on n'est pas bien a l'ombre (2009/SHOGUN)
CRUST-HARDCORE. IZBA WYTRZEZWIEN deserve on their debut 7" ripping crusty hardcore with a really unique European feeling . This is just straightforward crust-hardcore, almost more of an early '80s Finnish sound than anything else with some unique high-pitched vocals that kind of make this sound like the LIBYANS if they went crust. Just one word- killer!
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.
J. MASCIS / DINOSAUR JR.
live at cbgb's: the first acoustic show (2014/MUSIC ON VINYL)
SINGER/SONGWRITER. This is J. MASCIS 1st ever acoustic performance (recorded in 1993), in which the man who'd made his name with bludgeoning volume and über-heavy electric guitar freakouts quietly stripped his songs down to their framework for an evening. Presented in their simplest form, MASCIS' songs display a tuneful elegance that sometimes gets lost when pumped through a stack of Marshalls, and while on the 1st few numbers he tends to overemphasize the natural drawl in his voice, by the end of the show MASCIS is in admirable form as both a guitarist and a singer. The 1st pressing consists of 1500 numbered copies on silver/black marbled vinyl.
eberkoma (2014/GIVE PRAISE)
GRINDCORE/DEATH-METAL. JACK are back with their follow-up to "inhumanus". "eberkoma" continues on with this Hungarian based band’s breed of blasting grindcore. You'll get 6 tracks of pummeling musical destruction complete with socially based lyrics, attacking the crumbling world that surrounds us. This will appeal to fans of PHOBIA, NAPALM DEATH, TERRORIZER, and EXTREME NOISE TERROR – drawing off those influences to combine a mix of grindcore, death-metal, and hardcore. Limited to 300 on red vinyl.
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.
violent is... (2014/HARDWARE)
HARDCORE. After a 7" and a follow up LP on Hardware Records earlier this year, "violent is..." is the 2nd 7" from this stop'n go hardcore band. More mean, ripping, politically aware hardcore.
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.