v/a MIXED SIGNALS
(2011/RUN FOR COVER)
EMO/POP-PUNK. Run For Cover Records' 50th release, "mixed signals", marks a special occasion for the label. The roster for "mixed signals" reads like a best-of, must-hear list of current independent acts, bringing together new, unreleased and exclusive songs from a list of bands who collectively have released some of the most worthwhile records of the past few years. POLAR BEAR CLUB, BALANCE AND COMPOSURE, TIGERS JAW, HOSTAGE CALM, THE MENYINGERS, CSTVT, DAZLIGHT, END OF A ZEAR SELF DEFENSE FAMILZ, DAZTRADER, MAKE DO AND MEND, THE TOWER AND THE FOOL, THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE & I'AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE. Vinyl comes with huge booklet and includes a digital download card.
s/t (2013/TO LIVE A LIE)
HARDCORE. LAST WORDS play heavy raging hardcore. The band has in their ranks ex-STRIPMINES, ex-DEVOUR, and current members of Raleigh's power-violence beast ABUSE. Lightening quick riffs, strong blasts, and almost an evil hardcore nature on top of very catchy fast punk songs. The lyrics are angry and introspective and the female vocals will shred through the toughest skin. If you want a band that makes you feel uncomfortable yet their songs get stuck in your head seconds after the records ends - look no further!
ACID DEATHTRIP / HANGMAN'S CHAIR
STONER/DOOM-METAL. Two doom 'n ' roll monsters combine forces on one incredible packed record. HANGMAN'S CHAIR main focus lays on the heavy, sludgy and doomy side of rock. Well-known and popular in France and about to show the rest of the world their infectious riffs and monsterous songs. ACID DEATHTRIP quickly made a name for themselves with their self-titled debut. Heavy, rocking and doomish but always with that get-under-your-skin filth. Both bands recorded their best work to date for this unholy alliance between Holland and France.
HARDCORE. This is CURSED’s 3rd chapter in their shock and awe program and most likely their best release to date! CURSED leaves no mystery as to what they are trying to accomplish with the new album - it is clear this record is meant to hurt people. This is a much more violent and concise effort with songs woven together leaving little room left for the listener to recover, let alone breathe.
HARDCORE. Picking up where "plagues" left off, TRASH TALK's debut full-length delves deeper into the abyss surrounding their last chaotic release. Recorded in just under 2 days at Chicago's Electrical Audio and employing the genius of Steve Albini, TRASH TALK has continued to push the envelope of extreme music. Grinding guitars paired with heavy yet somber bass lines provide the battlefield for harsh dueling vocals to wage war over 12 instant classics.
DEAL WITH IT
HARDCORE. They came from the hills that day, riding atop the back of the mighty xOBOx, billowing smoke and fire. The riffs were drawn out and stupid, and the beat of the drum was fast. Now DEAL WITH IT stood at the apex of greatness, sullied by beer guts and greasy hair. Nothing was behind them but burning bridges and pissed up dreams. Ahead was their one fiery endpoint - mighty "eyjafjallajökull". DEAL WITH IT created a monster of an album with "eyjafjallajökull". More thrash, more mosh and above all: more insanity!
v/a CHARRED REMAINS
HARDCORE. In the annals of early '80s American hardcore, no compilation holds more seminal weight than "charred remains". Originally released only on tape in 1982 and highly sought after by collectors everywhere, the "charred remains" compilation featured tracks from some of the best and most important bands in the history of hardcore, with live, demo and unreleased tracks from HÜSKER DÜ, DIE KREUZEN, VOID, VIOLENT APATHY, TOXIC REASONS, ARTICLES OF FAITH, REBEL TRUTH, DISTRICT TRADITION, PERSONALITY CRISIS, DOGS OF WAR, DOUBLE O, THE MISGUIDED and SIN 34. Radio Raheem Records waves their magic wand and "charred remains" is something for everyone to enjoy in the vinyl format. Re-mastered from the original master tapes with liner notes. Now available on vinyl for the first time ever.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
battle of los angeles (2010/MUSIC ON VINYL)
CROSSOVER/HIP-HOP. After the success of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's eponymous debut and follow-up "evil empire", this 3rd album is another hard- hitting collection of songs full of political and social consciousness. With their catchy, yet raw heavy riffs and grooves they succeeded to release another hit album. However, it proved their last album full of original material. The follow-ups contained either covers (like the "renegades" album) or live performances.
HARDCORE. The legendary 1st TERVEET KÄDET album from 1983 is a much revered classic in the Finnish hardcore scene, but despite its lauded status it has not since its original release been available in its original form. This reissue presents the mini-album just as it was +30 years ago: black and white covers, 45rpm, no extra songs or alternate versions. Also features a 12 page booklet with liner notes, photos and clippings.
musta jumala (2014/SVART)
HARDCORE. The half-studio/half-live LP "black god/musta jumala" was released in Brazil and Germany in 1984 but hasn't been available in its original form in 30 years. This Svart Records reissue presents the album just as it was 30 years ago: black and white covers, no extra track gaps or omissions, no extra songs or alternate versions. Also features a 8 page booklet with liner notes, photos and clippings.
fall (2014/FYSISK FORMAT)
HARDCORE/METAL. An exclusive 7" from the masters of psychedelic punk. the 7" feature the album taster "fall" on the a-side and and a cover of THE BYRD's "lady friend" on the b-side. Silkscreened cover art, inlay and innersleeves.
SCOTT KELLY, STEVE VON TILL & WINO
songs of townes van zandt (2012/MY PROUD MOUNTAIN)
FOLK/ACOUSTIC-ROCK. Townes Van Zandt never reached significant fame during his lifetime. Although highly respected by his peers and other songwriters, the mood and atmosphere of his music, coupled with his sometimes dark and sarcastic nature, was not suitable for the commercial country-industry of Nashville. So now do SCOTT KELLY, STEVE VON TILL and WINO stand and sing his tribute, each focusing on the essence of Van Zandt's music and lyrics in his own personal way. The result is a great homage, whose intensity lies in fragility and elementary human truths. Townes Van Zandt's broken-hearted love songs and gloom-ridden tales are most deserving of this tribute and praise.
totale nite (2013/NIGHT-PEOPLE)
POST/INDIE-PUNK. Florida's MERCHANDISE forge ahead with a 5-track full-length of danceable, new-wave-influenced post-punk that's slightly electronic and plenty dark. There are several things that distinguish MERCHANDISE from the other post-punk wannabes. Sonically, "totale nite" is both simple and elaborate. The main elements here are straightforward enough – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synth, thunking digi-drums – but such well-worn tools are stacked and layered until they create something of high drama and epic scope. While the previous album was inspired by nightmares, "totale nite" veers towards simplistic, almost elemental imagery: that of sun and moon, night and day.
after the end (2014/4AD)
POST/INDIE-PUNK. With roots planted firmly in hardcore and punk, Florida's MERCHANDISE has put out records on Katorga Works, Jagjaguwar and Night People Records before settling on the legendary 4AD. Still self-recording and producing their own music, MERCHANDISE's sound remains heavily influenced by THE SMITHS, JOY DIVISION and NEW ORDER while utilizing acoustic guitars almost primarily on "after the end" but retaining the danceability the band has become well known for. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
lauf! lauf! (2010/ROOKIE)
POST-PUNK. Beyond the punk of the early '80s, these 3min. solid gold hits owe something to bigger players of the past. There are moments of DEVO, GANG OF FOUR, and, before you know it, you hear the hymnical chorus of a post-milennium answer to the PET SHOP BOYS' "go west". GENEPOOL transfer the power of the perfect little pop song into the battle of up-beat-wave-punk, where DAVID BOWIE is riding druggish beasts. Vinyl includes a digital download card.