NUMBER ONES, THE
POP-PUNK. THE NUMBER ONES (aka THE #1s) will take you to power pop heaven with their razor sharp 10 track self-titled debut album. Even though they are based in Dublin, they sound like a classic good vibrations band from 1979. THE NUMBER ONES have energy, passion and tunes so good, it makes you think you've heard them already. Each track is a golden nugget of power pop fun that never outlasts it's welcome as every track is under three minutes. Although this sort of music seems to have been done a million times before, it sounds fresh in the hands of THE NUMBER ONES. This is pure summer fun for fans of EXPLODING HEARTS, BUZZCOCKS and THE TRANZMITORS. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU, THE
worse than alone (2009/EYEBALL)
POST-HARDCORE/METAL. With the buzz surrounding THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU at an all-time high, the group went all-or-nothing for their latest release. "worse than alone" was self-produced by the band and mixed by Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan) and represents the next stage in the band's evolution. "worse than alone" miraculously fuses literally every style of music the band is influenced by, from classical and jazz to screamo, grindcore and death-metal, into one molten morass of auditory carnage.
Now you are in this (2007/SOUTHERN)
INDIE/ELEKTRO-POP. The songs are pensive and worry-stained, all minimal, bluntly entrancing riffs, insistent drumming, and tense, reverberant synthesizers. The futuristic propulsion of KRAFTWERK filtered through the raw-knuckled roughness of SUICIDE? Surprisingly, the most disquieting aspect of the songs is their subtle charm. 13 tracks of dazed and charged near-collapse that unexpectedly catch in your mind, echoing their haunted buzz for days and weeks after the record ends. Not since THE SILVER APPLES has a band so successfully wedded a cacophony of electronic keyboards with such a clear-voiced pop sensibility.
apple's acre (2009/DEAD OCEANS)
POST-ROCK. "apple's acre" is a record full of dysfunctional, hushed love, laced with elegance and grace and without angst and regret. But the plain courage of their songs is the secret ingredient that's already turning heads and blowing minds all over the Northwest and if you think about it, in pop music, courage is always at a premium. Fans of YEASAYER, DEERHOOF, DANIELSON and wild minded pop music should pay close attention.
dracula (2011/DEAD OCEAN)
POST-ROCK. NURSES return with "dracula", the follow-up to their 2009 homemade psych gem "apple's acre". "dracula" is steeped in the strange pop brew that bore "apple's acre", with the band's unmistakable elastic melodies, heady pop hooks and unconventional knack for catchy songwriting that gets under your skin. But where the last release was an insular album, "dracula" is bursting. It's bolder, heavier, with deep grooves, dubby basslines and a focus on rhythm. It's an album with pure physical qualities. Vinyl includes a MP3 download card.
CRUST-HARDCORE/METAL. Portland's underground crust miscreants NUX VOMICA unleash their Relapse Records debut and 1st full-length album in over 5 years. Blending the suffocating atmospherics of doom/sludge with the raw ferocity of black-metal and d-beat hardcore, NUX VOMICA construct an organic heaviness caught somewhere between NEUROSIS and HIS HERO IS GONE. Their self-titled album is a 3-song, 40min. emotional odyssey into the depths of human darkness. A flawless combination of epic song structures with crushing melodies and colossal riffs with powerful dynamics, NUX VOMICA is a truly captivating listening experience that will appeal to fans of anything extreme. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
crashtest dummies (2010/SPASTIC FANTASTIC)
HARDCORE-PUNK. NXD is not lazy since their debut 7" "nur flops" from 2009. They have not developed their style and they're pretty much the same lame musicians as before. This time they offer 11 more funny and stupid punk tracks. Musicwise they're the missing link between SNIFFING GLUE, DEAN DIRG, SURF NAZIS MUST DIE and crappy bands like WIZO. Comes yet again in an eyebleeding colored artwork and includes a digital download card.
fickt euch alle (2011/SPASTIC FANTASTIC)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Yeah, NXD are back with their debut LP after several 7''s and split projects. This time with 18 own smashers. "fickt euch alle" is a maniac bulldozer between fast and snotty garage-punk, old-school '80s hardcore, deutsch-punk from the older days and highspeed thrash moments. Imagine something between DEAN DIRG, CIRCLE JERKS and SURF NAZIS MUST DIE with the youngish smack of stupidity and simplicity. NXDwill fuck you all. Comes along in a inside-out cover and includes a digital download card.
life (2013/CRICKET CEMETERY)
INDIE/ELECTRO-POP. NYTEOWL's 1st full-length, "life", follows a string of successful 7"s, including "valentine" that featured heart-pumping electro-soul jams. "life" adds a dark twist to those elastic synth beats - like sounds emitting from a Bladerunner nightclub. Aptly titled, "life", expels a range of emotions that illustrate the rollercoaster ride that life indeed is. It represents the soul-felt journey through ups and downs that everyone goes through while evoking a poignantly dark, digital future. "life" is 9 tracks of spaced-out electronic-pop from. Limited to 300 copies.
black sea of trees (2012/ALERTA ANTIFASCISTA )
POST/AMBIENT-ROCK. "O" isn't just the letter. "O" is the circle symbol and at the same time the name of this 6 piece band from the border region (Belgium/Netherlands/Germany) around Aachen (Germany). In 2010 the members got together with the aim to create spheric musical landscapes. The music wants to take the audience on a turbulent journey somewhere between ambient and post-rock and sometimes you can guess their musical roots found in punk/hardcore. Thick 180gr vinyl comes with a heavy cover and thick printed innersleeve and includes a digital download card.
O PIONEERS / MIKE PARK
split (2009/SUBURBAN HOME)
PUNK-ROCK. Mike Park, original member of SKANKIN PICKLE and founder of Asian Man Records, brings 1 track of his own quirky, punk solo project to this split with O PIONEERS contributing a track of HOT WATER MUSIC and LEATHERFACE-influenced rock.
when plants turn into stoner (2014/GOLDEN ANTENNA)
POST/AMBIENT-ROCK. "O" (CIRCLE) from Belgium/Netherlands/Germany takes atmosphere, temper and pitch from '70s-style movie scores. In some parts their new concept album reminds of outstanding albums by TANGERIME DREAM, NEU! or CLUSTER, but also other epic composers such as ENNIO MORRICONE gleam in the 6 self-contained tracks on the record with the programmatic title "when plants turn into stoner". This is an acoustic journey that you should enjoy with your headphones on! The listener is launched into a timeless musical journey through unknown territory and melodic landscapes. Vinyl comes with printed innersleeve and includes a digital download card.
basement window (2012/TRIPLE CROWN)
INDIE-ROCK/EMO. O' BROTHER has spent the last months on the road. While writing for their new album, the band tried acoustic, stripped-down versions of some fan favorites from their debut full-length, "garden window", the result is "basement window". A limited 4 track MLP with etched vinyl and without real cover.
DOOM-HARDCORE. Baltimore, MD's premier doom overlords return with a new LP that is even more sonically punishing than their last, if you can believe that. Along the same lines as BURNING WITCH and SUNN O))). This limited edition of 666 copies on 210gr vinyl includes a digital download card.
DOOM-HARDCORE. Four tracks of epic, crushing doom from Baltimore, featuring members of WAKE UP ON FIRE and the almighty DEATHAMMER. Think BURNING WITCH meets DISEMBOWELMENT. Pressed on heavy vinyl and packaged in a gatefold cover with stellar artwork both inside and out.