dude incredible (2014/TOUCH & GO)
NOISE/POST-ROCK. "dude incredible" is the 5th studio album from Steve Albini and SHELLAC, and was recorded sporadically over the span of a few years by Albini at his studio in Chicago. It continues on the band's path of a minimal but heavy sound. The thick 180gr vinyl version of "dude incredible" includes a CD and comes packaged in a chipboard album jacket.
excellent italian (2007/TOUCH & GO)
NOISE/POST-ROCK. SHELLAC present their 4th full-length effort, which brings recording guru Steve Albini's band back to its minimalist roots, with 9 songs spanning over 42 min.. Songs are about Italy or greyhounds. Both the CD and LP come packaged in a beautiful full-color gatefold sleeve. The LP also includes an OBI or slipcover that was drawn and hand-silk screened by Jay Ryan. The CD has a non-hand-screened OBI. The pressings are 180gr audiophile quality. Vinyl version includes a CD with the entire album.
terraform (2010/TOUCH & GO)
NOISE/POST-ROCK. SHELLAC is about as economical as a band can be. There are no extraneous notes, every sound, every word, every drum beat is put there for a reason. This album moves through a bleak soundscape that sounds barren and uninteresting, lacking variety at first, but on closer examination hidden details that were almost to small to notice become apparent. SHELLAC is a band of subtleties, where every stray movement of a finger against a guitar string is like a symphony, and the recording brings out every nuance and shade of the playing. The dynamic and interplay between each musician is mesmerising and they play off each other perfectly, each contributing a necessary part to the whole. This album is just as good as at "action park", just as enthralling, and just as urgent.
SHELLSHAG / APOGEE SOUND CLUB
POST-PUNK/POP.PUNK. This split 7" features 6 song 7" (3 songs from each band). SHELLSHAG has been the soundtrack to chaotic Brooklyn house shows for years now, and will soon be releasing their 4th album on Don Giovanni Records. They play sweaty, black-out drunk pop music at it's finest. APOGEE SOUND CLUB (Bay-Area) in turn crafts aggressive, angular and politically charged post-punk in the school of THE EX and GANG OF FOUR.
perfection of desire (2014/REVELATION)
MELODYCORE. Their 1st release. Ray Cappo (YOUTH OF TODAY) with music played by Tommy Capone (BEYOND, BOLD, QUICKSAND), and Todd, Dave and Bill from CT's 76% UNCERTAIN. New pressing now available on red vinyl with newly re-mastered audio. Colored (tan) vinyl includes a digital download card.
DOOM-METAL. Swiss SHEVER returned with "rituals" - an album of sludgy death-doom heaviness: crushing riffs, crawling rhythm, hate-drenched vocals, and melodies that create a unique trance-like atmosphere. Those appreciating the sounds as diverse as of CATHEDRAL, BURIED AT SEA, SLEEP or even early MY DYING BRIDE might develop an addiction to these 6 aggressive pieces, stretching over 50 ritualistic min. of doom. Colored vinyl limited to 400 copies.
HARDCORE. Obscure gem from the mid-'90s Umea, Sweden hardcore scene. Every band from this scene (Final Exit, Refused, Abhinanda etc.) seemed to have their own sound which would keep many people interested on what was going on in Umea during that period of time, and SHIELD was no exception. The acoustic parts and overall dark sound mixed with UNBROKEN and OUTSPOKEN-like hardcore would be the band's own stamps. Originally released on CD by Desperate Fight Records in 1995 with this pressing including their track from the "sxe as fuck" compilation. Colored vinyl is limited to 500 copies and includes digital download ard.
The big, big, breakthrough album for Shift. They further define their musical style, carving a niche for themselves in the evolution of melodic hardcore, as well as completely rocking out.
get in (1997/EQUAL VISION)
POST-HARDCORE. Though often associated with the New York City hardcore scene of the mid-'90s, SHIFT never quite fit in with their contemporaries, and were more apt to play a ballad than to kick over a mic stand. Their sound fuses complex time changes and manic break-outs with blatant pop sensibilities; a combination which won them a loyal underground audience, culminating in a jump to a major label in 1997.
SHIN TO SHIN
HARDCORE/METAL. The brainchild of Aaron Melnick (INTEGRITY/IN COLD BLOOD/INMATES), SHIN TO SHIN's debut album is a mountain of unforgettable riffs laying the foundation for A2's signature guitar solos resulting in a really mean/tough sounding record. Not for the weak. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
port of morrow (2012/SONY)
INDIE-ROCK. Wow... has it really been 5 years since THE SHIN' previous album? That is an eternity in today's music industry. The band's frontman James Mercer and producer Danger Mouse formed the side project BROKEN BELLS. Mercer is at this point the only remaining original band member, and he has assembled some choice musicians for the new album, including MODEST MOUSE drummer Joe Plummer, and Yuuki Matthews from the CRYSTAL SKULLS. So, here it is, their 4th studio album. On the whole, though, "port of morrow" is a kind of re-examination or restatement of Mercer's musical world. He manages a subtle, subdued reworking of the themes he's employed over the past 15 years, including bits from his recent collaborations.
HARDCORE. "strawberries" is the debut 7" of SHINY BROWN from Basel/Freiburg. After their demo tape, this is their 1st vinyl release. Here you go... 7 songs of total fastcore mayhem. A thick and hammering bass, crazy and unconventional guitar playing, fast-as-hell-drumming and a vocalist screaming on the top of his lungs. If you dig older stuff like CUT THE SHIT - this is for you!
HARDCORE. SHIPWRECK A.D. are the next great hope spawned from the Merrimack Valley hardcore scene. Continuing on their left hand path with "abyss", SHIPWRECK A.D. delve even deeper into that ever-growing dark and apocalyptic artistic vision. Climbing to higher musical summits and digging deeper into emotional lows, with "abyss" they have proven that they are true originals/leaders in the tougher, metallic hardcore genre. This is their debut full-length. Vinyl is packed in an awesome gatefold-cover and includes a digital download card.
the last pagans (2012/CRUCIAL RESPONSE)
HARDCORE. "lifting weights to early Taang - Xclaim the north with our northeast sound". These words are taken from the opening track on the new SHIPWRECKED album entitled "the last pagans" - their only and last full-length recording. The quote says a lot about this record, the motives behind SHIPWRECKED, and it's aging horde. The LP deliver 21 songs in total and they're a pure assault from start to finish. This is no prisoners hardcore shaped in the fires of old Boston, early England and the dark lands of metal.
action men (2013/CRICKET CEMETARY)
GARAGE/PUNK-ROCK. THE SHIRKS are a Washington D.C. based punk/garage-rock band. They play a trashy, lo-fi style of garage-rock tinged that's one of the catchiest sounds. On "action men", THE SHIRKS offer up 3 songs of insanely catchy and well executed garage-rock influenced punk that's an absolute must listen for fans of THE STOOGES, ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, and BIG EYES. Calling this 7" a rager would be an understatement.