover and includes a digital download card.
ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES
blow in the wind (2001/FAT WRECK)
POP-PUNK. All '60s cover songs from this all-star pop-punk line up. Pop-punk versions of THE BEACH BOYS, SUPREMES and more...