false xmas (2011/KATORGA WORKS)
POST-PUNK/NEW-WAVE. [reduced price] ( ) is the vinyl debut of MERCHANDISE's David Vassalotti's pet project. How do you pronounce it? "false xmas" was originally released as a seldom-heard tape on Cult Maternal, but now the 2 tracks found its way on vinyl. This particular ( ) record finds David channeling NEW ORDER through a more lo-fi lens with even worse vocals reciting emotionally devastating prose. These 2 songs make up what is a perfect pop single. The band is called "( )" or "parenthesis".
the checkered pasts of all kings present (2010/METASTASIS)
POST-HARDCORE. 1.6 BAND came up in the early '90s NYC hardcore scene. 1.6 BAND is one of those bands that makes your jaw drop when you see them live. Their musicianship, precise stop/start timing, and stage presence make you want to scream. Take the songwriting of DAG NASTY and the time changes of NO M EANS NO or VICTIMS FAMILY, throw in an angry screamer, and you have 1.6 BAND.
in the eyes of the lord (2014/A389)
HARDCORE. Finally available again on vinyl after years of being out-of-print. Legendary Connecticut hardcore heavyweights 100 DEMONS' debut LP, "in the eyes of the lord", this definitive/expanded edition includes full re-mastered audio spread over 2 records for optimum sound quality, a slew of demo/compilation bonus tracks never before available on vinyl featuring original vocalist Bruce LePage, a deluxe gatefold layout with never before seen live photos and a huge, bonus poster insert. Colored double vinyl includes a digital download card. * RSD 2014 *
HARDCORE. Connecticut has always been a breeding ground for heavy and menacing music. Encapsulating a pure viciousness and ravenous intensity that few ever could achieve. The 100 DEMONS approach is utterly monstrous, equal parts hardcore intensity and gut wrenching metallic precision. After 10 years available again on colored vinyl which includes a digital download card.
green street (2004/RIPTIDE)
INDIE/EMO-ROCK. With "green street", Eric Richter continues to define THE 101’s infectiously catchy sound, combining the finely honed atmospheric touch of his previous band ANTARCTICA, with the emotive drive of his CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE years, to create a well-crafted rock album with no end to its emotional depth or sense of tasteful simplicity. Richter’s writing here recalls the burning modern rock sound of JIMMY EAT WORLD and the introspection of early REM. For those out there who like rock served with pop hooks, buzzing with heady energy, intelligence, and real emotional depth, prepare to swoon to the sounds of THE 101’s "green street".
the discography (2013/PARADE)
HARDCORE. Complete discography of this Spanish hardcore band which played intermittently from 1999 to 2004, and which created an original and abrasive blend of screamo and power-violence. Their sound was compared to ORCHID, REVERSAL OF MAN or even IN/HUMANITY. Their lyrics pictured an anguished existence under a darkly poetic charm. Release contains 9 tracks (includes the 4 tracks of their debut 7", 2 other 1999 tracks on the a side, and 3 rehearsal tracks from 2004 on the b-side. Remastered and pressed on heavy 180gr vinyl.
amorine queen (2008/CRUNCHY FROG)
POST-ROCK. With their groundbreaking, catchy and consistently explosive rock 18TH DYE earned great recognition in the international music press during the '90s. Noise-rock has moved since the last time 18TH DYE were around, conquering new grounds in way heavier territory. So "amorine queen" seems to be their psychedelic album (in the same sense that WIRE went psychedelic) right down to the cover art. Way less minimal than where they were headed and very different production than Albini supplied. Vinyl version includes coupon for free MP3s of the entire album.
lime green delorean (2011/BONE VOYAGE)
INDIE-ROCK. The Finnish veteran rockers 22 PISTEPIRKKO are back from the woods with a new album. They're best swimming the swampy blues rawk pool, while humming their trademark, sugar-coated pop-songs, blended with electronica oddities. It's not that everything they touch turns into gold, but if the world has been a more fair place, 22 PISTEPIRKKO would have been a more recognized and cherished act. Just like THE WHITE STRIPES all of a sudden became - using the exact same formula as the one 22 PISTEPIRKKO had been distilling, refining for years. DoLP comes with an etching on the d-side and includes a MP3 download card.
well you know (2008/BONE VOYAGE)
INDIE-ROCK. The fab three, back with guitar-based spaced-out bohemian blues-rock and proto-garage-psychedelia. 22 PISTEPIRKKO step forward with their idea of impressive simplicity, lively trio-playing and good melodies. Now, with the new album one can hear it in full bloom. P-K Keränen’s vocals and guitar playing have gathered depth that one doesn’t hear too often. Additionally, drummer Espe Haverinen simplified his playing to a great effect and sings more touching songs then on any other album. Asko Keränen's sonic bass, weird organs and effects add a room with a view, so specific 22 PISTEPIRKKO and just right for producer Kramer to play with those bits and pieces in a most gentle and subtle way.
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here waits thy doom (2013/WAR ON MUSIC)
METAL. "here waits thy doom" is the 4th album from the Canadian traditional heavy-metal heroes. "here waits thy doom" journeys even farther back into the realms of retro, reaching deep into the darkerst lairs of late '70s hard-rock and proto-metal. The result is a flawless onslaught of punishing, epic tracks with untouchable soaring highs and endless priceless licks. Now available on vinyl; repackaged in a heavy gatefold-jacket with brand new exclusive artwork.
the days and nights of everything anywhere (2007/POLYVINYL)
INDIE/POST-ROCK. The best music is always truly indefinable. Portland, Oregon's prolific 31KNOTS have described their sound as "post-apocalyptic vaudevillian punk", and while that's an apt description, it doesn't begin to express the level of demented-pop brilliance on the band's latest full-length, "the days and nights of everything anywhere. From the stuttering sequenced intro of the opener to the airy ambient ending of the closer, "the days and nights of everything anywhere" is the complete realization of the sound 31KNOTS have been working toward for the last 9 years.
trump harm (2011/POLYVINYL)
INDIE/POST-ROCK. In a day and age in which bands are exalted, obsessed over, and then forgotten as quickly as a web page can be refreshed, creating consistently adventurous and exciting albums for over a decade is no small feat. Moving into their 7th full-length, "trump harm", 31KNOTS are a living testament to the advantages of staying true to yourself over fleeting flash-in-the-pan glamour in an age of instant gratification. More than anything else, the sound of "trump harm" is yet another fresh take on the band’s unique brand of jagged yet melodic, gritty yet graceful, grandiose punk-rock. 31KNOTS executes each teetering musical jerk and halt and subsequent somersault with jawdropping agility. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
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time has gone (2009/DESTINATION UNKNOWN)
HARDCORE. Straight-forward and pissed hardcore like NEGATIVE APPROACH comes in a massive silkscreened gatefold cover and with complete discography CD.
the side you cannot see: complete discography 1990-1992 (2014/WORKSHED)
HARDCORE. The long-awaited discography LP by Orange County's post-hardcore pioneers 411. Years ahead of their time musically and lyrically, these legends paved the way for countless southland melodic acts to follow. Fronted by Dan O'Mahony (NO FOR AN ANSWER, CARRY NATION, SPEAK 714 and DONE DYING) with the tunes being laid down by Kevin Murphy (FARSIDE, HEADFIRST), Josh Stanton (FARSIDE) and Mario Rubalcaba (ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, OFF!, EARTHLESS), this band represents the cream of the crop from an era never to be repeated. Re-press on colored (white) vinyl is limited to 400 copies.
s/t (2013/REGURGITATED SEMEN)
GRINDCORE. 440, these guys from Florida were particially active in bands like MEHKAGO N.T.. They follow the tradition of heavy music and make raw, primal grindcore that takes simplistic riffs and batters them totally senseless within a minute. It may not sound like much, but it works so well because the riffs are catchy and lend themselves to maximum brutality. Comparable with the mighty FEAR OF GOD. Limited edition of 500 copies.