Record of the Week for May 20th, 2016

Another most excellent RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog is making it’s way to your eyes right now!!

TIGER ARMY is an American band based in Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1996 in Berkeley, California, the Psychobilly band has released four full lengths and an EP to date. Now, RISE RECORDS in association with LUNA TONE RECORDS is bringing you their fifth full length, “V •••-“ in six glorious different versions! TIGER ARMY is currently running around on tour in support of “V •••-“ where they are sure to have some vinyl for sale, but if you can’t make one of their shows or just can’t wait till they get to your town, hit up RISE today!!!

BAND NAME: Tiger Army
BAND WEBSITE: tigerarmy.com
LABEL NAME: Rise Records / Luna Tone Records
LABEL WEBSITE: riserecords.com

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Just in time for the movie premier out today(!), IAM8BIT has unleashed an insane soundtrack to THE NICE GUYS! The buddy cop/private investigator movie set in the 70’s has a far out soundtrack featuring groovy hits like the ‘Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”, ‘Papa was a Rollin’ Stone’ and more stretched out across two heavy weight ‘White’ and ‘Baby Pink’ AsideBside records! If that’s not enough, there’s a nude 3D center fold including 3D glasses, one of six pin up posters randomly inserted and a Nice Guys business card to keep in your wallet. No one does it up like IAM8BIT!!!

ALBUM TITLE: The Nice Guys – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
LABEL NAME: iam8bit
LABEL WEBSITE: iam8bit.com/store

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MEDICAL RECORDS in collaboration with CRISPY NUGGETS returns to Italy for it’s 59th release. Hailing from Bologna, Italy in the late 80s, EFFETTO JOULE were brothers Flavio and Valero Biagi , Massimo Chericoni and Valerio Tassinari. Drawing on influences of the early 80s new wave and synth pop scene and armed with an arsenal of synthesizers, from the mid 80s on EFFETTO JOULE crafted their own sound. With the exception of the few of the tracks, almost all were home recorded during the years of 1988-1990. MEDICAL RECORDS is presenting you this limited edition, heavy weight colored vinyl remastered from cassette from the artist’s archive. You know what to do…

BAND NAME: Effetto Joule
LABEL NAME: Medical Records
LABEL WEBSITE: https://medicalrecords.bandcamp.com/music

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TRUE LOVE are a straight edge band from Detroit, formed in 2012 who take influence from early 2000’s hardcore. They’ve teamed up with notorious label BRIDGE 9 to bring you their latest LP, “Heaven’s Too Good For Us”! Available in either classic ‘Black’, ‘Oxblood’ or the ‘Oxblood’ splattered ‘Ultra Clear’ version, make sure you check out TRUE LOVE at this year’s This Is Hardcore fest in Philly!

BAND NAME: True Love
LABEL NAME: Bridge Nine Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.bridge9.com

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DUST MOTH formed in 2012 as a six piece, the band had two releases before trimming down to a 4 piece and writing “Scale”, their first full length coming out soon on THE MYLENE SHEATH! This is just a tease, keep tabs on THE MYLENE SHEATH’s site for preorders going up soon and a soon to be announce tour this summer/fall for DUST MOTH. Until then you can stream the first single over at NPR – hit up THE MYLENE SHEATH’s website for more info!!!

BAND NAME: Dust Moth
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/dustmothbandl
LABEL NAME: The Mylene Sheath
LABEL WEBSITE: www.mylenesheath.com

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After more than a year in the making, legendary Dwarves guitarist and amateur nudist HEWHOCANNOTBENAMED has finally released his newest LP filled with songs about disease,redemption, eating and loving inanimate objects! Explore the highs and lows of living an anonymous life with “My Degeneration”! These random colored records vary from a Yellow to a Red color and is out now on EXTRA MEDIUM FIDELITY RECORDS!

BAND NAME: He Who Cannot Be Named
BAND WEBSITE: MusicCannotBeNamed.com
LABEL NAME: Extra Medium Fidelity Records
LABEL WEBSITE: ExtraMediumFidelity.com

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If you made records with Pirates and didn’t see them on the blog, hit up your rep and more more colors on the next round!!!

Record of the Week for May 13th, 2016

Enjoy your friday the 13th with some (not that spooky) vinyl on our RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog!!

In 2011 the GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST was born from the primordial ooze of over a decade of collaborations between members. QUEST delivers a heavy dosage of Metal with undertones of Doomy Rock Stonery.  The journey of Rock and Roll will never stop and neither will the GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST. They have several shows lined up including Psycho Las Vegas Festival in August, you should get out there and see them but if not, hit up their website to order a copy for yourself!

BAND NAME: Great Electric Quest
BAND WEBSITE:  http://greatelectricquest.bigcartel.com/

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CULTURE ABUSE dare you to try categorizing them. On their debut full length, “Peach,” the San Francisco Bay Area band drop hints with every song — power pop melodies collide with punk grit, garage rock swagger meets hardcore aggression, and there’s even an upstroke or two — but never give the listener enough to definitively put them in a box. And that’s just the way they like it. Hit up 6131 RECORDS to get one of those sweet ‘White’ and ‘Black’ Half-N-Half records!


BAND NAME: Culture Abuse
BAND WEBSITE:  cultureabuse-uncensored.com   
LABEL NAME: 6131 Records
LABEL WEBSITE: 6131records.com

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Haunting and beautiful, JEMMA NICOLE’S gritty, country noir is born from a love of sad songs and the darker side of Americana. After a sell out album preview show in September last year, the first single from JEMMA’S debut album ‘Too Late To Save my Soul’ will be released on one of two colored flexis in a nice jacket as well. If you’re lucky enough to catch her around Australia this summer, you can surely pick one of these up!


BAND NAME: Jemma Nicole
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.jemmanicole.com/
LABEL NAME: Dripping Moon Records

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THE SUGARCANES were formed in early 2014 by brother and sister combo, Jack and Lucy Wilson. Roping in a couple of friends, the newly-minted quintet quickly built a fierce live reputation on their keen attention to those old soul melodies and textures – all pinned down by Lucy’s assertively dusky wail. This formidable live show has been faithfully captured in the debut recording, breathing these 13 tracks of heavy soul to life in a modern rock n roll take on the classic heartbroken genre, all coming courtesy of COBRA SNAKE NECK TIE!


BAND NAME: THE SUGARCANES
BAND WEBSITE:  THESUGARCANES.COM
LABEL NAME: COBRA SNAKE NECKTIE RECORDS / LOVE & THEFT
LABEL WEBSITE: HTTP://CSNTRECORDS.COM 

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Throughout the 80’s OUR NEIGHBORS SUCK wreaked a measurable amount of havoc on the minds and bodies of Phoenix area punks. Part early Van Halen, part JFA, and part LSD, and all testosterone, ONS could deliver both the musical goods and helluva party atmosphere at any show they played. ‘SkullKrusher’ features six songs recorded from ’85 – ’89 by the desert based quartet. SLOPE RECORDS is dropping this 10” on the unsuspecting masses…

BAND NAME: Our Neighbors Suck (ONS)
LABEL NAME: Slope Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://sloperecords.com/

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Issues is an American metalcore and nu metal band formed in Atlanta, Georgia. After a hugely successful debut album and relentless touring, they’ve just announced their new album ‘Headspace’ due out in a week! Take one look at those colors and you know that RISE RECORDS is behind this madness! From the splattered half-n-half versions to that super limited haze version, to the foiled jacket, you better get in line now!


BAND NAME: Issues
BAND WEBSITE: facebook.com/issuesofficial
LABEL NAME: Rise Records
LABEL WEBSITE: riserecords.com

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The 80’s can be considered the renaissance of Philippine punk and one of the many bands that emerged during that time was the PHILIPPINE VIOLATORS.  The classic “At Large” album released in 1987 is now back thanks to MIDDLE FINGER RECORDS! For a band that still commands respect in the Philippine punk music scene, including overseas followings, hearing their sound on a 12” vinyl is a classic for any collector as well as those who simply appreciate good ol’ punk rock.


BAND NAME: Philippine Violators
LABEL NAME: Middle Finger Records
LABEL WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/MFRecords2015

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Keep on trucking’!

Record Of The Week for May 6th, 2016

We’re kicking off May with a extra awesome RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog this week!!

San Francisco’s own KNOW SECRETS is a “Community Based” band made up of Eric Urbach and members of the bay area punk/hardcore scenes. Every song was created as a collaborative effort between Eric and 19 different musicians from the greater Bay Area music community. It was made with the intention of displaying the unique voices and perspectives of different musicians in the community while retaining the sound of a cohesive band. Songs started with 2-3 people in a room, then took their final shape in the studio environment. Get your ‘Gold’ or ‘Cyan’ and ‘White’ Half-N-Half record from their webpage or check them out on a mini tour starting in June!

BAND NAME: Know Secrets
BAND WEBSITE: www.knowsecrets.net
LABEL NAME: 301 Collectives
LABEL WEBSITE: www.knowsecrets.bandcamp.com

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You can’t talk about heavy metal without talking about PENTAGRAM. The legendary D.C. band has been committed to the dark arts for more than forty years, and has only recently seen the kind of recognition its legacy deserves. Though the band has released nine influential full-lengths over the course of its career, PENTAGRAM’s best material can be found in ‘First Daze Here’, a collection of the band’s earliest works that has been out-of-print for years and will now finally see a new reissue via RELAPSE this coming June. Its companion ‘First Daze Here Too’, a 22-track collection of unreleased studio recordings and live rehearsals from the early ’70s, will also see its first reissue since going out of print several years ago. Both reissues have been newly remastered and include in-depth liner notes from founding PENTAGRAM member / original drummer Geof O’Keefe along with gorgeously revitalized layouts. RELAPSE never lets you down!!!


BAND NAME: PENTAGRAM
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.pentagramusa.com/
LABEL NAME: Relapse Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.relapse.com/

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After playing together for more than a decade, Seth Nanaa and Brent Bagwell began to explore the sax and drums duo format that is the core of GHOST TREES. This double 7” will officially be released at a concert on June 10th, 2016, at Charlotte’s McColl Center, as part of the New Frequencies jazz series. If you can’t make the concert, hit up GHOST TREES and grab a copy of some big band/free jazz tunes to mellow out to.

BAND NAME: Ghost Trees
BAND WEBSITE: www.ghost-trees.com

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Just a few years after self-recording their debut album between college classes, Philadelphia’s MODERN BASEBALL will show the world a brand new version of themselves on their third full-length album, ‘Holy Ghost’. Thematically, the record is a time-capsule for the two years since the release of their last album, curated in two parts. splitting the record into two halves, both take the helm to curate the sonic journey into territory both familiar and foreign in the band’s discography. Seeing all those beautiful vinyl colors you know that RUN FOR COVER RECORDS is behind this, so go get some!

BAND NAME: Modern Baseball
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.modernbaseballpa.limitedrun.com/
LABEL NAME: Run For Cover Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.runforcoverrecords.com/
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WARCRY_STL was formed in 2006 in St. Louis, MO, but the band currently calls Mohrsville, PA home. Inspired by heavy rock and metal bands from the 70’s through early 2000s, they are gearing up for a 6 week North American tour this summer. In the mean time, hit them up for one of these sick 7” picture discs featuring singles of their upcoming album.

BAND NAME: WARCRY_STL
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/Warcry_stl-181059931957790/

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THE EVENING ATTRACTION are a quartet of Rock’n’Rollers making tracks that swing, bop, rattle and roll, hailing from Chicago, IL. If you’re in town, don’t miss the record release show for their “The Kids Don’t Care” single, scheduled for June 4th in Chicago, IL. If you can’t make it, CLASSIC WAX RECORDS, the blog turned label, can help you in getting your hands on a copy.

BAND NAME: The Evening Attraction
BAND WEBSITE: theeveningattraction.bandcamp.com
LABEL NAME: Classic Waxxx Records
LABEL WEBSITE: classicwaxxxrecords.com

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‘Everybody’s Rappin ‘is the second album by Bay Area rap duo NOT THE 1S. It features guest raps by Kool Keith, Riff Raff, Prego w/ Zest, and Wz1. Get this limited picture disc only at GOLD ROBOT RECORDS while you still can!

BAND NAME: Not the 1s
BAND WEBSITE: http://notthe1s.com/
LABEL NAME: Gold Robot Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://gold-robot.com/
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Goodbye everybody!

Record of the Week for April 29th, 2016

Check out all of this insane vinyl on this week’s RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog!!

For the first time on vinyl in a long time, GRAVEFACE is bringing you the monumental LP from indie rockers THE APPLESEED CAST! Just in time for their June tour, ‘Illumination Ritual’ is available in four completely killer vinyl colors! From the hazed ‘Milky Clear’ to the tricolor, you really can’t go wrong. Preorders go live next week so get ready before you lose out!

BAND NAME: The Appleseed Cast
LABEL NAME: Graveface
LABEL WEBSITE: graveface.com

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For the first time ever, TEXAS SCRATCH LEAGUE teamed up with SKRATCHER to offer up some melodic cords and riffs on ‘Special Sauce’! Pushing the limits for Turntablist sounds and beats, “Special Sauce” was highly anticipated in the world of Turntablism. This vinyl only offering sold out within a week of being announced!


 

BAND NAME: Skratcher/Texas Scratch League
BAND WEBSITE: TexasScratchLeague.com and Skratcher.net

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GREENWAY RECORDS just dropped the debut 10″ release from BLACK TEMPLE SHRINES. Hailing from the shores of Dublin, Ireland, the band mixes soul with dark surf blues and spit out something all their own. There is a good chance BLACK TEMPLE SHRINES made a deal with the devil with their surfboards in hand. Available exclusively on glorious 10″ vinyl, limited to 300 copies pressed, this record is sure to become a collectors item…

BAND NAME: Black Temple Shrines
BAND WEBSITE:  https://www.facebook.com/BlackTempleShrines
LABEL NAME: Greenway Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.GreenwayRecords.com

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IT’S ALIVE RECORDS is offering up the fifth full length album from Punkers PLOW UNITED! With two upcoming release parties for the new album, PLOW UNITED is sure to blow the roof off. Head over to IT’S ALIVE RECORDS to pick up this album or just to help them celebrate their more than 100 releases to date!

BAND NAME: Plow United
BAND WEBSITE:  http://plowunited.net/
LABEL NAME: It’s Alive Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://itsaliverecords.com/
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For the first time in over 15 years, veteran punk rockers LESS THAN JAKE have reissued ‘Hello Rockview’ on vinyl! Celebrating 25 years as a band, LESS THAN JAKE will be playing Pouzza Fest and Warped Tour this year, so go get some!!!

BAND NAME: Less Than Jake
BAND WEBSITE: lessthanjake.com
LABEL NAME: Sleep It Off

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In celebration of his latest album, LORD FINESSE and SLICE OF SPICE are bringing you ‘Keep the Crowd Listening’. Available as either a limited picture disc version or a very limited ‘Ultra Clear’ and ‘Gold’ color-in-color version. Get introduced to the D.I.T.C. crew over at SLICE OF SPICE!!!

BAND NAME: Lord Finesse
BAND WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/lordfinesseditc
LABEL NAME: Slice Of Spice Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.slice-of-spice.com/

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Sayonara!

Record of the Week for April 22nd, 2016

Get ready for another vinyl filled RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog coming down the pipe!!

FOUR YEAR STRONG is a Worcester Massachusetts based punk rock band featuring four family oriented hard working gentleman. Known for their tunes to riff to, tunes to head bang to, tunes designed to let yourself release some steam. Real humans, real instruments, real jams. I SURRENDER RECORDS is bringing you this limited run of ‘Explains It All’ on ‘Milky Clear’ with three different versions of splatter for you collectors out there. Catch FOUR YEAR STRONG either in EU, the UK or in the US starting end of April!


BAND NAME: Four Year Strong
BAND WEBSITE: http://fouryearstrongmusic.com/
LABEL NAME: I Surrender Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.isurrenderrecords.com

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SLUG CHRIST was the vocalist for a grindcore band in the Atlanta area called ’An Isle Ate Her’ before going it alone with his releasing his own style of trap/hiphop stuff. BLACKHOUSE RECORDS has been around for 15 years, primarily releasing punk, hardcore, metal and hiphop/ambient music.  SLUG CHRIST’s dark hiphop and ambient/experimental stuff fit in very well with the BLACKHOUSE lineup of bands. There is a tour in the works, but BLACKHOUSE can hook you up with either the classic ‘Black’ version or one of the splattered ‘Milky Clear’ versions like now!!!



 

BAND NAME: Slug † Christ
BAND WEBSITE:  https://twitter.com/slug_christ
LABEL NAME: Blackhouse Records/Awful Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.blackhouserecordsinc.com

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Three years after the release of their self-titled debut LP, SHARK TOYS follow it up with ten more bursts of weirdo punk. Ever since forming in 2008, the band has developed a reputation for sharp and choppy live sets, developing a loyal following around their home town of Los Angeles and around the US. Here. MT.ST.MTN drops their latest, “Outsider Sect” LP in a beautiful color in color version. MT.ST.MTN is known for their small/limited runs, which means you better order soon!


BAND NAME: Shark Toys
BAND WEBSITE:  Facebook.com/SharkToys
LABEL NAME: Mt.St.Mtn.
LABEL WEBSITE: www.MtStMtn.com 

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Formed in Chicago in the winter of 2007, Gunner’s Daughter self-released 3 EPs before releasing their first proper full length “The Flowers and The Earth”. Originally on only available on CD, you can finally now get “The Flowers and The Earth” on vinyl, in either a splatter or hazed ‘Kelly Green’ record. Make with the clicking…


BAND NAME: Gunner’s Daughter 
BAND WEBSITE: gunnersdaughter.net
LABEL NAME: Half Truth Records

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Just announced is the latest from GATES, the indie rock quintet’s sophomore album will be out June 3 on PURE NOISE RECORDS! This album features the band experimenting with different instruments as they reach new sounds. GATES will be hitting the road on an upcoming US tour and as always PURE NOISE is your source for killer tunes!


BAND NAME: Gates
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.gatesnj.com/
LABEL NAME: Pure Noise Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://purenoise.net/

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RECON started in Albany, NY and has been at it for more than a decade. The newly created MAITSUBA is proud to bring you a special release for the 10th anniversary of RECON’s “Graves” for the first time on vinyl!!! This super limited ‘camp’ or ‘desert camp’ inspired vinyl colors can only be found at MAITSUBA, just in time for a string of RECON shows this summer!

BAND NAME: Recon
BAND WEBSITE: www.reconhc.com
LABEL NAME: Maitsuba
LABEL WEBSITE: www.maitsuba.com

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Ta ta for now!

Record of the Week for April 15th, 2016

Sit down, shut up and hold on for this week’s RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog!!

HOLY PINTO are a very lyrically focused band that takes from the prosaic storytelling style of some of their favorite artists. Their debut album, ‘Congratulations’ is at a heart a gritty, punchy album with a smooth, pop sheen. The production offers smatterings of organ, trumpet, keys and harmonies, which fulfill the sound they have always hinted at on songs like “Best Pals” and “Daughter.” It’s no surprise they now include various friends in their creative family to play live as a three-piece. Grab your ‘White’ or splattered ‘Ultra Clear’ LP from SOFT SPEAK RECORDS.


BAND NAME: Holy Pinto
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/holypintoband
LABEL NAME: Soft Speak Records
LABEL WEBSITE: softspeakrecords.com

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The ever prolific garage rocker KING KHAN has just dropped some of the first releases on his newly created label imprint KHANNIBALISM is association with ERNEST JENNING RECORD CO. Featuring artwork from SHEPARD FAIREY, both of these singles are from the soundtrack to the film ‘The Invaders’. Get your colored 7”s from the ERNEST JENNING WEBSITE, now!


       

BAND NAME: King Khan
BAND WEBSITE: https://khannibalism.bandcamp.com/
LABEL NAME: Ernest Jenning Record Co. / Khannibalism
LABEL WEBSITE: www.ernestjenning.com

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The ‘California Scene Report’ is a comp featuring 16 Bands from the Golden State. Most of the songs are exclusive to vinyl. Including the likes of DAMAGED, CITY OF VAIN, WEST LORDS, ANTI-SOCIAL, RIOTGUN, REPEAT OFFENDERS, THE DEFENDERS, SETTING SONS, MOB RULE, HIGH&TIGHT, RED DEVIL LIE, GUTTERSNIPE REBELLION, TRIED&TRUE, THE STRANGE PARTY, BROKEN PATRON SAINTS and VATICAN ASSASSINS. Get your limited run comp from LAST PUNK ROCKERS!

BAND NAME: VA
LABEL NAME:  Last Punk Rockers
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://lastpunkrockersrecords.bigcartel.com/

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MEET ME IN MONTAUK is just a group of guys that have been writing/recording/touring since 2014. Self released, they are out on a full US tour starting in May in support of ‘Dork Soul’, their second full length. You definitely have to grab one of each color record because it matches the art perfectly!

BAND NAME: Meet Me In Montauk
BAND WEBSITE: https://mmim.bandcamp.com/

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BRUTE FORCE started in 1988 and put out a 5 song Demo. They only played 8-10 shows before the original singer left and eventually called it a day. After not playing since 1989 they are reforming to play a one time show for NYC Oi! Fest 2016. Now, just in time for OI! Fest, UNITED RIOT RECORD is releasing that first 5 song demo on vinyl! Get some!


BAND NAME: BRUTE FORCE 
LABEL NAME: UNITED RIOT RECORDS
LABEL WEBSITE:  WWW.UNITEDRIOTRECORDS.COM

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Next time friends!

Record of the Week for April 8th, 2016

We’ve been super busy moving offices this week but still managed to press up some insane vinyl for this week’s RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog!!

DEATH’s legendary 1987 debut ‘Scream Bloody Gore’ is more than just an untouchable album – upon its release, it was positively genre-creating. ‘Scream Bloody Gore’ founded the quintessential death metal sound, with more tormented riffs, screams, and leads than the world had ever imagined. As the final chapter in RELAPSE RECORD’s comprehensive DEATH reissue series, ‘Scream Bloody Gore’ will now receive the deluxe reissue treatment – Check out all those versions including a picture disc! Hopefully you got paid today so you can pick up all the versions you must have!


BAND NAME: Death
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/DeathOfficial
LABEL NAME: Relapse Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.relapse.com/

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THE MYRRORS are an experimental psychedelic rock band from Arizona, formed in early 2007. The group disbanded in late 2009, but they eventually reformed in 2012. After a few successful releases, they are back again this time on BEYOND BEYOND IS BEYOND RECORDS with “Entranced Earth” due out in May. You better keep close tabs on BEYOND BEYOND IS BEYOND so you can get your hands on one of those ‘Bone’ and ‘Black’ splattered AsideBside versions…


BAND NAME: The Myrrors
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/themyrrors.az
LABEL NAME: Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://beyondbeyondisbeyond.com/

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Seattle’s X SUNS (pronounced Ten Suns)  released their debut self-titled EP in 2012, followed by an EP in 2013, and another in 2015. On April 15th, DEVILS CHILD RECORDS will release their first ever vinyl release. Featuring artwork by A1 Design out of Argentina, “III / The Greys” is their last two EPs compiled as one release. Check out the limited run with four version of vinyl, which one will you go for?


   

BAND NAME: X SUNS
BAND WEBSITE: XSUNS.BANDCAMP.COM
LABEL NAME:  DEVILS CHILD RECORDS
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.devilschildrecords.bigcartel.com/

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Hailing from Manchester, New Hampshire YELLOW STITCHES is an Oi! outfit that began in 2009 and is about to release their 3rd album titled “Sick Mind 45”. This new EP is the bands most recent material in 4 years containing 3 new songs and a vinyl only exclusive of an acoustic version of the title track. This first pressing is available from ARREST RECORDS in 3 different colors, but who are we kidding you got to get the half-n-half version!


BAND NAME: Yellow Stitches
BAND WEBSITE: http://yellowstitches.bandcamp.com/
LABEL NAME: Arrest Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  ArrestRecordsNH.com

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Following the breakout mainstream success of the song “Save Yourself” (from the album Tonight and Forever), SENSE FIELD re-entered the studio to record what would tragically be their last full-length album ‘Living Outside’. Originally released in 2003 and now released on vinyl for the first time ever, the pressing includes the Ken Andrews (Failure) produced bonus track, “The Horse Is Alive.” RIP Jon Bunch (1970-2016). Hit up the mavericks at SPARTAN RECORDS and try to get your hands on one of these before they are sold out!!


BAND NAME: Sense Field
BAND WEBSITE:  facebook.com/sensefield
LABEL NAME: Spartan Records
LABEL WEBSITE:   spartanrecords.com

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OHIOAN’S new album, ‘EMPTY / EVERY MT’, is a record of protest songs but this is nothing like protest music you’ve heard before. This is a new form of country music, Appalachian mountain music mashed-up with African desert music played by a dude raised in the shadow of Appalachia who now lives in the desert. The music here was made using the sounds associated with those places–banjo, dobro, jaw harp, dulcimer, African scales, the electric guitar, modal tunings. The result is an image of Warner’s Appalachian Desert rendered in sound, all coming to your in the is beautiful AsideBside colored vinyl from your friends at GOLD ROBOT RECORDS!


BAND NAME: OHIOAN
BAND WEBSITE: https://ohioan.bandcamp.com/
LABEL NAME: Gold Robot Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://gold-robot.com/

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See you on the flip side!

Record Of The Week for April 1st, 2016

We’ve got a killer RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog for everyone so get ready!

Hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, upcoming pop-punk act RARITY will be releasing their debut LP “I Couldn’t Be Weaker” on RISE RECORDS just around the corner. The band commissioned work from artist Jesse Draxler and matched the black & white color scheme with the vinyl, pressing it on ‘White’, ‘White’ with Black splatter, and ‘White’ & ‘Ultra Clear’ Half-N-Half w/ Black Splatter. The band just finished touring North America with fellow Canadians Silverstein and will be on the road constantly for the rest of 2016.

BAND NAME: Rarity
BAND WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/rarityofficial
LABEL NAME: Rise Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.riserecords.com

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Formed in the winter of 2014 in Delavan, Wisconsin, the power­ pop meets punk ­rock quintet TELETHON have created a diverse record with their upcoming release ‘Citrosis’. Recorded in just over five days by Jack Shirley at the Atomic Garden Studio in East Palo Alto, ‘Citrosis’ is an adrenaline-­fuelled relentless 32 minutes of nearly ­gapless playback, blending an enticing mix of emotive lyrics, garage­-rock­ infused riffs and classic rock harmonies over the course of 12 tracks. Get your splattered Orange record from the band on tour right now!

     

BAND NAME: Telethon
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.telethonband.com

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Los Angeles death metal unit, THE ZENITH PASSAGE– will unleash its long-awaited debut full-length via Unique Leader Records. Titled Solipsist, the ten-track offering across forty minutes of music, THE ZENITH PASSAGE examines the idea of solipsism, a philosophical theory that the self is all that can be known to exist, anything else outside of one’s own mind is uncertain. Get your ‘Gold’ splattered record or that super sick AsideBside version from UNIQUE LEADER now!!!

            

BAND NAME: The Zenith Pasage
LABEL NAME: Unique Leader Records 
LABEL WEBSITE:  www.uniqueleader.com

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Four friends in Philadelphia formed a band on New Years Eve almost 2 years ago and the gritty pop band QUEEN OF JEANS was born! Featuring a lot of 60’s and 90’s girl group influenced vocal harmonies, you can catch them live on a few upcoming appearances or get one of these ‘Baby Blue’ and ‘Baby Pink’ colored records from THIRD UNCLE RECORDS today!

   

BAND NAME: Queen of Jeans
BAND WEBSITE: https://queenofjeans.bandcamp.com
LABEL NAME:  Third Uncle Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://thirduncle.com/

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xCRIMEDOGx formed in 1984 by McGruff The Crime Dog as a means to bring his message of healthy living and a positive attitude to the youth though a more aggressive DIY outlet, releasing three 7″s over the next two years before disbanding in early 1987. The long out of print ‘Take A Bite’, ‘Drunk Kids Can Bite It’, and ‘Bark Today’ EPs influenced the hardcore community and classrooms for years, and are are finally being reissued as a one time pressing of 250 clear red LP’s with a silkscreened B-side. You can thank your friends at COVER YOUR HEART for making this happen!

     

BAND NAME: xCRIMEDOGx
BAND WEBSITE: xcrimedogx.bandcamp.com
LABEL NAME: Cover Your Heart. 
LABEL WEBSITE:  thesaddestlandscape.com 

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ELEVATOR BATH’S series of picture disc LPs (each record being adorned with full-color artwork by the recording artist) comes to its conclusion with a top-notch new release from the great MASAMI AKITA. “Wattle” is a new, two-part composition featuring AKITA’S traditional soup of unidentifiable metallic clanging, crushing feedback, jagged white noise, and various effects. It does not disappoint. There are no drums, no guitars, no vocals; just scorching electronic mayhem of the highest quality. MASAMI AKITA is the artist behind the seminal, vegan, straight edge, noise project, Merzbow.

BAND NAME: Masami Akita
BAND WEBSITE: www.merzbow.net
LABEL NAME: Elevator Bath
LABEL WEBSITE:  www.elevatorbath.com

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Upon offering its initial prophecy, “Grave Ekstasis,” in March 2013, IRKALLIAN ORACLE immediately left an indelible impression on its audience that was commensurate with the obscure oppressiveness of the music itself.  Originally released as a limited cassette, this first album’s supply of copies was quickly outgrown by the demand that it had rightfully garnered.   In response, NUCLEAR WAR NOW! began its relationship with the band by offering to make the album more widely available, and this sick etched set of discs is the result!

  

BAND NAME: Irkallian Oracle
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/Irkallian-Oracle-453212968079401/
LABEL NAME: Nuclear War Now! Productions
LABEL WEBSITE:  nwnprod.com

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Life’s a garden, dig it!

Record of the Week for March 25th, 2016

Check out what we have in store for you on this week’s RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog!

Elegant, articulate, and expansive, ‘Juniper’, the new record from instrumental percussion trio SQUARE PEG ROUND HOLE manages to convey – and evoke – an entire range of human emotions despite its lack of a single sung word. Of course mavericks SPARTAN RECORDS are behind this glorious double LP set, check out those AsideBside versions or the Color-In-Color with splatter. As always with SPARTAN its’ a limited run, get yours now from SPARTAN or check out SQUARE PEG ROUND HOLE tonight in Baltimore!


   

BAND NAME: Square Peg Round Hole
BAND WEBSITE: http://squarepegroundhole.me
LABEL NAME: Spartan Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://spartanrecords.com

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CELER was Will Long and his wife Danielle Baquet-Long from 2005-2009.  Dani passed away of heart failure in 2009 but they recorded an enormous amount of material in those 4 short years.  “I love you so much I can’t even title this” was originally recorded and released as a home-made package and CDR in 2008. INFRACTION is an ambient label that dug deep to bring this together as a vinyl only double LP set, hit them up to get you copy today!


           

BAND NAME: Celer
BAND WEBSITE: celer.jp
LABEL NAME: Infraction
LABEL WEBSITE: Infractionrecords.com

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LÜGER is a militaristic crust / death metal band from France. Canada’s own VON FROST RECORDS brings you this brutal LP, ‘Kill Worship Die’ in either classic Black or the super sick Black and ‘White’ AsideBside version. Get some from VON FROST while you still can!


             

BAND NAME: LÜGER
BAND WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/vociferian
LABEL NAME: VON FROST RECORDS
LABEL WEBSITE:  vonfrostrecords.storenvy.com

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Phoenix, Arizona has a rich punk rock history with a rich musical tone that was often slightly left of center, and always at odds with itself in a playful yet teetering on the verge of implosion sort of way. The darkest, though, of all of the Arizona bands to achieve some national and international acclaim, is MIGHTY SPHINCTER. SLOPE RECORDS brings you a straight off the board live recording from the band’s 1987 show at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, MIGHTY SPHINCTER has never disappointed their fans and will continue to lay claim to their rightful place in underground music history.


       

BAND NAME: Mighty Sphincter
LABEL NAME: Slope Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  https://www.facebook.com/SlopeRecordings/

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Philadelphia’s NOTHING return with ‘Tired Of Tomorrow’, their beautifully profound follow-up to 2014’s widely-acclaimed ‘Guilty Of Everything’. This album is a modern, nihilistic take on the triumphant fuzzed-out guitar rock of the 90’s, replete with huge hooks and brooding melodies. Of course it’s RELAPSE RECORDS bringing you this sick color-in-color records and shaped picture disc!!!


     

BAND NAME: NOTHING
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.bandofnothing.com
LABEL NAME: Relapse Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.relapse.com/

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WORSHIP THIS! IS back with their sophomore full length on A-F RECORDS. Hailing from Akron, OH, WORSHIP THIS! captures everything that you’ve ever loved about midwest punk rock. Soaked in the haze of winter. Landlocked angst raging against getting old and screwing up. “Mint” continues where “Tomorrow, I’ll Miss You” left off, and check out that splattered version!


   

BAND NAME: Worship This!
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/WorshipThisOH
LABEL NAME: A-F Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://a-frecords.limitedrun.com/

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Walking the razor’s edge between overdriven navel gazing bliss and perfect pop sensibility, Ann Arbor’s PITY SEX have crafted a breathtaking debut LP in ‘Feast of Love’ that’s both awesomely beautiful and deftly evocative. Massive, harmonically distorted guitars and airy dual male/female vocals are hallmarks of ‘Feast of Love’, all drenched in warm, dreamy reverb. Get this beautiful AsideBside from your friends at RUN FOR COVER RECORDS now!

       

BAND NAME: Pity Sex
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/PitySexMI/timeline
LABEL NAME: Run For Cover Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  www.runforcoverrecords.com

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Till next time friends!

Record of the Week for March 18th, 2016

We’re throwing down another insane RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog for you!

Formed in 1996 by bassist/vocalist Yuki and guitarist Sunao, VIVISICK
has become fairly prominent in their local scene but remains almost
unheard of outside Japan, that is until now! Good ol’ TANK CRIMES is
bringing you twenty-three-minutes of deliciously manic hardcore punk
doused in boisterous sing alongs, melody and wackiness. All just in
time for VIVSICK’s short west coast tour starting in April. If you
don’t pick up on of those splattered AsideBside LPs soon you’ll be out
of luck!

BAND NAME: Vivisick
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/vivisick
LABEL NAME: Tankcrimes
LABEL WEBSITE: www.tankcrimes.com

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MEWITHOUTYOU returns with their 5th studio album! ‘Ten Stories’ is
an allegorical collection of songs that, at first listen, follows a
winding narrative about a circus train crash in 19th century Montana.
But long-time fans of this band know that although we are immediately
introduced to a talking elephant, fox and tiger, there is always more
than meets the eye. The RUN FOR COVER RECORDS reissue of ‘Ten
Stories’ includes a reimagined and expanded pack- as well as some
killer new colored vinyl. Run over to RUN FOR COVER today!

BAND NAME: mewithoutYou
BAND WEBSITE: http://mewithoutyou.com/
LABEL NAME: Run For Cover Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.runforcoverrecords.com/

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‘Temples’ is the first full length release by THE BAD LIGHT, the long
time Santa Cruz CA Heavy Blue/Stoner Rock band. Having gone through a
few line up changes, they have finally found their signature sound
which is ever apparent on ‘Temples’. Get your ‘Electric Blue’ record
directly from THE BAD LIGHT today!

BAND NAME: The Bad Light
BAND WEBSITE: www.thebadlight.com

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Black metal has long been a vehicle of choice for an individual to
express oneself independently and solitarily, perhaps it is for this
very reason that IV, the lone member of ILL OMEN, has again succeeded
in creating some of the most resonant black metal of recent times with
“Æ . Thy . Rift,” the band’s third full-length album and its fourth
release on NUCLEAR WAR NOW! PRODUCTIONS. Available in classic ‘Black’
vinyl, wholesale only ‘Cokebottle Green’ and for the diehard, ‘Grey’
vinyl.

BAND NAME: Ill Omen
LABEL NAME: Nuclear War Now! Productions
LABEL WEBSITE: nwnprod.com

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In celebration of Record Store Day, MEDICAL RECORDS presents a reissue
of a very special collection of singles by California’s THE SUMMER
HITS. The Summer Hits formed in the early 90s hailing from southern
California with roots firmly planted in the sun and sand. Known for
being some of the hardest to find singles out there, MEDICAL has
wrapped them all up into this comp, along with a bonus 2 song flexi!
Better start standing in line now!

BAND NAME: Summer Hits
LABEL NAME: Medical Records
LABEL WEBSITE: medical-records.org

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Canadian neoclassical-influenced tech death unit, FIRST FRAGMENT, will
release their long-anticipated debut full-length, ‘Dasein’, on May
20th via UNIQUE LEADER RECORDS. The eleven track long play features
guest appearances and boasts a fierce mix of over-the-top drum
tirades, complex neoclassical-influenced guitar work, endless solos,
Flamenco and clean guitar passages, proggy death metal bass work and a
highly varied dual vocal approach. Stay tuned as there are plans of a
FIRST FRAGMENT tour coming soon.

BAND NAME: FIRST FRAGMENT
LABEL NAME: Unique Leader Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.uniqueleader.com

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‘Subsonic to Supersonic’ is a experimental music collaboration
conceived by Brooklyn-based visual artist, VARGAS-SUAREZ UNIVERSAL and
NYC and Austin, TX based composer STEPHEN BARBER. The content of the
record is truly what the title implies. They recorded, sampled and
mixed sounds from subsonic sea life to rocket launches and added
woodwinds and electronics. This extremely limited picture disc will be
a hard one to find down the road, so you better try to grab one now!

BAND NAME: Vargas-Suarez Universal & Stephen Barber
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.vargassuarezuniversal.com
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.stephenbarber.com

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Have fun out there!