several shades of why (2011/SUB POP)
ALTERNATIVE-ROCK. It's hard to believe that after 25 years of squalling guitar rock with DINOSAUR JR and a slew of other bands, J. Mascis is just now releasing his 1st proper solo album, and that it's a laid-back acoustic record. After listening to "several shades of why", it's even harder to believe he hasn't explored this format more often. His maximum rock 'n' roll six-string shredding morphs exceptionally well into this album's earthy, forlorn picking, and Mascis' lazy, stripped-bare backdrop of acoustic guitars and cellos and jingling tambourines is pure magic. Several guest musicians drop in to lend a hand on the album (including BAND OF HORSES, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, A SILVER MOUNT ZION, BLACK HEART PROCESSION etc.), but no one comes close to stealing the spotlight from the veteran Mascis on this affecting collection of solitary ballads. LP includes a MP3 download card.
no solution (2014/HARDWARE)
HARDCORE. Embracing influences from a wide variety of worldwide Hardcore, JACKALS dropped a bomb on their debut LP. The 7" already was a blast, but this one nails it to the cross. Fierce, negativity-ridden, stop'n go hardcore and top-notch artwork make this a sick release.
ballads of the revolution (2009/FIRE)
PSYCHEDELLIC/AMBIENT-ROCK. During their creative lifespan, some bands morph from challenging radicals intent on beating their listeners into stunned submission - other bands, like JACKIE-O-MOTHERFUCKER, are content with just being bloody awkward. "ballads of the revolution", their 10th studio album, sees them cheerfully frolicking in a blur of d.i.y. psychedelia, spattering their sound with a dollop of jazz improvisation layered over traditional folk. "ballads of the revolution" does a great job of balancing this great band's experimental side with its more structured leanings toward traditional American folk musics, and because of that surely ranks among the most essential of all JACKIE-O-MOTHERFUCKER's albums.
HEAVY-METAL. Asheville's JACUZZI SUICIDE features past and present members of many notable bands: KAKISTOCRACY, PRINCESS THUNDERSTORM, RESSURECTUM, ELECTRIC DAMN, HADAKA MATSURI, SPACE WEED, REAGAN'S BONES, BOMB THREAT, etc.. This, however, sounds nothing like any of these bands. Imagine people from bands like these deciding to go outside of the punk spectrum and focus more on a JUDAS PRIEST, early MÖTLEY CRUE kinda worship. Cowbells, falsetto vocals, guitar solos. D.I.Y. stadium rock with a glam twist.
gods and monsters (2013/BOSS TUNEAGE)
PUNK-ROCK. "gods and monsters" is the debut album by Leeds JADED EYES, who although a relatively new band , feature members who have been active in the punk scene for many years, in bands such as VOORHEES, THE HORROR, JOHN HOLMES, DEAD PETS, SEX MANIACS, GEOFFREY OI!COTT and many many more. Sharing a collective love of the Dischord sounds of the likes of DAG NASTY and GOVERNMENT ISSUE and mixing them with the home grown UK guitar driven punk sounds of the likes of THE RUTS, THE DAMNED and HDQ, JADED EYES have created a driving energetic debut that rocks and needs to be heard. This is the limited edition coloured vinyl.
that's how we burn (2010/SUB POP)
INDIE-ROCK. JAILL, a self-described psych-pop combo who play with undeniable guts. Recorded nervously in the leaky basement of an old funeral home, with overdubs finished over a year’s time at home. Recalling the glory of '90s lo-fi pop, these songs possess a sinewy tension honed from years of basement shows and a palpable, gritty rock sense born of enduring cold, cold Midwest winter months. Bright guitars and amped-up energy skipping like a stone over Kircher’s dense lyrics, only to sink into momentary mellow moments. "that’s how we burn" is sure to make the girls freak, the guys geek, and all the lovers weak in the knees. LP includes MP3 download code.
new ocean (2013/SADDLE CREEK)
FOLK/POST-ROCK. JACK BELLOWS had quit music. Or so he thought. After fronting NEVA DINOVA for more than 15 years which included 5 full-lengths. BELLOWS returned to music with a renewed sense of the intrinsic value of art and its ability to express the commonality of human experience. His debut full-length, "new ocean", offers a mix tape of different kinds of songs hanging out on one record - love songs that are not necessarily ballads despite their introspective gauziness, with left turns into drunk-in-the-sun bossa nova and blue-eyed-soul ruptured by fuzz guitar.
JAM SESSION, THE
Vergesst bitte schleunigst, was ihr bislang von den Schweden vernommen habt. Die Killersongs auf dieser MLP schlagen ein wie eine Granate. Eigentlich kann man hier alle typischen Schlagwoerter zu Rate ziehen, um diese Scheibe zu beschreiben. belassen wir es bei einem einzigen: BRUTAL! 12 Songs, die angepisste Heavyness verspruehen, zudem extrem sludgy sind und mit gewaltigen, depressiven und apokalyptischen „schwarzen Melodien“ beim hoeren Todesqualen hervorrufen. Die 7 Stuecke klingen wie ein dreckiger Mix aus EYEHATEGOD, NEUROSIS und ISIS. Ein mehr als gelungener Soundtrack zur menschlichen Selbstzerstoerung.
JAMMY DODGERS, THE
s/t (2009/NO IDEA)
PUNK-ROCK. THE JAMMY DODGERS is a brief milestone in the long, twisted musical journey of Chris Clavin (GHOIST MICE, CAPTAIN CHAOS etc.) that once again returns to the electrified roots of d.i.y. punk-rock. The result is 7 tracks of poppy, lighthearted punk.
celebration rock (2012/POLYVINYL)
POST-ROCK. "celebration rock" is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed "post-nothing". JAPANDROIDS kept the ground rules they've always had for recording: no double-tracking guitars and no overdubs unless they're absolutely necessary. The raw energy captured on "celebration rock" is well-balanced with a much bigger sound and showcases the band's growth as songwriters. Colored vinyl comes with gatefold-jacket, on 180gr vinyl with a huge 20-page booklet and includes a digital download card.
heavenward grand prix (2010/POLYVINYL)
POST-ROCK. "heavenward grand prix" is a JAPANDROIDS' original and "shame" is a PJ HARVEY cover. Recorded during the duo's brief period of time off between tours, each 2 song 7" in the five-part series will include an a-side of previously unreleased material written during the "post-nothing" sessions and a cover b-side. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
no singles (2010/POLYVINYL)
POST-ROCK. JAPANDROIDS’ critically acclaimed debut full-length, set a course for the band that landed them on over 30 year-end lists. Prior to "post-nothing’s" release, JAPANDROIDS released 2 five-song CDR. The releases were limited to 500 copies and quickly fell out-of-print. The companion piece to "post-Nothing", "no singles" compiles these into one album. Meticulous packaging designed by the band includes a 32-page booklet with liner notes detailing JAPANDROIDS’ early history, complete with rare photos and show fliers. The 180gr vinyl version comes in a deluxe double gatefold-jacket and includes a digital download card.
POST-ROCK. A guitar and drums duo from Vancouver, JAPANDROIDS crank out eardrum-bursting noise-rock that takes cues from alternative-rock vets such as HÜSKER DÜ as well as contemporary bands like NO AGE. On their debut, "post-nothing" they deliver a rush of fuzzed-out rockers and stoner-metal grooves, plus an awesomely bummed-out drone track. Unlike most arty noise bands, these guys don't take themselves too seriously. Comes on thick 180gr vinyl.
decline of western civilization IV... (2012/HAPPINESS)
HARDCORE-PUNK. JAPANESE WOMEN return with a flexi 7" ("decline of western civilization IV: major tom visits a space cantina in new los angeles on mars (penelope spheeris mix") after their much praised "order" tape. Five punks from Alabama blend hardcore, noise, kraut-rock and old psychedelic garage all too well. In just under 4min. this assault of weirdness dishes out punk-rock that attacks you violently and then leaves you seeing colors. SLAVESCENE meets kraut-rock.
bilder fressen strom (2010/WE DELIVER THE GUTS/UNUNDEUX)
GRINDCORE. JAPANISCHE KAMPFHÖRSPIELE, in addition to their pretty unique approach at a combination of punk-infused death/grind with whatever samples they dig up, have always been about the lyrics. The brilliant booklet artwork give hints as to how much these guys despise what’s around them, as the lyrics reek of insidious cynicism and ridicule against our beloved system. The full-length contains 27 songs and packed with great riffing, thick groove and an equally punchy, yet subtly improved production; compared to their last full-length “rauchen und yoga” to boot. The tempo is a bit slower, blast beats are used only as complementary elements, heaviness and groove are more prominent, chaos less so. If you like MISERY INDEX check this out. By the way...the band is putting up the whole album on MySpace.