simon werner a disparu (2011/SYR)
POST/INDIE-ROCK. In Spring 2010, SONIC YOUTH gathered at their Studio in New Jersey, to watch the rushes of a new film, "simon werner a disparu", by French director Fabrice Gobert. They spent the following few weeks recording music which was then shaped as needed to fit the various scenes. For this release, rather than present the small clips of music as used in the film, the band went back in the autumn to the original tapes and reorganized the various pieces for this original soundtrack release, sometimes montaging multiple tracks together, other times extending cues into new sonic realms. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
SONNY & THE SUNSETS LONGTIME COMPANION (POLYVINYL)
longtime companion (2012/POLYVINYL)
SINGER/SONGWRITER. SONNY SMITH copes with a painful separation from his girlfriend of 10 years on this extremely personal country album. Recorded directly to tape in a musty basement smelling of beer and tobacco, "longtime companion" explores love and heartache along the vein of GENE CLARK, THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS and JOHNNY CASH. Sonny dives into his self-described "sea of darkness" with a wide range of intimate lyrics, pedal steel, and acoustic guitars. After just one listen, it's clear no other genre could so eloquently frame Sonny's heartbreaking internal monologue more than the old time country music he grew up with. Colored, 180gr. vinyl includes a digital download card.
SONS OF ISHMAEL
hayseed hardcore (2010/SCHIZOPHRENIC)
HARDCORE. SONS OF ISHMAEL's "hayseed hardcore" 7" was immortalized in Pushead's top 100 hardcore releases of the '80s and were often compared to early D.R.I. with a rabid mix of early LÄRM and WRETCHED. Schizophrenic Records is proud to release the "hayseed hardcore" LP which includes the full 7" as well as several compilation recordings by the original Ontario, Canada lineup. Nearly 25 years later, this 17 song record remains full of energy, drive and small town teenage angst. Limited edition of 800 copies.
SONS OF OTIS
spacejumbofudge (2012/BURNING WORLD)
STONER/PSYCHEDELIC-ROCK. First time ever on vinyl! Shortly after being forced to add the SONS OF to their name for legal reasons, Canada's newly renamed SONS OF OTIS made their debut in 1996 on Man`s Ruin Records. Many bands in the so-called stoner scene have laid claim to heavy space-rock influences in their sound (most notably MONSTER MAGNET), but you'd be hard-pressed to find one who takes this claim more seriously than this trio. In general, these guys doom it up big time. Imagine listening to your favourite ST. VITUS album on acid and you've got SONS OF OTIS. Newly remastered limited version comes on red vinyl.
s/t (2013/KAPITÄN PLATTE)
INSTRUMENTAL/POST-ROCK. Kapitän Platte is releasing with the debut-MLP of Gothenburgs' SONSON - their 17th record. SONSON music is instrumental, which of course may seem like another post-rock-band... but hold your horses. But where the classic post-rock builds epic landscapes, SONSON are telling short stories, raw and rough, like a roadtrip where the landscape changes every few minutes. The engine is kraut-rock which creates the beat on which bass and guitar are layered, clearly structured like new-wave-end-of-the-seventies, performed with the energy of punk. The 4-song debut will be released as colored, handnumbered one-sided LP. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
SOOPHIE NUN SQUAD
passion, slays the dragon (2003/NARSHARDAA)
POST-PUNK. On their 3rd album, SOOPHIE's 11-piece ensemble knocks out about 15 songs including 2 rock operettes. If you don't leave the show feeling good then you must be a zombie, or maybe you just are not into crazy kids jumping around, screaming, dressed in wacky outfits, playing a great cross between punk-rock and rap-metal and electronic-hip-hop-rock and roll with a great sense of humor (sometimes hard to understand). See them and find yourself a faithful convert to bedsheets-and-flashlights theatre.
to be a real terrorist (2011/NUCLEAR NOW)
DEATH/THRASH-METAL. Following NWN’s recent vinyl reissues of VOOR and DAMNATION comes the third installment in the Quebec metal series with the vinyl version of SOOTHSAYER's 1986 "to be a real terrorist" demo. SOOTHSAYER arrived at a time when the Canadian thrash scene was flourishing with bands like SLAUGHTER, DAMNATION, and YOG SOTHOTS unleashing an incomparable breed of sonic savagery.
s/t (2011/MARGIN MOUTH)
INDIE/EMO-PUNK. This band is not easily classifiable. Too weird to be garage-rock, not hostile enough for punk. But luckily SOPORS aren’t concerned with genres, just making twisted tunes that're meant for the shadows of your musical mindset. SOPORS reminds of the '90s, back when indie bands were still connected to punk - think early GUIDED BY VOICES, SUPERCHUNK, or punkier stuff by PAVEMENT or SEBADOH.
SORE THUMBS, THE
fool's errand (2012/PIRATES PRESS)
PUNK-ROCK. Their catchy songs keep your feet tapping obsessively from track to track, and if you weren't so busy slugging down those cheap stiff drinks and eyeing up that girl drooling over miles, the lead singer, you'd be singing along, hanging on every word too. Proving they're not going anywhere, they clearly took their time with "fool's errand" since the release of 2006's "listen up" and their self-released debut LP before that in 2001. Limited edition on colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
SORROWER / VIOLENCE OF HUMANITY
split (2012/END THEORY)
GRINDCORE. Amazing grind from Arizona and Oregon collide on this split. SORROWER bring 3 songs of revenge filled death-grind. Influenced by European hardcore - down tuned guitars, guttural and pissed vocals, fast and crushing. VIOLENCE OF HUMANITY bring violent nonstop face melting grind - growled and tormented screamed vocals, breakneck blasts and heavy breaks. Comes with awesome art.
SXE-HARDCORE. Part of the Midwest wolfpack brings you 6 songs from Kansas City, SORRY EXCUSE. Influenced by POISON IDEA, YOUTH OF TODAY and meets contemporary straight-edge fastcore like COKE BUST. Angry, pissed off, straight-edge hardcore. Colored 7" includes a MP3 download card.
vituiks meni (2010/HAVOC)
HARDCORE. "vituiks meni" is 8 tracks of raging, fast distorted and thrashing old-school Finnish hardcore. You'll immediately whiffed back to early '80s to a dirty finish squat with MELLAKKA, KAOSS and RIISTETYT pumping tunes straight into your blood-veins.
bore core (2012/BRIDGE NINE)
POST-HARDCORE. Providence's post-hardcore, whatever-core's finest, SOUL CONTROL, is back with a 5-song 7" that will once again push the boundaries of the term hardcore. For fans of TORCHE, UNSANE and HELMET. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
cycles (2009/BRIDGE NINE)
POST-HARDCORE. SOUL CONTROL represents a new breed of hardcore. With the mid '90s groove of SNAPCASE and simultaneously taking influence from the noisier and more experimental sounds of the AmRep and later SST catalogs, SOUL CONTROL takes influence from both eras and the end result is a band that sounds unlike anything today and anything in the last decade. They're on their own level and "cycles" is the debut album that will drive this point home. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.