Record of the Week for October 24th, 2014

As our gift to you for our 10th Anniversary (AND party!!  http://www.piratespress.com/PP10/ ), we have an extra big, jammed packed RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog for y’all, including a couple of our own special releases. It’s our birthday present to you!   

It was a tough one this week, but here again in a back-to-back RECORD OF THE WEEK is RELAPSE RECORDS! This time with Death Metal legends OBITUARY and their 9th full length called ‘Inked In Blood’. OBITUARY are THE definitive death metal band, which is why RELAPSE made this double album one of the most insane we’ve seen! First off, this matte laminated gatefold jacket is 3D embossed and has selective use of spot gloss so that the torso on the cover really pops! Then, they made it available in EIGHT different vinyl configurations!! Going down the list, there is a ‘Black’ version; a ‘Bone’ colored version; a ‘Blood Red’ version; a ’Swamp Green’ version; a ‘Bone’ and ‘REDish’ Aside/Bside version; a ‘Silver’ version; an ‘Ultra Clear’ version; and saving the best for last, a ‘Black’ with ‘Olive Green’ and ‘Bronze’ tricolor version! This release is going to keep the hard core collector’s heads spinning for some time to come. Luckily, OBITUARY has not one but two tours coming up soon. Head over to the RELAPSE or OBITUARY website to grab a record or figure out where to catch them…

BAND: Obituary
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.obituary.cc/index.html
LABEL:  Relapse Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.relapse.com/

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Our very own PIRATES PRESS RECORDS is bestowing on you this feast of street punk that is the REDUCERS S.F.’s entire catalog! That’s right, all three of their LP’s and even an extra 12” featuring some live tracks, demos and more. Reforming to play the PIRATES PRESS 10th Anniversary party this weekend (and hopefully staying together permanently), this is the essential REDUCERS S.F. collection. Housed in a reverse board slipcase, these four individual jackets hold a plethora of colored vinyl choices. Depending on where you get it, you’ll find an all ‘Gold’ vinyl version OR a color version featuring a ‘Blood Red’ record, a ‘Bronze’ record, a ‘Royal Blue’ record and a ‘Piss Yellow’ record. For those inquiring minds out there, there is also a splatter version that is mail order only featuring all Aside/Bside colored vinyl and more colors of splatter than we can list here!!!

BAND:  Reducers S.F.
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/TheReducersSF
LABEL: Pirates Press Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://piratespressrecords.com/

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SCHEISSE MINNELLI is a Skatecore band from Germany, yes the country not some small town in the mid west. GFP is a old-school traditional punk-roots band featuring none other than Tony Alva of Z-Boys fame. It was fitting then when BEANIES RECORDS decided to put out a split between these two bands. Called ‘Best At Its Worst” the title speaks for itself. This Skate/Punk split comes in either a standard ‘Black’ vinyl version, a much more limited ‘Halloween Orange’ version or the extremely rare ‘Highlighter Yellow’ version. You might just have to head over to Indonesia and wait around for SCHEISSE MINNELLI where their tour is just about to start…. Or go to the web if you can’t afford the plane fare.

BAND: Scheisse Minnelli
BAND WEBSITE: www.scheisseminnelli.com
BAND: General Fucking Principal (GFP)
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.tonyalva.info/about/music/gfp/
LABEL:  Beanies Records
LABEL WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/nicole.beaniesrecords

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The SUEDE RAZORS are back to rattle your eardrums and get you moving with their latest release, the ‘Boys Night Out / (I’m a) Bovver Boy’ 7”. Co-released between RANDALE RECORDS in E.U. and PIRATES PRESS RECORDS, what stared as a side project has taken on a life of it’s own. Fresh off their first show in picturesque Alameda CA, the SUEDE RAZORS are the best mix of Punk, Bootboy Glam and old school Rock N’ Roll you can find anywhere. Made in a throw back style, this notched, top loading textured disco bag jacket holds either a standard ‘Black’ vinyl version, a ‘Piss Yellow’ version, a ‘Milky Clear’ version or the very rare ‘Kelly Green’ version. Not that you’ll ever want to listen to this on anything other than your favorite record player, it also includes a download card for your iThings. If you’re at our 10th Anniversary party this weekend, maybe you can have the SUEDE RAZORS sign your copy of this album…

BAND:  Suede Razors
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/SuedeRazors
LABEL: Randale Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.randale-records.de/
LABEL: Pirates Press Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://piratespressrecords.com/

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604 RECORDS from Canada created a truly spectacular package for this certified platinum album. Originally released in 2008, where it reached the number 1 spot on the Hard Rock charts, this is the third album from none other than B.C. Canada’s own and very infamous THEORY OF A DEAD MAN!!! Titled, ’Scars & Souvenirs’ and featuring everyone’s favorite song “Bad Girlfriend”, 604 RECORDS really went all out to make sure this fit the platinum status it deserves. What they chose to do was create a very limited edition GLOW IN THE DARK record (record glows blue) with GITD print on the jacket as well. Cameras can’t do this one justice, but when you see the x-ray skeleton glowing along with the record, it’s truly something. I guess you’ll have to pick one up yourself to find out. The band is on tour in Ireland, the U.K and Canada supporting their fifth album. Hit the web to find out where to find this record and the band today.

BAND: Theory of A Deadman
BAND WEBSITE: www.theoryofadeadman.com
LABEL:  604 Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.604records.com

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Following up their album “Victoria” which took these Chicago natives all around the world, the DOWNTOWN STRUTS are back with their latest and more introspective EP, “Hope You’re Dope”. Alumni of our own PIRATES PRESS RECORDS, the DOWNTOWN STRUTS are showing their maturity on this release, both musically and packaging wise. In a reverse board jacket, including an insert and download card, this EP is available in either a very limited ‘Electric Blue’ version or a ‘Milky Clear’ version with ‘Bone’, ‘Electric Blue’, ‘Baby Pink’ and ‘Doublemint’ splatter. You can get the ‘Electric Blue’ version from the PPR web store and find the splatter version in a record store near you soon!

BAND:  Downtown Struts
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.downtownstruts.com/
LABEL: Pirates Press Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://piratespressrecords.com/

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This is the first release from the Tulsa Oklahoma based label DAMNATIO MEMORIAE, and they’re coming out swinging! Formed in the depths of the bible belt, this is the second release for SKELETON FARM and is a perfect match for all you shoe gazing post-hardcore heads out there. With a limited run of 500 units, this perfectly matched gatefold and ‘Piss Yellow’ and ‘Kelly Green’ Half-N-Half vinyl with ’Swamp Green’ splatter is just astounding. You can pick one of these up at SKELETON FARM’s website or if you can wait until Spring of 2015, catch the band on their upcoming tour!

BAND:   Skeleton Farm
BAND WEBSITE: skeletonfarm.bandcamp.com
LABEL:  Damnatio Memoriae
LABEL WEBSITE:  Damnatiomemoriae.bigcartel.com

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MIC THEORY RECORDS is the home of Hip Hip duo EPIDEMIC, who’ve been friends since they were kids and making mix tapes for years. This time, they’re coming at you with their latest LP titles ‘The Solution’. Originally the artist and beat maker TANTU was just guesting on a previous album, but it eventually turned into this project you see here. Available only in a eye catching ‘Electric Blue’ vinyl with ‘Blood Red’ splatter, this is a classic in the making. Keep tabs on MIC THEORY to find out where to can pick one of these up today!

BAND:  Epidemic
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.facebook.com/epidemic954
BAND:  Tantu
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.tantubeats.com/
LABEL: Mic Theory Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.mictheoryrecords.com/
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The LOST TAPE COLLECTIVE have found their way with this latest release from MAN OVERBOARD. This pop punk band has had somewhat of a lull until they decided to put out the ‘Passing Ends’ 7” to tide their fans over. Not only sonically appealing, this is a visually appealing title as well. In a heavy weight matte laminated jacket, this EP comes in either a ‘Bone’ and ‘Black’ splatter version; a ‘Doublemint’, ‘Coke Bottle’ and ‘Olive Green’ stripped tricolor version; or the most limited of all, the ‘White’ with ‘Baby Pink’ and ‘Deep Purple’ pie shaped tricolor version. Whatever your favorite is, find your way to the LOST TAPE COLLECTIVE’s website now.

BAND:  Man Overboard
BAND WEBSITE: www.manoverboardnj.com
LABEL: Lost Tape Collective
LABEL WEBSITE:  www.losttapecollective.com

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This is Toronto native SEAWAY’s first release on PURE NOISE RECORDS, and it is everything a pop punk fan could want. This 7” is called ‘All In My Head’, has a reverse board jacket, an insert and includes a download card. There’s also some crazy vinyl stuffed in there. Whether it’s the ‘Baby Pink’ and “Cyan Blue’ Aside/Bside version, the ‘Baby Blue’ with ‘Electric Blue’ and ‘Cyan Blue’ stripped tricolor version, or the rarest of them all, the ‘Ultra Clear’ with ‘Cyan Blue’ hazed version, you can’t lose. SEAWAY just finished touring, but no fear, they start up again next month!


BAND:  Seaway
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/seawayoakville
LABEL: Pure Noise Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  www.purenoise.net

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PURE NOISE RECORDS has it so dialed in, they’re on our ROTW blog for the second time this week! This time with the second release from the Folky/Acoustic band FRONT PORCH STEP. Currently out on the PURE NOISE RECORDS TOUR, FRONT PORCH STEP’s latest EP is just plain sick. This 7” comes in three flavors, the ‘Ultra Clear’ with ‘Royal Blue’ and ‘White’ splatter, a ‘Black’ and ‘’Kelly Green’ with ‘REDish’ stripped tricolor version, or the gnarly ‘White’ and ‘Ultra Clear’ Half-N-Half version with ‘REDish’ and ‘Kelly Green’ splatter. The PURE NOISE RECORDS website should probably be in your bookmarks by now…


BAND: Front Porch Step
BAND WEBSITE: http://frontporchstepmusic.com/
LABEL: Pure Noise Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  www.purenoise.net

Record Of The Week for October 17th, 2014

We’re crazy busy getting ready for our 10th Anniversary party next week ( http://www.piratespress.com/PP10/ ), but we were still able to give you a peak at some of these new releases. There were so many awesome titles that came through this week, it was hard to narrow it down to the selection you see before you for the RECORD OF THE WEEK blog….

This week’s RECORD OF THE WEEK is none other than the heavy metal powerhouse BARONESS, with a repress of their first release ‘Red Album’ from 2007. It’s not often that we’ll feature a repress, but RELAPSE RECORDS absolutely killed it with this release. In the gatefold jacket, you’ll find either a ‘Bone’ colored set of records, or the much more limited ‘Hot Pink’ and ‘Bone’ Aside/Bside colored set. It also comes with an insert and download card, just taking this whole package to the next level. It’s fitting that this title would be ROTW since this album was names Album of the Year in 2007 by REVOLVER MAGAZINE. BARONESS just finished up touring around, but we’re sure you’ll be able to catch them again in the near future. Make your way to RELAPE’s website and order one of these today!

BAND: Baroness
BAND WEBSITE: http://yourbaroness.com/
LABEL:  Relapse Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.relapse.com/

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Pittsburgh based independent label A-F RECORDS is releasing a new protest compilation titled ‘This Concerns Everyone’. Swirling mostly around Folk, Punk and Protest music, the collection includes live and studio recordings of rebellious covers and originals from the likes of TOM MORELLO (The Nightwatchman, Rage Against The Machine), TIM MCLLRATH (Rise Against), CHRIS WOLLARD (Hot Water Music) and CHRIS #2 (Anti-Flag) among others and is being released on the limited edition vinyl you see here. In a matte finished jacket, this album can be found in either a ‘Red(Ish)’ color, ‘White’, ‘Silver’ or the always popular ‘Ultra Clear’ and even includes a download card. You can preorder this masterpiece today over at A-F RECORDS’ website…

BAND:  Various Artists
LABEL:  A-F Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.A-FRecords.com

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Formed in 2005, BEWARE OF SAFETY is a five piece instrumental, post-rock band from Los Angeles, California. Their newest release, ‘Lotusville’ is an homage to the city in which they live. It is described as the sound track for those who roam the LA streets in the wee hours. This is the fourth release from the band and it looks like they got the formula down! Very simple, this gatefold jacket hold a ‘Grimace Purple’ disc one and a ‘Hot Pink’ disc two. Only a small number of these were printed, you better pick one up before they’re sold out, the band gets huge and you miss out on a true collectors item…

BAND:  Beware of Safety
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.bewareofsafety.com/

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CASTLE FACE RECORDS is always on the leading edge of Indie Rock. That is obvious here with their latest release from USELESS EATERS, a gathering of home-fried punk concoctions that will make you want to flick cigarettes and push strangers. Called ‘Bleeding Moon’, this mini masterpiece comes in our favorite reverse board jacket with flood printing inside the jacket, printed inner sleeves and a download card. Available in the purist ‘Black’ vinyl, or the “only available from the band or CASTLE FACE directly” ‘White’ and ‘Ultra Clear’ version called the ‘Glass Half Full Edition’. USELESS EATERS are going to be touring in March of next year, stay tuned to the band’s or CASTLE FACE’s website for ordering info or to find out what venue you need to buy tickets for….

BAND:  Useless Eaters
BAND WEBSITE: http://uselesseaters.bandcamp.com
LABEL:  Castle Face
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.castlefacerecords.com/

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Considered by many to be the original American Oi band, THE BRUISERS released several pivotal albums in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Even though they are a defunct band, CHAPTER ELEVEN RECORDS had the foresight to release this 7” called ‘Gates of Hell’ for the first time in the U.S.A.!! Originally only available in Europe, you can now find this only through our friends at CHAPTER ELEVEN. Sandwiched in a Punk/Oi classic 1/4 fold jacket, you can pick one of these up in either ‘Black’ vinyl, the more limited ‘Bone’ color, or the super limited ‘Bone’ with ‘Black’ splatter version. When you get to CHAPTER ELEVEN’s website, you’ll find that some of the packages come with patches, buttons and coasters too! They thought of everything on this one…

BAND:  The Brusiers
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bruisers/127350907341113
LABEL: Chapter Eleven
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.chapterelevenrecords.com
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Always on the forefront of new Rock/Post Hardcore bands, FEARLESS RECORDS is here with another limited first pressing of THE COLOR MORALE’s latest album called ‘Hold On Pain Ends’. Since forming in 2007, THE COLOR MORALE have released 3 prior albums, with this being their fourth. This release, wrapped in a matte finish jacket with a printed insert, houses only a ‘Sea Blue’ with lots of ‘Grimace Purple’ splatter version that comes together so perfectly. You can find the record over at FEARLESS’ website or catch THE COLOR MORALE on their upcoming tour anywhere from San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale to New York to Denver. Just about anywhere you can think of these guys will be there or right around the corner…

BAND:  The Color Morale
BAND WEBSITE: http://thecolormorale.net
LABEL: Fearless Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://fearlessrecords.com

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It seems that there isn’t a week that goes by that CAPTCHA RECORDS doesn’t make the blog. It’s probably because they spend so much attention to making the entire package as spell binding as possible. This time, CAPTCHA is releasing the ‘Punk n’ Roll’ band BUFFALO TOOTH’s debut album called ‘Gardeners of the Devil’s Lettuce’. A mixture of ‘70s hard rock, ‘80s hardcore, surf and thrash, BUFFALO TOOTH is currently booking a West Coast tour to keep their fans happy. In the mean time, you can pick up this ‘White’ with ‘Black’ splatter colored record over at CAPTCHA’s website.

BAND:  Buffalo Tooth
BAND WEBSITE: http://buffalotooth.bandcamp.com/
LABEL: Captcha Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.captcha-records.com/

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We’re always saying that there isn’t enough Grindcore coming through here. Well, those nonconformists over at HOUSECORE RECORDS must had heard our mumbling because they just put out a 5” record featuring the weirdo/metal band from Detroit known as SHILD BITE along with PHIL ANSELMO. Yes, the same PHIL ANSELMO from PANTERA. What you have in front of you is their tribute to ANAL CUNT. Being GRINDCORE, this is a 5” (yes, 5 inches) record with 5 songs totaling 5 minutes, just the way we like it. This is the first time CHILD BITE and PHIL have ever mixed it up in the studio and like most people, we think there should be more. Originally only available on ‘Black’ vinyl, this repress is available on ‘Piss Yellow’, ‘Oxblood’ or what you see here, the ‘Grimace Purple’ version. It even comes with a full size poster! Go to HOUSECORE’s website right away or your favorite color may already be gone…

BAND:  Child Bite & Phil Anselmo
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.childbite.com
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.philanselmo.com
LABEL: Housecore Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.thehousecorerecords.com

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‘Unfuckwithable’ is the MOJAVE LORDS’ new limited edition, full-length vinyl LP on LAST HURRAH RECORDS. Born in Joshua Tree California, this ‘Desert Stoner Rock’ is sure to melt your mind! It also features a myriad of notable cameos and was recorded in the famous Rancho De La Luna studio in Joshua Tree, CA. Not only is this cool music, but the entire package is OUT OF CONTROL! Where do we even begin? The jacket is a thick stock with a selective use of spot gloss AND embossing that pictures don’t truly do justice. The printed inner sleeve either holds a ‘White’ with ‘Deep Purple’ haze record or a ‘Blood Red’ and ‘Gold’ Aside/Bside colored record with ‘Blood Red’, ‘Red(ish)’ and ‘Orange Crush’ splatter. Catch the MOJAVE LORDS on one of their upcoming shows in the South or head over to LAST HURRAH’s website, like NOW!

BAND:  Mohave Lords
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.mojavelords.com/
LABEL: Lat Hurrah Recordst
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.lasthurrahrecords.com

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Fans of Post-Rock/Metal can revel in one of the latest releases from ROBOTIC EMPIRE because they pulled one from the archive for this. For the first time in like 5 years, you can pick up one of ISIS’s 2006 album ‘In The Absence Of Truth’. Not at all associated with islamic radicals, ISIS is Boston born L.A based godfathers of “Heavy Music”. Even though the band is broken up, labels like ROBOTIC EMPIRE keep the faith alive by pressing such awesome releases like what you see here. This time around, they made a gatefold LP jacket on reverse board stock with printed inner sleeves. Then they made it available in a set of ‘Black’ discs, an ‘Ultra Clear’ disc one and ‘Red(ish)’ disc two set, or the very rare ‘Hot Pink’ set. You can find yours today over at ROBOTIC EMPIRE’s website…

BAND:  Isis
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.isistheband.com/
LABEL: Robotic Empire
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.roboticempire.com/store

Record Of The Week for October 10th, 2014

We never stop! So here again for your viewing pleasure is another RECORD OF THE WEEK blog…

If you are a regular reader of this blog, how could you not love a record label that only puts out vinyl records like New Jersey’s own PANIC STATE RECORDS? Even more so, how could you not love the repress of the split 7” from them featuring ASTPAI and THE FLATLINERS??? Blasting out of a dirty basement is one of Australia’s most straightforward punk bands known only as ASTPAI, who is about to embark on a huge Wast Coast / Mid West U.S. tour. From the opposite side of the globe is THE FLATLINERS, hailing from Toronto Canada and producing some of the best Rock/Punk Canada has ever seen, which can be witnessed live on their current tour. On this split, THE FLATLINERS cover an ASTPAI song and vice versa, so you get to see each band’s take on the other’s music. In a classic reverse board jacket, this 7” can be found in either a ‘Royal Blue’ inside ‘Orange Crush’ Color in Color variation; the ‘Orange Crush’ / ‘Royal Blue’ / ‘Kelly Green’ Tri Color version; or the super limited ‘Ultra Clear’ with ‘Orange Crush’, ‘Royal Blue’ and ‘Piss Yellow’ splatter version. You can order the record over at PANIC STATE’s website or find out where you can catch the bands live at their respective websites….

BAND: Astpai
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.astpai.org/
BAND: The Flatliners
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.theflatliners.com/
LABEL:  Panic State Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.panicstaterecords.com/

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EMPTY CELLAR RECORDS is pulling no punches with the second full length album by San Francisco’s own COOL GHOULS. Called ‘A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye’, great attention to detail was paid to make this thing look like swirling fire. Consisting of a light catching Silver Foil stamped jacket and slick printed innersleeve, this package wraps either a pure ‘Black’ vinyl record or the very limited “Swirling Fire” version made of a’ Blood Red’ and ‘Halloween Orange’ Aside/Bside record with ‘Easter Yellow’ splatter. Calling the COOL GHOULS a 60’s style Rock band doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. Head over to EMPTY CELLAR RECORDS website to order a copy or catch them in one of their upcoming Bay Area shows right around the corner…

BAND: Cool Ghouls
BAND WEBSITE: http://coolghouls420.bandcamp.com/
LABEL:  Empty Cellar Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.emptycellarrecords.com/

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THE MELVINS. In case you didn’t catch it the first time, THE MELVINS!! AMPHETAMINE REPTILE RECORDS, the de-facto home of THE MELVINS is bringing you their latest record, this time also featuring two members from the BUTTHOLE SURFERS. Called ‘Bride Of Crankenstein’, we were ecstatic to be able to get this latest release is out just in time for their tour starting in just a few days. Available in either a ‘Red(ish)’ and ‘Silver’ Half-n-Half with black splatter (not pictured), a ‘Red(ish)’ and ‘Silver’ Aside/Bside or the very rare ‘Hot Pink’ and ‘Baby Pink’ Half-n-Half with ‘Red(ish)’ splatter. Find THE MELVINS on tour to grab one of these, and if you can’t do that, then head over to AMPHETAMINE REPTILE’s website for further instructions…

BAND:  The Melvins
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.themelvins.net/
LABEL:  Amphetamine Reptile Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.amphetaminereptile.com/

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As part of JOYFUL NOISE RECORDING’s monthly Flexi subscription service, this is the first new music from OWLS since their smash hit ’Two’ came out earlier this year. Titled ‘Song #9 Demo’, you can speculate that this was one of the unreleased songs from ’Two’. ‘Song #9 Demo’ is only available on Flexi, and limited to 1000 copies. Period. Choosing the ‘Clear’ Flexi stock and placing that over a printed insert inside of a polybag, JOYFUL NOISE is combining the best of the Flexi while still adding an artistic element. Their Flexi subscription plan is so popular, it’s sold out! Better get on the waiting list and be on the look out for the 2015 subscription or you’ll be missing out…

BAND:  OWLS
BAND WEBSITE: http://owlschicago.com/
LABEL:  Joyful Noise Recordings
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com/

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FATHER DAUGHTER RECORDS is a multi state Indie/Pop record label who has been cranking out releases for over four years now. Their latest release, also the first release for this band is San Francisco’s own HAPPY DIVING. Called ‘Big World’, this 10 song Guitar Rock album is in the right place at the right time. Playing a few, select shows in the near future, HAPPY DIVING painstakingly pick out every detail of this package to make sure it came out how they had envisioned, and we have to say they were successful. Made in either a purist ‘Black’ vinyl, a solid ‘Oxblood’ color or the very appealing ‘Doublemint’ colored with ‘Oxblood’ and ‘Baby Blue’ splatter variant. Preorder yours today over at FATHER DAUGHTER’s website…

BAND:  Happy Diving
BAND WEBSITE: http://happydiving.bandcamp.com/
LABEL: Father Daughter Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.fatherdaughterrecords.com/
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In a Co-release between the U.S. based record label AND record store, GONER RECORDS, and Australia’s AARGHT RECORDS, this team must be excited to put out the second album of AUSMUTEANTS. Known as ‘Orders of Operation’, what appears to be an instruction manual for copy/fax machine is actually a monochromatic full of package of Australian Punk. Very elegant, this record is only available in ‘Black’ or ‘White’, with an insert and download card. “If you don’t like this record, you pretty much won’t ever like Ausmuteants.”

BAND:  Ausmuteants
BAND WEBSITE: https://ausmuteants.bandpage.com/
LABEL:  Goner Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.goner-records.com/
LABEL:  Aarght Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.aarghtrecords.com/

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Nathan Maxwell of FLOGGING MOLLY fame is here with his latest project, THE BUNNY GANG! HARDLINE ENTERTAINMENT was lucky enough to be able to release this Clash and Bob Marley mixed with some Dub inspired revolutionary music. This is THE BUNNY GANG’s second album, recorded in El Paso Texas and called ‘Thrive’. Only made with ‘Piss Yellow’ colored vinyl, only 500 made, only available at HARDLINE ENTERTAINMENT and just about the only record you have missing from your collection.

BAND:  The Bunny Gang
BAND WEBSITE: http://thebunnygang.com/
LABEL: Hardline Entertainment
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://hardlineent.com/

October 3rd, 2014

Hey All!
Once again we’re back with another RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog!

This time, our very own PIRATES PRESS RECORDS is coming in HOT with the latest releases from THE WORKING STIFFS!!! For the first time in over ten years, feast your eyes and ears on not one, not two, but THREE brand new recordings from one of San Francisco’s best booze-soaked-aggro Oi!/Street Punk bands ever. First, we have the 7” titled ‘Moderation’ that comes in either solid ‘Gold’, ‘Black’ with ‘Gold’ splatter or the very rare ‘Gold’ with lots and lots of ‘Black’ splatter. It also comes in a throw back reverse board disco bag jacket with flood gloss on the front, so the back has a rough feel but the front is smooth as can be, then topped off with an insert and download card. This is followed up with the second release called ‘We Are The Truth’ which is a custom ‘Gear’ shaped 7” that is a first! Made in either ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ or classic ‘Black’ vinyl, the disco bag jacket has an embossed beer stein on it! Finishing it up with a flexi titled ‘Painting My Nails’, this flexi post card features some hilarious artwork! These titles are scheduled to be release towards the end of October, be on the look out for pre-orders coming soon to the PIRATES PRESS RECORDS website. Or, catch them yourself at the upcoming Pirates Press ‘Rock the Ship’ 10th anniversary party taking overs streets in San Francisco on October 25th!!!

BAND:  The Working Stiffs
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/TheWorkinStiffs
LABEL:  Pirates Press Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://piratespressrecords.com/

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It’s hard to find words to describe the latest single to be released on SAILOR’S GRAVE RECORDS, because it’s one of the godfathers of OI!, none other than THE BUSINESS!!! With their first new music in about 4 years, these guys are going to have a triumphant return with this one. Called ‘Back In The Day’ this beauty comes with a gatefold 7” jacket and vinyl to match; the packaging here is superb. Available in either a ‘Beer’ with ‘Bronze’ splatter, a solid ‘Bone’ color, an ‘Ultra Clear’ with ‘White’ haze color, or the crazy looking ‘Bronze’ inside ‘Bone’ Color-in-Color version. You better be on the lookout at SAILOR’S GRAVE RECORDS’ website to find out how to get one of these bad boys!

BAND:  The Business
BAND WEBSITE: http://myspace.com/businessoi
LABEL:  Sailor’s Grave Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.sailorsgraverecords.com/home.php

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Back for the second week in a row is Humbolt’s own DIY label CAPTCHA RECORDS! What more can we tell you about KIKAGAKU MOYO that we didn’t already tell you last week, other than this is the sister release to last week’s ROTW. This self titled release is actually their first record, originally released on COSMIC EYE from Greece. This release has a similar reverse board jacket, but with silver foil this time. Available on ‘Ultra Clear’ with ‘Silver’ haze vinyl, ‘Ultra Clear’ with ‘Oxblood’ splatter or the super cool ‘Hot Pink’ and ‘White’ Half-N-Half version. Hit up the CAPTCHA website to get this or it’s sister release today.

BAND:  Kikagaku Moyo
BAND WEBSITE: http://kikagakumoyo.tumblr.com/
LABEL:  Captcha Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.captcha-records.com/

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Our friends at OFF WITH THEIR HEADS have just put out this magnificent new Flexi with the song ‘Communist Daughter’. In a transparent ‘Blue’ color with a ‘Yellow’ foil stamped center, this is a very striking Flexi. OFF WITH THEIR HEADS have their game figured out, because they know that Flexis are the fast and easy way to get your music into your fans hands…

BAND:  Off With Their Heads
BAND WEBSITE: https://myspace.com/offwiththeirheads

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Australia’s own POISON CITY RECORDS is a consistent winner and they sure won us over with their latest release from THE GIFTHORSE! Called ‘Give My Body To This Town’, this is the first release since 2009 for this Brisbane punk-rock powerhouse. This reverse board jacket houses either a solid ‘Gold’ colored record, a transparent ‘Blood Red’ color, or the more limited and purist favorite ‘Black’ vinyl. If your a fan of 90’s punk, you’d be making a mistake to not hit up POISON CITY’s website and preorder one today!!

BAND:  The Gifthorse
BAND WEBSITE: https://myspace.com/thegifthorseband
LABEL: Poison City Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://poisoncityrecords.com/
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The sound and energy of Las Vegas’ Rock & Roll trio MERCY MUSIC is incredible. Just as incredible is their latest release on SQUIDHAT RECORDS is almost a work of art in and of itself. Coming out just in time for their crazy busy tour all around the U.S., this matching package comes in either standard ‘Black’ vinyl or the super limited solid ‘White’ version and includes a download card. If you aren’t able to catch MERCY MUSIC on their tour, then make your way to SQUIDHAT’s website.. “Because Music Doesn’t Have To Suck”

BAND:  Mercy Music
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.reverbnation.com/mercymusicforyou
LABEL: Squidhat Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.squidhatrecords.com/

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  The United Kingdom is the home of of OI! music. It’s also home to STEP 1 MUSIC who decided to resurrect and create a venerable best of album of one of the best OI! bands ever, THE 4 SKINS!! Called ’The Wonderful World Of The 4 SKINS’, this simple yet, do we dare say elegant package hold 16 of some of the most classic OI! songs known. Available in either ‘Easter Yellow’, ‘Red(ish)’ or the always popular classic ‘Black’ vinyl (not pictured), this disc will have you singing in your shower at the top of your lungs. You better convert your dollars/yen/dinars into British Pounds and hit up STEP 1 MUSIC’s website before these discs are all sold out…

BAND:  The 4 Skins
BAND WEBSITE: https://myspace.com/officialthe4skins
LABEL:  Step 1 Music
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.step1music.com/

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Resurrecting one of their earlier albums, PROSTHETIC RECORDS is putting out the 2007 album from SKELETONWITCH with flawless execution! Not that we even need to tell you, but this one is titled ‘Beyond the Permafrost’. Accompanying their rerelease of the other SKELETONWITCH albums on picture disc, this one may be the sickest of all. We’re sure that if you catch them on their current tour around Canada, the U.S. or even the Netherlands, you’ll have your mind blown. Perhaps you’ll even get a chance to grab one of these or the other picture discs from the band… If you can’t seem to find gas money to make it to a show, then head over to PROSTHETIC or SKELETONWITCH’s website and grab one from them….

BAND:  Skeletonwitch
BAND WEBSITE: http://skeletonwitch.com/
LABEL:  Prosthetic Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://prostheticrecords.com/

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All you fans of that twangy punk sound can get your fix with BEN DISASTER’s latest LP ’See You Next Spring’. Edmonton Canada’s famous busker is here with his first full length on Vinyl. Head over to BEN DISASTER’s website to preorder the mesmerizing record in a ‘Black’ inside ‘Cyan’ Color in Color style with a poster included as well. This was a limited run, so don’t delay!!

BAND:  Ben Disaster
BAND WEBSITE: http://bendisaster.bandcamp.com/
LABEL:  Lloyd Tillman Records

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Following in the foot steps of some of the more influential Power Pop bands, THE MANDATES have just unleashed their latest 7” ‘Suspicion b/w Wastin’ Time’. We were excited that we were able to get these 7”s to the band just in time for a big show in Vancouver. These rock’n’roll rippers are on TEENAGE RAMPAGE RECORDS, one of Canada’s best punk labels who decided to create a fantastic little package here. Starting off with the reverse board jacket, you can get either a purist ‘Black’ vinyl or solid ‘Oxblood’ colored vinyl. THE MANDATES were even kind enough to include a digital download card…

BAND:  The Mandates
BAND WEBSITE: http://mandates.bandcamp.com/
LABEL:  Teenage Rampage Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.teenagerampagerecords.com/

September 26th, 2014

Hey there Record of the Week followers,

We’ve got another round of killer Vinyl for you to peruse this week. There are some well known labels and some newcomers here.

We’re beginning this week with Humbolt’s own DIY label CAPTCHA RECORDS! About to start a tour in the UK, Tokyo’s KIKAGAKU MOYO’s first domestic release, ‘Mammatus Clouds’ is an awesome “Feel Good Music” album. This limited run features a Gold Foil stamped reverse board jacket with vinyl available in either ‘Ultra Clear’ with ‘Gold’ haze, ‘Ultra Clear’ with ‘Doublemint’ and ‘Baby Pink’ splatter, or the super slick ‘Aqua Blue’ and ‘White’ Aside/Bside variation. Known for their ’60s Psychedelia sound, KIKAGAKU MOYO run the Tokyo Psych Fest and recently had an acclaimed performance at the Austin Psych Fest while they were on a US tour last May. You can order the vinyl or stream the album on CAPTCHA’s website. Oh, and there is also another self titled release around the corner!!

BAND:  Kikagaku Moyo
BAND WEBSITE: http://kikagakumoyo.tumblr.com/
LABEL:  Captcha Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.captcha-records.com/

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Death Metal fans can all rest easy because ABYSMAL DAWN’s latest LP is almost here! Titled ‘Obsolescence’, this release is coming out just in time for their tour, which starts in just a few days. Of course RELAPSE RECORDS does it right by putting this out on a ‘Sea Blue’ colored record with ‘REDish’, ‘Halloween Orange’ and ‘Cyan’ splatter, a ‘Black’ version or the ‘Ultra Clear’ variant. RELAPSE then wrapped it in a super shiny and smooth High Gloss jacket, with a gatefold insert and download cards! Head over the RELAPSE or ABYSMAL DAWNS’s website to see where you can catch them on tour or order a copy today!!

BAND:  Abysmal Dawn
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.relapse.com/abysmal-dawn-obsolescence/
LABEL:  Relapse Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.relapse.com/store.html

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In a split release between EXPLODING IN SOUND RECORDS and DOUBLE DOUBLE WHAMMY RECORDS, the latest LP from LVL UP is going to blow up the charts! Formed in 2011 in New York, their latest is called ‘Hoodwink’d’, and this album is available in a standard ‘Black’ for the purists, a solid ‘White’ color, or the limited edition ‘White’ with LOTS of ‘Black’ splatter. This is one of those releases where you need all three variants for your collection. Luckily for you, you can find LVL UP out on tour staring this week going everywhere from NYC to Florida to sunny California. Head over the LVL UP’s website or EXPLODING IN SOUND’s page to find out more today!

BAND:  LVL UP
BAND WEBSITE: http://lvlup.bandcamp.com/
LABEL:  Exploding In Sound Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.explodinginsoundrecords.com/

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The latest project from Philly’s own Jay Laughlin, JJL’s newest release, ‘The Tiger E.P.’ is a Technicolor masterpiece! This album is available on a limited run of either ‘White’ or ‘RED(ish)’ or a larger run of purists’ favorite ‘Black’ vinyl. You can listen to a preview of this album over at JJL’s website or see them in Philadelphia this November. Be on the look out for JJL or you might be missing the next big thing!

BAND:  JJL
BAND WEBSITE: http://jjlband.com/

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Electronica fans get ready because back again is none other than MINIMAL WAVE / CITITRAX RECORDS with their monochromatic package for a split between SILENT SERVANT and BROKEN ENGLISH CLUB! Called ‘Violence and Divinity’, the reverse board jacket holds either a limited classic ‘Black’ version or the ‘Black’ inside ‘Milky Clear’ Color in Color version. You can order yours over at MINIMAL WAVE’s website right now!!

BAND:  Silent Servant / Broken English Club
BAND WEBSITE:http://silenteditions.tumblr.com/
BAND WEBSITE:http://brokenenglishclub.tumblr.com/
LABEL: Cititrax / Minimal Wave
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.cititrax.com/

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Hailing from St. Petersburg Florida, JENSEN SERF COMPANY is making waves with their latest self titled release. With an ‘Ultra Clear’ covered in lots of ‘Cyan’ and ‘Black’ splatter record and reverse board jacket, this is one of the coolest Lo-Fi Garage Rock albums we’ve seen in a while. It’s hard to believe these guys have only been together for about 2 years! They have a couple of shows coming up soon, just check out their webpage for more info…

BAND:  Jensen Serf Company
BAND WEBSITE:  http://jensenserfco.bandcamp.com

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PURE NOISE RECORDS just keeps killing it again and again! This time it’s FOREVER CAME CALLING’s newest release ‘What Matters Most…’ Currently out on tour just about everywhere in the US, FOREVER CAME CALLING and PURE NOISE RECORDS really made some awesome choices on this package. Available in either ‘Mustard’ and ‘White’ Aside/Bside with ‘Grey’ splatter, the not pictured here ‘Kelly Green’ and ‘Orange Crush’ Half N Half with ‘Black’ splatter or the over the top ‘Black’ inside ‘Kelly Green’ INSIDE ‘Ultra Clear’ version!!! Preorder it now via PURE NOISE’s website or go catch them out on tour, like today!!!

BAND:  Forever Came Calling
BAND WEBSITE: http://forevercamecalling.com/
LABEL:  Pure Noise Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://purenoise.net/

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Following up their first release, THINK FAST! RECORDS knew what they were doing with this latest release from SNAKEWAY! Bred from the miserable summer heat of Texas, this stripped down Hardcore will suck you in. This 10” record really shows what you can do with a picture disc. If you hurry, you might be able to get one of these playable pieces of art over at THINK FAST! RECORDS’ website…

BAND:  Snake Way
BAND WEBSITE: http://snakeway.bandcamp.com
LABEL:  Think Fast! Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.thinkfastrecords.com/

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Started in 2008, NADA NADA DISCOS has been putting out some seriously cool records, by bands from all over the world! Check out their latest release from CADAVER EM TRANSE. Sometimes the simplest packaging is the best and you can see that here with their ‘Ultra Clear’ or “Black’ vinyl wrapped in a reverse board jacket. Check out NADA NADA DISCOS’ website for this and a while lot of other killer pieces of Vinyl!!!

BAND:  Snake Way
BAND WEBSITE: http://cadaveremtranse.bandcamp.com/
LABEL:  Nada Nada Discos
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.nadanadadiscos.com/
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September 19th, 2014

Fellow Vinyl Enthusiasts…

We have a jam packed Record of the Week blog coming at you, with more 7”s on here than we’ve ever featured before, so without further ado….

Starting this week off is none other than our friend TIM BARRY! With his upcoming fifth studio release set to come out on November 28th for Black Friday Record Store Day, CHUNKSAAH RECORDS went monochromatic with this title known as ‘Lost and Rootless’. Housed in that sweet reverse board jacket that we love so much, this title comes in either a solid ‘Grey’ color, the available only on tour ‘Grey’ with ‘Pink’ and ‘Black’ splatter version, or our favorite, the ‘Pink’ and ‘Grey’ Aside/Bside with ‘Black’ splatter version. This title also includes a slick insert and a download card for all you techies out there. If you missed Tim on some of his recent East Coast shows, then fear not because he has more dates in October and will even be venturing across the pond next February for a UK tour! Head over to TIM or CHUNKSAAH’s website today or you might miss out…

BAND:  Tim Barry
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.chunksaah.com/
LABEL:  Chunksaah Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.chunksaah.com/

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Over ten years in the making, this latest collaboration between LONGSHOT MUSIC, KB RECORDS out of Germany and our very own PIRATES PRESS RECORDS, HARRINGTON SAINTS’ latest release is a two song 7” with ‘Upright Citizen’ and ‘Rob a Bank’. These songs are already crowd favorites, which makes the fact that this release is coinciding with their upcoming east coast tour even better. In a classic ‘Disco Bag’ sleeve, these 7”s are available in either ‘Olive Green’, ‘Mustard Yellow’, the awesome looking ‘Silver’ or the ultra rare ‘Black’ vinyl version. If you can’t see them on their tour, then you better get a copy of this to tide you over until their next release scheduled for 2015…

BAND:  Harrington Saints
BAND WEBSITE:http://www.harringtonsaints.com/
LABEL:  Longshot Music
LABEL:  KB Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.kb-mailorder.de/
LABEL:  Pirates Press Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://piratespressrecords.com/

Self described as “Music for Losers”, this latest 7” from these Detroit natives known as CHILDBITE is spectacular! Put out by HOUSECORE RECORDS and called ‘Strange Waste’, this title is a gatefold double 7”, a rarity these days. With disc one coming in as a ‘Orange Crush’ and ’Swamp Green’ Aside/Bside with ‘Gold’, ‘Dookie Brown’ AND ‘Olive Green’ splatter. To top that (if you can), disc two is a’ Kelly Green’ and ’Swamp Green’ Aside/Bside with ‘Gold’, ‘Dookie Brown’ AND ‘Olive Green’ splatter. If you hurry you can catch these guys at some shows around the Chicago area real soon.

BAND:  Child Bite
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.childbite.com/
LABEL:  Housecore
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.thehousecorerecords.com/

PESANTA URFOLK likes the strange and rare and it couldn’t be more evident than with MEDICINE MOON’s ‘Demo’ EP on a double 7”! This limited release is available on either standard ‘Black’ vinyl, or the rare and super cool ‘Olive Green’ inside ‘Coke Bottle’ Color in Color disc one paired with the ‘Grimace Purple’ inside ‘Coke Bottle’ Color in Color disc two. It’s all wrapped up in a reverse board gatefold with flood black printing inside the jacket for that little extra something. Head over to PESANTA URFOLK’s website to get yours today.

BAND:  Medicine Moon
LABEL:  Pesanta Urfolk
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://pesanta.bigcartel.com/

The crew over at REBEL SOUNDS MUSIC is releasing the first music available from Melbourne Australia’s own THE TRANSITIONS. These “Three Dudes” play a mix of 70s and 80s Punk, Oi and just some plain ol’ Rock. What you see in front of you is their self titled EP in a retro disco bag sleeve with an insert. Available on either ‘Black’ vinyl, ‘Oxblood’ or the limited run ‘Coke Bottle Green’. You can pick yours up over at REBEL SOUND MUSIC’s website!

BAND:  The Transitions
BAND WEBSITE: http://thetransitions.bandcamp.com/
LABEL:  Rebel Sound Music
LABEL WEBSITE: http://rebelsoundmusic.limitedrun.com/

One of our favorite Australian labels, HOMELESS RECORDS just released the latest album from DEAF WISH! Currently out on tour in the U.S., this latest self titled release is killer. This is only available as a ‘Black’ and ‘Army Green’ Color in Color record in a reverse board jacket. It also includes a download card just in case the record player in your car is on the fritz. Head over to DEAF WISH’s website to see where you can catch them on tour or get the vinyl over at HOMELESS RECORDS’ website today.

BAND:  Deaf Wish
BAND WEBSITE:http://deafwishstyle.bandcamp.com
LABEL: Homeless Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://homelessrecords.bandcamp.com/

MEDICAL RECORDS was able to dig into the archives and reintroduce the world to the iconic band IKO. This album titled ‘’83’, is over 30 years old and features more Synth than you’ll know what to do with. This heavy weight vinyl was only made in the jacket matching ‘Yellow’ and ‘Black’ Half ’n Half configuration you see here. If your a fan of Kraftwerk or a serious vinyl collector, get it in gear and get over to MEDICAL RECORDS website to order yours today!

BAND:  IKO
LABEL:  Medical Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  https://medicalrecords.bandcamp.com/

Only available as part of their subscription packages, TURNTABLE KITCHEN is really turning up the heat with one of their latest releases, the first release from Poland’s own OXFORD DRAMA! Titled ‘Asleep/Awake’, this 7” is a perfectly matched package. Available in a ‘Piss Yellow’ color, you have to be part of the “Gold Club” to get one of the deluxe ‘Piss Yellow’ and ‘Royal Blue’ Aside/Bside versions. If you do subscribe, you’ll not only get the record, you’ll also get a digital mixtape, recipes, ingredients and some tasting notes. Get yours today!!

BAND:  Oxford Drama
BAND WEBSITE: www.soundcloud.com/oxford-drama
LABEL:  Turntable Kitchen
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.turntablekitchen.com/

NO VISIBLE SCARS got together with the exploitation film company VINEGAR SYNDROME to offer up the hit song fro the movie NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR, ‘Everybody But You’. This limited edition pressing is available in either the standard ‘Black’ vinyl, and this beauty, the ‘Bone’ and ‘Royal Blue’ Aside/Bside variation. You can preorder this masterpiece now over at NO VISIBLE SCAR’s website…

BAND:  Night Train to Terror
LABEL:  No Visible Scars
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://novisiblescars.bigcartel.com/

We were very stoked to be able to get these records to THE FUZZ KINGS just in time for their record release party this week! From Edmonton Canada, these guys are known as “Roots/Rock Weirdos” and that’s evident here with their latest release ‘ReTurn Of The Century’. You can get this in either a solid ‘Baby Pink’ or the more limited and insanely cool ‘Bone’ and ‘Bronze’ Aside/Bside with ‘Doublemint’ splatter. If you can’t make the record release party, then you can see them in November…

BAND:  The Fuzz Kings
BAND WEBSITE: http://fuzzkings.com/

September 12th, 2014

Hey People!

We don’t know how busy everyone else is, but we’re insanely busy here at Pirates Press. With so many awesome titles coming through, it was really hard to narrow it down for this week’s RECORD OF THE WEEK BLOG, especially since bands and labels really knocked it out of the park this week….

Kicking it off this week, THE MYLENE SHEATH are back at it with AEGES’ latest LP ‘Above & Down Below’. In a gatefold jacket, they really brought it with the Beer and Gold Aside/Bside with Bronze splatter version, and the low run of the Kelly Green with Gold splatter and Beer with Doublemint splatter versions. AEGES has a residency at the Silverlake Lounge in L.A. throughout October and a full tour scheduled for November. If you can’t make it to one of their gigs, no fear because you can preorder the album over at THE MYLENE SHEATH’s website or even stream the album on the band’s band camp page.

BAND:  Aeges
BAND WEBSITE: https://aeges.bandcamp.com/
LABEL:  The Mylene Sheath
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.mylenesheath.com/

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If you can’t already tell, we’re suckers for someone who matches their artwork and vinyl colors so well, which is why THE CONTORTIONIST’s newest LP on GOOD FIGHT MUSIC is here on the list. Titled ‘Language’, both variations of this LP look great with the artwork. First up we have the Bone White with Orange splatter followed with Sea Blue and Orange Aside/Bside. For all you progressive metal fans out there, you’re in luck because you can get your preorders today at GOOD FIGHT MUSIC’s website right now!

BAND:  The Contortionist
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.goodfightmusic.com/artists/thecontortionist.php
LABEL:  Good Fight Music
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://goodfightmusic.com/

From our backyard in Oakland and currently out on tour, this repress of GHOUL’s more than 10 year old album ‘We Came For The Dead’ is death metal to the core. Of course TANK CRIMES does it right by putting out multiple variations of this classic. What we see here is the Blood Red version, the Blood Red inside Ultra Clear Color in Color version and the incredible Bone, Piss Yellow and Halloween Orange TriColor Aside/Bside version. You better get out and catch those guys on tour and pick up some of their vinyl before it’s all sold out!


BAND:  Ghoul
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.creepsylvania.com/
LABEL:  Tankcrimes
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.tankcrimes.com/

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If your into Death Metal or especially if your into “Aliencore”, then you have to check out RINGS OF SATURN’s forthcoming album ‘Lugal Ki En’. Put out by UNIQUE LEADER RECORDS, this gatefold LP puts 12 songs on a limited run of crazy looking Royal Blue and Easter Yellow Aside/Bside with Grimace Purple, Blood Red AND Orange Crush splattered vinyl! You can also pick up the Grimace Purple version, both available over at UNIQUE LEADER RECORDS’ website. Just finishing up a intense tour around the US, RINGS OF SATURN will be playing a couple of shows in Mexico in November. Get your passports renewed if they aren’t up to date…

BAND:  Rings of Saturn
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/RingsofSaturnband
LABEL:  Unique Leader Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://uniqueleader.com/

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SPARTAN RECORDS is known for their creative use of vinyl colors/options to put out some impressive packages of American Indie and Rock. Without a doubt they did it again with THE FOXERY’s newest album ‘Unless’. With jackets printed on our favorite reverse board finish, this contains either a Gold and Black Half-n-Half with Black splatter or a more limited, super sick Gold in Ultra Clear record with White and Black splatter. If your really lucky, you might be able to get one of the most limited of them all, the Black and Gold Aside/Bside variation. Either way, you can’t lose with this one.

BAND:  The Foxery
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.thefoxery.com/
LABEL:  Spartan Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://spartanrecords.limitedrun.com/

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RELAPSE RECORDS never misses the mark and they proved it here again with ATRIARCH’s newest LP titled ‘An Unending Pathway’ . Blending death rock, doom, black metal, punk and psychedelic drone/noise, you can preorder these new ATRIARCH LPs over at RELAPSE’s website. You can get it in regular weight Black vinyl, heavy weight Black vinyl or Black and Grey Aside/Bside. Better get some before they’re all gone…

BAND:  Atriarch
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.relapse.com/atriarch
LABEL:  Relapse Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.relapse.com/

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Consistently on the ROTW blog, PURE NOISE RECORDS nailed it again with GNARWOLVES’ upcoming self titled LP. Out on tour right now from Tucson to Budapest, the GNARWOLVES put their music on some great looking vinyl! Starting off with the Ultra Clear with Bronze and Olive Green haze, to the Aqua Blue and White Aside/Bside with Kelly Green splatter, to the hypnotic Easter Yellow inside White Color-in-Color version. If you live virtually anywhere in the world, the GNARWOLVES are coming your way!

BAND:  Gnarwolves
BAND WEBSITE: http://gnarwolves.com/
LABEL:  Pure Noise Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://purenoise.net/

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Our friends over at SLUMBERLAND are reissuing THE AISLERS SET’s albums and if your a fan of Indie-Pop, you better get one of these while they last! Made in wither a Oxblood and White Aside/Bside or a Black vinyl version for the purists. If you can’t catch them on their west coast tour, at least you can relive the late 90’s in style with these pressings. Go over to SLUMBERLAND’s website or catch THE AISLERS SET towards the end of this month!

BAND:  The Aislers Set
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.aislersset.com/
LABEL:  Slumberland
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.slumberlandrecords.com/

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In a collaboration between SMALL PLATES RECORDS and FAT POSSUM RECORDS, this new FRANCISCO THE MAN album has been more than 7 years in the making! With a Matte finish gatefold jacket, this double LP is available in either Blood Red or Black vinyl. If you are a fan of mix of Shoe Gaze, Garage Rock and New Wave all mixed together, then you better get a copy of this or you better see them at their ONLY upcoming show in Los Angeles at The Fold towards the end of October…

BAND:  FRANCISCO THE MAN
BAND WEBSITE: http://franciscotheman.bandcamp.com/
LABEL:  Small Plates Records / Fat Possum Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.smallplatesrecs.com/
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.fatpossum.com/

September 5th, 2014

Hey Everyone!

Here is another round of the RECORD OF THE WEEK blog for all you hardcore vinyl fans out there!  First off this week is CJ Boyd’s newest release ‘Precariat’ from those mavericks over at JOYFUL NOISE RECORDINGS. Starting off with a Matte Laminate Jacket, the color choices of the vinyl match the jacket artwork beautifully. With a limited number of black vinyl records made, the Sea Blue and Coke Bottle Green Aside/Bside records look awesome and the more limited Sea Blue and Coke Bottle Green Aside/Bside with Black Splatter really kill it. CK Boyd just wrapped up a midwest tour, but luckily you can find him again on his ‘CJ Boyd’s Ridiculously InfiniTour’ running around the west coast.

BAND:  CJ Boyd
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.cjboyd.com/
LABEL:  Joyful Noise Recordings 
LABEL WEBSITE:  www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com

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Its not often enough that we get to press some great Hip Hop records, so we were excited that SLICE-OF-SPICE really nailed it with the new KID TSUNAMI Double LP ‘The Chase’. From the reverse board jackets to the limited run of Orange Crush with Mustard Splatter on disc one and the Royal Blue with Grimace Purple splatter disc two, this set is really on fire! Of course for you audiophiles out there, they also did a run of Black vinyl records as well.

BAND:  Kid Tsunami
BAND WEBSITE: http://kidtsunamimusic.com/
LABEL:  Slice of Spice
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://slice-of-spice.com/

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TRIBULATION RECORDING COMPANY / THOSE POOR BASTARDS just dropped their latest LP, ‘Vicious Losers’, and it looks fantastic! They chose three great variations for this title. Starting with the Bone and Ultra Clear half-n-half version, to the Deep Purple and Red(ish) Aside/Bside, to our personal favorite, the Gold with Black Splatter version. All wrapped up in that super sweet reverse board jacket with flood black printing on the inside that gives it that extra little touch. You couldn’t ask for more!

BAND:  Those Poor Bastards
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.thosepoorbastards.com/
LABEL:  Tribulation Recording Company

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The label name is misleading, because NO VISION DISCOS really showed some vision with this latest LP from QUIERO CLUB called ‘Diez’. From south of the border, QUIERO CLUB really takes advantage of the limitless artistic concepts with this picture disc. It’s no wonder they are one of Mexico’s premier Indie bands. By using really creative artwork, they made this title look like it has metallic confetti inside the record. The sky really is the limit for picture discs!

BAND:  Quiero Club
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.yotambienquieroclub.com/en/
LABEL:  No Vision Discos

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Our friends over at REBEL SOUND MUSIC brought their A-Game on this split. Bringing the dirty rock ’n roll of ANTOGONIZERS ATL and the Atlanta based Oi band DDC, you couldn’t find a better way to show what the music in Georgia is really all about. We’re all digging the Black and Red(ish) Half-n-Half version, but the real knock out is the Red(ish) with Black Splatter version. It perfectly compliments the artwork and they even included an insert with lyrics, a rarity in 7”s…

BAND:  Antagonizers ATL / DDC
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.antagonizersatl.com/
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.reverbnation.com/DrinkAndDestroyCrew
LABEL:  Rebel Sound Music
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.rebelsoundmusic.com
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Just wrapping up his tour, LUKE SWEENY just came out with a great looking new LP on VOWS records… Check out the sick looking Gold with Baby Pink splatter limited version that accompanies the standard black vinyl. Just goes to show, you can never go wrong with Gold…

BAND:  Luke Sweeny
BAND WEBSITE: http://lukesweeney.bandcamp.com/
LABEL:  VOWS

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In an epic East Coast battle of Oi bands, UNITED RIOT RECORDS newest split featuring THE WOLVERINES from Pennsylvania and LONEWOLF from NYC is so hot, the variants you see here are already sold out! Here we see the limited edition Ultra Clear with Blood Red splatter and the even more rare Black version for you die hards out there. If you hurry, you can still get the Grimace Purple version (not pictured here) over at UNITED RIOT’s website….

BAND: The Wolverines / LONEWOLF
LABEL:  United Riot Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://unitedriotrecords.bigcartel.com/

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Fresh off their huge TNT Festival, our close friends over at BRASS CITY BOSS SOUNDS just came out with a new release from the classic Boston Hardcore band SLAPSHOT! Fans of the classic SLAPSHOT records will love this new self titled LP. With a limited run of Boston Bruins inspired Mustard Yellow with Black splatter, if you’re from Bean Town, you better get at this!

BAND:  Slapshot
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.oldtimehardcore.com/
LABEL:  Brass City Boss Sounds
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://www.brasscitybosssounds.com/

August 29th, 2014

Hey Everybody!

We’re back at it again with another stacked RECORD OF THE WEEK blog for all you vinyl-lovers out there! Kicking things off this time around is the latest release from the almighty PIG DESTROYER! Relapse did an amazing job with the grind legends’ latest offering, ‘Mass & Volume’, just check out that ‘Doublemint’ / ‘Swamp Green’ AsideBside vinyl with White, ‘Kelly Green’, and ‘Coke-Bottle Green’ Splatter! That thing is absolutely gorgeous! The ‘Ultra Clear’ and ‘Kelly Green’ configurations look awesome as well. This colorful package also includes heavyweight 350gsm semi-gloss jackets and digital download cards! Definitely an impressive release from an amazing band… Get into it!

BAND:  Pig Destroyer
LABEL:  Relapse Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.relapse.com

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The first honorable mention this week is a beautiful new LP from PANOPTICON entitled ‘Roads to the North’ – The ‘Royal Blue’ Vinyl with ‘Easter Yellow’ Splatter was a perfect choice to match the artwork, and those gatefold jackets look incredible!

BAND:  Panopticon
LABEL: Bindrune Recordings
LABEL WEBSITE: http://bindrunerecordings.com/

Next up is a sweet repress of KLAUS LAYER’s ‘It’s Like a Circle’ 10″! Color-in-Color vinyl is never a bad choice, and this piece of ‘Black’ – in – ‘Electric Blue’ wax came out fantastically! The 350gsm reverse-board jackets were a nice touch as well.

BAND:  Klaus Layer
LABEL: Redefinition Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.redefinitionrecords.com

STB Records has been pumpin’ out some killer drone/sludge/doom releases as of late, and this 12″ from GEEZER is no exception! Get a load of that gorgeous gold-foil stamping on the jacket! If that wasn’t enough, just check out that ‘Oxblood’ / ‘Halloween Orange’ AsideBside vinyl… Awesome!!

BAND:  Geezer
LABEL: STB Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://stbrecords.bigcartel.com/

Count Your Lucky Stars went all out on this new release from FREE THROW, check out all those colored vinyl configurations! The ‘Grimace Purple’ / ‘Olive Green’ Half-n-Half came out great, as did the ‘Ultra Clear’ w/ Splatter!

BAND:  Free Throw
LABEL: Count Your Lucky Stars
LABEL: www.cylsrecords.com

COLLISION COURSE Records killed it with this new 12″ LP from LETHAL OVERDOSE- Can’t believe how well that ‘Piss Yellow’ vinyl w/ Pink and Black splatter matches up with the artwork… NICE!

BAND:  Lethal Overdose
LABEL:  Collision Course Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.collisioncourserecords.com

Here are two awesome new flexis we pressed up- These are always a great solution if you are in a hurry to get something released, as the production time on these is significantly shorter than vinyl records… Check these out!

BAND:  Knuckle Puck
LABEL: Bad Timing Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.badtimingrecords.com

BAND:  Dave Phillips
LABEL: ESTRANHAS OCUPACOES
LABEL WEBSITE: http://estranhasocupacoes.com/

RUN FOR COVER always does a bang-up job on their colored vinyl choices, and these two releases prove that to be especially true!

BAND:  Superheaven
LABEL: Run for Cover Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.runforcoverrecords.com

BAND:  Citizen
LABEL: Run for Cover Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.runforcoverrecords.com

Last but certainly not least is an eye-catching new release from BRAINOIL, courtesy of the always ruling TANK CRIMES! In case you were wondering, ‘Gold’ / ‘Bone’ / ‘Dookie Brown’ Tri-Color AsideBside vinyl looks insane! The ‘Gold’ / ‘Black’ Half-n-Half is rad as well!

BAND:  Brainoil
LABEL:  Tankcrimes
LABEL WEBSITE:  www.tankcrimes.com

That does it for this week’s RECORD OF THE WEEK! We’ll see you next Friday for another batch of the best wax out there! Until then… VINYL RULES ALL!!

-PP

August 22nd, 2014

Hey All! 

We’re back at it yet again with a short but-sweet RECORD OF THE WEEK blog!  Check out this week’s top pick from Canada’s Indie-Rockers in THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE!  Their new LP is entitled ‘Mended With Gold’ and features a 350gsm matte lamination jacket with gold foil printing!   If that wasn’t impressive enough, the band also went with three different and equally eye-catching colored vinyl configurations!  The ‘Beer’, ‘Gold’ in ‘Black’ Color-in-Color, and Black / ‘Gold’ Tri-Color choices look incredible!   Awesome job all around with this one, guys! 

BAND:  The Rural Alberta Advantage
LABEL:  Paper Bag Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.paperbagrecords.com

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The first honorable mention this week comes from WAR ON MUSIC Records with their insanely killer new GORGUTS triple-LP box set of ‘…And Then Comes Lividity: A Demo Anthology’! This beast includes GORGUTS’ legendary 1990 demo, their 91′ and 92′ ‘Erosion of Sanity’ demos, and 3 rare demos from 93, 94, and 95’! None of these tracks have ever appeared on vinyl, and are packed onto three pieces of 180g vinyl! The ‘Silver’ with Black Splatter was a perfect match for the layout of the release! Each record comes tucked in a reverse-board 350gsm jacket (not pictured), and the package also includes a 24″ x 24″ foldout poster and bonus 7″! WOW. I’m sure the death-metallers will go nuts over this one!

BAND:  Gorguts
LABEL: War on Music Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.waronmusic.com

Next up is a colorful new self-titled 12″ LP release from THE CHEW TOYS, courtesy of Noise Barn Records! That ‘Baby Blue’ / ‘Hot Pink’ and ‘Black’ Tri-Color vinyl is absolutely out of control! The ‘Cyan Blue’ with ‘Baby Blue’ and Black Splatter looks fantastic as well!

BAND:  The Chew Toys
LABEL: Noise Barn Records
LABEL WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/noisebarnrecords

BLEEDING GOLD Records killed it with their latest release- FURROW’s ‘West Felton’ LP! Both the ‘Coke Bottle Green’ with ‘Bone’ and ‘Doublemint’ Splatter version as well as ‘Coke Bottle Green’ / ‘Bone’ / ‘Doublemint’ Tri-Color colored vinyl choices came out fantastically! If that wasn’t enough, these gatefold jackets were printed on the uncoated brown-side of the stock! Definitely a spot-on choice for the aesthetic of this release… Nice one!

BAND:  Furrow
LABEL: Bleeding Gold Records
LABEL: www.bleedinggoldrecords.com

Get a load of this new double LP from Boston’s EDO G.! The Transparent ‘Orange Crush’ Vinyl matches the artwork really well, and the whole package just looks cohesive and slick as hell! Always awesome to see some new hip-hop releases coming through the office…

BAND:  Edo G
LABEL:  5th and Union

Checkout these 4 Picture-Disc releases from the legendary SABBAT, courtesy of Nuclear War Now! Productions! These 4 titles are part of NWN’s SABBAT box-set release entitled ‘Sabbatical Earlyearslaught’ – Check out that two-color foil-printed box!! I’m sure the headbangers will go nuts over these!

BAND:  Sabbat
LABEL:  NWN Productions
LABEL WEBSITE:  www.nwnprod.com

That does it for this week’s blog! We’ll see you next week- same time, same place, for another round of the best vinyl out there these days! Enjoy your weekend people, and remember… VINYL RULES ALLLL!

-PP