OFF WITH THEIR HEADS / DETOURNEMENT
split (2010/NO IDEA)
PUNK-ROCK. Minnesota's OFF WITH THEIR HEADS and New Jersey's DETOURNEMENT both play 1 acoustic original and 1 electric cover on this split, with OFF WITH THEIR HEADS doing "princess" by PANTHRO UK 13 and DETOURNEMENT doing TRACY CHAPMAN's "talkin' bout a revolution". Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
first four (2010/VICE)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Los Angeles, CA-based OFF! features Keith Morris (BLACK FLAG, CIRCLE JERKS), Steven McDonald (RED KROSS), Dimitri Coats (BURNING BRIDGES) and Mario Rubalcaba (ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, HOT SNAKES) team up to bring 4 old-school hardcore-punk jams that hearken back to the days of the BLACK FLAG 7"s. Limited edition box set with cover designed by Raymond Pettibon contains four 7"s, each with an exclusive Raymond Pettibon designed sleeve as well as a 12-page booklet with an introduction by Pettibon, exclusive photos, and artwork celebrating the band and their individual legacies.
HARDCORE-PUNK. If 2012 really is the end, the members of OFF! are determined to go out kicking and/or screaming. Keith Morris and his crew of punk-rock misfits, featuring members of RED KROSS and HOT SNAKES, return with their 1st proper full-length of fire-spitting hardcore-punk that attempts to sound and look like a BLACK FLAG record. Once again featuring cover art courtesy of the always-masterful Pettibon, the record was written and recorded at lightning speed, the only speed at which OFF! know how to operate.
wasted years (2014/VICE)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Combining reckless, improvisational energy with the combined skills of four deadly sharp musicians, OFF! has dug down through a decade's worth of accumulated stylistic garbage and rediscovered the stripped-down core of noise, speed, and rock 'n' roll that punk seemed to have lost forever. Their 3rd full-length recording, "wasted years", is the most direct and in-your-face embodiment of OFF!'s mission yet.
endless struggle/we must rebel/i hate myself (2014/SOUTHERN LORD)
HARDCORE. The OFFENDERS formed in 1978 in Texas, relocated to Austin, and became known worldwide as one of the premiere hardcore bands from Texas alongside D.R.I., MDC, the DICKS and BIG BOYS. Southern Lord presents a collection of all of their recordings on vinyl. This double vinyl contains both classic full-lengths "endless struggle" from '83 and "we must rebel" from '85 along the "i hate myself" 7". Vinyl housed in a gatefold-jacket with the original covers faithfully replicated.
THRASHCORE. Full on Italiano tornado thrash from ex-members of L'AMICO DI MARTUCCI. Raw, fast and fucking high energy hardcore from these Italian veterans.
fuaim catha (1995/SKULD)
PUNK-ROCK. One of the longest running political punk-rock bands still existing. The band comes from Scotland, has toured the world several times and has released many, many records all around the globe. Angry, political, slightly metallic anarcho-punk to insipre you to break free from the daily boredom!
everything is going to be (2009/LIFE'S A RAPE)
PUNK-ROCK. OK? are a San Diego band who have been around for awhile now, but have only recently started to play out and record, but judging by this 7" they were using their time wisely. OK? play traditional anarcho punk with female vocals mixed with hefty doses of straight forward 80’s UK punk, giving them a very focused and high energy sound while retaining the political consciousness and fury of the old Crass Records bands. THE SYSTEM or FLUX OF PINK INDIANS seems as appropriate a comparison as any. This isn’t the most popular sound for newer bands, so fans of the genre will be pleasantly surprised to check out a current band who gets it.
this is only a test (2010/LIFE'S A RAPE)
PUNK-ROCK. OK? play traditional anarcho-punk with female vocals mixed with hefty doses of straight forward '80s UK punk, giving them a very focused and high energy sound while retaining the political consciousness and fury of the old Crass Records bands. THE SYSTEM or FLUX OF PINK INDIANS seems as appropriate a comparison as any. This isn't the most popular sound for newer bands, so fans of the genre will be pleasantly surprised to check out a current band who gets it.
black sheep boy (2009/JAGJAGUWAR)
POST-ROCK. "black sheep boy" is OKKERVIL RIVER’s most ambitious and cinematic record yet, a love story and adult fable that evokes the mature songcraft of Leonard Cohen, the sophistication of Scott Walker, the shambling slow-motion bravado of Neil Young and the raw nerves and trick effects of Big Star. The most fully realized and wildly adventurous OKKERVIL RIVER album also introduces such previously foreign elements as children’s keyboards, digitally manipulated field recordings, and dirty splatters of distorted guitar. Includes the 7 songs from "appendix". Vinyl version includes a MP3 download card.
i am very far (2011/JAGJAGUWAR)
POST-ROCK. On "i am very far", Sheff emerges not only as a songwriter of the highest caliber, but a producer and arranger of singular vision. Abandoning the tidy conceptual arcs of OKKERVIL RIVER's previous albums, "i am very far" is a monolithic, darkly ambiguous work, one that doesn’t readily offer up its secrets. Richer and weirder than "the stage names" and deeper and moodier than even "black sheep boy", "i am very far" is dense, fragmented, opaque. A reverie of uncertainty, it feels at once disorienting and oddly familiar, threatening and friendly. OKKERVIL RIVER have thrown away all maps and compasses but they continue to chart their way, unblinking, toward destinations unknown. Vinyl comes with a MP3 download card.
POST-ROCK. "mermaid" is the darkest song you'll hear all year: a self-contained fable shot through with evocative and disturbing imagery but rising to a sweeping, romantic, oddly moving climax. This waltz-time ballad gestures towards the tattered folk of OKKERVIL RIVER's beloved 2005 album "black sheep boy". With "walked out on a line" you'll get a glimpse of what might further emerge. Choral and atmospheric and stripped of any of the acoustic textures that have defined much of the band’s past work. Vinyl version includes a MP3 download card.
the stage names (2007/JAGJAGUWAR)
POST-ROCK. This record dynamites the moss-covered castle walls of 2005's "black heep boy" to let in the glaring sun. Riddled with characters real and fake, with the relics of high culture and the crumpled up trash of low culture, "the stage names" is a cinemascopic take on the meaning of entertainment in the modern world. Reverberant with echoes of motown snap and girl-group-pop, redolent with ripe whiffs of dirty rock 'n' roll, shining with the shimmy of BO DIDDLEY, with the shimmer of the VELVET UNDERGROUNDS, with the swagger of THE FACES, and with a glittery sprinkling of cheap perfume to disguise the stink, "the stage names" is a relentlessly paced and ruthlessly thrilling journey.
the stand ins (2008/JAGJAGUWAR)
POST-ROCK. The Austin band's 5th album, is packed with the same compound sentences, sprawling narratives, and precarious, barn-dance guitars that made its companion piece, 2007's "the stage names", so weirdly gripping. Still, "the stand ins", which features a haze of banjo, mandolin, mellotron, piano, hammond organ, pedal steel, sleigh bells, and gentle percussion, functions perfectly well on its own, raucous and contemplative in equal measure.
wake and be fine/weave room blues (2011/JAGJAGUWAR)
POST-ROCK. "wake and be fine" is the 1st 7" from the forthcoming LP "i am very far" from OKKERVIL RIVER. To announce the new record, Okkervil River performed "wake and be fine" with A.C. Newman (The New Pornographers).