Record of the Week for July 22nd, 2016

Check out some over the top vinyl on this week’s RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog!

15 years after it’s initial release, HEY MERCEDES’ stunning debut “Everynight Fire Works” will be reissued on RUN FOR COVER RECORDS!! HEY MERCEDES’ brand of emo-influenced alternative rock has stood the test of time as a more melodic but equally-as-important companion to the members’ first band. In fact, in the many subsequent revivals of the emo-leaning alt-rock sound of the late-90’s & early 2000s you can hear them. Head over the RUN FOR COVER to get one of these stunning sets of LPs today!

BAND NAME: Hey Mercedes
LABEL NAME: Run For Cover

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PRAIRIE WWWW is an experimental folk band formed in Taipei, Taiwan in 2010. Its music combines poetry, folk, ambient and tribal elements. This record just came out on GURUGURU BRAIN, a Tokyo based record label which is focusing on the new Asian music scene. If you dare, go see PRAIRIE WWWW Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 on the GURUGURU BRAIN showcase!

BAND NAME: Prairie WWWW
LABEL NAME: Guruguru Brain

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CHRIS FARREN is a true DIY Renaissance man. For the past decade he has fronted the Naples, Florida, act Fake Problems, but over the past few years he’s cultivated second life through his solo work, ceaseless touring and accidental viral success with a T-shirt design as well as his musical and podcast collaborations with Bomb The Music Industry! After a few Eps, he’s finally here with a long awaited album, “Can’t Die”, courtesy of your friends over at SIDEONEDUMMY RECORDS of course!

BAND NAME: Chris Farren
LABEL NAME: SideOneDummy Records

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TAPE WAVES is a 2 piece husband/wife Dream Pop duo from South Carolina featuring Kim on vocals and Jarod on guitar. “Here To Fade”, is the second full length LP from the band and on BLEEDING GOLD RECORDS. Hang tight as there are rumors of a West Coast tour early next year, in the mean time see if you can still get your hands on one of those AsideBside versions…

BAND NAME: Tape Waves
LABEL NAME: Bleeding Gold

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ESKIMEAUX is the recording project of songwriter and producer Gabrielle Smith. The project began in 2007 as an outlet for Smith’s experimental and noisy home-recordings and last year had her having the #1 Record of the Year according to NPR! Back again with DOUBLE DOUBLE WHAMMY, she’s got a tour lined up starting in September in support of “Year of the Rabbit”. Find out more at DOUBLE DOUBLE WHAMMY’s website!

BAND NAME: Eskimeaux
LABEL NAME: Double Double Whammy

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“Avvolgere”, the forthcoming LP from Texas trio TRUE WIDOW, perfects the formula that their last album established. The album rocks and rolls with serene, rounded climaxes and steep, jangling choruses that engulf the listener with waves of downbeat, saccharine melodies and mesmerizing distortion. TRUE WIDOW’s signature alternation between male and female vocals helps further blur the boundaries between the heft of stoner rock, the droning atmosphere of shoegaze, and the twangy catchiness of blues and indie rock. Head over to the masters for all that is metal, RELAPSE RECORDS and if you are lucky, you still might be able to grab one of those AsideBside versions!

BAND NAME: TRUE WIDOW
LABEL NAME: Relapse Records

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VEHICULAR GENOCIDE RECORDS and GIVE PRAISE RECORDS bring you this split from THE LURKING CORPSES and TRAFFIC DEATH!! Violent Doom Ridden Punk Rock meets Horror Thrash Fueled Punk Ghouls – from Indiana and Iowa respectively, if you live anywhere in the area and aren’t at the release show Sept 10th in Ft. Wayne, you probably won’t get one of the limited ‘Code Blue’ versions, and people might start to question your life choices…

BAND NAME: The Lurking Corpses / Traffic Death
LABEL NAME: Vehicular Genocide Records / Give Praise Records

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See you next week for more vinyl goodies!

Record Of The Week for July 15th, 2016

Happy Friday all you vinyl lovers out there, check out all the goodness on this week’s RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog!

For their sixth album, garbage-pop veterans AJJ (fka Andrew Jackson Jihad) chose to reinforce their strengths and leave any limp frivolities behind. As a result, ‘The Bible 2’ is their most ambitious and assured collection of scuzzy punk screeds, employing even more production heft while sparing none of the vulnerability. Featuring a new video for “Goodbye, Oh Goodbye” that was done in one shot with insane production values, AJJ is about to head back out on tour right when SIDEONEDUMMY RECORDS releases ‘The Bible 2’ to the masses next Month!

BAND NAME: AJJ
LABEL NAME: SideOneDummy Records

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Funded by the tip jar at the deli counter where the founder works, DELI BOY RECORDS AND TAPES just came out with their second release (and first on vinyl!) with BIG BABY! After years of playing in more serious and technical bands, BIG BABY forfeited their comfort instruments for ones they had never played. They avoid rewrites and overanalyzing songwriting and instead focus on spitting up the most authentic and uninhibited versions they can. Help refill that tip jar by hitting up DELI BOY today!

BAND NAME: Big Baby
LABEL NAME: Deli Boy Records

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Y SOCIETY, which is MC Insight the Truncator (Boston) and DJ/Producer Damu The Fudgemunk (Washington DC), exhibit their talents in true school fashion, complete with carefully curated samples, energetic scratching and potent rapping. The B-side is a fan favorite, ‘Rather Unique 2’, released digitally in 2008 and available now on vinyl for the first time in a new & improved mix. Head over to REDEFINITION RECORDS to grab one!

BAND NAME: Y Society
LABEL NAME: Redefinition Records

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POW WOWS is a 3 piece combo from Toronto, ONT Canada. They’ve been around for about 5 years and have 2 LPs out. They got together with HIDDEN VOLUME RECORDS to put out the ‘Hey Doctor’ 7”. Every copy ships with an exclusive 45 adapter, so hit up HIDDEN VOLUME now!

BAND NAME: Pow Wows
LABEL NAME: Hidden Volume Records

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It’s been nearly two years since SHELFLIFE has had the pleasure of putting out new music from the eternal CLOSE LOBSTER. These self-proclaimed “Post-Neo-Anti-Close Lobsters” are back in a big way, and with these two tracks you’ll be quickly convinced of that. Make your way to SHELFLIFE and grab one of these heavyweight Gold ‘ 7”s while you still can!

BAND NAME: Close Lobsters
LABEL NAME: shelflife

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CREATIVE ADULT’S sophomore full-length “Fear of Life” finds the band peeling back some of their chaotic, fuzzed out psychdelia in favor of a newfound sense of melody. Taking cues from The Cure and Oasis, jangly and melodic guitar lines weave their way through smoky, atmospheric west coast post punk. Heading out on tour in Europe this October, you can move your mouse over to the RUN FOR COVER website and get one of those tricolor versions if they’re still available!!!

BAND NAME: Creative Adult
LABEL NAME: Run For Cover Records

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THE NIGHTTIMES are 5 veterans of the NYC music scene, now based in the Hudson Valley city of Beacon, NY where they joined forces in 2014 to explore their shared musical influences of heavy, psychedelic garage rock. For their first ever vinyl release, they went all out with this half-n-half colored big hole 7”! A self released affair, order it directly from the band with no middle man!

BAND NAME: The Nighttimes

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Don’t wait for Record Store Day, go out this weekend and pick up some new (or used) vinyl just because!

Record Of The Week for July 8th, 2016

Here we are dropping another RECORD OF THE WEEK blog overflowing with vinyl for you!!!

MIZERY is a 5-Piece Hardcore band from San Diego, CA and together with FLATSPOT RECORDS they’re releasing this epic debut LP! ‘Absolute Light’ is as brutal as it gets and the vinyl colors are perfect! MIZERY head out on a full US tour this fall, so you have time to head over to FLATSPOT and pick up a copy to study up on.

BAND NAME: Mizery
BAND WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/mizeryhardcore
LABEL NAME: Flatspot Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.flatspotrecords.com

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Poway California natives UNWRITTEN LAW have teamed up with El Hefe and his wife Jennifer’s CYBER TRACKS to bring you an acoustic best of album! Each version is super limited edition with the picture disc version getting some live sea monkey eggs included with it! UNWRITTEN LAW head out on tour in October with some friends, you better not miss out!

BAND NAME: Unwritten Law
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.facebook.com/unwrittenlaw.music/
LABEL NAME: Cyber Tracks
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.cyber-tracks.com

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FIRST DIVISION is a Canadian hip-hop duo made up of MC’s Shylow & Expertise. This is their debut album which was released late last year to critical acclaim and this highly anticipated deluxe edition vinyl is finally here! Better thank your friends over at SLICE OF SPICE for making this magic happen!

BAND NAME: First Division
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/FirstDivision/
LABEL NAME: Slice Of Spice
LABEL WEBSITE: http://slice-of-spice.com/

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THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY’s debut single is an irresistible blast of lo-fi garage gospel. Stripped down bare but overflowing with huge garage rock hooks, this boy-girl duo’s tunes recall the best of ‘90s lo-fi heroes with an undeniably catchy nod to the girl groups of the 1960s. One guitar, three drums, and two voices are all that THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY needs to sink its teeth into you. This Phoenix duo has charm to burn. Get some over at SLOPE RECORDS!!!

BAND NAME: The Christian Family
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/thechristianfamilyband
LABEL NAME: Slope Records
LABEL WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/SlopeRecordings/

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Portland doom trio MAMMOTH SALMON have just released their vinyl LP debut, “Last Vestige of Humanity,” on DEVIL’S CHILD RECORDS. With shows all over the place including
DEVIL CHILD RECORDS’ own Northwest Heavy Fest in Seattle – you better order now before it’s too late!

BAND NAME: Mammoth Salmon
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/mammothsalmon/
LABEL NAME: Devils Child Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.devilschildrecords.bigcartel.com

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Self-described as a “desert pop” band, THE FORMAT materialized around two friends in the early 2000s. Taking influence from ’60s music to craft their own spirited indie pop melodies, now you can finally get their vinyl only, shaped disc of the ‘Swans’ single again! Super limited, hopefully they’re still available when this blog goes up!

BAND NAME: The Format
BAND WEBSITE: http://theformat.com/
LABEL NAME: The Vanity Label
LABEL WEBSITE: https://www.hellomerch.com/collections/the-format

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Channeling a hefty dose of heavy lyricism via metaphysical realms of consciousness, for DEVIL TO PAY the past decade has predominantly found the front man unearthing lyrics from what many might consider the “Other Side”. Of course this outrageously colored vinyl was brought to you by stoner rock gods RIPPLE MUSIC!!!

BAND NAME: Devil to Pay
BAND WEBSITE: http://deviltopay.net/
LABEL NAME: Ripple Music
LABEL WEBSITE: www.ripple-music.com

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He may not be a mainstream mainstay, but mention the name WALTER SCHREIFELS to anyone even tangentially involved in the punk or hardcore scene and chances are you’ll be met with borderline reverence. From his tenure in legendary hardcore bands like Gorilla Biscuits and Youth Of Today to his work in the pioneering post-hardcore acts. SCHREIFELS transcended his hardcore roots and showed another side of his constantly shifting skin with his solo debut ‘An Open Letter To The Scene’. RUN FOR COVER is bringing you this LP reissue with a bonus 7” of all new material! You know what to do…

BAND NAME: Walter Schreifels
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.waltertown.com/
LABEL NAME: Run For Cover Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.runforcoverrecords.com

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Will your favorite band be up here next week? Check back and see!

Record of the Week for July 1st, 2016

In the heat of the summer, nothing better than a RECORD OF THE WEEK blog!!!

SECT is comprised of five veterans of ‘90s hardcore who cut their teeth in that formative moment of political, cynical, antagonistic extremes. Because the Orwellian police states and irreparable social and ecological disasters we once saw off on the horizon are now on our front doorsteps, in full swing – and in just such a volatile, precarious moment as this for civilization, there is more reason than ever to keep lashing out at a world more suicidally bent on its own destruction and the exploitation of people, species and the ecosystem itself, than perhaps ever before in history. For SECT, this is the purpose of hardcore as they know it, conveying an urgency that transcends age, credentials or scene politics, to convert desperation into real talk and action. Self released, get one of these colored discs (or the classic black version for true fans) straight from the band!

 
BAND NAME: Sect
BAND WEBSITE: https://sectxvx.bandcamp.com/releases

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SWAMP WITCH; the culmination of psychedelic substances, occult practices, and band members interest in dark, strange, and trippy music. Their first release brought forth these interests, though it wasn’t until the recording of “The Slithering Bog” that their psychedelic horror and warped visions were fully brought to life. TRIBUNAL OF THE AXE RECORDS is bringing you these ‘Swamp Green’ and ‘Deep Purple’ versions of this LP. Get some today!

BAND NAME: Swamp Witch
BAND WEBSITE: https://swampwitch.bandcamp.com/
LABEL NAME: Tribunal of the Axe Records 
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.tribunaloftheaxe.com

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If you weren’t at the Amnesia Rock fest in Canada last week, then you missed out on this special version of the FAT WRECK CHORDS ‘Fat Music for Wrecked People’ comp! Featuring everyone from NOFX to JOEY CAPE, PEARS, LEFTOVER CRACK and more, it pays to go to festivals!

 
BAND NAME: V/A – Fat Music for Wrecked People: Wreckfest 2016
LABEL NAME: Fat Wreck Chords
LABEL WEBSITE: www.fatwreck.com

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ECHO BEDS began in August of 2010 as a one-off live performance, and they’ve been at it now been at it for almost 6 years!  If you were to amplify oil drums, broken cymbals, battered basses, unrecognizable tape loops, dilapidated voices and push it into the red you’d have a pretty good idea of what to expect from a live set. SAILOR RECORDS is bringing you this LP in either ‘Cyan’ or classic Black, but all of them have the very subtle spot gloss image on the cover you have to see to appreciate.

BAND NAME: ECHO BEDS
BAND WEBSITE: ECHOBEDS.NET
LABEL NAME: SAILOR RECORDS
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.sailorrecords.com/

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Minneapolis based LEARNING CURVE RECORDS specializes in Noise Rock. Dropping this split 7” on the masses, MULTICULT and POWER TAKE OFF are two favorite bands from the east coast, and the were finally convinced to share a 7”! Check out that tri color version and try to pick one up at LEARNING CURVE if you still can…

BAND NAME: Power Take Off / Multicult Split
LABEL NAME: Learning Curve Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  www.learningcurverecords.com

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RAISED BY ZEBRAS is a two piece band from San Francisco, started playing together 5 years ago and haven’t stopped since. This is their third album, and is ONLY available on vinyl! It took four labels across several continents to make this come together, and this beautiful splattered vinyl is the result. RAISED BY ZEBRAS have a show next week in SF if you can make it!

BAND NAME: RAISED BY ZEBRAS
BAND WEBSITE: raisedbyzebras.bandcamp.com  
LABEL NAME: magnetic fever records / en tu kara records / la flor records / entes anomicos.
LABEL WEBSITE: https://magneticfeverrecs.bandcamp.com/

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IAM8BIT is at it again with the original soundtrack to THE BANNER SAGA – a visually striking Viking themed role playing game. The fully orchestrated score for the game comes across two heavy weight records in a super thick gatefold jacket. Find out more at IAM8BIT or get the game on Steam!

BAND NAME: Austin Wintory – The Banner Saga OST
BAND WEBSITE: http://austinwintory.com/
LABEL NAME: iam8bit
LABEL WEBSITE: iam8bit.com/store

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‘Swoon’ is the first release fro OH WELL, GOODBYE! With what should be three releases this year, the ’Swoon’ 7” is coming at you from BLEEDING GOLD RECORDS. Get your Lo-Fi/Post-Punk on at the BLEEDING GOLD website or catch OH WELL, GOODBYE running around Europe this late summer / early fall!

BAND NAME: OH WELL, GOODBYE
BAND WEBSITE:  https://www.facebook.com/Ohwellgoodbye/
LABEL NAME: Bleeding Gold Records
LABEL WEBSITE: https://bleedinggold.com/

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We’re at the mid way point for the year, not to late to get your record in production and get your record up here!

Record of the Week for June 24th, 2016

An extra long RECORD OF THE WEEK blog for everyone out there!!

Spearheaded by Australian songwriter Adam Harding, DUMB NUMBERS is a collective of sorts. Enlisting the help of a rotating cast of amazing musicians, Harding’s compositions touch on everything from drone-pop to left-leaning-metal to balls-out rock. Currently available for preorder over at JOYFUL NOISE RECORDINGS, the ‘Hot Pink’ and ‘Aqua’ AsideBside record is the hand number limited edition VIP version, better order now to grab one of those!

 
BAND NAME: Dumb Numbers
BAND WEBSITE: http://dumbnumbers.com/
LABEL NAME: Joyful Noise Recordings
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com/

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OF MICE & MEN is an American metalcore band from Orange County, California. Having already released 3 LPs, they bring you the ‘Live at Brixton’ double LP to tide you over until their next release. Make your way over to RISE RECORDS to figure out how you can get your hands on one of these.


BAND NAME: Of Mice & Men
BAND WEBSITE: http://ofmiceandmenofficial.com
LABEL NAME: Rise Records
LABEL WEBSITE: riserecords.com

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CONVEYOR are a Brooklyn-based music project that has its roots in a wandering tarot of formerly Gainesville, FL-based musicians. Full of lucid, homey synths layered over acoustic guitars and harmonious vocals, Conveyor project extraterrestrial bible-thumpers drenched in love; acid-soaked pop unafraid to beam with the simultaneous acceptance of life/death realities with a polyrhythmic, pulsing backdrop. GOLD ROBOT RECORDS is dropping this in two versions, an all ‘White’ version and the ‘White’ inside ‘UltraClear ‘ version, get more over at the GOLD ROBOT website!

 
BAND NAME: Conveyor
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.conveyormusic.com/
LABEL NAME: Gold Robot Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://gold-robot.com

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One of the biggest Splatterthrash bands there is, GHOUL is back with another one for ya! About to head out on a US tour, TANK CRIMES crafted this package around the album including the already sold out Glow in the Dark version, it pays to think ahead!


BAND NAME: Ghoul
BAND WEBSITE: www.creepsylvania.com
LABEL NAME: Tankcrimes
LABEL WEBSITE: www.tankcrimes.com

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INFINITE FLUX is a heavy, stoner, sludge rock band from Tacoma WA. they formed in 2012 and after many lineup changes are finally ready to release their debut album on vinyl through DEVILS CHILD RECORDS. Having just gone up for sale last Friday, this ‘Beer’ colored limited pressing is running out quick!


BAND NAME: Infinite Flux
BAND WEBSITE: https://infiniteflux.bandcamp.com/
LABEL NAME: Devils Child Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://devilschildrecords.bigcartel.com/

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MY NAME IS JOE is an early 80’s style punk three piece. After waiting more than 3 years to find the right drummer, this San Francisco local band is finally ready and has an album for the masses. With a release show July in SF, you can get this splattered LP from the web or even better from MY NAME IS JOE themselves!

BAND NAME: My Name is Joe
BAND WEBSITE: https://mynameisjoe.bandcamp.com/releases

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DENY THE CROSS is a Power Violence “super group” featuring members of Spazz, Black Army Jacket, Agents of Satan and Discordance Axis/Municipal Waste. TANK CRIMES brings you their debut release, ‘Alpha Ghoul’ in several rad color combos. The classic Black version is already sold out, better hurry up if you want one of the other versions!


BAND NAME: Deny the Cross
BAND WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/denythecross666
LABEL NAME: Tankcrimes
LABEL WEBSITE: www.tankcrimes.com

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PVRIS (pronounced Paris) is an American rock band from Lowell, Massachusetts. They got together with RISE RECORDS to rerelease they 2014 debut, ‘White Noise’ with 5 different versions of vinyl including 3 bonus songs and a DVD, what more could you ask for?

BAND NAME: PVRIS
BAND WEBSITE: www.pvris.com
LABEL NAME: Rise Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.riserecords.com

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We’re making records really fast these days, hit us up or tell a friend to!

Record of the Week for June 17th, 2016

Back again friends with another over the top RECORD OF THE WEEK BLOG to start your weekend off with!!

You can count the number of bands who’ve stayed together for over 25 years on two hands, and you can use just one to count those who’ve consistently released quality material for over two decades. New Jersey’s BOUNCING SOULS are in that esteemed category – and in keeping with their D.I.Y. roots, they’ve done it without major labels, corporate radio, MTV, or teen magazine pinups. “Simplicity” is the bands 10th full length album, it will be released July 29th on RISE RECORDS, and it is available in five different colored vinyl versions.

BAND NAME: The Bouncing Souls
BAND WEBSITE: www.bouncingsouls.com
LABEL NAME: Rise Records
LABEL WEBSITE: riserecords.com

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This twelve song full-length from Bay Area’s BUM CITY SAINTS, their second, truly encapsulates why this band has been getting so much praise. Their fast, furious and poignant live shows have won over fans every where they’ve gone. Go grab this blasting 25 minute self titled LP from PIRATES PRESS RECORDS before all the ‘Bone’ and Purple records are SOLD OUT!


 
BAND NAME: BUM CITY SAINTS
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/BumCitySaints/
LABEL NAME: Pirates Press Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://piratespressrecords.com/

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If a picture says a thousand words then this shaped picture disc from BOOZE & GLORY (available in four colors) is all you need to know! Get the latest and greatest from this British powerhouse over at PIRATES PRESS RECORDS or CONTRA today!

BAND NAME: BOOZE & GLORY
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/boozeandgloryofficial/
LABEL NAME: Pirates Press Records
LABEL WEBSITE:  http://piratespressrecords.com/ http://www.contra-net.com

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Indiana’s own MIDDLE MAN RECORDS has just dropped this split featuring the likes of YOUTH NOVEL and COMA REGALIA! A blend of Hardcore, Punk and Emo – this super limited run (and even more limited splattered ‘Ultra Clear’ version) might sell out before COMA REGALIA starts touring in August so you better hurry!

BAND NAME: Youth Novel / Coma Regalia
BAND WEBSITE: www.youthnovel.bandcamp.com www.facebook.com/comaregalia
LABEL NAME: Middle Man Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.middlemanrecords.bandcamp.com

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AMPLITUDE is a reboot of the 2003 PlayStation®2 music game by HARMONIX. The developers that worked on the original game returned to bring AMPLITUDE current and have released a soundtrack only available to the original Kickstarter backers. Sometimes it pays to invest in the future…


BAND NAME: Amplitude Soundtrack (2016)
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.amplitude-game.com
LABEL NAME: Harmonix Music Systems
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.harmonixmusic.com/
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OHM RESISTANCE has been turning out real underground electronic for more than 15 years. In their latest venture they bring you SUBMERGED VS. BILL LASWELL! The two have collaborated previously numerous time, most notably in ‘Method of Defiance’. Their last collaboration was a dozen years ago, so you might want to pick one of these up because it could be a while!


BAND NAME: Submerged vs. Bill Laswell
BAND WEBSITE: www.ohmresistance.com
LABEL NAME: iOhm Resistance
LABEL WEBSITE: ohmresistance.bandcamp.com
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Heavy Stoner Rockers GOZU have just dropped their third album on RIPPLE MUSIC, called ‘Revival’ will get you where you need to go. Especially that splattered AsideBside version – stay tuned as there are rumors of a tour in the works…

BAND NAME: Gozu 
LABEL NAME: Ripple Music
LABEL WEBSITE: www.ripple-music.com
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You don’t own an album until you have it on Vinyl…

Record Of The Week for June 10th, 2016

Hope to see you at Punk Rock Bowling this weekend in New Jersey, but if not, here’s this week’s extra long RECORD OF THE WEEK BLOG to make up for it!!!

Legendary Cleveland quintet RINGWORM discharge their 8th full-length album Snake Church, a 12-track, 30+ minute testament of vicious aggression. After having converted metalheads and hardcore fans alike with their intense, no-holds-barred live shows and consistently punishing albums over the course of the last 25+ years, RINGWORM once again prove that they are in a league of their own when it comes to face-breaking sonic fury. Of course RELAPSE RECORDS is your one stop shop for the best metal!

BAND NAME: RINGWORM
BAND WEBSITE: https://16theband.bandcamp.com/
LABEL NAME: Relapse Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.relapse.com/

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HEATERS released their first LP last year and are operating at a higher horsepower than ever before, as evidenced by their latest release, “ Baptistina”! Coming at you from NY’s own BEYOND BEYOND IS BEYOND, you can grab their LP from them or wait until HEATERS heads out on tour this August!

BAND NAME: Heaters
BAND WEBSITE: https://heaters.bandcamp.com/
LABEL NAME: Beyond Beyond is Beyond
LABEL WEBSITE: http://beyondbeyondisbeyond.com/

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Grammy nominated band, THE CHOIR is an atmospheric Alternative Rock band formed in the early 1980’s. The band has released 14 studio albums, three EPs, five live albums, one single-disc compilation, and one retrospective box set. Now, GALAXY 21 MUSIC is bringing you their infamous ‘Circle Slide’ for the first time on vinyl! Get your ‘Aqua Blue’ and ‘Bone’ AsideBside disc while you still can!

BAND NAME: The Choir
BAND WEBSITE: www.thechoir.net
LABEL NAME: Galaxy21 Music

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FOGHOUND erupted out of the Baltimore asphalt in 2012, high on gas fumes and loud riffs. FOGHOUND quickly got down to work honing their sound through many live shows across the Mid Atlantic region – now their second LP, “The World Unseen’ is coming at you from none other than RIPPLE MUSIC! The super subtle but very sick ‘Bone’ inside ‘Deep Purple’ color-in-color version is soon to sell out so hurry up!

BAND NAME: Foghound
BAND WEBSITE: http://foghound.net/
LABEL NAME: Ripple Music
LABEL WEBSITE: www.ripple-music.com

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Southern California’s veteran sludge-rock trailblazers 16 return with their 7th full-length album ‘Lifespan of A Moth’, the band’s heaviest, darkest, and most complex material to date! Given the deluxe RELAPSE RECORDS treatment, this album features down-tuned feedback-driven riffs and bludgeoning rhythms that violently clash with tortured howls across eight tracks – get some from RELAPSE today!

BAND NAME: 16
BAND WEBSITE: https://16theband.bandcamp.com/
LABEL NAME: Relapse Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.relapse.com/

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Getting ready to head out on the Vans Warped Tour, post-hardcore darlings VANNA have just released their latest LP through none other than PURE NOISE RECORDS! Featuring some beautiful jacket matching vinyl color combos, ‘ALL HELL’ is out now, so go get some!

BAND NAME: VANNA
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.vannamusic.com/
LABEL NAME: Pure Noise Records
LABEL WEBSITE: PureNoise.Net
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VASUDEVA are an instrumental rock band from central New Jersey. Formed in 2009 and started touring in 2012, they have performed alongside some other notable bands. INTHECLOUDS records brings you this vinyl pressing of ‘Life in Cycles’ in some sick colors, you better hope they aren’t sold out!

BAND NAME: Vasudeva
BAND WEBSITE: vasudevamusic.com
LABEL NAME: intheclouds Records
LABEL WEBSITE: inthecloudsrecords.com
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For the better part of 90’s and beyond, FUCKEMOS have been spreading their particular band of brain damage across the Austin, Texas area and parts north, south, east, and west. Fresh off some shows in Austin, you can find this new mix of previously unreleased material on AZ’s own SLOPE RECORDS! Go get your purple record today!

BAND NAME: FuckEmos
BAND WEBSITE: www.sloperecords.com/artist/FuckEmos
LABEL NAME: Slope Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.sloperecords.com
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Straight outta Wisconsin, DIRECT HIT is here with their first release on the ever present punk label FAT WRECK CHORDS! ‘Wasted Mind’ is hitting the streets just in time for DIRECT HIT’s upcoming Mid West / East Coast tour starting soon. Hit up the FAT WRECK web store to grab a copy or even better, make it out to a show!

BAND NAME: Direct Hit
BAND WEBSITE: directhitsucks.com
LABEL NAME:Fat Wreck Chords
LABEL WEBSITE: fatwreck.com
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TEACHER plays their own unique brand of stoner rock combing 70’s inspired riffs with psychedelic pop harmonies. DEVILS CHILD RECORDS is bringing you their first full length in some glorious vinyl colors. Going up for sale next Friday, this limited run is sure to sell out so be ready!

BAND NAME: Teacher
BAND WEBSITE:http://teachertheband.bandcamp.com/
LABEL NAME: Devil’s Child Records
LABEL WEBSITE: www.devilschildrecords.bigcartel.com
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Remember there is no such thing as ‘Vinyls’ – Vinyl is plural for itself, spread the word!

Record Of The Week for June 3rd, 2016

Kick your summer off right with our RECORD OF THE WEEK BLOG!!!

Hailing from Dover, NH, THE CRYPTICS are back with their latest release “Make Me Digital” on PINE HILL RECORDS. After touring with SoCal punk icons GUTTERMOUTH this past winter, THE CRYPTICS have once again harkened back to the 90s Fat Wreck and Epitaph sound. Pine Hill came up with three eye-catching configurations: Doublemint-In-Electric Blue Color-In Color Vinyl, White-N-Kelly Green Half-n-Half Vinyl with Sea Blue & Grey Splatter, and a White / Grey / Ultra Clear Tri-Color Vinyl that will make any fan a happy customer!

BAND NAME: The Cryptics
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.thecryptics.com
LABEL NAME: Pine Hill Records
LABEL WEBSITE: pinehillrecords.com

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BEEKEEPERS is a 3 piece known for their spastic live performance in beekeeper costumes. They played briefly played between 2014-2015 in the California bay area and now their highly anticipated LP has finally arrived! ‘Varroa Mites’ is coming out on either classic ‘Black’; or the splattered ‘Milky Clear’ version just in time to see BEEKEEPERS head out on a huge European tour starting in July. Rumors are if you don’t hit up VACANT STARE soon, it will be all sold out…

BAND NAME: Beekeepers
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/Beekeepers-444420445648931/?fref=ts
LABEL NAME: Vacant Stare Records
LABEL WEBSITE: https://vacantstarerecords.com/

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CRIMINAL INSTINCT is a hardcore band, originally from Atlanta, GA. After a few 7”s and comp appearances, CLOSED CASKET ACTIVITIES is making their LP available in some sick colors! Grab ‘Zone 6 Music’ from CLOSED CASKET before CRIMINAL INSTINCT hit Sound & Fury Fest in Los Angeles, CA as well as This Is Hardcore Fest in Philadelphia, PA this summer.

BAND NAME: Criminal Instinct
BAND WEBSITE: facebook.com/criminalinstinct
LABEL NAME: Closed Casket Activities
LABEL WEBSITE: www.closedcasketactivities.com

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THE WATER RATS were born in 2012, in the cold Curitiba, Brazil. Presenting an exciting mix of 80’s punk and 90’s alternative rock, their aggressive music has been surprising the South American independent scene. HEARTS BLEED BLUE in association with LÄJÄ RECORDS and PLACENTA RECORDINGS bring you the vinyl only release of ‘Hellway to High’, better head over to the HEARTS BLEEDE BLUE website asap!

BAND NAME: Water Rats
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/waterratsbrasil
LABEL NAME: Hearts Bleed Blue / Läjä Records / Placenta Recordings
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.hbbrecords.com/

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SONS OF AN ILLUSTRIOUS FATHER is a future folk / heavy ‘meadow’ band from Brooklyn, NY. Fresh off their SXSW appearance, they’ve just dropped ‘Revol’ with BIG PICNIC RECORDS! Get with the clicking and find out more about SONS OF AN ILLUSTRIOUS FATHER before everyone else does.

BAND NAME: Sons Of An Illustrious Father
BAND WEBSITE: http://www.sonsofanillustriousfather.com
LABEL NAME: Big Picnic Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://www.bigpicnicrecords.com

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“Be Still” is the second DARK SATELLITES record, a solo recording project based in Kansas City. A very limited release, this entire record was recorded and mixed in a basement. DARK SATELLITES has two shows coming up where there might still be a few copies for sale if you’re lucky…

BAND NAME: Dark Satellites
BAND WEBSITE: https://darksatellites.bandcamp.com/

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It’s been three years since the Los Angeles, California­ based NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE’S last record. NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE is known for gathering more members of their global tribe of like­ minded fans as they spread their powerful and impactful musical message on tour. SIDEONEDUMMY gave ‘Hoka’ the deluxe treatment with several different colored versions for this double LP, you definitely have to see the ‘Red(ish)’ inside ‘Bone’ color and color version for yourself!

BAND NAME: Nahko and Medicine for the People
BAND WEBSITE: nahko.com
LABEL NAME: SideOneDummy Records
LABEL WEBSITE: sideonedummy.com
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Record Of The Week for May 27th, 2016

Another week, another RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog filled with vinyl delights!

Quickly becoming one of the most popular Glam/Bovver/Oi! bands to hit the scene in the last few years, Bay Area’s SUEDE RAZORS are back with a new 7” and matching video to boot! The ‘Berlin or Bust’ 7” has a die cut VW bus shaped disco bag and is available in four different colored versions. Loosely based on actual events from their 2015 European tour, the accompanying video shows their comical journey to get to their show at ‘The Berlin’, a club that seems just out of their reach. This will have to tide you over until their rumored 12” comes out this fall…

BAND NAME: Suede Razors
BAND WEBSITE: http://suederazors.bigcartel.com/
LABEL NAME: Longshot Records

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IAM8BIT, the leader of video game vinyl is back with the soundtrack to the award winning game MONUMENT VALLEY! Featuring a ‘White’ and ‘Cyan’ set of heavy weight discs, printed inner sleeves and a subtly spot glossed matte gatefold jacket. Go on an adventure with a princess through an M.C. Escher inspired universe with the MONUMENT VALLEY soundtrack today!

ALBUM TITLE: Monument Valley: Original Soundtrack – Stafford Bawler, OBFUSC and GRIGORI
LABEL NAME: iam8bit
LABEL WEBSITE: iam8bit.com/store

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THE LOVECRAFT BAR is a horror themed bar in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Not content with slinging drinks they put out a comp of their favorite dark electro, metal, post punk, punk, industrial/ebm, deathrock, goth rock and synth. Maybe it’s for sale, maybe it’s not and you just have to befriend the owner to get one, you should probably just go check out THE LOVECRAFT BAR!

BAND NAME: The Lovecraft Bar
BAND WEBSITE: thelovecraftbar.com

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ROBERT LIPPOK is one of the most influential artists of the last 25 years on the Berlin scene. He is a founding member of the mythical To Rococo Rot, one of the most beloved projects by experimental music aficionados of all times that have successfully managed to break the boundaries between post-rock and electronic music. Now, for the first time on vinyl ever, FLAU is bringing you the groundbreaking ‘Open Close Open’ on a clear picture disc with matching postcard inserted. Hit up FLAU if there’s still time and try to get one of these super limited releases!

BAND NAME: Robert Lippok
LABEL NAME: flau
LABEL WEBSITE: www.flau.jp

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JANK is a Philadephia band that was first heard/seen by CREEP RECORDS when the band played in CREEP’S retail record store. Now, JANK’s debut album is on its way to becoming CREEP’S highest selling band in the label’s 20+ year history! Just in time for you to get the record before JANK goes on tour this summer, pick up your super limited ‘White’ and ‘ Royal Blue’ AsideBside or splattered ‘Kelly Green’ version from CREEP!

BAND NAME: JANK
BAND WEBSITE: https://ohnoitsjank.bandcamp.com
LABEL NAME: Creep Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://creeprecords.com

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BLATZ was a bundle of chaos that burned bright from 1989-1992 in Berkeley, put out a few releases including a split with label mates FILTH. 21 years after breaking up, they reformed w/ the 6 primary members to raise money for Mike FILTH’s fight against cancer at 924 Gilman in December 2013. Tragically, Mike passed away before this could become a reality, the album still bears his name but is now helping to raise money for 924 Gilman itself. Make your way to ZAFIO RECORDS for more info!

BAND NAME: BLATZ
BAND WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/blatzpunk
LABEL NAME: Zafio Records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://zafiorecords.blogspot.com/ or helpgilman.org

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NIGHTBLONDE, The retro futurist four-piece presents their debut release ‘Numbers’, a collection of experimental pop songs and hypnotic anthems that sparkle like a new wave dream. Featuring a die cut jacket showing bit of the printed innersleeve that houses a ‘Milky Clear’ colored record, YK RECORDS only made a small number of these, so you better act fast!

BAND NAME: Nightblonde
BAND WEBSITE: http://nightblonde.com/
LABEL NAME: yk records
LABEL WEBSITE: http://ykrecords.com/
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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!!!