decade diary (2010/ASS CARD)
POST-PUNK. Straddling a line between the post-punk sounds of bands like FUGAZI and power pop-punk like THE THERMALS and THE POSTAL SERVICE, METROPLEX has been a veteran on the Philly music scene for the better part of the last decade. "decade diary" is their long overdue 2nd full-length and shows the band's talent for writing songs that capture the energy of their live show highlighted by intelligent lyrics, outstanding guitar work, and interesting and intricate song structures. LP includes MP3 download code.
II (2015/SUB POP)
POST/NOISE-ROCK. "II" is the concussive new full-length from Toronto's METZ. Written and recorded in 2014, after 2 years of constant touring behind their rightly-adored, self-titled debut, "II" is METZ at their most true to form-as pure an expression of what they do as can currently be committed to tape. The guitars are titanic, the drums ill-tempered, the vocals chilling, and the volume worrisome. "II" is the sound of an already monstrous band improving in both subtle and terrifying ways. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
brother, sister (2014/BURNT TOAST)
INDIE-ROCK. After spending much of 2005 and 2006 touring, MEWITHOUTYOU presented this, their 3rd full-length. "brother, sister" was a more artful record than their previous efforts, with the band toning down the chaos and shouting and creating a record that they, as music lovers, would want to listen to. Available for the 1st time on vinyl.
it's all crazy! it's all false! it's all a dream! it's alright (2009/BURNT TOAST)
INDIE-ROCK. Over the course of 3 albums and several hundred mesmerizing shows, audiences have consistently heard something dramatic and altogether different from MEWITHOUTYOU. Spirits have been jolted and calmed, in equal measures. Much of the MEWITHOUTYOU anguish of old has given way to a sense of gentle wonder, as the band and a whole slew of guest musicians have unearthed strange and beautiful sounds that accompany the album’s many marvels. The band remains in left field, but one that continuously draws to them more eccentrics, seekers, and lovers of original music. Colored vinyl with an etched d-side and a gatefold-cover.
pale horses (2015/RUN FOR COVER)
INDIE-ROCK. "pale horses", MEWITHOUTYOU's 6th album, continues their unwavering artistic vision. The result is a beautiful fusion not unlike the music found on the band's most revered releases. Epic in scope, "pale horses" is an emotional journey as captivating as any of their classic releases, referential to the best parts of their catalog with a distinguished vitality, captured in the band's signature, hauntingly iconic way. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
ten stories (2016/RUN FOR COVER)
INDIE-ROCK. This Run For Cover Records reissue of "ten stories" includes reimagined and expanded packaging. MEWITHOUTYOU returns with their 1st studio album, a self-released record and their 1st since parting with Tooth And Nail. "ten stories" is an allegorical collection of songs that, at first listen, follows a winding narrative about a circus train crash in 19th century Montana and features guest vocals on 2 songs from PARAMORE's Hayley Williams. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
derecho a la vida (2011/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)
Reissue of the MG-15 debut 7" from 1985. After demo tapes both as MG-15 and SLIP AND SPERMA the band were ready to enter the studio for what is considered by most as the first DISCHARGE influenced Spanish record. Originally pressed in Italy on the almighty Attack Punk label, "derecho a la vida" gained seminal status as a classic hardcore record amongst the vibrant European scene of the early to mid '80s. Their bleak and apocalyptic vision of the world, idealistic ideas and abrasive sound made MG-15 part of a wave of new sounding hardcore bands who made the underground punk what we love today. This repress on clear vinyl contains the 4 original tracks plus a 12 page booklet with fanzine interviews and reviews from underground magazines.
Nova lux (2008/VIVA HATE)
POST-ROCK. With MUSTARD GAS AND ROSES, guitarist Mike Gallagher (of renowned dirge architects ISIS) unveils a compendium of sparse ruminations culled from years of underground musical experience. An artistic and entirely instrumental departure from band-based disseminations, Gallagher's solo debut is nonetheless in accord with the general aesthetic of ISIS, exploring the same telekinetic atmosphere via more personal and austere means. You'll get 5 ominous guitar-based soundscapes that will fit very nicely in every record collection.
wavering on the cresting heft (2007/CONSPIRACY)
POST-ROCK. With MUSTARD GAS AND ROSES guitarist Mike Gallagher (of renowned dirge architects ISIS) unveils a compendium of sparse ruminations culled from years of underground musical experience. Gallagher has developed a style characterized by dense, sustained textures coupled with a penchant for the subtle melodicism associated with the post-Sabbath riff. Imagine ISIS with much of the bombast stripped away, leaving only dark, moody and melancholic soundscapes. MGR is an emotionally charged amalgamation of sounds that, much to its credit, refuses to fit neatly into any particular category.
s/t (2012/AGI PUNK)
DEATH-METAL. Swedish death-metal scene has always been related to the punk one. MIASMAL is a new band but in the same spirit, they share members with AGRIMONIA and MARTYRDÖD, while unleashing a death-metal attack in the pure old Swedish tradition, and with great results most of all. "left hand path" and "like an ever flowing stream" times are back! This repress of MIASMAL full-lenght, originally released in 2011, is supporting their european tour in 2012.
blespec (spathages)/worthhnt (rust mine) (2016/WHARF CAT)
PROGRESSIVE-METAL. On the "blespec (spathages)/worthhnt (rust mine)" 7”, MICK BARR unleashes 2 technically masterful and dynamic tracks that straddle the progressive-metal and free-jazz genres. Both feature only BARR’s maniacally fast guitar shredding and screamed vocals. This 7" is truly thrilling and sure to satisfy any fan of MICK BRR’s solo output, his work with bands like ORTHRELM, KRALLIC, or any of his numerous collaborative efforts. Limited edition of just 300 copies.
wild girls walk (2009/BONE VOYAGE)
GARAGE-PUNK. If you like your sound wild and raw, primitive and ramshackle, blaring out of tiny micra-car speakers, all windows rolled down for fresh northern wind in the face, then this is for you. If you liked their fast songs, this here is speedier. you liked their deeper blue moments? this here is darker. The only cover in the 12 song collection, "funnel of love", gives a hint from which era the 3 ladies from Kuopio once draw their influences from. Sure, their own stuff is still running on '60s fuel, but is so much now and their own. Disturbing? MICRAGIRLS turned on the switch.
stovall (2016/SIDE ONE DUMMY)
EMO/INDIE-PUNK. Originally released in 2014 on Antique Records, Side One Dummy presents the reissue of "stovall" from Atlanta's MICROWAVE, reissued and repressed for the masses. Their brand of passionate indie-rock and emocore hits close to home. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
scars (2009/FASHIONABLE IDIOTS)
HARDCORE-PUNK. On "scars", Allentown's MIDDLE AMERICA offer up 3 more tracks of twisted and demented hardcore. The direction is a bit slowed down compared to their highly recommended debut record, but without losing their damaged edge. This is by far "end times"-music at it's best.
out of vogue (2008/FRONTIER)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Debate continues to this day as to whether or not THE MIDDLE CLASS were the 1st hardcore band, but even if they weren't, their "out of vogue" 7" is universally hailed as one of the most influential recordings of the original '70s punk era. THE MIDDLE CLASS's sound evolved out of a blistering, shouted, arty version of punk, one that had an enormous influence on the hardcore sound that would emerge in the years following their 1st release, the 1978 "out of vogue" 7". This record features the title track along with 3 other songs.